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Super value with new Mitsubishi Mirage
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Coming soon: new-gen Kia Sorento
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An update for a legend!
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First look: new C-Class AMG
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Update for Toyota Yaris
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Yes, it's an all-new Honda Jazz
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Volvo's XC90 style leader revealed
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Renault Megane's new look
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Alfa's little hot hatch
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Lexus RC F for fast
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Toyota's 21st century panel van concept
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Mitsubishi Mirage updated
New entry level priced* from $11,490*; Hatch upgraded with new NVH package; Cruise control added to Mirage hatch LS ..... more

Kia Sorento: third generation debuts
New design for third-generation Kia Sorento; All-new bodyshell improves ride, handling and crash safety; Improvements to NVH and a step-change in interior quality and design; 3.3-litre petrol or the 2.2-litre turbo diesel for Australia ..... more

Volkswagen Amarok Dark Label
VW looking for big bucks to get into their special edition ute; prices* from $56,990* (manual) and $59,990* (auto) ..... more

Ford Falcon FG X Series prices announced
Ford's new FG X Falcon Sedan will offer changes, improvements and/or added features; base model sedan priced from $35,900* ..... more

Mitsubishi Pajero updated
The legendary Mitsubishi Pajero has been refined from the inside out, with interior and exterior cosmetic updates and an upgraded NVH package contributing to a quieter, more comfortable on-road performance; Pajero GLX manual priced from $50,990* ..... more

Audi S1 released
Priced from $49,900*; powered by a 2.0-litre TFSI engine; only with a six-speed manual transmission; comes with quattro all-wheel-drive ..... more

Mercedes-AMG C 63 revealed
New name, new engine, new technology, same purpose; all-new 3,982 cc, biturbo V8 engine; two guises – standard with 350kW and 650 Nm, and C 63 S with 375kW and 700 Nm; C 63 S Sedan does 0 to 100km/h in 4.0 seconds; Mercedes-AMG C 63 - new name takes its lead from the Mercedes-AMG GT ..... more

Toyota Yaris hatch updated
The latest Toyota Yaris hatch - now a five-door only as the three-door is dropped - introduces a more assertive and dynamic exterior design, a higher-quality interior and greater driving enjoyment resulting from improved dynamics due to a stiffer body and retuned suspension ..... more

Honda Jazz: new generation released
Honda’s all-new five-door hatch is outstanding value, with an extensive list of standard features including the three mode rear view camera, colour touch-screen Display Audio system, unparalleled storage capacity and a host of safety features ..... more

Volvo XC90 R Design announced
The visual promise of a dynamic ride is confirmed by the driver-centric interior featuring R-Design sports seats in Nubuck textile and perforated leather ..... more

Renault Megane Coupé-Cabriolet updated
The range kicks off with the Dynamique CVT, priced from $38,490*, which makes it one of the most affordable compact four-seater folding hardtop convertibles available. The sportier GT-Line model arrives priced at $43,990* ..... more

Alfa Romeo MiTo Quadrifoglio Verde
MiTo QV’s is distinguished by the burnished finish on the headlight surrounds, front grille, door mirrors; door handles and tail-light surrounds, as well as its rear spoiler, sports rear bumper, twin chrome exhaust pipes, 18-inch alloy wheels, red Brembo brake callipers and the unmistakable Quadrifoglio Verde emblem ..... more

Hyundai Santa Fe updated
New technology, safety and convenience features on some models include: Smart Parking Assist System (SPAS), Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS), Hands-free Smart Tailgate, Ventilated front seats, Panoramic sunroof with ‘ignition off’ function, Daytime Running Lights, Same seven-seater practicality, five-star safety, benchmark drivetrains and locally-tuned suspension ..... more

Lexus RC F: 351kW V8 standard
All-new cylinder heads and lighter moving parts have increased the maximum power of the 5.0-litre, 32-valve engine by 40kW ..... more

Bentley Mulsanne Speed announced
New Bentley flagship sedan; 6¾-litre V8 engine with 1,100 Nm of torque; New sports suspension and steering ..... more

Toyota Urban Utility concept vehicle
Designers included the ability to roll back the roof, fold down the tailgate into a ramp and customise the interior on a versatile rail system ..... more

Jaguar XE 'S' revealed
Range-topping Supercharged 3.0-litre V6; High-efficiency 2.0-litre Ingenium diesel; Aluminium-intensive monocoque  – the first in the mid-size segment; Exhilarating performance, precise handling, supple ride; Dynamic design, classic rear-drive stance; Lightest and stiffest Jaguar saloon; Most aerodynamic Jaguar ever: Cd 0.26 ..... more

Just 12 months since the launch of the GEN-F GTS, the most powerful production car ever built in Australia, HSV is set to launch a limited edition GTS Maloo which adopts the 430 kW/740 Nm 6.2 litre Supercharged LSA engine ..... more

Mercedes-Benz B-Class: update for 2015
More than 350,000 of the sports tourer have been sold since the market launch in late 2011. Now the best-seller from Mercedes-Benz has undergone a major facelift including exterior and interior enhancements along with attractive, redefined design and equipment lines. ..... more

Ford F-250 production line-like RHD conversion underway
Combining exceptional power with six-speed automatic transmission and on-the-fly four-wheel drive, the F-250 has a five-tonne towing capacity unmatched by mass-market utes and 4WDs sold in Australia, plus all-terrain ability ..... more

Holden's Craig Lowndes Special Edition
Holden develops VF model to celebrate 20 years of Craig Lowndes in V8 Supercars; Customers to receive exclusive experiences; Pricing and specification to be released next month ..... more

Mercedes-AMG GT revealed
All-new V8 sports car developed entirely in-house by AMG; Two variants with differing power outputs; Based around an aluminium chassis structure weighing just 231 kg; Powered by a new AMG-designed, hand-built, biturbo 3,982 cc V8 engine equipped with dry sump lubrication; Seven-speed dual clutch gearbox; In GT S form accelerates 0-100km/h in just 3.8 seconds (AMG GT: 4.0 secs); Australian release by mid-2015 ..... more

Subaru BRZ Special Edition
Subaru is launching a BRZ Special Edition coupe featuring additions to the equipment list that will give the car a greater on-road presence.; Available from November ..... more

Ian Callum's new Mark 2
Ian Callum said: “I am pleased that a few more cars are going to be built.” The cars will cost between £350,000 and £375,000 (GBP) ..... more

Mazda MX-5 revealed
Weighing 100kg less than the outgoing model and with the lowest-ever centre of gravity, the new MX-5 enhances the Jinba Ittai “rider-and-horse-as one” responsiveness and agility that is typical of the MX-5 ..... more

Lexus NX prices announced
Next month Lexus will launch its all new NX 300h with features like all-speed active cruise control, wireless phone charger, reverse camera, satellite navigation, DAB+ digital radio and Lexus Hybrid Drive. Priced from $55,000* for the two-wheel drive model, All-wheel drive models commence at $59,500* ..... more

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