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Autonomous cars won’t kill people, but they will 'take our jobs'
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Autonomous cars won’t kill people, but they will 'take our jobs'

I’m both excited and nervous about the arrival of the autonomous car. Seeing firsthand at CES 2017  just how dedicated the automotive industry and the big-name tech brands are to making cars that won’t need to be driven, was an eye-opener for me. It sounds like a future world full of promise: people won’t need to worry about driving their car home if they’re too tired or too drunk to drive...


Holden Commodore Magnum: New record breaking Nurburgring lap time still on the cards
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Holden Commodore Magnum: New record breaking Nurburgring lap time still on the cards

In June 2013 Holden set a world record — the fastest ute to lap the famous Nurburgring circuit. The time set was 8:19:47, making it not only the fastest ute, but one of the fastest cars to lap the German track. Now, Holden is saying a new record could still be on the cards. Using a Holden Commodore SS-V Redline ute with the previous generation 6...


2017 Holden Commodore Magnum, Director and Motorsport are level 3 track-certified
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2017 Holden Commodore Magnum, Director and Motorsport are level 3 track-certified

In a bid to ensure its three limited edition models — the Commodore Magnum, Director and Motorsport — are taken seriously, Holden has tested them to the same extreme standards required for GM's global track capable cars. Testing is undertaken at General Motors' Milford Race Course. It's a gruelling track used to certify cars as track capable with GM's stamp of approval...


New Mazda CX-5 expected to remain top-seller
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New Mazda CX-5 expected to remain top-seller

Mazda Australia is very confident its imminent second-generation CX-5 crossover will retain the current model’s sales dominance, against an array of improved rivals. The second iteration of Mazda’s hugely popular mid-sized SUV is due by June — no, we don’t have a more specific date yet — and gets a number of updates over the current offering, which dates to 2012...


Mercedes-Benz Marco Polo Horizon revealed
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Mercedes-Benz Marco Polo Horizon revealed

If the lower-spec Mercedes-Benz Marco Polo models are like staying at a Best Western or Holiday Inn for the night, then the newly revealed Mercedes-Benz Marco Polo Horizon is akin to a night at the Radisson or the Westin...


Dendrobium hypercar teased: WTF is a Dendrobium?
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Dendrobium hypercar teased: WTF is a Dendrobium?

Dendrobium: a genus of orchid native to Singapore. That answers that. But what does this new shapely hypercar have to do with that? Well, like the flower, the Dendrobium hypercar is native to Singapore, and it's the nation-state's first attempt at building such a vehicle...


2018 Kia Stinger lands EyesOn Design award
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2018 Kia Stinger lands EyesOn Design award

The recently-revealed 2018 Kia Stinger has been presented with the EyesOn Design award for production car design excellence this week at the Detroit motor show. With other categories ranging from concept car, concept truck, production truck, innovative use of colour, graphics and materials, to interior design, and more, The EyesOn Design Awards honour the best production and concept vehicles making their worldwide auto show debut at the Detroit motor show...


2016-17 Land Rover Discovery Sport, Range Rover Evoque recalled: Owners urged to park away from property
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2016-17 Land Rover Discovery Sport, Range Rover Evoque recalled: Owners urged to park away from property

Land Rover has issued a recall for 797 of its 2017 model-year Discovery Sport and 2016-17 model-year Range Rover Evoque SUVs fitted with the 2.0-litre turbo-diesel engine and automatic transmission, over concerns a wiring fault could cause several issues including loss of electric steering, engine cut-out, or even a fire...


2017 Opel Crossland X revealed as Meriva replacement
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2017 Opel Crossland X revealed as Meriva replacement

The all-new 2017 Opel Crossland X has been revealed overnight in UK-market Vauxhall guise, and will sit below the Mokka X in the company's line-up. Serving as the successor to the Meriva people mover, the Crossland X has been given a comprehensive makeover, and will take on the likes of the Renault Captur and Peugeot 2008 when it hits the European showrooms later this year...


Demise of local manufacturing represents opportunity, says HSV head
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Demise of local manufacturing represents opportunity, says HSV head

The head of Holden Special Vehicles (HSV) says, while the end of local manufacturing in Australia is a loss, it's part of wider industry changes that, with the right mindset, represent opportunities. Speaking to CarAdvice this week, HSV managing director Tim Jackson said the factors behind the wind up of local production – first Ford, soon Holden, and then finally Toyota – aren’t merely confined to Australia...


2018 HSV range to be broader, but not boring: "If we do a boring product, we're dead"
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2018 HSV range to be broader, but not boring: "If we do a boring product, we're dead"

HSV's 2018 vehicle line-up, beyond the end of Holden's Australian production program, will be more diverse and focussed on attracting new customers - but not at the cost of excitement. Speaking to CarAdvice this week, HSV managing director Tim Jackson said he’s confident Holden Special Vehicles can succeed in a post-locally-built Holden Commodore era...


Great Wall, Haval sold a million cars last year
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Great Wall, Haval sold a million cars last year

Chinese sister brands Haval and Great Wall may be minnows in Australia, but the company’s 2016 sales result globally is nothing to sneeze at. According to the company’s figures, it sold more than a million Haval SUVs and Great Wall utes and passenger models last year, the vast majority obviously being in China...


New Suzuki Swift aimed squarely at Mazda 2
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New Suzuki Swift aimed squarely at Mazda 2

Suzuki Australia says it expects the brand new Swift, due around June this year, to battle the Mazda 2 for sales supremacy in the private (non-fleet) part of the market. The new 2017 Swift, revealed right at the end of last year ahead of its European premiere this March in Geneva, will arrive in Australia by mid-year and bring with it a large suite of updates over the tired (but still cute) current iteration, which has ceased production but remains in stock here...


2018 Mazda 3 to ignite no-spark petrol engines
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2018 Mazda 3 to ignite no-spark petrol engines

Japanese manufacturer Mazda is set to pioneer a new engine technology next year, which will cut fuel use by 30 per cent and go without spark plugs - according to a new report out of Japan. Nikkei says the company will introduce the new engines towards the end of 2018 in the next-generation Mazda 3 small car, known as the Axela in Japan...


Holden Commodore limited-edition models garner over 2000 registrations of interest
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Holden Commodore limited-edition models garner over 2000 registrations of interest

With full details of Holden's three limited-edition Holden Commodores due tomorrow, there have been over 2000 people register interest in the cars - with most putting money down at dealers, despite limited information being available. CarAdvice has driven all three models and will have a full review with video Thursday January 19, 2:00 pm (so make sure you check back then)...