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2019 Citroen C3 pricing and specs: AEB now standard

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2019 Citroen C3 pricing and specs: AEB now standard

Citroen Australia has confirmed MY19 upgrades for its C3 hatchback, bringing a much-needed equipment enhancement to make it more competitive against key rivals...

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2019 Mini pricing and specs: AEB now standard
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2019 Mini pricing and specs: AEB now standard

Mini Australia has announced a 2019 model-year upgrade for its Hatch and Convertible model lines, meaning every vehicle in its range now comes as standard with autonomous emergency braking (AEB). The German-owned British marque has confirmed the Driver Assistance Package is now included as standard across all 3 Door Hatch, 5 Door Hatch and Convertible models...


2019 Ford Ranger: Autonomous emergency braking standard, pressure on other utes to follow
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2019 Ford Ranger: Autonomous emergency braking standard, pressure on other utes to follow

The Ford Ranger is the first ute on sale in Australia with autonomous emergency braking (AEB) with pedestrian detection and speed sign recognition as standard across an entire range, from the cheapest tradie model to the flagship Raptor...


Europe makes speed limiters, breathalysers, driver monitors mandatory from 2022
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Europe makes speed limiters, breathalysers, driver monitors mandatory from 2022

The European Commission, Parliament and Council have approved legislation to make a raft of safety features, including intelligent speed limiters, breathalyser interlocks and driver safety monitors, standard on vehicles starting from 2022. The legislation now waits to be formally approved by the European Parliament and EU member states...


AEB could become mandatory in Australia
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AEB could become mandatory in Australia

Australia looks likely to make autonomous emergency braking (AEB) mandatory on all new vehicles sold from the early 2020s, pending the passage of draft UN standards. Unlike the rules soon to face the European Union parliament, which includes lane-keeping assist, blind-spot monitoring and black box data recorders, the United Nations World Forum for Harmonisation of Vehicle Regulations rules relate exclusively to autonomous emergency braking...


Porsche Macan misses out on standard AEB
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Porsche Macan misses out on standard AEB

Porsche Australia has released its latest SUV without safety technology that comes standard on sub-$20,000 hatchbacks. Despite costing between $80,000 and $100,000 the updated Porsche Macan SUV does not come with autonomous emergency braking as standard — even though the safety aid is fitted to budget-priced models such as the Suzuki Swift, Volkswagen Polo, Toyota Corolla, Mazda 3 and most other new cars on sale...


BMW X1 gets 'no credit' in IIHS pedestrian AEB testing
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BMW X1 gets 'no credit' in IIHS pedestrian AEB testing

The BMW X1 has completely flunked pedestrian autonomous emergency braking testing conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). So poor was its performance, the littlest BMW crossover was the only vehicle to not be rated in a test of 11 compact SUVs. The second-worst rated car was the Mitsubishi Outlander, while the Honda CR-V, Subaru Forester, Toyota RAV4 and Volvo XC40 took top ratings...


2019 Mitsubishi Triton bullbar: AEB tech's big change to frontal protection bars
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2019 Mitsubishi Triton bullbar: AEB tech's big change to frontal protection bars

The bullbar industry is set to face a new challenge, as more utes come equipped with autonomous emergency braking systems that need a clear view over the bonnet. As is the case with the recent Ford Ranger – which is available with AEB and has a factory-approved, AEB-compatible bullbar – the new Mitsubishi Triton has a completely redesigned bullbar, so it doesn’t impede the AEB cameras in the windscreen...


2019 Suzuki Jimny hit with three-star safety score
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2019 Suzuki Jimny hit with three-star safety score

The new Suzuki Jimny has been hit with a “below average” three-star rating by Australia’s peak automotive safety body - matching the poor score issued by European authorities. Testing found “structural weaknesses” in the body, the crash-test dummy head “bottomed out” through the airbag and struck the steering wheel, and there were shortcomings with the safety assistance technology...


2019 Suzuki Jimny hit with AEB bug
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2019 Suzuki Jimny hit with AEB bug

Suzuki says it won’t stop deliveries of its highly anticipated Jimny four-wheel-drive – but is considering a software update – after overseas tests found a glitch that caused the car to repeatedly slam the brakes even though there was no obstacle...


