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Toyota to pay $232 million settlement in US emissions investigation – report
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21st Jan 2021
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Toyota to pay $232 million settlement in US emissions investigation – report

Toyota will pay a US$180 million (AU$232 million) settlement to the US government, following a five-year investigation into the company. According to news agency Reuters, the US Department of Justice publicly disclosed the outcome of the civil lawsuit last week – the first time government officials have confirmed the probe, despite Toyota announcing an investigation by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 2016.
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Ben Zachariah
BMW M outsells Mercedes-AMG globally in 2020 – but AMG remains on top in Australia
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21st Jan 2021
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BMW M outsells Mercedes-AMG globally in 2020 – but AMG remains on top in Australia

BMW M has beaten Mercedes-AMG in the international performance-car sales race in 2020, despite a global pandemic – however, the brands' Australian arms tell a contrasting tale. BMW M shifted 144,218 vehicles globally in 2020, compared to 125,129 Mercedes-AMGs – a 6 per cent increase for BMW, but a 5.3 per cent decrease for Mercedes, indicating a far more decisive sales win over BMW's 3693-unit lead over AMG in 2019.
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Alex Misoyannis
Tesla Model S convertible unveiled by Ares Design
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21st Jan 2021
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Tesla Model S convertible unveiled by Ares Design

Luxury Italian coachbuilder Ares Design has unveiled a one-off Tesla Model S two-door convertible, with more examples expected roll out of the studio if demand is high. According to the Modena-based atelier, the custom electric vehicle was commissioned privately several years ago for an undisclosed sum. Ares teased the roadster back in 2018 with a series of sketches, however there was little indication at the time these were anything more than concept renders.
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William Davis
2012-15 Infiniti Q70 / M recalled for propeller shaft fault
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20th Jan 2021
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2012-15 Infiniti Q70 / M recalled for propeller shaft fault

Nissan Australia has recalled 59 examples of the 2012-15 Infiniti Q70 – also known as the Infiniti M, from 2012 to 2014. According to the recall notice filed with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), "[due] to improper material and dimensions, the fatigue strength of the propeller shaft is lower than expected and the propeller shaft may crack and detach."
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Alex Misoyannis
2021 Hyundai Kona Electric joins NSW Police community liaison fleet
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20th Jan 2021
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2021 Hyundai Kona Electric joins NSW Police community liaison fleet

The Hyundai Kona Electric joined the NSW Police fleet this week, becoming the first all-electric vehicle to be employed by Australian law enforcement authorities. Loaned to the NSW Police Force by Hyundai for a 12-month trial, the Kona Electric will be based out of Penrith Police Station in Sydney's west, with operations to occur within the Nepean Area Command region.
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Alex Misoyannis