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Nikola One: hybrid semi unveiled by US startup
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Nikola One: hybrid semi unveiled by US startup

This week, a startup car maker revealed its design for an electric semi truck, known as the Nikola One, with an on-board turbine range-extender. Beneath its aerodynamic body, the Nikola One has an extended range electric or series hybrid drivetrain. At each of its six wheels there's a 250kW electric motor and a dual gear reduction system...


Hyundai Elantra recalled for airbag software issue
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Hyundai Elantra recalled for airbag software issue

The fourth-generation Hyundai Elantra has been recalled for an airbag control unit software update. Sold in Australia between 2006 and 2010, the recall affects 5296 HD model Hyundai Elantra models built between January 2, 2008 and August 22, 2009. Hyundai notes the airbags (both driver and passenger) could deploy when not required, which could cause injury - not to mention a hell of a fright - for occupants...


Ford patents fake engine-noise tech... to save fuel
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Ford patents fake engine-noise tech... to save fuel

Ford has filed a patent for an artificial engine-noise system that makes it sound like there are more cylinders at work - not for “go fast” purposes, however, but to save fuel. According to the manufacturer, the new technology would improve fuel efficiency by encouraging the driver to shift gears lower in the rev range...


Nissan UK launches vehicle-to-grid project, unveils energy storage system
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Nissan UK launches vehicle-to-grid project, unveils energy storage system

Nissan is taking the first steps to implement its vision for “Intelligent Mobility”, launching a vehicle-to-grid (V2G) trial and unveiling a new energy storage unit in the UK this week. The V2G project will allow Nissan electric vehicles (EV) such as the Leaf to become mobile energy hubs, supplying power to the energy grid...


2017 Ford Focus rendered
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2017 Ford Focus rendered

A speculative rendering of the next-generation 2017 Ford Focus has appeared online this week, offering a look at one artist's view of how the new model may be styled. The current Focus made its debut in 2010, and while no official word has been given on the new model’s timing, an unveiling in the next year is likely...


2017 Jaguar F-Type spied with four-cylinder engine
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2017 Jaguar F-Type spied with four-cylinder engine

Our spy photographers have snapped another prototype of the upcoming Jaguar F-Type facelift on the streets around the Nurburgring. At first glance, this vehicle doesn't look particularly different to the one we published two days ago. Externally the differences seem to extend to missing Jaguar and S badges, and different alloy wheels...


Driverless cars could dramatically open up urban spaces - study
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Driverless cars could dramatically open up urban spaces - study

A recent study in the UK has found that shared autonomous vehicles could increase available space in urban areas by 15 to 20 per cent. Consultancy WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff and architecture firm Farrells investigated the wider implications of autonomous vehicles, along with their benefits to communities and major cities...


Ariel Atom V8 gets miniaturised
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Ariel Atom V8 gets miniaturised

If you missed out on being one of the original 25 people in the world to get their mitts on the mental, limited-edition Ariel Atom V8, rejoice: the UK-based company has some big news. Well, small news actually. The Ariel Motor Company has announced that after “many attempts and enquiries”, the first scale-model Ariel Atom is now available...


Chrysler 300 could switch to FWD/AWD platform for next generation
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Chrysler 300 could switch to FWD/AWD platform for next generation

The next-generation Chrysler 300 may ditch its rear-wheel drive heritage in favour of a front- and all-wheel drive platform. Earlier this week, Fiat Chrysler (FCA) chairman Sergio Marchionne met with workers at the company's factory in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, to thank them for their efforts in getting the Chrysler Pacifica people mover into production...


Honda patents engine design with varying cylinder displacement
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Honda patents engine design with varying cylinder displacement

Japanese car maker Honda has reportedly received approval for an engine design that features different cylinder sizes. It’s understood the patent was filed back in 2014, but only recently has the company been given the rights. According to a report published by Autoguide, the company has designed an engine that does away with convention, opting instead for something never before seen in the automotive industry...


Nissan Navara and Mitsubishi Triton to share common platform in next generations
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Nissan Navara and Mitsubishi Triton to share common platform in next generations

Next-generation versions of the big-selling Nissan Navara and Mitsubishi Triton utes will likely share a common platform, Nissan CEO and chairman Carlos Ghosn has confirmed. Ghosn spoke with media including CarAdvice today about broad strategies once Nissan’s planned 34 per cent controlling buy-in to the Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) is operational...


Audi: new electrified car every year from 2018, new A8 debuting 2017
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Audi: new electrified car every year from 2018, new A8 debuting 2017

At its 127th annual generation meeting, the management team at Audi provided a few insights into its product roadmap, including a timeline for the new Audi A8 and the marque's electrification plans. Rupert Stadler, chairman of Audi, told assembled shareholders and media: "Electrification and digitisation represent an historic shift...


CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for May 13
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CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for May 13

Welcome to the CarAdvice.com News Desk. Each week we'll bring you a video wrap of the latest goings-on in the automotive industry and in Australia’s new-car market. Every Friday, Tegan Lawson will deliver your hit of headlines from the CarAdvice Garage, giving you a snapshot of what you need to know about the week in news...


2010 Holden Cruze diesel recalled over wiring corrosion risk
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2010 Holden Cruze diesel recalled over wiring corrosion risk

Holden has this week announced a recall of vehicles in its 2010 'JG' Cruze small car range, affecting those fitted with the company's 2.0-litre diesel engine. The car maker reports that in some vehicles, and over "an extended period of time", a wiring connector for the Engine Control Module may fret and become corroded...


Fiat Chrysler trademarks Kamal name, hints at second Alfa crossover
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Fiat Chrysler trademarks Kamal name, hints at second Alfa crossover

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has trademarked a potential new name, which - if an earlier concept car is anything to go by - is likely to feature on the rump of a second Alfa Romeo SUV. Alfa Romeo’s parent company FCA recently registered the name Kamal, linking to a crossover concept of the same name from back in 2003...