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How a university team revealed Volkswagen's emissions testing defeat device in 2014
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How a university team revealed Volkswagen's emissions testing defeat device in 2014

News about the Volkswagen’s use of a emissions testing defeat device has engulfed the German automaker this week, but the findings that led to the current controversy were first publicly revealed in 2014. The story begins in 2012 when the Center for Alternative Fuels Engines Emissions (CAFEE), at the West Virginia University, was contracted by the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) to perform some real world emissions testing on diesel cars...


Volkswagen CEO resigns in the wake of emissions cheating scandal
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Volkswagen CEO resigns in the wake of emissions cheating scandal

Martin Winterkorn, the CEO of the Volkswagen Group, has resigned, taking responsibility for the emissions cheating scandal that is currently estimated to involve around 11 million vehicles from the company. In a statement that's just been released, Winterkorn said that he was submitting his resignation "in the interests of the company even though I am not aware of any wrong doing on my part"...


Volkswagen diesels are “perfect” – a pre-scandal discussion with the company’s head of powertrains
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Volkswagen diesels are “perfect” – a pre-scandal discussion with the company’s head of powertrains

At the 2015 Frankfurt motor show last week, Volkswagen head of powertrain development Heinz-Jakob Neusser said that the brand’s diesel engines are “cleaner than ever”. The following quotes were obtained prior to the massive 11-million car diesel 'scandal' - where cars with the EA189 diesel engine had been fitted with an emissions cheating device that offered false scores...


Rolls-Royce will “never” build a small car
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Rolls-Royce will “never” build a small car

Rolls-Royce will not offer a smaller car in the future because, according to the brand, there’s no demand for such a thing. It kind of makes sense when you think about it. Rolls-Royce buyers typically have a fair few cars, and, ostensibly, somewhere to park them...


Toyota LandCruiser 70 Series safety upgrades coming in 2016
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Toyota LandCruiser 70 Series safety upgrades coming in 2016

The Toyota LandCruiser 70 Series is set to benefit from a significant safety upgrade in the second half of next year. Toyota Australia says the upgrades are intended to help the top-selling 70 Series single-cab ute increase its ANCAP safety rating from three stars to the maximum five...


2016 Lexus IS pricing and specifications
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2016 Lexus IS pricing and specifications

The arrival of the turbocharged Lexus IS200t headlines a series of upgrades introduced for the 2016 Lexus IS range. First seen in the NX200t SUV, the Japanese luxury brand’s new 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged engine now makes its way into its mid-sized sedan, taking the place of the old 2.5-litre V6 in the IS250...


2016 Renault Scenic spy photos
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2016 Renault Scenic spy photos

The next-generation Renault Scenic has been spied during public road testing in Europe. With so much camouflage and cladding on the car, it's hard to tell whether the Scenic will ape its bigger sibling, the Espace, in adding some SUV elements to its people mover body...


Holden's trend-setting design and performance engineering work praised by GM bosses
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Holden's trend-setting design and performance engineering work praised by GM bosses

Leading General Motors executives say Holden’s trend-setting design work and performance engineering know-how will influence future models built and sold around the world. Addressing journalist in Frankfurt last week, GM CEO Mary Barra praised Holden’s design and engineering teams and promised continued investment to ensure they could keep contributing on a global scale...


Bentley to celebrate its centenary with $2.2 million hypercar - report
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Bentley to celebrate its centenary with $2.2 million hypercar - report

Bentley is reportedly investigating a high-priced limited edition vehicle to celebrate the company's centenary in 2019. Wolfgang Durheimer, Bentley's CEO, told Top Gear last week that "our centenary would be a good time to create a new limited series car". The British publication believes that any limited run anniversary vehicle would have a price tag around the one million pound ($2...


Nissan Altima facelift unveiled in the USA
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Nissan Altima facelift unveiled in the USA

Overnight, the Japanese automaker unveiled an extensive mid-life facelift for its Nissan Altima sedan. As promised, the company has given the Altima sedan a revised exterior that has the hallmarks of the company's latest design language, dubbed "energetic flow", which has already been applied to the America-only Maxima and Murano...


Volkswagen admits 11 million cars with EA189 engines have emissions cheating device
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Volkswagen admits 11 million cars with EA189 engines have emissions cheating device

From the preliminary results of an internal investigation, Volkswagen has confirmed that up to 11 million of the group's diesel-powered vehicles worldwide have been fitted with software that enables it to cheat its way past official emissions testing...


Alfa Romeo 4C Spider gets sub-$100K price tag
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Alfa Romeo 4C Spider gets sub-$100K price tag

The Alfa Romeo 4C Spider will cost $99,000 plus on-road costs when it arrives in Australian showrooms in November. The price tag makes the new convertible $10K more expensive than the 4C coupe that has been on sale since February. The 4C Spider’s party piece is its removable soft-top roof, which can be stored in in a specially designed storage bag in the luggage compartment when not in use...


Next Opel Astra OPC may downsize to a 1.6-litre turbo
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Next Opel Astra OPC may downsize to a 1.6-litre turbo

The Opel Astra OPC and Holden Astra VXR twins look set to downsize to a 1.6-litre turbo engine when the next-generation hot hatches emerge later this decade. New Astra chief engineer Marc Schmidt confirmed with Australian journalists last week that a 1.6-litre engine was “at this point the ceiling on the [sports car] assignment”, seemingly foretelling a decrease in capacity from the current model’s 2...


Hyundai Tuscon 521kW "Brute Ute" by Bisimoto teased ahead of SEMA
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Hyundai Tuscon 521kW "Brute Ute" by Bisimoto teased ahead of SEMA

Bisimoto Engineering will reveal a highly tuned version of the new Hyundai Tuscon at the 2015 SEMA show in November. Dubbed the "Brute Ute", even though it doesn't a load-carrying tray out the back, the modified Tucson features a 2.4-litre four-cylinder engine under the bonnet...


Apple electric vehicle aiming for 2019 deadline - report
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Apple electric vehicle aiming for 2019 deadline - report

If a report is to believed, Apple has set a "ship date" of 2019 for its first ever car. Anonymous sources have told The Wall Street Journal that the tech powerhouse is planning to have its first vehicle, an electric car of some description, ready by 2019...