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Hyundai i30 recall: more than 37,000 Australian examples affected over possible ESC fault
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Hyundai i30 recall: more than 37,000 Australian examples affected over possible ESC fault

Hyundai Australia has announced a precautionary recall of 37,334 previous-generation i30 models over a potential electronic stability control (ESC) fault. In essence, the potentially life-saving system fitted to these vehicles may not work, due to a problem at the time of assembly. ESC stabilises a vehicle if it steps out and escapes the control of the driver...


2016 Toyota Prius sticks with nickel hydride over lithium-ion batteries in Australia
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2016 Toyota Prius sticks with nickel hydride over lithium-ion batteries in Australia

Toyota Australia says that it has stuck with the proven and tested nickel-metal hydride (Ni-MH) battery for the fourth-generation Prius instead of switching to the lithium-ion system available in some other markets, due to the former's reliability as well as lower cost...


2016 Toyota Prius pricing and specifications
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2016 Toyota Prius pricing and specifications

The 2016 Toyota Prius has launched in Australia with a starting price of $34,990 for the new and better equipped standard model, while the top-spec i-Tech model comes in at $43,990. Prices for the new Prius indicate a $2500 increase over the outgoing third-generation model (and a $1000 reduction on the i-Tech), which, along with the two generations before it, has found over three million sales worldwide, of which around 20,000 are in Australia...


International Women's Day: we celebrate women in the automotive industry
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International Women's Day: we celebrate women in the automotive industry

Today is International Women's Day and an opportunity to turn the spotlight on a number of the fabulous females that help keep the wheels turning in the automotive industry. It’s no exaggeration to say women are markedly underrepresented in the motoring world. I’m one of a handful of female motoring journalists in Australia and I find the lack of ladies bewildering...


2017 Bentley Continental GT spied during cold weather testing
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2017 Bentley Continental GT spied during cold weather testing

Two weeks ago we brought you the first images of the next-generation Bentley Continental GT coupe, now we've got higher quality pictures taken during the car's winter testing regime in the near-Arctic region of Sweden favoured by automakers of all stripes. Like the prototype that was spotted in the Netherlands, this car has a generous helping of false body panels, with only the doors, roof, and bonnet exposed to the elements...


2016 Citroen C4 Cactus arrives in showrooms
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2016 Citroen C4 Cactus arrives in showrooms

One of the most eagerly anticipated cars out of Europe for quite some time – the 2016 Citroen C4 Cactus – has finally arrived in Australia. The lightweight, trolley-proof, front-wheel-drive Citroen C4 Cactus compact SUV from the French brand set chins wagging two years ago when it was revealed ahead of the 2014 Geneva motor show, and it could have the same effect in Australia now that it has, at last, touched down...


BMW Vision Next 100 concept unveiled
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BMW Vision Next 100 concept unveiled

The BMW Vision Next 100 concept has been unveiled as part of the company's centenary celebrations, previewing what might be ahead for the luxury marque in its second century. Inside the cabin, the Vision Next 100 features a conceptual system, dubbed Alive Geometry, that consists of 800 or so moving luminous triangles embedded into the dashboard and side panels...


Goodyear unveils tyre concepts to get autonomous vehicles rolling
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Goodyear unveils tyre concepts to get autonomous vehicles rolling

Tyre maker Goodyear has unveiled two futuristic concepts at this year's Geneva motor show, headlined by the Eagle-360, a radical new design intended for the driverless cars of tomorrow...


Audi A3 outselling Ford Focus in 2016, as luxury models surge
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Audi A3 outselling Ford Focus in 2016, as luxury models surge

Sometimes certain sales figures contextualise general car industry trends rather neatly. The fact the Audi A3 hatch and sedan range is outselling the Ford Focus hatch and sedan in Australia this year is one such instance. According the VFACTS industry figures, the little German hatch and sedan line-up has managed 1033 sales in 2016, up 5.7 per cent...


Haval H2 price cut to $24,990 driveaway
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Haval H2 price cut to $24,990 driveaway

The entry level Haval H2 has been given a limited-time price cut in a move to stimulate both customer interest, and by extension sales. The Chinese company’s so-called “premium SUV” competitor to the likes of the Mazda CX-3 and Mitsubishi ASX is now retailing for $24,990 driveaway in Haval H2 Premium front-drive guise with a six-speed manual transmission...


2016 Subaru Impreza in Australia by December
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2016 Subaru Impreza in Australia by December

The next-generation Subaru Impreza hatch and sedan will make it to Australia before the end of 2016. The new Impreza small-car range is a wholesale change, because it will be the first car to use Subaru’s brand new global architecture. The new Impreza sedan, previewed in concept form last November, is expected to make its world premiere at the New York motor show at the end of this month...


Subaru Global Platform: Common architecture for all models, starting with 2016 Impreza
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Subaru Global Platform: Common architecture for all models, starting with 2016 Impreza

Subaru parent company Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. has revealed the modular architecture that will underpin all future models starting from 2016 — models the company says have the potential to be “the world’s safest”. First cab off the proverbial rank will be the all-new Impreza hatch and sedan (read more here and here) and the XV crossover derivative, followed by the next Forester as previewed by last year's Viziv concept...


Infiniti Red Sport performance brand launched, turbo six to lead the way
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Infiniti Red Sport performance brand launched, turbo six to lead the way

Infiniti’s new turbocharged 3.0-litre petrol ‘VR’ V6 engine, revealed in December, will be the engine that kicks off the company’s new Red Sport performance brand this year. The engine, tuned for 224kW and 298kW forms, will initially be offered with the Q50 sedan and the brand-new Q60 coupe...


Subaru Impreza and XV recalled for starter motor fix
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Subaru Impreza and XV recalled for starter motor fix

Subaru Australia has issued a recall for 5369 vehicles in its 2015 Impreza small car and XV compact SUV lines.  The Japanese car maker reports that affected vehicles may have damaged starter motor pinion gears, due to an “unusual start-up procedure". This fault may cause the engine to not start, or to restart when using the vehicle’s Automatic Stop Start system...


Dodge Journey and Chrysler Voyager recalled over faulty airbag sensor
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Dodge Journey and Chrysler Voyager recalled over faulty airbag sensor

The 2008 Dodge Journey and Chrysler Grand Voyager have been issued with a recall to address a potentially faulty airbag sensor. Corrosion of the power-supply to the Occupant Restraint Control module may cause the unit to malfunction. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Australia reports that this fault could result in either preventing airbag deployment in a collision, or have the airbag deploy outside of an emergency situation...