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Toyota, Geely investigating hybrid partnership
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9th Sep 2018
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Toyota, Geely investigating hybrid partnership

Toyota and Geely are discussing cooperating on hybrid drivetrain technology, although it is not clear how far or how wide the relationship will stretch. The Japanese auto giant has confirmed to Reuters it and Geely are "communicating with each other” regarding petrol-electric hybrid technology.
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Derek Fung
VFACTS: Small SUV sales boom detailed
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9th Sep 2018
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VFACTS: Small SUV sales boom detailed

Small SUVs, high-riding hatchbacks, little crossovers. Not matter what you call them, sales in this part of the market are absolutely booming, pinching sales from the depleting Small Car and Light Car segments. While the overall new vehicle market has cooled by 0.3% over last year’s record (to the end of August), sales in the ‘Small SUV’ segment have leapt up by almost 25%, to 93,415 units.
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Mike Costello
Lexus LY650 unveiled
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8th Sep 2018
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Lexus LY650 unveiled

Lexus has unveiled its 'fourth flagship' and, well, it's not quite what we expected. The LY650 is based on the Lexus Sport Yacht concept from 2017, taking the brand's design ethos and giving it a distinctly nautical bent. The company says the ship's strong bow, broad hips, flowing roof line, and curved deck accents accurately move the company's L-finesse design theme from the road to the water.
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Derek Fung
Tesla Model 3 stolen by reusing mobile phone authentication key
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7th Sep 2018
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Tesla Model 3 stolen by reusing mobile phone authentication key

A 21-year-old man has been arrested in Texas after stealing a Tesla Model 3 from a rental company using only the Tesla app, hinting at what could become a more common issue across the industry. It's believed the man gained access to the car by manipulating the Tesla app to unlock and start it, as well as disable GPS tracking. Computer forensics specialist, Mark Lanterman, believes the suspect was able to do this using a loophole in Tesla’s procedures.
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Chris Gething
Takata: Driver killed was meant to have airbag replaced two days earlier
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7th Sep 2018
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Takata: Driver killed was meant to have airbag replaced two days earlier

The first driver killed by a faulty Takata airbag in Australia was meant to have his airbag replaced two days before the fatal accident, the court has been told. Huy Neng Ngo was killed in a "relatively minor collision" in Cabramatta on July 13, 2017, when a metal shard from the faulty Takata inflator in his 2007 Honda CR-V struck his neck.
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Scott Collie