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California rules that Google self-driving car must have steering wheel, brakes

Google's plans to begin public road testing of self-driving cars that do without a steering wheel and brake pedal have been killed off by new rules in California. In May this year Google made global headlines when it demonstrated a prototype self-driving vehicle (above) that had neither steering wheel nor brake pedal...

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Saleen Foursixteen takes the Tesla Model S beyond 300kW
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Saleen Foursixteen takes the Tesla Model S beyond 300kW

Saleen, a company with a heritage of tuning American muscle cars, has decided to try its hand with another American-made performance vehicle by turning the Tesla Model S into the Saleen Foursixteen. The Saleen Foursixteen is based on the fastest factory Tesla Model S, the P85. Under the hood there's a three-phase, four-pole AC motor turning out 310kW of power and 601Nm of torque...


Volvo-backed AstaZero advanced safety proving ground opens in Sweden
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Volvo-backed AstaZero advanced safety proving ground opens in Sweden

Volvo says the opening of the AstaZero advanced proving ground in Sweden brings it a step closer to realising its dream that no one will be killed or seriously injured in a new Volvo by 2020. AstaZero, which stands for ‘Active Safety Test Area’ and represents the vision of zero traffic fatalities, claims to be the world’s first full-scale proving ground for testing future traffic safety solutions...


Audi A1 update due within 18 months; brand "ready" for new Mini 5 door hatch
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Audi A1 update due within 18 months; brand "ready" for new Mini 5 door hatch

An updated version of the Audi A1 will appear within 18 months, according to Audi Australia managing director Andrew Doyle. Doyle made the comments at a pre-launch event for the new Audi A3 Sportback e-tron this week, and the images you see here are of the facelifted Audi A1 that was spotted in Europe earlier this year...


Ford Australia R&D team looks to develop more upmarket cars for the globe
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Ford Australia R&D team looks to develop more upmarket cars for the globe

Ford’s Asia Pacific design and engineering facilities in Melbourne have the potential to branch out and lead the development of a range of more upmarket global models than we’ve seen from them before, according to a pair of senior staff in the design and vehicle integration departments...


NEVS unveils Saab 9-3 EV prototype
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NEVS unveils Saab 9-3 EV prototype

Cash-strapped car maker National Electric Vehicle Sweden (NEVS) has revealed a Saab 9-3 EV prototype produced at its plant in Trollhatten. The unveiling of the 9-3 EV – one of a series of prototypes built in May – marks the beginning of the next phase in NEVS’ plan to mass-produce an electric model based on the old Saab 9-3...


Volkswagen Golf freeway death to be reviewed based on "new data" of vehicle issues - report
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Volkswagen Golf freeway death to be reviewed based on "new data" of vehicle issues - report

The case of a Melbourne woman who died when her Volkswagen Golf was hit from behind by a truck on a freeway will be reopened, with her family set to launch an independent review of the coronial inquest into her death. The family of Melissa Ryan has won the right to have the inquest reviewed after her stepfather Phil O’Donnell complied fresh evidence that the family believes should be considered...


Hyundai planning dedicated Prius, Prius V competitors - report
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Hyundai planning dedicated Prius, Prius V competitors - report

Hyundai could preempt Ford's challenge to the Toyota Prius hybrid with its own dedicated petrol-electric model. Yesterday we reported on Ford's alleged plans to bring a dedicated Prius rival to market by 2018, but it's possible that the Korean giant may beat the blue oval with its own Prius fighter...


2016 Audi A4 mule spied
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2016 Audi A4 mule spied

The next-generation 2016 Audi A4 still hasn't been seen with its production body, but our spies in Europe have spotted a prototype mule of the next-generation car. While its body is clearly the current Audi A4's, the test mule's underpinnings are believed to be a work-in-progress version of what is to be used under the all-new 2016 A4 (B9 model)...


2015 Ford Falcon and Territory set to get state-of-the-art cabin tech
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2015 Ford Falcon and Territory set to get state-of-the-art cabin tech

The final Australian-made 2015 Ford Falcon and Ford Territory models due to launch in November this year look set to feature the very latest multimedia and voice-control technology offered by the blue oval brand...


Lotus Elise S Cup R road car spied
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Lotus Elise S Cup R road car spied

CarAdvice’s spy photographers have captured a prototype of what is believed to be a road-going version of the Lotus Elise S Cup R. The test car, seen here undergoing high-speed testing around the Nurburgring in Germany, wears the aggressive aero kit of the hardcore British track car, but has a few key distinguishing features...


Joss JP1 : $600K Australian supercar to launch in 2015
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Joss JP1 : $600K Australian supercar to launch in 2015

Aspiring Australian supercar maker Joss has breathed new life into its dream of building a Ferrari-beater and exporting it to the world. The Melbourne-based automotive company is hoping to raise $480,000 through crowd-funding portal Kickstarter to build the first JP1 supercar by late-2015...


