Car News Wrap: Recalls, Poll result and Subaru optimistic

A Behind the Wheel web poll has found there are still plenty of people getting about in Medium/Large cars.

We asked the question - What sort of vehicle do you own/drive? and after more than 500 votes it was Medium/large cars that commanded the most votes (26%), ahead of Micro/small cars (23%), Small SUV/Crossover (19%), and Medium/large SUV/4×4 (14%).

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There’s a refreshed version of the Mitsubishi Triton landing in Mitsubishi dealerships now.

The 2017 Mitsubishi Triton welcomes an array of new features, including the standard fitment of a reverse camera on all pick-up models.

Also coming to the Triton range as standard are speed sensing auto door locks.

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Australia’s first official ‘on road’ test of autonomous and semi-autonomous vehicle technology is about to commence in Melbourne.

The semi-autonomous vehicle technologies, such as lane keep assist, auto braking and adaptive cruise control, will be put to the test on the busy EastLink Melbourne motorway with the goal being to see how compatible that tech is with existing infrastructure such as road signs and line markings.

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Michelin tell us a big part of the future of tyre retailing is online.

Michelin has just began selling car tyres online in the U.S. and say their site,, is aimed at simplifying the tyre-buying process.

The tyre manufacturer says the website allows car owners to research, select and then purchase their tyres, as well as schedule installation.

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New data shows women are now most often making sure the family car is kept serviced.

Fixed Price Car Service surveyed 2000 Australian men and women and found that while 33% of its website traffic were women, of all their bookings 50% are made by female car owners.

CEO Eden Shirley said the results show that women are clear household champions when it comes to researching products and services online.

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A recall of Lexus NX SUVs has been initiated after a possible issue with the brake hold function was identified.

The recall affects Lexus NX 200t and NX 300h vehicles sold between 2014 and the 6th of December and was initiated after it was found the brake hold function could possibly deactivate.

This could see the vehicle move forward, increasing the risk of a collision.

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A total of just 71 vehicles are affected in a new recall of Citroen C4 Picasso vehicles sold in Australia.

The recall initiated after it was found the door locks could jam and this potentially could see the doors open or close unexpectedly.

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There’s an updated Lamborghini Aventador coming with prices to start from $788,914.

The 2017 Lamborghini Aventador S brings tweaked exterior styling and redeveloped suspension, while the 6.5 litre V12 engine benefits from an additional 30kW for a new output of 550kW and 690Nm.

Lamborghini is promising a 0-100km/h sprint in just 2.9 seconds and a top speed of 350 km/h.

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The 2017 Volkswagen Tiguan is being recalled over a possibly dangerous seat fault.

707 Volkswagen Tiguan SUVs are affected and the recall was initiated after it was found a laser welded seam on the front seat backrests may not have been correctly configured during production.

This could potentially lead to injuries sustained by the vehicle occupants in the event of a serious rear collision.

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Subaru Australia boss Colin Christie says he has high-hopes for the brand in Australia in 2017.

Speaking at the launch of the all-new Subaru Impreza, Mr Christie said after two extremely strong years, 2017 was looking to again be Subaru’s best-ever year here.

Coming on the back of strong sales increases in 2015 and 16, Mr Christie said there was plenty to look forward to in the new year, including the updated Subaru BRZ, and the all-new Subaru Impreza and XV.

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The respected Auto Bild Quality Report has been topped this year by Hyundai.

Looking at quality and reliability, including customer feedback, the publication said that Hyundai can be justly proud of the improvements in quality achieved over the past few years.

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A recall of SsangYong Stavic vehicles sold in Australia in 2014 is underway after an issue with the front shock absorbers was identified.

Affecting a total of 113 vehicles, the recall notice advises that the front shock absorbers can be damaged if the vehicle is driven in specific extreme conditions for extended periods of time.

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There’s a new-generation BMW 5 Series on the way, now comes confirmation BMW will add a plug-in hybrid version to the range.

Confirmed for an official debut at the Detroit Motor Show, the BMW 530e iPerformance will deliver fuel consumption as low as just 1.9l/100km and an electric drive range of up to 50km.

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Volkswagen has continued to enjoy health sales growth in November with new vehicle sales data showing a jump in global deliveries of 7.9%.

In total, 9.38 million vehicles have been delivered by the Volkswagen Group so far this year, 3.1% more than the same period in 2015.

While in Australia, Volkswagen sales in November increased 9.5%.

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Some Mercedes-Benz S-Class cars sold in Australia are being recalled after a possible seatbelt issue was identified.

Only 41 Mercedes-Benz S-Class vehicles are affected and all were sold between the 1st of November 2015 and the 31st of March 2016.

The recall notice advising that incorrect software coding within the rear control unit may result in the seatbelt handover arm not retracting when the vehicle is moving.

Details here.

About Kate Richards 1077 Articles
Kate has always had an interest in writing and cars and now as a key member of the Behind the Wheel website team she gets to spend her days consumed by both. Aside from being a contributor and an editor at Behind the Wheel, Kate enjoys driving her Lancer EVO and walking her beloved dog, Max!

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