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2019 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV ES ADAS review

It may be new and novel today, but plug-in hybrid technology will slowly infiltrate the mainstream. Right now, Mitsubishi holds a place in the early adopter queue with the Outlander PHEV, but is this the next chapter in Australia’s motoring future?

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2020 Volkswagen Passat facelift revealed, here before year's end
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2020 Volkswagen Passat facelift revealed, here before year's end

Volkswagen has revealed the updated 2020 Passat range this week, sporting a range of equipment and technology upgrades in addition to minor design revisions. While it may not look all that different, the Passat has received a raft of new assistance and infotainment technologies to re-assert it as a flagship model in the Volkswagen stable, after being knocked down a rung or two by the related Arteon and larger Touareg SUV...


2019 Hyundai Kona hybrid spied inside and out
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2019 Hyundai Kona hybrid spied inside and out

The Hyundai Kona crossover is available with both traditional internal combustion engines, and a fully electric drivetrain, so it makes sense an in-between version is also in the works. According to the photographers from our spy agency, the prototype seen here was filled up at a petrol station, but drove away in electric-only mode...


2020 Hyundai Ioniq hybrid, plug-in hybrid facelift unveiled
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2020 Hyundai Ioniq hybrid, plug-in hybrid facelift unveiled

A facelift for the Hyundai Ioniq hybrid and plug-in hybrid models has been unveiled overnight, just a month after the current model arrived in Australia. External revisions to the Ioniq include a revised grille, tweaked front bumper design, new LED driving lights, and new LED headlamps and tail-light graphics for top-spec models...


2019 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid recalled
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2019 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid recalled

Porsche Cars Australia has issued a recall for the new-generation '9YA' Cayenne E-Hybrid, over concerns of a fault in the fuel system. According to the German marque, liquid fuel can leak into the fuel tank system during refuelling if the nozzle is turned or not inserted correctly into the filler tube...


Australian interest in hybrid, EV growing fast: Roy Morgan
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Australian interest in hybrid, EV growing fast: Roy Morgan

More than half of Australia’s drivers are now “seriously considering” buying a hybrid car instead of a purely petrol-powered option, according to a Roy Morgan survey of more than 50,000 people. The organisation’s market-specific Automotive Currency Report published findings based on in-person interviews with more than 50,000 Australians at home, up to September 2018, including 37,000 current drivers and the rest aged over 14 and intending to be drivers within four years...


Mercedes-Benz E300e announced for the UK
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Mercedes-Benz E300e announced for the UK

Mercedes-Benz UK has detailed the plug-in hybrid E300e, which commences deliveries in Great Britain from 'spring 2019'. Unlike the E300de, which teams a turbo-diesel engine with plug-in hybrid tech, the E300e uses a more conventional petrol-electric setup. Power comes from a 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine making 211hp (157kW) and 350Nm, while the electric motor makes 122hp (91kW) and 440Nm...


Hyundai: Ioniq EV will account for half of sales
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Hyundai: Ioniq EV will account for half of sales

Hyundai Australia is predicting the pure-electric Ioniq will account for 50 per cent of sales in its three-pronged line-up, having last night revealed pricing for its first 'green car' Down Under. Speaking with media at the Ioniq launch in Brisbane, senior manager for product development at Hyundai Australia, Andrew Tuitahi, said the EV model is likely to win the majority of buyers, followed by the plug-in hybrid...


2019 Subaru XV Plug-in Hybrid unveiled, not for Australia
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2019 Subaru XV Plug-in Hybrid unveiled, not for Australia

The Subaru XV Plug-in Hybrid, or Crosstrek Hybrid as it will be known in the US, has been unveiled ahead of a full debut at the 2018 Los Angeles motor show. The PHEV features a 102kW/182Nm 2.0-litre four-cylinder boxer engine mated to two electric motors and a hybrid all-wheel drive system...


Cadillac CT6 PHEV canned in North America
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Cadillac CT6 PHEV canned in North America

Cadillac has pulled the plug on its flagship CT6 plug-in hybrid, having debuted the car at the 2015 Shanghai motor show. Speaking with GM Authority, the company said it would focus on "the launch of the comprehensive 2019 mid-cycle and the first-ever V-Series variant of the top-of-range sedan" for 2019. "Cadillac remains committed to electrified systems for our vehicles...


