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Lexus Australia hybrid sales on a roll
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30th Jul 2020
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Lexus Australia hybrid sales on a roll

The local arm of Japanese luxury carmaker, Lexus, is riding the crest of a hybrid wave, with its range of electrified vehicles accounting for around 30 per cent of local sales. And while Lexus has confirmed its first all-electric vehicle, the crossover UX300e with 400km of range, will go on sale in China and Europe this year, it’s unlikely to make its way Down Under anytime soon.
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Rob Margeit
Peugeot design boss Gilles Vidal leaves for Renault
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30th Jul 2020
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Peugeot design boss Gilles Vidal leaves for Renault

Gilles Vidal, the former head of design at Peugeot, is set to join Groupe Renault in November, after a career spent entirely with the PSA Group (Peugeot, Citroen, DS and now Opel). The 48-year-old Frenchman started his career at Citroen in 1996, and served as Peugeot Director of Design between January, 2010 and July, 2020. At Peugeot he styled a wide range of vehicles, including the latest 2008, 208 supermini, 3008, 5008 SUVs, 508 fastback and 508 wagon.
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William Davis
2022 Renault Trafic to get safety upgrade, but five-star rating unlikely
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30th Jul 2020
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2022 Renault Trafic to get safety upgrade, but five-star rating unlikely

The Renault Trafic will finally adopt autonomous emergency braking two years from now – four years after the Toyota Hiace and Ford Transit – but the advanced tech may not elevate its crash rating from its current three-star score. Representatives for Renault Australia said the Trafic van was due to receive advanced safety aids in 2022.
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Joshua Dowling
2022 Mercedes-Benz T-Class small people-mover teased
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29th Jul 2020
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2022 Mercedes-Benz T-Class small people-mover teased

A teaser image for the all-new Mercedes-Benz T-Class has been revealed overnight, accompanying an announcement outlining the new model range. Due for release in 2022, the T-Class will be a people-mover based on Renault's next-generation Kangoo van platform (shown below in concept form), and will offer the option of a fully-electric powertrain. The Mercedes-Benz Citan – based on the current Renault Kangoo – has been available to European markets since 2012.
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Ben Zachariah
2019-2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE recalled for rear bumper fix
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29th Jul 2020
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2019-2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE recalled for rear bumper fix

Mercedes-Benz Australia has issued a recall of 45 examples of its GLE wagon with Model Years from 2019 to 2020 (MY19-MY20) due to a faulty rear bumper bar crossmember. The recall notice, lodged with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), says the faulty crossmember "might not meet the required specification." Mercedes-Benz says if vehicles are winched using the rear towing eye, the crossmember may crack or even detach from the vehicle.
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Ben Zachariah