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2014 CarAdvice Year in Review

It has been a huge year at CarAdvice. The team weighs in with its thoughts on the cars of 2014... -- Jez Spinks Editor in Chief My top three cars of 2014: Ferrari 458 Speciale - The best car I’ve driven (yet!) so a shoo-in for one of my picks for the year...

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2015 Jeep New Cars
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2015 Jeep New Cars

Details of the new and updated Jeep models launching in Australia in 2015.   Jeep Grand Cherokee update - Q1 The flagship Summit version will be the first in this big Jeep’s range to adopt a heavily revised interior, arriving first quarter with changes cascading to lower models later in the year...


2015 Fiat New Cars
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2015 Fiat New Cars

Details of the new and updated Fiat models launching in Australia in 2015.     Fiat Abarth 695 Biposto - Q3 A $65,000 price tag has already been confirmed for the angriest version yet of the 500 and what is essentially a road-going version of Abarth’s Assetto Corse racecar...


2015 Chrysler New Cars
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2015 Chrysler New Cars

Details of the new and updated Chrysler models launching in Australia in 2015.   Chrysler 300 update - Q2 The second generation of this big American sedan has had its first makeover since its 2012 launch, which we’ll see sometime in the second quarter. There are changes inside and out for the 300 that currently starts from $43,000...


2015 Alfa Romeo New Cars
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2015 Alfa Romeo New Cars

Details of the new and updated Alfa Romeo models launching in Australia in 2015.   Alfa Romeo Giulietta update – January Updated version of Alfa’s Golf rival gains a number of updates for 2015 – and its January local release. The range-topping Quadrifoglio Verde joins a month later. Mechanically, its 1...


Mazda MX-5 Italian twin confirmed as Fiat-Abarth model
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Mazda MX-5 Italian twin confirmed as Fiat-Abarth model

The Italian version of the Mazda MX-5 due in 2015 will be badged either a Fiat or Abarth, the boss of Alfa Romeo has confirmed in an interview with a British car magazine. Fiat and Mazda had announced a joint venture in mid 2012 from which an Alfa Romeo sports car would be twinned with the famous Japanese sports car, but we reported earlier in 2014 that Fiat chief Sergio Marchionne had started to go cold on the idea...


V8 Supercars series continues to race towards relevancy
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V8 Supercars series continues to race towards relevancy

It’s 22 years since a certain twin-turbocharged I6 Nissan dubbed ‘Godzilla’ monstered Ford and Holden rivals for the last time. The local manufacturers weren’t happy, and neither were most of the fans (though of course Jim Richards notoriously let them know his thoughts on their views)...


BMW 5 Series v Hyundai Genesis : Comparison review
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BMW 5 Series v Hyundai Genesis : Comparison review

Some might argue this is a pointless test. They’d say there’s not a chance in a fiery underworld that luxury car buyers entranced by the German badges could be swayed by one wearing the Hyundai ‘H’. Yet if it were accepted that unexpected upstarts couldn’t challenge the Germans, then everyone might have ignored a car that in 1989 spooked Audi, BMW and Mercedes with its remarkable build quality and regal levels of refinement...


Next Explorer not ruled out as Ford Australia targets broader SUV range
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Next Explorer not ruled out as Ford Australia targets broader SUV range

Ford Australia has not ruled out offering up to five SUVs in the future, including a potential return of the Explorer badge, as it works on a product road map to reverse a decade of declining sales. The company will from 2017 have to cope without the popular, locally built Territory high-riding wagon, which has amassed more than 155,000 sales since its release in 2004...


2015 Ford Falcon XR8 Review
Rating: 910 /10
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2015 Ford Falcon XR8 Review

The XR8 badge is back with a supercharged bang

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2015 Ford Falcon Review
Rating: 7.510 /10
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2015 Ford Falcon Review

So here we are with the last ever launch review of the regular Ford Falcon, 54 years after the nameplate appeared in local showrooms and 42 years since it first appeared as a locally designed and developed vehicle. Ford Australia had only a limited budget of $102 million to spend on the new Falcon FG X, and it decided to focus the majority of the investment on the area it believed would have the biggest influence on sales for the last two years of its lifespan: styling...

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$35,900 - $46,550

2015 Ford Territory Review
Rating: 7.510 /10
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2015 Ford Territory Review

It’s exactly 10 years since the Ford Territory was released in 2004 as a landmark vehicle for Australia. After decades of locally built small cars and large sedans, the Territory arrived not only as the country’s first homegrown SUV but also one offering rear-wheel drive as well as all-wheel drive...

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$36,990 - $56,740

Ford “underestimated” Falcon XR8 demand
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Ford “underestimated” Falcon XR8 demand

Ford Australia admits it underestimated demand for the revived Falcon XR8 and says it needs to build more. The XR8 is playing the hero car role in the new-look Falcon range, dubbed FG-X, which has launched this week in Australia. The badge returns after a four-year hiatus, effectively compensating for the loss of the disbanded Ford Performance Vehicles (FPV) division...


Ford Falcon won’t be replaced; new Mondeo to straddle medium/large
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Ford Falcon won’t be replaced; new Mondeo to straddle medium/large

Ford Australia has confirmed it will use the forthcoming new Mondeo to straddle the medium and large car segments beyond the demise of the Falcon in 2016, meaning a supplementary offering such as the US-market Taurus is off the local radar. The company this week launched its final version of the Ford Falcon – the FG X that will be built only until Ford ceases Australian manufacturing in October 2016...


BMW M3 Review – featuring E92
Rating: 8.510 /10
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BMW M3 Review – featuring E92

Before you read any deeper into this BMW M3 review, let me declare some bias. I’m more of an M3 person than an M4 one. It’s not just about the four-door practicality, as most M3 generations sold in Australia have been coupes; or the fact the M3 saves you $10K over the M4; it’s also about that badge...