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Toyota 86, Subaru BRZ recall: almost every car to come in for power-steering fix - UPDATE
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Toyota 86, Subaru BRZ recall: almost every car to come in for power-steering fix - UPDATE

UPDATE: This article originally noted the Toyota recall only. Subaru details have now also been added. It's a bittersweet week for Toyota. Having only just wrapped up the first media drive of its refreshed 86 coupe, the company is now preparing to recall almost every example sold in Australia...


2018 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter could feature EV, autonomous driving options
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2018 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter could feature EV, autonomous driving options

The next-generation Mercedes-Benz Sprinter could be offered with the option of an electric drivetrain and self-driving equipment. Ulf Zillig, head of the next-generation Sprinter development team, has told The Detroit Bureau that new van is capable of housing an electric drivetrain, as well as all the gear required for a degree of autonomous driving...


Australia’s northward shift causing problems for GPS, autonomous cars
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Australia’s northward shift causing problems for GPS, autonomous cars

In Australia, even the land itself is guilty of speeding. Our big island nation rides on the world’s fastest moving tectonic plate, and it’s causing a headache for cartographers. Over the last two decades the continent has shifted north by around 1.5 metres - which may not sound like much, but for GPS systems it’s a big change...


2017 BMW 3 Series GT LCI pricing and specifications: Tweaked looks, more equipment
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2017 BMW 3 Series GT LCI pricing and specifications: Tweaked looks, more equipment

The 2017 BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo range is the latest recipient of the German car maker's 'Life Cycle Impulse' (LCI) facelift, and will arrive in Australia during the fourth quarter of this year. First revealed in June, the 3 Series GT LCI facelift receives a new daytime-running light signature for the standard-fit LED headlights, lightly refreshed front and rear bumpers, along with new LED tail-lights with an LED signature similar to the LCI-updated 3 Series sedan and wagon...


2017 Toyota 86: inside and out, what's changed?
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2017 Toyota 86: inside and out, what's changed?

While the styling and feature changes for the 2017 Toyota 86 are undoubtedly light-on, they are nevertheless noticeable. Externally, the most heavily revised is the top-spec GTS model, but there have been some adjustments made across both models, both inside and out...


Honda NSX to spearhead big Australian branding campaign
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Honda NSX to spearhead big Australian branding campaign

Honda Australia plans to utilise the strong imagery and credibility of the new NSX supercar to reinforce its credentials as a car company capable of muscling it with the best. With global production capacity of the Honda NSX limited to just eight per day, wait lists for the US market have already hit two years, while Europe sits at 12 months...


Toyota engineering boss says Supra name the favourite for coming sports car
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Toyota engineering boss says Supra name the favourite for coming sports car

Toyota’s upcoming sports car is widely anticipated to revive the Supra nameplate, and while not locked in, the company’s chief engineer says he - and his colleagues - like to see that happen. Speaking with CarAdvice at the international media drive for the facelifted Toyota 86 range, Tetsuya Tada, the company’s global chief engineer, said he wants the upcoming sports car – co-developed with BMW – to be named Supra...


2016 Holden Barina R: sporty RS-inspired edition launched
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2016 Holden Barina R: sporty RS-inspired edition launched

A new Holden Barina R model has joined the local line-up, adding styling enhancements and extra equipment to the brand's light hatch. Based on the entry-level CD variant, the Barina R gets the sporty look of the hotter turbocharged RS for only $1000 more than its price-leading donor car...


Tesla Model Y SUV and Model X-based minibus confirmed
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Tesla Model Y SUV and Model X-based minibus confirmed

Elon Musk, Tesla's outspoken CEO, has once again taken to Twitter to make some product roadmap announcements, stating on the social media service: "Model Y (compact SUV) off Model 3 chassis. Tesla Bus/Minibus/Spacebus off Model X." The Model Y name would complete the 'Model' naming scheme, which Musk had initially envisioned as spelling SEXY once the Model S, Model E, Model X and Model Y were all launched...


2017 Ford Kuga facelift due in Australia early next year
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2017 Ford Kuga facelift due in Australia early next year

The newly facelifted 2017 Ford Kuga will make its way to Australia a year after it was first revealed, the car maker has confirmed this week. The new-look Kuga was unveiled in February this year for an official premiere a month later at the Geneva motor show, before a lower-impact equipment update was rolled out to the Australian market in May...


2017/2018 Volkswagen Polo GTI spied testing in California
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2017/2018 Volkswagen Polo GTI spied testing in California

The upcoming all-new 2017/2018 Volkswagen Polo has been spied in its production duds for the first time, with the hero GTI model caught touring California's Death Valley this week. Until now, the new Polo has only been seen in 'mule' form, wearing the skin of its predecessor, the current fifth-generation model that has now been on the global market since 2009...


Honda NSX was almost exclusively a left-hand-drive offering
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Honda NSX was almost exclusively a left-hand-drive offering

The newly launched Honda NSX supercar could’ve as easily been an exclusively left-hand drive model, with the brand having seriously considered that possibility throughout the car’s development cycle. When work on the second-generation Honda NSX first began, it was intended to be a left-hand-drive vehicle only...


July 2016 VFACTS: New vehicle sales down, winners and losers detailed
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July 2016 VFACTS: New vehicle sales down, winners and losers detailed

Australian new vehicle sales went slightly backwards in July, but not enough to stop 2016 from remaining on track for an all-time annual record. According to VFACTS industry figures released this morning, 91,331 new vehicles were sold last month, which is down 1.1 per cent over July last year. Annual sales sit at 689,471, up 2.8 per cent over last year’s record...


80 Volkswagen, Audi, Bentley models banned in South Korea
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80 Volkswagen, Audi, Bentley models banned in South Korea

South Korean authorities have revoked the certification of, and recalled, 80 Volkswagen, Audi and Bentley models currently or previously on-sale due to falsified emissions and noise test data. An executive of Audi Volkswagen South Korea has already been charged with falsifying 140 documents related to emissions and noise certification...


China's giant "transit elevated bus" just went real
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China's giant "transit elevated bus" just went real

China's Transit Explore Bus (TEB) has launched the pilot project of its road-straddling ‘Transit Elevated Bus’ in Qinhuangdao this week. After revealing the ambitious ‘Land Airbus’ concept as a scale model back in May, TEB has produced a full-scale prototype which has begun its pilot run in the coastal Chinese city about 300 kilometres east of Beijing...