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Baojun E100: GM's electric Smart competitor launched in China
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8th Aug 2017
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Baojun E100: GM's electric Smart competitor launched in China

The Baojun E100 electric two-seater has gone on limited sale in China for a startlingly low price. Powering the Baojun E100 is an electric motor with 29kW of power and 110Nm of torque that's capable of projecting the car to a top speed of 100km/h. The E100's lithium-ion battery pack is said to be good for a driving range of 155km, which GM says makes it "an excellent choice for many urban daily commutes in China". The car takes 7.5 hours to fully recharge via mains power.
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Derek Fung
VACC warns of number-plate cloning scam, motorists left to prove innocence
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8th Aug 2017
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VACC warns of number-plate cloning scam, motorists left to prove innocence

Guilty until proven innocent? The Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce (VACC) is this week shining a light on the most heinous practice of number-plate cloning, which it claims has left "numerous" car dealers fighting traffic infringement penalties. In one case, the VACC says, a Licensed Motor Car Trader was fined over $16,000 "for a single incidence of number plate cloning".
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Mike Stevens
2011 Kia Sorento, Sportage recalled for fire risk
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8th Aug 2017
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2011 Kia Sorento, Sportage recalled for fire risk

Kia has issued a recall for 106 vehicles across its previous-generation diesel-powered 2011 model-year 'XM' Sorento and 'SL' Sportage model lines over concerns a fuel hose leak could pose a fire risk. The Korean manufacturer reports that vehicles equipped with the Euro 5 'R' turbo-diesel engine may exhibit premature deterioration of the fatigue-resistance and oil-proofing of the fuel feed hose. If the condition occurs, Kia says there is a risk of a fuel hose leak, which could lead to a fire.
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James Wong
Porsche Cayenne to be recalled in Australia for diesel software fix
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7th Aug 2017
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Porsche Cayenne to be recalled in Australia for diesel software fix

Porsche Cars Australia will undertake a voluntary recall of the 3.0-litre V6 diesel Cayenne SUV, following confirmation of similar action in Europe. Germany's Federal Motor Transport Authority, Kraftfahrt-Bundesamt (KBA), last week ordered a ban on registrations for the Cayenne Diesel, with Porsche agreeing to recall around 21,500 vehicles.
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Mike Stevens
Peugeot's new distributor cuts prices
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7th Aug 2017
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Peugeot's new distributor cuts prices

The new Australian distributor for Peugeot - extant Subaru importer Inchcape - has reduced the pricing of its 208 city car and 2008 crossover, almost three months into its tenure. Pricing for the 208 Active now kicks off at $22,190 before on-road costs, down $300. The Allure is reduced by $1300 to a more reasonable $24,990, ditto the GT-Line to $26,990. The GTi hot hatch remains $29,990.
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Mike Costello