Subaru XV PHEV to offer 41km electric range
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Subaru XV PHEV to offer 41km electric range

Subaru will make its first assault on the plug-in hybrid market next year with the XV Hybrid, and new government documents from the USA indicate it should offer over 40 kilometres of all-electric range. The filing, sourced from the California Air Resources Board (CARB), rates the Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid's all-electric range at 25.65 miles (41...


BMW X3 PHEV coming next year - report
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BMW X3 PHEV coming next year - report

BMW's CEO has confirmed the marque is planning an X3 plug-in hybrid for launch next year, according to new reports from overseas. In a statement released to overseas media, Harald Kruger, CEO for BMW said the mid-size SUV would gain a PHEV variant sometime next year, joining the already-revealed, larger X5 xDrive45e iPerformance...


Mercedes-Benz C300 Hybrid, C350e recalled
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Mercedes-Benz C300 Hybrid, C350e recalled

Mercedes-Benz Australia has issued a recall for the C300 BlueTec Hybrid and C350e plug-in hybrid due to a wiring issue. The German luxury marque reports the diesel-electric and petrol-electric (respectively) variants could have an incorrectly-routed electric line in the engine bay, which could chafe on a reinforcement strut while the vehicle is being operated...


Mitsubishi to lead Alliance PHEV development
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Mitsubishi to lead Alliance PHEV development

Progress hasn’t come as fast as once expected, but Mitsubishi Motors now has more solid and tenable plans to both improve the pure electric range of its plug-in hybrid system, and add the technology to models beyond the Outlander...


Peugeot confirms electrified performance models from 2020
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Peugeot confirms electrified performance models from 2020

Peugeot has committed to bringing a range of "electrified sports vehicles", starting from 2020. While it hasn't quite confirmed what form these models will take, the French firm says it will "offer its customers a range of high-performance, low-emission electrified sports vehicles from 2020"...


Electric, hybrid vehicles put vision-impaired pedestrians in the firing line - study
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Electric, hybrid vehicles put vision-impaired pedestrians in the firing line - study

Low vision or blind pedestrians are being put at risk by the growing number of hybrid and electric vehicles on our roads, according to new research from Monash University and Vision Australia. The researchers are calling for Australia to harmonise its vehicle safety standards with Europe, and ensure an 'Acoustic Vehicle Alerting System' is fitted to all hybrid and electric vehicles...


Kia Ceed PHEV confirmed for 2019
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Kia Ceed PHEV confirmed for 2019

Kia Europe has confirmed it will add a plug-in hybrid version of its all-new Ceed Sportswagon during the second half of next year, with further models tipped to get electrified powertrains in the near future as well. Speaking with the UK's Autocar, Kia Europe's marketing boss, Artur Martins, said the Ceed PHEV will utilise the same hybrid system as the Niro PHEV crossover, which pairs a 104kW/147Nm 1...


Opel to launch eight all-new or updated models by 2020
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Opel to launch eight all-new or updated models by 2020

German manufacturer Opel and its British sister Vauxhall have committed to no less than eight all-new or refreshed models before 2020, with a focus on growth segments. Of these eight models, three will be all-new versions of the Corsa light hatch, Vivaro van, and the successor to the Mokka X small crossover, the former two scheduled for launch next year, while the latter will hit the European market in 2020...


Peugeot won't sell high-performance ‘bad boys’ compensated by EVs
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Peugeot won't sell high-performance ‘bad boys’ compensated by EVs

Peugeot says that with the every stringent emission regulations taking place in Europe and the United States, that take into account the overall CO2 output of brands, it will not sell electric vehicles just to compensate its high performance and high CO2 output vehicles...


Mercedes-Benz GLE PHEV due within the next year
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Mercedes-Benz GLE PHEV due within the next year

Mercedes-Benz used the 2018 Paris motor show to take the debut its all-new GLE, also confirming that a plug-in hybrid  version is less than a year away. Speaking with media at the Paris motor show, Mercedes-Benz vice president of compact cars and SUVs, Wolf-Dieter Kurz confirmed that a PHEV is in the works...