Volkswagen Golf Alltrack wagon confirmed for mid-2015
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Volkswagen Golf Alltrack wagon confirmed for mid-2015

A rugged new Volkswagen Golf Alltrack wagon that hasn’t even been revealed yet is confirmed to be coming to Australia. CarAdvice has previously reported that the new, off-road-styled Golf Alltrack wagon was under consideration, but at this week’s launch of the new Polo light car, Volkswagen Australia managing director John White confirmed the vehicle will be sold in Australia...


Ford to rival Toyota Prius with dedicated hybrid from 2018 - report
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Ford to rival Toyota Prius with dedicated hybrid from 2018 - report

Ford will introduce its first dedicated hybrid model by the end of 2018, according to a report out of Detroit. Quoting two sources with knowledge of the car maker’s future product plans, Reuters says the hybrid model will be a compact car designed to go head to head with the Toyota Prius...


Volkswagen Jetta update due in 2015, price changes expected
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Volkswagen Jetta update due in 2015, price changes expected

The slow-selling Volkswagen Jetta could soon receive a much-needed jab in the arm. The Jetta – which is essentially a mid-size sedan that sits separately to the Golf hatchback with higher pricing and varied equipment levels – has floundered this year, with sales dipping 35 per cent to the end of July...


Lotus planning an SUV, large sedan to broaden range - report
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Lotus planning an SUV, large sedan to broaden range - report

Lotus has presented a product plan that involves a drastic expansion of its current range to its owner Proton. According to the government controlled newspaper Utusan Malaysia, Lotus CEO Jean-Marc Gales has presented a product plan includes an SUV and a D-segment sedan to the board of Proton...


CarPlay roll out delayed by Mercedes-Benz, Volvo
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CarPlay roll out delayed by Mercedes-Benz, Volvo

Both Mercedes-Benz and Volvo are delaying their US roll out of Apple CarPlay, although it’s unclear whether there will be flow on effects for Australian customers. Mercedes-Benz and Volvo are two out of the five automotive brands that were initially scheduled to offer CarPlay compatible entertainment systems, at least in the US, by the end of 2014...


Infiniti details expansion plan, takes teaser campaigns to new heights
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Infiniti details expansion plan, takes teaser campaigns to new heights

Infiniti will apparently grow its line-up to include at least 13 models — eight sedans/coupes and five SUVs — within the next five years as it continues to grow its global footprint.  The expansion, which represents growth of 60 per cent over its current eight-member global range, will see the company follow through with the plan partially laid down by recently-departed CEO Johan de Nysschen, who left last month to become president of Cadillac...


2015 Volkswagen Polo : Pricing and specifications - UPDATED with driveaway prices
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2015 Volkswagen Polo : Pricing and specifications - UPDATED with driveaway prices

The updated 2015 Volkswagen Polo has arrived in Australia, bringing lower pricing, revised styling, and new engines. The facelifted Volkswagen Polo will go on sale this weekend with pricing kicking off from just $15,990 driveaway for the entry-level 66TSI Trendline manual model, putting it close to sharply priced Japanese rivals such as the Honda Jazz, Toyota Yaris and runout Mazda 2...


Land Rover Discovery Sport: seven-seat cabin revealed in sneak peek video
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Land Rover Discovery Sport: seven-seat cabin revealed in sneak peek video

The 2015 Land Rover Discovery Sport medium SUV’s plush seven-seat cabin has been previewed by a short video ahead of the car’s world premiere on September 3 and Australian arrival in May next year.  Inspired by the Discovery Vision Concept from the New York motor show last April, the Discovery Sport will serve as a much more versatile replacement for the 17-year old Freelander nameplate...


Volkswagen Tiguan replacement due in two years
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Volkswagen Tiguan replacement due in two years

The next-generation Volkswagen Tiguan SUV is still two years away, but the new version will be worth the wait. That’s according to Volkswagen Australia’s managing director, John White, who told CarAdvice that the all-new Tiguan – which will be built off the same modular architecture as the seventh-generation Golf – will be a game-changer for the brand...


Lexus to roll out more safety tech
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Lexus to roll out more safety tech

Lexus is seeking to bolster its safety credentials with the rollout of several “visibility technologies” on its sedan and SUV lines by early 2015.  The Japanese premium brand will make both blind-spot monitoring and Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) — a sensor-based system that alerts the driver of oncoming traffic when backing out of a parking space — either standard or optional on its exiting and future models...


Honda CR-Z future “under evaluation” in Australia
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Honda CR-Z future “under evaluation” in Australia

The future of Honda Australia’s hybrid range appears to be in doubt, and its hero performance-focused hybrid model – the Honda CR-Z – could be on the chopping block. The CR-Z was dropped in Europe and the UK earlier this year, but the company stated it would continue building the CR-Z despite it sharing platform components and hybrid bits with the defunct Insight...


