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CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for September 30, 2016

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CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for September 30, 2016

Welcome to the CarAdvice.com News Desk, a regular video wrap of the latest happenings in the automotive world and Australia's new-car market. Keeping you in the loop, Tegan Lawson presents a weekly video from the CarAdvice Garage, with everything you need to know about the week in news and reviews...

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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...


Abarth 124 Rally R-GT gets sideways in driving tests - video
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Abarth 124 Rally R-GT gets sideways in driving tests - video

A new video shows the Abarth 124 Rally R-GT - the rally car version of the upcoming Abarth 124 Spider - snarling and popping as it speeds around some tight corners. First revealed at this year’s Geneva motor show, the Abarth 124 Rally has been homologated for the FIA R-GT series, fitted with a roll cage and a composite hardtop in place of the road car’s manually-operated soft top...


Fiat releases Oz performance specs for Abarth 124 Spider
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Fiat releases Oz performance specs for Abarth 124 Spider

The renaissance of Fiat’s legendary 124 is edging ever closer with Fiat Chrysler Australia today confirming more performance specs for its 2017 Abarth 124 Spider due to hit Aussie roads in October. While full specifications and pricing are still to be confirmed, FCA today revealed the Abarth 124 Spider will be powered - as expected - by a 1...


Abarth/Fiat 124 coupe under development - report UPDATE
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Abarth/Fiat 124 coupe under development - report UPDATE

Update - This article originally stated the Abarth 124 Spider would be released in Australia in October 2017, however the local launch is scheduled for October 2016. See article for details The Abarth/Fiat 124 Spider could be joined by a fixed-roof coupe variant in as little a year’s time, according to a new report out of the UK...


2015 Fiat 500, Abarth 500 recalled for front seat fix
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2015 Fiat 500, Abarth 500 recalled for front seat fix

Fiat Chrysler (FCA) has issued a recall in Australia for 12 vehicles from its 2015 model-year Fiat 500 and Abarth 500 lines, citing concerns over the front seats. The company reports the front seat’s guide tracks may not comply to safety standards do to a manufacturing fault...


Abarth 595C v Volkswagen Polo GTI Comparison
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Abarth 595C v Volkswagen Polo GTI Comparison

The arrival of the new 2016 Abarth 595 has dropped the ownership doorway into Italy's famed scorpion shield from mid-$30k down to a basement-level $27,500 list price. Stripping back the frills, while liberally pilfering from the marque's go-fast parts bin, this 'regular 595' is the type of cut-priced sweet spot many buyers having been hankering for...


2017 Abarth 595 revealed: tiny hot hatch gets power bump, tweaked looks
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2017 Abarth 595 revealed: tiny hot hatch gets power bump, tweaked looks

Fiat Chrysler Australia may have only just recently launched its revised entry-level $27,500 Abarth 595 into the Australian market, but now there’s an even newer one: the 2017 Abarth 595. That’s no surprise, either. With the wider Fiat 500 range given a facelift earlier this year, the arrival of the 2016 Abarth 595 in the little hatch’s older skin made it something of a placeholder for an anticipated makeover...


2016 Abarth 595 Review
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2016 Abarth 595 Review

Abarth now offers a more affordable entry to the range than ever before. The Abarth 595 now promises to be easier to live with day to day as well.


Fiat 500, Abarth 500 recalled in Australia - UPDATE
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Fiat 500, Abarth 500 recalled in Australia - UPDATE

UPDATE: This article originally made reference to the Fiat Ducato. See bottom of article for details. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Australia (FCA) has recalled a number of vehicles in the 2014 Fiat 500 and 2011-2014 Abarth 500 model lines. The recall affecting 10 examples of 2014-build Fiat 500 involves a potential deviation in the heat treatment process of the seat belt buckles...


Abarth 124 Spider confirmed for Australia, Fiat version ruled out
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Abarth 124 Spider confirmed for Australia, Fiat version ruled out

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Australia (FCA) has confirmed it will bring only the Abarth 124 Spider flagship roadster to our market, leaving the regular Fiat model off the local schedule. Unveiled at March’s Geneva motor show, the top-shelf Abarth-enhanced version of the new 124 Spider, itself based on Mazda’s new MX-5, is powered by a turbocharged 1...


