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Tesla launches in Australia with Model S showroom

Tesla launches in Australia with Model S showroom

Tesla has expanded its presence, landing in the Land Down Under where its Model S is now available for purchase. The arrival in Australia took place late last night, with Elon Musk launching his company's first showroom in Sydney early in the morning local time. This marks the start of what will eventually be a larger presence in the nation -- both additional showrooms and more charging stations are planned over the next couple of years.

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Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe is a sporty mash-up

Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe is a sporty mash-up

Mercedes-Benz has introduced its new GLE Coupe, a sloped four-door car with a distinct sporty design drawn from "two classes of vehicle", according to the auto maker. Mercedes isn't shy about pointing out its SUV-esque features and notes, such as a raised seating position, while showing how they work in the grand scheme of things to improve the sporty elements integral to the GLE Coupe's design. Says Mercedes, "These two different worlds can normally only be experienced in two separate vehicles – an agile, thoroughbred sports coupé and an easy-going, comfortable SUV. But the new GLE Coupé is different."

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Nissan recalls 470k vehicles over potential fuel issue

Nissan recalls 470k vehicles over potential fuel issue

Nissan has announced plans to recall approximately 470,000 vehicles across the globe due to fuel pressure sensors that mightn't have been tightened adequately. Vehicles with this issue may eventually begin leaking fuel as vibration and heat take their toll, and that fuel leak then poses a fire risk. The affected vehicles range from 2012 to 2015 model years, and include a few Infiniti models; the majority of cars under the recall are located in Japan and North America.

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Toyota Tacoma revamp to debut at 2015 Detroit auto show

Toyota Tacoma revamp to debut at 2015 Detroit auto show

The Toyota Tacoma is in for a reboot, according to Bloomberg, which reports the auto maker will be introducing an "all-new version" of its mid-sized pickup truck in 2015. According to Toyota's Vice President of Automotive Operations Bob Carter, the company will be officially debuting the upcoming model at the International Auto Show in Detroit in January. This will position the company to compete with Chevy's 2015 Colorado and other mid-sized trucks competing for consumer favor.

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Mazda wants you to design an MX-5 for Forza Horizon 2

Mazda wants you to design an MX-5 for Forza Horizon 2

This week the folks at Mazda North America Operations (MNAO) are teaming up with Microsoft's Xbox division to push both the game Forza Horizon 2 and the 2016 Mazda MX-5. To do this, they're bringing a Mazda-branded hub to Xbox One and Xbox 360 units this winter. Players will be asked to work with the Livery Design of the 1994 Mazda MX-5 available in the game, coming up with the most innovative or otherwise eye-catching design they're able. Two finalists will be brought to South by Southwest for a bit of a final showdown.

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Goodyear to test self-inflating tires with truck fleets

Goodyear to test self-inflating tires with truck fleets

Goodyear has announced plans to start testing its self-inflating tire technology on trucking fleets in the US and Canada, something that is set to take place "in the next few months". The testing is being done under an ongoing research project that has, among other things, support from the Department of Energy's Office of Vehicle Technology. The tire tech itself has been in development and testing since 2011, and this latest arm of the process will last for 18 months.

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FXX-K Ferrari kinetic-hybrid runs 1036bhp – track-only

FXX-K Ferrari kinetic-hybrid runs 1036bhp – track-only

Ferrari's research and development program vehicle FXX-K was made based on the company's first hybrid, and it's being shown off this week as a "completely uncompromising" design. They suggest that this vehicle is "unfettered by homologation requirements and regulations" as it will never be used in competition. Because of this, a super-exclusive group of "Client-Test-Driver" will be working in a special test program over the next couple of years. And it'll come in red, of course, with bright stripes and the number 10 across its sides, so you know it's a beast.

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GM recalls 316k vehicles over potential headlamps issue

GM recalls 316k vehicles over potential headlamps issue

General Motors is set to undergo another recall, this time for approximately 316,000 sedans and SUVs over a potential headlamps issue. Of the recalled models, 273,000 or so are located in the United States. Affected models could potentially experience issues illuminating on either an intermittent or a permanent basis. This only applies to the daytime lights and low-beams, however, with the high-beam lamps being unaffected by the malfunction. It isn't yet known whether any accidents have resulted from this issue.

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Toyo recalls 175,000 tires over safety risk

Toyo recalls 175,000 tires over safety risk

Toyo has recalled about 175,000 tires due to potential issues that could lead to tire failure, posing a safety risk. The recall is being voluntarily made, and includes tires made under both the Nitto and Toyo Tires brands for SUVs, light trucks, and vans. With these tires, it is possible the belt or tread can separate and the tire could potentially lose pressure, both of which could then possibly lead to the tire itself failing and a potential crash.

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2015 Toyota Sienna minivans recalled over assist grips

2015 Toyota Sienna minivans recalled over assist grips

News of another Toyota recall has surfaced, this time revolving around the 2015 Sienna minivan. Says the auto maker, which announced that it will be recalling the cars on Wednesday, certain 2015 Sienna Minivans are being recalled due to potential issues with the overhead assist grips on the right and left sides of the second row. Those with affected models will be notified by Toyota in the near future, and will be able to have the grips serviced at their local dealership.

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