Car Tech

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According to a new petrol market study published by the ACCC today, the average net profit per petrol station in Cairns from 2015 to 2016 was around 38 per cent higher than the average net profit across other sites around Australia.

"The ACCC's Cairns petrol market report confirms what motorists have suspected for a long time: they are paying too much for fuel and contributing to very high profits for retailers in the area," ACCC Chairman Rod Sims said.

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We finally know how much Fiat Chrysler's unholy alchemy experiment, the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, costs: $US85,000 ($113,673). Since we also know the car's horsepower, that means we have all the constants needed to compute that most important of mostly useless automotive-metrics, the legendary cost-per-HP. Let's see how it stands up against other muscle cars, a minivan — and a lawnmower.

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Part of the difficulty with owning an aged supercar is that it becomes increasingly difficult to find parts for it when something wears out or breaks. Which means that you won't want to drive it because you're afraid, which is a crime. Luckily, McLaren thought of this problem and has a solution for it.

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We often refer to cars as boxes on wheels, or we describe car design in terms of numbers of boxes: one for van-like things, two for hatch/wagon-like things, and three boxes for sedan-like things. With this common way of thinking, you may expect that a car that was a literal, no-joke box-on-wheels would be something that wouldn't seem so weird, or alarming. You'd be wrong. If you don't believe me, have a look at that Bubu 502 up there.

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Tesla is bringing in a new leader for its human resources unit. Although the company hasn't given a specific reason for the change, it comes amidst a flurry of complaints about workplace culture at Tesla's California factory. Over the past few months, workers have reported an unusually high rate of injuries and incidents at the plant, and have also alleged racial and gender discrimination in lawsuits.

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Last week I was in Barcelona thanks to Volvo, who wanted me to devalue some of their first production XC60s by driving them. I was happy to oblige, and even happier to scrutinize, in conversation-killing detail, the cars of Barcelona's lovely streets. The big surprise? I saw a lot of cool vans. Come on, join me on this magical tour of whatever happened to be nearby me!

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During the Moto3 race at the MotoGP World Championship's French Grand Prix over the weekend, it was almost like some sort of weird, hypnotic spell had been put on the field. As if prompted, a huge group of riders began solo slides into a gravel trap along the race course in an almost surreal fashion.