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Volkswagen Tiguan GTE Active Concept: Detroit show debut for plug-in AWD concept
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Volkswagen Tiguan GTE Active Concept: Detroit show debut for plug-in AWD concept

The Volkswagen Tiguan GTE Active Concept with petrol plug-in hybrid architecture makes its world premiere this week in Detroit. The rugged-looking GTE Active Concept follows on from the world premiere of the 2016 Volkswagen Tiguan — replete with a GTE plug-in derivation — at the Frankfurt motor show last September. It joins the existing Passat GTE and Golf GTE...


Hyundai Tucson: five-star ANCAP safety rating follows redesign
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Hyundai Tucson: five-star ANCAP safety rating follows redesign

The Hyundai Tucson has been upgraded to a much-needed five-star ANCAP safety rating following recent validation of a redesign put into production last November. As you can read here, the new Hyundai Tucson family SUV received a sub-par four-star score from Australia’s safety watchdog late last year following its local launch...


2016 Detroit auto show: what to expect - UPDATE
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2016 Detroit auto show: what to expect - UPDATE

As we march into a new year, talk has already turned to the first major motor show on the calendar: the 2016 Detroit auto show, officially known as the North American International Auto Show. Opened in 1899, the Detroit auto show lays claim to being the second oldest event of its kind, with only the one year-older Paris motor show outdoing it...


Tesla Model S adds Summon mode for fully automated parking - UPDATE
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Tesla Model S adds Summon mode for fully automated parking - UPDATE

The Tesla Model S can now actually drive itself with nobody on-board, with the US electric car receiving an over-the-air update to its Autopilot software. Software Version 7.1 for the Model S adds the new Summon mode, which sees the car adopt the ability to park itself with nobody in the driver's seat...


Apple.car, Apple.auto web domains snapped up by Apple
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Apple.car, Apple.auto web domains snapped up by Apple

Tech giant Apple has snapped up a trio of new web addresses that could represent yet another hint at its anticipated leap into the automotive industry: apple.car, apple.cars and apple.auto. The new ‘top level domain’ suffixes, unique to the more familiar .coms and the like, were made available as part of a huge domain name expansion program launched by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) in 2013...


Toyota ViRa SUV concept revealed
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Toyota ViRa SUV concept revealed

Next week’s Tokyo Auto Salon will see the unveiling of this sharp SUV concept: the Toyota ViRa, said to be conceived as a hybrid of the light Vitz (Yaris) hatch and the mid-sized Rav4 SUV. The concept might ordinarily hint at another new styling direction for the Japanese carmaker, but before you go clamouring to drop a deposit with your local dealer, look closely at the logo on the ViRa’s black nameplates...


Kia Telluride concept's interior revealed ahead of Detroit debut
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Kia Telluride concept's interior revealed ahead of Detroit debut

The Korean car maker has confirmed that its new large SUV concept, which will be unveiled at the 2016 Detroit auto show, will be known as the Kia Telluride. In addition to this, the brand has also given us a first look at the concept's interior, which will be the first from Kia to feature 3D printed components...


Lamborghini biopic confirmed: Supercar rivalry moving to silver screen
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Lamborghini biopic confirmed: Supercar rivalry moving to silver screen

The rivalry between Italy’s two most famous supercar companies has been going since the earliest days of both, with one-time fan Ferruccio Lamborghini planting the seeds before Enzo Ferrari had even heard of him. You might know the story: Ferruccio Lamborghini, a former mechanic in the Italian Royal Air Force, addresses his displeasure over Ferrari build quality and customer service by launching his own rival sports car business...


Lexus teases sporty Detroit debut: LC coupe coming? - UPDATE
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Lexus teases sporty Detroit debut: LC coupe coming? - UPDATE

UPDATE: Lexus has now added a short audio clip to its teaser package, embedded below. If there was any doubt before that this will be a new sports car...  Lexus has handed down a mysterious teaser for a new vehicle it will unveil at next week’s Detroit auto show, promising an “unprecedented Lexus world premiere”...


2016 Kia Soul facelift spy photos: Will it come to Australia?
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2016 Kia Soul facelift spy photos: Will it come to Australia?

A facelift for the second-generation Kia Soul has been spotted by spy photographers in Europe. In production since 2013, the current Soul has a few years of life left in it yet, but Kia is keen to keep things fresh until a new generation version is ready in either 2018 or 2019. It's likely that this facelift will feature the usual complement of new headlights, tailights, bumpers, grilles, and alloy wheels...


2017 Toyota Corolla sedan spied testing in the US
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2017 Toyota Corolla sedan spied testing in the US

A facelifted version of the Toyota Corolla sedan has been spied testing in the US this week, ahead of a premiere that could occur in the coming months. In its current form, the Corolla sedan wears two faces, one in the US market with a sharp sporting face inspired by the 2013 Furia concept, and the other with large headlights and a broad chrome grille...


Renault, Nissan promise 10 cars with driverless tech by 2020
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Renault, Nissan promise 10 cars with driverless tech by 2020

Renault and Nissan were among the first to make a song and dance of driverless vehicle technology, with alliance CEO Carlos Ghosn promising market-ready autonomous cars by 2020. This week, Ghosn has doubled down on that promise, confirming plans to have 10 models available across the Renault and Nissan brands equipped with autonomous drive technology...


Aston Martin Autolink concept: Letv develops new infotainment system
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Aston Martin Autolink concept: Letv develops new infotainment system

Aston Martin has offered buyers a glimpse of what could become the infotainment system in its coming DB11 supercar, unveiling the new Autolink concept at this week’s Consumer Electronics Show. Developed by Chinese entertainment company Letv as part of a new partnership, Autolink features a tall 13.3-inch display in the dash centre and a similarly large 12...


2017 Ford Mondeo Sport spied without disguise: Turbo V6 expected for Detroit show
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2017 Ford Mondeo Sport spied without disguise: Turbo V6 expected for Detroit show

An undisguised prototype of what will likely be the 2017 Ford Mondeo by the time it arrives in Australia has been spied in the US this week. This variant, wearing a Sport badge and a number of tricks that hint at increased performance, was caught during promotional work ahead of its unveiling next week as the US-market’s Ford Fusion...


Tailgating cameras ineffective: Victoria Police
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Tailgating cameras ineffective: Victoria Police

Victoria Police has again refuted the potential effectiveness of using road safety cameras to catch tailgating motorists. Police and the Victorian Government have restated their position this week in response to a report by the state’s Road Safety Camera Commissioner, Gordon Lewis, which suggests that tailgating could be more effectively curbed by adding camera technology to current education and enforcement strategies...