CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for May 6 2016
For the first time in its history, Hyundai has been crowned the top-selling passenger car brand.
The VFACTS figures for April were released this week and the Hyundai i30 was Australia’s best selling car ahead of the Toyota Hi-Lux, Ford Ranger, Toyota Corolla and Mazda 3. Toyota was the highest selling brand in April.
Still on the April sales figures, and for the first time in a long time Ford sold more vehicles than Holden.
The last time this happened was in January 1999, competition was tough between the AU Falcon and VT Commodore.
The special edition Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport S clocked a lap time of 07:49:21 on the Nurburgring Nordschleife, making it the fastest front-wheel drive production car around the 20.83-kilometre circuit.
That's around five seconds faster than the Renault Megane RS275 Trophy R.
A manufacturing fault has forced the recall of more than 28,000 Nissan X-Trail vehicles built between January 2014 and January 2016. There are concerns the gas arm supporting the tailgate could crack and leak if it becomes corroded.
Meantime Nissan has been forced to recall more than 3.5 million vehicles globally over fears the airbags won’t deploy properly due to a faulty occupant classification system.
Nissan Australia has confirmed this issue doesn’t affect Australian models.
Google has teamed up with Fiat Chrysler to develop an autonomous hybrid people mover.
100 of the self-driving Chrysler Pacifica’s will be made. They’ll be tested on Google’s private track in California then join the road test fleet.
In an effort to reduce the road toll, virtual speed bumps will be trialed in India.
Road quality and infrastructure is insufficient to cope with the growing number of vehicles and subsequent accidents. The virtual bumps will be painted in problem areas and provide a visual reminder for drivers to slow down.
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