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Increased mobile phone usage in cars not increasing crash rates, says Ford
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Increased mobile phone usage in cars not increasing crash rates, says Ford

The global director for human machine interface at Ford says it’s pointless to try to reprimand handheld mobile phone usage in vehicles as the crash data doesn’t reflect media reports of drivers distracted by mobile phones causing accidents...


Google confirms 11 accidents involving its self-driving cars over six years
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Google confirms 11 accidents involving its self-driving cars over six years

Google has confirmed that its fleet of self-driving cars have been involved in 11 accidents during the programme's six-year life, but not once were its software or drivers at fault. Yesterday we reported that since September 2014 there have been four accidents involving autonomous cars in the state of California...


2016 Audi Q1 development mule spied
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2016 Audi Q1 development mule spied

Car Advice's spy photographers have spotted a mule for the upcoming Audi Q1 crossover in Europe. At first glance, this vehicle looks like any other Volkswagen Tiguan that you might see on the roads. Look closer, though, and you'll notice that this vehicle is wearing thicker and temporary plastic wheel arch extensions that don't extend into the rear door panel...


2015 Mercedes-Benz V-Class pricing and specifications
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2015 Mercedes-Benz V-Class pricing and specifications

The 2015 Mercedes-Benz V-Class will cost from $85,500 plus on-road costs when it reaches Australian showrooms in July. Mercedes-Benz Australia will initially offer one V-Class variant, the V250 BlueTec Avantgarde, which is available with seating for up to eight occupants...


2016 Toyota Hilux's Australian supply challenge - UPDATE
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2016 Toyota Hilux's Australian supply challenge - UPDATE

Toyota Australia says its increasingly successful rivals in the ute market — a market it still dominates with the HiLux — deserve respect, but is confident the new-generation version premiering overseas on May 21 has what it takes to beat them back. The main issue, the company says, is not the quality of the vehicle but rather the supply out of Thailand...


Volvo to open South Carolina production plant in 2018
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Volvo to open South Carolina production plant in 2018

Volvo has confirmed it will start building cars in the US from 2018 after finalising plans for a new manufacturing facility in South Carolina. Construction of the US$500 million ($633 million) plant will begin by November in Berkeley County, and when it is complete, the facility will have an annual production capacity of about 100,000 vehicles...


Toyota Prado to get new 2.8-litre diesel engine, six-speed automatic from June production
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Toyota Prado to get new 2.8-litre diesel engine, six-speed automatic from June production

The Toyota Prado will benefit from a significant mechanical upgrade in the third quarter of this year. A source has revealed to CarAdvice that from June production the LandCruiser Prado will trade its current 3.0-litre four-cylinder turbo diesel engine for a new 2.8-litre turbo diesel and upgrade from a five-speed automatic transmission to a new six-speed auto gearbox...


Toyota and Mazda near fuel cell, engine partnership - report
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Toyota and Mazda near fuel cell, engine partnership - report

Toyota and Mazda are nearing a partnership that would see the two Japanese automakers share and supply drivetrain technology with each other. According to the Nikkei, the new agreement would see Toyota share and co-develop its fuel cell technology (below), currently used in the Mirai, with Mazda...


2016 Chevrolet Camaro teased again ahead of debut
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2016 Chevrolet Camaro teased again ahead of debut

With just days to go until the sixth-generation Chevrolet Camaro is unveiled in full, General Motors has revealed more photos and details about its new pony car. According to the company, the new Camaro has been subjected to 350 hours in wind tunnels. Its design and engineering teams reportedly wanted to fine tune the car's air flow to reduce aerodynamic lift, improve engine cooling and eliminate unwanted drag...


Self-driving cars involved in four accidents since September 2014 - report
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Self-driving cars involved in four accidents since September 2014 - report

According to a report, four autonomous vehicles have been involved in accidents in California since September 2014. The Associated Press claims that three of the self-driving vehicles that had prangs were from Google's fleet of 23 modified self-driving Lexus RX SUVs. The other car is reported to be one of two Delphi development vehicles...


2015 Toyota Aurion to premiere in weeks
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2015 Toyota Aurion to premiere in weeks

The updated Toyota Aurion is set to be revealed within weeks, though don’t expect the V6-powered Holden Commodore rival to get a cosmetic update as significant as its Camry sibling. Instead, the other member of Toyota’s Australian-made line-up will be given more of a stylistic 'spruce-up' to see it through to the closure of its Altona manufacturing plant in late 2017...


Toyota Australia's behind-the-scenes fight to make new-look Camry
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Toyota Australia's behind-the-scenes fight to make new-look Camry

Toyota Australia invested around $80 million into its plant to produce the new-look Camry here until the end of 2017 — and it had to lobby hard for the privilege. In fact under different yet entirely tenable circumstances, we might not have seen the 2015 Camry pictured here at all...


2016 Toyota HiLux international reveal set for May 21 in Thailand
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2016 Toyota HiLux international reveal set for May 21 in Thailand

The 2016 Toyota HiLux is set to be internationally unveiled at an event in Thailand on May 21, ahead of an Australian launch late this year. A video teaser released by Toyota Thailand today reveals several design elements and further detail...


Mercedes-Benz GL-Class range updated
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Mercedes-Benz GL-Class range updated

The Mercedes-Benz GL-Class SUV range has been updated with revised pricing and equipment levels. Mercedes-Benz's largest SUV is now available in four model grades: the entry-level GL350 BlueTEC Limited Edition; GL350 BlueTEC Edition S; GL500 Edition S; and flagship GL63 AMG. There are no images of the new models yet, but buyers can see them in showrooms in the coming weeks...


Volkswagen Golf GTI : 214kW Clubsport concept previews 40th anniversary edition
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Volkswagen Golf GTI : 214kW Clubsport concept previews 40th anniversary edition

Volkswagen has given us an early taste of next year’s 40th anniversary Golf GTI special edition by unveiling of the Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport concept at the Worthersee festival in Austria. The 2016 Volkswagen Golf GTI 40th anniversary edition is set to become the most powerful GTI since the iconic nameplate’s launch in 1976...