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Airbag concerns prompt BMW recall

Airbag concerns prompt BMW recall

German automaker BMW said on Wednesday it is recalling about 1.6 million cars worldwide to replace passenger-side front air bags made by Takata Corp because the inflators could break apart during deployment and injure passengers.

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'Goldfinger' car under the hammer

'Goldfinger' car under the hammer

A fully spy-spec 1954 Aston Martin DB 2/4 Mk I Vantage considered to be the inspiration for James Bond's original Aston Martin in Ian Fleming's novel Goldfinger will be up for auction overnight in England.

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GM recalls three million more cars

GM recalls three million more cars

General Motors Co on Monday recalled 3.36 million North American cars with ignition switches that can be jarred out of the "run" position, potentially affecting power steering, power brakes and air bags.

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Faulty airbags prompt expanded Toyota recall

Faulty airbags prompt expanded Toyota recall

Takata Corp's safety crisis deepened on Wednesday after Toyota Motor Corp recalled almost 2.3 million vehicles globally, many for the second time, and the Japanese air bag maker warned that further fixes may be needed.

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Steering issue prompts Ford recall

Steering issue prompts Ford recall

Ford Motor Co said on Thursday it is recalling a total of 1.39 million SUVs and sedans in North America, most for the possible loss of power steering.

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Formula One great Jack Brabham dies

Formula One great Jack Brabham dies

Australian Jack Brabham, who won three Formula One world titles and is the only man to have won the championship driving a car that bore his name, died at the age of 88 on Monday.

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GM engineer linked to faulty switch retires

GM engineer linked to faulty switch retires

A General Motors Co engineer who oversaw an internal investigation of the defective ignition switch linked to at least 13 deaths retired on Monday.

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Toyota recalls 6.4 million vehicles

Toyota recalls 6.4 million vehicles

Toyota Motor Corp, in its second-largest recall announcement, said on Wednesday that it would call back 6.39 million vehicles globally, and analysts saw automakers increasingly turning to recalls rather than risk bad publicity or legal costs.

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GM recalls 1.5 million more vehicles

GM recalls 1.5 million more vehicles

General Motors Co announced three more recalls on Monday, related to airbag deployment and other issues, and said it would take a $300 million charge primarily to cover the costs related to these actions as well as the previous recall for faulty ignition switches.

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Lifestyle key in Kiwis' car choices

Lifestyle key in Kiwis' car choices

New car buyers here are taking a different route to the rest of the world when it comes to their choice of vehicle, the Motor Trade Association says.

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More Drivesouth's best cars of 2013

More Drivesouth's best cars of 2013

David Thomson and Richard Bosselman conclude their review of cars that made a real impression last year by picking their SUV and sports-car favourites, as well as an overall winner.

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Drivesouth's best cars of 2013

Drivesouth's best cars of 2013

David Thomson and Richard Bosselman ease into 2014 by looking back at the cars from the year just past that left a real impression. They start in this issue with small, medium, large and luxury cars.

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NZ drivers ditch gas guzzlers

NZ drivers ditch gas guzzlers

Higher petrol prices and more fuel-efficient engines have prompted Kiwis to ditch bigger gas guzzlers in favour of smaller vehicles, industry experts say.

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Cuba opens up vehicle sales

Cuba opens up vehicle sales

For the first time since the 1959 revolution, Cubans will have the right to buy new and used vehicles from the state without government permission, official media have announced, another step toward greater economic freedom on the communist-led island.

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Leonardo DiCaprio involved in Formula E series

Leonardo DiCaprio involved in Formula E series

Hollywood actor Leonardo DiCaprio will be involved in the new Formula E electric racing series as a co-founder of the Monaco-based Venturi team that has secured the 10th and final entry.

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GM to drop Chevy brand in Europe

GM to drop Chevy brand in Europe

In a strategic about-face, General Motors will drop the Chevrolet brand in Europe by the end of 2015 after it failed to build significant market share, and the company will focus instead on its Opel and Vauxhall lines to try to return to profitability there.

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Visual treats from luxury marques

Visual treats from luxury marques

For a constitutional change, Drivesouth has decided to serve up a selection of photographic treats this week.

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Dilemma over future of Hyundai hot hatch

Dilemma over future of Hyundai hot hatch

Hyundai New Zealand boss Andy Sinclair is confident his customers will enjoy a performance hatchback, but his dilemma is determining just how hot the first of this breed needs to be.

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Hyundai, union in marriage of inconvenience

Hyundai, union in marriage of inconvenience

It takes twice as long on average - over 28 hours - for Hyundai Motor Co to make a car in South Korea than in the United States, even though its domestic plants have far more workers for each production line.

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Holden to upgrade South Australian factory

Holden will go ahead with the upgrade of its South Australian factory, despite uncertainty over future federal government funding.

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