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January Industry News

Updated 31 January 2018

Chev pick up truck picked up for show - Jan 31

A 1976 Chevrolet C10 pick up truck created at Superformance, Capalaba, will head to the Sema car show in Las Vegas this year as an exhibit. 

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Fuel prices to rise under stricter standards - Jan 29

A report into the future of Australian fuel recommends adopting strict European standards for premium unleaded while keeping a cheaper 91-octane option on service station forecourts.

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Here's what you should (and shouldn't) do behind the wheel of a Tesla - Jan 29

The experience was, in a word, magical -- primarily because of the differences between a Tesla and a traditional automobile.

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2017 Merecedes-Benz A-Class recalled - Jan 29

Mercedes-Benz has issued a recall for seven MY2017 A-Class hatchbacks, over concerns the windscreen could separate from the body.

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The revolution that will change how Australians live within 30 years - Jan 29

if technology has come so far since the 80s, where will it be in another 30 years, and more importantly, how will it change the way we live?

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Former Holden site could live again as EV Factory - Jan 23

Australia’s days as an automotive manufacturer came to a close in 2017, but now a reported plan by British industrialist Sanjeev Gupta could see Australian automotive manufacturing reborn as a producer of electric vehicles.

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Report: GM Leading, Tesla last in autonomous car race - Jan 23

A report published in the US has found General Motors is the best-placed business in the world of autonomous vehicles, with Tesla trailing well behind conventional carmakers in last place.

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Mercedes and BMW are rolling out a subscription service for cars -- and it could help solve the biggest problem in the auto industry - Jan 23

The auto industry has posted strong sales numbers in recent years, which has made car manufacturers and dealerships scared about the future.

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3M Connected Roads aim to make life easier for autonomous vehicles - Jan 22

Special land markings and road signs with hidden functionality can make autonomous cars safer and more reliable on the road. 

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Electric Cars set as the next shock for MPs - Jan 22

A group of coalition backbenchers has warned Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg they don't want the federal government to subsidise electric cars.

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Elon Musk said Tesla's Model 3 owners will be able to control 'pretty much anything' with their voices soon - Jan 17

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has been active on Twitter over the past few weeks as he’s answered questions from Tesla owners about software updates. On Sunday, Musk indicated that Model 3s will have more voice control capabilities in the near future.

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It's surprising that auto-parking tech has yet to be more widely adopted - Jan 16

 In 2013, Audi debuted technology at the Consumer Electronics Show that allowed an A7 to navigate a parking garage and then back into a spot seamlessly. This year's iteration of the conference showed the industry's still trying to pursue more auto-parking aids.

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Toyota adds enormous list to Takata recall - Jan 16

Toyota Motor Corporation of North America has added a further 600,000 vehicles to its gargantuan Takata airbag recall list, and it’s not alone.

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Demand for SUVs drives new car sales jump - Jan 16

Growing demand for sports utility vehicles pushed new car sales to record levels in December, official data shows.

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Three years after Tesla visit, Turnbull may finally act on EVs - Jan 16

Predictions that 2018 could (finally) be the year of the electric vehicle in Australia have gained significant momentum after a promising start in the first few weeks of the new year.

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Noise halts green cars - Jan 16

A dispute over noise has forced the closure of an innovative Townsville business which converts petrol-powered cars into electric vehicles. 

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Future EVs and autonomous cars will look normal, says Hyundai - Jan 15

The days of weird and futuristic designs for autonomous and alternative powertrain vehicles may be behind us, with the head of design for Hyundai saying upcoming models will be conventional and “non-aggressive”.

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Ford pledges $11b investment in electronic cars by 2022 - Jan 15

Ford Motor Co will significantly increase its planned investments in electric vehicles to $11 billion by 2022 and have 40 hybrid and fully electric vehicles in its model lineup, Chairman Bill Ford said on Sunday at the Detroit auto show.

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Nissan wants to make cars that can read your mind - Jan 9 

Nissan is developing “Brain-to-Vehicle” technology that could read a driver’s mind.

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Here's the latest EV Startup trying to take down Tesla - Jan 9

It's not often you get to see the birth of the new car brand, but with Tesla's recent success (and the backing of deep-pocketed investors in China), newly formed Future Mobility Corp. is giving things a go with its new electric car brand Byton.

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Volkswagen and Nvidia to end car crashes - Jan 9

In a keynote speech on the opening night of the biggest tech convention on earth, the CEO of microchip manufacturer Nvidia has announced a deal to supply the world’s largest car-maker with its autonomous car computer hardware and software architecture.

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Hyundai focused on affordable self-driving technology - Jan 9

Hyundai is committed to making self-driving cars attainable for the masses.

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Hyundai aiming for industry leadership in new technology era - Jan 9

 says in the midst of a technological revolution taking over the automotive industry, it’s aiming to be the global leader in the fields of autonomous driving and the connected car, not a follower.

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Honda lead the motorcycle market for 2017 - Jan 9

Australia’s motorcycle and ATV/SSV market fell 9.3 per cent in 2017 although total industry sales stayed above 100,000 for the full calendar year.

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Bowe inducted into Australian Motor Sport Hall of Fame - Jan 9 

Touring Car legend John Bowe has been announced as the second advanced inductee into the Australian Motor Sport Hall of Fame for 2018.

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EV Roadmap: How the big brands will deliver electric vehicles in the years ahead - Jan 3

Electric vehicles are coming, and the past year has seen a number of big manufacturers roll out their plans for the electric revolution.

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Tesla is driving through the auto-industry, but will it ever make a profit? - Jan 3

Elon Musk’s vision is to form a new sustainable future for the planet, but is Tesla itself sustainable? The company joins an ever-growing group of big business giving fundamental investors a headache, boasting huge valuations on the back of exponential growth rather than profits.

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Dark Intentions: Should we fear AI with purpose? - Jan 2

Artificial Intelligence have goals and act to achieve them. That doesn't mean they'll take over the world any time soon, writes Australia's leading AI researcher, Toby Walsh. 

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We tried the 'Airbnb for cars,' and it could upend the car-rental industry - Jan 2

Turo is a person-to-person car-sharing service that’s most easily described as “Airbnb for cars.”
I decided to try the service on a recent trip, renting an SUV for hundreds less than it would have cost through a rental company like Hertz or Enterprise.

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Driverless cars could be better or worse for our health - it's up to us - Jan 2 

The sales pitches are becoming clear: driverless cars will free drivers to do other things; driverless cars will reduce congestion because they can travel closer together; driverless cars will create massive economic opportunities.

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Media Post: Advantages and Disadvantages of Anti-Lock Brakes - Jan 2

If you are driving a car or truck made after the 2004 model year, it will have Anti-Lock Brakes (ABS) installed.  Before that date many manufacturers were installing them anyway with some actually available as expensive accessories.

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New technology we're actually excited about for 2018 - Jan 1

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