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Welcome to the CarAdvice.com News Desk, a regular video wrap of the latest happenings in the automotive world and Australia’s new-car market.

Keeping you in the loop, Tegan Lawson will deliver a weekly video from the CarAdvice Garage, with everything you need to know about the week in news and reviews.

What’s happened in the week ending May 6, 2016? Catch our video above, and links to the full stories below.


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For the first time in its history, Hyundai has been crowned Australia’s top-selling passenger car brand.

VFACTS sales figures for April were released this week and the Hyundai i30 was Australia’s best selling car ahead of the Toyota HiLux, Ford Ranger, Toyota Corolla and Mazda 3. Toyota was the highest selling brand in April.

MORE: Hyundai Australia’s top selling passenger car brand


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Still on the April sales figures and, for the first time in a long time Ford, sold more vehicles than Holden.

The last time this happened was in January 1999, and competition was tough between the AU Falcon and VT Commodore. #GoodOldDays

MORE: Ford outsells Holden for the first time since 1999


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The new special-edition Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport S clocked a lap time of 07:49:21 on the Nurburgring Nordschleife, making it the fastest front-wheel-drive production car around the 20.83-kilometre circuit.

Fast? Yeah. Around five seconds faster than the Renault Megane RS275 Trophy R.

MORE: Volkswagen Golf GIT Clubsport S breaks front-drive Nurburgring lap record


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A manufacturing fault has forced the recall of more than 28,000 Nissan X-Trail vehicles built between January 2014 and January 2016, over concerns the gas arm supporting the tailgate could crack and leak if it becomes corroded.

Elsewhere, Nissan has been forced to recall more than 3.5 million vehicles in overseas markets, over fears the front passenger airbags won’t deploy properly due to a faulty occupant classification system.

Nissan Australia has confirmed this issue doesn’t affect Australian models.

MORE: 2014-16 Nissan X-Trail recalled for tailgate fix


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Google has teamed up with Fiat Chrysler to develop an autonomous hybrid people mover.

100 of the self-driving Chrysler Pacificas will be made. They’ll be tested on Google’s private track in California then join the road test fleet.

MORE: Fiat Chrysler and Google to team up for autonomous car


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In an effort to reduce the road toll, virtual speed bumps will be trialed in India.

Road quality and infrastructure is insufficient to cope with the growing number of vehicles and subsequent accidents. The virtual bumps will be painted in problem areas and provide a visual reminder for drivers to slow down.

MORE: India trialling ‘virtual’ speed bumps




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