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Ford Australia appoints new boss: Andrew Birkic
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3rd Aug 2020
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Ford Australia appoints new boss: Andrew Birkic

Ford has appointed its first Australian boss in 10 years – Andrew Birkic – after former CEO Kay Hart was promoted to a new global role based in the UK. Mr Birkic has been with Ford for more than 26 years; his most recent role was in charge of the new-generation Ford Ranger program. The appointment will put Ford Australia in a strong position for the arrival of the successor to its biggest-selling model.
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Joshua Dowling
Tesla Cybertruck: no customer research went into its design, says Elon Musk
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2nd Aug 2020
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Tesla Cybertruck: no customer research went into its design, says Elon Musk

If you’re wondering why the Tesla Cybertruck looks like it was designed by a school kid – with its sharp and unconventional lines – we now know why. Tesla boss Elon Musk has revealed the electric vehicle specialist did not gauge customer reaction before signing off the final design, as is normal practice in the car industry. “Customer research? We just made a car we thought was awesome and looks super weird,” Musk told industry journal Automotive News USA in an exclusive interview.
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Joshua Dowling
Autonomous car joystick “steering handle” patented by BMW
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2nd Aug 2020
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Autonomous car joystick “steering handle” patented by BMW

BMW has designed an unusual u-shaped "joystick-style" steering controller for “partially autonomous two-lane motor vehicles,” patent documents filed in Germany show. The sketched apparatus is described as a “steering handle" that can be stowed away unless occupants wish to override autonomous control.
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William Davis
2021 Maserati Quattroporte hybrid spy photos
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31st Jul 2020
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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. As Maserati is owned by the Fiat-Chrysler group (FCA), it's possible the Quattroporte could borrow some or all of its battery technology from the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid – a people mover sold in the US.
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Ben Zachariah
Electric Hummer teased by General Motors
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30th Jul 2020
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Electric Hummer teased by General Motors

Side profile images of the upcoming reborn Hummer have been revealed by General Motors in the US overnight. And before anyone is wondering why GM is reviving a brand that symbolised gas guzzlers and excess, it's worth noting these will be fully electric vehicles. In a video posted to the GMC website, the silhouettes of a twin cab pick-up and an SUV wagon can be seen. A clay sculpting of the car, and a body shell, are also shown at various points during the video.
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William Davis