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Takata pleads guilty over deadly airbag inflators, will pay $1.3 billion settlement
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Takata pleads guilty over deadly airbag inflators, will pay $1.3 billion settlement

Japanese automotive parts maker Takata has pleaded guilty in a US court, and has agreed to pay US$1 billion ($1.3 billion) in fines and compensation. The plea was made earlier this week at the US federal court in Detroit. According to the Associated Press and Reuters, Takata admitted that it had hid evidence that its airbag inflator could explode too forcefully, projecting deadly shrapnel towards those inside the vehicle...


2018 Range Rover Velar goes official, Australian pricing revealed
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2018 Range Rover Velar goes official, Australian pricing revealed

The all-new 2018 Range Rover Velar has been revealed, filling the space between the smaller Evoque and larger Sport in the British marque's line-up, and will land in Australia later this year, in the Summer. Pitched as the "avant garde Range Rover", the Velar is claimed to offer new levels of refinement and technology for the brand, and is set to go on sale in Europe later this year...


2018 Suzuki Vitara facelift spied
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2018 Suzuki Vitara facelift spied

The Suzuki Vitara facelift has been spotted undergoing cold weather testing in Sweden. Although there's plenty of camouflage tape up front, we can see that this prototype has a mesh grille and a revised lower air intake treatment. There's also a new sensor pod lurking in the lower air dam, suggesting that the revised Vitara will feature an upgraded safety package, possibly including automatic emergency braking...


2017 Land Rover Discovery awarded five-star safety rating from Euro NCAP
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2017 Land Rover Discovery awarded five-star safety rating from Euro NCAP

The all-new fifth-generation Land Rover Discovery has been awarded the top-level five-star safety rating from Euro NCAP – one star better than the outgoing L319 Discovery model. The seven-seat Discovery was only recently launched to the international press in Utah in the United States, where it won praise for its combination of Range Rover-style luxury and proper off-road ability...


2017 Toyota C-HR gets five-star ANCAP safety rating
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2017 Toyota C-HR gets five-star ANCAP safety rating

The recently-launched 2017 Toyota C-HR has been awarded a maximum five-star safety rating by independent crash test authority ANCAP. Fitted with autonomous emergency braking (AEB) and lane support systems (LSS) as standard, the C-HR performed well in all assessment areas, achieving an overall score of 33.18 out of 38 for adult occupant protection...


Vinesh Bhindi takes charge at Mazda Australia
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Vinesh Bhindi takes charge at Mazda Australia

Mazda Australia has announced the appointment of Vinesh Bhindi as its incoming managing director from April as existing boss, Martin Benders, retires after more four decades with the Japanese brand.   Benders, who has been with Mazda since 1985, oversaw the brand’s continued growth with record sales as well leading the charge to capture 10 per cent of domestic market share, making Australia one of the most successful markets for Mazda in the world...


Volkswagen Golf GTI and Golf R to be offered with optional Oettinger extras
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Volkswagen Golf GTI and Golf R to be offered with optional Oettinger extras

Oettinger may not be a name familiar to you unless you're a fan of all things German, but the Teutonic accessories specialist has been adapting versions of the Volkswagen Golf for as long as it has been around. And it's a name that may become more familiar in Australia in the coming years..


2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack range to add diesel model, cheaper petrol version
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2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack range to add diesel model, cheaper petrol version

The Volkswagen Golf Alltrack range is set to expand in 2017, from its lonely single variant launched here in 2016, to a three-model range. The 2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack due here around July will see three variants offered: a new base model 132TSI petrol, the retained existing 132TSI Premium, and a new diesel-powered 135TDI Premium model...


Nissan issues recall for Pulsar and Patrol for airbag fault
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Nissan issues recall for Pulsar and Patrol for airbag fault

Nissan Motor Co. (Australia) has issued a recall notice for just two cars affected by an airbag defect. Although not explicitly named by Nissan, the airbag fault mirrors that of the worldwide Takata airbag scandal. The affected cars are a Y61 Nissan Patrol and an N16 Nissan Pulsar with Vehicle Identification Numbers (VIN) JN1CBAN16A0018390 and JN1TFSY61A0330012...


DS 7 Crossback revealed - UPDATE
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DS 7 Crossback revealed - UPDATE

The DS 7 Crossback, a new nameplate for Citroen's premium DS brand, has been unveiled ahead of its premiere at the 2017 Geneva motor show later this month. The all-new DS 7 Crossback is the said to "herald a new era for DS", with it being "aimed at customers who are in tune with the latest trends, appreciate the world of luxury and prefer to express their unique personality"...


The Alpine A110 is back: Renault reveals first images of production car
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The Alpine A110 is back: Renault reveals first images of production car

Pundits far and wide - including us here at CarAdvice - speculated it might be called A120, and a fair guess it was. But, no, the Alpine A110 is born again, in name and likeness both. Reviving the A110 name may be the only surprise to come out of today's initial unveiling, however, because there are few to be had on the design front...


Lexus LC F heading to Tokyo with twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8 - report
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Lexus LC F heading to Tokyo with twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8 - report

Lexus is preparing an all-out LC F performance variant of its flagship LC coupe, complete with a 447kW twin-turbo V8 - according to a new report. Car and Driver cites a "source at Lexus", claiming the Japanese luxury marque will reveal the LC F at this year's Tokyo motor show in October. At the heart of the performance coupe will reportedly be a twin-turbocharged 4...


2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class recalled for wiper fix
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2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class recalled for wiper fix

Mercedes-Benz has issued a recall for 769 of its 2016 E-Class sedans over concerns the front windscreen wiper could fail. The German marque reports the electrical wiring harness for the front windscreen wiper motor hasn't been routed correctly, and due to the movement on the wiper linkage the electrical wiring harness could become damaged...


BMW 1 Series sedan detailed for China, not for Australia
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BMW 1 Series sedan detailed for China, not for Australia

The new front-wheel-drive BMW 1 Series sedan has been detailed and launched this week for the Chinese market, nearly eight months after its initial reveal. Built on the UKL platform that underpins the new X1, 2 Series Active Tourer and the Mini range, the 1 Series sedan measures 4456mm long, 1803mm wide and 1446mm tall...


2017 Haval H6 revealed
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2017 Haval H6 revealed

This is the new-look 2017 Haval H6 medium SUV, set to go on sale in its native China before the mid-way point of this year, but which remains only a vague prospect for Australia for the time being. The rounder new design, which bears strong resemblance to last year's HR-02 concept, was created by a team led by 'celebrity' design director Pierre Leclercq...