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Google's Waymo is speeding away in autonomous vehicle progress
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Google's Waymo is speeding away in autonomous vehicle progress

Waymo, the self-driving division of global technology giant Google, appears to be leaving other companies in the dust when it comes to autonomous vehicle development - according to new reports out of the US. CNBC reports that Waymo, owned by Google's parent Alphabet, is charging ahead of companies like Ford and Tesla in its driverless vehicle development...


2019 Jeep Wrangler ute spied with production tray
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2019 Jeep Wrangler ute spied with production tray

The Jeep Wrangler ute has been spied again, but this time in a higher state of production-readiness. The last time we saw the Wrangler ute out-and-about, it was fitted with a tray seemingly stolen from the back of a Ram 1500 pickup. It had wheel arches improperly aligned with the rear wheels, as well as styling completely at odds to the rest of the car...


Volkswagen Group's allegedly autocratic former culture proving hard to change
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Volkswagen Group's allegedly autocratic former culture proving hard to change

Volkswagen Group CEO Matthias Mueller has admitted that the near-autocratic corporate structures that lied about diesel emissions and shattered the company's reputation is proving hard to break apart. A report from Reuters this week, run by Automotive News Europe, contained some remarkably frank quotes from the former Porsche AG chief, who was appointed Group chief shortly after the diesel scandal broke in September 2015...


Volvo Australia confident V40 can remain a viable option when new SUV lobs
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Volvo Australia confident V40 can remain a viable option when new SUV lobs

The Volvo small car range is set to boom with the addition of the all-new Volvo XC40 compact SUV, and in some people's minds there is a question over how the Volvo V40 will fit in that space when that happens. While you may not spot a Volvo V40 every day when you’re stuck in traffic, the brand has had a reasonable amount of success with the current-generation small hatchback model...


Volkswagen eyeing hot R-badged SUVs - report
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Volkswagen eyeing hot R-badged SUVs - report

The boss of Volkswagen is said to have confirmed the company is working on high-performance 'R' versions of its SUV models, according to a new report out of the UK this week. Speaking with Auto Express, Volkswagen chief Herbert Diess said the company is right now developing several SUV R models to expand its performance line-up...


Mitsubishi significantly upgrading its R&D arm
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Mitsubishi significantly upgrading its R&D arm

Mitsubishi Motors is tipping about $400 million into a major renovation of its research and development (R&D) centre in Okazaki, in Japan's Aichi Prefecture. Among the upgrades will be the rebuilding of the three main facilities: the main office building, environmental testing facility and the wind tunnel. "Investment in this project is to be around 33 billion yen...


Porsche 911 GT3 RS Lego crash test is weirdly satisfying
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Porsche 911 GT3 RS Lego crash test is weirdly satisfying

German automotive organisation, ADAC (equivalent of NRMA, RACQ or RACV), has performed a crash test on the Porsche 911 GT3 RS Lego Technic set, and it is sensational - not least because you're unlikely to see a real 911 crash-tested anytime soon...


BMW M8 teased, Le Mans comeback confirmed
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BMW M8 teased, Le Mans comeback confirmed

A flagship BMW M8 will headline the upcoming BMW 8 Series range, the company has confirmed, revealing a camouflaged example today - just hours after revealing the new Concept 8 Series show car. Described by the company as the "icing on the cake" of the new 8 Series line-up, the the new BMW M8 also marks BMW Motorsport's return to Le Mans, with a race-spec M8 GTE currently under development, and scheduled to make its racing debut at the Daytona 24 Hours in January 2018...


Mercedes-AMG launches seriously limited AMG GT3 Edition 50
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Mercedes-AMG launches seriously limited AMG GT3 Edition 50

Mercedes-AMG has kicked off its 50th anniversary celebrations with a new, strictly limited-edition, AMG GT3 Edition 50. Limited to a production run of just five cars (yes, that’s right, five cars), the Edition 50 features a unique colour concept featuring on a Mercedes-AMG car for the first time...


2018 Renault Megane RS will have dual-clutch transmission option
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2018 Renault Megane RS will have dual-clutch transmission option

The Renault Megane RS will be offered with both manual and dual-clutch transmission options. Renault confirmed this news overnight, although it didn't state how many gears will be present on each gearbox. Other details about the car have yet to be confirmed...


Maserati Levante was almost a Jeep Grand Cherokee with bling
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Maserati Levante was almost a Jeep Grand Cherokee with bling

If it wasn't for a ballsy intervention by FCA boss Sergio Marchionne, Maserati's first SUV would have been based on the Jeep Grand Cherokee. Levante development had commenced on the Grand Cherokee platform, with over a year of progress before work was halted...


World's greatest driving roads: Highway 89 A, Arizona, USA
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World's greatest driving roads: Highway 89 A, Arizona, USA

I've just discovered that I love desert. No, not double-cream-topped, Belgian-choc-filled, Heston Blumenthal-frozen Masterchef-style dessert, but the sun-scorched, dusty, cactus-smattered, don't-go-wandering-off-or-you'll-die environment of America's Wild West. On my first-ever visit, I've become smitten by Arizona, and all of the (ahem) good, the bad and the ugliness it crams inside 300,000 square kilometres...


Lamborghini Urus hybrid to offset V10 and V12 emissions
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Lamborghini Urus hybrid to offset V10 and V12 emissions

The second model in the upcoming Lamborghini Urus SUV will utilise a hybrid powertrain that will help bring the average fleet emissions of the Italian brand down and keep the naturally-aspirated V10 and V12 models in existence amid toughening emission restrictions...


Mercedes-Benz 'EQA' hatch heading to Frankfurt - report
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Mercedes-Benz 'EQA' hatch heading to Frankfurt - report

German marque Mercedes-Benz is planning to reveal the next member of its EQ electric sub-brand at this year's Frankfurt motor show in September, according to a new report out of the UK. Autocar claims the vehicle will preview the company's entry-level EV, dubbed 'EQA', which will go on sale around the year 2020...


Volvo three-cylinder petrol engine confirmed for XC40, S60 and V60
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Volvo three-cylinder petrol engine confirmed for XC40, S60 and V60

The Volvo brand made quite a ruckus a few years ago when it declared it wouldn’t offer any engines larger than four cylinders. It has stayed true to that mantra, and will soon add an even smaller three-cylinder engine to its range. The new three-cylinder engine will be a variation on Volvo's 2...