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NRMA proposes driver education for speeding drivers
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NRMA proposes driver education for speeding drivers

The NRMA has called for the New South Wales Government to introduce alternatives such as driver training courses for low level speeding offences. With a year-to-date road toll of 208 for 2016, NSW has already seen a 25 per cent spike in road deaths compared to the same period last year...


Mazda 2, B Series, BT-50, RX-8 recalled for Takata airbags: 162,000 vehicles affected
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Mazda 2, B Series, BT-50, RX-8 recalled for Takata airbags: 162,000 vehicles affected

The string of Takata airbag recalls this week continues with Mazda issuing notices for over 162,000 vehicles, including the popular Mazda 2 small car, B Series and BT-50 utes, and the RX-8 sports car. Adding to the Chrysler and Mitsubishi recalls this week, and the Subaru recall issued last week, this latest notice adds to the wider Takata airbag scandal that has affected close to 60 million vehicles globally...


2017 Mazda 3 facelift: leaked Japanese brochure surfaces online - UPDATED
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2017 Mazda 3 facelift: leaked Japanese brochure surfaces online - UPDATED

UPDATE: The updated Mazda 3 has now surfaced in further detail, thanks to a leaked brochure out of Japan. New information has been included at the bottom of this article. A photo claimed to be from a brochure for the facelifted Mazda 3 range was published online overnight. Sent by a reader to Carscoops, the image seems to show the facelifted Mazda 3 hatch, known in its home market as the Mazda Axela...


2016 Skoda Octavia, Rapid recalled for child lock fix
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2016 Skoda Octavia, Rapid recalled for child lock fix

Skoda Australia has issued a recall for 91 Octavia III and 23 Rapid vehicles from its 2016 model year, over concerns the child lock could fail. The Czech manufacturer reports a manufacturing fault may have damaged the detent lever of the child lock, which can result in the active child lock being switched off without warning...


Elon Musk hints at Tesla's "Top Secret Masterplan, Part 2"
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Elon Musk hints at Tesla's "Top Secret Masterplan, Part 2"

Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, has used Twitter to hint at a big announcement for the Silicon Valley brand, saying he hopes to publish part two of his “Top Secret Tesla Masterplan” this week. The tweet, which reads “Working on Top Secret Tesla Masterplan, Part 2. Hoping to publish later this week”, comes amid a dark cloud that has hovered over the brand over the last few weeks...


Hyundai i30 not expected to retain sales crown
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Hyundai i30 not expected to retain sales crown

Hyundai Australia (HMCA) expects its top-selling i30 — currently the number-one selling vehicle in the country — to be overtaken by year’s end as stocks thin out ahead of the launch of a new model. As we have reported, the Hyundai i30 has been the nation’s favourite vehicle nationwide four months in succession, and recently overtook the Toyota HiLux as the top-selling vehicle in the country year-to-date (YTD)...


2007-14 Mitsubishi Triton added to Takata recall: 57,000 vehicles affected
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2007-14 Mitsubishi Triton added to Takata recall: 57,000 vehicles affected

Mitsubishi has issued a recall for more than 57,000 of its ‘ML’ and ‘MN’ Triton utes from the 2007 to 2014 model-years as part of the worldwide Takata airbag scandal. This latest notice comes after Fiat Chrysler recalled over 22,000 Chrysler 300, Jeep Wrangler and Dodge Ram vehicles this week as part of the Takata campaign, which has affected more than 53 million units globally...


Bentley Mulsanne could go electric to satisfy regional demand - report
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Bentley Mulsanne could go electric to satisfy regional demand - report

The Bentley Mulsanne could soon swap its twin-turbo V8 for an all-electric powertrain, according to a new report out of the UK. With a push for stricter emissions regulations coming from countries like China - comfortably one of Bentley’s largest markets - the exclusive British car maker may be compelled to leap forward with an all-electric Mulsanne...


Chrysler 300, Jeep Wrangler, Dodge Ram added to Takata recall: 22,000 vehicles affected
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Chrysler 300, Jeep Wrangler, Dodge Ram added to Takata recall: 22,000 vehicles affected

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has issued a recall for more than 22,000 vehicles from a trio of model lines as part of the ongoing Takata airbag recall. Less than a week after Subaru recalled nearly 76,000 vehicles as part of the Takata scandal, FCA has added a further 22,345 units to the worldwide campaign...


Australian students beat global rivals in Land Rover 4x4 challenge
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Australian students beat global rivals in Land Rover 4x4 challenge

A team of Australian students have won the Land Rover 4x4 in Schools Global Education Challenge, beating 130 other young people from 12 countries around the world to take the title. The program aims to encourage young people to pursue careers in the automotive industry, with students tasked with the design, building and testing miniature remote-controlled 4X4 vehicles and complete off-road challenges...


Mercedes-AMG GT recalled for drive shaft fault
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Mercedes-AMG GT recalled for drive shaft fault

A total of eight Mercedes-AMG GT vehicles have been recalled in Australia due to a fault related to the super sports car's drive shaft. According to the official recall notice on the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) product safety recalls website, the Mercedes-AMG GT recall relates to a drive-shaft joint that risks coming loose, potentially resulting in “a loss of drive”...


Holden Cruze production to end October 7, ahead of new Astra debut
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Holden Cruze production to end October 7, ahead of new Astra debut

Australian production of the Holden Cruze will come to an end on Friday, October 7, the company has confirmed. Details of the plan were first made official in February this year, although the knowledge that Holden would be ending all Australian production by 2017 meant that was little doubt that the end was nearing for the Elizabeth-built small car...


Mazda and Isuzu announce ute deal
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Mazda and Isuzu announce ute deal

Mazda has announced that its next-generation BT-50 ute will be based on the next Isuzu D-Max, signalling a shift away from a long-running arrangement with Ford. The two Japanese companies today announced a “basic agreement” that will see Isuzu produce the next generation of Mazda utes, based on Isuzu’s pickup model...


Chinese company creates 'world’s first smartcar' with Roewe RX5 SUV
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Chinese company creates 'world’s first smartcar' with Roewe RX5 SUV

Chinese e-commerce and technology firm, Alibaba, has created what it claims to be the world’s first 'smartcar', complete with its own integrated operating system. Using the Chinese-market Saic Roewe RX5 compact SUV as its base, the Alibaba smartcar runs the company’s YunOS operating system, allowing it to automatically pay for fuel, parking, and tolls...


Skoda Kodiaq teased, initial details revealed
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Skoda Kodiaq teased, initial details revealed

Skoda has released initial details and a video of its upcoming Kodiaq large SUV, featuring a new surround camera system, claimed best-in-class luggage capacity, and the availability of seven seats...