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2020 Hyundai model prices updated, i30 diesel drops manual option

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2020 Hyundai model prices updated, i30 diesel drops manual option

Prices for the 2020 Hyundai i30, 2020 Hyundai Venue and 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe have changed this month as part of an update to the company's line-up. The Hyundai i30 1...

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Video: 2021 Mazda 3 Turbo unveiled in all its glory. Now can we please have it?
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Video: 2021 Mazda 3 Turbo unveiled in all its glory. Now can we please have it?

Mazda has released a video of the highly anticipated Mazda 3 Turbo in the US overnight, revealing further details about its increased power and all-wheel-drive grip. Headlining the company's small car range in North America, the model will come in two variants: the standard Mazda 3 Turbo, and the Mazda 3 Turbo Premium Plus...


Toyota recalls Prius and Corolla Hybrid models due to software fault
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Toyota recalls Prius and Corolla Hybrid models due to software fault

Toyota Australia has issued a recall of 847 examples of its Prius with Model Years from 2014 to 2015 (MY14-MY15), and 5118 examples of the Corolla Hybrid with Model Years from 2015 to 2018 (MY15-MY18). The recall notice, lodged with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), says the hybrid system in the two models may shut down entirely when it detects a fault or component failure, rather than entering into a 'fail-safe' that provides the driver with reduced power...


Honda CR-Z trademark sparks speculation about a new hybrid sports car
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Honda CR-Z trademark sparks speculation about a new hybrid sports car

Honda may have a new CR-Z in the works, with American publication Motor Trend reporting the Japanese car company has filed the model name with the US Patent and Trademark Office. The Honda CR-Z was relatively short-lived – having been offered from 2010 to 2016 – and touted as the first production 'sports car' with a hybrid powertrain...


Carlos Ghosn safe after home damaged in Beirut explosion – report
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Carlos Ghosn safe after home damaged in Beirut explosion – report

Fugitive and former car company boss Carlos Ghosn and his family are reportedly safe following an explosion in Beirut overnight, but his house was "destroyed" according to Brazilian newspaper O Estado de São Paulo. Ghosn, the former CEO of Renault and Nissan, fled Japan in a dramatic escape on 31 December 2019, flying to his hometown of Beirut, Lebanon...


Electric start-up Lordstown Motors to be listed on stock exchange at $2.25 billion
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Electric start-up Lordstown Motors to be listed on stock exchange at $2.25 billion

Lordstown Motors is set to go public, with the American electric pick-up start-up to be listed on the Nasdaq stock market in late 2020. Following the success stories of rivals Nikola, Rivian, Fisker, and Tesla, Lordstown is expected to be listed at an initial valuation of $US1.6 billion ($AU2.25 billion) thanks to a merger deal with DiamondPeak Holdings...


2021 Skoda Scala and Kamiq delayed for Australia
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2021 Skoda Scala and Kamiq delayed for Australia

Skoda's new Scala 110TSI hatch and Kamiq 110TSI SUV have been temporarily withheld from being delivered to customers in Australia due to an electrical bug with the fuel-saving stop/start system. Stop/start technology turns the vehicle's engine off while the vehicle is stopped at traffic lights, lowering emissions and fuel consumption...


2021 MG 5 EV wagon: right-hand-drive ready, but ruled out for Australia
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2021 MG 5 EV wagon: right-hand-drive ready, but ruled out for Australia

A right-hand-drive version of the 2021 MG 5 EV wagon has been unveiled overseas, with the model expected in UK showrooms in October 2020. The MG 5 EV is based on the Roewe Ei5 (shown in these photos) – an electric wagon from Chinese car maker SAIC – and features a 52.5kWh battery powering an 85kW electric motor...


Endangered: The decline of manual transmissions
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Endangered: The decline of manual transmissions

It wasn't so long ago an automatic transmission was considered upmarket. While an automatic is taken for granted by most people buying a new car today, the option to buy a new car with a manual transmission is becoming more difficult as manufacturers quietly phase-out the gearbox...


Toyota and Subaru are collaborating on a new fully-electric SUV
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Toyota and Subaru are collaborating on a new fully-electric SUV

Images of an upcoming fully-electric Toyota SUV show the striking similarities between it and a Subaru concept shown earlier this year. It's believed the unnamed concept will be the Subaru Evoltis and will share its electric 'skateboard' platform – as well as much of its SUV body – with the mysterious Toyota, first seen in patent filings revealed last month...


2021 Maserati Quattroporte hybrid spy photos
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2021 Maserati Quattroporte hybrid spy photos

The 2021 Maserati Quattroporte has been spied in testing in light camouflage, hinting at what could be a hybrid version for the ageing model. Two weeks ago Maserati debuted a hybrid version of its smaller Ghibli sedan, paving the way for an electrified version of the Quattroporte...


Tesla's Cybertruck could change colour with extreme temperatures
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Tesla's Cybertruck could change colour with extreme temperatures

The highly anticipated and controversially-styled Tesla Cybertruck may be able to change colour when heat is applied to the body. According to a story published on electric-car website Electrek, the technique known as 'tempering' could potentially allow owners to choose from a limited range of colours, thanks to the body of the Cybertruck being made of stainless steel...


BMW M-powered Toyota Supra GRMN in line for manual gearbox option – report
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BMW M-powered Toyota Supra GRMN in line for manual gearbox option – report

A high-performance version of the Toyota Supra could eventually become available with the option of a manual transmission, according to respected Japanese publication Mag X. The Toyota Supra GRMN is expected to be powered by the 3.0-litre twin-turbo six-cylinder engine from the upcoming BMW M3 sedan and M4 coupe, which is said to be available with a high-performance eight-speed auto, or a six-speed manual gearbox...


Track-only Lamborghini Essenza SCV12 unveiled
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Track-only Lamborghini Essenza SCV12 unveiled

The Lamborghini Essenza SCV12 has been unveiled in Italy, with the special hypercar designed purely as a machine for the track. Production of the Essenza SCV12 will be limited to just 40, and will feature Lamborghini's most powerful V12 engine to date...


Electric BMW 3 Series spied in testing
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Electric BMW 3 Series spied in testing

A fully-electric BMW 3 Series has been spied testing in Europe, with the model expected to join the electrified 4 Series from 2021. Curiously, the camouflaged test vehicle uses the long-wheel-base (LWB) body. The stretched version has only been available in China up until recently, with a right-hand-drive LWB 3 Series being announced for India in June 2020 to replace the axed 3 Series GT...