Jaguar XE SVR to chase after BMW M3, Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG - report
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Jaguar XE SVR to chase after BMW M3, Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG - report

Jaguar will take on the BMW M3 and the Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG with a high performance version of the XE, which will likely be dubbed the Jaguar XE SVR. According to Auto Express, the car will be powered by a version of the 5.0-litre supercharged V8 seen in the F-Type. For the Jaguar XE SVR, the engine will be tuned to deliver 365kW of power and will be tied to an eight-speed automatic transmission...


Saab narrowly avoids bankruptcy proceedings, still seeking a partner
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Saab narrowly avoids bankruptcy proceedings, still seeking a partner

NEVS (National Electric Vehicle Sweden), owner of Saab, has narrowly avoided bankruptcy proceedings and has confirmed that it is still seeking a partner to ensure its long-term future. Last week NEVS confirmed that one of its suppliers, Labo Test, agreed to withdraw a bankruptcy petition lodged with the Swedish government...


2015 Mazda 2 production to shift from Japan to Thailand
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2015 Mazda 2 production to shift from Japan to Thailand

Production of Australia’s Mazda 2 will relocate from Japan to Thailand for the introduction of the third-generation model in November. Mazda Australia public relations senior manager Steve Maciver confirmed the shift was part of the company’s global strategy to more evenly distribute production across Japan and other countries...


2015 Skoda Fabia exterior revealed
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2015 Skoda Fabia exterior revealed

After a protracted teaser campaign, the 2015 Skoda Fabia light-car has been officially revealed ahead of its world premiere in-the-metal at this October’s Paris motor show.  The new Fabia, which is expected to borrow bits from the newly-updated Volkswagen Polo rather than the VW Group’s much publicised MQB architecture, is wider and lower than before as part of a bid to boost its sporting credentials, and is also said to offer best-in-class cargo space...


2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class made in South Africa
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2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class made in South Africa

A number of Australian-delivered models of the W205 (2015) Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedan are being sourced from the German company’s South African plant in East London. The previous-generation W204 C-Class was sourced from Germany, but the new C-Class range will include sedan models sourced from the African nation...


Renault Koleos Sport Way limited edition announced
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Renault Koleos Sport Way limited edition announced

The limited edition Renault Koleos Sport Way has this week launched in Australia, offering a range of additional features that the company hopes will help its largely unheralded offering better stand out in the crowded medium SUV market. The Sport Way edition builds on the existing BOSE specification, and is exclusively a front-wheel-drive proposition...


2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class avoids Luxury Car Tax across the board
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2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class avoids Luxury Car Tax across the board

  All non-optioned versions of what looks set to be Australia’s most popular luxury car, the new 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class, will avoid the federal government’s controversial luxury car tax when it goes on sale later this week. The new Mercedes-Benz C-Class range starts from $60,900 for the C200 and tops out at $74,900 for the C300 hybrid...


2015 Mazda 2 sacrifices space for style, executives admit
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2015 Mazda 2 sacrifices space for style, executives admit

A key player in the development of the all-new Mazda 2 admits the car’s styling is partly to blame for its interior being smaller than that of the old model. Despite being 160mm longer from nose to tail (4060mm), 20mm taller (1495mm) and riding on an 80mm-longer wheelbase (2570mm), the third-generation city car is actually smaller than its predecessor in a number of key interior dimensions...


Volkswagen R-Line range to expand in Australia
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Volkswagen R-Line range to expand in Australia

The sporty Volkswagen R-Line option pack will be available to order on more models in Australia in the coming months. Volkswagen Australia has confirmed it will soon be selling an R-Line package for the Golf Wagon and a revised version of the Tiguan SUV, joining the current R-Line-equipped models that consists of the Touareg, Beetle and Golf hatch...


2015 Jaguar XE interior sketched out: Will feature remote smartphone control, laser head-up display
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2015 Jaguar XE interior sketched out: Will feature remote smartphone control, laser head-up display

The new Jaguar XE will feature an 8-inch touchscreen and a laser head-up display, as well as a smartphone app which can remotely control a host of car functions. Prior to today, Jaguar has given the world a sneak peak of the XE's front end, as well as its overall shape. The Tata-owned luxury brand has also detailed the car's lightweight aluminium construction and its new family of Ingenium engines...


Mazda 2 MPS : Baby hot-hatch a chance later in model lifecycle, says sales boss
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Mazda 2 MPS : Baby hot-hatch a chance later in model lifecycle, says sales boss

A Mazda 2 MPS hot-hatch is under consideration and could emerge later in the third-generation city car’s lifecycle, according to the brand’s international sales boss. Mazda Motor Corporation global sales and marketing general manager Yasuhiro Aoyama told CarAdvice a sports variant of the all-new Mazda 2 could be introduced down the track to maintain interest in the model as it ages...


