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Volkswagen's 'Local Hazard Warning' system wins Euro NCAP award
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22nd Mar 2020
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Volkswagen's 'Local Hazard Warning' system wins Euro NCAP award

Volkswagen's 'Local Hazard Warning' system has become the first piece of technology in almost six years to win a Euro NCAP award, claiming the safety body's ‘Advanced’ award in recognition of its unrealised potential to protect motorists from hazards. The communication system enables Volkswagen cars to warn fellow road users of upcoming road safety risks by transmitting a signal to nearby cars, emergency vehicles and road infrastructure.
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Susannah Guthrie
Six seats and a tiny footprint: Meet the Tracy concept
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21st Mar 2020
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Six seats and a tiny footprint: Meet the Tracy concept

What you’re looking at probably isn’t the future, but it’s a vision of what might be possible if design students from IED Turin take the reins of automobile design departments of the future. Like all good (and plenty of not-so-good) concept cars, the Istituto Europeo di Design (IED or European Institute of Design) Tracy concept dispenses with the notion of boundaries and limitations imposed by regulations and series production and gives a glimpse of what could be possible.
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Kez Casey
Suzuki Jimny offered as ute by New Zealand dealer
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21st Mar 2020
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Suzuki Jimny offered as ute by New Zealand dealer

A New Zealand Suzuki dealer is offering customers a ute version of its already-cutesie Jimny, as reported by Driven. For willing customers, the Whanganui dealer will chop the rear end to fit an enclosed flat-deck tray, revised tail lights and interior trim pieces to suit. The best part? The conversion is certified. However, what potential buyers might not find as cute as the finished product is the cost to get it there.
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Liam Murphy
Artists post car colouring pages for grownups and kids alike to weather the weeks ahead
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20th Mar 2020
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Artists post car colouring pages for grownups and kids alike to weather the weeks ahead

When I was about seven years old, I traced a drawing of the Transformers and mailed it into a TV show called The Cartoon Company (which, funnily enough, ran on the Nine Network, my current employer). The hosts of the show held it up to the cameras, declared it a cracking good effort, and mailed me a box of Posca paint markers as a prize – and, terrible child that I was, I promptly set about painting the town red. And green. Blue, yellow, purple…
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Mike Stevens
Tesla, Ford and GM offer to build ventilators amid shortages
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20th Mar 2020
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Tesla, Ford and GM offer to build ventilators amid shortages

Car companies in the US and UK are offering up their manufacturing plants for the production of ventilators, in a bid to assist with growing shortages imposed by the coronavirus crisis. The movement started when UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson called on local manufacturers to mobilise in order to increase output of the units, which are an essential for critical coronavirus patients who require breathing assistance.
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Susannah Guthrie