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Goodyear unveils tyre concepts to get autonomous vehicles rolling
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Goodyear unveils tyre concepts to get autonomous vehicles rolling

Tyre maker Goodyear has unveiled two futuristic concepts at this year's Geneva motor show, headlined by the Eagle-360, a radical new design intended for the driverless cars of tomorrow...


Audi A3 outselling Ford Focus in 2016, as luxury models surge
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Audi A3 outselling Ford Focus in 2016, as luxury models surge

Sometimes certain sales figures contextualise general car industry trends rather neatly. The fact the Audi A3 hatch and sedan range is outselling the Ford Focus hatch and sedan in Australia this year is one such instance. According the VFACTS industry figures, the little German hatch and sedan line-up has managed 1033 sales in 2016, up 5.7 per cent...


Haval H2 price cut to $24,990 driveaway
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Haval H2 price cut to $24,990 driveaway

The entry level Haval H2 has been given a limited-time price cut in a move to stimulate both customer interest, and by extension sales. The Chinese company’s so-called “premium SUV” competitor to the likes of the Mazda CX-3 and Mitsubishi ASX is now retailing for $24,990 driveaway in Haval H2 Premium front-drive guise with a six-speed manual transmission...


2016 Subaru Impreza in Australia by December
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2016 Subaru Impreza in Australia by December

The next-generation Subaru Impreza hatch and sedan will make it to Australia before the end of 2016. The new Impreza small-car range is a wholesale change, because it will be the first car to use Subaru’s brand new global architecture. The new Impreza sedan, previewed in concept form last November, is expected to make its world premiere at the New York motor show at the end of this month...


Subaru Global Platform: Common architecture for all models, starting with 2016 Impreza
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Subaru Global Platform: Common architecture for all models, starting with 2016 Impreza

Subaru parent company Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. has revealed the modular architecture that will underpin all future models starting from 2016 — models the company says have the potential to be “the world’s safest”. First cab off the proverbial rank will be the all-new Impreza hatch and sedan (read more here and here) and the XV crossover derivative, followed by the next Forester as previewed by last year's Viziv concept...


Infiniti Red Sport performance brand launched, turbo six to lead the way
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Infiniti Red Sport performance brand launched, turbo six to lead the way

Infiniti’s new turbocharged 3.0-litre petrol ‘VR’ V6 engine, revealed in December, will be the engine that kicks off the company’s new Red Sport performance brand this year. The engine, tuned for 224kW and 298kW forms, will initially be offered with the Q50 sedan and the brand-new Q60 coupe...


Subaru Impreza and XV recalled for starter motor fix
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Subaru Impreza and XV recalled for starter motor fix

Subaru Australia has issued a recall for 5369 vehicles in its 2015 Impreza small car and XV compact SUV lines.  The Japanese car maker reports that affected vehicles may have damaged starter motor pinion gears, due to an “unusual start-up procedure". This fault may cause the engine to not start, or to restart when using the vehicle’s Automatic Stop Start system...


Dodge Journey and Chrysler Voyager recalled over faulty airbag sensor
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Dodge Journey and Chrysler Voyager recalled over faulty airbag sensor

The 2008 Dodge Journey and Chrysler Grand Voyager have been issued with a recall to address a potentially faulty airbag sensor. Corrosion of the power-supply to the Occupant Restraint Control module may cause the unit to malfunction. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Australia reports that this fault could result in either preventing airbag deployment in a collision, or have the airbag deploy outside of an emergency situation...


Kia Optima Sportswagon chances slipping for Australia
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Kia Optima Sportswagon chances slipping for Australia

The newly revealed Kia Optima Sportswagon is looking less likely to make an Australian debut than had previously been hoped. The Sportswagon was unveiled in February, after having first been previewed as the hot Sportspace concept around this time last year. In the weeks after the Sportspace’s unveiling, Kia Australia had indicated it would be very keen on a production version...


Apollo Arrow supercar: First new supercar from revived Gumpert
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Apollo Arrow supercar: First new supercar from revived Gumpert

The Apollo Arrow hypercar, the first all-new product from the successor to Gumpert, made its global debut at the 2016 Geneva motor show. Gumpert fell into bankruptcy in late 2013, but the company was revived and renamed to Apollo in 2015 by Ideal Team Ventures. The new Chinese owners made the news last year when they purchased De Tomaso...


Toyota Setsuna concept: Wood-based car to debut in Milan
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Toyota Setsuna concept: Wood-based car to debut in Milan

Made from wood, the Toyota Setsuna concept car will make its debut at Milan Design Week, which starts on April 11. According to the Japanese automaker, it chose to design a concept car largely from dead tree because it's a "material that is durable yet prone to change over time", allowing the Setsuna to show how "cars undergo a gradual transformation over the years, as if absorbing the aspirations, memories, and emotions of multiple generations of a family"...


Volkswagen admits former CEO was told of emissions cheating in mid-2014
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Volkswagen admits former CEO was told of emissions cheating in mid-2014

The Volkswagen Group has issued a preliminary statement admitting that its former CEO, Martin Winterkorn, was informed of the emissions cheating scheme back in the middle 2014. This latest development coincides with the company submitting a formal statement of defence in a shareholder lawsuit being heard at the Braunschewig district court...


Volkswagen Beetle squashed, axed from Australian sale
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Volkswagen Beetle squashed, axed from Australian sale

Volkswagen Australia has confirmed that it will “phase out” the second-generation New Beetle later this year, only three years after this iteration entered sale. But before it clears extant stocks, Volkswagen Australia will give interested buyers one last bite of the cherry, with plans to launch a special model called the Beetle Classic, a stripped-back variant with a unique look and no options...


Audi R&D budget increased since 'dieselgate', technology chief says
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Audi R&D budget increased since 'dieselgate', technology chief says

The recent Audi global press conference at the company's Ingolstadt headquarters marked the first time CarAdvice has heard a member of the VW Group's senior team use the term 'dieselgate'. It was at the same time, however, that Dr Stefan Knirsch, the man responsible for Audi technical development and a member of the Board Of Management for Audi AG, said that the company's research and development budget had in fact increased since the emissions scandal broke...


2017 Peugeot 5008 people-moving SUV spied testing
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2017 Peugeot 5008 people-moving SUV spied testing

The taller and more SUV-like 2017 Peugeot 5008 has been spied testing in snowy Sweden, ahead of a debut that will likely occur either late this year or early next. Although heavily camouflaged, it is clear from these new spy photos that the 2017 5008 will wear Peugeot’s familiar new headlight and grille design up front, matched to a long and tall glasshouse...