"Most affordable Abarth" to launch in Q2, new 696 four-seater on the horizon
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"Most affordable Abarth" to launch in Q2, new 696 four-seater on the horizon

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) Australia has officially revealed details of the new 2016 Abarth 595, confirming that the new entry point into the scorpion-branded range to go on sale locally “in Q2”. The Abarth 595 – or “Abarth 140hp” as its importer unofficially calls it – will hit showrooms by mid-year at $27,500 plus on-road costs for the three-door hatchback version, significantly undercutting the existing base model, the Abarth 595 Turismo, which lists for $34,000...


Abarth 124 Spider and 124 Rally : 2016 Geneva Motor Show
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Abarth 124 Spider and 124 Rally : 2016 Geneva Motor Show

Read the article here. The hotly anticipated Abarth 124 Spider has been revealed at this week’s Geneva motor show, alongside the Abarth 124 Rally prototype. Abarth’s take on the Fiat 124 Spider features a revised version of that car’s 1.4-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine. In the Abarth, the 1.4-litre motor generates 127kW of power and 250Nm of torque...


Abarth 124 Spider and 124 Rally unveiled
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Abarth 124 Spider and 124 Rally unveiled

The hotly anticipated Abarth 124 Spider has been revealed at this week's Geneva motor show, alongside the Abarth 124 Rally prototype. Abarth's take on the Fiat 124 Spider features a revised version of that car's 1.4-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine. In the Abarth, the 1.4-litre motor generates 127kW of power and 250Nm of torque...


2016 Fiat Abarth: new 500-based entry-point due mid year
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2016 Fiat Abarth: new 500-based entry-point due mid year

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) Australia has confirmed that a new Fiat 500-based Abarth model will launch locally mid-year, providing a new, more affordable, entry point into the scorpion-stamped brand. Due to be officially announced in the coming weeks, the new performance-focused Fiat 500 variant will undercut the current $34,000 Abarth entry point - but by just how much remains unknown...


2017 Fiat 500X Abarth spied testing
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2017 Fiat 500X Abarth spied testing

The long-anticipated 2017 Abarth 500X sports SUV has been spied out and about this week, ahead of a debut that could occur later this year. Talk of an Abarth version of the new Fiat 500X surfaced in 2014, when Fiat designer Roberto Giolito hinted that the small SUV would be a perfect platform for the scorpion brand’s sports tuning program...


2016 Abarth New Cars
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2016 Abarth New Cars

Details of the new and updated Abarth models launching in Australia in 2016.   Abarth 500, Abarth Competizione, Abarth Turismo – Q1 The updated Abarth model line-up will launch in the first quarter of 2016, bringing with it a new base model car at a price point never before seen for the brand, and new power outputs across the range...


Fiat 124 Spider Abarth on its way: Hot roadster spied testing
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Fiat 124 Spider Abarth on its way: Hot roadster spied testing

Plans are underway for the production of a performance-orientated Fiat 124 Spider Abarth, with the Italian company set to expand the sub-brand’s offerings. CarAdvice believes that the launch of the Mazda MX-5-based Fiat 124 Spider next year will be followed by a performance version of the two-seat roadster with a more powerful engine, retuned suspension and other assorted Abarth enhancements...


Abarth 695 Biposto Record unveiled
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Abarth 695 Biposto Record unveiled

The Abarth 695 Biposto Record limited edition model has been unveiled in the UK. Each Biposto Record is painted an eye catching shade of yellow dubbed "Modena Yellow", and fitted with grey trim pieces, enamelled badging, a special startup animation in the instrument panel, a cargo net, unique numbered plates, and an aluminium bonnet...


Abarth 695 Biposto launches in Australia
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Abarth 695 Biposto launches in Australia

The brutal little Abarth 695 Biposto has touched down in Australia, becoming the first production car in the country that can be equipped with a race-spec dog-ring gearbox. Billed as “the world’s smallest supercar”, the 695 Biposto is effectively a road-going version of the Asseto Corse racecar, and is the fastest street-legal Abarth ever produced...