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Volkswagen diesel class action back in Australia's Federal Court
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Volkswagen diesel class action back in Australia's Federal Court

Volkswagen will return to the Federal Court in Sydney this Thursday morning, July 7, over the defeat-device diesel emissions saga. Email updates were sent out today from firms Bannister Law and Maurice Blackburn, which are undertaking ‘no win, no fee’ open class action suits against the German car-maker, including the Audi and Skoda divisions...


BMW tuner Alpina in Australia by November
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BMW tuner Alpina in Australia by November

The long-mooted introduction of BMW tuner Alpina to the Australian market was confirmed today, with the ADR-certified, 4 Series-based B4 Bi-Turbo launching in November. As you can read here, 50-year old Alpina has long been on the radar as Australia, as a sports-luxury yin to the BMW M Division’s hardcore performance yang...


New vehicle sales at record highs: Australian market year-to-date wrap, winners and losers
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New vehicle sales at record highs: Australian market year-to-date wrap, winners and losers

We have hit the half-way point of 2016, and new vehicle sales logged in offical VFACTS data remain at record highs on the back of a booming business fleet market. Another huge month in June (belying a speculated downturn resulting from an interminable election cycle) has put half-yearly sales at 598,140 units, up 3.4 per cent...


2017 Toyota 86: updated and uprated sports car confirmed for fourth-quarter local launch
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2017 Toyota 86: updated and uprated sports car confirmed for fourth-quarter local launch

Australian details for the updated 2017 Toyota 86 have been revealed, including a fresh face, a small power bump along with tweaks to the body and suspension. Scheduled to go on sale locally in the fourth quarter of this year, Toyota claims the new 86 will offer sharper steering response and improved ride comfort...


2018 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter spied
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2018 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter spied

An early prototype for the next-generation Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van has been spied testing in Europe. This mule features a heavily disguised version of the new van's front-end, but the rest of the vehicle is carried over from the van that's currently in showrooms. Despite the false body panels, we can see that the next-generation Sprinter will feature slimmer, smaller headlights than the current van...


June 2016 VFACTS: New vehicle sales, winners and losers, biggest month ever
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June 2016 VFACTS: New vehicle sales, winners and losers, biggest month ever

The interminable federal election campaign failed to put a dampener on new vehicle sales last month, with a new all-time record figure set. During June, traditionally the year’s biggest selling month, sales grew by 2.2 per cent to 128,569 to an all-time record high, with SUVs and commercials counterbalancing the 4.5 per cent reduction in passenger cars...


Hyundai Tucson recalled over bonnet latch
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Hyundai Tucson recalled over bonnet latch

Update - A spokesperson from Hyundai Australia clarified that the fault only occurs if the bonnet has been left unlatched but still closed, see article for details. Hyundai has issued a recall for 17,134 of its current-generation ‘TL’ and ‘TLe’ Tucson SUVs over concerns the vehicle's bonnet could open while the vehicle is in motion...


Jaguar XF, XJ, Land Rover Discovery 4, Range Rover, Range Rover Sport recalled
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Jaguar XF, XJ, Land Rover Discovery 4, Range Rover, Range Rover Sport recalled

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) Australia has issued a recall for 2169 vehicles, affecting several models fitted with the company’s 3.0-litre TDV6 turbo-diesel engine over concerns it could cut out or not start...


Mirrorless cars now legal in Japan - report
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Mirrorless cars now legal in Japan - report

Japan has become one of the first markets in the world to allow car makers to ditch the conventional glass wing mirror in favour of camera monitor systems, according to a new report. Using cameras as rear- or side-view mirrors is nothing new - numerous concept cars such as the Lamborghini Urus have already previewed the technology, and some Honda models feature a wide-angle monitoring camera beneath the passenger-door mirror...


2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE spied
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2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE spied

The next-generation Mercedes-Benz GLE has been spied for the first time. It's hard to get a true sense of the final design as the entire body, except for the roof, is covered in camouflage. In addition to the odd false panel, many of the car's snap-in components, such as the grille and tail-lights, have also been replaced by temporary units...


Top Gear host Chris Evans quits
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Top Gear host Chris Evans quits

As the 23rd season of TV series Top Gear comes to a close, host Chris Evans has announced he will not be returning for another. Revealing his resignation on Twitter overnight, Evans posted: "stepping down from Top Gear. Gave it my best shot but sometimes that's not enough". He wished the show well, describing the production team's efforts as "beyond brilliant"...


Volvo's 'zero fatalities from 2020' mission a vision, not a target
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Volvo's 'zero fatalities from 2020' mission a vision, not a target

Volvo Cars has cleared up any confusion regarding its bold and well-publicised Vision 2020 stretch target that nobody should be killed in one its cars from next decade. Jan Ivarsson, Volvo Cars senior technical advisor for safety, clarified to Australian media in Gothenburg this week that the radical statement embodied by the company from the top down was a vision, but not a target per se...


Toyota and Lexus reduce pricing on models affected by Luxury Car Tax
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Toyota and Lexus reduce pricing on models affected by Luxury Car Tax

Toyota and its premium marque Lexus have moved again to head-off the impact of Australia's Luxury Car Tax (LCT) by cutting prices on a number of models to keep them below the newly raised threshold. Growing in-line with inflation, the LCT threshold rose by $948 last week to $64,312, while the threshold on vehicles listing fuel consumption below 7...


2017 Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo rendered
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2017 Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo rendered

The production version of the Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo wagon has been rendered this week, hinting at what the more practical version of Porsche’s large sedan might look like when it makes its debut. First previewed by the 2012 Panamera Sport Turismo concept, the wagon-bodied Panamera has already been confirmed for the American market for a possible 2018 or 2019 model-year launch, according to industry journal Automotive News...


Volvo reaffirms commitment to full legal responsibility for autonomous vehicles' behaviour
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Volvo reaffirms commitment to full legal responsibility for autonomous vehicles' behaviour

Volvo Cars has reaffirmed its position on one of the thorniest issues surrounding the shift to autonomous vehicles, by stating again that it will take full responsibility for the operation and efficacy of its autopilot technologies. This follows an announcement made in October last year...