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Self-driving vehicles 8 years away?
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Self-driving vehicles 8 years away?

The US military last week sponsored a race to find the best self-driving robotic car.  The Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency  Grand Challenge drew 36 entries, out of which only 11 made it to the final held last Saturday. The winner? Boss, a self-driving Chevrolet Tahoe that took home the $US2 million first prize...


Ferrari theme park construction under way
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Ferrari theme park construction under way

Construction of the Ferrari theme park in Abu Dhabi has officially started. A ceremony, to celebrate the laying of the foundation stone of the eagerly awaited tourist destination, was held yesterday. Ferrari's president Luca di Montezemolo was present for the event, along with Ahmed Ali Al Sayegh, Chairman, ALDAR Properties, as well as invited guests representing media, government and business organizations from around the world...


HSV unleashed in the Middle East
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HSV unleashed in the Middle East

GM Holden and HSV have confirmed plans to import a left hand drive model of the potent Clubsport R8 performance sedan into the Middle East under the guise of Chevrolet Special Vehicles. The new model will bear the CSV logo and will be known as the CR8 to the Middle Eastern market although much else remains identical to the Australian domestic model, including the potent LS2 6...


Chrysler retires products in 2008
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Chrysler retires products in 2008

This morning, Chrysler LLC flagged that it would slow production at several of its North American assembly and powertrain plants, and delete four products from its line-up. The company announced that it will eliminate four models through 2008, only two of which are sold in Australia, including Dodge Magnum, the Chrysler PT Cruiser convertible, Chrysler Pacifica and Chrysler Crossfire...


Jaguar XJ gets new look for 2008
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Jaguar XJ gets new look for 2008

Jaguar's flagship XJ sedan offers a series of visual changes, technological advances and additional features on all models for 2008. The term "entry level" is used loosely when referring to the new 2008 Jaguar XJ, which will receive the highly acclaimed 3.5-litre V8 petrol engine, in addition to a 2.7-litre V6 twin-turbo diesel through to the range topping 4...


Supercharged Toyota Corolla S3
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Supercharged Toyota Corolla S3

It's not everyday you get to use the words supercharged and Corolla in the same sentence, so excuse me if I keep repeating myself. Toyota has shown a supercharged Toyota Corolla at the SEMA auto show in Las Vegas. Powered by a 2.4-litre four-cylinder supercharged engine, the Corolla S3 is purely a show car with no plans for production...


HSV thinking Captiva?
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HSV thinking Captiva?

Holden Special Vehicles is considering building performance versions of Holden's Korean sourced Captiva SUV. A report published in The Daily Telegraph this week suggests the company has been looking at expanding its line-up for some time. News of a possible HSV Captiva comes only weeks after Ford Performance Vehicles showed off its tuned Territory F6 X at the Sydney Motor Show while Toyota has hit delays with the TRD HiLux...


Hummer H3T Ute (pickup)
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Hummer H3T Ute (pickup)

Falcon and Commodore ute owners beware, if real men drive utes, then this beauty is going to be a massive ego boost. Seriously though, a Hummer Ute? We'd like to send a prize to whoever came up with this. The all-new HUMMER H3T is now a reality. Troy Clarke, GM Group Vice President and GM North America President today announced a $73-million investment in the company's Shreveport plant facility for the H3T...


Hyundai Genesis Coupe official preview
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Hyundai Genesis Coupe official preview

Hyundai has given eager fans a glimpse into the design of the highly anticipated rear-wheel-drive Genesis Coupe. Set for début at the Los Angeles auto show next month, the next-generation Hyundai sports car will pack a big punch. The coupe will be powered by a 194kW V6 coupled to either a 6-speed automatic or a 6-speed manual...


Next Golf to tee off six months late
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Next Golf to tee off six months late

News from around the automotive world today indicates the next-generation Volkswagen Golf will be six months behind schedule. The sixth-generation Golf was expected to appear early next year at the Geneva Motor Show in Switzerland. Instead Volkswagen has pushed the début to the Paris Motor Show in September next year. Production will begin in early 2009...


50 Cent's 500hp SEMA G8
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50 Cent's 500hp SEMA G8

As disappointing as the official Pontiac SEMA entry was, this G8 has raised a few eyebrows around the place. How does 373kW sound? Loud and proud. But the G8 seen here isn't an official Holden or Pontiac entry. This one belongs to rapper 50 Cent, who kindly asked New York-based tuning house, Unique Autosports, to endow the Seppo-Commo with one-of-a-kind mods...


Unlimited Autobahns to stay...for now
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Unlimited Autobahns to stay...for now

Calling all petrolheads worldwide - please join together with a communal sigh of relief. The International Herald Tribune, is reporting that German Chancellor Angela Merkel insists that her government would not try to introduce a speed limit on the nation's autobahns, despite a proposal from her coalition's junior party...


Toyota Halts Sales of the V6 RAV4
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Toyota Halts Sales of the V6 RAV4

Toyota Australia has stopped sales of its newly released V6 RAV4. The company stated the RAV4's V6 engine, which has already seen controversy after Toyota stopped sales of the TRD Aurion, was not performing as smoothly as expected. Toyota has been hard at work applying the 3.5-litre Toyota Aurion powerplant (2GR-FE) across its entire range...


HEMI V8 Jeep Wrangler Concept
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HEMI V8 Jeep Wrangler Concept

Destined to take centre stage for Jeep at the SEMA Auto Show due to start in Las Vegas within the next 24 hours is the 6.4L HEMI V8 powered Wrangler Ultimate concept developed by Mopar. Aside from the new engine, the car has been left largely untouched aside from a few chrome highlights added by Mopar to fit in with the SEMA crowd...


Ferrari FXX gains power and life
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Ferrari FXX gains power and life

The FXX programme has been extended by two years, meaning those lucky enough to participate, get extra track time. The programme, which uses data collected from 20 purpose built cars, is designed to develop the next generation of Ferrari supercars. A kit which can be retrofitted, enables current FXX owners to unleash even more potential from their already mind-boggling test beds...