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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...


Ford Focus RS Mountune performance kit launched for UK and US markets - UPDATE
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Ford Focus RS Mountune performance kit launched for UK and US markets - UPDATE

If the 2016 Ford Focus RS isn't ‘hot’ enough for you, British tuning firm Mountune has you covered with its latest ‘Phase 2’ performance package for the blue halo’s hyper hatch. With the new upgrades, the Mountune-enhanced Focus RS gains 18kW/40Nm for new figures of 276kW and 500Nm - and can sprint from 0-100km/h in 4...


2017 Holden Barina hatch spied in Melbourne
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2017 Holden Barina hatch spied in Melbourne

The refreshed 2017 Holden Barina hatch has been spied in Melbourne this week ahead of a launch that could occur in the coming months. Revealed earlier this year in its overseas Chevrolet Sonic form, Holden's light car picks up a number of basic styling tweaks to see out the model's run...


Nikola CEO takes aim at Tesla, Mercedes-Benz: Electric truck claims zero-emissions 1000-mile range
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Nikola CEO takes aim at Tesla, Mercedes-Benz: Electric truck claims zero-emissions 1000-mile range

The new Nikola Motor Company has taken aim at some recently-announced electric truck plans with its Nikola One prototype, first revealed through renderings in May and scheduled for release this December. In a press release this week, Nikola founder and CEO, Trevor Milton, took a swipe at competitors - like Tesla and Mercedes-Benz - that are planning electric-powered heavy vehicles, saying the One isn’t restricted by battery-only range and long charging times...


2018 Aston Martin Vantage will "blow the DB10 away", design chief says
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2018 Aston Martin Vantage will "blow the DB10 away", design chief says

Aston Martin is at the beginning of something of a renaissance, which CEO Andy Palmer is calling the ‘Second Century Plan’, and it starts with the new DB11. The Vantage is next in line to be replaced, and like DB11, it will be a completely new design based on Aston’s brand new bonded aluminium architecture, which replaces the old ‘VH’ underpinnings...


2017 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 spied
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2017 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 spied

A prototype believed to be the upcoming 2017 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 has been spied during testing. The vehicle in question is a heavily-camouflaged C7 Corvette, a black mask on the front, swirly camouflage on the rear, and mismatched colours on its body panels...


2016 Holden Captiva Active on sale
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2016 Holden Captiva Active on sale

Holden has added the Captiva Active limited edition to its range, featuring lightly tweaked looks and enhanced equipment over the entry-level LS. Starting at $29,990 drive-away, the seven-seat Captiva Active brings even more value to the LS variant on which it’s based, for a price increase of around $1500...


CarAdvice Podcast episode 15: Honda NSX flies in, Ford on Edge, DB11 reviewed, Model X priced, and much more
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CarAdvice Podcast episode 15: Honda NSX flies in, Ford on Edge, DB11 reviewed, Model X priced, and much more

Welcome to episode 15 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, it's Mandy Turner at the helm, joined by specialist sidekick Mike Stevens to discuss the latest CarAdvice news and reviews from across the automotive landscape and Australia's new-car market...