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Report: Ford produces last Falcon and last car in Australia, ever

Ford nailed its final coffin into its renowned Australian division by producing the last Falcon.

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Ford’s division in Australia, along with General Motors’ Holden subsidiary ended their operations in Australia recently.

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Ford’s Australia division is closing up shop after 91 years in operation. This particular happening isn’t new as Ford announced the end of Ford Australia back in 2013.

Ford’s Australia sector is known for some memorable models such as the Ford Falcon. Their involvement with Australian motorsports, such as touring car racing, is also undeniable.

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Report: Germany’s calling for a ban on sales of internal combustion engine-powered cars by 2030

Germany sees an ICE-free new vehicle world by 2030.

This hits many car enthusiasts into the heart like daggers. But Germany recently pushed forward a ban against the sale of gasoline and diesel powered vehicles by 2020.

Who:

Yes, the country home to BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Audi, Porsche, and Volkswagen, among a few others in various aspects. But still, German federal council, Bundesrat, just passed a new resolution to ban the sale of new cars powered by internal combustion engines.

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The plan calls for a full effect status by 2030. After 2030, Germany would require you to buy a zero-emission vehicle, whether all-electric or hydrogen fuel-cell powered. Nothing official was signed, but the bill is up for proposal with the European Union.

This could mark an unprecedented move and a hugely radical change to the automobile industry as we know it. But so far, the outlook continues to look bleak for the good ‘ole internal combustion engine as governments and automakers push for an all-electric vehicle world.

– By: Chris Chin

Source: Der Spiegel via Engadget

 


Total Recall: Analyzing the Sale of Used Cars With Recalls
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When you’re ready to sign on the dotted line for that used car you’ve been eyeing, you might pause momentarily amid the excitement to ask yourself: Did the dealership really tell me everything?

With data processed by Recall Masters, we looked at all the used cars available for sale in the United States on a single day (955,368) and found that more than 36,000 had recalls. That’s a LOT of used cars that sellers are passing on to an unsuspecting consumer! In this environment, staying informed about the state of the industry is a great way to protect yourself from less-than-transparent dealers.
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Report: Korean automaker Ssangyong could send us a new compact SUV soon
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Korea’s automobile market is growing so fast, that even smaller companies like Ssangyong could expand.

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Ssangyong is a South Korean-based automaker owned and operated by parent company Mahindra. Mahindra is based in India and announced plans to enter the US market by 2019.

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AutomotiveNews reports that Ssangyong could enter the US market as well with a new compact crossover. It’s no doubt that crossovers are a popular thing these days and simply, Ssangyong wants a part of the action.

Ssangyong isn’t the only Korean based automaker benefitting from a booming auto market. Kia and Hyundai are gaining more success and traction in the mainstream market more than they ever have.

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2016 Paris Preview: The 2018 Audi RS3 sedan gets revealed with 400 horsepower
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Audi is having a field day at the 2016 Paris Auto Show. In addition to the revealing of the next-gen Audi Q5 crossover, Ingolstadt also brought a new Audi RS3 to the party. Except it isn’t the Audi RS3 Sportback that we’ve come to love and wish we got here in America.

Rumors began floating around about a new RS3 model a good while ago. The car was teased in a private viewing several months back but prior to that, the RS3 was only available in Sportback hatch form. Now, it comes in a sedan.

What is it?

It’s a mid-cycle refresh of the hot Audi RS3 but moreso, its the arrival of the all-new RS3 Sedan and it comes with a whopping 400 horsepower. The RS3 is also Audi’s first compact RS sedan, ever.

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2016 Paris Preview: The Mercedes-Benz Generation EQ Concept previews an EV crossover family
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Mercedes-Benz plans a new family of EVs, starting with this Generation EQ Concept.

The 2016 Paris Auto Show is in full swing and Mercedes-Benz revealed a new all-electric crossover SUV concept.

