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CarAdvice podcast 79: Alice Anderson and Australia's first all-female workshop

We have a special guest on the panel with Mandy Turner and Mike Stevens, this week: Melissa Ong is a CarAdvice reader, and she took our company-owned Abarth 595 for a week-long test drive. On the show, we chat about her experience with the little Italian firecracker...

Vilner makes Abarth 595 even more Italian

Just when you thought the Abarth 595 couldn't look any more Italian, Bulgarian tuner Vilner has decked the little hatchback out in the classic Italian red, white and green...

2018 Abarth 595 pricing and specs: More power, new tech, lower price

The updated 2018 Abarth 595 range has landed in Australia, bringing a fresh look, a much-needed infotainment upgrade, and lower pricing. Now kicking off at $26,990 plus on-road costs (down $510) for the entry-level 595 'Series 4' manual, the updated model brings an additional 4kW in base trim, now sitting at 107kW from its 1...

Old nameplates returning to form

There are many market trends in action this year, but one of the more novel is the resurgence - or re-emergence - of old nameplates. Running through some cars experiencing good growth is a bit like looking at a new car guide from early 2000s. In the light car segment there's the relaunched Suzuki Baleno, with 1043 incremental sales - enough for a respectable 4...

Deals on wheels for May 5

It’s time for the latest instalment of Deals on Wheels, which this week looks at factory-backed special offers for all you weekend shoppers. This isn’t a promotional campaign, just us trying to offer you some interesting suggestions if you’re in the market for some new wheels. Haggle hard, and happy shopping. If you spot any deals, let us know in the comments...

2017 Abarth 595 here in October

The facelifted 2017 Abarth 595 hot hatch range will finally arrive in Australia this October, more than a year after it was first revealed. Speaking with CarAdvice, director of corporate communications at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) Australia, Glenn Butler, said the hold-up was due to a change in manufacturing procedures for our market...

CarAdvice podcast 49: Australia vs The World, the drag race

James Ward tag-teams Paul Maric as they join Mandy Turner to give you a car-news wrap of the Shanghai Motor Show. This includes concept reveals of the Audi e-tron Sportback, 2018 Mercedes-Benz A-Class sedan and MG E-Motion. Plus, the reveals of the Opel Grandland X SUV and BMW M4 CS. James reviews the 2017 BMW 330GT and CarAdvice's company car, the Abarth 595...

2017 Abarth 124 Spider: Sharp launch pricing thanks to last-minute local finishing plans

The all-new Abarth 124 Spider has gone on sale with a $43,500 drive-away price, but it took the timely application of some last-minute common sense for the Japanese-built Italian car to be positioned at such a sharp point. Originally, all Abarth 124 Spiders were destined to leave the Mazda factory in Hiroshima, Japan (the 124 is based on the Mazda MX-5) and head to Turin, Italy for final tuning and modifications, before then being sent all the way back to Australia...

2017 Abarth 124 Spider pricing revealed: MX-5's turbo cousin here from October

The 2017 Abarth 124 Spider will hit Australia in October with a $41,990 starting price, the company has confirmed today, and a guaranteed drive-away price of $43,500 for the six-speed manual model. The first 100 examples will also be sold as 'launch editions', adding contrasting bumper inserts, tow-hook covers and mirror caps, along with a "[x] of 100" build plate in the cockpit...

Abarth 124 Rally R-GT gets sideways in driving tests - video

A new video shows the Abarth 124 Rally R-GT - the rally car version of the upcoming Abarth 124 Spider - snarling and popping as it speeds around some tight corners. First revealed at this year’s Geneva motor show, the Abarth 124 Rally has been homologated for the FIA R-GT series, fitted with a roll cage and a composite hardtop in place of the road car’s manually-operated soft top...

Fiat releases Oz performance specs for Abarth 124 Spider

The renaissance of Fiat’s legendary 124 is edging ever closer with Fiat Chrysler Australia today confirming more performance specs for its 2017 Abarth 124 Spider due to hit Aussie roads in October. While full specifications and pricing are still to be confirmed, FCA today revealed the Abarth 124 Spider will be powered - as expected - by a 1...