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2017 Mazda CX-5 brings upgraded safety, revised pricing for Australia

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2017 Mazda CX-5 brings upgraded safety, revised pricing for Australia

Australia's 2017 Mazda CX-5 has been given a key safety boost over the 2016 range, making a number of its i-ActiveSense features standard for the new model year...

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2017 Hyundai Elantra SR pricing and specs: Souped-up sedan hits Australia
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2017 Hyundai Elantra SR pricing and specs: Souped-up sedan hits Australia

The powered-up new 2017 Hyundai Elantra SR sports sedan is now on sale in Australia, following its Korean debut in April. News that the new Elantra would join Hyundai Australia's sporting SR range was first confirmed earlier this year, and the first example was spied in its home market a few months later...


Lexus UX concept reveals compact SUV plans in Paris
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Lexus UX concept reveals compact SUV plans in Paris

The new Lexus UX concept has bowed at the Paris motor show today, revealing a first look at the company's plans for a new compact SUV. The Japanese luxury marque says it is aiming the UX concept at new, younger, "ever-connected urban customers", a group it hopes to win over for the first time. Fair enough, too, with the brand often seen as a favourite of older buyers...


2018 BMW X2 previewed with new Paris motor show concept
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2018 BMW X2 previewed with new Paris motor show concept

This week's Paris motor show has played host to our first look at the all-new 2018 BMW X2, previewed here in audacious Concept X2 form. As is often the case for a BMW concept, the X2 show car revealed in Paris look to be a thinly veiled hint at what we'll see enter production over the next year or so - although we should expect some aspects of its styling to be toned down first...


2017 Honda Civic Type R previewed in Paris
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2017 Honda Civic Type R previewed in Paris

Buyers hanging out for the all-new 2017 Honda Civic Type R get their first look at its styling today, with the debut of a hot 'prototype' version at this week's Paris motor show. It was only a little over a year ago that Honda revealed its latest Civic Type R, some four years after the debut of its ninth-generation Civic hatch donor...


2016 Paris motor show: LIVE FEED
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2016 Paris motor show: LIVE FEED

After a year's break, the 2016 Paris motor show is here! The biennial 'Mondial de l’Automobile', as its known in French, is comfortably one of the biggest motor shows on the face of our blue Earth. In 2014, the show attracted 1.25 million visitors, bettering the 931,700 that passed through the turnstiles of the likewise biennial Frankfurt motor show earlier this year...


Renault Trezor concept to preview new design direction in Paris
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Renault Trezor concept to preview new design direction in Paris

The styling themes of French car maker Renault will soon move into the second era of head designer Laurens van den Acker's influence, and this week's Paris motor show will deliver a first glimpse at the new look. The Dutch designer joined Renault in 2009, just weeks after resigning from the top styling role at Mazda, where he crafted the 'Nagare' look that preceded Mazda's current 'Kodo' image...


Video: Tesla chief's plan for SpaceX rocket's journey to Mars
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Video: Tesla chief's plan for SpaceX rocket's journey to Mars

We've covered many forms of transport here on CarAdvice, many not related to our core focus and certainly not inherent in our name. We won't hold you up too long with this one, but the release today of a new video animation that previews - or, more accurately, speculates at - the interplanetary travel plans of Tesla chief Elon Musk and his SpaceX business… felt worthy of a share...


Ford Australia's Geelong engine plant clocks out
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Ford Australia's Geelong engine plant clocks out

As Ford moves closer to the end of its Australian manufacturing operations, this week marked one more sad milestone along the way: the last engines to be produced at its Geelong plant have been boxed up and shipped out. The final bell will toll on October 7, but, just as production of the Falcon Ute ended in July, the company's engine building operation is the latest to finish up...


2018 Jeep Compass revealed: Australian launch late next year - UPDATE
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2018 Jeep Compass revealed: Australian launch late next year - UPDATE

UPDATE: a slew of new photos have been released for the new 2018 Jeep Compass. See new shots below, and in the gallery by clicking the Photos tab above. The all-new 2018 Jeep Compass is now out in the open, revealed in Brazil today ahead of an Australian debut set for late next year...


Renault Nissan Alliance to partner with Microsoft on connected-car tech
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Renault Nissan Alliance to partner with Microsoft on connected-car tech

There's an old joke that has Bill Gates boasting that if General Motors were as advanced as the computer industry, "we'd all be driving cars with V32 engines that got 1000 miles to the gallon". The 1990s-era joke then has former GM boss Jack Smith retort with the idea that a Microsoft-inspired car would crash twice a day and the airbag would ask 'are you sure?' before activating...


2016 Paris motor show: what to expect - UPDATE
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2016 Paris motor show: what to expect - UPDATE

It's the oldest motor show in the world, having first launched as a combined event for cycling, sports, and the exciting new world of automobiles. No surprise, then, that the biennial Paris motor show - "Mondial de l'Automobile" in the French - is also one of the biggest on the international calendar and a focus point for the most extravagant concepts and new-model unveilings...


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


2018 Holden Equinox: GM reveals new global SUV in Chevrolet form - UPDATE
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2018 Holden Equinox: GM reveals new global SUV in Chevrolet form - UPDATE

General Motors has revealed what will become the 2018 Holden Equinox, due here next year. Exact timing is still to be confirmed, although it is expected that a late-2017 debut is on the cards. Unveiled in the US today as the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox, the new SUV will replace the ageing Captiva and retire the name...


Nissan Navara EnGuard rescue concept bows in Hanover
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Nissan Navara EnGuard rescue concept bows in Hanover

Nissan has offered a look at what could easily be considered a rival to the tough-looking Ranger Wildtrak, unveiling its new Navara EnGuard concept. Revealed at the IAA Commercial Vehicle Show in Hanover, Germany, the Navara EnGuard was conceived as a rescue vehicle for "harsh and extreme environments"...