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Tide turning for green cars: 'Majority of buyers' keen on hybrids
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17th Jul 2018
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Tide turning for green cars: 'Majority of buyers' keen on hybrids

More than 50 per cent of Australian new car buyers would seriously consider buying a hybrid, while diesel's popularity is starting to wane, according to a new local study. According to the latest Roy Morgan Automotive Currency Report, 51.6 per cent of Aussie drivers aged over 18 would "seriously consider buying" a hybrid vehicle, up from just 48.7 per cent in 2015.
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Scott Collie
Lexus F: Electrified drivetrains, dedicated model may be on the horizon
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16th Jul 2018
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Lexus F: Electrified drivetrains, dedicated model may be on the horizon

Yoshihiro Sawa, president of Lexus, has stated future F models may come with hybrid drivetrains. At the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed, Sawa told told AutoExpress the F performance sub-brand is "very important", but has to find an "original way" to "connect to the next era". In his opinion, "people like the sound, the dynamics" of an internal combustion engine, but the company can't just stick with "V8, V10, twin-turbocharged" engines to provide emotion.
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Derek Fung
Citroen tackles car sickness with 'Seetroen' glasses
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16th Jul 2018
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Citroen tackles car sickness with 'Seetroen' glasses

Motion sickness is an absolute pain, especially if you're tackling long drives with children in the car. Citroen, a company known for its left-field solutions to engineering problems, has decided to take on the issue with a funky set of glasses.
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Scott Collie
Volkswagen I.D. R sets electric Goodwood hillclimb record
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16th Jul 2018
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Volkswagen I.D. R sets electric Goodwood hillclimb record

Volkswagen has added another record to the I.D. R's trophy cabinet, setting a new high watermark for electric cars up the Goodwood Festival of Speed hillclimb. The low-slung electric Volkswagen took just 43.05 seconds to complete the run, comfortably besting the 47.34 mark set by Jonny Cocker in the Lola-Drayson B12 69/EV. It wasn't enough, however, to topple Nick Heidfeld's overall record of 41.6 seconds set behind the wheel of a McLaren MP4/13 in 1999.
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Scott Collie
NHTSA unwilling to regulate self-driving cars ... for now
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15th Jul 2018
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NHTSA unwilling to regulate self-driving cars ... for now

The acting administrator of the US' National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says it's too early in the game to begin working on regulations for autonomous vehicles. “At this point the technology is so nascent I don’t think it is appropriate today to regulate this technology,” Heidi King, the agency's acting administrator told Automotive News. “It’s not there yet, but each and every day we are open to identifying when the time is right.”
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