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Can a driver be fined if their passenger is using a mobile phone?
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31st Jan 2020
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Can a driver be fined if their passenger is using a mobile phone?

The tale of a Sydney driver being fined because her passenger was on FaceTime incited shock and outrage in June 2019, but drivers may be interested to know similar penalties are becoming commonplace on roads across the nation. Sheree Panetta took to Facebook to vent about the $337 fine she received from NSW Police, with her post quickly going viral.
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Susannah Guthrie
Mercedes-Benz X-Class to be axed in May
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31st Jan 2020
2 min read

Mercedes-Benz X-Class to be axed in May

The dual-cab Mercedes-Benz X-Class ute will be axed globally in May, less than three years after its global reveal and barely two years after its introduction to the Australian market. "It has been decided that from the end of May 2020, we will no longer produce this relatively young model," Mercedes-Benz said in a statement. "In our global product portfolio, the X-Class is a niche product which plays a great role in a few markets, including Australia and South Africa."
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Scott Collie
Have we hit peak automotive production?
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31st Jan 2020
2 min read

Have we hit peak automotive production?

Global automotive production may have already peaked and is likely to remain in a steady decline, the CEO of a top engineering company said this week. Volkmar Denner, CEO of German giant Bosch, shared his predictions during a news conference in Stuttgart while announcing plans to cut jobs in response to decreasing demand. "It could well be that we have passed the peak of automotive production," Denner told Automotive News.
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Susannah Guthrie
GMC Hummer EV pickup confirmed, will have monster power output
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30th Jan 2020
2 min read

GMC Hummer EV pickup confirmed, will have monster power output

General Motors has confirmed its first-ever electric pickup truck will officially be known as the GMC Hummer EV. The automaker also revealed the new Hummer will be available with a 746kW (1000hp) and 15,590Nm electric power system.
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Derek Fung
Renault Australia launches 1 per cent finance on Koleos
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30th Jan 2020
1 min read

Renault Australia launches 1 per cent finance on Koleos

Renault Australia has announced a new finance deal as it looks to promote its Nissan X-Trail twin, the Koleos. Updated in November 2019, the Koleos competes with the Honda CR-V, Kia Sportage, Hyundai Tucson, Toyota RAV4, Mazda CX-5, and the aforementioned X-Trail. Eligible customers who have their cars delivered before March 31, 2020, will be offered a 1 per cent comparison rate on the mid-sized SUV for finance terms up to 36 months.
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