Car News Wrap: New-look Accord, Swift recall and Great Wall rises

Car News Wrap: New-look Accord, Swift recall and Great Wall rises

Radum 900kg Car Ramps are being recalled after it was found labelling on the product doesn’t meet Australian standards.

Affecting ramps with the part number SX2201, the ACCC says owners should stop using the ramps straight away and return them for a full refund.

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The new BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo will start arriving in overseas dealerships from next month.

Expected here later in the year, the new Gran Turismo version of the 3 Series boasts more powerful and efficient petrol engines and an all-new 2.0 litre diesel power plant.

BMW has sold 130,000 3 Series Gran Turismo’s over the past three years and say the new one is the best yet with improved styling and new features.

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The all-new Volvo S90 offers head turning good looks and really comfortable seats.

Johnson Controls designed the seats for the new luxury Volvo sedan and say the goal was to make riding in the Volvo S90 feel like driving through the quiet, relaxed calm of the Swedish wilderness.

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Suzuki Swift owners are being asked to return their vehicle to a dealership to have a possible brake fault attended to.

The ACCC says the fault could lead to a brake fluid loss making the brakes inoperative.

Swift owners should take their car to a dealership to have it inspected ASAP.

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The Mazda3 has become just the second Mazda model to pass the significant five-million-unit production milestone.

The Mazda small car is built in a number of countries including Japan, Mexico and Thailand and comes after the car it replaced, the Mazda 323, was the first Mazda model to hit five million cars.

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The John Cooper Works version of the new MINI Convertible is here with prices kicking off from $54,900.

Under the bonnet is a 170kW/320Nm 2.0 litre turbo-petrol engine and MINI reckons it will cover the 0-100km/h sprint in just 6.5 seconds.

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Toyota is giving the Camry range a few added features.

The changes include the introduction of sat-nav and digital radio to the Atara SX and the top-grade Atara SL now comes with a wireless phone charger.

While across the range Toyota is adding ISOFIX child seat attachments and all engines in the Camry now boast Euro 5 certification.

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Honda dealerships are now taking delivery of a new-look Honda Accord.

Boasting new-look front styling, Honda has also simplified the line-up to include just three model grades; the four-cylinder VTi and VTi-L and the V6 powered V6L.

While the updated Honda Accord welcomes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

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The new BMW X1 looks set to score a five star ANCAP safety rating.

In the US the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has just tested the new BMW compact SUV and awarded the model the maximum Top Safety Pick+ classification.

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This could be a classic, but you’d better be quick.

BMW has announced it will have just 25 BMW M4 GTS cars available in Australia and with a monstrous 386kW/600Nm and a whole array of sporty additions it looks like the perfect road going race car.

But it won’t come cheap, the limited edition M4 GTS is priced from $295,000.

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Maserati will double the production of the new Maserati Levante to keep up with global demand.

The debut Maserati SUV will now be built across two shifts each day at the Maserati factory in Italy as the first customer deliveries start taking place in Europe.

We can expect the Maserati Levante in Australia early next year.

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The new Mazda MX-5 has won an Australian Design Award.

The MX-5 beat home the Volvo XC90 and Audi Q7 to claim the auto and transport category and comes after being named World Car of the Year and the World Design Car of the Year.

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It looks like Great Wall Motors are gearing up for a greater presence in Australia.

The Chinese car company has just announced it will take over local operations in Australia and we can expect new models to come from the brand shortly.

One of those new models will be an all-new Great Wall utility.

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About the author

Chris Miller

Chris is a writer and co-host of the Behind the Wheel podcast. He is a radio broadcaster by trade and is an evening presenter on Magic 1278 in Melbourne with previous roles at several stations. He also does daily reports for the Australian Traffic Network. A self declared car tragic and for as long as he can remember Chris has been obsessed with them. The inner child in him still gets excited when he spots something exotic on the road.

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