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Australians burn $1.3 billion in petrol each year... just looking for parking

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Australians burn $1.3 billion in petrol each year... just looking for parking

New research shows that Australians are spending a lot of time and money in search of a parking space, and HERE Technologies believes that connected cars will help curb the problem...

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Reports of 'carbon tax' on cars a beat-up: Environment minister
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Reports of 'carbon tax' on cars a beat-up: Environment minister

Government steps back from proposed future vehicle emissions standards Environment minister describes press coverage overnight as a beat-up Industry pushes case for plans that include commitment to improved fuel quality, consideration of market mix Environment Minister John Frydenberg has told press this morning that a report overnight of a so-called 'carbon tax' on cars is a beat-up...


Mercedes-Benz fuel-cell future uncertain
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Mercedes-Benz fuel-cell future uncertain

Mercedes-Benz has committed to offering its F-Cell range of fuel-cell models in the short term, but the longer-term future of the technology appears to be bleak, based on comments made by the company’s chief at the 2017 Detroit motor show...


CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for December 16, 2016
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CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for December 16, 2016

Hi there, Tegan Lawson with you at the CarAdvice.com news desk. Let’s take a look at what’s been making headlines this week. It’s been a brilliant year for Subaru in Australia, on track to notch up its best year on record with sales up 8 per cent to the end of November...


CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for December 16, 2016
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CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for December 16, 2016

Welcome to the CarAdvice.com News Desk, a regular video wrap of the latest happenings in the automotive world and Australia's new-car market. Keeping you in the loop, Tegan Lawson presents a weekly video from the CarAdvice Garage, with everything you need to know about the week in news and reviews...


Lab-based fuel economy testing a crock, say Australian motoring clubs
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Lab-based fuel economy testing a crock, say Australian motoring clubs

Motoring club representative body, the Australian Automobile Association (AAA), has released preliminary results from its real-world emissions and fuel economy testing program. The results have prompted the AAA to boldly question the relevance of globally-utilised lab testing as a methodology, plus the government emissions reduction regulations based upon these results, and by extension the honesty of car-maker claims in these areas...


How to be a tightarse behind the wheel: Top tips to help you save fuel... and money

How to be a tightarse behind the wheel: Top tips to help you save fuel... and money

How would you like to share in more than $8 million every day? That's the staggering amount of money drivers in Australia could collectively save each day, simply by reducing fuel consumption by 10 per cent...


Ford says Australians care more about fuel economy than power
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Ford says Australians care more about fuel economy than power

The company that sells V8 Mustang muscle cars by the boatload says that a significant number of new car buyers regret not opting for a more efficient vehicle, even if many of them have little idea how to make their cars use less juice. Ford Asia Pacific commissioned a buyer survey* of 9500 people across 11 markets — including Australia — and found that buyers here rank fuel efficiency as their top priority when purchasing a new vehicle...


Scientists stumble across CO2 to ethanol process
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Scientists stumble across CO2 to ethanol process

Researchers at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, USA, have developed an electrochemical process that turns carbon dioxide (CO2) into ethanol. Adam Rondinone, lead author of the team’s study, said: “We discovered, somewhat by accident, that this material worked”...


Bentley bringing back full-service refuelling... to wherever you are
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Bentley bringing back full-service refuelling... to wherever you are

If being a Bentley owner already wasn’t lavish enough, the company has now commenced a trial for an on-demand 24-hours fuel delivery service in California. Partnering with US start-up company, Filld - a mobile app-based fuel delivery service - the sports luxury marque has commenced its ‘Filld for Bentley’ trial, part of its on-going connected car strategy...


CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for July 15
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CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for July 15

Welcome to the CarAdvice.com News Desk, a regular video wrap of the latest happenings in the automotive world and Australia's new-car market. Keeping you in the loop, Tegan Lawson presents a weekly video from the CarAdvice Garage, with everything you need to know about the week in news and reviews...


'Real world' fuel figures released for 30 Peugeot, Citroen, DS models
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'Real world' fuel figures released for 30 Peugeot, Citroen, DS models

Groupe PSA - the parent company of the Peugeot, Citroen and DS brands - has expanded on a 'real world' fuel consumption analysis program first announced in October last year with fresh details on 30 of its core models. The company claims the move as the first large-scale cooperation between a car maker and an independent body for the analysis of listed fuel economy figures...


Volvo Trucks concept claims 30 per-cent fuel saving
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Volvo Trucks concept claims 30 per-cent fuel saving

Volvo Trucks has revealed a concept vehicle that it claims cuts fuel consumption by ‘more than 30 per cent’. Dubbed the Volvo Concept Truck and built with support from the Swedish Energy Agency, the vehicle is part of a project that aims to reduce fuel consumption in long-haul trucks by 50 per cent. "We continuously work on developing more energy-efficient vehicles...


Volvo CEO believes hybrids will replace diesels
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Volvo CEO believes hybrids will replace diesels

The head of Volvo believes that by the next decade hybrid drivetrains will supplant diesel engines throughout much of the world, including Europe. Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson, recently spoke to Car and Driver, and other American publications, about the company's three-cylinder plug-in-hybrid T5 drivetrain that will be offered for the first time in the next-generation 40-Series vehicles...


Shell unveils ultra-efficient city car concept
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Shell unveils ultra-efficient city car concept

Fuel company Shell has unveiled an ultra-efficient city car concept. Yes, that is as counterintuitive as it sounds. The inventively named Shell Concept Car is said to potentially deliver "material reductions in energy use in the road transport sector", with the micro-sized three-seater claimed to be "tangible proof of energy efficiency improvements that can be achieved by using cutting-edge technology available today through a process of 'co-engineering' whereby vehicle body, engine design and lubricants are all created together"...


Mitsubishi Motors admits to falsifying fuel use figures
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Mitsubishi Motors admits to falsifying fuel use figures

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) has admitted to falsifying fuel use figures for four vehicles sold in the Japanese market. The Japanese brand has confirmed that the "fuel consumption testing data submitted to the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT)" saw vehicles tested "improperly to present better fuel consumption rates than the actual rates"...


Diesel and hybrid passenger car sales keep shrinking
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Diesel and hybrid passenger car sales keep shrinking

When it comes to fuel sources in passenger cars, Australians are straying further and further from the margins. November VFACTS industry vehicle sales figures released last week show that 41,726 passenger cars were sold last month — passenger cars being sedans, hatchbacks, wagons, coupes and convertibles. Of these, an overwhelming 39,152 were petrol-fired vehicles...


Toyota Australia’s hydrogen plans not dependent on government backing
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Toyota Australia’s hydrogen plans not dependent on government backing

There are still no plans to launch the Toyota Mirai in Australia in the short term, but that’s not due to a lack of government backing for the hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle. According to Tony Cramb, Toyota Australia executive director of sales and marketing, the future of hydrogen cars in this country will come down to infrastructure, and any such plans for those fuel-cell electric models may not be directly influenced by government backing...