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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...


Genesis sub-brand to be sold in Hyundai Australia dealers
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Genesis sub-brand to be sold in Hyundai Australia dealers

Hyundai’s newly announced Genesis luxury brand — and its fleet of six standalone rear- and all-wheel-drive offerings — will remain inexorably tied to its parent company in Australia from launch in 2016. Unlike Lexus and Infiniti, which are marketed as separate entities to their Toyota and Nissan parent, Hyundai Australia will sell its growing range of luxury cars from within its existing dealer network, and proudly promote the family connection...


Aston Martin DB10: Walk-around with designer, Sam Holgate
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Aston Martin DB10: Walk-around with designer, Sam Holgate

Sam Holgate is just 28 years old; he’s also the designer responsible for latest Bond car, the Aston Martin DB10 from the movie Spectre. How he came to design James Bond’s latest Mi6 company car is an amazing story in itself...


Infiniti Australia to open Perth dealership in March
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Infiniti Australia to open Perth dealership in March

Infiniti Australia will open its first dealership in Perth in March, bringing the Japanese luxury brand and its expanding model line-up to customers west of the eastern seaboard for the first time. WA’s first authorised Infiniti dealership will be positioned in Perth’s Osborne Park, the city’s main automotive precinct...


German authorities extend NOx investigation to brands beyond Volkswagen Group
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German authorities extend NOx investigation to brands beyond Volkswagen Group

Today, the Kraftfahrt-Bundesamt (KBA) or German Federal Bureau of Motor Transport officially widened its probe into NOx (oxides of nitrogen) emissions and the possible manipulation of results. The German authority says that it has been investigating manipulation of pollution data, especially that of NOx, since Volkswagen admitted in mid-September that it had installed illegal software to cheat its way past laboratory emissions testing in up to 11 million vehicles with the EA189 diesel engine family...