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2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray convertible revealed
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3rd Oct 2019
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2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray convertible revealed

The latest C8 series of Chevrolet Corvette switched to a mid-engine layout for the first time, and now the convertible brings another dramatic change to the line – a retractable hardtop roof. The Corvette convertible maintains the coupe’s sleek profile, though the placement of the roof mechanism means there’s no longer a window to the engine. The roof is body-coloured by default but you can opt for it and the flying buttresses to be painted in contrasting Carbon Flash metallic grey.
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William Stopford
VFACTS: September 2019 new car sales detailed
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3rd Oct 2019
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VFACTS: September 2019 new car sales detailed

The Australian car market continued to decline in September 2019, with a 6.9 per cent drop in sales making it the 18th consecutive month of decline. VFACTS data from the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) reveal 88,181 vehicles were sold last month, compared to 94,711 during the same month in 2018. It's the worst September result since 2011, when 86,819 sales were recorded.
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Scott Collie
Nissan demonstrates method for creating new parts for discontinued cars
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2nd Oct 2019
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Nissan demonstrates method for creating new parts for discontinued cars

Nissan is hoping to commercialise its dual-sided dieless forming technique in order to create replacement parts for vehicles long since out of production, and it could prove useful for components where the original dies have been discarded. For dual-sided dieless forming, the company uses two synchronised robots with diamond-coated tools on either side of a sheet of steel.
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Derek Fung
Suzuki reveals concepts ahead of Tokyo motor show
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2nd Oct 2019
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Suzuki reveals concepts ahead of Tokyo motor show

Suzuki is preparing a troupe of cute concepts for the 2019 Tokyo motor show, headlined by the compact Wako SPO coupe. Built to embody the tagline "Waku Waku switch for everyone: Excitement for you, excitement for everyone" (seriously), the range of concept cars preview everything from a plug-in hybrid coupe to a self-driving living room on wheels.
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Scott Collie
Ford and Mahindra joint venture formed for emerging markets
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1st Oct 2019
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Ford and Mahindra joint venture formed for emerging markets

Ford and Mahindra have agreed to form a joint venture valued at US$275 million ($406 million), which will be based in India and focussed on making vehicles for "high-growth emerging markets around the world". Mahindra will be the dominant partner in the relationship, owning 51 per cent of the joint venture and running day-to-day operations. Ford will own the remainder of the company, and will transfer its Chennai and Sanand factories and employees to the new company.
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Derek Fung