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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...

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'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...


Feeling pooped? Catch the number two bus.
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Feeling pooped? Catch the number two bus.

Bristol airport in the UK has started a four-week trial of a bus that runs on bio-methane, generated by sewerage treatment. So yep, it runs on poo (and processed food waste, but there's nothing funny about that). The 40-seat airport transfer service has a range of 300km on a single tank of the (endlessly) renewable fuel...


Volkswagen introduces new fuel-saving technologies including 10-speed DSG
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Volkswagen introduces new fuel-saving technologies including 10-speed DSG

German car manufacturing giant Volkswagen Group has unveiled a suite of fuel-saving technologies that it hopes will aid in its aim to "hunt for every gram of CO2, every drop of fuel, every kilowatt of power that can be saved". VW Group has confirmed a broad range of technologies and systems that are said to help the company become "the world's most sustainable carmaker by the year 2018"...


Government sidesteps Senate to impose fuel excise increase
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Government sidesteps Senate to impose fuel excise increase

The federal government today bypassed Senate opposition and implemented the revenue-raising increase in Australia’s fuel excise it proposed in its May Budget.  Announced by finance minister Mathias Cormann, the decision gives “practical effect” to the proposed excise hike to all fuels par aviation, by way of tariff proposals to be validated by parliament inside 12 months...


Joe Hockey suggests poor people don't drive as much, therefore won't be as badly affected by fuel price hike
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Joe Hockey suggests poor people don't drive as much, therefore won't be as badly affected by fuel price hike

Federal Treasurer Joe Hockey has landed himself in hot water over comments made on ABC Radio today regarding his plans to raise the fuel excise. Speaking about the effects of the increased fuel excise announced as part of the Abbott Government's 2014 Budget, Hockey told a Brisbane ABC radio station that a rise to the cost of fuel wouldn't affect those who were already worse off...


Budget 2014 : Fuel excise increase confirmed, money to be used for road infrastructure
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Budget 2014 : Fuel excise increase confirmed, money to be used for road infrastructure

Motorists will pay more for fuel over the coming years following an announcement from the Abbott Government in its 2014 Budget that it will raise $2.2 billion in revenue by 2018 by indexing the fuel excise it collects against inflation. The revision to the excise, which comes into play from 1 August 2014, will "create a more stable source of Commonwealth road funding over the longer term"...


Peugeot 308 claims fuel economy record with new three-cylinder petrol engine
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Peugeot 308 claims fuel economy record with new three-cylinder petrol engine

An all-new Peugeot 308 powered by a new three-cylinder petrol engine has travelled more than 1810km on 51.4 litres of fuel to claim a new production car fuel economy record. Taking the title of 2014 European Car of the Year earlier this month, the record-setting Peugeot 308 was driven for 32 hours over a distance of 1810.03km by a newly introduced 96kW turbocharged 1...


Audi A6 Ultra confirmed for Australia
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Audi A6 Ultra confirmed for Australia

In the market for new large luxury car that uses 4.4L/100km and has 400Nm of torque? Meet the new Audi A6 Ultra. Audi's ultra-efficient new A6 (pardon the pun) has been confirmed for Australia, and is scheduled to arrive in 2015. The A6 Ultra is available in sedan and Avant (wagon) body styles, powered by a 2...


Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell launching in 2014 with free hydrogen fuel
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Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell launching in 2014 with free hydrogen fuel

After more than a decade in development, the hydrogen-powered Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell will launch in the US in the first quarter 2014 with a unprecedented free fuel offer. Speaking at the Los Angeles auto show, Hyundai Motor America CEO John Krafcik announced the ix35 Fuel Cell (Tucson in the US) would be available as a lease-only vehicle in southern California for a down payment of $2999 and $499 per month for 36 months, including free hydrogen fuel for the length of the lease...


Auto fuel filler unveiled at US petroleum convention
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Auto fuel filler unveiled at US petroleum convention

An automated drive-through vehicle refuelling system has been unveiled at a US petroleum convention, making hands-free in-car refuelling possible. Developed by the US Husky Corporation and Stolkholm-based Fuelmatics AB, the automatic refuelling system debuted before industry heavyweights of the petroleum, convenience store, and service station industries at the 2013 Petroleum Equipment Institute (PEI) convention in Atlanta, Georgia...


Fuel supply issues hit NSW, VIC in wake of Sydney tanker crash
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Fuel supply issues hit NSW, VIC in wake of Sydney tanker crash

Motorists of New South Wales and Victoria are being urged not to panic and rush to buy fuel, despite hundreds of transport tankers being grounded and investigated following an explosive crash in Sydney that resulted in two fatalities. Cootes Transport grounded its heavy vehicle fleet of trucks on Saturday and withdrew from the National Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Scheme as the NSW Roads and Maritime Service and VicRoads carried out checks of its vehicles...


Volkswagen Passat TDI sets Guinness World Record
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Volkswagen Passat TDI sets Guinness World Record

A Volkswagen Passat diesel has broken the Guinness World Record for average fuel consumption for a drive across North America in a non-hybrid car. Over 17 days, 48 US states, and 13, 071km – roughly the distance taken to drive around Australia – the Volkswagen Passat TDI averaged just 3.02 litres per 100km. The record beat the previous by 0...