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2015-16 Kia Optima recalled in US for driveshaft fix, Australian models affected
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2015-16 Kia Optima recalled in US for driveshaft fix, Australian models affected

Kia has issued a recall in the US for 12,214 of its 2015 and 2016 model-year Optima sedans equipped with the 2.4-litre petrol engine, over concerns the right-front axle driveshaft could crack. Vehicles with a cracked driveshaft may not be able to move forward, or could roll away even when the parking brake is engaged...


2017 Audi R8 Spyder pricing and specs: "Lighter, stiffer and faster" droptop here next year
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2017 Audi R8 Spyder pricing and specs: "Lighter, stiffer and faster" droptop here next year

The Australian pricing for the 2017 Audi R8 Spyder has been revealed at the international launch of the new flagship roadster, eight months ahead of the car's local debut in mid-2017. The second-generation drop-top supercar, which its maker Audi Sport claims is "lighter, stiffer and faster" than the generation it replaces, made its debut at this year's New York motor show and hits European showrooms in November, priced from 179,000 euros (AU$256,000)...


Brazil's new Honda WR-V previewed in jazzy sketch
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Brazil's new Honda WR-V previewed in jazzy sketch

The 2017 Honda WR-V has been previewed in a sketch released by the Japanese marque, ahead of the new compact SUV’s reveal at the Sao Paulo motor show in November. Aimed primarily at the South American market - where SUVs are becoming increasingly popular - the ‘Winsome Runabout Vehicle’ will sit below the CR-V and HR-V in Honda’s SUV line-up...


2016-17 Audi Q7, SQ7 recalled for seat fix: 3400 vehicles affected
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2016-17 Audi Q7, SQ7 recalled for seat fix: 3400 vehicles affected

Audi Australia has issued a recall for 3434 of its 2016 and 2017 model-year Audi Q7 and SQ7 SUVs fitted with seven seats over concerns the third row bench wasn’t manufactured correctly. The German marque reports indentations on the cross piece of the third row seating were not designed and subsequently manufactured to correct specifications...


FCAI lab tests reveal dangers of dodgy imitation wheels - UPDATE
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FCAI lab tests reveal dangers of dodgy imitation wheels - UPDATE

UPDATE: The FCAI has responded to concerns over the validity and purpose of these tests. This article has been updated to reflect these comments. The Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) has revealed the potentially lethal flaws of imitation counterfeit alloy wheels in normal driving conditions...


Audi to drop MLB longitudinal engine platform as part of Dieselgate cost cuts - reports
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Audi to drop MLB longitudinal engine platform as part of Dieselgate cost cuts - reports

Audi will reportedly dramatically cut its research and development budget as part of cost savings brought about by the Dieselgate saga, and this includes an end to development of the company's signature longitudinal engine platform...


Radical Volkswagen EV sports car concept spotted in patent database
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Radical Volkswagen EV sports car concept spotted in patent database

A radical Volkswagen autonomous EV concept car been found on the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) patent register. The renderings you see here were originally posted on the VW Vortex forums by user aladis. Aiming for maximum aerodynamic efficiency, the concept features a short bonnet, sweeping roof line, tapered tail, and a prominent shark fin down the middle...


Dodge Australia goes into hibernation
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Dodge Australia goes into hibernation

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Australia will put the Dodge brand on hold while it seeks future product from the iconic American brand. The new boss of Fiat Chrysler Australia, Steve Zanlunghi, says that once current stock for the Dodge Journey SUV runs out, the brand will go into hibernation before new product cases are made for our market...


Audi Australia boss to head UK arm, Cian O'Brien to take over local operations
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Audi Australia boss to head UK arm, Cian O'Brien to take over local operations

Andrew Doyle, managing director of Audi Australia, has been promoted to the top spot at the company's UK arm. He will be succeeded in Australia by Cian O'Brien. Doyle's move to the UK marks the latest turn of the merry-go-round, having previously been Director of Audi in Ireland from 2011 to 2013, and general manager of sales at Audi Australia between 2005 and 2010...


Mercedes-Benz Unimog recalled for seatbelt fix: 11 vehicles affected
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Mercedes-Benz Unimog recalled for seatbelt fix: 11 vehicles affected

The multi-purpose Mercedes-Benz Unimog truck has been recalled over concerns of seatbelt failure. According to the manufacturer, the 11 affected Unimog model 437s may have an insufficient wall thickness of the seat mounting brackets. As a result, a mechanical failure of the mounting bracket may occur, which may cause the integrated seatbelt to not function as intended...


2017 BMW M5 component renderings surface online
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2017 BMW M5 component renderings surface online

We may not have been lucky enough to see the new 2017 BMW M5 revealed alongside its lesser 5 Series siblings last week, but these new renderings could be our closest look yet at the new super sedan. America’s The Cammed and Tubbed Podcast claims to have received these product renderings from a BMW employee...


Australian watchdog details car industry study, ANCAP questions its exclusion
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Australian watchdog details car industry study, ANCAP questions its exclusion

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has released an issues paper outlining focus areas for the car industry market study it announced in June this year. The new car industry study is fundamentally set up to make sure car manufacturers and their franchise dealers understand their obligations, and that consumers understand their mandated rights...


Peugeot goes all salt and pepper so you can season with style
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Peugeot goes all salt and pepper so you can season with style

In possibly one of the largest marketing stretches ever seen, Peugeot has unveiled its latest limited, must-have item: salt and pepper mills. It’s Alright though, because these particular salt and pepper mills were designed in collaboration with the Peugeot Design Lab – the French car maker’s global brand design studio – and its own tableware division, PSP (Poivrieres Salieres Productions) Peugeot...


University of Melbourne to create ‘urban laboratory’ for connected vehicles to reduce congestion
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University of Melbourne to create ‘urban laboratory’ for connected vehicles to reduce congestion

The University of Melbourne will partner with American company Cubic Transportation Systems (CTS) and some 30 other organisations to develop a National Connected Multimodal Transport (NCMT) Test Bed, claimed to be the first of its type in the world...


Apple's 'Project Titan' pivots to self-driving architecture, given 2017 deadline - report
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Apple's 'Project Titan' pivots to self-driving architecture, given 2017 deadline - report

The scope of Apple's 'Project Titan' has reportedly been scaled back from an industry changing self-driving electric car to an autonomous vehicle platform, which will be sold to other car makers. A detailed new report from Bloomberg details the recent goings on at Apple's top secret 'Project Titan', including upheaval in the management ranks and a mass exodus of engineers...