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CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for December 2, 2016
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CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for December 2, 2016

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...


Audi Sport GmbH launches to continue quattro division's good work
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Audi Sport GmbH launches to continue quattro division's good work

Audi's 33-year-old quattro performance arm has now officially re-branded as Audi Sport, cementing changes that have in fact been in place for sometime now. Already being marketed in Australia for more than a year, the Audi Sport brand will stand for the company's growing range of RS-badged performance models in the same way that M and AMG do their thing within the BMW and Mercedes-Benz lines...


2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class coupe spy photos - UPDATE
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2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class coupe spy photos - UPDATE

UPDATE: The new E-Class Coupe has been spied on the road again this week, in a new and more revealing state of undress. See the black car here, and earlier camouflaged examples in the gallery. February 2, 2016: Spy photographers have caught the new Mercedes-Benz E-Class coupe undergoing testing in Europe this week...


The Audi of 2030 will be an "electrification company": Q5 technology boss
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The Audi of 2030 will be an "electrification company": Q5 technology boss

Audi, already at the forefront of integrating hybrid electric technology with its fleet of luxury vehicles, is a company that is firmly looking to the future. Specifically, an electric future, with more and more research and development focussed on emerging powertrain technology...


2015 Peugeot 308 GTi recalled for tyre valve fix: 64 vehicles affected
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2015 Peugeot 308 GTi recalled for tyre valve fix: 64 vehicles affected

Peugeot has issued a recall for 64 of its 2015 308 GTi hot hatches over concerns a faulty tyre valve could cause a loss of pressure. The French manufacturer reports that the recalled vehicles are potentially fitted with defective tyre valves. If a loss of tyre pressure occurs as a result of the fault, this could affect the handling of the vehicle and in a worst-case scenario, cause an accident...


2015 Isuzu MU-X recalled for fuel tank fix: 12 vehicles affected
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2015 Isuzu MU-X recalled for fuel tank fix: 12 vehicles affected

Isuzu has issued a recall for 12 of its 2015.5 model-year MU-X off-roaders over concerns the fuel tank could detach. According to the manufacturer, a manufacturing fault could have caused the fuel tank band fixing bolts to be tightened incorrectly. If the fault occurs, the fixing bolts could become loose during normal operation of the vehicle, and the fuel tank could detach as a result...


2018 Toyota Camry teased ahead of Detroit debut
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2018 Toyota Camry teased ahead of Detroit debut

A first preview for the all-new 2018 Toyota Camry has been handed down this morning, ahead of an unveiling now confirmed for next month's Detroit motor show. The new Camry, which will be fully imported into Australia when the company's local manufacturing operation winds up next year, promises to introduce a more dynamic and sporting look than the model currently on sale...


2017 Hyundai i20 WRC challenger unveiled: More aero, more power for rally-spec city car
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2017 Hyundai i20 WRC challenger unveiled: More aero, more power for rally-spec city car

Hyundai Motorsport has lifted the covers on its 2017 Hyundai i20 WRC challenger at a media event at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza in Italy, ahead of the 2017 World Rally Championship (WRC) season opener in Monte-Carlo...


Ford finding new R&D efficiencies in virtual reality
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Ford finding new R&D efficiencies in virtual reality

If you think that technology has changed the way we use and interact with our cars, spare a thought for the engineers who design them. At the launch of the RWD Ford Everest this week, CarAdvice was invited to experience the VR CAVE development environment at the company’s Broadmeadows headquarters...


China's WM Motor to launch four affordable EVs
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China's WM Motor to launch four affordable EVs

When a brand-new automotive marque pops up and says it will build four affordable electric vehicles aimed at mainstream buyers, you could be forgiven for taking the claims with a grain of salt. But perhaps don't dismiss WM Motor so quickly... The Chinese brand is headed by former Geely executive Freeman Shen, an enterprising businessman who told Reuters recently that he thinks his brand, WM Motor, can offer buyers a different kind of electric car...


2017 Audi Q5 gets new ‘quattro ultra’ drive system
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2017 Audi Q5 gets new ‘quattro ultra’ drive system

When it comes to Audi's quattro brand, there are two camps among fans and observers. Traditionalist gearheads prefer the ‘old-school’ rear-biased Torsen quattro system, while vehicles based on the MQB platform have a front-biased Haldex system. But now, Audi has muddied the waters a little more, with a new system the German brand is calling quattro ultra...


Porsche hopes to sell 20,000 Mission E sedans each year - report
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Porsche hopes to sell 20,000 Mission E sedans each year - report

The CEO of German sports car maker Porsche has come out saying the company hopes to sell 20,000 examples of its upcoming Mission E sedan each year when it launches at the end of the decade, according to a new report. Speaking to German newspaper Automobilwoche (translated by Autoblog) Porsche boss Oliver Blume told the publication about the company's ambitious target...


Toyota: hydrogen a "natural stepping stone" from hybrid
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Toyota: hydrogen a "natural stepping stone" from hybrid

Toyota's local arm strongly supports the adoption of hydrogen fuel-cell technology in Australia, despite the current lack of infrastructure. Speaking at the showcase of the Mirai fuel-cell sedan and the company's new mobile hydrogen refueller station, Michael Elias, manager for product planning at Toyota Australia, told CarAdvice the company sees hydrogen power as a natural progression from current hybrid technology - due to the refuelling process being similar to conventional cars...


2017 Mercedes-Benz G-Professional Cab-Chassis pricing and specs
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2017 Mercedes-Benz G-Professional Cab-Chassis pricing and specs

Local pricing and specifications for the rough-and-tumble Mercedes-Benz G-Professional Cab Chassis ute have been detailed this week. Starting at $119,900 plus on-road costs, the G-Professional definitely isn't cheap, though it boasts a 2085kg payload without a tray, 245mm of ground clearance, three differential locks that can be shifted to low-range on the move, along with a 650mm wading depth and adjustable engine speed control...


Hasta luego: Australia's 2017 Audi Q5 will come from Mexico
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Hasta luego: Australia's 2017 Audi Q5 will come from Mexico

You might wonder why Audi chose Mexico for the international launch of it’s all-new 2017 Q5 SUV. Even we wondered. After all, Mexico is not the obvious choice of location for a German manufacturer to present an all-new SUV to the world’s press - aside from the Baja peninsula being a bloody nice place to spend some time...