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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...


Kia credits seven-year warranty for sales boom
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Kia credits seven-year warranty for sales boom

Kia Australia says massive sales growth this year is being driven in large part by its industry topping seven-year, unlimited kilometre range-wide factory warranty. Furthermore, research indicates that prospective buyers are more interested in the brand’s designs than its prices — a paradigm shift for the brand...


2019 Jeep Wrangler ute to feature Australian input and local testing
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2019 Jeep Wrangler ute to feature Australian input and local testing

The Jeep Wrangler ute is coming, with an international debut due in 2018, and Australia has been firmly involved in the initial engineering design process. Jeep is currently working on the next-generation JL Jeep Wrangler, which is expected to launch in the USA during 2017 and will form the basis for the new Wrangler ute...


2018 Ford Fiesta to be revealed next week
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2018 Ford Fiesta to be revealed next week

The next-generation Ford Fiesta is scheduled to be revealed next week, the company has announced. In a tweet with an accompanying animation teasing the new light hatch, the Blue Oval confirms that the Fiesta will be revealed in the coming week. In a later tweet, Ford says the reveal will be part of its 'Go Further' event to be held in Cologne, Germany...


CarAdvice podcast 31: 2018 Mustang leaked, Kodiaq review, WRC and LA report, and LHD conversions!
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CarAdvice podcast 31: 2018 Mustang leaked, Kodiaq review, WRC and LA report, and LHD conversions!

Paul returns from the LA Motor Show and gives us his hits and misses, and Dave is fresh (and dusty) from the WRC. In car news this week, we feature the 2018 Ford Mustang details being leaked, 2017 Suzuki S-Cross and Holden Barina pricing and specs, Dodge Charger and Challenger being investigated for a RHD conversion, 2018 LDV T60 ute is revealed and the Honda Jazz infotainment unit gets an update, but it's missing something very important! We talk to James Ward about the 2017 Skoda Kodiaq, which he drove on its launch in Minorca...