2019 Honda CR-V VTi-S will get AEB from January
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2019 Honda CR-V VTi-S will get AEB from January

Honda Australia has announced it will add the Honda Sensing technology suite – incorporating assistance features like autonomous emergency and adaptive cruise control – to the 2019 CR-V VTi-S from the start of next year. The move means the active safety equipment will be standard fit on every all-wheel drive variant (the other being the flagship VTi-LX) of the top-selling CR-V locally from January 1, though it's still limited to two variants out of six...


Semi-autonomous systems significantly increase repair costs - study
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Semi-autonomous systems significantly increase repair costs - study

Modern cars are safer than ever before, but the complex sensors and cameras required to make features like autonomous emergency braking and lane-keeping assist work can be seriously costly to fix. That's according to a new report from the North American AAA, which found minor accidents damaging only the bumpers, door mirrors or windscreen can cost up to US$3000 ($4200) more when semi-autonomous technology is involved...


2019 Kia Rio pricing and specs
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2019 Kia Rio pricing and specs

Kia Australia has officially released pricing and specifications details for the refreshed 2019 Rio range, which is on sale from $16,990 before on-road costs. The outgoing Si and SLi variants have been replaced by the Sport and GT-Line locally, with the entry-level 'S' remaining unchanged for the new model year...


2019 Kia Rio GT-Line confirmed for Australia
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2019 Kia Rio GT-Line confirmed for Australia

The Kia Rio GT-Line will be coming to Australia after all, with a social media video by a Melbourne dealer confirming the sport-themed variant for the local line-up. UPDATE, 25/10/18: Kia Australia has confirmed pricing and specifications for the MY19 Rio range, read more here...


2018 Range Rover Sport, Land Rover Discovery recalled
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2018 Range Rover Sport, Land Rover Discovery recalled

Jaguar Land Rover has recalled the Range Rover Sport and Land Rover Discovery, over concerns about the autonomous emergency braking system. According to the company, AEB won't be available when required on some 2018 Range Rover Sport and Discovery models, and no warning message will be displayed on the instrument cluster...


Mitsubishi ASX, Eclipse Cross, Outlander recalled again
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Mitsubishi ASX, Eclipse Cross, Outlander recalled again

Mitsubishi has recalled the 2018 Eclipse Cross, 2018/19 ASX and 2017/18 Outlander for the second time this week over concerns about their autonomous emergency braking systems. According to the company, the system might continue applying the brakes when they're no longer required to avoid a collision, increasing the risk of following traffic running into the car...


2019 Hyundai Tucson pricing and specs
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2019 Hyundai Tucson pricing and specs

Hyundai Australia has detailed pricing and specifications for the updated 2019 Tucson line-up, which brings fresh looks, new infotainment and the availability of active safety features across the range. As before, the Tucson range consist of four trim levels, though the base Active has been renamed Go, in line with the i30 hatchback's range opener...


Peugeot 208 GTi Édition Définitive arrives from $33,990 drive-away
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Peugeot 208 GTi Édition Définitive arrives from $33,990 drive-away

Peugeot Australia has launched the 208 GTi Édition Définitive, complete with mechanical and cosmetic upgrades to send off production of the current-generation pint-sized hot hatch. Just 20 examples will make their way Down Under, priced from $33,990 drive-away – $4000 more than the new $29,990 drive-away price for the standard 208 GTi...


2019 Ford Everest pricing and specs
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2019 Ford Everest pricing and specs

Ford Australia has detailed pricing and specifications for the updated 2019 Everest line-up, with prices to start from $49,190 before on-road costs when the new model goes on sale in September. Headlining the upgrades is the addition of autonomous emergency braking as standard equipment on Trend and Titanium grades, while the Sync 3 navigation system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is standard across the range...


Suzuki Vitara: Series 2 coming in the first quarter of 2019
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Suzuki Vitara: Series 2 coming in the first quarter of 2019

Suzuki Australia has confirmed it will bring the updated 'Series II' Vitara SUV early next year, despite the refreshed model not having been revealed yet. Michael Pachota, general manager for Suzuki's local division, said the new model is on its way and should arrive in Australian showrooms during the first quarter of 2019...