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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...

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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...


The safest SUV in Australia: 2015 Kia Sorento
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The safest SUV in Australia: 2015 Kia Sorento

The 2015 Kia Sorento this week scored the fifth-highest safety crash test score in ANCAP history with a mark of 36.62 out of a possible 37, making it the safest SUV in Australia. This puts the Kia Sorento at a safety rating above any model from the Japanese brands and even the likes of Audi. Only the BMW 3 Series, Mercedes-Benz B-Class, Volvo V40 and Hyundai Genesis have scored higher...


Smart Fortwo steering recall affects more than 20 per cent of 2014 sales total
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Smart Fortwo steering recall affects more than 20 per cent of 2014 sales total

More than 20 per cent of all Smart Fortwo models sold in 2014 have been recalled for a fault related to the micro cars' steering rack. Affecting a total of 26 MR 451 Smart Fortwos – 24.0 per cent of the 108 sold in 2014 – the recall relates to the steering rack bolts in cars built between January and August 2014...


Global NCAP slams negative media coverage
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Global NCAP slams negative media coverage

The Global New Car Assessment Programme (Global NCAP) this week slammed Australian media coverage of the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP), saying it was “baffled” by a recent spate negative commentary over its protocols...


Australia's road fatality rates worse than Germany's
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Australia's road fatality rates worse than Germany's

Australia’s road fatality rates are about half those of the US and South Korea, but almost twice as bad as Sweden and the UK. Latest figures released this week show that our rate sits 15th among 32 member countries contributing to the International Road Traffic and Accident Database (IRTAD)...


Australia's road toll reduction since 2000 fourth-lowest among 32 sample countries
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Australia's road toll reduction since 2000 fourth-lowest among 32 sample countries

Road fatalities among the 32 member countries of the International Road Traffic and Accident Database (IRTAD) fell a remarkable 42.0 per cent between 2000 and 2013, latest figures show. But Australia’s reduction — a still commendable 35.0 per cent over the 14-year period — was fourth-lowest among the IRTAD Group, higher only than Canada, the US and Chile...


Takata airbag recall in Australia : Everything you need to know - LAST UPDATE JULY 30
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Takata airbag recall in Australia : Everything you need to know - LAST UPDATE JULY 30

The Takata airbag recall has become the largest automotive recall in history, affecting more than 53 million vehicles and more than a dozen car makers around the world. Among those are more than half a million vehicles in Australia, including more than 410,000 recalled by Honda, Nissan and Toyota over the past week...


Takata admits airbag inflators are defective; recall now one of the biggest in history
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Takata admits airbag inflators are defective; recall now one of the biggest in history

Japanese component manufacturer Takata has acknowledged that its airbag inflators fitted to millions of vehicles around the world are defective – an announcement that has forced one of the largest product recalls in history. Takata has almost doubled the number of vehicles recalled in the US over a defect with the passenger-side airbag inflators to 33...


Honda Australia recalls 130,000 vehicles - UPDATE
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Honda Australia recalls 130,000 vehicles - UPDATE

Honda has become the third car maker to recall more than 100,000 vehicles in Australia in the past week, with the local division today joining Toyota and Nissan in confirming it needs to replace faulty Takata airbag components in its cars...


AEB slashes rear-end collisions by almost 40 per cent, NCAP study finds
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AEB slashes rear-end collisions by almost 40 per cent, NCAP study finds

ANCAP has once again called for low-speed autonomous emergency braking (AEB) to be made standard on all new vehicles, after publishing a joint-study said to overwhelmingly prove its efficacy. Findings announced today from a research project jointly commissioned by ANCAP, the Department of Infrastructure & Regional Development, and ANCAP's sister organisation Euro NCAP, found that AEB led to a 38...


Nissan Australia recalls 102,000 vehicles over Takata airbag defect
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Nissan Australia recalls 102,000 vehicles over Takata airbag defect

Nissan Australia will recall approximately 102,000 vehicles following an expansion of the massive global recall of Takata passenger airbag inflators. The latest recall affects Nissan models from the 2004 to 2007 model years equipped with ‘SPI’ inflators. About 10,300 Nissan models sold in New Zealand are also affected by the recall, which affects more than 1...