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2019 Subaru XV recalled over seatbelt fault
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31st Jan 2020
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2019 Subaru XV recalled over seatbelt fault

Subaru has recalled the 2019 XV to fix a problem with the locking mechanism in the rear seatbelts. According to the company, one of the two locking mechanisms in the rear seatbelts mightn't lock the belt as designed. If one of the locking mechanisms doesn't work as intended, rear passengers might not be properly restrained in an accident, increasing their risk of injury or death. A total of 721 cars are included in the campaign – a VIN list is attached here.
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Scott Collie
Ford Europe approves the use of vegetable oil as fuel in its Transit vans
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31st Jan 2020
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Ford Europe approves the use of vegetable oil as fuel in its Transit vans

Ford has taken another step towards sustainability by approving the use of the biofuel Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO) in a select number of its new Transit vans in Europe. HVO is a high-quality renewable diesel fuel made from vegetable oils and animal fats that is colourless, odourless and can technically be used in all diesel engines. It's produced in the process of hydrogenation (i.e. treatment with hydrogen) and boasts a longer shelf life than regular diesel.
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Susannah Guthrie
2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class recalled
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30th Jan 2020
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2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class recalled

Mercedes-Benz Australia has recalled the 2019 A-Class, over concerns the glass pane of the panoramic sliding sunroof mightn't be correctly bonded. According to the company, an incorrectly bonded sunroof will create wind noise in the short term, and could detach from the car in the long term. If the glass pane detaches, there's a risk of accident or injury for the driver and other road users. A total of three cars are included in the campaign – a VIN list is attached here.
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Scott Collie
EV startup Arrival to supply UPS with at least 10,000 battery-powered vans
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30th Jan 2020
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EV startup Arrival to supply UPS with at least 10,000 battery-powered vans

UK electric vehicle startup Arrival has inked a multi-hundred-million euro deal with American logistics giant UPS to supply it with at least 10,000 battery-powered delivery vans from now through 2024. The deal comprises 10,000 vehicles the for UK, mainland Europe, and North America, with UPS retaining the option of purchasing a further 10,000 during this period. This project stems from Arrival and UPS's development deal announced in 2016, just one year into the former's existence.
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Mike Costello
Lotus Evora GT410 revealed, Australian plans unclear
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30th Jan 2020
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Lotus Evora GT410 revealed, Australian plans unclear

Lotus has added a softer, more day-to-day focused GT410 to the Evora line-up in Europe. The GT410 will sit alongside the GT410 Sport in the Evora range, with a lower starting price and a raft of comfort-oriented features (by Hethel standards, at least) to make the largest Lotus a friendlier beast on the roads. The cabin houses a set of heated Sparco seats and air-conditioning, and there's a "premium" infotainment system on board with Apple CarPlay, DAB digital radio, and a reversing camera.
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Scott Collie