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Kia Optima A1A four-door roadster concept heading to SEMA
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Kia Optima A1A four-door roadster concept heading to SEMA

The Kia Optima A1A roadster concept is one of six concepts that the Korean car maker will have on display at the 2015 SEMA show. Based on the latest generation Optima, Kia has removed the sedan's roof, shortened its windscreen, and added reinforced steel tubes within the body to ensure that rigidity is retained...


Australian Government to examine vehicle emissions standards and testing procedures
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Australian Government to examine vehicle emissions standards and testing procedures

The Federal Government will launch a ministerial forum to examine vehicle emissions standards in Australia and vehicle testing procedures. The ministerial forum will be chaired by major projects minister Paul Fletcher with the support of a working group and will examine issues including the implementation of Euro 6 emissions standards, fuel quality standards, fuel efficiency measures for light vehicles, and emissions testing arrangements...


Volvo's Polestar developing new performance engines, considering hot XC90 - report
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Volvo's Polestar developing new performance engines, considering hot XC90 - report

Volvo's newly acquired performance arm, Polestar, is working on a new range of high performance motors, and is reportedly considering a hotted up variant of the XC90. Niels Moller, Polestar’s chief operating officer, told Autocar that the tuning arm is currently working on a new performance package to replace its current turbocharged straight-six, which develops 257kW at 5250rpm and 500Nm at 3000rpm...


Hennessey Venom GT with 1082kW engine to debut at SEMA 2015
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Hennessey Venom GT with 1082kW engine to debut at SEMA 2015

An updated Hennessey Venom GT with even more power will be unveiled at the 2015 SEMA show, which kicks off tomorrow in Las Vegas. Hennessey has upgraded the Venom GT's 7.0-litre twin-turbo V8 to accept E85 Flexfuel and in the process increased boost pressure from 19psi to 26psi. These improvements have increased the car's already impressive output from 928kW to 1082kW, a jump of 154kW...


Volkswagen, Audi, Porsche V6 TDI engines also have emissions testing defeat devices; Volkswagen issues denial - UPDATED
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Volkswagen, Audi, Porsche V6 TDI engines also have emissions testing defeat devices; Volkswagen issues denial - UPDATED

Overnight, the United States' Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a second notice of violation against the Volkswagen Group, claiming that eight additional vehicles sold in the US, and whole new engine family, have emissions testing defeat devices installed. According to the EPA, eight models fitted with the company's 3...


2017 Audi A5 cabriolet and interior spy photos
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2017 Audi A5 cabriolet and interior spy photos

The next-generation Audi A5 cabriolet, as well as the interior of the new A5 coupe, have been photographed by our spy team in Germany. Except for the fabric roof, these first photos of the A5 convertible don't differ to greatly from the spy photos we published of its coupe sibling back in the middle of the year...


Isuzu D-Max update revealed : New design, transmissions, possible 1.9 diesel option
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Isuzu D-Max update revealed : New design, transmissions, possible 1.9 diesel option

The updated, Thai-market Isuzu D-Max has made its way online. The tough-as-nails ute gets a new frontal design, revised cabin and — the biggest piece of news — the option of a new 1.9-litre turbo-diesel engine. It also appears that new six-speed manual and six-speed automatic transmissions will be available on the D-Max range — at least in Thailand...


Australia’s Cohda announces V2X-Radar for driverless cars: Can ‘see’ around corners, unaffected by weather
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Australia’s Cohda announces V2X-Radar for driverless cars: Can ‘see’ around corners, unaffected by weather

Australian technology company Cohda Wireless will use this week’s International Driverless Car Conference in Adelaide to demonstrate its advanced new V2X-Radar system, the company has confirmed. V2X, or ‘vehicle-to-everything’ is the catch-all term for systems that utilise vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) communications technologies, which will play a crucial role in allowing autonomous vehicles of the future to ‘see’ their surroundings...


Honda NSX family tipped to include Type R, convertible variants
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Honda NSX family tipped to include Type R, convertible variants

The all-new Honda NSX will grow from a single model to a supercar family over the car’s lifecycle. Honda NSX large project leader Ted Klaus told CarAdvice his team created the high-performance hybrid coupe to be versatile, allowing the brand to keep the car fresh and interesting with the addition of spin-off variants...


2016 Mercedes-Benz GLS revealed in leaked images
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2016 Mercedes-Benz GLS revealed in leaked images

Images of the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLS have been leaked online a few weeks ahead of the luxury flagship SUV’s unveiling at the Los Angeles auto show. The images - scanned from an official Mercedes-Benz brochure and uploaded to French forum World Scoop - reveal the exterior styling of the GLS, the renamed and heavily revised successor to the hulking GL...


Volvo developing kangaroo detection system in Australia
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Volvo developing kangaroo detection system in Australia

Volvo has kicked off a research program in Australia to develop the world’s first kangaroo detection and avoidance technology. A team of Volvo safety engineers arrived in the ACT last week to film and study the roadside behaviour of kangaroos in their natural habitat...


Honda to consider HiLux rival for “attractive” pick-up market
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Honda to consider HiLux rival for “attractive” pick-up market

A leading Honda executive has described the pick-up market as an “attractive” one and admits the company needs to consider the business case for a rival to the Toyota HiLux and other top-selling utes. Acknowledging the popularity of utes in countries like Australia and Thailand, Honda Asia and Oceania regional operations chief operating officer Noriaki Abe said it was a vehicle class the brand needed to have a serious think about...


Lane filtering now legal in Victoria for motorcycle, scooter riders
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Lane filtering now legal in Victoria for motorcycle, scooter riders

Victoria has followed New South Wales and Queensland with ‘lane filtering’ now legal for riders of motorcycles and scooters from today, November 2, 2015. Lane filtering is defined as the act of passing between stopped or slow-moving lanes of traffic on multi-lane roads to reach the front of traffic at intersections...


Isuzu Ute Australia adds new D-Max, MU-X 4x2 models: Ute range expands to 25 variants
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Isuzu Ute Australia adds new D-Max, MU-X 4x2 models: Ute range expands to 25 variants

The 2015 Isuzu D-Max range has grown with a pair of new 4x2 models this month, boosting the number of variants in the range to 25, while the off-roading 2015 Isuzu MU-X SUV has likewise gained a new 4x2 option. Two of the three models launch with limited-time drive-away pricing, including the 4X2 SX Space Cab Ute at $31,990 drive-away (RRP $34,300) and the MU-X 4x2 LS-T at $43,990 drive-away (RRP $46,700)...


Toyota 86 Racing Series to offer $125,000 prize pool in Australia
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Toyota 86 Racing Series to offer $125,000 prize pool in Australia

If competing in an official championship based on the popular Toyota 86 wasn’t compelling enough, the carmaker has today announced that it will offer a $125,000 prize pool for Australia’s Toyota 86 Racing Series when it kicks off in 2016. The carmaker has confirmed a $50,000 cash prize for the series winner, combined with a $20,000 international VIP experience - the details of which are still to be revealed...