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Takata airbag recall to be extended if all cars aren’t found by December deadline

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Takata airbag recall to be extended if all cars aren’t found by December deadline

The automotive industry has vowed to continue replacing potentially deadly Takata airbags beyond the 31 December 2020 deadline if all 3.9 million devices across Australia are not replaced or accounted for...

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More than 90,000 ‘ticking time bombs’ on Australian roads as Takata deadline looms
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More than 90,000 ‘ticking time bombs’ on Australian roads as Takata deadline looms

The car industry is in a race against time to replace 107,000 potentially deadly Takata airbags in the remaining 90,000 cars on Australian roads with a “ticking time bomb”. Motorists who refuse to take their car in to get fixed face possible registration cancellation – and car companies are up for massive fines if they can't account for all vehicles...


The week that was: $400k Mercedes torched, a 500km/h Bugatti, and more
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The week that was: $400k Mercedes torched, a 500km/h Bugatti, and more

You know you’re rich – or in an industry with, er, fast-moving cashflow – when you can torch a $400,000 Mercedes as a publicity stunt. We don’t know the full story, other than this Russian customer wasn’t entirely happy with his car. It’s real, and there’s video to prove it. We started watching it with our hands over our eyes once he started pouring petrol into and over the car...


Toyota says sales are recovering after being held back by stock shortages, predicts 2020 will hit 17-year low
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Toyota says sales are recovering after being held back by stock shortages, predicts 2020 will hit 17-year low

Market leader Toyota says new-car sales are recovering quicker than the industry had forecast during the grip of the coronavirus crisis – and dealers are taking orders for more cars than they can deliver, due to severe stock shortages. Analysis by Toyota – which has been market leader in Australia since 2003 – predicts the sales tally for 2020 will fall to its lowest level in 17 years...


The Isuzu MU-X tech coming to the Isuzu D-Max
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The Isuzu MU-X tech coming to the Isuzu D-Max

The 2021 Isuzu D-Max ute has only just gone on sale in Australia, but there are already some clear signs of the extra technology coming to next model update. The new-generation Isuzu MU-X four-wheel-drive wagon – which was unveiled in Thailand today ahead of its Australian showroom arrival this time next year – had a host of extra features likely to make it onto future editions of the Isuzu D-Max ute...


2021 Isuzu MU-X revealed, due in Australia next year
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2021 Isuzu MU-X revealed, due in Australia next year

The covers have come off the 2021 Isuzu MU-X four-wheel-drive at a gala preview event in Thailand this afternoon, ahead of its Australian showroom arrival next year. As night follows day, the 2021 Isuzu MU-X four-wheel-drive wagon has been unveiled about 12 months after the new-generation Isuzu D-Max ute, with which it shares the majority of its underpinnings...


2021 Toyota Yaris Cross price and specs: $26,990 to $37,990 plus on-road costs
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2021 Toyota Yaris Cross price and specs: $26,990 to $37,990 plus on-road costs

The Toyota Yaris Cross  – the Japanese brand’s first pint-size SUV – will cost big bucks when it arrives in local showrooms from next month. Pricing announced today confirms the Toyota Yaris Cross will be available with a choice of petrol or hybrid power, in two-wheel-drive and electric all-wheel-drive...


Audi reaffirms its commitment to all-wheel-drive in the electric-car era
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Audi reaffirms its commitment to all-wheel-drive in the electric-car era

German car maker Audi has reaffirmed its commitment to all-wheel-drive, even as it pivots with the rest of the car industry to electric power. As Audi celebrates the 40th anniversary of its all-wheel-drive “quattro” system, the company says it is well progressed with plans to evolve the technology and apply it to pure electric cars...


Takata seatbelt warning: Is the automotive world on the brink of another global recall crisis?
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Takata seatbelt warning: Is the automotive world on the brink of another global recall crisis?

The automotive world could be on the brink of another global recall crisis. Takata, the same company responsible for producing potentially deadly airbags in more than 100 million cars, may have also lied about the strength and safety of its seatbelts...


2021 Mitsubishi Triton GSR review
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2021 Mitsubishi Triton GSR review

The Mitsubishi Triton has a new flagship in the range, with three versions of the GSR replacing the GLS Premium.


New Zealand Prime Minister adds to her electric-car fleet
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New Zealand Prime Minister adds to her electric-car fleet

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is poised to switch to electric power for her ministerial car, from a BMW 7 Series diesel to an Audi e-Tron. While the NZ government is about to take delivery of three Audi e-Trons for high-ranking politicians and VIP guests, two are expected to be based in the capital Wellington (in the far south of the North Island) – and at least one example is planned to be assigned to Auckland (650km away, in the far north) at Ms Ardern’s home alongside her personal vehicle, a Hyundai Ioniq electric car...


US authorities urge caution over Tesla's latest autonomous tech
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US authorities urge caution over Tesla's latest autonomous tech

Tesla is poised to introduce a new level of autonomous driving technology in the US, however authorities say they stand ready “to protect the public against safety risks”. The Reuters news agency has reported Tesla released an early test version of what it refers to as “full self driving” software to an “undisclosed number of expert, careful drivers”...


The week that was: Electric Hummer revealed, Hyundai's i20 N hot hatch, and more
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The week that was: Electric Hummer revealed, Hyundai's i20 N hot hatch, and more

An electric Hummer, the world’s fastest road car (unofficially), a new pint-size hot hatch from Hyundai, and Tesla price rises for its Supercharger power in Australia. These are just some of the top news stories from last week. Here's a quick recap, with links to the original stories so you can catch up in no time...


First allocation of VW Amarok W580 almost gone
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First allocation of VW Amarok W580 almost gone

An orderly queue is starting to form for the Volkswagen Amarok W580 special edition. The locally-developed model – a partnership with Volkswagen Australia and the Walkinshaw Automotive Group, formerly the parent company of Holden Special Vehicles – is due in local showrooms from April 2021...


2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 to cost from $83,365 plus on-roads, auto and manual
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2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 to cost from $83,365 plus on-roads, auto and manual

Australian pricing for the Ford Mustang Mach 1 has been confirmed before the limited edition arrives in local showrooms early next year. The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 will start from $83,365 plus on-road costs. Just 700 will be imported from the US...