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California proposes strict rules for driverless vehicles: Google ‘gravely disappointed’
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California proposes strict rules for driverless vehicles: Google ‘gravely disappointed’

California’s Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has released a draft of possible new regulations that could affect the development and marketing of autonomous vehicles. The California DMV claims that its draft rules, released for public comment this week, are aimed at ensuring the safety of all road users while still promoting the continued development of driverless car technology...


NEVS signs $17 billion deal to deliver 150,000 Saab 9-3 EVs
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NEVS signs $17 billion deal to deliver 150,000 Saab 9-3 EVs

National Electric Vehicle Sweden (NEVS), the owner of the assets of Saab Automobile, has signed a deal with China’s Panda New Energy Co. that will see it deliver 150,000 Saab 9-3 EVs to the company by the end of 2020. The agreement, which will also see it deliver 100,000 other electric vehicle products and services from companies associated with NEVS and its owners, is worth 68 billion yuan ($17 billion) to NEVS...


2017 Renault Megane RS: smaller engine and dual-clutch transmission likely
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2017 Renault Megane RS: smaller engine and dual-clutch transmission likely

The next-generation Renault Megane RS, or Megane Renault Sport as it’s formally called, is likely to sport a smaller engine with a dual-clutch transmission as the brand moves away from its current drivetrain. Speaking to the Australian motoring media at the launch of the new Renault Megane in Portugal this week, Renault Sport’s vice president of sales, marketing and communication, Regis Fricotte, confirmed the existing 2...


Renault Sport's success in Australia due to consistency
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Renault Sport's success in Australia due to consistency

Renault Sport’s success in Australia is due to its consistency and relevance to the Australian market, according to the brand’s vice president of sales, marketing and communication. Speaking to CarAdvice at the launch of the new Renault Megane in Portugal this week, Regis Fricotte admitted that Australian’s deep love affair with sports cars has been fundamental to the brand’s local success...


Hyundai, Kia take to Nevada roads for driverless testing
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Hyundai, Kia take to Nevada roads for driverless testing

There might soon be no human-controlled cars left in Nevada, with two more auto brands this week approved for driverless technology testing on public roads in the US state. Nevada already plays host to the autonomous projects of companies as varied as Google, Audi and Freightliner, but now the Korean pair of Hyundai and Kia have joined the fray...


Land Rover Defender 2,000,000 sells for $830,000
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Land Rover Defender 2,000,000 sells for $830,000

The one-of-a-kind, instant classic Land Rover Defender 2,000,000 has sold for an astonishing £400,000 ($832,000) at an exclusive charity auction in London. The unique vehicle, as the name suggests, is the two-millionth of the iconic Series Land Rover and Defender models manufactured at Land Rover’s Solihull plant since 1948...


Peugeot 308 range reshuffle coming, Golf R Wagon rival unlikely
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Peugeot 308 range reshuffle coming, Golf R Wagon rival unlikely

The planned early 2016 local launch of the Peugeot 308 GTi is expected to be followed by revisions to the rest of the Australian 308 range, but a performance variant of the 308 wagon is unlikely to be among them...


Hyundai Ioniq revealed further in new sketches
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Hyundai Ioniq revealed further in new sketches

A pair of fresh teaser sketches has shed new light on the design of the all-new Hyundai Ioniq ahead of its world premiere in South Korea next month. The first image gives us our clearest look yet at the exterior styling of Hyundai’s Prius-fighting alternative fuel vehicle, while the second provides an initial peak inside its cabin...


Peugeot Australia "extremely happy" with sub-$45-$50k 308 GTi pricing
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Peugeot Australia "extremely happy" with sub-$45-$50k 308 GTi pricing

Despite pricing for the new Peugeot 308 GTi raising eyebrows when announced less than four weeks ago, the French brand's local distributor says the final figures are better than originally expected. Speaking to CarAdvice at this week’s Peugeot 308 GTi ‘preview’ drive in Sydney, the public relations and communications manager for Sime Darby Motors Group – Peugeot’s Australian distributor - Tyson Bowen, said the group is pleased with the two-model range's $44,990 to $49,990 pricing...


Audi Q2 spied testing: New baby SUV coming in 2016
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Audi Q2 spied testing: New baby SUV coming in 2016

Audi's sub-Q3 SUV has been spied testing again. First it was hot laps at the Nurburgring, but this week it's cold-weather testing in Europe. The car we see here will slot in beneath the small Q3. Its name is still to be confirmed, but early reports had suggested that a trademark dispute with Fiat Chrysler's Alfa Romeo and Maserati brands had moved Audi to favour Q1 over its preferred Q2 badge...


2016 Mitsubishi Lancer facelift brings extra equipment to ageing small car
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2016 Mitsubishi Lancer facelift brings extra equipment to ageing small car

The Mitsubishi Lancer has received a facelift and a number of equipment upgrades for 2016 as the Japanese brand seeks to refresh its ageing small car. Next year will mark the current-generation Lancer’s 10th in our market, and with no successor planned, Mitsubishi has little option but to roll out small updates for its compact sedan and Sportback hatch models to maintain competitiveness with newer rivals...


2016 Mercedes-Benz SLC revealed : Mercedes-AMG SLC43 V6 headlines renamed range, no more V8
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2016 Mercedes-Benz SLC revealed : Mercedes-AMG SLC43 V6 headlines renamed range, no more V8

The Mercedes-Benz SLC has been officially revealed, introducing another new nameplate to the German brand’s ranks while farewelling an iconic engine. Set to debut at next month's Detroit auto show, the SLC becomes the latest model to conform to Mercedes’ new naming structure, with the compact roadster trading its old SLK moniker for the new badge that aligns it with the brand’s ‘C’ family of vehicles (C-Class, GLC)...


2016 Volkswagen Multivan and Caravelle people-movers launched, prices cut
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2016 Volkswagen Multivan and Caravelle people-movers launched, prices cut

The 2016 Volkswagen Multivan and Volkswagen Caravelle people-movers have arrived in Australia this week, alongside their ‘T6’ Transporter van cousins. The range is available with between seven (Multivan) and nine (Caravelle) seats, and in a multitude of spec levels from humble shuttle bus through to super-luxury Executive valet options...


2016 Infiniti Q50 to get all-new twin-turbo V6 and dynamic overhaul
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2016 Infiniti Q50 to get all-new twin-turbo V6 and dynamic overhaul

The Infiniti Q50 will introduce an all-new twin-turbocharged V6 and benefit from a dynamic overhaul when an updated version of the premium mid-sized sedan goes on sale in Australia in the second half of 2016. The new, in-house-developed 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 petrol engine (codenamed ‘VR30’) headlines the advancements for the updated Q50...


2016 Volkswagen Transporter pricing and specs : T6 generation van and cab chassis variants arrive
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2016 Volkswagen Transporter pricing and specs : T6 generation van and cab chassis variants arrive

The new ‘T6’ generation Volkswagen Transporter has arrived, bringing in a significant range of updates for what has become Australia’s third most popular mid-sized van range. The newest version of the Volkswagen Transporter van is a rival for the evergreen Toyota HiAce and Hyundai iLoad, plus Europeans such as the Ford Transit Custom, Renault Trafic and Mercedes-Benz Vito...