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2017 Holden Barina pricing and specs: Updated hatch lands, outgoing model in runout - UPDATE
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2017 Holden Barina pricing and specs: Updated hatch lands, outgoing model in runout - UPDATE

UPDATE, November 28: The revised Barina range has now gone official, with RRP pricing released today. See bottom of article. November 22: Initial pricing and specifications have been revealed for the facelifted 2017 Holden Barina range on the company's website, while the outgoing model is now in runout-sales mode...


Porsche 718 Boxster GTS spied testing
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Porsche 718 Boxster GTS spied testing

A prototype believed to be the Porsche 718 Boxster GTS has been spied testing this week. Little distinguishes this 718 Boxster prototype from the models currently on sale, though the extension of the front bumper hints that a more aggressive aero kit is in the works. Also expected from the rumoured 718 Boxster and Cayman GTS twins are a lower and stiffer suspension set up, along with a sports exhaust and special wheels...


Kia Sorento in the mix for police fleet deals
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Kia Sorento in the mix for police fleet deals

Kia Australia has pitched state police forces in Victoria and Queensland to replace fleets of Australian-made Ford Territory general duties cars with the Sorento. The Korean brand’s local arm has loaned four Sorento diesels to the forces across both states for evaluation, with the response seen as generally positive...


Alpina officially launches in Australia: B3 and B4 BiTurbo now on sale
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Alpina officially launches in Australia: B3 and B4 BiTurbo now on sale

German tuning company Alpina is now officially on sale in Australia, with its BMW 4 Series-based B4 BiTurbo the first model in its range to be homologated for our market. Local distributor, The In Motion Group, officially launched the range at a special event late last week, with the first dealerships to sell the bespoke models being BMW Doncaster and Bundoora...


2017 Hyundai i30 Tourer wagon spied in Germany
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2017 Hyundai i30 Tourer wagon spied in Germany

The next-generation 2017 Hyundai i30 Tourer wagon has been spied testing in Germany this week, giving us a first look at the Korean company's competitor to the Volkswagen Golf wagon. Despite the heavy camouflage, it's almost certain the new wagon will wear the same face as the recently-revealed 2017 i30 hatch, which previews the company's new design direction...


US authorities want phones to have a 'driver mode' to combat distracted driving
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US authorities want phones to have a 'driver mode' to combat distracted driving

The US Department of Transportation (DOT) has proposed new guidelines for a mobile phone 'driver mode', which it believes will help address distracted driving. In a document that covers the second phase of the agency's voluntary guidelines to reduce driver distraction, the US DOT wants manufacturers of portable devices and aftermarket electronic device developers to design new products that offer simplified interfaces and reduce the amount of time drivers take their eyes off the road...


2011-2016 Volvo S60, V60 recalled for fluid leak: 725 vehicles affected - UPDATED with numbers
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2011-2016 Volvo S60, V60 recalled for fluid leak: 725 vehicles affected - UPDATED with numbers

Volvo has issued a recall for 725 of its 2011 to 2016 model-year S60 and V60 models over concerns a fluid leak could pose a fire hazard. The Swedish manufacturer reports that the affected vehicles may experience a coolant fluid leak during engine warm-up in certain driving and climate conditions - such as hard acceleration after a cold start in a cold climate...


Kia Australian suspension tune goes global on Pro_cee'd GT
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Kia Australian suspension tune goes global on Pro_cee'd GT

The Kia Pro_cee’d GT hot hatch may no longer be sold in Australia due to low sales, but the company’s local tuning arm is still making a major impact on the car. That’s because the updated version of the 150kW turbocharged three-door still sold in Europe is using a suspension tune developed in Australia before the car was axed locally...


Tow ball mass: What does it all mean?
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Tow ball mass: What does it all mean?

Tow ratings have become pretty serious marketing fodder among SUV and pickup manufacturers. Superlatives abound about ‘best in class’ capabilities, but while the maximum rating is good to know, there is another value that might just be more important. Tow ball mass...


Narva introduces 'heavy duty' cable tie range; drifters rejoice
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Narva introduces 'heavy duty' cable tie range; drifters rejoice

Drifters rejoice! Australian automotive parts company Narva has released a new range of heavy duty cable ties, promising higher-quality emergency fixes and repairs. Making no secret of the importance and value of a good cable tie, Narva itself admits, “There is no doubt that cable ties are one of the most useful products anyone can have in their shed, workshop or vehicle tool box...


2017 Lotus Exige Sport 380 revealed: More power, more carbon, less weight
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2017 Lotus Exige Sport 380 revealed: More power, more carbon, less weight

Yep, it's another Lotus special. The 2017 Lotus Exige Sport 380 has been revealed this week, and is the most hardcore version of the British coupe yet. Serving as the new flagship in the range, the Exige Sport 380 is lighter, more powerful and looks the business. Under the bonnet is an uprated version of the Toyota-sourced 3...


Morgan 3 Wheeler retains ADR compliance, will remain on sale in Australia
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Morgan 3 Wheeler retains ADR compliance, will remain on sale in Australia

In a quick about-face, the Morgan 3 Wheeler has been re-certified as compliant with the Australian Design Rules (ADRs) and will remain on sale. Around two weeks ago, Morgan informed its customers and fans that new versions of the 3 Wheeler would no longer be available for registration in Australia from November 2017 due to proposed changes to the ADRs...


New Lotus Elise confirmed for 2020
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New Lotus Elise confirmed for 2020

The next-generation Lotus Elise will arrive in 2020, Jean-Marc Gales, the company's boss, has confirmed. Talking to Autocar, Gales confirmed that Lotus has begun work on its next-generation sports car range. The news comes on the heels of the company's first profit, which took place in August, and is the first time the company has been in the black since 2000...


Mystery SUV caught testing in Australia - UPDATE, Nov 26
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Mystery SUV caught testing in Australia - UPDATE, Nov 26

UPDATE, Nov 26: Another reader has contacted us, noting his friend saw our Facebook post and that he had seen the camo 'thing' being driven in earnest where he rides his dirtbike in the Hunter Valley. Our 'guerrilla marketing' spidey sense is tingling, but the chatter that these images have caused around the CarAdvice office these past few days has been entertaining, so even if we are being played, we're quite enjoying it! And we still don't know what it is...


Ferrari seeing unprecedented sales with V8 demand and growing wait lists
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Ferrari seeing unprecedented sales with V8 demand and growing wait lists

If you ordered a Ferrari 488 GTB or Spider today, it probably won’t arrive until late 2018. And it’s the same scenario with the California T and pretty much every car in Ferrari’s stable. Even the latest model, the GTC4 Lusso T, released just this week, already has a waiting list – meaning, if you order one today, don’t expect delivery until 2018...