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Top ten growth brands of 2016
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Top ten growth brands of 2016

The results are in: annual new vehicle sales in 2016 were the highest on record, with the market growing two per cent to a tick under 1.18 million vehicles, thanks to strong growth from light commercials and SUVs. But what brands grew well above the market average? Here we list the top 10 growth brands, by raw numerical sales increase...


Mercedes-Benz Digital Light system will use two million mirrors in its headlights
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Mercedes-Benz Digital Light system will use two million mirrors in its headlights

A new headlight technology from Mercedes-Benz will use more than 1,000,000 micro-mirrors in each of its headlights to make driving safer for road users and pedestrians alike. According to Mercedes-Benz, the high-definition Digital Light system will be so advanced that, in theory, you could watch a movie using just the lighting system as a projector against your garage wall...


Mercedes-Benz developing seats that will squirm beneath your bum
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Mercedes-Benz developing seats that will squirm beneath your bum

The world of automotive technology offers up some intriguing twists and turns, and soon a Mercedes-Benz seat could twist and turn you, the driver. Huh? That’s what we thought, but the German luxury brand has revealed at CES 2017 that it is developing new active seats under its “Fit & Healthy” in-car functions banner...


Mercedes-Benz says combustion engines still have life in them despite EV push
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Mercedes-Benz says combustion engines still have life in them despite EV push

Mercedes-Benz may be pushing its electric car agenda with its EQ sub-brand, but the German maker has confirmed at CES 2017 this week there is still plenty of life left in the conventional combustion engine. Mercedes-Benz’s EQ program will see the brand offer “at least 10 battery electric vehicles by 2025”, but along with charging ahead (!) in the EV market, Mercedes-Benz is looking to adapt its conventional powertrain line-up, too...


Mercedes-AMG outsells Porsche in 2016
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Mercedes-AMG outsells Porsche in 2016

There are big name brands that people associate with sports cars - Porsche is probably the most prominent. But despite a record year for the Stuttgart brand, its city sibling Mercedes-AMG outsold it in Australia in 2016. Porsche sales in Australia rose a solid 8.4 per cent, up to 4434 sales despite a dip in Panamera sales due to a model changeover, and the 2016 numbers weren't as good for Boxster for the same reason...


2018 Audi Q3 to go bigger, more premium, with PHEV and EV options - report
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2018 Audi Q3 to go bigger, more premium, with PHEV and EV options - report

The next-generation Audi Q3 is expected to arrive sometime during 2018, and could even offer an all-electric variant that will share underpinnings with the Volkswagen e-Golf – according to a new report out of the UK. In a new article by AutoExpress, the new Q3 is expected to be lighter, more practical and, most importantly, more upmarket than the ageing current model that was first revealed in 2011...


Performax recalls Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra for airbag fix
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Performax recalls Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra for airbag fix

Local conversion firm Performax has issued a recall for its 2014 to 2017 model-year Chevrolet Silverado 2500, 3500 and GMC Sierra 2500 trucks over concerns a faulty module may fail to deploy the frontal airbags in a collision. According to the company, the affected vehicles are fitted with a sensing and diagnostic module (SDM) that may have defective software...


Ssangyong reveals second Korando facelift
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Ssangyong reveals second Korando facelift

Some seven years since it was first revealed, the Ssangyong Korando has been given a second facelift. The 'other' Korean car maker - which describes itself as Korea's "most innovative and respective automotive company" - has showcased a number of promising concepts in recent years. Two new models, the Tivoli and XLV, have appeared since 2015, but an Australian launch for either model remains elusive...


Elderly drivers, your time is up: Why we need regular licence testing
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Elderly drivers, your time is up: Why we need regular licence testing

Another day, another story of an elderly driver crashing into somebody, or something, and nearly killing innocent bystanders. It's now almost a weekly occurrence. This time, it was, fortunately, a stack of trolleys that bore the brunt of an out-of-control Toyota Rav4 at a Victorian shopping centre...


2016 VFACTS wrap: New sales record set, winners and losers detailed
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2016 VFACTS wrap: New sales record set, winners and losers detailed

New vehicle sales hit an all-time high of 1,178,133 units spread across 67 brands in 2016, according to VFACTS data provided by car-makers and dealers. The new market high of almost 1.18 million is up 2 per cent on last year’s result, and is the third calendar-year sales record re-set in four years...


BMW explores control and display tech with i Inside Future
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BMW explores control and display tech with i Inside Future

BMW has rolled out (or pushed, or carried, since it has no wheels...) a new concept for this week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Dubbed i Inside Future, the sculpture-like concept forms part of the future-focused program that brought us the electrified i3 hatch and i8 sports coupe...


Toyota HiLux tops 2016 sales charts, Ranger fourth
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Toyota HiLux tops 2016 sales charts, Ranger fourth

It’s official: the Toyota HiLux was Australia’s top-selling new vehicle in 2016, marking the first time a light commercial ute has finished a calendar year atop the podium. Remarkably, about half of these were the flagship SR5 4x4, which surged on the back of growth in the ‘lifestyle’ ute market, and responded to unprecedented discounts prompted in the most part by the success of the Ford Ranger...


Toyota Concept-i: Self-driving vehicle with AI assistant debuts at CES
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Toyota Concept-i: Self-driving vehicle with AI assistant debuts at CES

The autonomous Toyota Concept-i has made its debut at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show (CES). Penned at the company's Californian design studios with technology input from Toyota's Innovation Hub in San Francisco, the Concept-i was reportedly designed from the inside out, and will reportedly begin on-road tests "within the next few years in Japan"...


McLaren teases second-generation Super Series body shell
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McLaren teases second-generation Super Series body shell

The underlying body shell of the second-generation McLaren Super Series has been teased in a sneak peek released by the sports car manufacturer. The teaser gives us a first look at the carbon-fibre central structure, dubbed Monocage II, of the new Super Series range. Monocage II replaces the hybrid carbon-fibre and metal underpinnings of today's lineup...


Ford, Toyota team up on alternative to Android Auto, Apple CarPlay
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Ford, Toyota team up on alternative to Android Auto, Apple CarPlay

Ford and Toyota have created the SmartDeviceLink Consortium to develop and promote an in-car smartphone application connectivity standard that will, the car makers' hope, rival the Android Auto and Apple CarPlay app mirroring technologies...