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Hercules Alpha: The 750kW electric Nissan pick-up
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26th Oct 2020
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Hercules Alpha: The 750kW electric Nissan pick-up

A startup in the US says it is planning an electric pick-up for the American market. Hercules says its electric ute – named the Alpha – will be based on the Nissan Titan, a full-size pick-up only available in North America. Rather than developing a vehicle from scratch, Hercules plans to re-engineer the Titan into a fully-electric vehicle, claiming the vehicle will produce around 750kW from its four electric motors.
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Ben Zachariah
Peugeot planning 'sustainable sales growth' in Australia through electrification
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26th Oct 2020
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Peugeot planning 'sustainable sales growth' in Australia through electrification

Peugeot, through its local distributor Inchcape, is looking to grow sales in Australia by way of a two-stage rollout of plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles. The first step is to launch the all-wheel-drive, plug-in hybrid Peugeot 3008 SUV (below) halfway through 2021. This will likely be followed by an all-electric Peugeot 208 city hatch toward the end of 2022.
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Justin Narayan
Takata seatbelt warning: Is the automotive world on the brink of another global recall crisis?
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26th Oct 2020
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Takata seatbelt warning: Is the automotive world on the brink of another global recall crisis?

The automotive world could be on the brink of another global recall crisis. Takata, the same company responsible for producing potentially deadly airbags in more than 100 million cars, may have also lied about the strength and safety of its seatbelts.
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Joshua Dowling
US authorities urge caution over Tesla's latest autonomous tech
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25th Oct 2020
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US authorities urge caution over Tesla's latest autonomous tech

Tesla is poised to introduce a new level of autonomous driving technology in the US, however authorities say they stand ready “to protect the public against safety risks”. The Reuters news agency has reported Tesla released an early test version of what it refers to as “full self driving” software to an “undisclosed number of expert, careful drivers”. Tesla owners responded by posting videos taken by them while experimenting with earlier versions of the company’s autonomous technology.
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Joshua Dowling
Mazda introduces newly-manufactured original parts for first generation MX-5
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24th Oct 2020
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Mazda introduces newly-manufactured original parts for first generation MX-5

Owners of the original Mazda MX-5 (NA) will now find it easier to keep their iconic drop-tops in tip top condition with Mazda revealing it has started manufacturing new replacement parts for the 30-year-old roadster. The catch for Aussies, it’s limited to Europe and the UK for now. A total of 117 left-hand and 156 right-hand drive parts are being manufactured to original specification by Mazda, albeit using modern materials and technology.
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Rob Margeit