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Mazda open to electrifying MX-5 – report
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2nd Dec 2019
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Mazda open to electrifying MX-5 – report

Mazda is considering electrifying its iconic MX-5. Don’t worry, though – the company is being careful not to mess with the drop-top’s successful formula. Autocar reports Mazda management is considering hybrid or all-electric power for the next (fifth) generation of MX-5. Its low production volume, however, could allow the MX-5 to skate by without being electrified. Fortunately, Mazda understands the MX-5’s special formula – its balanced, lightweight, and compact rear-wheel-drive platform.
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Mercedes-Benz V-Class to get MBUX, here in June
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1st Dec 2019
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Mercedes-Benz V-Class to get MBUX, here in June

Mercedes-Benz promised it would roll out the MBUX multimedia system across its range and that included members of the Mercedes-Benz Vans range. Before year’s end, the Mercedes-Benz V-Class will be available to order with the MBUX multimedia system in Europe – it'll be available in Australia from June 2020. This follows the introduction of MBUX to the redesigned Sprinter line last year.
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2021 Jaguar F-Type to debut on 2 December
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30th Nov 2019
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2021 Jaguar F-Type to debut on 2 December

Jaguar has released a teaser video of the upcoming, revised F-Type coupe and convertible, set to be revealed on 2 December. There’s not much to see in the six-second video – the only part of the car visible is the gauge cluster – but you can hear the intoxicating sound of the F-Type’s V8 engine. That indicates the thunderous, supercharged 5.0-litre V8 will continue. In R guise, the V8 produces 405kW and 680Nm while the range-topping SVR ekes out an additional 18kW and 20Nm.
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Queensland: $1000 fines for in-car phone use, phone-monitoring cameras coming
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29th Nov 2019
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Queensland: $1000 fines for in-car phone use, phone-monitoring cameras coming

Being caught using a mobile phone while driving in Queensland is about to get a lot more expensive. The Queensland Government has announced any driver caught using a mobile phone behind the wheel will be fined $1000 and four demerit points. For drivers caught twice within 12 months, double demerit points apply and they may now lose their licence. Queensland will also trial cameras recently introduced in New South Wales to detect mobile phone usage.
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Automotive Industry Insights podcast: Mazda Australia boss, Vinesh Bhindi
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29th Nov 2019
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Automotive Industry Insights podcast: Mazda Australia boss, Vinesh Bhindi

This week on the podcast are Mandy Turner, Mike Costello, and Scott Collie. We catch up with Josh Dowling to discuss some of the biggest news of the week, including everything Tesla Cybertruck, and Mazda's planned guaranteed buyback deals. Also, in BMW news, the company is buying back Takata-affected cars, has a new waterproof key card, and its owners be getting Android Auto and Apple CarPlay for free.
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