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Jaguar XE: still a long way away!
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Polestar wagon coming to Australia
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Here now: Lexus NX ..... more (copyright image)

Which Korean car outscores Mercedes-Benz,
BMW, Audi, Lexus and Volvo in a
crash test result?
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Expanded Range Rover Sport line-up
arriving from December
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Coming soon: sporty Hyundai Santa Fe SR
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Nissan X-Trail now available with a diesel
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Improved crash worthiness rating for
Honda Accord
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New variant for HiLux cab/chassis line-up
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Nissan look back with a retro paint job
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Holden to expand Euro-sourced line-up
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Jaguar XE due late 2015
XE redefines the concept of the sports saloon and Jaguar say it be the driver’s car in its class. Its lightweight construction, streamlined styling, luxurious interior and outstanding ride and handling are testament to company founder Sir William Lyons’ vision. The rear-drive XE is the only vehicle in its class to use an aluminium-intensive monocoque. This extremely robust yet light structure, together with double wishbone front suspension and an Integral Link rear axle, is fundamental to the XE’s benchmark vehicle dynamics ..... more

Volkswagen Scirocco R returns
Externally, Scirocco R’s has been changed with new headlights and tail lights, as well as revised bumper styling. Inside, the dashboard has been updated, with new-look dials and an auxiliary instrument cluster above the centre console – a 'nod' to the 1974 model ..... more

Holden Barina "Trio" edition
The ‘Trio’ pack extends Holden’s MyLink infotainment system to Barina CD for the first time, allowing drivers to remain fully connected whilst on the move ..... more

Volvo V60 Polestar to join updated S60 Polestar in January
Third-edition Volvo S60 Polestar will be joined by a wagon stable mate, the V60 Polestar. Both versions are scheduled to arrive in Australia during January 2015. These high-performance vehicles, which began as a pilot project in Australia in 2011, are now full production models available in Australia, Canada, Japan, the Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom and the USA ..... more

Kia introduce seven year warranty, capped price servicing and roadside assist
Australia’s first comprehensive unlimited kilometre seven year warranty coupled to a seven year capped-price service programme and seven year roadside assist give Kia buyers even more reason to smile ..... more

Mazda CX-3 due 2015
CX-3 is the fifth vehicle in Mazda’s line-up of new-generation products that feature the full range of so called SKYACTIV Technology and ‘KODO—Soul of Motion’ design influences ..... more

Lexus NX released
NX 300h comes highly specified as standard including satellite navigation, reverse camera, power tailgate, 18-inch alloy wheels, smart entry and start, 10-speaker audio with digital radio, Enform connected mobility, tyre pressure warning sensors, 60:40 rear-fold seats and a spare wheel; 2.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine with an electric system consisting of one electric motor in two-wheel drive and two in all-wheel drive models ..... more

Renault Megane's new look
First debuted on the Clio, Renault’s new brand identity has been rolling out across the Renault range to ensure a unified corporate design language. The road presence of the Megane range is enhanced by the Renault diamond on a black background. The renewal of the Megane range heralds the introduction of new technology to the range – most notably the new TCe 130 turbocharged petrol engine ..... more

Citroen on French postage stamps
French postal operator, La Poste, launches a collector’s book of stamps honouring Citroën’s brand history; The stamps tell the story of Citroën through images of various models including the 2CV & DS ..... more

Volkswagen Tiguan updated
VW has updated the Tiguan range with new technology and features and added a more powerful diesel engine model while also delivering a new flagship model. All models come standard with a Rear View Camera ..... more

#1 safety score winner is ..... Hyundai Genesis
‘Overall’ score of 36.88 points out of 37 is a record in 21-year ANCAP testing history ..... more

Nissan Juke Midnight Edition
JUKE Midnight Edition combines the existing functionality of a compact sports cross-over with stylish midnight black accents on the ST and ST-S grades ..... more

Jeep Grand Cherokee Blackhawk Edition
Blackhawk Edition is based on the already well-equipped Grand Cherokee Laredo 4x4; priced from $50,000* (petrol) and $55,000* (diesel) ..... more

Ferrari F60 America
All ten of the unique Ferrari F60 Americas are already sold ..... more

Jeep Wrangler Blackhawk Edition
Available in two- or four-door specification, the Wrangler Blackhawk is powered by a 3.6-litre Pentastar V6 matched to a five-speed automatic transmission; priced from $45,000* (2-door) and $49,000* (4-door) ..... more

Toyota HiLux Black Special Edition
HiLux Black is decked out with exterior and interior treatments that are presented in black to imply a certain toughness and, hence, appeal; HiLux Black is priced from $53,240* ..... more

Jeep Compass Blackhawk Edition
Jeep Compass Blackhawk 4x2 2.0-litre CVT is priced at $30,200* (MLP*) ..... more

Range Rover Sport MY15 models arriving from December
Improved value on core derivatives; New $92,600* entry level variant; Hybrid drivetrain introduction; available for delivery from December 2014 ..... more

Jeep Patriot Blackhawk Edition
Jeep Patriot Blackhawk 4x2 2.0-litre CVT is priced at $28,900* (MLP*) ..... more

Audi S3 cabriolet arrives
2.0 TFSI engine with 210kW/380Nm; 0-100 km/h in 5.5 seconds; Priced* from $69,300* ..... more

Hyundai Santa Fe SR due early 2015
2015 Santa Fe line-up will include a sporty SR version of the popular SUV, which joins the Veloster SR Turbo, i30 SR and Accent SR in the Hyundai range. Featuring an eye-catching sports body kit, Brembo brakes, H&R performance springs, matt-black Oz Racing wheels and Michelin Latitude Tour high-performance tyres, the Santa Fe SR is the ideal ‘range topper’ for Hyundai’s sporting SR sub-brand ..... more

Volkswagen Tristar Concept Vehicle
Its off-road capability combined with flexible transport and storage capacities make the TRISTAR the suitable for various uses ..... more

Nissan X-Trail diesel arrives
1.6L turbo diesel engine with 96kW of power and 320 Nm of torque; Outstanding fuel economy rating of 5.3 litres per 100km; Two and four-wheel drive options; 5 Star ANCAP safety rating for all X-TRAIL variants; Priced from $27,990* ..... more

Mini Cooper 5-door: prices announced
First Mini Cooper 5-door has space for five occupants; Choice of 1.5-litre TwinPower Turbo petrol and diesel engines and 2.0-litre TwinPower Turbo petrol in Cooper S; On sale from 1st November; Priced from $27,750* ..... more

Honda Accord gains 5 star ANCAP rating
Previously rated at 4-stars for crash worthiness, the Honda Accord - a favourite with the Next Car team - has now been upgraded to a maximum 5-star rating by the ANCAP organisation ..... more

Ford Falcon XR8 price announced
Wilkinson said “Compared to the last FG Falcon XR8, the 2014 Falcon XR8 has better turn-in, more rear grip, noticeably less body roll and an increased sense of control from behind the driver’s seat” ..... more

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