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2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 revealed

The new-generation 2019 Chevrolet Silverado has been revealed this week, at an event celebrating 100 years of Chevrolet pick-up trucks. Launched in smaller '1500' form, the new Silverado is "all new from the ground up", featuring a refreshed exterior and new materials in the body, designed to cut vehicle weight...

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2019 Subaru Ascent teased again
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2019 Subaru Ascent teased again

The upcoming 2019 Subaru Ascent three-row SUV has been teased again, ahead of its debut at the Los Angeles motor show next week. Pitched as the "first full three-row SUV from Subaru", the Ascent will take on the likes of the Mazda CX-9, Nissan Pathfinder, Toyota Highlander (Kluger) and Volkswagen Atlas - in the US, at least...


Factory-sponsored 1970 Beetle to tackle Baja 1000
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Factory-sponsored 1970 Beetle to tackle Baja 1000

Volkswagen USA has thrown its support behind one of the coolest entries to the 2018 Baja 1000. The ProjectBaja.com team will be lining up in a restored, heavily modified 1970 Beetle, supported by the might of VW America. The little Beetle, dubbed Tope by the team, has been treated to a comprehensive suite of modifications for off-road racing...


2018 Nissan GT-R Pure announced for the US, not for Oz - UPDATE
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2018 Nissan GT-R Pure announced for the US, not for Oz - UPDATE

Update: Nissan Australia has confirmed that there are no plans to introduce the GT-R Pure locally. Nissan's US arm has announced pricing and details of its 2018 GT-R range, including a new entry-level variant dubbed the GT-R Pure...


US authorities approve 3.0 TDI 'Dieselgate' fix for 38,000 vehicles - report
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US authorities approve 3.0 TDI 'Dieselgate' fix for 38,000 vehicles - report

Authorities in the US have reportedly approved a fix for around 38,000 vehicles fitted with the Volkswagen Group 3.0-litre TDI turbo-diesel engine as part of the Dieselgate emissions scandal. According to reports from the United States, a letter made public earlier this week says VW Group brands have been approved to make hardware and software changes to vehicles fitted with the 3...


Rezvani Tank: 373kW off-roader revealed
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Rezvani Tank: 373kW off-roader revealed

The Rezvani Tank has been revealed this week, becoming the second model in the small-volume American company's line-up. Pitched as an Xtreme Utility Vehicle (XUV), the Tank is a military-inspired off-roader that looks like it belongs in a Transformers movie...


Ford Fiesta axed in the US, Australian prospects still unclear
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Ford Fiesta axed in the US, Australian prospects still unclear

American fans of the Ford Fiesta will have to keep their current-generation vehicles, as the company's North American arm has announced that the US won't be getting any versions of its little hatchback - not even the hot ST model. Speaking with CarBuzz at the Frankfurt motor show, Leo Roeks, Ford Performance of Europe director, said low demand in the US is to blame for the Fiesta's demise...


Jeep Renegade gets a Comanche ute makeover in the US
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Jeep Renegade gets a Comanche ute makeover in the US

A 2015 Jeep Renegade that was converted into a ute and badged 'Comanche', was recently for sale on eBay in the US. The one-off ute topped the bidding at US$32,000 ($40,387) with reserve not met, though American company, Boar Customs, has announced it will build more in limited numbers...


US draft legislation frees self-driving cars from safety standards
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US draft legislation frees self-driving cars from safety standards

A bipartisan draft bill relating to "highly automated vehicles" has been released, and it seeks to significantly reduce the burden on car makers and other companies working to develop, test and deploy self-driving car and autonomous vehicle technology on public roads. As currently worded, the new bill would exempt up to 100,000 self-driving cars per year, per company, from having to comply with existing car safety legislation...


BMW's biggest plant is in the US
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BMW's biggest plant is in the US

BMW, the quintessentially German luxury car maker, actually makes more vehicles in the United States than any other country. The Bavarian company just marked the 25th anniversary of its US plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina, where it makes X-badged SUV models. Continuous expansions of the plant with extensive additions have made the plant the largest manufacturing facility in the BMW Group production network...


