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2017 Skoda Kodiaq spied
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2017 Skoda Kodiaq spied

The Skoda Kodiaq large crossover has been spied with a light disguise ahead of its debut later this year. Earlier this year, Skoda unveiled its Vision S concept, hinting that it provides a pretty accurate preview of a new seven-seat three-row SUV that will sit above the existing Yeti...


Volkswagen considering 10 billion euro battery factory - report
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Volkswagen considering 10 billion euro battery factory - report

Volkswagen is reportedly considering building a dedicated factory to churn out batteries for electric vehicles (EVs). According to Deutsche Welle, executives within the car maker have anonymously told the German Press Agency (DPA) that Volkswagen Group is considering constructing a battery factory in its home state of Lower Saxony...


Counterfeit Toyota parts destined for Australia seized in Chinese raid
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Counterfeit Toyota parts destined for Australia seized in Chinese raid

Chinese police have seized more than $1 million worth of counterfeit Toyota car parts, many of which were destined for Australia. The stock was uncovered during a police raid in Guangzhou, south-east China. The raid was based on information provided by Toyota Australia...


Mercedes-Benz Unimog truck recalled for electrics fix
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Mercedes-Benz Unimog truck recalled for electrics fix

Mercedes-Benz’s local arm is recalling five of its Unimog trucks over concerns that incorrect wiring could cause the vehicle’s electrics and other power-reliant systems to shut down. The manufacturer reports that the connections for the cabin’s main power supply cable may not have been tensioned correctly during the production process...


ANCAP to refine message around date stamps on ratings
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ANCAP to refine message around date stamps on ratings

The Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) says the date stamps it puts on all test results to give them context are an effective solution, but concedes the messages around them could use some refining. In a bid to clarify its ratings, the independent crash test watchdog introduced the date stamp in September 2014...


2017 Suzuki Swift Sport to go turbo - report
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2017 Suzuki Swift Sport to go turbo - report

The 2017 Suzuki Swift Sport will reportedly draw power from a turbo engine when it debuts next year, according to UK magazine Autocar. The report, which offers no word on its source, claims the next-generation Swift Sport will do away with the enduring naturally-aspirated 1.6-litre engine, instead joining the growing brigade of turbocharged light hatches...


Another US pick-up converter launching in Australia, via the Philippines
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Another US pick-up converter launching in Australia, via the Philippines

Australia’s increasingly crowded market for oversized American pick-ups is about to get a little busier, with a new player receiving the coveted full volume government certification to import, convert and distribute. Shogun Conversions, which has a base in NSW but converts trucks in the Philippines, now has full volume certification for the Chevrolet Silverado 2500 and GMC Sierra 2500 and 3500...


Bentley Mulsanne convertible could enter limited production
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Bentley Mulsanne convertible could enter limited production

The on again, off again Bentley Mulsanne convertible looks to be back on, but those wanting to buy one will have to pay a heavy price. Wolfgang Durheimer, CEO of Bentley, has told Car and Driver that the brand's Mulliner coach-building division is investigating whether it's feasible to produce a limited run of Mulsanne convertibles...


Mazzanti reveals 1000hp Evantra Millecavalli
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Mazzanti reveals 1000hp Evantra Millecavalli

Italian supercar marque Mazzanti has unveiled its manic Evantra Millecavalli hypercar in the final installment of a ten-part YouTube series that previewed the car’s development. While not as well known as other car makers from the boot-shaped nation, Mazzanti has its sights firmly set on the podium of the hypercar field...


2016 Volkswagen T6 Transporter, Multivan, Caravelle recalled for airbag fix
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2016 Volkswagen T6 Transporter, Multivan, Caravelle recalled for airbag fix

Volkswagen is recalling 268 vehicles from its 2016-model year T6 Transporter, Multivan and Caravelle lines over concerns that the left side airbag may deploy incorrectly. The German manufacturer reports that the passenger side airbag may not deploy correctly in an accident, due to having been incorrectly folded during assembly...


BMW unveils birthday-special M6 coupe for Japanese market
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BMW unveils birthday-special M6 coupe for Japanese market

BMW’s Japanese arm has revealed a new limited-edition version of the M6 coupe to celebrate the German marque’s 100th anniversary. Called the M6 Celebration Edition, the vehicle is one of six models set to be unveiled this year to commemorate the company’s centenary. Slated for a very limited run of just 13 examples, the Celebration Edition brings with it a number of enhancements over the standard M6...


ANCAP to test cars for Europe from 2018
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ANCAP to test cars for Europe from 2018

By aligning its protocols with Europe from 2018, Australian independent safety watchdog ANCAP will be able to conduct crash tests for other world regions, including those used by Euro NCAP. This means that ANCAP (Australasian New Car Assessment Program) is poised to grow in stature beyond the end of local car manufacturing, and will morph into a truly global part of the NCAP testing network...


2016 Mini JCW Convertible pricing and specifications
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2016 Mini JCW Convertible pricing and specifications

Mini Australia has announced the pricing and specifications of the new go-faster 2016 Mini John Cooper Works (JCW) Convertible, the third variant in the Mini Convertible range. Only months after being confirmed for the Australian market in February, the hottest drop-top Mini joins the standard Cooper and hotter Cooper S variants...


Suzuki Swift recalled for parking brake fix
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Suzuki Swift recalled for parking brake fix

Suzuki Australia is recalling 1454 vehicles from its current-generation ‘AZH414’ Swift and ‘416’ Swift Sport hatchback lines, introduced globally in 2010. The recall has been announced over concerns that a brake fluid leak could lead to brake failure. The Japanese manufacturer reports that the inner diameter of the cylinder that wraps around the parking brake may be too wide and as a result not sealing inside the caliper...


Great Wall 'quietly confident' Australian return will be a successful one
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Great Wall 'quietly confident' Australian return will be a successful one

Great Wall Motor’s new Australian distributor is “quietly confident” that it will hit the ground running when it relaunches here around October, saying there is a lot of good will out there from its sizeable existing customer base...