2015 Hyundai Veloster SR Turbo: The Correspondent driver training weekender

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2015 Hyundai Veloster SR Turbo: The Correspondent driver training weekender

Two weeks ago, my typical Sunday involved sleeping in until 11am and watching movies all day in my Minion onesie – pretty intense stuff. Now, it's 8am and I'm sitting in the passenger seat of a turbocharged Hyundai Veloster on my way to Sandown Raceway to take part in a Driver Dynamics advanced driver training course...

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Ford Australia stands by optional safety stance for Ranger
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Ford Australia stands by optional safety stance for Ranger

The new 2016 Ford Ranger PX Series II model has arrived, and only one model in the range gets a reverse-view camera as standard. The 2016 Ford Ranger Wildtrak gets the potentially-life saving safety technology as standard, and buyers can option it in the XLT model (which starts from $46,690 plus on-road costs), but no other models have a camera fitted or even available as a factory-fitted option...


VicRoads adding reverse auto-braking tech to roadworks fleet
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VicRoads adding reverse auto-braking tech to roadworks fleet

Victoria’s roads authority, VicRoads, has announced today that it will soon install advanced automatic reverse braking technology on vehicles in its road maintenance fleet. The addition of the radar-based system follows the completion of a successful six-month trial, which VicRoads says is the first of its kind in Australia...


RACQ calls out “arrogant” motorists on mobile phones: Situation like drink driving 20 years ago
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RACQ calls out “arrogant” motorists on mobile phones: Situation like drink driving 20 years ago

Enough is enough, Queensland’s peak motoring body the RACQ has declared, calling out the behaviour of mobile phone-using motorists. In a statement released today, the organisation said the problem of motorists using their mobile phones behind the wheel is akin to that of drink driving 20 years ago...


LDV V80 two-star ANCAP rating sparks war of words
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LDV V80 two-star ANCAP rating sparks war of words

News of a two-star safety rating for the ageing LDV V80 van has resulted in a war of words today between the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) and the Chinese brand’s local distributor, Ateco Automotive...


ANCAP, AMA lobbying governments, industry to make AEB standard in new cars
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ANCAP, AMA lobbying governments, industry to make AEB standard in new cars

The Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) and the Australian Medical Association (AMA) have teamed up to lobby governments and the automotive industry to make advanced safety technologies standard in all new vehicles sold in Australia...


Speed camera watchdog calls for changes to 40km/h zones in Victoria
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Speed camera watchdog calls for changes to 40km/h zones in Victoria

Victoria’s independent Camera Commissioner, Gordon Lewis, has called for infrastructure changes at four of the state’s permanent 40km/h fixed-camera locations that would better alert motorists approaching the reduced speed limit zones...


Toyota Australia chasing fake airbag parts installed at independent workshops: repaired vehicles may be at risk - UPDATE
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Toyota Australia chasing fake airbag parts installed at independent workshops: repaired vehicles may be at risk - UPDATE

Counterfeit airbag components sold to independent vehicle repairers may now be installed in a number of cars in Australia, a new report has revealed. A dealer bulletin obtained by News Ltd reveals that Toyota Australia has identified two suppliers selling counterfeit spiral cables - a crucial part that must be replaced each time a vehicle’s airbags are deployed...


Mercedes-Benz A-Class, B-Class recalled for fuse box fault: airbags may not deploy correctly
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Mercedes-Benz A-Class, B-Class recalled for fuse box fault: airbags may not deploy correctly

Mercedes-Benz Australia has announced a small-volume recall on its small A-Class and B-Class hatches over concerns that the airbags may not deploy correctly in a collision. The fault centres on the interior fuse box, where Mercedes-Benz believes that fuses inside may become loose over time...


