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Honda Australia needs another 12 months to complete Takata airbag recall
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Honda Australia needs another 12 months to complete Takata airbag recall

Honda Australia says it won’t finish repairing 400,000 cars fitted with potentially faulty airbag inflators, supplied by third-party provider Takata, for at least another 12 months. The massive task of replacing such a huge number of various inflators (up to 5000 per week), and navigating the complex regulatory landscape in place, has been a massive challenge for the brand’s local arm, admits director Stephen Collins...


Mitsubishi US recalls 82,000 cars for transmission fix, Australian impact unclear
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Mitsubishi US recalls 82,000 cars for transmission fix, Australian impact unclear

Mitsubishi’s US arm has issued a recall for 82,436 of its 2015-16 model-year Outlander Sport (ASX), along with 2016 model-year Lancer and Outlander vehicles over concerns of laggy transmissions. In the American-market recall notice, the manufacturer reports these affected vehicles are equipped with a “constant velocity transmission” (CVT) which, in certain driving conditions may cause a delay in acceleration...


Hot Kia cee’d racer previewed for TCR series - video
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Hot Kia cee’d racer previewed for TCR series - video

The Kia cee’d GT, five-door twin to the three-door Pro_cee’d GT that left Australia last year, is gearing up for the 2017 TCR International Series touring car championship - and it looks tough. Stohl Advanced Research and Development (STARD) is an Austria-based company that is Kia’s authorised developer for the TCR racing series, and has released a video of its upcoming Korean track car...


Honda patents 11-speed triple-clutch transmission - report
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Honda patents 11-speed triple-clutch transmission - report

Honda has reportedly filed a patent in Japan for an 11-speed triple-clutch transmission. According to AutoGuide, which initially found the patent, the filing was made by Honda on May 27, 2016. In a translation of the patent application Honda claims that the third clutch will reduce torque loss...


Could Honda go back to the future?
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Could Honda go back to the future?

Honda Australia says it and a number of other “advanced” markets around the globe are pushing for the development of a greater array of sporty cars, potentially even a revival of iconic coupes such as the Prelude and Integra. Why is this of note? While there’s nothing locked away in the immediate development pipeline, the more mature markets push for brand-building cars that powered Honda to its once-lofty status, the more likely it is that it will happen...


Kia considering killing off diesel hybrid project - report
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Kia considering killing off diesel hybrid project - report

Kia may stop development of a new diesel-electric hybrid drivetrain, which it previewed at the 2014 Paris motor show. Albert Biermann, head of high performance development at Hyundai and Kia, has told Autocar that although the "research project [into a diesel-electric hybrid drivetrain] is still going on", there are doubts as to whether it's worth pressing on in light of ever tougher emissions regulations and the negative impact of the Volkswagen Group's Dieselgate scandal...


Great Wall Steed utes have arrived in Australia
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Great Wall Steed utes have arrived in Australia

The first shipment of Great Wall Steed utes has arrived in Australia ahead of the brand’s formal return to the market on September 5. The Chinese brand has confirmed it will launch with a three-model range with one-tonne payloads, all sporting a dual-cab body-style in either 4x4 diesel, 4x2 diesel and 4x2 petrol configurations...


Honda Australia forecasts massive 2017 growth
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Honda Australia forecasts massive 2017 growth

Honda Australia has forecast huge growth in 2017 on the back of the new Civic sedan and hatch line-up, and the much improved next-generation CR-V medium SUV. The company’s local director Stephen Collins this week stated his aim to achieve 50,000 sales next year, around 20 per cent more than is expected this year...


2018 Audi A1 will be bigger, more premium – report
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2018 Audi A1 will be bigger, more premium – report

The next-generation 2018 Audi A1 will push even further upmarket when it launches in a couple years time, according to a new report out of the UK. According to Auto Express, the new A1 will arrive sometime in 2018, riding on the Volkswagen Group’s new MQB platform, which also underpins the upcoming Q2 SUV and next-generation Volkswagen Polo...


2017 Honda Civic Type-R Australian launch confirmed
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2017 Honda Civic Type-R Australian launch confirmed

The next-generation Honda Civic Type-R hot hatch is still 100 per cent on track for an Australian launch before the end of 2017, the company’s local chief said today. This means hotted-up Honda diehards will soon be able to get their hands on a rejoinder to the all-conquering Ford Focus RS...


2016 Mercedes-Benz CLA: refreshed coupe and wagon range arrives in Australia from $52,500
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2016 Mercedes-Benz CLA: refreshed coupe and wagon range arrives in Australia from $52,500

The refreshed 2016 Mercedes-Benz CLA coupe and CLA Shooting Brake range has arrived in Australia, bringing a new look and updated specifications across the range. Following its reveal in March, the refreshed CLA coupe and Shooting Brake line-up are now available in Australia, which sees similar updates to the 2016 model-year Mercedes-Benz A-Class range – including the addition of a new 8...


2017 Honda NSX: Australian models now in production
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2017 Honda NSX: Australian models now in production

The long-awaited and much-anticipated 2017 Honda NSX supercar has finally commenced production in right-hand drive. The hybrid-powered sports coupe has commenced production in Ohio at the brand’s Performance Manufacturing Centre in Marysville, ahead of its local arrival early in 2017...


Ford GT production extended for two years
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Ford GT production extended for two years

Ford Performance has announced it is extending the production of its limited-run GT supercar, essentially doubling the amount of cars originally planned. Initially limited to just 500 units over two years, production of the Ford GT has been extended to four years, meaning a potential 1000 of the Blue Oval's marquee supercar – since 250 GTs are being built per year – could be built, essentially doubling the amount of available vehicles...


2017 Mercedes-AMG E63 S Estate spotted - Black Series or just black?
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2017 Mercedes-AMG E63 S Estate spotted - Black Series or just black?

The 2017 Mercedes-AMG E63 Estate is looming even closer to release, having been spotted testing in new camouflage. Sporting bulging arches and quad-exhaust tips, the next generation E63 Estate is expected to be offered in an all-wheel drive version only. It is not known whether the system will use the current 4Matic name, but CarAdvice has previously reported that the system will be new and may include an active, variable torque split...


Airbus working on flying car project
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Airbus working on flying car project

French aerospace company Airbus has turned its attention from long-haul passenger aircraft to finding a solution for a more local problem, traffic congestion in large cities. Its answer, a flying car. FINALLY! Airbus calls it Project Vahana, "an autonomous flying vehicle platform for individual passenger and cargo transport", and the consortium's feasibility studies have listed the success of the project as being favourable...