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    ETC: Only 1 in 234 pass Melbourne's tough new taxi driver test

    In London, cab drivers undergo a grueling testing and memorization regime known ominously as "The Knowledge." Obtaining a license to drive one of the British capital's distinctive black cabs is so difficult that students often use motor scooters to get around and learn some 320 routes on 25,000 ...

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    Official: Mercedes takes off with Heli-Express airport transfer service in Melbourne

    There may be more luxurious ways to get to the airport than in a Mercedes-Benz, but there aren't many. Especially if you live in Australia. The Mercedes dealership in Melbourne operates a remote location at the airport where you can valet your car while you travel. Drive up to the Mercedes-Benz ...

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    Report: Australia looks to fill the void of Holden's manufacturing shutdown

    The closure of a single automotive assembly plant can be devastating on the local economy. But in Australia, they're dealing with what effectively amounts to the shutdown of its entire automotive sector. Mitsubishi closed its factory there a few years ago. Ford announced just months back that it ...

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    Report: Tata Xenon Tuff Truck Concept bows in Australia

    Following the cancellation of the Melbourne Motor Show, it would appear that automakers in Australia are looking for creative new ways to show off vehicles to consumers. Enter the country's National 4x4 and Outdoors Show and Fishing and Boating Expo. India's Tata Motors has used this weekend's ...

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    Official: Melbourne Motor Show cancelled, Sydney might follow suit

    Organizers have cancelled the Melbourne Motor Show in the face of declining attendance and lackluster support from automakers. Australia has already seen shows in Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth close their doors, and with Melbourne following suit, Sydney is the country's last major auto show left ...

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    Lego Ferrari Formula 1 car unveiled in Australia

    We have enough Lego fans on the Autoblog team that, were cars wiped off the face of the Earth tomorrow, our fall-back plan would be to launch Legoblog: We Obsessively Cover The Lego Industry. So a full-size Ferrari F1 car made entirely out of Lego bricks is something that's sure to catch our ...

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    Motorsports: 2012 Formula 1 World Championship kicks off with Australian Grand Prix [spoilers]

    Today is the day that racing fans have been looking forward to. The cars have been unveiled, the drivers announced, the calendar confirmed and everything is in place. Today is race day. After an off season that saw two teams resolve their naming-rights dispute, one driver sued by a team owner ...

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    Video: Watch a restored 1980 Toyota Celica rally car put through its paces by Neal Bates

    Former and current Toyota driver Neal Bates started his rally career over 20 years ago. While that seems like a long time to have been racing, even back then a 1980 Toyota Celica was pretty old school. Mr. Bates and his friends at Toyota set out to prove that the old Celica is still cool by ...

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    2011 Australian Grand Prix comes straight from a land Down Under [Spoilers]

    And they're off, ladies and gentlemen. After a tumultuous offseason that saw Robert Kubica sidelined from a rally crash, two Lotus-Renault teams embroiled in a naming rights dispute, the arrival of Pirelli tires to replace Bridgestone and the cancellation of the Bahrain Grand Prix due to ...

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    Lewis Hamilton charged by Australian authorities for hooning

    It would seem that the only good time Lewis Hamilton had at the Australian Grand Prix was when he was actually smoking the tires of his loaner Mercedes C63 AMG. Once that burnout was complete, though, the wheels came off: Hamilton got nicked by the police under Melbourne's anti-hoon laws, had the ...

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    Spills, chills and thrills at the 2010 Australian Grand Prix [SPOILER ALERT]

    2010 Australian Grand Prix – Click above for high-res image gallery
    You asked for it, you got it. After what was widely received as a rather dry (if intriguing) start to the season two weeks ago in the sand dunes of Bahrain, many were left clamoring for more exciting race action. And ...

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    GM officially debuts Holden Cruze, shows off Australian Volt

    Click above for a high-res gallery of the Holden Cruze
    Late last year Holden, the Australian arm of General Motors, announced it would be getting a new small sedan based on the global platform underpinning the Chevy Cruze. At the time, it was assumed that the Holden would feature revised ...

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    Parking garage signage depends on your perspective

    Click the image above for a gallery of Axel Peemoeller's 3-D signageElvis lives. Tupac lives. And we have just discovered that M. C. Escher is also alive, well, living in Australia, and going by the name of Axel Peemoeller. Designer Peemoeller worked out the math to create, optically, directional ...

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    Australia may switch to bi-annual auto shows

    The exorbitant amount of money required to participate in an Australian auto show has resulted in automakers demanding a cut to one show per year. The shows in Sydney and Melbourne would need to alternate years for this to happen, but the two shows are run by different groups that don't want to ...

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    Melbourne 2008: Mitsubishi Panther concepts claw at good taste

    Click image for a hi-res gallery of the Mitsubishi "Panther" ConceptsIn addition to bringing the good stuff (Lancer Evo, Ralliart) to Melbourne, Mitsubishi has some schlock on hand to counterbalance the awesome. We're talking about the automaker's "Panther" concepts, which leverage bling, decals, ...

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    MT claims Holden Coupe 60 is really 3-year-old Pontiac GTO replacement

    Spot any similarities? Holden surprised and delighted when it rolled out the Coupe 60 at the Melbourne Auto Show this past week. Motor Trend put two and two together and dug up some three-year-old photos that show off essentially the same car wearing a Pontiac suit, instead. The nose on the ...

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    Toyota hints FT-HS concept could inspire next Supra

    Click above to view more high-res pics of the Toyota FT-HS ConceptUsually we would have no reason to report on a concept that we've already seen debut. Hence, the Australian debut of Toyota's hybrid FT-HS sports car concept at the Melbourne Auto Show isn't really news. It becomes news, however, ...

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    Melbourne '08 Preview: Holden to unveil Z06-powered super HSV sedan

    Today at the Melbourne Auto Show in Australia, GM's Holden subsidiary is rumored to debut a new super sedan based on the Commodore and developed by its highly capable Holden Special Vehicles division. The exact nomenclature to be affixed to the sedan's flanks is unknown, but we expect a suitably ...

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    E-vade track tool unveiled ahead of Melbourne Motor Show

    Click above for a high-res gallery of the E-Vade.We've already seen some shots of Australia's own Ariel Atom/KTM X-Bow contender, but the mom and pop operation from Down Under has officially unveiled its E-Vade track car ahead of the Melbourne Motor Show.The glorified go-kart looks like it came out ...

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    Melbourne '08 Preview: Bolwell Nagari emerges from Down Under

    click to view larger imageEver dream of making your own supercar? Yeah, so have I, and so has everyone else, and their cousins. Although most undoubtedly get scrapped along the way, a fair few end up making it to the road. Add to those growing ranks the Bolwell Nagari, the latest home-grown ...


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