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Top ten growth brands of 2016
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5th Jan 2017
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Top ten growth brands of 2016

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Mike Costello
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5th Jan 2017
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Top ten growth brands of 2016

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Mike Costello
Mercedes-Benz says combustion engines still have life in them despite EV push
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5th Jan 2017
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Mercedes-Benz says combustion engines still have life in them despite EV push

Mercedes-Benz may be pushing its electric car agenda with its EQ sub-brand, but the German maker has confirmed at CES 2017 this week there is still plenty of life left in the conventional combustion engine. Mercedes-Benz’s EQ program will see the brand offer “at least 10 battery electric vehicles by 2025”, but along with charging ahead (!) in the EV market, Mercedes-Benz is looking to adapt its conventional powertrain line-up, too.
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Matt Campbell
Performax recalls Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra for airbag fix
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5th Jan 2017
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Performax recalls Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra for airbag fix

Local conversion firm Performax has issued a recall for its 2014 to 2017 model-year Chevrolet Silverado 2500, 3500 and GMC Sierra 2500 trucks over concerns a faulty module may fail to deploy the frontal airbags in a collision. According to the company, the affected vehicles are fitted with a sensing and diagnostic module (SDM) that may have defective software. If the condition occurs, this could prevent the deployment of the front airbags and seatbelt pretensioners in an accident.
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James Wong
Toyota HiLux tops 2016 sales charts, Ranger fourth
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4th Jan 2017
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Toyota HiLux tops 2016 sales charts, Ranger fourth

It’s official: the Toyota HiLux was Australia’s top-selling new vehicle in 2016, marking the first time a light commercial ute has finished a calendar year atop the podium. Remarkably, about half of these were the flagship SR5 4x4, which surged on the back of growth in the ‘lifestyle’ ute market, and responded to unprecedented discounts prompted in the most part by the success of the Ford Ranger. Yet Toyota will see some clouds alongside the sunshine.
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Mike Costello
2017 Mercedes-Benz GLA facelift teased for Detroit: Mid-year launch confirmed for Australia
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4th Jan 2017
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2017 Mercedes-Benz GLA facelift teased for Detroit: Mid-year launch confirmed for Australia

A shadowy preview of the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLA has been handed down, ahead of next week's Detroit motor show. As with the recently updated A- and CLA-Class models, styling changes to the GLA will be a case of spot-the-difference. A lightly restyled bumper and fog-light area can be seen here, along with a new slotted look to the familiar twin-louvre garnish through the centre of the grille opening. Above: the current Mercedes-AMG GLA 45
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Mike Stevens
Ford promises 13 electrified cars by 2021, including Mustang Hybrid, EV SUV, F-150 Hybrid
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3rd Jan 2017
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Ford promises 13 electrified cars by 2021, including Mustang Hybrid, EV SUV, F-150 Hybrid

Overnight Ford announced that it has plans for 13 new electrified cars, all of which will hit the market by 2021. Ford has so far confirmed what seven of those vehicles will be. The headline product in this green onslaught will be a new electric small SUV due by 2020, which will have a range of "at least" 480 kilometres (300 miles). This crossover EV will be built at the company's plant in Flat Rock, Michigan, and will be sold in North America, Europe, and Asia.
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Derek Fung