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The week's top news stories: September 23, 2018

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The week's top news stories: September 23, 2018

The automotive news wheel is always turning. If you’re not constantly checking CarAdvice – which you should be doing, by the way – it can be easy for some headlines to slip through the cracks...

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Hyundai scoops three IDEA design awards
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Hyundai scoops three IDEA design awards

Hyundai has won three silver International Design Excellence Awards, with the Kona, Nexo and Santa Fe all recognised for their design. The awards, run by the Industrial Design Society of America, recognises quality design across 20 categories – along with automotive and transport, there are awards for technology, innovation and social responsibility...


Anouk Poelmann stands down as Peugeot Citroen Australia managing director
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Anouk Poelmann stands down as Peugeot Citroen Australia managing director

Anouk Poelmann has stepped down from her role as Peugeot Citroen Australia (PCA) managing director, having taken on the role in June last year. Peugeot Citroen says 'personal reasons' are behind the decision. Poelmann last year moved from Europe to Australia with her family for the role...


Kia Stinger joins Western Australia Police force
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Kia Stinger joins Western Australia Police force

Western Australia has joined Queensland in adding the Kia Stinger to its police fleet. A fleet of 50 300S liftbacks will be hitting West Australian streets over the next 12 months, filling the gap left by the Holden Commodore SS and Ford Falcon XR6 Turbo...


Almost half of drivers aren't confident alongside cyclists - Ford
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Almost half of drivers aren't confident alongside cyclists - Ford

Almost half of Australian drivers aren't confident driving next to cyclists, according to a new survey from Ford Australia. The study of almost 2000 people found 49 per cent of drivers are uncomfortable alongside cyclists, while 18 per cent of respondents admitted to road rage or being actively aggressive toward cyclists...


2019 Suzuki Jimny scores 3 stars in Euro NCAP testing
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2019 Suzuki Jimny scores 3 stars in Euro NCAP testing

Suzuki's upcoming Jimny has scored just three stars in Euro NCAP testing, on the back of relatively low scores for adult occupant and vulnerable road-user protection. The adult occupant protection rating was hindered by a steering wheel airbag that didn't quite inflate correctly, allowing the driver's head to contact the steering wheel rim...


2019 BMW 3 Series teased
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2019 BMW 3 Series teased

BMW has provided our clearest look yet at the next-generation (G20) 3 Series, ahead of a likely reveal at the Paris motor show in October. Although a series of spy pictures, pre-production testing photos and renders have given us a pretty good sense for how the 3 Series will look, there's something to be said for seeing it officially... under a sheet...


Peugeot e-Legend Concept revealed
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Peugeot e-Legend Concept revealed

Peugeot has revealed its e-Legend Concept, an all-electric two-door with looks inspired by the 504 coupe. The timing of the launch isn't a coincidence: the 504 on which the e-Legend is based was released 50 years ago. This is Peugeot paying tribute to one of its best-known, best-looking models while setting the scene for its next generation products...


Audi TT, R8 join Takata airbag recall
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Audi TT, R8 join Takata airbag recall

Audi has added the current-generation TT and R8 to its Takata recall list, As with all Takata-related recalls, affected vehicles are fitted with airbag inflator propellant that, when exposed to heat and humidity, can degrade over time. In the case of these Audis, it's the driver's airbag that is affected...


2017-18 Kia Stinger, Rio recalled
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2017-18 Kia Stinger, Rio recalled

Kia Australia has recalled the 2017-18 Rio and Stinger, over concerns about the load ratings specified on their tow bars. According to the company, the tow bar labels have incorrect load ratings specified. Kia says that could result in the tow bar being used to tow objects above its maximum weight...


Apple CarPlay: Google Maps, Waze now supported
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Apple CarPlay: Google Maps, Waze now supported

Among all the shiny things included in Apple's latest iPhone software update is an exciting development for CarPlay users – finally, you can use Google Maps through your car's touchscreen. Huzzah! UPDATE: Waze is coming, but it's not available right now. Apologies for the error...


2019 BMW Z4: Full range revealed
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2019 BMW Z4: Full range revealed

BMW has revealed the upcoming Z4 range in its entirety, ahead of an in-the-metal debut at the Paris motor show next month. REVIEW: Check out our first drive of a Z4 M40i prototype Along with the range-topping Z4 M40i, the soft-top BMW will be offered in sDrive20i and sDrive30i guises. Both are powered by 2...


Google's Android to underpin Renault, Nissan, Mitsubishi infotainment
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Google's Android to underpin Renault, Nissan, Mitsubishi infotainment

The list of manufacturers planning to use Google for their infotainment systems has grown from two to five, with Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi announcing Android will underpin its alliance-wide infotainment system from 2021. Under a new agreement, vehicles in the alliance will rely on Android for their infotainment, opening the door for Google Maps integration, among other Google Play apps designed specifically in-car operation...


Mercedes-AMG GT, GT S recalled
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Mercedes-AMG GT, GT S recalled

Mercedes-AMG has recalled the GT and GT S, over concerns about the front passenger seat classification system. According to the company, the software responsible for classifying the passenger mightn't function correctly. That means a child seat could be classified as a person, or a small person could be marked as a child seat...


Le Mans-winning Ford GT coming to Bathurst
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Le Mans-winning Ford GT coming to Bathurst

Ford Performance has secured racing royalty to display at the 2018 Bathurst 1000, announcing its Le Mans class-winning GT will put on a show for the crowd at the 'Great Race'. Ryan Briscoe, Australian full-time Ford Chip Ganassi Racing driver, will pilot the EcoBoost V6-powered racer around Mount Panorama circuit ahead of the main event...