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CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for January 20, 2017
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CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for January 20, 2017

Welcome to the CarAdvice.com News Desk, a regular video wrap of the latest happenings in the automotive world and Australia's new-car market. Keeping you in the loop, Tegan Lawson presents a weekly video from the CarAdvice Garage, with everything you need to know about the week in news and reviews...


Australia's key role in Mazda/Isuzu Ute deal
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Australia's key role in Mazda/Isuzu Ute deal

Australia was a key driver in Mazda’s decision to enter a joint-venture (JV) arrangement with Isuzu Ute to collaborate on the next-generation BT-50 and D-Max ute/pickup trucks, due around 2020. As announced in July, the two Japanese companies ditched existing ute JVs (Mazda with Ford, Isuzu with General Motors, which we already know plans to move upmarket with the next Colorado) and buddied up to better amortise costs...


2019 Mercedes-Benz GLA spied
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2019 Mercedes-Benz GLA spied

The next-generation Mercedes-Benz GLA has been spied this week, despite the facelifted current-generation model debuting in Detroit only a week ago. While this test mule looks very similar to the A-Class prototype that has been spotted over the past year, this vehicle is believed to be a GLA due to its higher ride height, chunkier wheel and tyre package along with what looks to be a slightly wider track...


McLaren teases second-generation 'Super Series' model ahead of Geneva
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McLaren teases second-generation 'Super Series' model ahead of Geneva

McLaren has previewed the successor to its 650S supercar, scheduled to be revealed on March 7 at the Geneva motor show. The second-generation of the company's 'Super Series' range is claimed to be twice as aerodynamically efficient as the current 650S, along with 15 per cent better cooling efficiency...


Autonomous cars won’t kill people, but they will 'take our jobs'
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Autonomous cars won’t kill people, but they will 'take our jobs'

I’m both excited and nervous about the arrival of the autonomous car. Seeing firsthand at CES 2017  just how dedicated the automotive industry and the big-name tech brands are to making cars that won’t need to be driven, was an eye-opener for me. It sounds like a future world full of promise: people won’t need to worry about driving their car home if they’re too tired or too drunk to drive...


Holden Commodore Magnum: New record breaking Nurburgring lap time still on the cards
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Holden Commodore Magnum: New record breaking Nurburgring lap time still on the cards

In June 2013 Holden set a world record — the fastest ute to lap the famous Nurburgring circuit. The time set was 8:19:47, making it not only the fastest ute, but one of the fastest cars to lap the German track. Now, Holden is saying a new record could still be on the cards. Using a Holden Commodore SS-V Redline ute with the previous generation 6...


2017 Holden Commodore Magnum, Director and Motorsport are level 3 track-certified
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2017 Holden Commodore Magnum, Director and Motorsport are level 3 track-certified

In a bid to ensure its three limited edition models — the Commodore Magnum, Director and Motorsport — are taken seriously, Holden has tested them to the same extreme standards required for GM's global track capable cars. Testing is undertaken at General Motors' Milford Race Course. It's a gruelling track used to certify cars as track capable with GM's stamp of approval...


New Mazda CX-5 expected to remain top-seller
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New Mazda CX-5 expected to remain top-seller

Mazda Australia is very confident its imminent second-generation CX-5 crossover will retain the current model’s sales dominance, against an array of improved rivals. The second iteration of Mazda’s hugely popular mid-sized SUV is due by June — no, we don’t have a more specific date yet — and gets a number of updates over the current offering, which dates to 2012...


Mercedes-Benz Marco Polo Horizon revealed
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Mercedes-Benz Marco Polo Horizon revealed

If the lower-spec Mercedes-Benz Marco Polo models are like staying at a Best Western or Holiday Inn for the night, then the newly revealed Mercedes-Benz Marco Polo Horizon is akin to a night at the Radisson or the Westin...


Dendrobium hypercar teased: WTF is a Dendrobium?
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Dendrobium hypercar teased: WTF is a Dendrobium?

Dendrobium: a genus of orchid native to Singapore. That answers that. But what does this new shapely hypercar have to do with that? Well, like the flower, the Dendrobium hypercar is native to Singapore, and it's the nation-state's first attempt at building such a vehicle...


2018 Kia Stinger lands EyesOn Design award
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2018 Kia Stinger lands EyesOn Design award

The recently-revealed 2018 Kia Stinger has been presented with the EyesOn Design award for production car design excellence this week at the Detroit motor show. With other categories ranging from concept car, concept truck, production truck, innovative use of colour, graphics and materials, to interior design, and more, The EyesOn Design Awards honour the best production and concept vehicles making their worldwide auto show debut at the Detroit motor show...


2016-17 Land Rover Discovery Sport, Range Rover Evoque recalled: Owners urged to park away from property
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2016-17 Land Rover Discovery Sport, Range Rover Evoque recalled: Owners urged to park away from property

Land Rover has issued a recall for 797 of its 2017 model-year Discovery Sport and 2016-17 model-year Range Rover Evoque SUVs fitted with the 2.0-litre turbo-diesel engine and automatic transmission, over concerns a wiring fault could cause several issues including loss of electric steering, engine cut-out, or even a fire...


2017 Opel Crossland X revealed as Meriva replacement
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2017 Opel Crossland X revealed as Meriva replacement

The all-new 2017 Opel Crossland X has been revealed overnight in UK-market Vauxhall guise, and will sit below the Mokka X in the company's line-up. Serving as the successor to the Meriva people mover, the Crossland X has been given a comprehensive makeover, and will take on the likes of the Renault Captur and Peugeot 2008 when it hits the European showrooms later this year...


Demise of local manufacturing represents opportunity, says HSV head
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Demise of local manufacturing represents opportunity, says HSV head

The head of Holden Special Vehicles (HSV) says, while the end of local manufacturing in Australia is a loss, it's part of wider industry changes that, with the right mindset, represent opportunities. Speaking to CarAdvice this week, HSV managing director Tim Jackson said the factors behind the wind up of local production – first Ford, soon Holden, and then finally Toyota – aren’t merely confined to Australia...


2018 HSV range to be broader, but not boring: "If we do a boring product, we're dead"
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2018 HSV range to be broader, but not boring: "If we do a boring product, we're dead"

HSV's 2018 vehicle line-up, beyond the end of Holden's Australian production program, will be more diverse and focussed on attracting new customers - but not at the cost of excitement. Speaking to CarAdvice this week, HSV managing director Tim Jackson said he’s confident Holden Special Vehicles can succeed in a post-locally-built Holden Commodore era...