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Honda City v Mitsubishi Mirage sedan : Comparison review

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Honda City v Mitsubishi Mirage sedan : Comparison review

Australia’s largely unloved baby sedan segment has just had some life injected into it with the release of the new Mitsubishi Mirage sedan and second-generation Honda City...

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