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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...


Remember the good old-fashioned driveway service station? It's still a thing!
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Remember the good old-fashioned driveway service station? It's still a thing!

In a world of convenience and self-service, we want things done now, and mostly done ourselves. It could be you have ‘no time to talk’, or you want it ‘done the right way’. These are some of the reasons why the good ol' full-service experience is fading away...


Bentley Bentayga gets new in-car Falconry kit, because of course it does
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Bentley Bentayga gets new in-car Falconry kit, because of course it does

Not one for mainstream sports like football and cricket, the Bentley Bentayga has added yet another eccentric accessory pack for an upper-class pastime with the Bentayga Falconry by Mulliner. Joining the fly fishing set released last July, the falconry kit is hand-crafted by Bentley's bespoke coachbuilding division Mulliner, and includes stacks of beautifully finished features, with most placed in the boot...


Mahindra sort of extends warranty
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Mahindra sort of extends warranty

Indian brand Mahindra has improved the after-sales care on its XUV500 SUV in an attempt to gain some traction in Australia's hugely competitive market. The XUV500 gets five years of free roadside assistance and three years of capped-price servicing ($2740 over the term, total), somewhat offsetting the sub-par six-month/10,000km intervals...


Shelby reveals Mustang Super Snake concept, F-150 Super Snake
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Shelby reveals Mustang Super Snake concept, F-150 Super Snake

The 2017 Shelby Super Snake widebody concept and Shelby F-150 Super Snake have been revealed this week, both packing supercharged V8 power and eye-catching bodywork. For the first time on the current-generation Mustang platform, Shelby has created a widebody concept which adds an array of performance-oriented options including a more aggressive wheel and tyre package - with 12...


Volkswagen Up! GTI confirmed as concept debuts for Woerthersee Treffen: video
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Volkswagen Up! GTI confirmed as concept debuts for Woerthersee Treffen: video

Fans of old school hot hatches rejoice! Volkswagen has revealed details on its upcoming Up! GTI, a back-to-basics runabout that draws parallels to the 1976 Golf GTI Mk1 and will compete with the Abarth 595. The Volkswagen Up! GTI packs a turbocharged 1.0-litre three-cylinder engine punching out 85kW and 230Nm...


No shit: Google's Waymo uses clever rotating blades to wipe bird poop from its dome
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No shit: Google's Waymo uses clever rotating blades to wipe bird poop from its dome

"Oh yeah, and how will your fancy self-driving car even drive itself if it gets mud on the camera and can't see?" I'm so glad you asked. And, look, I admit I'd been wondering how the likes of Google and the rest of the self-driving squad would deal with the not-so-small matter of ensuring their clever cars can actually see where they're going...