Over the past several months, Mercedes has been confirming their new efforts to develop all-electric luxury vehicles. The plan is to produce more EVs to compete with Tesla Motors.

What is it?

The latest effort is the all-new Mercedes-Benz Generation EQ Concept. Revealed at the 2016 Paris Auto Show, the new concept previews these exact efforts in a crossover EV form.

The idea of the Generation EQ Concept combines the popular crossover with an all-electric powertrain. The goal: to produce a better EV crossover than the Tesla Model X. Given how the Model X isn’t without its flaws, Mercedes sees this opportunity to one-up Tesla.

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2016 Paris Preview: The Kia Soul SX gets some extra turbo oomph for Paris
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The Kia Soul SX benefits from a new mill from the Hyundai Veloster Turbo.

The Kia Soul is undoubtedly a popular model for the Korean automaker. Because of the car’s global reach, Kia sought to update the latest Soul for a showing at the 2016 Paris Auto Show.

The Kia Soul isn’t just a hot topic here in the United States. It is elsewhere in Asian and European markets. To add, Kia’s been in the process of diversifying the Soul’s lineup so it can cater to a wider array of customers who seek various demands.

What is it?

The latest Kia Soul undergoes some mid-cycle changes to improve the package. The Soul being showcased at Paris benefits from some power and drivetrain upgrades as well. The exterior and interior styling are revised to offer a more sporty and upscale appearance. The equipment and packaging also adjust slightly to add more equipment, larger wheels, contrast accented stitching, and more.

But the biggest change is the addition of a new, more powerful turbocharged motor, adding a little extra oomph and hopefully a little more Soul.

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2016 Paris Preview: The Lexus UX Concept is another crossover SUV pitch
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The Lexus UX Concept is a design study that hints at a new subcompact crossover SUV.

The 2016 Paris Auto Show is in full swing and adding to the list of reveals this year is another crossover SUV concept. It seems Paris is really heavy on the SUVs this year. First, it was the new Land Rover Discovery. Then BMW followed with the X2 Concept, Audi and the new Q5, Mercedes-Benz with the Generation EQ Concept, and now, Lexus has the strange-looking UX Concept.

Lexus has been on a weird trend with its design language as of recent, mainly with its crossover SUVs. To the eyes of many, even those beyond us auto critics, Lexus’ recent designs with the NX and RX crossovers have been a love-it-or-hate-it ordeal. Though mostly the latter.

This new Lexus UX Concept is no different. But instead of moping over how questionable its looks are, let’s dive into what it is.

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2016 Paris Preview: The BMW X2 Concept previews Bavaria’s next entry-level crossover
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The rumored BMW X2 finally comes to fruition as a concept to preview a near-completed, new production crossover from Munich.

BMW utilized the spotlight of the 2016 Paris Auto Show to introduce a new concept to preview a new entry-level crossover. It’s called the BMW X2 Concept and as you probably guessed by now, the car provides us with a solid idea of what to expect for the company’s long-time rumored entry-level crossover.

So, let’s get down to business.

What is it?

It is a crossover SUV concept that follows BMW’s “coupe-ifying” trend. For instance, you have the X6, which is supposed to be a “coupe” version of the X5. Then there’s the fairly new X4, basically a shrunken down version of the BMW X6, or a “coupe” version of the BMW X3, depending how you look at it. Lastly, you have the X1 at the bottom of the pack. The X2 Concept basically coupe-ifies the X1, or is a shrunken down version of the X4.

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2016 Paris Preview: The next-generation Audi Q5 – this is it
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Audi’s popular midsize crossover, the Q5, enters its second generation.

Audi’s participating fairly heavily at this year’s 2016 Paris Auto Show. The company’s latest is the all-new next-generation Audi Q5, which enters the second generation to compete against the likes of the BMW X3 and the Mercedes-Benz GLC.

What is it?

It’s Audi’s second generation of its venerable midsize crossover, the Q5. Because it’s all new, the Audi Q5 sports a whole laundry list of changes and revisions over the outgoing model.

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