Ford recalls 400,000 Transit vans in North America, Australia unaffected
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Ford recalls 400,000 Transit vans in North America, Australia unaffected

A total of 402,462 Ford Transit vans have been recalled in North America over concerns the drive shaft coupling could crack - though Australian versions are not affected. According to reports, Transits that have racked up mileage could be susceptible to the fault, which can cause several major problems like loss of power, or the vehicle could roll away when parked without the handbrake engaged...


NTC renews call for stricter emissions regulations in Australia
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NTC renews call for stricter emissions regulations in Australia

The National Transport Commission (NTC) has released a new report regarding the rate of improvement for the nation's new vehicle emissions, and has once again called on the Federal Government to implement more stringent regulations like Europe and the USA...


Uber suspends autonomous driving project after crash - UPDATE
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Uber suspends autonomous driving project after crash - UPDATE

UPDATE: Uber appears to have rolled its autonomous XC90 back onto its wheels, with Reuters reporting the company's self-driving development project is now back in testing after police gave it the all-clear. As before, the company is understood to have resumed testing in Tempe, San Francisco and Pittsburgh...


Mercedes-Benz to recall 1 million cars globally for engine fires, local impact unclear
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Mercedes-Benz to recall 1 million cars globally for engine fires, local impact unclear

Mercedes-Benz will recall around 1 million vehicles across various model lines, after numerous reports of engine fires as a result of a faulty fuse. According to a report published by industry journal Automotive News, parent company Daimler announced the recall after 51 fires were reported - the majority being in the USA...


GM, Lyft to test thousands of autonomous Chevrolet Bolts in 2018 - report
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GM, Lyft to test thousands of autonomous Chevrolet Bolts in 2018 - report

General Motors is planning to deploy a fleet of autonomous Chevrolet Bolt EVs with its ride-sharing partner Lyft next year, according to a new report. Reuters cites "two sources familiar with the automaker's plans", saying the American automotive giant is looking to send thousands of autonomous-capable Bolts into testing from next year, which would mark the largest test of fully-driverless vehicles by any major manufacturer...


Order books closing on Holden-built Chevrolet SS
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Order books closing on Holden-built Chevrolet SS

The Chevrolet SS sports sedan - basically the rebadged US-market version of our Holden Commodore - is taking its final orders this month. According to online blog, GM Authority, February is the final month for US customers to place an order for the Aussie-built sports sedan, leaving little more than a week to secure the Chevrolet-badged Commodore...


Google's autonomous cars getting safer
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Google's autonomous cars getting safer

Google's self-driving offshoot Waymo is a step closer to making fully-autonomous vehicles a mainstream reality, according to a new government report released this week. California's Department of Motor Vehicles has released its annual autonomous vehicles disengagement report, which details the number of times human drivers were forced to take control back from driverless vehicles during testing on public roads...


FCA confirms Jeep Wagoneer, Grand Wagoneer, Pickup Truck and US$1 billion investment in US production facilities
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FCA confirms Jeep Wagoneer, Grand Wagoneer, Pickup Truck and US$1 billion investment in US production facilities

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) US has confirmed several upcoming Jeep models along with a US$1 billion ($1.37 billion) investment into its Michigan and Ohio production facilities. The Jeep Wagoneer, Grand Wagoneer and 'Pickup Truck' – likely to be the dual-cab ute based on the next-generation Wrangler off-roader and likely on the radar for Australia – have been confirmed to commence production by 2020, which should see the addition of 2000 American jobs...


Volkswagen settles two Dieselgate suits for around $3.4 billion, European fixes approved
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Volkswagen settles two Dieselgate suits for around $3.4 billion, European fixes approved

Volkswagen has settled two major Dieselgate-related lawsuits in North America, which could set the company back a further $3.4 billion dollars. 3.0-litre V6 TDI The first case is a US civil lawsuit in relation to the 3.0-litre V6 TDI engine that has a defeat device that detects laboratory emissions testing and is capable of putting the engine into a “temperature conditioning” mode, which limits NOx (oxides of nitrogen) output...


Michigan lawmakers clear road for driverless cars without human controls
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Michigan lawmakers clear road for driverless cars without human controls

Authorities in the US state of Michigan have passed a package of automaker-backed bills that will allow autonomous vehicles to drive on public roads without steering wheels or pedals. According to a new report by the US's Fortune, Michigan's Governor, Rick Snyder, passed the legislation in an effort to re-establish the state as the leader in driverless vehicle development...