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Mercedes-AMG CLS53, E53 models debut in Detroit

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Mercedes-AMG CLS53, E53 models debut in Detroit

Mercedes-AMG has unveiled a new '53' model line in Detroit, with power from a 48V hybrid-boosted inline-six engine. Debuting in the CLS, E-Class Coupe and E-Class Cabriolet, the new powertrain comprises of a turbocharged inline-six petrol engine making 320kW of power and 520Nm of torque, augmented by a 48V electric system offering an extra 16kW and 250Nm for brief periods...

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2019 Toyota Avalon revealed - UPDATE
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2019 Toyota Avalon revealed - UPDATE

UPDATE: Toyota Australia has confirmed Apple CarPlay is under consideration for our market, and we've added some new images to the gallery. See bottom of article for more details Toyota has pulled back the covers on the 2019 Avalon, debuting a sharp new styling direction and a more luxurious, tech-focused interior...


2019 Audi A1 snapped during winter testing
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2019 Audi A1 snapped during winter testing

The 2019 Audi A1 has been spied during cold-weather testing, previewing a new face and bigger body for the littlest member of the four-ringed family. When it lands, the car will likely ride on a slightly longer version of the Volkswagen Polo's platform, designed to deliver the extra legroom and luxury expected of an Audi...


Isuzu Ute marked ninth straight year of growth in 2017
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Isuzu Ute marked ninth straight year of growth in 2017

Isuzu Ute sales jumped by 10.4 per cent year-on-year in 2017, making it the brand's ninth successive year of double-digit growth. The company sold a total of 25,804 cars in 2017, up from 23,379 in 2016. The growth was largely driven by the MU-X, with 8087 examples finding a home last year, while the D-Max ute overtook the Nissan Navara in fifth place on the one-tonne sales charts...


BMW to fit smarter traction control from i3s across range
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BMW to fit smarter traction control from i3s across range

BMW will outfit its cars with a more intelligent traction control system, capable of responding faster than traditional setups. The system was first fitted to the i3s, and responds 50 times faster than conventional traction management systems. How? Rather than working out what it needs to do in a remote unit, the setup makes its calculations from within the powertrain...


Peugeot 3008 SUV recalled over fire risk - UPDATE
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Peugeot 3008 SUV recalled over fire risk - UPDATE

UPDATE: This article originally showed an image of the new-generation Peugeot 3008. This was in error, and the image has now been replaced with one of the previous model. This recall does not affect the new 2018 Peugeot 3008 that launched in late 2017. Peugeot Australia has recalled the 3008 SUV, over concerns about a fuel leak...


VW Amarok recalled for steering fix
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VW Amarok recalled for steering fix

Volkswagen Australia has recalled the MY17 and MY18 Amarok over concerns a poorly fitting clip could damage the power steering return hose. According to the company, the damaged hose could cause a hydraulic fluid leak, which in turn can create a loss of power steering assistance. The car's handling is affected if the power steering fails, heightening the risk of accident...


Audi to better differentiate between models
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Audi to better differentiate between models

Audi is planning to branch out with its design, in an attempt to give each model its own identity. Having established itself in emerging markets like China, the German manufacturer is confident people will be able to recognise a broader range of design cues. "This [repetition] design process was used to make Audis more recognisable in newer and emerging markets,” Rupert Stadler, Audi chief executive, told Autocar...


Byton promises connected, autonomous EV for CES
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Byton promises connected, autonomous EV for CES

Chinese startup Byton is planning to launch its first prototype car – dubbed a "next generation smart device"  – at CES 2018. The company, which was founded in China but has offices in Munich and California, has created an acronym for its creation: the Smart Intuitive Vehicle (SIV)...


Nissan to show Brain-to-Vehicle communication at CES 2018
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Nissan to show Brain-to-Vehicle communication at CES 2018

Autonomous driving has been portrayed as a very hands-off, computer-led concept. Most manufacturers use pictures of people reading the newspaper or scrolling through their phone, in cabins with no steering wheel or pedals, whenever a new self-driving concept is released...


Mercedes-Benz designers talk through the Project One
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Mercedes-Benz designers talk through the Project One

The Mercedes-AMG Project One is among the most interesting launches of 2017, coupling a Formula 1 powertrain with road-car sensibilities. Designing a car capable of circuit-crushing performance and road-ruling comfort is a unique challenge, the likes of which most engineers and designers never face...


UPDATE - 2004-07 Subaru Impreza recalled for airbag fix
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UPDATE - 2004-07 Subaru Impreza recalled for airbag fix

Subaru Australia has recalled 2004-2007 Imprezas fitted with replacement Takata airbag inflators. According to the company, some replacement passenger airbag inflators might have been installed incorrectly. More specifically, the inflators may have been installed in reverse. In the event of an accident, the passenger airbag might not deploy correctly, increasing the risk of injury...


Aston Martin DB9, DBS, Rapide, Virage and Vanquish recalled for gearbox fix
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Aston Martin DB9, DBS, Rapide, Virage and Vanquish recalled for gearbox fix

Aston Martin Lagonda has issued a recall notice for the DB9, DBS, Rapide, Virage and Vanquish fitted with a six-speed Touchtronic II Automatic transmission. According to the company, a communication error between the Engine Control Module and Transmission Control Module can prevent the car from properly engaging park...


Alfa Romeo preparing hybrid BMW X5 rival
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Alfa Romeo preparing hybrid BMW X5 rival

Alfa Romeo bosses have confirmed a large SUV will join the mid-size Stelvio, complete with seven seats and a hybrid powertrain. The new BMW X5 and Audi Q7 rival will be built on the same platform as the Stelvio, according to a report in Auto Express...


UPDATE - EV roadmap: How the big brands will deliver electric vehicles in the years ahead
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UPDATE - EV roadmap: How the big brands will deliver electric vehicles in the years ahead

Electric vehicles are coming, and the past year has seen a number of big manufacturers roll out their plans for the electric revolution. Although each is shooting for the same goal – profitability in an era of tighter emissions regulations – there are a number of different theories on how to get there. Here are the latest formal plans, collated in the one place...