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Mazda to extract 30 per cent more efficiency from internal combustion engine
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12th Mar 2019
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Mazda to extract 30 per cent more efficiency from internal combustion engine

Mazda remains one of the few automotive manufacturers still publicly committed to the internal combustion engine, despite the trend towards electrification. With that in mind, it's working to extract every last drop of potential from bang-suck-blow engines. The company says its next generation of SkyActiv engines will be able to extract at least an additional 30 per cent thermal efficiency over the just-launched SkyActiv X engine.
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Alborz Fallah
2019 Toyota Prius pricing and specs
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11th Mar 2019
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2019 Toyota Prius pricing and specs

Toyota Australia has announced pricing and specifications for the refreshed 2019 Prius range, which is now on sale from $36,590 plus on-road costs. Compared to the outgoing model, the MY19 Prius gets updated designs for the front and rear fascias, incorporating new bumpers, sharper LED headlights, and new LED tail-light clusters.
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James Wong
Tesla changes tack: More stores to remain open, prices rise to compensate
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11th Mar 2019
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Tesla changes tack: More stores to remain open, prices rise to compensate

Just two weeks after Tesla announced it would close most of its stores and move to an online sales model, the electric car maker has reversed course. To soften the blow of the initial announcement, the company used projected savings to reduce prices across its range by around six per cent, while some models in Australia had prices slashed by around $80,000. The move also allowed Tesla to introduce its much-anticipated US$35,000 ($50,000) entry-level Model 3 variant.
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Derek Fung
2005-09 Holden Astra, HSV Astra VXR: Takata recall initiated
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10th Mar 2019
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2005-09 Holden Astra, HSV Astra VXR: Takata recall initiated

Holden has initiated the Takata recall for the 2005-09 Astra hatch, Astra Wagon, Astra Convertible, and Astra VXR. As with all Takata-related recalls, airbag inflators in affected cars can degrade because of a combination of high temperatures and humidity. If cars fitted with a faulty inflator are involved in an accident, too much internal pressure can make the inflator housing explode, sending metal fragments shooting into the cabin.
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Scott Collie
2019 World Car Awards: Top 3 finalists named
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9th Mar 2019
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2019 World Car Awards: Top 3 finalists named

The World Car Awards countdown continues at the 2019 Geneva motor show, with the top three finalists in each category announced this week. A jury of 86 journalists narrowed down a pool of 40 new models to 10 finalists last month, now down to three, with the winner to be announced at the New York motor show in April. In addition to the overall World Car of the Year award, several other categories have also been narrowed down to three candidates.
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James Wong