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Honda Civic, Hyundai i30 score five-star ANCAP safety ratings
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26th Apr 2017
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Honda Civic, Hyundai i30 score five-star ANCAP safety ratings

The Honda Civic and Hyundai i30 have been awarded five-star safety ratings by independent crash-testing firm ANCAP. Following the disappointing two-star result for the Great Wall Steed ute, the two popular small cars scored top marks, while the Mercedes-Benz Marco Polo Activity lifestyle van was also awarded the full five stars.
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James Wong
Google begins public 'early rider' trial of autonomous cars, orders 500 more vehicles
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25th Apr 2017
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Google begins public 'early rider' trial of autonomous cars, orders 500 more vehicles

Waymo, Google's self-driving car division, has started an early rider program for its autonomous vehicle fleet, and has significantly increased its order for autonomous Chrysler Pacific plug-in hybrid people movers. The early rider program is currently only open to residents living in and around Phoenix, Arizona.
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Derek Fung
Australia's EV and PHEV sales analysed
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24th Apr 2017
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Australia's EV and PHEV sales analysed

Electric and plug-in hybrid car sales continue to make barely a dent in Australia compared to other mature markets, though product cycles clearly represent a caveat. According to industry figures obtained by CarAdvice, trackable sales of battery electric vehicles (BEVs) or BEVs with a range-extender (REx) in Australia peaked at 294 units in 2015 before falling to 138 last year.
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Mike Costello
MG GS seven-seater in the plan, electric SUV under consideration
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24th Apr 2017
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MG GS seven-seater in the plan, electric SUV under consideration

The next-generation MG GS will likely offer a seven-seat variant and will be launched by the end of the decade, according to company executives. Speaking with Australian media in Shanghai last week, general manager for MG Australia, Zhu Chao, said the next-generation GS will likely spawn a three-row version that will straddle the medium and large SUV segments, similar to the Mitsubishi Outlander and Nissan X-Trail.
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James Wong
LDV T60 ute "the path of least resistance" in improving brand image, local distributor says
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23rd Apr 2017
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LDV T60 ute "the path of least resistance" in improving brand image, local distributor says

Australia's growing preference for SUVs might give the new LDV D90 a strong start, but the Chinese brand's Australian distributor believes it is our other big love - utes - that will make the incoming T60 the star of the range. At the Shanghai motor show this week, both the LDV T60 ute and D90 SUV were on display, and while both are likely to generate improved sales for the brand in Australia, the general manager for LDV at Ateco Automotive, Dinesh Chinnappa, said the T60 will be the 'it' car.
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James Wong