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// GM won’t do vertical infotainment screens: Here’s why

Vehicle interior designs are always changing and evolving. When infotainment screens started getting larger and larger, some automakers (namely Tesla) started playing around with positioning, shape, orientation, and even the integration of the screen itself.

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// Support for car safety rule

ANCAP has welcomed the announcement to introduce an Australian Design Rule (ADR) to mandate the fitment of autonomous emergency braking (AEB) in light vehicles.

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// Mercedes creates history with first ‘legal’ hands-off self-driving system

While most of the conversation’s focus on self-driving tech has been on Tesla and its Autopilot and Full Self Driving systems (for better and for worse), the American firm isn’t the only brand working on Level 3 and beyond autonomy.

// Chevrolet to start making electric Silverado in early 2023

Chevrolet’s latest ‘anything Ford can do, I can do better’ push is pick-up electrification. Ford has got the jump on General Motors with its F-150 Lightning.


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// Next-generation Mini leaked way ahead of time

Our first look at the next generation of Mini hatchback is here, a good year before we expected to see it.

// Finance company CEO stepping down

MTF Finance is on the hunt for a new chief executive officer after Glen Todd announced he will step down from the role in early 2022.

// GM CEO says making ventilators changed the company culture

The CEO of General Motors said Thursday that the automaker learned valuable lessons last year when it stepped in to boost emergency production of ventilators to treat severely ill Covid-19 patients.

// Morgan returns with 280kW GTR V8, its most powerful car ever

The world of purist, British sports cars is surprisingly crowded. There’s Ariel and its bonkers Atom, Noble and the old-but-gold M600, Caterham and its open-wheeled Seven, Lotus and its Emira, Evija, and new focus on electrification, and probably a few others, too.

// This Peugeot Expert takes the food truck to another level

Peugeot Design Lab has worked in collaboration with Whirlpool to create a stunning food truck based on the Peugeot Expert van. It’s a follow-up to the 2015 “Le Bistrot du Lion” concept, and the result takes the food truck to another level.

// Future electric vehicle production secures Hannover site

The future of the Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles (VWCV) plant in Hannover has been secured for at least the next decade as it will become a high tech multi-brand site.


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