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Kode57: Ferrari-based speedster unveiled in California
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Kode57: Ferrari-based speedster unveiled in California

Ken Okuyama, former design director at Pininfarina, who oversaw the development of the Ferrari Enzo and Maserati Quattroporte, has unveiled a new Ferrari-based speedster - the Kode57. Designed in Okuyama's Tokyo studio, and hand built at his company's factory in Yamagata, Japan, the Kode57 will go into limited production, although no price or number of units has been announced yet...


2017 Kia Soul update revealed in Korea: Australian revisions due by year’s end
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2017 Kia Soul update revealed in Korea: Australian revisions due by year’s end

A mildly-updated 2017 Kia Soul has been revealed on the company’s Korean website, bringing a lightly refreshed look and new interior options for the boxy hatch. While the differences are subtle, the new Soul sports a revised front bumper for a toughened, SUV-like look with a faux skid plate, and more pronounced fog lights...


Uber legalised in Victoria, levy planned for taxi licence buy-back
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Uber legalised in Victoria, levy planned for taxi licence buy-back

Ride-sharing service Uber has received the green light in Victoria for its ride-sharing Uber X service, as part of the state government’s plans to regulate the commercial passenger vehicle industry. Although it's a widely-used service, Uber had not received official approval from the Victorian government until this week...


New Honda CR-V due next year, to be more dynamic and upmarket
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New Honda CR-V due next year, to be more dynamic and upmarket

The all-new 2017 Honda CR-V, set to break cover within the next few months, will be a more premium and dynamic offering designed to take it right up to the dominant Mazda CX-5 in the booming medium SUV market. Due to launch in Australia during the second half of next year, following on from a world premiere in the US within a few months, the next iteration of Honda’s long-running SUV nameplate will follow in the wheel-tracks of the sportier new Civic...


Peugeot 2008 GTi, 3008 GTi variants under consideration - report
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Peugeot 2008 GTi, 3008 GTi variants under consideration - report

Peugeot's development boss has gone on record saying the company could launch hot GTi versions of its 2008 and 3008 SUVs, according to a new report out of the UK. Speaking to Autocar, Laurent Blanchet, head of Peugeot product development, said the sporty SUV models will take on the likes of the Nissan Juke Nismo - which isn’t currently sold here...


Honda Australia needs another 12 months to complete Takata airbag recall
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Honda Australia needs another 12 months to complete Takata airbag recall

Honda Australia says it won’t finish repairing 400,000 cars fitted with potentially faulty airbag inflators, supplied by third-party provider Takata, for at least another 12 months. The massive task of replacing such a huge number of various inflators (up to 5000 per week), and navigating the complex regulatory landscape in place, has been a massive challenge for the brand’s local arm, admits director Stephen Collins...


Mitsubishi US recalls 82,000 cars for transmission fix, Australian impact unclear
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Mitsubishi US recalls 82,000 cars for transmission fix, Australian impact unclear

Mitsubishi’s US arm has issued a recall for 82,436 of its 2015-16 model-year Outlander Sport (ASX), along with 2016 model-year Lancer and Outlander vehicles over concerns of laggy transmissions. In the American-market recall notice, the manufacturer reports these affected vehicles are equipped with a “constant velocity transmission” (CVT) which, in certain driving conditions may cause a delay in acceleration...


Hot Kia cee’d racer previewed for TCR series - video
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Hot Kia cee’d racer previewed for TCR series - video

The Kia cee’d GT, five-door twin to the three-door Pro_cee’d GT that left Australia last year, is gearing up for the 2017 TCR International Series touring car championship - and it looks tough. Stohl Advanced Research and Development (STARD) is an Austria-based company that is Kia’s authorised developer for the TCR racing series, and has released a video of its upcoming Korean track car...


Honda patents 11-speed triple-clutch transmission - report
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Honda patents 11-speed triple-clutch transmission - report

Honda has reportedly filed a patent in Japan for an 11-speed triple-clutch transmission. According to AutoGuide, which initially found the patent, the filing was made by Honda on May 27, 2016. In a translation of the patent application Honda claims that the third clutch will reduce torque loss...


Could Honda go back to the future?
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Could Honda go back to the future?

Honda Australia says it and a number of other “advanced” markets around the globe are pushing for the development of a greater array of sporty cars, potentially even a revival of iconic coupes such as the Prelude and Integra. Why is this of note? While there’s nothing locked away in the immediate development pipeline, the more mature markets push for brand-building cars that powered Honda to its once-lofty status, the more likely it is that it will happen...


Kia considering killing off diesel hybrid project - report
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Kia considering killing off diesel hybrid project - report

Kia may stop development of a new diesel-electric hybrid drivetrain, which it previewed at the 2014 Paris motor show. Albert Biermann, head of high performance development at Hyundai and Kia, has told Autocar that although the "research project [into a diesel-electric hybrid drivetrain] is still going on", there are doubts as to whether it's worth pressing on in light of ever tougher emissions regulations and the negative impact of the Volkswagen Group's Dieselgate scandal...


Great Wall Steed utes have arrived in Australia
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Great Wall Steed utes have arrived in Australia

The first shipment of Great Wall Steed utes has arrived in Australia ahead of the brand’s formal return to the market on September 5. The Chinese brand has confirmed it will launch with a three-model range with one-tonne payloads, all sporting a dual-cab body-style in either 4x4 diesel, 4x2 diesel and 4x2 petrol configurations...


Honda Australia forecasts massive 2017 growth
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Honda Australia forecasts massive 2017 growth

Honda Australia has forecast huge growth in 2017 on the back of the new Civic sedan and hatch line-up, and the much improved next-generation CR-V medium SUV. The company’s local director Stephen Collins this week stated his aim to achieve 50,000 sales next year, around 20 per cent more than is expected this year...


2018 Audi A1 will be bigger, more premium – report
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2018 Audi A1 will be bigger, more premium – report

The next-generation 2018 Audi A1 will push even further upmarket when it launches in a couple years time, according to a new report out of the UK. According to Auto Express, the new A1 will arrive sometime in 2018, riding on the Volkswagen Group’s new MQB platform, which also underpins the upcoming Q2 SUV and next-generation Volkswagen Polo...


2017 Honda Civic Type-R Australian launch confirmed
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2017 Honda Civic Type-R Australian launch confirmed

The next-generation Honda Civic Type-R hot hatch is still 100 per cent on track for an Australian launch before the end of 2017, the company’s local chief said today. This means hotted-up Honda diehards will soon be able to get their hands on a rejoinder to the all-conquering Ford Focus RS...