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Top ten cars and concepts from the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show

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Top ten cars and concepts from the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show

Mazda Kai Mazda used the show to unveil a preview of what will become the next-generation Mazda 3, and the design didn't disappoint. Moreover, insiders suggest the production model will look similar - something for which the company has form...

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What sound will a Nissan EV make?
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What sound will a Nissan EV make?

Electric cars may well be capable of driving in relative silence — save tyre noise — but that doesn’t mean regulators are going to let them. As a result, car-makers moving into the EV space must give them artificial ‘notes’ to warn pedestrians — potentially busy on their smartphones...


Nissan plans self-driving road cars from 2022
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Nissan plans self-driving road cars from 2022

Nissan plans to offer "fully autonomous" cars in 2022, and will take responsibility for any incidents that occur on the road with them from this time onwards, as Volvo and a few other brands have committed to do. The company discussed its plans for vehicle autonomy with media at its headquarter city of Yokohama this week, sharing findings from testing conducted in Tokyo, London and Silicon Valley dating back as early as 2013...


Nissan expects EV and combustion cost parity in 2025
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Nissan expects EV and combustion cost parity in 2025

Nissan has flagged 2025 as the year where electric vehicles and conventional combustion-engined vehicles will hit price parity, rapidly escalating their popularity in key markets, particularly those with the requisite charging infrastructure...


Nissan Titan full-size pickup might go global
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Nissan Titan full-size pickup might go global

Nissan’s global boss of commercial vehicles, Ashwani Gupta, says the company is looking at producing the Titan full-size pickup truck for markets outside of North America, including right-hand drive (RHD) countries such as Australia. Sales of Nissan’s Ford F-Series rival are up more than 200 per cent this year, with more than 40,000 units sold...


Nissan dithering on next-gen Z car
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Nissan dithering on next-gen Z car

Nissan’s chief planning officer, Philipe Klein, has played a very straight bat when asked when — or if — a successor to the nine-year old 370Z halo sports car will be launched, meaning the next iteration seems years away in even the best-case scenario...


Nissan IMx concept: First look at Japanese Tesla Model X rival
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Nissan IMx concept: First look at Japanese Tesla Model X rival

This is the Nissan IMx concept, a fully autonomous electric crossover SUV that looks like an origami creation and has eye-based gesture control. It’s the star of the company’s stand at this year’s bustling Tokyo motor show...


Kia Optima Sportwagon PHEV being re-considered for Australia
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Kia Optima Sportwagon PHEV being re-considered for Australia

Kia Australia is re-thinking its decision not to import the Optima Sportwagon to sell alongside its sedan contemporary. However, it seems that if the company were to perform an about-face and offer the stylish load-carrier here, it’d come with a twist: a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) drivetrain...


Cars that should be sold in Australia
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Cars that should be sold in Australia

Australia is one of the most diverse, fragmented automotive markets in the world. We have more brands to choose from than the US, where 15-times more vehicles are sold. Yet local product planners across the 60-plus car makers that sell their wares here regularly opt not to import and distribute certain models, usually citing a lack of projected demand or a difficult “business case” — code for “too bloody expensive”...


2018 Lexus NX review
Rating: 710 /10
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2018 Lexus NX review

The Lexus NX mid-sized crossover offers a taste of achievable luxury to buyers used to mainstream brands. But despite some welcome tweaks, it's merely a solid option let down by some obvious flaws.

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$54,800 - $76,300

2018 Renault Captur Intens review
Rating: 710 /10
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2018 Renault Captur Intens review

The updated Renault Captur is still a looker, and is cheaper to own and run than you might imagine. The flagship Zen is an interesting Hyundai Kona/Toyota C-HR/Mazda CX-3 rival.

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$28,990

2018 BMW X3 review
Rating: 8.510 /10
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2018 BMW X3 review

The 2018 BMW X3 is a proper step up over its predecessor, having more in common with a 5 Series than the X1. Here we look at the petrol and diesel performance leaders, particularly the overdue 4.8sec 0-100km/h M Performance debutant, called M40i.


2018 Hyundai Kona review
Rating: 810 /10
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2018 Hyundai Kona review

The Hyundai Kona small crossover is the first truly adventurous design from the brand since the Veloster. Under the body lies a pretty competent car that'll take sales away from the Mazda CX-3 and co. Deservedly so.

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$24,500 - $36,000

2018 BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo review
Rating: 810 /10
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2018 BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo review

The BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo makes a clean break from its frumpy predecessor. It's an ultra-niche product that does everything required to appeal to its target market. Not our cup of tea, but there's a place for it.

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$123,500 - $148,900

Subaru WRX and STI recalled, audio system too hot to handle
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Subaru WRX and STI recalled, audio system too hot to handle

Subaru Australia's importer and distributor is conducting a recall of 4017 WRX and WRX STI performance sedans made in 2015 due to a potential fire risk. The cause? A hectic subwoofer design flaw, whereby cargo could set off an electric short circuit, leading to flames. Subaru says that one instance of a sub-related overheat has actually occurred in Australia, which in part has led to this recall...