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Mazda MX-5 gets five-star ANCAP rating
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Mazda MX-5 gets five-star ANCAP rating

The Mazda MX-5 convertible has received a 2016 date-stamped five-star rating from independent crash tester the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP). Interestingly, the five-star result is in contrast to the four-star score given to the MX-5 by ANCAP’s sister organisation Euro NCAP in October last year...


Hyundai i30 Tourer discontinued
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Hyundai i30 Tourer discontinued

The Hyundai i30 Tourer has been quietly discontinued from Australian sale, due primarily to the cost impediment of importing the wagon from Europe. The load-lugging Hyundai i30 derivative was launched here in February 2013 after initially being ruled out due to exchange rates. The i30 Tourer was, and is, built only in the Czech Republic, not Korea as with the i30 hatch...


Hyundai i30 sales overtake Toyota Corolla and Mazda 3
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Hyundai i30 sales overtake Toyota Corolla and Mazda 3

The Hyundai i30 has thrown a spanner into Australia’s small car segment by leaping ahead of traditional top-sellers, the Toyota Corolla and Mazda 3, five months into 2016. The Hyundai i30 hatch has been Australia’s top-selling vehicle for three months in succession, on the back of sharp campaign pricing kicking off at $19,990 drive-away with a free automatic transmission...


2017 Audi Q2 a ‘huge opportunity’ for the brand in Australia
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2017 Audi Q2 a ‘huge opportunity’ for the brand in Australia

The upcoming 2017 Audi Q2 sub-compact SUV will be a carefully considered expansion and yet a huge opportunity for Audi Australia to attract new buyers to the brand, according to the company’s local boss. Speaking with CarAdvice at the launch of the new Audi R8 in Canberra last week, Audi Australia boss, Andrew Doyle, said the company views the Q2 as a natural step for its growing SUV line-up...


2016 Toyota Aurion pricing and specifications
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2016 Toyota Aurion pricing and specifications

Pricing and specifications for the refreshed 2016 Toyota Aurion range have been released, marking possibly the final update before Australian production ceases early next year. The 2016 range is headlined by the addition of standard satellite navigation with traffic updates, 10-speaker JBL sound, DAB+ digital radio and rear-windscreen power sunshade for the mid-spec Sportivo variant, with the same equipment now available as a $1750 option package on the base AT-X...


Audi SQ2 in the works - report
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Audi SQ2 in the works - report

The upcoming 2017 Audi Q2 baby SUV isn’t even in European showrooms yet - let alone Australian dealers - but a new report suggests a hotter SQ2 variant could soon appear. UK magazine Auto Express reports that the German manufacturer is considering a go-fast Q2, possibly driven by the 2.0-litre turbo petrol in the Audi S3 and Volkswagen Golf R...


Bentley closing in on 'small' coupe decision - report
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Bentley closing in on 'small' coupe decision - report

Bentley is nearing a decision on whether its proposed ‘compact model line’ will move to production, according to a report by Automotive News. Over a year after the British marque hinted at a possible future model with its EXP 10 Speed 6 concept, Bentley now appears closer than ever to confirming that a 'compact' model will join its line-up in the near future...


Jaguar Land Rover to sue over Chinese Evoque knock-off
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Jaguar Land Rover to sue over Chinese Evoque knock-off

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) will take legal action against China's Jiangling Motor for its Land Wind X7 compact SUV, despite an earlier complaint having been fobbed off by Chinese authorities already. The X7 became the latest in a long line of Chinese-market models with knock-off styling when it first appeared in 2014, moving Jaguar Land Rover - which produces the small Range Rover Evoque - to file a complaint over intellectual property theft...


Audi Australia: LCT issues not a hard fix, parallel imports a risk to local market
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Audi Australia: LCT issues not a hard fix, parallel imports a risk to local market

The boss of Audi Australia says that fixing the situation with Australia’s luxury car tax (LCT) is ‘not that hard’ and that he remains an optimist for the future - but the issue of parallel imports remains a big concern...


Google self-driving cars taught to honk
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Google self-driving cars taught to honk

Google's self driving cars have now been given the ability to use their horns in - what the search giant believes is - the most useful and courteous way possible. In its latest monthly update about its autonomous car project, Google has laid out how it taught its autonomous cars appropriate honking behaviour...


CarAdvice Podcast episode 6: Sales race, Ford interview, Paris bans cars, and more
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CarAdvice Podcast episode 6: Sales race, Ford interview, Paris bans cars, and more

Welcome to episode 6 of the CarAdvice.com podcast! If you missed last week's episode, or you'd like to know more about the show, catch our earlier articles here. This week, Paul Maric and Mandy Turner are joined again by Mike Stevens to explore the news and reviews of the past week. As usual, there's also a fair bit of foolin' around...


Suzuki raided in Japan over fuel economy irregularities
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Suzuki raided in Japan over fuel economy irregularities

The headquarters of Suzuki have been raided by the Japanese authorities as part of on-going investigations into the company's irregular fuel economy calculation processes. On May 18, Suzuki admitted that it had used an improper and illegal testing procedure to calculate its fuel economy numbers for models sold in Japan...


Subaru Australia sets May sales record
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Subaru Australia sets May sales record

Subaru Australia's strong SUV range led it it to a record May sales tally of 4002 units, placing it ninth overall. Its range growth was 6 per cent for the month, taking annual growth to 10.3 per cent. Leading the way was the Subaru Forester with 1336 units, up 28 per cent, edging it closer to the class-leading Mazda CX-5 (2117), Toyota RAV4 (1695), Hyundai Tucson (1643) and Nissan X-Trail (1537)...


Volvo Trucks concept claims 30 per-cent fuel saving
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Volvo Trucks concept claims 30 per-cent fuel saving

Volvo Trucks has revealed a concept vehicle that it claims cuts fuel consumption by ‘more than 30 per cent’. Dubbed the Volvo Concept Truck and built with support from the Swedish Energy Agency, the vehicle is part of a project that aims to reduce fuel consumption in long-haul trucks by 50 per cent. "We continuously work on developing more energy-efficient vehicles...


Volkswagen Up! GTI in the works - report
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Volkswagen Up! GTI in the works - report

Volkswagen is rumoured to be developing a range-topping GTI variant of its small Up! hatch, according to a new report. British car magazine AutoCar claims officials at the firm’s headquarters in Germany are planning the new GTI model as a rival to the Abarth 595...