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CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for June 23, 2017

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CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for June 23, 2017

  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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Alfa Romeo Giulietta inspires high-performance… suit?
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Alfa Romeo Giulietta inspires high-performance… suit?

Italy's Alfa Romeo Giulietta has apparently inspired a British suit company to develop an "all-weather high-performance" suit. Yup, a suit. Designed and manufactured by UK tailor Hawes & Curtis, the uniquely tailored digs – referred to, at this stage anyway, as a “concept suit” – is said to blend Italian wool with a water-resistant finish, providing its wearer with a claimed ‘all-weather’ suit...


2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Super diesel review
Rating: 810 /10
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2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Super diesel review

The Alfa Romeo Giulia is the first real fruit of a major brand renaissance. The Italian rival to BMW's 3 Series is an exceptionally assured premium sedan, though the diesel version comes with a caveat.

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$65,895

Drag race: Australia vs The World
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Drag race: Australia vs The World

Australia. It's the country where there's always an insect, animal or sea creature trying to kill you. It's also the country that once housed a thriving car industry. But, instead of crying over spilt milk, we're showing the world one last time why the constant fear of death has inspired our local engineers to build a car that's itching at the chance to chew you up and spit you out...


Alfa Romeo Giulia QV v BMW M3 Competition v Mercedes-AMG C63 S comparison
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Alfa Romeo Giulia QV v BMW M3 Competition v Mercedes-AMG C63 S comparison

For a nation renowned for its love of all things sport, it should come as no surprise this admiration and aspiration extends to what we drive. We are inside the top-10 world sales market list for Lamborghini, Porsche is seeing continuing sales growth and both Mercedes-AMG and BMW M Division speak highly of the Australian market, where we have the highest performance-version to regular-model ratio in the world...


2017 Geneva motor show: Epic from-the-show-floor experience
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2017 Geneva motor show: Epic from-the-show-floor experience

If you don't already know, Geneva is in Switzerland. And while some Aussies might miss having motor shows here in Oz, few will see that as enough of an excuse to splash out to attend a major international one. Luckily, this year's 2017 Geneva motor show (on until March 19) was my first, and it was so good, I didn't want anyone to miss out...


Alfa Romeo Giulietta, Mito won't be replaced, next product steps unclear
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Alfa Romeo Giulietta, Mito won't be replaced, next product steps unclear

The Alfa Romeo Mito and Giulietta hatchbacks will not be replaced, Reid Bigland, head of both Alfa Romeo and Maserati, has confirmed. In a conversation with Autocar, Bigland stated that while the Mito and Giulietta would remain in production "for the foreseeable future", no replacements were being planned for them...


2017 Geneva motor show gallery
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2017 Geneva motor show gallery

The 2017 Geneva motor show is done and dusted, leaving us with only fond memories and heightened anticipation for the arrival of newly revealed cars to Australian shores. On the ground in Geneva, our own David Zalstein ran about with the camera to help tell the story of the show for us back home...


2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia QV review
Rating: 8.510 /10
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2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia QV review

There can be little doubt that Alfa Romeo needs the 2017 Giulia QV to be great. Following on from our track test, we hit the street in the newest super sedan to take the fight to BMW and Mercedes-Benz.


2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio: Australian launch confirmed for early next year
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2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio: Australian launch confirmed for early next year

The muscly new 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio SUV will make its Australian debut early next year, the Italian brand's local arm has confirmed. Speaking with press at the launch of the Giulia Quadrifoglio performance sedan, new Fiat Chrysler Australia chief Steve Zanlunghi said buyers can expect full Stelvio details to lob in late 2017, ahead of its market debut...


Alfa Romeo Giulia Sportwagon scrapped
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Alfa Romeo Giulia Sportwagon scrapped

Plans for an Alfa Romeo Giulia wagon have been shelved, with the company believing the Stelvio will fill that market niche. Alfredo Altavilla, Alfa Romeo's head of manufacturing, has told Car the company has "decided not to do a Giulia Sportwagon". Altavilla isn't sure the brand needs a Giulia wagon, given the related Stelvio crossover drives well enough...


2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio track review
Rating: 810 /10
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2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio track review

The much anticipated Giulia QV high-performance four-door sedan bears the weight of the 'Alfa Romeo renaissance' on its shoulders. But is the Aussie-spec version good enough on track to wear the four-leaf clover crown?

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$143,900

Alfa Romeo platform confirmed for new Jeep, Maserati, Dodge models
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Alfa Romeo platform confirmed for new Jeep, Maserati, Dodge models

The platform of the Alfa Romeo Giulia will be used to underpin models from other brands within the Fiat Chrysler (FCA) empire, the company's boss, Sergio Marchionne, has confirmed. The outspoken Canadian-Italian boss told Automotive News that the rear- and all-wheel drive Giorgio platform, used by the both Giulia sedan and Stelvio crossover, will be used on large Jeeps, Dodge's next-generation of rear-wheel drive cars, and "the whole Maserati development beyond 2018"...


Alfa Romeo Giulia coupe set for Geneva debut
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Alfa Romeo Giulia coupe set for Geneva debut

It now seems almost certain Alfa Romeo will unveil a two-door coupe version of its mid-sized Giulia sedan at the Geneva motor show in March. It will undoubtedly revive the classic 'Sprint' nameplate and will likely to be revealed alongside a two-door convertible version...


2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia pricing and specs
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2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia pricing and specs

Australian pricing for the full 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia range has been revealed today, as part of the premium Italian mid-sizer's local launch. Local buyers got their first look at the new 3 Series and C-Class rival in December, with the 2017 Giulia revealed as the centrepiece of a newly unveiled Alfa Romeo showroom in Melbourne...


2017 Alfa Romeo Stelvio First Edition revealed
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2017 Alfa Romeo Stelvio First Edition revealed

The 2017 Alfa Romeo Stelvio First Edition has been revealed this week, based on the Ti model that sits below the hero Quadrifoglio variant. Even without the Quadrofoglio's aggressive body kit, wheels, tyres and quad-exhaust outlets, the Stelvio First Edition is clearly intended to win buyers chasing a sporting look for their SUV...


German authorities seeking recall for Fiats with 'illegal' shut-off devices – report
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German authorities seeking recall for Fiats with 'illegal' shut-off devices – report

Germany's transport minister wants to take Fiat models that breach emissions regulations off the market, according to a new report by German newspaper Bild am Sonntag. In the article, translated by Automotive News Europe, German transport minister Alexander Dobrindt said the European Commission must ensure Fiat vehicles that do not comply with pollution regulations are pulled from sale...


Fiat Chrysler denies using diesel emission defeat devices
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Fiat Chrysler denies using diesel emission defeat devices

Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne has lashed out at the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for alleging that his company violated the Clean Air Act. The allegations are that it fit, and failed to disclose, engine management software designed to alter NOx emissions from its 3...


2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia QV Australian pricing announced
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2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia QV Australian pricing announced

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) Australia has today announced pricing for the hotly anticipated 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia QV. Priced from $143,900 (plus on-road costs), the Giulia QV will be available in Australian dealerships from February this year...


Facelift fails: The worst styling updates of 2016
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Facelift fails: The worst styling updates of 2016

When brands update their cars, sometimes the stylists get it wrong. Facelifted models are supposed to add some flair to an existing model - to bring it up to speed with its competitors, or harden up some edges that may been looking a little limp on the original model. They can be massive, major overhauls, or nips and tucks and tweaks to minor aspects of the car's design...