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Dodge Challenger and GMC Sierra: ADR compliance testing

Read the full article here. There’s no mistaking either the 2016 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat or 2015 GMC Sierra 3500 Denali HD on the road. Despite their rarity in Australia, American muscle cars and pick-up trucks are legendary and when they are spotted, they turn heads and put smiles on faces...

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Victorian government announces 2017 road safety plan
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Victorian government announces 2017 road safety plan

The Andrews government in Victoria has announced its 2017 plan to make the state's roads safer in an effort to curb the ever-increasing annual road toll. In a statement released this week, the 2017 plan declares that this year will be Victoria's "year of action" against road fatalities, after 2016 showed an increase in the annual road toll for the third consecutive year...


Autonomous cars may not crash, but they can’t stop other drivers crashing into you: Ford
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Autonomous cars may not crash, but they can’t stop other drivers crashing into you: Ford

Autonomous cars are designed to be safe – safer, even, than the average driver. In fact, that’s part of the reason companies are moving down this path – the collective social conscience dictates that anything that can be done to save lives on the road, should be done...


Mercedes-Benz autonomous vehicles due on the road between 2020 and 2025
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Mercedes-Benz autonomous vehicles due on the road between 2020 and 2025

Mercedes-Benz is hard at work on its autonomous vehicle technology – as are most brands – and the German maker will aim to have autonomous cars of differing levels on sale between 2020 and 2025...


Australia's 10 most dangerous sections of highway named
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Australia's 10 most dangerous sections of highway named

The Australian Automotive Association (AAA) has revealed the top 10 worst sections of highway along the National Land Transport Network. AAA's Australian Road Assessment Program (AusRAP) examines the 247 sections of highway across the country that make up the 20,664km National Land Transport Network, and ranks them based on risk determined from the length of road section, traffic volume and casualty crash rates...


European Commission wants autonomous safety technology to be mandatory - report
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European Commission wants autonomous safety technology to be mandatory - report

The European Commission is reportedly considering making up to 19 safety technologies standard on all new cars sold across the European Union. According to Autocar, the Commission wants to cut the number of deaths on European roads to 15,000 per year by 2020. In 2015, 26,120 people died in Europe due to motoring accidents...


Hands-free phone use as distracting as hand-held - study
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Hands-free phone use as distracting as hand-held - study

A new study by the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) has found that using a hands-free mobile phone system is just as distracting as using the device in your hand, when behind the wheel. QUT's Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety (CARRS-Q) recently measured the effects of mobile phone use on driver safety including reaction time and driving performance, using its own in-house driving simulator...


Subaru's EyeSight collision-avoidance tech is now in a million cars
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Subaru's EyeSight collision-avoidance tech is now in a million cars

Japan’s relative car-making minnow Subaru has now sold more than one million cars with the EyeSight suite of driver-assist safety features. The seven-figure tally was reached eight years and seven months after it launched domestically, and stands Subaru in good stead as we enter the autonomous vehicle age...


500X, E-Class, Impreza receive five-star ANCAP safety rating
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500X, E-Class, Impreza receive five-star ANCAP safety rating

Crash-testing authority ANCAP has awarded the maximum five-star safety rating to three of the latest models to hit the Australian market; the Fiat 500X, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class and the Subaru Impreza. Both the 500X and Impreza achieved high scores in the destructive crash tests, however autonomous emergency braking (AEB) is only available in higher grades in both model lines - something that ANCAP's CEO, James Goodwin, thinks should be addressed...


Suzuki Jimny sales to be cut to 100 units per year as replacement looms
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Suzuki Jimny sales to be cut to 100 units per year as replacement looms

The current-generation Suzuki Jimny has had its final year on sale in Australia at full capacity, with the Japanese brand set to cut back sales in 2017 ahead of an all-new model hitting showrooms in the near future. It's a move that will see Suzuki comply with a Voluntary Code of Practice from the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries that requires the Japanese maker to limit the number of vehicles it sells without side airbag protection to 100 units...


Euro NCAP: Audi Q2, A5, Ford Edge, Hyundai Ioniq, Peugeot 3008 score five stars for safety
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Euro NCAP: Audi Q2, A5, Ford Edge, Hyundai Ioniq, Peugeot 3008 score five stars for safety

Euro NCAP, sister organisation to the Australian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP), has released safety ratings for some of the latest models from numerous brands, including the Audi Q2, Ford Edge, Hyundai Ioniq and Suzuki Ignis...


Safety features and considerations you can no longer ignore
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Safety features and considerations you can no longer ignore

Most cars, these days, are equipped with no shortage of standard features and a host of compelling options. But, with all manner of abbreviations and new technologies arriving in the ever expanding new-car market, how do you keep on top of what is worth your spend..


Apple finally reveals autonomous vehicle intentions
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Apple finally reveals autonomous vehicle intentions

American technology giant Apple has at last confirmed its plans to become a player in the coming autonomous vehicle market, in a letter to the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration - although the extent of its plans remains unclear. Dated November 22, 2016, the document mentions areas where Apple is developing technologies and systems that could contribute to autonomous vehicles...


CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for December 2, 2016
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CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for December 2, 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...


US authorities want phones to have a 'driver mode' to combat distracted driving
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US authorities want phones to have a 'driver mode' to combat distracted driving

The US Department of Transportation (DOT) has proposed new guidelines for a mobile phone 'driver mode', which it believes will help address distracted driving. In a document that covers the second phase of the agency's voluntary guidelines to reduce driver distraction, the US DOT wants manufacturers of portable devices and aftermarket electronic device developers to design new products that offer simplified interfaces and reduce the amount of time drivers take their eyes off the road...


Amarok: Is power more important to pick-up buyers than safety?
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Amarok: Is power more important to pick-up buyers than safety?

We’ve highlighted it before: Unlike its major competition, the Ford Ranger, Toyota HiLux, Nissan Navara, Holden Colorado, Mazda BT-50 and Mitsubishi Triton, the freshly updated 2017 Volkswagen Amarok V6 doesn’t have rear passenger airbags. We consider the omission a significant oversight, as this isn’t new technology and we’ve been told that engineering them into the current-generation car is feasible...


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 driven by new safety technologies, local arm says
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Ford driven by new safety technologies, local arm says

Ford is putting as much energy into developing new vehicle technologies as it is in building them, according to the Blue Oval's local arm. Speaking to CarAdvice at the launch of the company's Driving Skills for Life program, Wes Sherwood, communications director at Ford Australia, said if the brand is to consider itself as an innovator it needs to focus on developing new technology...


Ford launches Driving Skills for Life program in Australia
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Ford launches Driving Skills for Life program in Australia

Ford has launched its 2016 Driving Skills for Life program, which aims to address one of the leading causes of death for young Australians - road tragedies. Kicking off in Melbourne over the weekend before heading to Geelong, Canberra and Sydney over the next four weeks, the Ford's Driving Skills for Life (DSFL) aims to reach over 1000 young Australians and their parents...


American muscle takes on Australian compliance rules: Noise, speedo and brakes tested at the drags
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American muscle takes on Australian compliance rules: Noise, speedo and brakes tested at the drags

There's no mistaking either the 2016 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat or 2016 GMC Sierra 3500 Denali HD on the road. Despite their rarity in Australia, American muscle cars and pick-up trucks are legendary and when they are spotted, they turn heads and put smiles on faces. There's just something about them...