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CSIRO cracks the carbon-fibre code: Cheaper, stronger and mass-produced
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CSIRO cracks the carbon-fibre code: Cheaper, stronger and mass-produced

Australia’s CSIRO has cracked the carbon-fibre code, and in doing so has opened the floodgates to mass-production of the composite material in Australia. Currently only a handful of companies around the world are able to manufacture carbon-fibre, each with their own closely-guarded secret recipe...


SsangYong XAVL seven-seat concept teased
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SsangYong XAVL seven-seat concept teased

Korean car maker SsangYong will use next month's Geneva motor show to reveal yet another new concept, this one dubbed XAVL. Challenging Mitsubishi for some sort of "how many concepts can you reveal between new production models" award, SsangYong's latest show car will be a mid-sized SUV on the large end of the segment...


Toyota to reveal driverless tech in Geneva
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Toyota to reveal driverless tech in Geneva

The Toyota i-TRIL concept, destined for next month's Geneva motor show, will preview the company's step into the autonomous driving landscape. Described as an alternative to city cars, motorcycles, and "and other electric vehicles", the i-TRIL is said to be Toyota's view of an engaging and environmentally friendly mobility solution...


Mazda 2, 3, 6 recalled for seat fix
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Mazda 2, 3, 6 recalled for seat fix

Mazda has recalled thousands of its previous-generation passenger cars this week, over concerns for faulty seat lifters. The recall centres on the seat height adjustment mechanism, which could see either the adjustment lifter link crack, or the lifter link retaining nuts separate...


GM, Lyft to test thousands of autonomous Chevrolet Bolts in 2018 - report
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GM, Lyft to test thousands of autonomous Chevrolet Bolts in 2018 - report

General Motors is planning to deploy a fleet of autonomous Chevrolet Bolt EVs with its ride-sharing partner Lyft next year, according to a new report. Reuters cites "two sources familiar with the automaker's plans", saying the American automotive giant is looking to send thousands of autonomous-capable Bolts into testing from next year, which would mark the largest test of fully-driverless vehicles by any major manufacturer...


BMW voted world's most admired car company, pips Toyota
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BMW voted world's most admired car company, pips Toyota

BMW has been named the world's most admired automotive company by business magazine Fortune, one of only two car makers to make the top 50. Topping the rankings were Apple, Amazon.com and Starbucks, while BMW managed 21st, and Toyota came in at number 34. Other companies making the top 50 included Facebook and Microsoft (joint 9th), Coca-Cola (16th), Boeing (30th), Intel (46th), and McDonald's (48th)...


Ford Kuga recall still not confirmed, despite numerous reports of engine fires
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Ford Kuga recall still not confirmed, despite numerous reports of engine fires

Ford Australia has still not committed to recalling Kuga 1.6 models — unlike in South Africa, where it has done so — despite several engine fires being reported locally. Instead, Ford Australia says it is still speaking with affected owners (several of whom we have referred to higher levels of the company) and "investigating" whether it needs to call-in all Kugas with this engine for a fix...


Jaguar's new in-car Shell fuel payment system is coming to Australia
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Jaguar's new in-car Shell fuel payment system is coming to Australia

Jaguar has partnered with fuel company Shell to launch the world's-first in-car cashless payment system, allowing owners to pay for fuel via the vehicle's infotainment system. Part of the recently-announced 2018 model-year updates for the F-Pace SUV along with the XE and XF sedans, the new Shell app allows Jaguar owners to use PayPal or Apple Pay through their car's touchscreen to pay for fuel at Shell service stations...


2017 Alpina B5 teased ahead of possible Geneva debut: video
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2017 Alpina B5 teased ahead of possible Geneva debut: video

The next-generation Alpina B5 has been teased, ahead of its likely debut at the 2017 Geneva motor show next month. Based on the new 'G30' BMW 5 Series, the new Alpina B5 will be a luxury-focused high-performance model, pitched as a more comfortable and conservative alternative to the upcoming BMW M5 performance flagship...


Order books closing on Holden-built Chevrolet SS
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Order books closing on Holden-built Chevrolet SS

The Chevrolet SS sports sedan - basically the rebadged US-market version of our Holden Commodore - is taking its final orders this month. According to online blog, GM Authority, February is the final month for US customers to place an order for the Aussie-built sports sedan, leaving little more than a week to secure the Chevrolet-badged Commodore...


2016 Jaguar XE recalled for fuel cooler fix
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2016 Jaguar XE recalled for fuel cooler fix

Jaguar has issued a recall for 76 of its 2016 model-year XE 2.0-litre turbo-diesel sedans, over concerns the fuel cooler could leak. The British luxury marque reports the underfloor diesel fuel cooler in affected vehicles may leak, which could cause a fuel odour to enter the cabin...


2017 Hyundai i30 wagon teased
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2017 Hyundai i30 wagon teased

The next-generation Hyundai i30 wagon has been teased ahead of its debut at the Geneva motor show, which takes place in early March. At the front we expect the i30 wagon to be a mirror image of the hatch that will go on sale in Australia in April. All of the changes seemingly take place aft of the C-pillar, with the lengthened rear overhang resulting in a longer roof, thinner D-pillars, a different set of tail-lights, and a new tailgate...


2018 Audi RS4 Avant spied with production body
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2018 Audi RS4 Avant spied with production body

The Audi RS4 has been spied again, but this latest prototype seems to be wearing a production-ready body. The next-generation Audi RS4 was last spied in April 2016, and that vehicle had massive tacked-on wheel arch extensions. This latest prototype features more subtle flares highlighted by additional horizontal crease lines...


2017 Lotus Evora Sport 410: one-off special remembers iconic James Bond Esprit S1
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2017 Lotus Evora Sport 410: one-off special remembers iconic James Bond Esprit S1

Remember the amphibious Lotus Esprit S1 from the 1977 Bond movie The Spy Who Loved Me? Well, the bods at Lotus Exclusive – the UK brand's in-house personalisation department – have tried to recreate the iconic model in celebration of the original car's on-screen debut, some 40 years ago...


Jeep Grand Cherokee 'Trackhawk' heading to New York – report
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Jeep Grand Cherokee 'Trackhawk' heading to New York – report

The upcoming Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT 'Trackhawk' will make its debut at the New York motor show in April – according to a new report out of the US. Motor Authority says a "reliable source" has confirmed the Hellcat-powered SUV will be revealed alongside the all-out Dodge Challenger SRT Demon...