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Haval, Ironman 4x4 working on Australian tuning program

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Haval, Ironman 4x4 working on Australian tuning program

Chinese SUV specialist Haval has revealed it is in the first stages of implementing an Australian tuning program for its local line-up, starting with its largest model, the updated H9...

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2018 Haval H7 due in Australia early next year
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2018 Haval H7 due in Australia early next year

The 2018 Haval H7, previously scheduled to debut here in the second half of this year, has been pushed back to "early 2018", with initial details for the Chinese brand's Sorento fighter also released this week. Despite the fact it will likely be priced against medium SUVs, the H7 measures 4900mm in long-wheelbase 'L' guise - putting it in closer contention with large crossovers like the Kia Sorento, Mazda CX-9 and the Toyota Kluger...


Bugatti Chiron successor to be electrified - report
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Bugatti Chiron successor to be electrified - report

The successor to the Bugatti Chiron - which is still almost a decade away - will use electrification to make one of the world's fastest cars even faster - according to a new report out of the UK. Speaking with Autocar, CEO Wolfgang Dürheimer said electrification is inevitable, indicating that the next-generation hypercar will almost certainly be a hybrid of sorts...


Mercedes-Benz E-Class All-Terrain 4x4²: Wild one-off special lives up to its name
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Mercedes-Benz E-Class All-Terrain 4x4²: Wild one-off special lives up to its name

An engineer from German marque Mercedes-Benz has created a wild off-road version of his E-Class All-Terrain crossover wagon, dubbed the E-Class All-Terrain 4x4². Jurgen Eberle, one of the company's vehicle development engineers, decided to make a series of modifications to his E-Class All-Terrain, in a fashion similar to Merc's own G500 4x4² off-roader...


2018 Honda City VTi-L review
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2018 Honda City VTi-L review

The updated 2018 Honda City gets a fresh look and mild equipment updates, but class-leading practicality can only get you so far.

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2016 Mercedes-Benz A-Class, B-Class, CLA, GLA recalled for airbag fix
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2016 Mercedes-Benz A-Class, B-Class, CLA, GLA recalled for airbag fix

Mercedes-Benz has issued a recall for around 200 vehicles across its A-Class, B-Class, CLA and GLA lines sold between 1 October 2016 through 1 December 2016 over concerns the front passenger airbag may not deploy "as designed". The German marque reports that the front passenger-side airbag in affected vehicle may not meet specifications, and therefore may not deploy correctly in the event of an accident...


Ford opens 'showroom of the future' in Victoria
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Ford opens 'showroom of the future' in Victoria

Ford has opened the first of its 'Showroom of the Future' facilities in the southern hemisphere this week, at Bayford Ford in Epping, Victoria. One of only three in the world, the showroom's look and layout was developed in partnership with Fitch Design, which counts McLaren and Adidas among its clients. The new design aims to give customers a digitally-connected retail experience...


Mitsubishi sales concept store opens in Geelong
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Mitsubishi sales concept store opens in Geelong

Mitsubishi and Geelong-based dealership group Kings Cars have opened an interactive 'vehicle concept' showroom in Westfield Geelong. Joining a slew of shopping centre pop-up shops from a number of brands including Tesla and Subaru, Mitsubishi's new pilot store allows customers to experience the company's range without having to deal with the pressures of a traditional automotive retail environment...


2018 Kia Sorento facelift revealed ahead of Q4 Australian launch - UPDATE
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2018 Kia Sorento facelift revealed ahead of Q4 Australian launch - UPDATE

The subtly facelifted 2018 Kia Sorento has surfaced this week in its home market of South Korea, serving as the mid-life refresh of the company's large SUV. Compared to the version currently on sale, the Sorento has been nipped and tucked inside and out, though some may struggle to identify the changes...


2018 Nissan Leaf 'e-Pedal' detailed ahead of September reveal
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2018 Nissan Leaf 'e-Pedal' detailed ahead of September reveal

The next-generation 2018 Nissan Leaf has been teased again, this time having its new 'e-Pedal' detailed - which the company says "transforms the way we drive". Set to make its debut on September 6, the Japanese electric vehicle (EV) will feature a mode that sees the accelerator pedal double up as a brake pedal, which Nissan claims can be used for 90 per cent of driving needs...


2010-11 Jaguar XJ recalled for airbag fix
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2010-11 Jaguar XJ recalled for airbag fix

Jaguar has issued a recall for 61 examples of its 2010 and 2011 model-year XJ sedans over concerns the front airbags could deploy with too much force. The British marque reports that the inflator parameters may have been over set. If the condition occurs, this could pose an increased risk of injury to the vehicle's occupants...


Young engineer becomes first Australian recipient of Ford's Alan Mulally scholarship
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Young engineer becomes first Australian recipient of Ford's Alan Mulally scholarship

Second-year university student, Jordan Ritchie, has become the first Australian recipient of Ford's Alan Mulally Leadership in Engineering Scholarship, the company announced this week. Named after the Blue Oval's former boss, Alan Mulally, who guided Ford through the global financial crisis of last decade, the Leadership in Engineering Scholarship was established in 2014 and is made up of a $1 million fund to be distributed in $100,000 increments to be distributed every year for ten years...


BMW M2: Strong demand drives bigger allocation for Oz
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BMW M2: Strong demand drives bigger allocation for Oz

High local demand for the BMW M2 has seen the company secure additional allocation of its entry-level 'M' car, the company says, cementing Australia's position as the premier BMW M market. Since its introduction in April last year, the BMW M2 has shifted 671 units, and year-to-date is the M brand's most popular model...


SEA Automotive delivers first electric trucks in Victoria
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SEA Automotive delivers first electric trucks in Victoria

SEA Automotive has delivered the first of nine electric trucks set to hit Victoria's roads in the coming months, as part of the Andrews Labor Government's New Energy Jobs fund. After receiving $517,000 from the Labor Government in October last year to develop a facility to manufacture commercial electric vehicles, SEA delivered the first of its zero-emissions trucks to Kings Transport, an Australian logistics company...


Mercedes-Benz recalling 3 million diesels in Europe, Australian impact unclear
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Mercedes-Benz recalling 3 million diesels in Europe, Australian impact unclear

Daimler, parent company of German marque Mercedes-Benz, has issued a recall for more than three million diesel-powered vehicles in Europe to reduce the amount of nitrogen-oxide emissions from existing vehicles. In a statement released this week, coincidentally the same day the company revealed its new X-Class ute, Dr Dieter Zetsche, head of Mercedes-Benz Cars says: "The public debate about diesel engines is creating uncertainty – especially for our customers...