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Volkswagen Beetle: Next-gen to be electric and RWD - report
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13th Nov 2017
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Volkswagen Beetle: Next-gen to be electric and RWD - report

The Volkswagen Beetle could be revived as a rear-wheel drive electric vehicle (EV) as part of the company's upcoming I.D. family, according to a new report out of the UK. Speaking with Autocar, Volkswagen's Herbert Diess said the company needs to decide on "emotional concepts" for its upcoming electric cars - a term he defines as covering iconic models like the Microbus and Beetle, along with the Kübelwagen and Buggy.
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James Wong
Driverless tech could be a decade away for Australia: RACV
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13th Nov 2017
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Driverless tech could be a decade away for Australia: RACV

The RACV says it could be ten years before we see fully-autonomous last-mile buses shuttling commuters around public roads. Speaking to CarAdvice at the launch of driverless bus trials at LaTrobe University, Bryce Prosser, general manager of public policy and corporate affairs at RACV, said autonomous technology testing was still in its "embryonic" stage.
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Scott Collie
2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 revealed
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12th Nov 2017
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2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 revealed

The 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 has been revealed overnight, representing a supercharged last hurrah for the iconic American supercar. At the heart of General Motors' (GM) performance flagship is a supercharged 'LT5' 6.2-litre supercharged V8, which pumps out a massive 563kW (755hp) of power and 969Nm of torque. For the first time, buyers have the option of an automatic transmission with the ZR1 - an eight-speed unit with paddle shifters - while a seven-speed manual is also offered.
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James Wong
2015/16 Ford Ranger recalled for gearbox fix
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11th Nov 2017
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2015/16 Ford Ranger recalled for gearbox fix

Ford Australia has recalled 5655 2015/16 Rangers with a manual gearbox, over concerns a faulty gearshift clip could lead to a loss of drive. According to the company, the gearshift cable retaining clip might not be properly fastened, which could put it into contact with the rear driveshaft. Prolonged contact between the clip and driveshaft can damage both components, making it harder for drivers to change gear and, in the worst case, a loss of drive.
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Scott Collie
Factory-sponsored 1970 Beetle to tackle Baja 1000
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10th Nov 2017
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Factory-sponsored 1970 Beetle to tackle Baja 1000

Volkswagen USA has thrown its support behind one of the coolest entries to the 2018 Baja 1000. The ProjectBaja.com team will be lining up in a restored, heavily modified 1970 Beetle, supported by the might of VW America. The little Beetle, dubbed Tope by the team, has been treated to a comprehensive suite of modifications for off-road racing. it rides on a heavy-duty torsion bar rear suspension, with remote-reservoir Fox dampers and stiffer springs.
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Scott Collie