Fiat Chrysler accepts $144m penalty, agrees to vehicle buy-backs over previous recalls
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Fiat Chrysler accepts $144m penalty, agrees to vehicle buy-backs over previous recalls

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has accepted the largest civil penalty ever imposed by the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and will offer to buy back hundreds of thousands of defective vehicles from owners after acknowledging a substandard execution of vehicle safety recalls...


Kumho awarded top prize for futuristic all-weather tyre concept
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Kumho awarded top prize for futuristic all-weather tyre concept

Kumho has claimed a top design award for a futuristic tyre able to vary the position of and space between its tread blocks. Dubbed the Kumho Maxplo, the super-low aspect ratio tyre features tread blocks that claim to have the ability to adjust their position to suit a range of weather conditions, from completely dry to snow...


Mercedes-Benz Australia defends safety standards of new Vito
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Mercedes-Benz Australia defends safety standards of new Vito

When a company comes out with a big claim about safety, it’s always pertinent to take a closer look – and that’s certainly the case with the Mercedes-Benz Vito van. Mercedes-Benz Australia launched the new van this week, claiming – unabashedly – that the Vito is “quite possibly the world’s safest office”...


Toyota Australia recalls 2900 Prius V cars for stalling glitch: 625,000 affected globally
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Toyota Australia recalls 2900 Prius V cars for stalling glitch: 625,000 affected globally

Toyota Australia has announced a recall on approximately 2900 of its Prius V hybrid family cars, affecting models built between November 2011 and November 2014. Forming part of a wider recall that affects around 625,000 Prius V models globally, the issue centres around a software glitch that could cause the vehicle’s hybrid system to fail...


Kia Carnival selling strong with four-star safety rating: What’s another star worth to buyers?
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Kia Carnival selling strong with four-star safety rating: What’s another star worth to buyers?

The big new 2015 Kia Carnival is selling so well that the company’s local arm “simply can’t keep up with demand”, according to Kia Australia chief operating officer Damien Meredith. Demand, indeed. Although it launched here in late February, the new Carnival’s 1463 year-to-date sales places it just 19 behind the Honda Odyssey that went on sale in 2014...


Maxi-Cosi child seats recalled: More than 10,000 customers affected
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Maxi-Cosi child seats recalled: More than 10,000 customers affected

It may not be a run-of-the-mill car recall, but it could easily impact more consumers than many recalls that have come before it: Dorel Australia Pty Ltd is recalling more than 10,000 child seats, the majority of which are the Maxi-Cosi A2 Euro Convertible Car Seats. That massive figure is being reported by the ABC, but the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission's recalls website states no exact number...


Young drivers fear other road users more than death or spiders
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Young drivers fear other road users more than death or spiders

Millennials and Generation Z people are more afraid of other motorists driving dangerously than they are of public speaking, spiders, snakes and — bizarrely — even death, according to new research out of the US by independent research company Penn Schoen Berland...


2015 Volkswagen Polo recalled for seat fault
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2015 Volkswagen Polo recalled for seat fault

Just shy of 100 2015 Volkswagen Polo models have been recalled locally due to a fault with the light cars' front seats. Affecting 96 examples of the freshly updated Volkswagen Polo, the recall relates to the backrest frames used in the front seats...


Audi Advanced Driving Experience

Audi Advanced Driving Experience

I'm on a mission. A conversation got a little out of hand after a couple of wines, and next thing I'm defiantly claiming that 'one day' I will drive the Nurburgring in under ten-minutes. For starters, I have no idea if under ten is an impressive time. But when someone challenges me to do something, I often get a little fired up...


2015 Subaru Liberty, Outback recalled over pre-collision braking defect
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2015 Subaru Liberty, Outback recalled over pre-collision braking defect

Subaru Australia has recalled more than 5000 new Liberty and Outback models over a potential defect with the cars’ pre-collision braking system. The recall affects 5073 model year 2015 Subaru Liberty and Outback vehicles equipped with the brand’s pre-collision braking and adaptive cruise control technologies, which form part of its EyeSight suite of safety systems...