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CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for August 5
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CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for August 5

Welcome to the CarAdvice.com News Desk, a regular video wrap of the latest happenings in the automotive world and Australia's new-car market. Keeping you in the loop, Tegan Lawson presents a weekly video from the CarAdvice Garage, with everything you need to know about the week in news and reviews...


Mitsubishi XM concept revealed: Grandis and Delica merge to form new crossover people-mover
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Mitsubishi XM concept revealed: Grandis and Delica merge to form new crossover people-mover

The Mitsubishi XM concept has been revealed for the Gaikindo Indonesian international auto show, previewing an upcoming model that will blur the lines between MPV and SUV. Previewed in a single teaser image a fortnight ago, the XM wears a similar design to the eX concept from last year’s Tokyo motor show, but with a higher tailgate and longer roofline...


Aston Martin set for another golden age
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Aston Martin set for another golden age

This year, British luxury sports car manufacturer Aston Martin celebrates 103 years in business, during which time it has produced a combined total of about 80,000 cars. That's about the same number that Toyota produces in three days. In a global industry that boasts around 85 million cars per annum, Aston Martin makes up a fractional slice of the total cars built each year...


2016 Mercedes-AMG C43: Australian pricing revealed for new entry-level performer
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2016 Mercedes-AMG C43: Australian pricing revealed for new entry-level performer

Australian pricing for the new 2016 Mercedes-AMG C43 sedan and wagon has surfaced online, with the entry-level AMG model kicking off at $101,900 plus on-road costs. Starting at a significant $54,000 below the full-fat V8-powered C63 S, the C43 sedan (formerly known as the C450 AMG Sport) is priced from $101,900, while the more practical wagon starts at $104,400 - lower than the previous prediction of $110,000 plus on-roads...


Hyundai Genesis Coupe axed, C-Class competitor confirmed for Australia
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Hyundai Genesis Coupe axed, C-Class competitor confirmed for Australia

The Hyundai Genesis Coupe is on its last legs, with the Korean brand planning to retire the left-hook rear-wheel-drive coupe at the end of the 2016 model year. The current Genesis Coupe (read our 2013 review here) was originally introduced as something of a successor to the Tiburon sports coupe of the late 90s and 2000s - though it was never produced in right-hand drive, and thus never made it here...


Aston Martin DB11 key to the brand’s new product plan
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Aston Martin DB11 key to the brand’s new product plan

If you listen to Aston Martin’s Chief Creative Officer and Design Director, Marek Reichman, the famous British luxury sports car manufacturer is about to enter what could be its most successful period ever - and it all starts with the all-new DB11. “What we call our ‘Second Century Plan’ starts with DB11...


Nissan e-Bio Fuel-Cell: first solid oxide fuel-cell van debuts
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Nissan e-Bio Fuel-Cell: first solid oxide fuel-cell van debuts

The Nissan e-Bio Fuel-Cell van made its debut alongside the new BladeGlider prototype in Rio de Janiero overnight. Based on the Nissan e-NV200 electric van, the e-Bio Fuel-Cell features a developmental version of the solid oxide fuel-cell (SOFC) system that was announced by Nissan in June. The SOFC system features a 30 litre tank that stores either 100 per cent ethanol or ethanol-blended water...


Nissan BladeGlider working prototype revealed
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Nissan BladeGlider working prototype revealed

A working prototype of the Nissan BladeGlider has been unveiled in Rio de Janiero ahead of the Olympics later this week. This latest iteration of the BladeGlider is based on the concept car that was unveiled at the 2013 Tokyo motor show. The 2016 BladeGlider has a redesigned body with an open roof design and a new integrated roll-over protection structure...


2016 Hyundai Veloster update: higher entry price, Apple CarPlay headline streamlined range
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2016 Hyundai Veloster update: higher entry price, Apple CarPlay headline streamlined range

Hyundai Australia has released details of the refreshed 2016 Veloster Series II, cutting the line-up from four variants to two, along with adding Apple CarPlay and Google Now voice activation as standard across the range. As part of the update, the entry-level Veloster manual is now over $4000 more expensive than the outgoing base Veloster variant, but $600 cheaper than the previous Veloster +...


Toyota 86, Subaru BRZ recall: almost every car to come in for power-steering fix - UPDATE
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Toyota 86, Subaru BRZ recall: almost every car to come in for power-steering fix - UPDATE

UPDATE: This article originally noted the Toyota recall only. Subaru details have now also been added. It's a bittersweet week for Toyota. Having only just wrapped up the first media drive of its refreshed 86 coupe, the company is now preparing to recall almost every example sold in Australia...


2018 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter could feature EV, autonomous driving options
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2018 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter could feature EV, autonomous driving options

The next-generation Mercedes-Benz Sprinter could be offered with the option of an electric drivetrain and self-driving equipment. Ulf Zillig, head of the next-generation Sprinter development team, has told The Detroit Bureau that new van is capable of housing an electric drivetrain, as well as all the gear required for a degree of autonomous driving...


Australia’s northward shift causing problems for GPS, autonomous cars
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Australia’s northward shift causing problems for GPS, autonomous cars

In Australia, even the land itself is guilty of speeding. Our big island nation rides on the world’s fastest moving tectonic plate, and it’s causing a headache for cartographers. Over the last two decades the continent has shifted north by around 1.5 metres - which may not sound like much, but for GPS systems it’s a big change...


2017 BMW 3 Series GT LCI pricing and specifications: Tweaked looks, more equipment
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2017 BMW 3 Series GT LCI pricing and specifications: Tweaked looks, more equipment

The 2017 BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo range is the latest recipient of the German car maker's 'Life Cycle Impulse' (LCI) facelift, and will arrive in Australia during the fourth quarter of this year. First revealed in June, the 3 Series GT LCI facelift receives a new daytime-running light signature for the standard-fit LED headlights, lightly refreshed front and rear bumpers, along with new LED tail-lights with an LED signature similar to the LCI-updated 3 Series sedan and wagon...


2017 Toyota 86: inside and out, what's changed?
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2017 Toyota 86: inside and out, what's changed?

While the styling and feature changes for the 2017 Toyota 86 are undoubtedly light-on, they are nevertheless noticeable. Externally, the most heavily revised is the top-spec GTS model, but there have been some adjustments made across both models, both inside and out...


Honda NSX to spearhead big Australian branding campaign
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Honda NSX to spearhead big Australian branding campaign

Honda Australia plans to utilise the strong imagery and credibility of the new NSX supercar to reinforce its credentials as a car company capable of muscling it with the best. With global production capacity of the Honda NSX limited to just eight per day, wait lists for the US market have already hit two years, while Europe sits at 12 months...