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Renault Australia expanding HQ, partnering with Kangan on apprentice training
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Renault Australia expanding HQ, partnering with Kangan on apprentice training

Renault Australia is gearing up for significant growth, announcing plans this week for a larger headquarters and a major new apprentice training program in partnership with the Kangan Institute. The French carmaker expects to finish out 2015 with around 10,000 sales, compared to just 1900 in 2010. In 2016, it expects to grow those numbers again to around 12,000...


2016 Land Rover Discovery Landmark, Graphite models join local range
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2016 Land Rover Discovery Landmark, Graphite models join local range

Land Rover’s ageing Discovery 4 is expected to be replaced by 2017, but buyers in the meantime are now being treated to a pair of style-focused specials. Today, the company’s local arm has announced availability of the new Landmark and Graphite editions, adding exterior and interior styling extras...


Australian Motoring Festival ends: Too expensive, not enough interest
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Australian Motoring Festival ends: Too expensive, not enough interest

The Australian Motoring Festival, a joint venture between the Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce (VACC) and Victorian insurer RACV, has come to an end after just one show. Announced in 2014, the Festival took over the Royal Melbourne Showgrounds for four days earlier this year, promising a family-friendly interactive “experience” that organisers believed would attract more than 100,000 people...


Honda to launch self-driving highway control by 2020
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Honda to launch self-driving highway control by 2020

Honda has revealed this week that by 2020, it will begin to make partial autonomous control available in its passenger model range. The carmaker, Japan’s third largest, has yet to reveal full details of its driverless technology, promising instead to preview its plans at next week’s 2015 Tokyo motor show...


Toyota Mirai coupe with gull-wing doors celebrates Back to the Future day
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Toyota Mirai coupe with gull-wing doors celebrates Back to the Future day

On Back to the Future day in the US, October 21, 2015, the Japanese company unveiled a one-off Toyota Mirai coupe with gull-wing doors. The unique Mirai was presented overnight at an event that had around 300 Mirai owners, as well as dealers, in attendance. The one-off Mirai features gull-wing doors, like the DeLorean DMC-12 time machine vehicle from the movie franchise, as well as a heads-up display for time travel destinations...


Aston Martin RapidE EV concept unveiled, may be built within two years
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Aston Martin RapidE EV concept unveiled, may be built within two years

The Aston Martin RapidE electric car concept has been unveiled during the official state visit of Chinese president Xi Jinping to the UK. The new Rapide-based concept car was revealed overnight at Lancaster House in London, where the Chinese president met with members of the royal family, including Prince William and his wife Catherine Middleton...


Toyota Australia recalls close to 300,000 cars over power window issue
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Toyota Australia recalls close to 300,000 cars over power window issue

Toyota Australia will recall close to 300,000 cars to remedy an issue with the vehicles’ power window master switches as part of a global defect affecting about 6.5 million vehicles. The recall affects certain Aurion, Camry, Corolla, Kluger, RAV4 and Yaris models in Australia built between August 2005 and August 2006 and January 2009 and December 2010...


Lexus teases Tokyo concept: “Vision of progressive luxury” promised
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Lexus teases Tokyo concept: “Vision of progressive luxury” promised

Lexus has handed down the first preview of a new concept bound for this month’s Tokyo motor show, promising “a vision of progressive luxury”. The teaser’s release follows news early last week that Lexus would use the Tokyo show to highlight the next step in its evolving styling language, although nothing had been revealed at the time...


Stanford University’s DeLorean rips autonomous donuts... for safety - video
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Stanford University’s DeLorean rips autonomous donuts... for safety - video

Here’s a feature that Doc Brown neglected to add while retrofitting his DeLorean time machine into a futuristic flying car: autonomous control. That’s okay, though, because in Brown’s far-off future of 2015, driverless cars didn’t exist (as far as the films ever revealed), and they only barely exist out here in the real 2015, too...


2016 Bentley Mulsanne facelift spy photos
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2016 Bentley Mulsanne facelift spy photos

The facelifted Bentley Mulsanne sedan has been spotted again by Europe-based our spy photography team. These latest photos are of a standard wheelbase Mulsanne sedan wearing a revised front end with redesigned headlights, grille and front bumper. The more aggressive design for the bumper's lower air intakes is easy to see...


2015 Peugeot 308 Total Package limited-edition lands in Australia
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2015 Peugeot 308 Total Package limited-edition lands in Australia

The 2015 Peugeot 308 range has added a limited-edition model to its line-up, dubbed the ‘Total Package’, priced at $26,990 drive-away. Although it’s not loaded to the brim with additional kit (the new special’s name is a salute to Peugeot’s 20-year product and motorsports partnership with Total Lubricants), the 308 Total Package picks up a handful of styling extras...


Honda Australia recalls MDX SUV again for airbag electronics fault
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Honda Australia recalls MDX SUV again for airbag electronics fault

The large Honda MDX has been recalled in Australia this week to address an electronics fault that could cause airbags to deploy unexpectedly. Affecting 1598 models in the 2003 MDX range, the fault centres on an issue with the SRS airbag electronic control units, producing excessive electrical noise, which can disrupt the system’s proper operation...


2016 Volvo V90 revealed via scale model leak
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2016 Volvo V90 revealed via scale model leak

The upcoming Volvo V90 wagon has been revealed via leaked scale models, which have been published online ahead of the car's debut. These images were originally published by Chinese website AutoHome, and show scale models of what looks like a production version of the upcoming V90 wagon. This follows on from a similar leak earlier this year for the yet-to-be-revealed S90 sedan...


Bentley Bentayga diesel will use "electric turbocharger" - report
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Bentley Bentayga diesel will use "electric turbocharger" - report

The diesel version of the Bentley Bentayga SUV looks set to employ an electrically driven compressor. Lead engineer Peter Guest confirmed to Automotive News Europe that an upcoming diesel variant of the Bentayga SUV will use an electrically driven "turbocharger", or e-charger, to improve engine responsiveness and reduce fuel consumption...


Peugeot 208 sub-$16K price to put the brand on buyers' radars, says local boss
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Peugeot 208 sub-$16K price to put the brand on buyers' radars, says local boss

The boss of Peugeot Australia believes the updated Peugeot 208’s new sub-$16,000 starting price has the potential to increase the number of prospective customers considering it by a factor of five. Peugeot Australia general manager John Startari says the introduction of the entry-level 2016 Peugeot 208 Access manual at $15,990 plus on-road costs (or $16,990 driveaway) is a crucial step in putting the French company on the radar of Australian customers in the mainstream car market...