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Renault Alpine sports car edging closer to Australian launch
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Renault Alpine sports car edging closer to Australian launch

Renault Australia remains hot on the prospect of bringing the reborn Alpine brand to our market as soon as 2017, taking its sporting credentials up another notch. Company managing director Justin Hocevar told us last week at a local preview drive of the new Megane that the Alpine sub-brand would bring a welcome “hero association” to Renault’s fast-growing local operations...


Audi's self-driving cars learn extra road manners
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Audi's self-driving cars learn extra road manners

The latest iteration of Audi's self-driving software has been programmed to be a little more like a human in its driving style. Among the updates, Audi's autonomous test vehicles will now drive more like humans regularly do - for example, the latest piloted driving software now more clearly signals its intentions when changing lanes by activating the indicators and moving to the edge of the lane before attempting the manoeuvre...


2017 Porsche 911 GTS Targa spied
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2017 Porsche 911 GTS Targa spied

The facelifted Porsche 911 GTS Targa has been spied outside the Nurburgring without camouflage. Visually, the new GTS is distinguished by a restyled front bumper with larger air intakes, while out the back there's two centrally-mounted exhaust tips and a revised rear diffuser-style element. As with other members of the updated '991...


Renault Kangoo and Trafic recalled
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Renault Kangoo and Trafic recalled

Renault Australia has recalled 11 ‘X61’ Kangoo II and three ‘X82’ Trafic III vans this week. The Kangoo recall is due to concerns that the mounting bolts on the rear bench seat backrest could break. The fault could lead to noise or even detachment of the backrest, which increases the risk of injury to passengers if the vehicle comes to a sudden stop...


2017 Peugeot 3008 appears in factory spy video
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2017 Peugeot 3008 appears in factory spy video

Above: The new 3008 is clearly inspired by the 2014 Peugeot Quartz concept The next-generation Peugeot 3008 has surfaced in a YouTube video ahead of its official presentation. In a very short and very blurry video, a production-ready 3008 is shown in a brief passing-by shot...


Apple invests $1.3 billion into Chinese Uber rival
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Apple invests $1.3 billion into Chinese Uber rival

Tech giant Apple has announced that it is taking a $1.3 billion stake in ride-sharing company Didi Chuxing, China’s own rival to Uber, marking the company’s first large-scale public move into the transportation industry. Didi Chuxing, formerly known as Didi Kuaidi, is China’s largest ride-hailing service...


2016 Volkswagen Touareg recalled for airbag fix - UPDATE
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2016 Volkswagen Touareg recalled for airbag fix - UPDATE

Update: The majority of affected Touaregs haven't been sold yet. See bottom of article for details Volkswagen is recalling 59 vehicles from its 2016 Touareg SUV line over concerns that the fabric of the side airbag could tear. The manufacturer reports that in the event of an accident, the fabric of the side airbag may tear during deployment...


Nissan wants Mitsubishi plug-in hybrid tech as soon as possible
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Nissan wants Mitsubishi plug-in hybrid tech as soon as possible

Nissan is preparing to tap into Mitsubishi Motor Corporation’s (MMC) expertise in plug-in hybrid vehicles to greatly speed up the development of its own PHEV fleet. Long a leader in pure electric vehicles with the Leaf, Nissan’s lack of penetration in PHEV technology has been notable...


2014 Mitsubishi Challenger recalled for child seat anchor fix
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2014 Mitsubishi Challenger recalled for child seat anchor fix

Mitsubishi is recalling six of its 2014 model-year 'PC' Challenger SUVs over concerns that the child seat anchor points do not comply with Australian regulations. The Japanese manufacturer reports that the weld nuts for the child restraint anchor may be missing on both the driver and passenger side rear anchor points, which violates Australian regulations...


CarAdvice Podcast episode 3: Speed camera effectiveness, Subaru Outback, Tesla v BMW, and more
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CarAdvice Podcast episode 3: Speed camera effectiveness, Subaru Outback, Tesla v BMW, and more

Welcome to episode 3 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. Last week's show continued on from the successful first episode with impressive download numbers on iTunes, SoundCloud and our other social and podcast platforms...


Nikola One: hybrid semi unveiled by US startup
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Nikola One: hybrid semi unveiled by US startup

This week, a startup car maker revealed its design for an electric semi truck, known as the Nikola One, with an on-board turbine range-extender. Beneath its aerodynamic body, the Nikola One has an extended range electric or series hybrid drivetrain. At each of its six wheels there's a 250kW electric motor and a dual gear reduction system...


Hyundai Elantra recalled for airbag software issue
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Hyundai Elantra recalled for airbag software issue

The fourth-generation Hyundai Elantra has been recalled for an airbag control unit software update. Sold in Australia between 2006 and 2010, the recall affects 5296 HD model Hyundai Elantra models built between January 2, 2008 and August 22, 2009. Hyundai notes the airbags (both driver and passenger) could deploy when not required, which could cause injury - not to mention a hell of a fright - for occupants...


Ford patents fake engine-noise tech... to save fuel
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Ford patents fake engine-noise tech... to save fuel

Ford has filed a patent for an artificial engine-noise system that makes it sound like there are more cylinders at work - not for “go fast” purposes, however, but to save fuel. According to the manufacturer, the new technology would improve fuel efficiency by encouraging the driver to shift gears lower in the rev range...


Nissan UK launches vehicle-to-grid project, unveils energy storage system
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Nissan UK launches vehicle-to-grid project, unveils energy storage system

Nissan is taking the first steps to implement its vision for “Intelligent Mobility”, launching a vehicle-to-grid (V2G) trial and unveiling a new energy storage unit in the UK this week. The V2G project will allow Nissan electric vehicles (EV) such as the Leaf to become mobile energy hubs, supplying power to the energy grid...


2017 Ford Focus rendered
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2017 Ford Focus rendered

A speculative rendering of the next-generation 2017 Ford Focus has appeared online this week, offering a look at one artist's view of how the new model may be styled. The current Focus made its debut in 2010, and while no official word has been given on the new model’s timing, an unveiling in the next year is likely...