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CarAdvice podcast 24: EV news, September sales, Paris Motor Show hits and misses, Ford plants close and more!
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CarAdvice podcast 24: EV news, September sales, Paris Motor Show hits and misses, Ford plants close and more!

Welcome to episode 24 of the CarAdvice.com podcast! If you missed last week’s episode, or you’d like to know more about the show, catch our earlier articles here. This week, Paul Maric and Mike Costello return from the Paris Motor Show and join Mandy Turner to cover all the latest news and reviews in the Australian new-car market and around the world...


FCAI backs study into rollout of autonomous vehicles in Australia
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FCAI backs study into rollout of autonomous vehicles in Australia

Australian motor industry body, the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI), has come out in support of the ‘coordinated’ approach to the rollout of autonomous vehicle technology. The announcement comes after a report released by the Australian Driverless Vehicle Initiative (ADVI), argued a coordinated government roadmap is required before the country adopts driverless vehicle technology...


2017 Nissan Micra unlikely for Australia
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2017 Nissan Micra unlikely for Australia

It may have been one of our stars of last week’s Paris motor show, but the French-built 2017 Nissan Micra won’t come to Australia for some time yet — it it ever comes at all. The sharp new Micra marks a major departure for Nissan, resembling the 2015 Nissan Sway concept and leveraging the alliance with Renault to full effect...


2017 Volkswagen Golf R wagon spied at the Nurburgring
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2017 Volkswagen Golf R wagon spied at the Nurburgring

The facelifted 2017 Volkswagen Golf R wagon has been spotted again, this time lapping the famed Nurburgring race circuit. While this black wagon appears to be the same vehicle spotted in the European Alps a fortnight ago, the prototype has had some small modifications since we last saw it...


Kia GT sports sedan now 'makes sense'
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Kia GT sports sedan now 'makes sense'

The upcoming Kia GT rear-wheel drive-sports sedan finally makes sense now that it has got its core models sorted and transformed its brand, the company says. CarAdvice believes the South Korean brand is set to finally launch the sporty four-door sedan at January's Detroit motor show, after years of concepts and discussions, with the coupe model to follow in the near future...


Mercedes-Benz G-Class recalled for wiring fix: eight vehicles affected
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Mercedes-Benz G-Class recalled for wiring fix: eight vehicles affected

Mercedes-Benz has issued a recall for eight of its rugged G-Class or ‘G-Wagen’ models, over concerns a wiring fault could cause the engine to cut out while driving. The German marque reports the engine wiring harness could come into contact with components within the engine compartment, which could result in damage to the wiring harness...


CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for October 7, 2016
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CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for October 7, 2016

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...


Skoda reviewing potential for expanded RS range - UPDATE
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Skoda reviewing potential for expanded RS range - UPDATE

Update - This article initially read that Skoda is reviewing the RS sub-brand on its profitability based on the report by Autocar. However, Maier's interview doesn't indicate that the RS models aren't profitable. See article for details Skoda’s sporty RS-branded models are top sellers for the Czech marque in Australia, and the company’s new boss has put a review of the range's further potential at the top of his agenda, according to a new report out of the UK...


Holden Cruze Australian production ended
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Holden Cruze Australian production ended

The final locally made Holden Cruze rolled off the production line near Adelaide today — the same day as rival Ford closes its own production facilities in Melbourne. The final iteration Australia’s small car is a blue SRI Z-Series hatch, which is fitting since this body-style was also locally designed...


Ford Australia manufacturing ends, but 160 staff deployed to R&D operations
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Ford Australia manufacturing ends, but 160 staff deployed to R&D operations

Ford Australia says it is in the midst of redeploying 160 manufacturing staff to new roles within its vehicle development operations in Victoria, where they will help develop global products such as the next Ranger. As the shutters sadly close on Ford Australia’s Falcon and Territory production line in northern Melbourne today, the company has reminded us that it still plans to invest more than any other car-maker into local research and development...


2017 Volkswagen Atlas: production CrossBlue SUV to debut end of October
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2017 Volkswagen Atlas: production CrossBlue SUV to debut end of October

The Volkswagen Atlas is reportedly what the company's new three-row, seven-seat SUV will be branded as in the United States. Automobilwoche understands that the the production version of the CrossBlue concept will be known as the Volkswagen Atlas in the US, and will make its official debut on October 27, US time...


BMW M8 to join new 8 Series range in 2019 - report
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BMW M8 to join new 8 Series range in 2019 - report

A high performance BMW M8 will reportedly join the highly rumoured 8 Series range, which could debut as soon as 2018. Sources have told Autocar that the company is planning on topping off the upcoming 8 Series range with a sports model to tackle the Mercedes-AMG S63 coupe and Bentley Continental GT. Under the bonnet, the M8 will be powered by a new generation 4...


Mercedes-Benz spending big on electric future
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Mercedes-Benz spending big on electric future

There are four key pillars to Mercedes-Benz’s future mobility strategy, and cars are just one part of the puzzle. Under its CASE strategy - that's Connected, Autonomous, Shared and Electrification - the move to electric-drive is fundamental. By 2025, Mercedes-Benz expect to see 15 to 25 percent of its sales volume as electric vehicles, and that is with just ten models projected to be available...


Ford's last Falcon, Territory roll down the line: Final four to be auctioned for charity
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Ford's last Falcon, Territory roll down the line: Final four to be auctioned for charity

The last two locally produced Fords, a Falcon and Territory, have rolled down the assembly line in Broadmeadows, marking an end to over 90 years of production in Australia...


2017 Lamborghini Aventador coupe facelift spied at the Nurburgring
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2017 Lamborghini Aventador coupe facelift spied at the Nurburgring

The facelifted Lamborghini Aventador coupe has been spied during testing at the Nurburgring Nordschleife. This latest prototype is an Aventador coupe, and the changes we see on this car mirror those that were applied to the facelifted roadster spotted in July. Up front, the bumper has been subtly redesigned with a wider central air intake and smaller side apertures...