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2017 Volkswagen van and people mover updates announced, drive-away deals added
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2017 Volkswagen van and people mover updates announced, drive-away deals added

Volkswagen has detailed new connectivity updates to its 2017 model-year commercial van and people mover ranges, while drive-away 'Runner' editions of the Crafter and Transporter models continue to be offered. Updates for the new model year include an electric tailgate fitted as standard for Multivan Highline and Executive variants, an updated infotainment system with App Connect and iPhone interface along with new exterior colours for the Caddy van...


Karma planning Chinese factory for 50,000 cars per year - reports
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Karma planning Chinese factory for 50,000 cars per year - reports

The Chinese company behind the Karma Automotive is planning to build a new factory with the capacity to churn out 50,000 vehicles per annum. Bloomberg and The Wall Street Journal are both reporting that the Wanxiang Group has filed an application for an environmental impact review for a new factory in the Chinese city of Hangzhou, around 170km south-west of Shanghai...


2017 Mercedes-AMG C43 pricing announced: Souped-up trio here from October
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2017 Mercedes-AMG C43 pricing announced: Souped-up trio here from October

Local pricing for the new 2017 Mercedes-AMG C43 range has been officially announced, kicking off at $101,900 plus on-road costs for the sedan body style. The announcement confirms prices that surfaced online last week, for the sedan and wagon versions. Available in sedan, wagon and coupe forms, the the C43 gives customers a more affordable entry point into the AMG-badged C-Class range...


Nissan Navara Tradesman Canopy accessory recalled for window fix
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Nissan Navara Tradesman Canopy accessory recalled for window fix

Nissan is recalling 428 ‘D23’ Navara utes fitted with the genuine Tradesman Canopy accessory, over concerns misaligned window stoppers could cause the safety glass to shatter. According to the Japanese manufacturer, the side and rear lift window stoppers on the accessory could be out of alignment, which can cause the safety glass of the canopy’s windows to shatter when opening or closing, posing an injury hazard...


Subaru 360 designated an engineering heritage item in Japan
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Subaru 360 designated an engineering heritage item in Japan

The Subaru 360 has been named a "mechanical engineering heritage item" by the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers. The organisation has been designating items since 2007 in an effort to recognise and keep alive this part of the country's cultural heritage. All up, the society granted this status to 83 items, including the Subaru 360, which made its debut in 1958...


Chinese media outlets slam Transit Elevated Bus “scam” - report
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Chinese media outlets slam Transit Elevated Bus “scam” - report

China’s Transit Elevated Bus (TEB) became a reality last week - or did it? New reports with local media claim the futuristic ‘straddling bus’ is little more than a money-making scam. After taking the internet by storm in May, the TEB pilot project was ‘launched’ just last week, however the Chinese media isn’t buying the concept...


Nissan Juke, Navara recalled for warning light fix - 2500 vehicles affected
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Nissan Juke, Navara recalled for warning light fix - 2500 vehicles affected

Nissan has issued a recall for its ‘F15’ Juke SUV and ‘D23’ Navara ute over concerns the Malfunction Indicator Light (MIL) or engine warning light may not illuminate as required. According to the manufacturer, the malfunction/warning light doesn’t illuminate when the exhaust system sensor fails...


Success of autonomous tech could come down to psychology: study
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Success of autonomous tech could come down to psychology: study

Delivering a quantum leap in safety may be the key to winning hearts, but it will be psychology that determines the success or failure of autonomous driving technology, a new report claims. The development of autonomous and fully driverless systems has become a hot topic in recent years, with more than a few car makers aiming for the once far-off year of 2020 to launch a new era of road safety technology...


Australian CREP review finds ISOFIX child seats not always the safest option
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Australian CREP review finds ISOFIX child seats not always the safest option

The Child Restraint Evaluation Program (CREP) has published safety ratings for 10 of the latest ISOFIX-compatible child rear seats, revealing the new restraint method isn’t necessarily safer than the traditional seat belt system...


2018 BMW 3 Series interior and exterior spied
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2018 BMW 3 Series interior and exterior spied

The interior of the next-generation BMW 3 Series has been spied for the first time, accompanied by fresh images of the new car's exterior. Unfortunately, the latest 3 Series prototypes seem to be wearing a similar amount of disguise to the vehicles spotted during cold weather testing at the beginning of the year...


2018 Audi A7 spied
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2018 Audi A7 spied

The next-generation Audi A7 has been spotted for the first time, although only from a great distance. Thanks to the high level of digital zoom, these first images of the new Audi A7 are rather grainy and low quality, but they do give us a clear indication of the car's proportions and some of its details...


BMW 3 Series, 5 Series, X5 added to Takata airbag recall: 28,600 vehicles affected
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BMW 3 Series, 5 Series, X5 added to Takata airbag recall: 28,600 vehicles affected

BMW has issued a recall for 28,577 of its older-generation 3 Series, 5 Series and X5 vehicles as part of the ongoing Takata airbag recall. The notice affects the ‘E46’ 3 Series, ‘E39’ 5 Series and ‘E53’ X5, produced between 2002 and 2005. In this latest Takata recall, BMW reports the driver airbag’s gas generator can malfunction due to high levels of humidity...


Porsche Cayenne Coupe spied testing in Panamera clothing
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Porsche Cayenne Coupe spied testing in Panamera clothing

An odd-looking Porsche Panamera-based prototype has been spied testing in Europe, and it’s believed to be a mule for an upcoming coupe variant of the 2018 Porsche Cayenne SUV. Shorter, wider and sitting a lot higher than the regular Panamera, this development vehicle could be hiding the underpinnings of a new coupe-styled variant of the next-generation Cayenne, which is expected to be revealed sometime next year as a 2018 model...


2017/2018 Mitsubishi ASX spied testing
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2017/2018 Mitsubishi ASX spied testing

The all-new 2017 or 2018 Mitsubishi ASX compact SUV has been spied testing this week, ahead of a global debut that will likely occur in the coming year. The SUV shown here is clearly inspired by the XR-PHEV concept that first appeared way back in 2013. But, like the big Pajero Sport off-roader that launched last year, the XR's "dynamic shield" styling remains the Japanese brand's latest look...


Jaguar Land Rover recalls 54,000 vehicles in US for Takata airbags: Australian impact unclear
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Jaguar Land Rover recalls 54,000 vehicles in US for Takata airbags: Australian impact unclear

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has issued a recall for 54,000 vehicles in the US as part of the ongoing Takata airbag scandal. While no notice has been issued in Australia yet, some 20,000 Jaguar XF sedans and 34,000 Range Rovers are being recalled in the States over concerns the front passenger airbag inflators could rupture and shoot metal fragments when deployed...