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Volvo expanding driverless trials to China
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Volvo expanding driverless trials to China

Volvo is aiming to get ahead of the game in driverless technology, confirming this week that it will expand its self-driving vehicle trials into China. The program will see a fleet of up to 100 driverless Volvo cars used by local motorists to test the technology in a real-world environment...


2016 Lexus ES350 recalled for possible brake system fault
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2016 Lexus ES350 recalled for possible brake system fault

Lexus has issued a recall notice this week for a number of its ES350 vehicles over fears a damaged O-ring may cause an issue with some brake actuators. According to the Japanese car maker, a pump inside the brake actuator may have been assembled with a damaged O-ring which could cause the braking system to operate incorrectly...


2017 Ford Fiesta ST pricing and specifications: Sat-nav and camera added, price increased
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2017 Ford Fiesta ST pricing and specifications: Sat-nav and camera added, price increased

A lightly upgraded 2017 Ford Fiesta ST will make its Australian debut in September, bringing a welcome technology update and a few subtle exterior tweaks - along with a notable price increase to $27,490 plus on-road costs. Changes on the outside are limited to a new grey metallic finish to the ST’s 17-inch alloy wheels, along with new red-painted brake callipers to bring its look in-line with the larger Focus ST...


2016 Ford Focus: Australian range adds Sync 3 infotainment, new tech packs
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2016 Ford Focus: Australian range adds Sync 3 infotainment, new tech packs

A number of key technology enhancements to the 2016 Ford Focus range, which the car maker has dubbed a model-year 2016.75 change, have been announced for the Australian market. Available from July, the updates will see the small Ford Focus become the brand's first model sold in Australia to offer Ford’s Sync 3 infotainment platform as standard on all variants...


2017 Mazda CX-4 appears undisguised ahead of Beijing debut
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2017 Mazda CX-4 appears undisguised ahead of Beijing debut

The new Mazda CX-4, teased in pictures published just days ago, has shown up once again, this time free from any major camouflage or detail-obscuring shadows. Touted by Mazda as an “exploring coupe”, it will partner the popular CX-5 SUV and make its debut at this month’s Beijing motor show...


Tesla offered old French nuclear power station as future factory site
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Tesla offered old French nuclear power station as future factory site

If we ever needed more of an indication that Tesla Founder and CEO, Elon Musk, is a Bond Villain in-the-making, here it is. The French government has suggested the company take up the site of a nuclear power station that will be shut down at the end of the year...


GM design at the top of its game: Simcoe
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GM design at the top of its game: Simcoe

Incoming new design boss for General Motors, Mike Simcoe, says there’s little for him to do in his new role but for supporting the work of his predecessor, retiring 43-year GM veteran Ed Welburn. Simcoe was announced as Welburn’s replacement today, having only found out on Tuesday that he’d got the gig...


Aston Martin V12 Vantage S gains manual option, but not for Australia - UPDATE
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Aston Martin V12 Vantage S gains manual option, but not for Australia - UPDATE

UPDATE: Australia has, for now, been ruled out for this new manual option. See full update at bottom of article.  Aston Martin has announced that customers in the market for its 2017 V12 Vantage S will now have the chance to order the performance hero with a manual gearbox...


2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class cabriolet spied testing
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2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class cabriolet spied testing

Spy photographers have spotted a new Mercedes-Benz E-Class cabriolet on the streets of Europe, ahead of a market debut that will likely come in the second half of 2017. Despite the heavy camouflage on this production model, it is clear that the new cab’s styling will follow closely with the yet-to-be-revealed E-Class coupe that was spied earlier in the year, with the familiar Mercedes headlights up front and thin LED tail lights at the rear...


Volkswagen Tiguan R hot SUV not happening
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Volkswagen Tiguan R hot SUV not happening

A Volkswagen Tiguan R, using the Golf R’s 4Motion all-wheel drive system with Haldex clutch and 206kW/380Nm (in Australian tune) 2.0-litre turbo engine, is a bridge too far. The new-generation Volkswagen Tiguan, which we are driving this week in Berlin, will be available globally with the Golf GTI (and Skoda Octavia RS’) 162kW/350Nm turbo engine and a 4Motion AWD system...


New Aston Martin Vantage to borrow from Vulcan and DB10 design
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New Aston Martin Vantage to borrow from Vulcan and DB10 design

The next-generation Aston Martin Vantage will borrow design elements from the Vulcan and the James Bond limited-edition DB10 car, says the British brand’s chief designer. Speaking to CarAdvice at Aston Martin’s Gaydon factory in the UK this week, Marek Reichman admitted that topping the current Vantage will not be easy but the brand has taken the best of what made the current car popular and styled it in a different context...


Only Volkwagen used emissions testing defeat devices, says German investigation - report
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Only Volkwagen used emissions testing defeat devices, says German investigation - report

An investigation by German Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) has concluded that the Volkswagen Group was the only car maker to use defeat devices to cheat its way past emissions testing for diesel-engined cars. Although the final report is scheduled for publication at the end of April 2016, German business daily Handelsblatt has learnt about the investigation's conclusions from anonymous sources within the KBA...


Australian Mike Simcoe to become GM's global design chief on May 1
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Australian Mike Simcoe to become GM's global design chief on May 1

Australian designer Michael Simcoe will take over from Ed Welburn as the vice president of General Motors Global Design on May 1. In the process, Simcoe will become the seventh global design leader at GM, following in the footsteps of Harley Earl, Bill Mitchell, Irvin Rybicki, Chuck Jordan, Wayne Cherry, and the soon-to-depart Ed Welburn...


Volkswagen pitches itself as ‘premium, but for the people’
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Volkswagen pitches itself as ‘premium, but for the people’

Volkswagen Australia is still obviously chasing sales growth, but its focus is very much on offering products that it believes border on ‘premium’ territory while remaining relatively affordable. We spoke to Volkswagen Australia product marketing manager Jeff Shafer at the global launch of the new Tiguan this week (review coming soon), who laid out how Volkswagen saw its positioning...


Volkswagen insists new diesels don't have cheat software, but hasn't done real-world tests
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Volkswagen insists new diesels don't have cheat software, but hasn't done real-world tests

Volkswagen this week reaffirmed earlier statements that its EA288 diesel engines used in the latest versions of some core models do not have emissions-cheating software like their earlier EA189 predecessors, but the company has not conducted ‘real-world’ testing to show it...