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Volkswagen Amarok's image building: MY17 update to arrive in November next year
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Volkswagen Amarok's image building: MY17 update to arrive in November next year

Volkswagen Commercial still has a little way to go before its Amarok attains the tough image and “street cred” of rivals such as the HiLux, admits its local boss Carlos Santos. But with its recent success in moving the range ‘downward’ by offering base entrants such as the properly work-focused Volkswagen Amarok Core, the company is gradually gaining traction among some of the market’s toughest buyers...


Ford XR6 Turbo Sprint, XR8 Sprint confirmed:  More power, unique build numbers
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Ford XR6 Turbo Sprint, XR8 Sprint confirmed: More power, unique build numbers

Ford Australia has finally announced one of the worst kept secrets in the industry and one that CarAdvice exclusively revealed earlier in the year: Falcon XR Sprint performance models are coming. The new specials will be available in limited numbers and, while Ford hasn't revealed just how limited availability will be, it confirmed that the nameplate will feature on both XR6 Turbo and XR8 variants...


NSW gets new cycling safety laws: Passing distance, fines, photo ID
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NSW gets new cycling safety laws: Passing distance, fines, photo ID

Cyclists in New South Wales will have to carry photo identification from next year, motorists will be required to observe a minimum passing distance, and fines will be increased for both groups, according to new rules detailed this week. Described as a “cycling safety package”, the new rules were announced by NSW roads minister Duncan Gay...


Ford Fiesta RS: 40 years of Fiesta could bring new hero - report
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Ford Fiesta RS: 40 years of Fiesta could bring new hero - report

Ford fans hoping for a feisty new hero in the Fiesta range may be in luck next year, with new reports out of Europe hinting at a high-powered birthday special. Talk of a top-shelf Fiesta RS performance model has been doing the rounds for years, but the carmaker has kept its lips sealed on any potential for a more powerful companion to the hugely popular ST model...


BMW i5 SUV rendered: Will BMW tackle growing electric SUV segment?
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BMW i5 SUV rendered: Will BMW tackle growing electric SUV segment?

Sedan, people-mover or SUV? Depending on the day of the week and which executive you can corner, the final shape of BMW’s next ultra-green i car could be ‘any of the above’. But, each passing month brings reports that suggest 2016 will be the year of the electric, or electric-assisted, premium SUV...


Volkswagen Caddy recalled for starter fix: Vehicle may move when unlocked
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Volkswagen Caddy recalled for starter fix: Vehicle may move when unlocked

Volkswagen has recalled older models in its Caddy van and people-mover lines, over concerns that an electrical issue could cause the vehicle to move unexpectedly. The carmaker reports that a particular earthing attachment may not have been properly secured during manufacture. If the fault occurs, the process of unlocking the vehicle could cause the starter motor to crank the engine...


2016 Hyundai Ioniq hybrid spotted undisguised in USA
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2016 Hyundai Ioniq hybrid spotted undisguised in USA

The highly anticipated 2016 Hyundai Ioniq hybrid has been spotted completely free of disguise while filming a commercial in California. Hyundai's 'Prius fighter', the Ioniq will offer the choice of petrol-electric hybrid, petrol-plug-in-electric hybrid or full-electric powertrains within the one model line-up...


Bugatti Chiron spied again, second teaser released
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Bugatti Chiron spied again, second teaser released

The big new Bugatti Chiron hypercar has been spied on the road again, this time accompanied by an entourage of its high-powered and premium peers. Caught by YouTube user Tim Wolke, two camouflaged examples of the Chiron are seen rolling quietly through a suburban street, led by its predecessor the Veyron...


Uber proposes $150 permits in Victoria as govt explores taxi reform - report
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Uber proposes $150 permits in Victoria as govt explores taxi reform - report

Uber has reportedly asked the Victorian government to consider a $150 annual permit for drivers using its mobile app to accept trip requests from a growing number of users. Although the New South Wales and Western Australia governments announced major taxi industry reforms last week that will legalise ‘ride-sharing’ services like UberX, Victoria has yet to reveal plans...


2015 Fiat Ducato recalled over ignition switch concerns
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2015 Fiat Ducato recalled over ignition switch concerns

The Australian arm of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has issued a recall notice for the new 2015 Ducato van, over concerns that a fault with the ignition switch could result in serious injury or a fatality. FCA reports that the Ducato’s ignition switch could unexpectedly move out of the ‘run’ position while driving...


2016 Chevrolet Niva revealed in leaked patent images
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2016 Chevrolet Niva revealed in leaked patent images

The next generation of Chevrolet’s rugged little Niva is on the way at last, with what looks to be the final production model appearing in a set of leaked patent images this week. Revealed more than a year ago as a concept, the new Niva was presented as a capable off-roader kitted up with a roof rack, high-set driving lights, a winch setup and guards over the lighting at both ends...


Audi Q6 h-tron concept to debut in Detroit - report
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Audi Q6 h-tron concept to debut in Detroit - report

Audi will reportedly unveil a new hydrogen-fuelled version of its recent e-tron quattro SUV concept at next month’s Detroit auto show. Unveiled in September, the e-tron quattro concept is believed to be our first look at a long-anticipated new SUV that will likely wear a Q6 badge...


Honda to show Acura Precision concept at Detroit auto show
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Honda to show Acura Precision concept at Detroit auto show

Honda’s luxury arm Acura will use the 2016 Detroit auto show to unveil a sharp new concept, dubbed Precision. Acura says the new show car will preview the next stage in its evolving brand styling, informing the look of its future offerings...


Tough new side impact testing rules confirmed for Australia
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Tough new side impact testing rules confirmed for Australia

Australia will soon introduce new rules for side impact crash testing for passenger cars and light commercial vehicles, making it the first nation to adopt a new global regulation. Initiated by Australia at the United Nations’ 150th session of the World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations in 2010, the new regulation is intended to reduce the high number of fatalities that occur in side impacts with narrow objects...


How does Terrain Management System (TMS) work in the Ford Everest?
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How does Terrain Management System (TMS) work in the Ford Everest?

It's becoming more and more common for manufacturers to simplify four-wheel drive systems. The latest is Ford, a company that has introduced the Terrain Management System (or TMS for short) in the all-new Ford Everest. CarAdvice reader Evelyn has just taken delivery of her mid-spec Ford Everest Trend and wanted to know how to use the system and what it actually does...