Tesla Model S gains unlimited kilometre drivetrain warranty
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Tesla Model S gains unlimited kilometre drivetrain warranty

The luxury electric car maker has announced that the Tesla Model S sedan's drivetrain will now feature a warranty in line with that already in place for the car's battery pack. This means that the 85kWh version of all-electric sedan now has an eight-year unlimited kilometre warranty for both its lithium-ion battery pack, as well as its electric drivetrain...


McLaren P1 GTR Design Concept revealed at Pebble Beach
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McLaren P1 GTR Design Concept revealed at Pebble Beach

A design concept pointing the way to the look of the track-only McLaren P1 GTR was unveiled at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance over the weekend. It seems that today even highly exclusive track-only supercars have teaser campaigns, so the car unveiled at Pebble Beach isn't the final vehicle, but a production preview of the real deal...


ANCAP says entry models should get same active safety gear as high-spec versions
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ANCAP says entry models should get same active safety gear as high-spec versions

ANCAP has this week awarded five stars to a trio of vehicles, but criticised their makers, as well as a host of other brands, for offering higher levels of safety equipment on flagship versions of various models than on the corresponding entry-level versions...


2015 Mazda 2 : New details of third-generation city car
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2015 Mazda 2 : New details of third-generation city car

Fresh details of the all-new Mazda 2 have been released ahead of its introduction to Australian showrooms on November 1. The third-generation city car will be available in our market with two tunes of a new 1.5-litre direct-injection four-cylinder petrol engine...


FPV GT-F : Fundraising auction accelerates quickly
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FPV GT-F : Fundraising auction accelerates quickly

Ford Australia is auctioning off two FPV GT-F sedans to raise funds for the National Breast Cancer Foundation. The auction, which launched last night, has already included bids of more than $100,000 each for car number 1 and car number 500 in the limited 550-unit production run...


2015 Volkswagen Tiguan: R-Line added, reverse-view camera to be made standard
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2015 Volkswagen Tiguan: R-Line added, reverse-view camera to be made standard

The Volkswagen Tiguan line-up is set to see some shuffling in the latter part of 2014, including the addition of a standard reverse-view camera on all models, and a new sporty R-Line model...


2015 Volkswagen Scirocco R confirmed for Australia
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2015 Volkswagen Scirocco R confirmed for Australia

The Volkswagen Scirocco R isn't dead in Australia, after all. Earlier this year Volkswagen Australia confirmed it was reassessing the need for the Scirocco R sports hatch as part of its line-up, particularly given the brand had models such as the Polo GTI, Golf GTI and GTI Performance and Golf R as part of its range...


2015 Mercedes-Benz S-Class convertible : Ultra high-end soft-top spied ahead of forthcoming reveal
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2015 Mercedes-Benz S-Class convertible : Ultra high-end soft-top spied ahead of forthcoming reveal

The forthcoming Grand Daddy of German soft-tops, the 2015 Mercedes-Benz S-Class convertible, has been snapped undergoing testing ahead of its expected world premiere next year. We have known for some time that Benz is planning an S-Class convertible — see our exclusive report from back in 2012 — but these images from our snappers in Europe give us the best look yet...


2015 Ford Mustang spotted in right-hand-drive guise for the first time
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2015 Ford Mustang spotted in right-hand-drive guise for the first time

This could be the first ever Ford Mustang built in right-hand-drive from the factory floor. The image - posted by SVT Performance, courtesy of Ford Motor Company - shows an apparent 2015 Ford Mustang Convertible prototype. Never before has the blue oval brand sent a right-hand-drive Mustang from the line at its production plant, though many conversion companies have made money switching the US muscle car's left-twirler to suit markets such as Australia...


2015 Skoda Fabia teaser campaign continues; two new images released
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2015 Skoda Fabia teaser campaign continues; two new images released

The drawn-out, puzzle-like reveal of the 2015 Skoda Fabia continues, with two new images of the Czech brand's city car released over the weekend. The latest images - the fourth and fifth teasers, respectively, for the new Skoda Fabia that will debut at the 2014 Paris motor show in October - give a little more away about how the cars side panels will look...


Volkswagen XL1 four-seat model planned - report
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Volkswagen XL1 four-seat model planned - report

A new, more practical four-seat version of the ultra-efficient Volkswagen XL1 is expected to become a reality, according overseas reports. UK publication Autocar states a new four-seater model based on the Volkswagen XL1 plug-in hybrid diesel is in the works, as the brand looks to expand its eco-conscious range of vehicles in anticipation of a number of high-tech rivals - namely the production Honda FCEV and Toyota Mirai hydrogen fuel-cell models...