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2015 Nissan Navara bullbar scores ANCAP five-star safety rating
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2015 Nissan Navara bullbar scores ANCAP five-star safety rating

Nissan Australia has today confirmed that the bullbars offered with the 2015 NP300 Navara are entirely compliant with the new ute’s five-star ANCAP crash safety rating. Available as part of its Genuine Accessories program, the two steel and two aluminium bullbar options - to suit the Navara's standard- and wide-body cabins - have all been awarded five-star safety ratings of their own...


2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class convertible spied with undisguised fabric top
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2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class convertible spied with undisguised fabric top

The new Mercedes-Benz C-Class cabriolet has been spotted again by our spy photography team, but this time there's no camouflage on the car's top. Previous spy photos have shown prototype vehicles with their tops up, but also with a layer of camouflage and disguise on top...


2016 Mercedes-Benz SL facelift leaked online
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2016 Mercedes-Benz SL facelift leaked online

Official press photos of the updated Mercedes-Benz SL have been leaked and published online ahead of the car's full debut at the 2015 Los Angeles auto show next week. These pictures, and more, were obtained via unknown methods by Auto Motor und Sport and published on their websites today...


Giant used car vending machine opens in the USA
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Giant used car vending machine opens in the USA

A new five-storey glass and steel automobile vending machine in Nashville, Tennessee, has been opened by Carvana, an American website for buying used cars. After purchasing a car on the website, the buyer is able to schedule a pick up time...


Weekend deals on wheels for November 14
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Weekend deals on wheels for November 14

It’s time for the latest instalment of Deals on Wheels, which looks at four factory-backed special offers for all you weekend shoppers. This isn’t a promotional campaign, just us trying to offer you some interesting suggestions if you’re in the market for some new wheels...


Lexus ES350, ES300h recalled for overactive pre-collision system
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Lexus ES350, ES300h recalled for overactive pre-collision system

Lexus Australia has issued a recall notice for its ES350 petrol and ES300h hybrid sedans, over concerns that its pre-collision safety systems may not function correctly. The luxury carmaker reports that in both cars, the system’s sensors may interpret steel expansion joints or plates in the road as an object to be avoided...


Ford contemplating launch of an even faster Focus RS - report
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Ford contemplating launch of an even faster Focus RS - report

The latest-generaiton Ford Focus RS may spawn a new, even faster limited edition variant, if a new report is to be believed. Anonymous sources within Ford Performance have told Autocar that the automaker is drafting up plans to launch a quicker, albeit limited production run, version of the Focus RS. Revealed in stages this year, the latest-generation Focus RS is powered by a 2...


2016 Kia Cadenza previewed for Korea, North America
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2016 Kia Cadenza previewed for Korea, North America

The first teaser sketches for the new 2016 Kia Cadenza have hit inboxes today, offering a first look at a more aggressively replacement for the current model. Known in its South Korean homeland as the K7, the Cadenza is a large sedan that sits above the Optima - known there as the K5 - in Kia’s family-car range...


Ford patents puddle light for EV models with integrated charge display
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Ford patents puddle light for EV models with integrated charge display

Ford has added a new move to its bag of technology tricks, with details of a clever new patent application surfacing online this week. The patent details a new version of the familiar puddle light - a simple technology which, as the name suggests, casts light on the ground near a vehicle’s doors to save passengers from stepping into a puddle or worse before entering the cabin...


2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class sedan spied almost disguise free
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2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class sedan spied almost disguise free

The all-new 2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class sedan has been spied almost camouflage free outside the company's main research and development complex. Lately we've had a lot of good looks at the next-generation Mercedes-Benz E-Class, including photos from our spy photographers of both the sedan and wagon, as well as the interior...


2016 Kia Optima pricing and specifications
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2016 Kia Optima pricing and specifications

The 2016 Kia Optima launches in Australia this week, giving the South Korean company an all-new challenger in the country's medium sedan segment that's undergone huge change this year. The fourth-generation Optima replaces the stylish and impressive third-gen sedan, a car that cemented Kia’s ability to design attractive vehicles that were also technologically up to date...


Gesture control just 'hype', says Porsche
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Gesture control just 'hype', says Porsche

The man in charge of human machine interface (HMI) design at Porsche says the current use of gesture control technologies, like those introduced in the latest version of BMW iDrive, are nothing but hype and a gimmick. “We tested gesture control a lot but I do not think that this is the future. I think it’s in hype now and it’s not so exact...


Mitsubishi Triton recalled for soft tonneau screw replacement
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Mitsubishi Triton recalled for soft tonneau screw replacement

Just over 600 of the new 2016 Mitsubishi Triton utes have been recalled this week, over concerns that the soft tonneau cover could become dislodged. The carmaker says that rivets supplied with the cover may be too short, measuring 14mm instead of the required 17mm. With the incorrect rivets in place, the tonneau cover will not have been attached securely enough “and may dislodge unexpectedly”...


EuroNCAP introduces tests for autonomous braking systems with pedestrian detection
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EuroNCAP introduces tests for autonomous braking systems with pedestrian detection

EuroNCAP will soon begin evaluating vehicles the effectiveness of autonomous emergency braking systems that can detect pedestrians. For these new tests, the organisation will employ a set of pedestrian dummies that are mounted on a trolley and drawn across the path of an oncoming vehicle...


Faraday Future: Chinese-backed EV company to open $1.4b factory in the US
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Faraday Future: Chinese-backed EV company to open $1.4b factory in the US

A new electric vehicle company is preparing to directly challenge the darling of the automotive industry, Tesla, with a new $1.4 billion factory to be built in the US and a range of new electric cars in the works. The company is Faraday Future, named for Michael Faraday, a pioneering scientist who in the 1800s made significant contributions in electromagnetism and electrochemistry...