Car News Wrap: More car recalls, Astra praised and F40 shines

Car News Wrap: More car recalls, Astra praised and F40 shines

More cars sold in Australia are being recalled as part of the global Takata Airbag Recall.

Already affecting tens of thousands of cars on Australian roads, the latest models added to the list of vehicles requiring airbag replacement includes:

Car insurer AAMI has sent us a reminder about winter being the peak season for incidents involving collisions with animals.

Some of the nation’s hotspots for animal activity on the roads include Queanbeyan, Singleton and Goulburn in NSW, the Bendigo region in Victoria and around Dingo in Queensland.

The AAMI claims data showing its kangaroos that are most often struck by cars, with advice to be particularly careful at dusk and dawn.

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Infiniti dealerships in the US have been found to offer the best car buying experience.

The Pied Piper Prospect Satisfaction Index quizzed new car buyers on their showroom experience with Infiniti getting praise, the Japanese brand finishing ahead of Lexus, Mercedes-Benz and Toyota.

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There’s been a significant increase in fatalities involving pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists in the US.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data shows there were 35,200 fatalities on US roads last year, that was up 7.7% on 2014.

The improving economy is being blamed in part for the increase with more people driving more frequently.

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Skoda Octavia and Rapid cars sold in Australia are being recalled due to a possible safety issue relating to the rear door child locks.

Affecting MY 16 variants of the two Skoda models, the ACCC warns that the issue could prevent the rear door child locks from working.

Skoda will be writing to all affected owners.

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The new 257kW Ford Focus RS has arrived in Australia, unfortunately though if you want one you are going to have to wait.

All of the initial allotment for Australia have been sold and Ford is expecting keen interest in the next batch of cars set to land in the country early next year.

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There’s a whole lot of car companies that have enjoyed significantly increased car sales in 2016.

First half data has shown BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Infiniti, Porsche and Audi have all enjoyed healthy increases and all are on track for record sales results.

It was the increasing popularity of SUVs that particularly propelled forward the German car brands fortunes.

Speaking of Audi, an all-new Audi model is expected to help further increase the brands global and Australian sales.

The new Q2 compact SUV has been in the pipeline for some time and will arrive in Australian showrooms soon.

The Audi Q2 also coming with a major German design award win with judges thoroughly impressed by the exterior styling of the new offering.

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If you purchased a new bottle jack on eBay, you could be using equipment that doesn’t meet Australian standards.

The ACCC is overseeing a recall of Just 4×4 Parts – Safe & Reliable T20802B Vehicle Jacks and warn that owners should stop using them immediately and return them for a full refund.

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Holden looks set to have a real winner on its hands with the soon to arrive new Holden Astra.

The all-new Astra was named European Car of the Year and more recently was declared the Compact Family Car of the Year at the Auto Express New Car Awards in the UK.

The judges praising the new Astra for its value for money, technology and cabin space.

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Here’s a car industry marriage with a difference. Mazda is dropping its ties with Ford and has signed an agreement with Isuzu.

Isuzu will be tasked with producing the new-generation of the Mazda ute.

The new ute will be based on the existing Isuzu ute platform.

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The Ferrari F40 was the final model given the tick of approval by Enzo Ferrari and now the late 1980’s offering has just been named as the Best Supercar of all time.

The Fast Car Festival undertook a survey of supercar fans with the F40 winning more votes than other classic supercars such as the McLaren F1 and the Porsche 911.

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And Australian car buyers are finally becoming interested in the Ford Mondeo.

The mid-size hatch and wagon model has found a mammoth 122% increase in sales in Australia this year.

The Mondeo now also boasting the latest SYNC 3 infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

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About Chris Miller 498 Articles
Chris is a writer, co-host of the Behind the Wheel podcast and a self declared car tragic . He is a radio broadcaster by trade and reports traffic for 774 ABC Melbourne, FOX FM and Smooth FM. He also presents a national traffic report on ABC News Radio.

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