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2018 Lexus LS: Australian details

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2018 Lexus LS: Australian details

Some key details about the local version of fifth-generation Lexus LS were revealed at the car's international launch this week. The new LS will arrive in Australian showrooms from April 2018 with two drivetrain options: the LS500 with a new 3...

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Honda Power Manager Concept plugs EVs into smart electricity grid
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Honda Power Manager Concept plugs EVs into smart electricity grid

The Honda Power Manager Concept made its debut alongside the well received Urban EV Concept at the 2017 Frankfurt motor show. Described by its maker as a "fully-integrated energy transfer system”, the Power Manager Concept is designed to regulate the flow of electricity between a home or office, and the rest of the electricity grid...


Mazda confirms new rotary concept for 2017 Tokyo motor show
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Mazda confirms new rotary concept for 2017 Tokyo motor show

A new Mazda concept car featuring a rotary engine is destined for the 2017 Tokyo motor show, which starts in late October. At the Frankfurt motor show, Matsuhiro Tanaka, Mazda's head of research and development in Europe, told AutoExpress, "With the Tokyo Motor Show we will be introducing a new design concept — you can think of it as an evolution of theme of the RX Vision"...


2018 Holden Astra 'GSi' spied
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2018 Holden Astra 'GSi' spied

A hotter version of the Holden Astra hatch has been spied undergoing testing with almost no disguise on. The development prototype wears new front and rear bumpers with new styling that's sportier, but not overly aggressive. The car's sporty intent is signalled by splashes of red piping at both ends...


Renault Nissan Mitsubishi alliance outlines 2022 plan
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Renault Nissan Mitsubishi alliance outlines 2022 plan

The newly minted Renault Nissan Mitsubishi Alliance, complete with a new logo, has laid out its ambitious growth and cost reduction plans for the next six years. A major component of the new plans is to boost the use of common platforms. At the end of 2016, Renault and Nissan produced around two million cars per annum off two common modular platforms...


2018 Volvo XC40 accidentally revealed a week early
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2018 Volvo XC40 accidentally revealed a week early

The new Volvo XC40 has been accidentally revealed by the company's Hungarian affiliate a week ahead of the car's official unveiling. With its launch scheduled for September 21, European time, Volvo posted a teaser video, with the XC40 dimly lit and artfully obscured, to its social media accounts...


French self-driving bus company to open factory, regional HQ in Adelaide
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French self-driving bus company to open factory, regional HQ in Adelaide

Navya, a French company specialising in autonomous shuttle buses, will establish its Asia-Pacific headquarters and a new factory in Adelaide. In announcing the "partnership" with Navya, South Australian premier Jay Weatherill said: "Establishing a driverless car vehicle operation here in South Australia is the perfect bridge connecting our past in traditional vehicle manufacturing and our future in advanced manufacturing in a clean, carbon neutral environment...


Aspark Owl: Japanese electric supercar debuts in Frankfurt
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Aspark Owl: Japanese electric supercar debuts in Frankfurt

The Aspark Owl, an electric Japanese hypercar, has made its in-the-flesh debut at the 2017 Frankfurt motor show. According to Autoblog and Jalopnik the Owl features a carbon-fibre body and space frame. All up, the Owl's body is said to tip the scales at around 50 kilograms, with overall weight under 860kg...


Renault Symbioz house and autonomous car concept unveiled
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Renault Symbioz house and autonomous car concept unveiled

The unique Renault Symbioz car and house concept has been revealed at the 2017 Frankfurt motor show. The Symbioz car is said to provide a clue about an autonomous electric vehicle going into production around 2023, as well as some of the company's thinking of about technologies and design elements it will employ up until around 2030...


Fatal Tesla Autopilot crash due to 'over-reliance on automation, lack of safeguards'
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Fatal Tesla Autopilot crash due to 'over-reliance on automation, lack of safeguards'

The United States' National Transport Safety Board (NTSB) has released its final findings on the fatal crash involving a Tesla Model S operating in semi-autonomous Autopilot mode. The crash occurred in Florida in May 2016, when Joshua Brown's Tesla Model S collided with the underside of a tractor-trailer as the truck turned onto the non-controlled access highway...


2018 Porsche Cayenne Turbo revealed: Here from mid-2018
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2018 Porsche Cayenne Turbo revealed: Here from mid-2018

The third-generation Porsche Cayenne Turbo has been unveiled at the 2017 Frankfurt motor show, following the earlier debut of its regular counterpart. Under the bonnet, the new Cayenne Turbo is powered by a 4.0-litre V8 with two turbochargers nestled within the V. The twin-turbo V8 generates 404kW of power and 770Nm of torque, up 22kW and 20Nm on the previous model, which had a larger 4...


BMW i Vision Dynamics concept revealed: Tesla rival previewed
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BMW i Vision Dynamics concept revealed: Tesla rival previewed

The BMW i Vision Dynamics unveiled at the 2017 Frankfurt motor show previews a new electric sedan that should launch in the not-too-distant future. According to BMW, the i Vision Dynamics is "a dynamic and progressive, four-door Gran Coupe" that will be the "future [of] electric mobility between the i3 and i8"...


2018 Caterham Seven SuperSprint: Retro-themed 60th anniversary model debuts
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2018 Caterham Seven SuperSprint: Retro-themed 60th anniversary model debuts

Just 60 Caterham Seven SuperSprint models will be produced for the Seven's 60th anniversary. The SuperSprint is powered by a 660cc turbocharged three-cylinder from Suzuki. For the limited edition Seven, Caterham has tuned the kei car engine to deliver 71kW of power...


2018 Genesis G70 spied almost disguise free
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2018 Genesis G70 spied almost disguise free

The new Genesis G70 sports sedan has been spied almost completely disguise-free ahead of its launch later this week. Korean Beast, a Saudi automotive forum, published these photos of Genesis' BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class competitor, but it's not clear where the images were sourced from. The G70 shares its rear-wheel drive platform with the Kia Stinger...


Audi working on panoramic roof with built-in solar cells
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Audi working on panoramic roof with built-in solar cells

Audi and Alta Devices are working on thin film solar cells that can be embedded into a panoramic roof and used to power various in-car functions. Energy generated by the solar cells would be fed into the car's electrical system, and could be used to drive various amenities, such as the air conditioning system or seat heaters...