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Mini and electric propulsion fit like 'a hand in glove'
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Mini and electric propulsion fit like 'a hand in glove'

Mini says its existing urban and younger demographic appeal make its transition to electric propulsion a much easier task than for some other brands. Speaking to the Australian media at last week's 2017 Frankfurt motor show, Mini senior vice president Sebastian Mackensen confirmed his brand’s intentions for electrification but also admitted that it will take time, with the transitioning period particularly important to avoid disfranchising existing owners...


Hyundai ute confirmed... after 2020
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Hyundai ute confirmed... after 2020

The on-again/off-again talk of a pick-up or ute from Hyundai Australia is definitely on again, but buyers will have to wait until after 2020 to get their hands on one. Hyundai Motor Company Australia chief operating officer Scott Grant told media that it's a constant talking point in the company's offices. "We’ve been talking about it for a number of years," Grant said...


Renault Nissan Mitsubishi alliance outlines 2022 plan
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Renault Nissan Mitsubishi alliance outlines 2022 plan

The newly minted Renault Nissan Mitsubishi Alliance, complete with a new logo, has laid out its ambitious growth and cost reduction plans for the next six years. A major component of the new plans is to boost the use of common platforms. At the end of 2016, Renault and Nissan produced around two million cars per annum off two common modular platforms...


L3Pilot autonomous driving test program launched in Europe
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L3Pilot autonomous driving test program launched in Europe

The European Research Project L3Pilot for autonomous drive systems has been launched this week, led by the Volkswagen Group. As part of the four-year program, the L3Pilot initiative includes a total of 13 vehicle manufacturers, suppliers, research institutes and universities, operating 100 vehicles with 1000 drivers to test automated driving technologies for both Level 3 and Level 4 standards...


NSW Govt announces changes to Graduated Licensing Scheme, adopts Victorian model
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NSW Govt announces changes to Graduated Licensing Scheme, adopts Victorian model

Transport for New South Wales (NSW) has announced "major improvements" to its Graduated Licensing Scheme, with the changes largely aligning with the process used in Victoria. Coming into effect from 20 November 2017, the revised scheme comes with three main changes. Firstly, learner drivers will now be required to complete the Hazard Perception Test before undertaking the practical driving test...


Aston Martin DB11 V8 could offer sports suspension but sticks with 375kW
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Aston Martin DB11 V8 could offer sports suspension but sticks with 375kW

At this week’s launch of the new Aston Martin DB11 V8, the British luxury sports manufacturer told CarAdvice some of the changes made between it and the V12 version, were a direct result of customer feedback. Take the suspension and engine modes. Owners told the company that there could be more separation between the three suspension settings – GT, Sport and Sport +, which Aston says has been dialled in on the V8...


Citroen C4 Aircross, Peugeot 4008 recalled for wiper fix - UPDATE
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Citroen C4 Aircross, Peugeot 4008 recalled for wiper fix - UPDATE

The Citroen C4 Aircross and Peugeot 4008 have been recalled this week over concerns the windscreen wiper motors could fill with water and seize - with 2492 vehicles affected in total. According to the French manufacturers, affected vehicles are fitted with a motor venting device that may not be to the correct specification - potentially allowing water to enter the wiper motor...


2016-2017 Ford Everest, Ranger recalled for airbag fix
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2016-2017 Ford Everest, Ranger recalled for airbag fix

Ford has issued a recall for 1206 vehicles across its 2016 and 2017 Everest and Ranger model lines over concerns the side airbags may not deploy correctly. The manufacturer reports that certain vehicles may be fitted with airbag initiators that contain an incorrect chemical mixture...


2017 Frankfurt motor show: Hits and misses
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2017 Frankfurt motor show: Hits and misses

The opening press days of the 2017 Frankfurt motor show have now wrapped up, with the year's biggest motor show now open to the public. This year's event brought us a host of new production models and concepts, and more than a few hints at what we can expect to see on the road in the years ahead. For a full list of the big unveilings, see our What To Expect article...


Aston Martin DB11 V8: Creating the sound
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Aston Martin DB11 V8: Creating the sound

For the first time in nearly fifty years, there’s a V8 engine under the bonnet of an Aston Martin DB-badged car. Only, this one isn’t an in-house build - it’s sourced from AMG, the hot-rod division of Mercedes-Benz. It’s essentially the same 4...


BMW M four-cylinder engine unlikely, unless electrified
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BMW M four-cylinder engine unlikely, unless electrified

BMW’s M Division says it will not produce a small-capacity high-performance turbocharged four-cylinder engine until it can find the right way to counter the deficits of such a power unit with electrification. Speaking to Australian media in Munich today, the boss of BMW’s M Division, Frank Van Meel, said the performance sub-brand is keen to maintain its six-cylinder power units despite rival Mercedes-AMG having made use of smaller capacity four-cylinder units...


AMG GT Black Series a sure thing, but no AMG X-Class
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AMG GT Black Series a sure thing, but no AMG X-Class

AMG boss Tobias Moers told Australian media at the 2017 frankfurt motor show that there is a Black Series version of the already heavy-hitting Mercedes-AMG GT model on the horizon. With Black Series becoming an even more performance-oriented and collectible version of any Mercedes-Benz platform it is added to over the past decade or so, the GT provides a logical basis for that trend to continue...


Can’t afford a new 2018 BMW M5? Why not buy a carbon-fibre-infused M5-inspired bike?
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Can’t afford a new 2018 BMW M5? Why not buy a carbon-fibre-infused M5-inspired bike?

That's right. Always keen to build affordable transportation for the masses to enjoy, BMW has revealed its latest special-edition BMW lifestyle bike, and it takes inspiration from the German marque’s brand-new super sedan. Catchily dubbed the BMW M Bike Limited Carbon Edition, the special new pushy is inspired by the all-new 441kW/750Nm 4...


2007-12 BMW X5, X6 recalled for Takata airbags
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2007-12 BMW X5, X6 recalled for Takata airbags

BMW has issued a recall for 21,650 examples of its previous-generation 'E70' X5 and 'E71' X6 SUVs as part of the ongoing Takata airbag campaign. In this latest notice, the Bavarian manufacturer reports that affected vehicles are fitted with potentially faulty front passenger airbag inflators, that may malfunction if subjected to high levels of humidity...


Chrysler 300, Jeep Grand Cherokee recalled for alternator fix
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Chrysler 300, Jeep Grand Cherokee recalled for alternator fix

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has issued a recall for 9558 vehicles across its previous-model Chrysler 300 and Jeep Grand Cherokee lines over concerns a faulty alternator could cause the engine to stall, or pose a fire risk. The manufacturer reports that affected units may experience diode thermal fatigue due to cyclical loads induced by the power steering...