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Confirmed: Ford CEO Mark Fields retires, Smart Mobility chief Jim Hackett steps up
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Confirmed: Ford CEO Mark Fields retires, Smart Mobility chief Jim Hackett steps up

Overnight Ford confirmed Mark Fields' decision to retire as company CEO, as well as his immediate replacement by Jim Hackett. Hackett was previously the head of the company's Smart Mobility division. Today's announcement confirms rumours that began swirling around the internet over the weekend...


2018 Volvo XC40 spied inside and out
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2018 Volvo XC40 spied inside and out

The Volvo XC40 has been spied again. This time, spy photographers have managed to nab pictures of not only the car's exterior, but also its interior. This latest prototype, spotted in southern Europe, appears to be wearing the same level of camouflage as the vehicle spied in Sweden in February. Although without the snow, it's easier see some of the car's detailing...


2017 Maserati Levante recalled for pipe fix
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2017 Maserati Levante recalled for pipe fix

The 2017 Maserati Levante has been recalled this week, with 74 units potentially fitted with a section of the intercooler pipe that could break. According to the Italian marque, affected vehicles are fitted with a non-conforming short rubber hose section of the intercooler pipe which has the potential to break during normal use...


Ford CEO Mark Fields fired in senior management reshuffle - report
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Ford CEO Mark Fields fired in senior management reshuffle - report

Reports are emerging out of the US that Ford Motor Company has fired its Chief Executive Officer Mark Fields and will replace him with the company's head of Smart Mobility, James Hackett...


Haval HB-03 crossover hybrid confirmed, bound for Australia
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Haval HB-03 crossover hybrid confirmed, bound for Australia

Chinese carmaker Haval, has confirmed its bold HB-03 concept unveiled at this year’s Shanghai motor show, will go into production. Further, the company’s Australian arm has confirmed the all-new, coupe-styled SUV will make its way Down Under in 2020...


Hyundai i30 N to offer eight-speed dual-clutch for 2019
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Hyundai i30 N to offer eight-speed dual-clutch for 2019

When Hyundai’s all-new i30 N hot-hatch arrives here in December, it will be a six-speed manual transmission, exclusively. Hyundai is banking on a reasonable take up of the stick shift by enthusiast drivers before an auto option is available in around two years, according to Hyundai Australia Senior Manager Product Planning, Andrew Tuitahi...


Michelin rejects call to increase minimum worn tyre depth
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Michelin rejects call to increase minimum worn tyre depth

French tyre giant Michelin has rejected calls from some sections of the tyre industry to increase the legal tread depth of tyres in Europe from 1.6mm to 3mm, citing no direct link between a minimum tyre depth of 1.6mm and increased accident rates. Michelin commissioned an independent study from Ernst & Young which found mandating a legal tread depth of 3mm would cost European motorists an additional €6...


2017 Subaru XV pricing and specs
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2017 Subaru XV pricing and specs

Pricing and specifications have been announced for the 2017 Subaru XV, which will launch in Australia in June. The new-generation Subaru XV (labelled as a 2017 model, but marketed by Subaru as MY18) sees a price drop at the entry level, even with a standard-fit continuously variable transmission (CVT) automatic factored into the price...


Hyundai i30 N more track-focused than benchmark Golf GTI - UPDATE: sound bite added
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Hyundai i30 N more track-focused than benchmark Golf GTI - UPDATE: sound bite added

When Korean car giant, Hyundai, officially launches the production version of its first-ever hot-hatch (i30 N) in December, even the entry-level version will get more power than the yet-to-be-launched Volkswagen Golf GTI Mk 7.5. Hyundai will likely offer two versions of its i30 N performance hatch, both using the same 2...


Wireless charging road demonstrated in France, planned for Israel
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Wireless charging road demonstrated in France, planned for Israel

Testing and planning for roads with built-in wireless charging infrastructure continues, with news this month of a successful test in France, and grander plans in Israel. France The French test road includes a 100m track with underlying wireless charging technology. It's claimed the infrastructure can supply a charge of up to 20kW for vehicles travelling up to and in excess of 100km/h...


2018 Toyota Camry unveiled with TRD and Modellista variants
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2018 Toyota Camry unveiled with TRD and Modellista variants

We'd already seen the 2018 Toyota Camry - but that vehicle was the one developed for the North American market. Here you see the 2018 Toyota Camry in Japanese domestic market spec: in other words, the version that'll be sold here from late this year...


Diesel's decline evident in passenger car sales
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Diesel's decline evident in passenger car sales

Numerical sales of diesel-powered passenger cars in Australia have about halved over the past decade - though not from anything resembling a high base. By passenger cars we refer to hatches, sedans, coupes, convertibles and people-movers - vehicles that are largely declining across the board as SUVs eat their market, regardless of engine type...


15 storey supercar vending machine opens in Singapore
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15 storey supercar vending machine opens in Singapore

A used car dealer in Singapore has opened what is likely to be the world's tallest car vending machine in the world. The building, located about six kilometres west of the country's central business district, is 15 storeys tall, and can store up to 60 cars. Customers, located on the ground floor, select a car to inspect via a tablet...


Maserati Levante gets wild Novitec treatment
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Maserati Levante gets wild Novitec treatment

  German modification specialist, Novitec, has designed a wide-body version of the Maserati Levante which looks like it belongs in Fast and the Furious. Also known for refining the Ferrari F12 and Lamborghini Aventador, the 28-year-old company has announced the Italian SUV to be the next car to get a makeover with the Esteso wide-body kit...


2018 Jaguar XF Sportbrake teased ahead of reveal on June 14
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2018 Jaguar XF Sportbrake teased ahead of reveal on June 14

The upcoming 2018 Jaguar XF Sportbrake has been teased once again, with the company confirming the new wagon will be revealed on June 14 by the world's number-one tennis player, Andy Murray...