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Toyota supplier explosion forces production halt in Japan - UPDATE
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Toyota supplier explosion forces production halt in Japan - UPDATE

UPDATE: Toyota Australia has confirmed that it expects this event to impact on local supply. See full details at bottom of article. Toyota has just confirmed that it will suspend all car production in Japan for six days from February 8 to 13 due to an explosion at a key steel supplier's factory. Production is currently slated to resume on February 15...


Saab name no longer an option for new owner NEVS - report
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Saab name no longer an option for new owner NEVS - report

It may have a multi billion-dollar supply deal and four all-new models in the wings, but National Electric Vehicle Sweden (NEVS) won’t be using the Saab name to market them. That’s according to industry journal Automotive News, which reports this week that Swedish aerospace company Saab AB is no longer entertaining any potential for the Saab brand to be used by NEVS, which bought the failed car maker’s assets in early 2012...


Mazda: our AWD is better than the rest, and we'll prove it
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Mazda: our AWD is better than the rest, and we'll prove it

Tossed straight into the middle of a blizzard-hit Colorado winter, CarAdvice is spending some time this week in assessing the Mazda i-Active all-wheel-drive system on slick ice and snow - not just in isolation, but also against the competition from Honda and Subaru. To prove its mettle, Mazda has prepared a test facility specifically for the task...


BMW M2 demand 'overwhelming', could sell out before launch
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BMW M2 demand 'overwhelming', could sell out before launch

Australian demand for the yet-to-be-launched BMW M2 super-coupe is so strong that the company’s local arm is already talking to the factory about getting a bigger share of global production for its first year.  In fact, there’s the very real chance that Australia’s entire 2016 allocation of the newest and smallest BMW M car will be sold out before the car’s April launch — the same thing Ford faced with the Mustang...


Bosch accelerator project promises fuel savings through user feedback
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Bosch accelerator project promises fuel savings through user feedback

Putting the ‘pedal to the metal’ could become a more mindful event for future motorists, thanks to a new Bosch technology that claims to reduce fuel consumption by vibrating against your foot. The German tech company blames your humble right stomper for a quarter of fuel usage and believes its world-first ‘active’ accelerator pedal can reduce fuel costs by around 7...


2016 Volkswagen Amarok Atacama: special-edition ute hits Australia
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2016 Volkswagen Amarok Atacama: special-edition ute hits Australia

The new 2016 Volkswagen Amarok Atacama is now on sale in Australia, debuting as a special specced-up variant of the TDI400 and TDI420 models. Entering as a successor to the limited-edition Canyon model, the Atacama builds on the Amarok TDI400 and TDI420 Highline variants, bringing a handful of sporty styling tricks to the party - for the same price...


2016 Renault Master, Trafic, Kangoo: prices increase with boosted safety, new features
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2016 Renault Master, Trafic, Kangoo: prices increase with boosted safety, new features

A series of equipment updates to the 2016 Renault Master, 2016 Trafic and 2016 Kangoo light commercial vehicles have launched in Australia, adding new features, enhanced options packages and improved safety. Pricing has also increased for the new model year, however, with the giant Master now priced from $43,990 (up from $40,990), the Trafic from $34,490 (up from $33,490) and the Kangoo from $21,990 (up from $20,990)...


BMW Australia to double electric footprint
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BMW Australia to double electric footprint

BMW will greatly expand its presence in Australia's fledgling electrified vehicle space during 2016, with plans to add two plug-in hybrid models and double its network of registered ‘BMW i’ dealers. BMW Australia currently has six dedicated dealers selling the i3 and i8, in all states and territories with the exception of NT and Tasmania...


2016 Jeep Renegade recalled for Park Assist fix
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2016 Jeep Renegade recalled for Park Assist fix

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Australia has flagged a small number of vehicles in the new 2016 Jeep Renegade range for a pre-delivery software upgrade. The recall centres on the vehicle’s optional Parallel and Perpendicular Park Assist mode, which is available with the high-spec Limited and Trailhawk models...


2016 Toyota Corolla Hybrid hatch confirmed for Australia
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2016 Toyota Corolla Hybrid hatch confirmed for Australia

The ultra-green ranks of Australia’s top-selling brand will be bolstered in the coming months, with confirmation today that the 2016 Toyota Corolla Hybrid hatch has been confirmed for a local launch. The hybrid hatch has been available for sometime as part of the overseas Auris line (sold here as the Corolla hatch) and Toyota says that, in western Europe, the variant accounts for more than 50 per cent of all sales in the range...


Goodyear celebrates a centenary in Australia
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Goodyear celebrates a centenary in Australia

With all the changes we have seen happen to cars in Australia over the past five years, let alone the last ten, it's staggering to think there is one thing that has remained constant for the best part of a century.  Rubber tyres. Goodyear, one of the most famous names in tyres, celebrates its Australian centennial this year...


Suzuki to bring Baleno to Australia: Mid-2016 arrival, priced from around $18,000
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Suzuki to bring Baleno to Australia: Mid-2016 arrival, priced from around $18,000

Suzuki Australia has begun the regulatory registration process required to bring the new Suzuki Baleno to Australia, suggesting the business case for it to be sold in Australia has been approved. CarAdvice sources suggest that the Baleno, revealed at last year's Frankfurt motor show, will be launched in Australia by mid-2016...


Lamborghini Huracan Superleggera spy photos
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Lamborghini Huracan Superleggera spy photos

The Lamborghini Huracan Superleggera has been spotted by our spy photographers near the Arctic Circle in northern Europe. Visually, this prototype stands out thanks to a large cut out and extension box high up on the rear bumper housing a large set of temporary exhausts, hinting at the car's tweaked engine setup...


Land Rover Defender production ends ahead of new-generation model launch
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Land Rover Defender production ends ahead of new-generation model launch

The final version of the current Land Rover Defender has rolled off the assembly line floor in Solihull, England, ahead of an all-new version that will debut by 2018. The final model - a Defender 90 short-wheelbase Heritage Edition Soft Top variant with a canvas roof - rolled off the line on Friday in the UK, sporting H166 HUE numberplates; a nod to the iconic HUE 166 plates worn by the first registered, pre-production prototype model of the original Land Rover way back in 1948...


Toyota agrees to make Daihatsu a fully owned subsidiary
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Toyota agrees to make Daihatsu a fully owned subsidiary

At a press conference today, Toyota has confirmed that it will purchasing the remaining portion of Daihatsu that it doesn't already own. Toyota will acquire the remainder of Daihatsu for around $4.6 billion in an all-stock transaction, with Toyota offering 0.26 of its shares for every share of Daihatsu...