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Victorian Taxi Association backs off anti-Uber campaign in favour of service reform
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Victorian Taxi Association backs off anti-Uber campaign in favour of service reform

The head of Victoria’s peak body for taxis has confirmed that the body will redirect its energies away from a long-running campaign against ride-sharing service Uber, focusing instead on reviewing the industry's services. Speaking with The Guardian this week, Victorian Taxi Association chief executive, David Samuel, said that in the face of growing competition, taxi services must do more to hear and respond to the needs of its customers...


Volkswagen US gives owners of dieselgate cars $1420 in "goodwill package" - UPDATED
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Volkswagen US gives owners of dieselgate cars $1420 in "goodwill package" - UPDATED

Volkswagen USA has announced that it will give owners of TDI cars impacted by the dieselgate affair a goodwill package. The package consists of a US$500 ($710) prepaid Visa card, a US$500 ($710) Volkswagen dealership card and three years of free roadside assistance...


Volvo XC90 goes hands-free for Australian Driverless Vehicle Initiative in Adelaide
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Volvo XC90 goes hands-free for Australian Driverless Vehicle Initiative in Adelaide

A pair of new-generation Volvo XC90 SUVs were driven hands-free in Adelaide this week, marking an official first for driverless technology in the southern hemisphere. Although similar technology is now featured with Tesla’s Model S and the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, Volvo’s hands-off operation of its specially tweaked XC90s was thanks specifically to government cooperation - and the loan of one of its own technology experts, Dr Trent Victor, sent directly from its Sweden headquarters...


Toyota plug-in hybrids not a priority
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Toyota plug-in hybrids not a priority

Some of the world’s biggest automotive manufacturers are moving to a future where plugging in to a power point to do your daily commute is a viable reality, but Toyota isn’t following the same path. Companies such as Volkswagen, Audi, Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Hyundai and Mitsubishi are pushing for a world where electric power can be used part-time, offering plug-in hybrid drivetrains in mainstream models in major markets around the world...


Toyota Australia’s hydrogen plans not dependent on government backing
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Toyota Australia’s hydrogen plans not dependent on government backing

There are still no plans to launch the Toyota Mirai in Australia in the short term, but that’s not due to a lack of government backing for the hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle. According to Tony Cramb, Toyota Australia executive director of sales and marketing, the future of hydrogen cars in this country will come down to infrastructure, and any such plans for those fuel-cell electric models may not be directly influenced by government backing...


Range Rover Evoque Convertible revealed: $84,440 ragtop in Australia next year
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Range Rover Evoque Convertible revealed: $84,440 ragtop in Australia next year

The long-anticipated and frequently spied Range Rover Evoque Convertible is now out in the open, revealed in London this week ahead of a mid-2016 European launch. An Australian debut for the topless Evoque has also been confirmed for the third quarter of 2016, with a starting price of $84,440 plus on-road costs...


2016 Volkswagen Scirocco R recalled for speedo fix
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2016 Volkswagen Scirocco R recalled for speedo fix

Volkswagen Australia has announced a recall of its Scirocco R sports hatch, to address speedometer fault. Affecting 207 vehicles built for the 2016 model year, the recall relates to a fault that could see the speedometer display an inaccurate speed reading. The company says that the speedo may under-represent the actual road speed, with the error occurring between 100km/h and 180km/h...


Lamborghini Huracan LP610-2 RWD version in the works - report
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Lamborghini Huracan LP610-2 RWD version in the works - report

Whispers of a new rear-wheel drive Lamborghini Huracan have come about again, with a new report out of the UK this week suggesting that the new variant will hit the market early next year. It was early last year when Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann told CarAdvice in Geneva that the new Gallardo-replacing Huracan would nicely accommodate a rear-wheel drive layout, and the company has already revealed its rear-drive Huracan GT3 race car...


Volkswagen Group design chief, Walter de Silva, set to retire
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Volkswagen Group design chief, Walter de Silva, set to retire

Volkswagen has confirmed that the group's design director for the last seven years, Walter de Silva, will retire at the end of November. In statement issued by the German car maker, de Silva will retire at the end of the month, although he will continue working for the company as an advisor. De Silva joined the Volkswagen Group in 1998 when he became the head of design at Seat...


BMW X2 spy photos
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BMW X2 spy photos

Our spy photographers have captured photos of the BMW X2, the next addition to the company's expanding range of SUVs. As with BMW's other even numbered X models, the X2 will be a sportier counterpart to the recently revealed front- and all-wheel drive X1. To highlight its greater emphasis on driving dynamics, the X2 features a lower roof line and angled lines for the wheel arches...


Driverless cars: levels of automation and the barrier of ‘human factors’
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Driverless cars: levels of automation and the barrier of ‘human factors’

If I’m involved in an accident while riding in an autonomous vehicle that I wasn't actively driving, who is at fault? Was I meant to have my hands on the wheel? Will we ever again be allowed to control our cars directly? What will insurance premiums look like in the future? And what about those nutcase hackers? Do I need to know anything about how this thing works, or can I just climb in and start watching the latest episode of Beyond 2000? Where are police going to make up all the revenue when speeding fines don’t exist anymore? This is just a small sample of the questions posed by observers here in the ancient past, regarding our inevitable transition to autonomous commuting...


Local Motors LM3D Swim launched, 3D printed car on sale 2016
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Local Motors LM3D Swim launched, 3D printed car on sale 2016

The Local Motors LM3D Swim has been unveiled and is set to become the first commercially available 3D printed vehicle. Local Motors says that the all-electric Swim is the first in a series of LM3D vehicles. New variants will be unveiled in 2016 while the company seeks to complete the homologation process, which includes the federal crash testing and highway certification...


Toyota to open $1.4 billion artificial intelligence centre in Silicon Valley
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Toyota to open $1.4 billion artificial intelligence centre in Silicon Valley

Toyota is preparing to massively multiply its already sizeable investment in artificial intelligence, announcing its new Toyota Research Institute Inc company in California’s Silicon Valley this week. Although Toyota has an existing five-year $70 million investment with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Stanford University, today’s announcement will see the company pour $1...


Bentley Continental GT Speed hits v-max of 331km/h in the Northern Territory
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Bentley Continental GT Speed hits v-max of 331km/h in the Northern Territory

The British luxury marque has taken its Bentley Continental GT Speed to the Northern Territory and recorded it hitting a top speed of 331km/h. Since 2014, when the territory reinstituted unlimited speed zones, the NT has one of three public roads in the world where there's officially no speed limit...


Lamborghini Huracan LP610-4 Spyder debuts in Australia
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Lamborghini Huracan LP610-4 Spyder debuts in Australia

The Lamborghini Huracan LP610-4 Spyder will cost $470,800 plus on-road costs when it arrives on Australian shores in April. Pricing for the open-air version of Lamborghini’s entry-level supercar was announced this week as the Sant’Agata Bolognese-based brand gave local media and prospective customers an early preview of the latest addition to the line-up...