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BMW X3 diesel reportedly exceeds emissions limits, BMW denies any test rigging
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BMW X3 diesel reportedly exceeds emissions limits, BMW denies any test rigging

The German luxury car maker has denied any wrongdoing after claims that its BMW X3 diesel comfortably exceeds European emissions standards under real-world conditions. A report in the latest edition of AutoBild magazine says that during real world testing an all-wheel drive BMW X3 equipped with a turbo-diesel engine had emissions that were 11 times over the European limit...


How is fuel economy tested? Why does my car use more fuel than the fuel label?
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How is fuel economy tested? Why does my car use more fuel than the fuel label?

When it comes to purchasing a new car, fuel economy is always important. Manufacturers are required to test their vehicles in line with a mandated procedure (which is detailed under the Australian Design Rule (ADR) 81/02 Fuel  Consumption Labelling for Light Vehicles)...


Peugeot 2008 DKR16 update unveiled
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Peugeot 2008 DKR16 update unveiled

The Peugeot 2008 DKR16 that will compete in the 2016 Dakar Rally has been unveiled. As with its predecessor, which debuted at this year's rally in January, the new car has a body that's very loosely inspired by the Peugeot 2008. The new DKR16 is longer, wider, lower and more powerful than this year's car, necessitating changes to the car's carbonfibre body, but Peugeot hasn't put any numbers to the changes...


Volkswagen Golf Alltrack priced from $37,990
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Volkswagen Golf Alltrack priced from $37,990

The Volkswagen Golf Alltrack has launched in Australia, priced from $37,990 plus on-road costs. Introducing a new off-road-friendly, shrunken-SUV flavour to the popular Golf range, the Alltrack undercuts its most logical rival, Skoda’s Octavia Scout 132TSI ($38,590) with which the crossover Volkswagen shares much of its mechanical DNA, including powertrain and underpinnings...


Volkswagen hires lawyers who defended BP after Deepwater Horizon disaster - report
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Volkswagen hires lawyers who defended BP after Deepwater Horizon disaster - report

Volkswagen has engaged the law firm Kirkland & Ellis, who defended BP in the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon disaster in 2010. According to multiple sources, including The Guardian and Bloomberg, Volkswagen has hired Kirkland & Ellis to help it deal with investigations, as well as any impending civil and criminal claims...


Ferrari supercars recalled in Australia over Takata airbag issue
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Ferrari supercars recalled in Australia over Takata airbag issue

A total of 58 Ferrari vehicles designated for Australian delivery have been recalled over a possible fault related to fully assembled Takata-sourced driver's side airbags in eight of the Italian brand's super and hypercars...


Types of car finance : a quick guide
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Types of car finance : a quick guide

When it comes to time to putting a new car in your driveway, there are a lot of financing options available. We take a look at the four basic methods for funding your next vehicle. Personal or car loan The loan is probably the simplest financial product to understand: a financial institution lends you a big wad of cash and you use it to buy something...


How a university team revealed Volkswagen's emissions testing defeat device in 2014
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How a university team revealed Volkswagen's emissions testing defeat device in 2014

News about the Volkswagen’s use of a emissions testing defeat device has engulfed the German automaker this week, but the findings that led to the current controversy were first publicly revealed in 2014. The story begins in 2012 when the Center for Alternative Fuels Engines Emissions (CAFEE), at the West Virginia University, was contracted by the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) to perform some real world emissions testing on diesel cars...


Volkswagen CEO resigns in the wake of emissions cheating scandal
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Volkswagen CEO resigns in the wake of emissions cheating scandal

Martin Winterkorn, the CEO of the Volkswagen Group, has resigned, taking responsibility for the emissions cheating scandal that is currently estimated to involve around 11 million vehicles from the company. In a statement that's just been released, Winterkorn said that he was submitting his resignation "in the interests of the company even though I am not aware of any wrong doing on my part"...


Volkswagen diesels are “perfect” – a pre-scandal discussion with the company’s head of powertrains
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Volkswagen diesels are “perfect” – a pre-scandal discussion with the company’s head of powertrains

At the 2015 Frankfurt motor show last week, Volkswagen head of powertrain development Heinz-Jakob Neusser said that the brand’s diesel engines are “cleaner than ever”. The following quotes were obtained prior to the massive 11-million car diesel 'scandal' - where cars with the EA189 diesel engine had been fitted with an emissions cheating device that offered false scores...


Rolls-Royce will “never” build a small car
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Rolls-Royce will “never” build a small car

Rolls-Royce will not offer a smaller car in the future because, according to the brand, there’s no demand for such a thing. It kind of makes sense when you think about it. Rolls-Royce buyers typically have a fair few cars, and, ostensibly, somewhere to park them...


Toyota LandCruiser 70 Series safety upgrades coming in 2016
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Toyota LandCruiser 70 Series safety upgrades coming in 2016

The Toyota LandCruiser 70 Series is set to benefit from a significant safety upgrade in the second half of next year. Toyota Australia says the upgrades are intended to help the top-selling 70 Series single-cab ute increase its ANCAP safety rating from three stars to the maximum five...


2016 Lexus IS pricing and specifications
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2016 Lexus IS pricing and specifications

The arrival of the turbocharged Lexus IS200t headlines a series of upgrades introduced for the 2016 Lexus IS range. First seen in the NX200t SUV, the Japanese luxury brand’s new 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged engine now makes its way into its mid-sized sedan, taking the place of the old 2.5-litre V6 in the IS250...


2016 Renault Scenic spy photos
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2016 Renault Scenic spy photos

The next-generation Renault Scenic has been spied during public road testing in Europe. With so much camouflage and cladding on the car, it's hard to tell whether the Scenic will ape its bigger sibling, the Espace, in adding some SUV elements to its people mover body...


Holden's trend-setting design and performance engineering work praised by GM bosses
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Holden's trend-setting design and performance engineering work praised by GM bosses

Leading General Motors executives say Holden’s trend-setting design work and performance engineering know-how will influence future models built and sold around the world. Addressing journalist in Frankfurt last week, GM CEO Mary Barra praised Holden’s design and engineering teams and promised continued investment to ensure they could keep contributing on a global scale...