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Samsung granted permission to test self-driving cars in Korea
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Samsung granted permission to test self-driving cars in Korea

Samsung Electronics has been given permission to begin public road trials of its autonomous vehicle technology. The Yonhap News Agency says South Korea's Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport has granted Samsung Electronics permission to test its self-driving vehicles on public roads...


2017 Holden Astra sedan to launch with three model variants: LS, LT and LTZ
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2017 Holden Astra sedan to launch with three model variants: LS, LT and LTZ

CarAdvice can exclusively reveal that the 2017 Holden Astra sedan, which is due to launch locally next month, will be launched with three trim levels and two transmissions. Holden's Astra sedan will replace the Cruze as its entry-level sedan offering and will include a great deal of local ride and handling tuning...


Mazda declared Australia's most reputable car company, Toyota and Hyundai follow
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Mazda declared Australia's most reputable car company, Toyota and Hyundai follow

An annual survey of company reputation and consumer appeal has found Mazda to be Australia's "most reputable" automotive company, followed by Toyota and Hyundai. This year's Australian Corporate Reputation Index, published by market research firm AMR, saw Mazda land in second - up from fifth in 2016 - to trail Air New Zealand, which climbed even further from sixth...


2017 Mini Seven special edition arrives in Australia
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2017 Mini Seven special edition arrives in Australia

The 2017 Mini Seven special edition range has arrived in Australia this week, a year after it was originally revealed, bringing a host of extras for a relatively small price increase. Available as an option package on all Mini three-door and five-door models from now until July 31, the Seven special edition adds around $7000 in additional specification for a $2000 increase over the base car...


2017 Renault Clio pricing and specs: Facelifted hatch brings sharper pricing, more kit
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2017 Renault Clio pricing and specs: Facelifted hatch brings sharper pricing, more kit

The updated 2017 Renault Clio range has hit Australian showrooms this week, bringing a revised look, added features and sharp pricing. Starting at $15,990 plus on-road costs for the entry-level Life manual and stretching to $22,990 for the Intens and GT-Line range toppers, the new Clio starts over $2000 cheaper than the model it replaces...


Kia Stinger: Australian arm "determined" to get the sound right
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Kia Stinger: Australian arm "determined" to get the sound right

On track for a late 2017 Australian launch, Kia Australia says local tuning and development of the much-anticipated Kia Stinger is progressing well, with the next major challenge being to ensure the rear-wheel-drive, four-door sports sedan sounds as good as it can...


2018 Mercedes-AMG 'A40' hatch spied, debut set for next year - UPDATE
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2018 Mercedes-AMG 'A40' hatch spied, debut set for next year - UPDATE

UPDATE: Mercedes-Benz has now confirmed the new A-Class will not be revealed until early 2018, ruling out a Frankfurt motor show premiere. The Mercedes-AMG 'A40' hatchback has been spied undergoing hot weather testing in southern Europe. Compared to the A-Class hatch spied in February in the Arctic, this latest vehicle has a different front bumper treatment...


Pininfarina brand could be used by Mahindra for new electric supercar
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Pininfarina brand could be used by Mahindra for new electric supercar

Pininfarina could expand beyond its current work as a design contractor, and become a supercar marque in its own right. Anand Mahindra, the Mahindra Group's chairman, told MarketWatch, "We're exploring right now the potential of building an electric supercar, which will be branded Pininfarina"...


Lexus sedans must evolve to survive, says executive
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Lexus sedans must evolve to survive, says executive

A senior Toyota executive says sedans in the Lexus range will need to evolve to become sportier in order to fight back against the ever-growing consumer preference for crossovers. Tokuo Fukuichi, Toyota's global branding chief and head of advanced design, told Automotive News, "Unless we can really offer a sedan experience you cannot have with an SUV or crossover, I think the sedan may not be able to survive if it does not evolve"...


Kia Cerato Koup reportedly dead, poor sales to blame
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Kia Cerato Koup reportedly dead, poor sales to blame

Although sales of the Kia Cerato Koup may never have numbered particularly high, reported confirmation of the model's global discontinuation is still sad news for fans of the sporty-at-heart South Korean two-door. According to a report from CarsDirect, a Kia spokesperson has confirmed the Kia Cerato Koup - known as the Kia Forte Koup in the US - has been dropped from the global line-up...


2018 Holden Commodore SS/VXR unveiled in Buick form
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2018 Holden Commodore SS/VXR unveiled in Buick form

Here it is, folks. In line with our computer generated images, images of the Buick Regal GS, which is based on the Opel Insignia, have been leaked on a Chinese automotive website. The Regal GS body design will mimic the Insignia VXR, which is the car that will wear a badge signifying its sporty presence in the Commodore line-up...


Nitro Thunder hits Sydney this week: WIN 2 tickets thanks to Mariani Motorsport
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Nitro Thunder hits Sydney this week: WIN 2 tickets thanks to Mariani Motorsport

It's that time of year again. The smell of burning fuel and sticky tyres will take over Western Sydney International Dragway as the Nitro Thunder event takes hold. This year, Mark Mariani will defend his event title as winner of the 2016 400 Thunder Professional Drag Racing Series. Mariani drives a 10,000hp dragster that moves from a standing start over a quarter-mile drag race in just 4...


New Cars: 2017 New Car Calendar, the May update
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New Cars: 2017 New Car Calendar, the May update

Last year was a huge one for new-model launches in Australia, with 2016 seeing the heroic new Ford Mustang land in January, before rolling through to the impressive new Subaru Impreza that made its media debut in late December. Of course, many, many more new offerings appeared between...


Programming sat-nav more dangerous than texting, UK study finds
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Programming sat-nav more dangerous than texting, UK study finds

A small UK-based study has found programming a satellite navigation app to be more distracting for drivers than texting. Undertaken by UK road safety charity the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) RoadSmart and UK publication Auto Express, the experiment focussed on determining which common ‘behind-the-wheel distractions’ have the most potential for disaster...


Mazda CX-3 updated with new tech and equipment
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Mazda CX-3 updated with new tech and equipment

The Mazda CX-3 is set to be updated within weeks, with the Japanese brand's small SUV set to receive a raft of changes. There's no visual update to the baby Mazda SUV, and while exact details for Australia are still to be confirmed, the line-up is set to see the across-the-board adoption of Mazda's G-Vectoring system, which changes the engine's torque output to different wheels to make it handle more precisely...