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Weird and wonderful calls received by GM's OnStar centre
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Weird and wonderful calls received by GM's OnStar centre

General Motors’ OnStar connected services system has many practical functions, including giving motorists direct access to a specialist call centre operator while on the road at the push of a button. We used it a number of times at the international launch of the new Opel Astra hatch in Europe last week, pressing the blue button to ask fairly mundane questions in search of assistance and guidance...


Renault Clio and Captur Expression+ limited editions released
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Renault Clio and Captur Expression+ limited editions released

The limited edition Renault Clio Expression+ and Captur Expression+ variants are now available in Australia, boosting the value of the French brand’s city-sized hatch and SUV models. At $21,390 plus on-road costs, the Clio Expression+ EDC (dual-clutch automatic) costs $1100 more than the Expression EDC on which it’s based, yet claims to add $2000 in extra equipment...


Volkswagen Touareg Element joining range in November
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Volkswagen Touareg Element joining range in November

The feature-packed Volkswagen Touareg Element will go on sale in Australia in November. The Touareg Element is based on the entry-level 150TDI version of Volkswagen’s premium large SUV. Its $69,990 plus on-road costs price tag makes it $2000 more expensive than the 150TDI, though it gains a host of additional features to more than offset the difference...


Bob Lutz, former GM exec, questions Apple's logic in wanting to enter car business
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Bob Lutz, former GM exec, questions Apple's logic in wanting to enter car business

Bob Lutz, the famously outspoken former executive of GM, Chrysler, Ford and BMW, has told interviewers that Apple will likely burn through large piles of cash if it enters the automobile industry. In an interview with cable business channel CNBC, Lutz was asked if Apple was wise to enter the car business. "No, I don’t think so...


Mazda Koeru concept heading for production
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Mazda Koeru concept heading for production

If these spy photos are anything to go by, the Mazda Koeru concept car seems as though it's heading into production. Taken at a cargo handling facility in China, the photos you see here were first published by Auto Sina. Although the Koeru concept only just had its official debut earlier this month at the 2015 Frankfurt motor show, the Chinese website believes that development has been under way since 2013...


Volkswagen Group executives axed: Hatz, Hackenberg, Neusser to leave - report
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Volkswagen Group executives axed: Hatz, Hackenberg, Neusser to leave - report

More senior Volkswagen Group executives are set to be sacked in the wake of the diesel emissions cheating scandal according to a report. The story published overnight in Der Spiegel claims that it's not just the Volkswagen brand itself that is going to be hit by the crisis, and that other Volkswagen Group brands will feel the brunt...


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"...