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Safety shouldn’t be an optional extra

News this week that the all-new 2015 Mazda 2 will not come with some potentially life saving safety equipment as standard has sparked a conversation that needs to be had: should safety cost you more? My opinion is that no, it most certainly shouldn't – for the most part...

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2015 Mercedes-Benz CLA Shooting Brake spied and rendered
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2015 Mercedes-Benz CLA Shooting Brake spied and rendered

The Mercedes-Benz CLA Shooting Brake is now months away from its world premiere, and our spy photographers have caught a late-stage test vehicle out in public with next to no camouflage.  Using these shots, and others caught previously, as a basis, we are also able to provide you with a pair of computer-generated images of what the car is likely to look like...


Mazda CX-3 won’t be “half-baked”, says Australian boss
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Mazda CX-3 won’t be “half-baked”, says Australian boss

The all-new Mazda CX-3 baby SUV that has been confirmed to debut at the 2014 Los Angeles auto show in November won’t be like any of the other offerings currently on sale, according to Mazda Australia managing director Martin Benders...


Lotus Exige S automatic here in 2015
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Lotus Exige S automatic here in 2015

An automatic version of the hardcore Lotus Exige S road racer will be offered for the first time ever, the Malaysian-owned British car maker has announced. Said to be completing its final stages of testing, the new six-speed automatic Lotus Exige S is set to go on sale globally from January...


Nissan sub-compact crossover concept comes into focus
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Nissan sub-compact crossover concept comes into focus

Nissan has released a second teaser image of its new sub-compact crossover concept seven days out from its debut at Brazil’s Sao Paulo motor show. The Japanese car maker followed up last week’s shadowy image with another equally veiled shot today, though digitally brightening it brings much of the car’s design into focus...


Volkswagen R-Line expands to Golf Wagon and Tiguan ranges
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Volkswagen R-Line expands to Golf Wagon and Tiguan ranges

Volkswagen R-Line versions of the Golf Wagon and Tiguan compact SUV are now available, bringing the total number of sportily styled variants to five. As CarAdvice has previously reported, the move to add more R-Line packages is a conscious one to offer consumers "tougher looking" cars with more equipment...


Mysterious Mercedes-Benz concept spied
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Mysterious Mercedes-Benz concept spied

CarAdvice’s spy photographers have captured a mysterious vehicle inside a Mercedes-Benz facility in Germany. Though covered from nose to tail in grey plastic, the car’s swoopy, low-slung, spaceship-style lines are impossible to miss, being unlike anything we’ve ever seen from the luxury car maker...


2015 Opel Corsa OPC Line models revealed
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2015 Opel Corsa OPC Line models revealed

The 2015 Opel Corsa OPC Line is not the full-blown hot-hatch range expected from the German arm of General Motors, but the new styling packs hint at future faster models bearing Opel Performance Centre badging. The newly unveiled Corsa OPC Line receives a range of styling changes including a new lower lip spoiler at the front, side skirts, and a tailgate-mounted rear spoiler...


2015 Kia Optima : Diesel hybrid, wagon variant and turbo models all likely
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2015 Kia Optima : Diesel hybrid, wagon variant and turbo models all likely

The next-generation 2015 Kia Optima – which is expected to debut in 2015 – will remain true to the current car in terms of its design, but is expected to bring with it a wealth of technical changes including a high-tech diesel hybrid drivetrain, a wagon body style and new turbo models for Australia...


Jeep Grand Wagoneer : Seven-seat SUV to fight luxury brands
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Jeep Grand Wagoneer : Seven-seat SUV to fight luxury brands

A new large seven-seat SUV that will be known as the Jeep Grand Wagoneer is set to give the US off-road specialist brand a rival to the European luxury brands. The development of the long-awaited range-topping model that will sit above the Grand Cherokee in the Jeep line-up and offer a three-row, seven-seat layout is progressing according to plan, according to Jeep president and CEO, Mike Manley, who told CarAdvice at the 2014 Paris motor show the Grand Wagoneer will play an important role when it launches in 2018...


Fiat 500: next-generation styling will be evolutionary, not revolutionary
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Fiat 500: next-generation styling will be evolutionary, not revolutionary

The next version of the Fiat 500 will feature styling revisions, but it won’t push the boundaries of styling, according to the company’s head of European design, Roberto Giolito. Speaking with CarAdvice at the 2014 Paris motor show, Giolito expressed his intent to keep up with the times, yet maintain true to the original – and the current – 500 model...


Kia Rio hot-hatch: 186kW go-fast model planned
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Kia Rio hot-hatch: 186kW go-fast model planned

A hot-hatch version of the Kia Rio could become a reality in its next generation, and it could harness more power than the established players. A lot more. According to Jurgen Grimm, head of powertrain development in Hyundai Motor Europe, a new turbocharged sporty version of the Rio relies heavily upon the same derivative of the new-generation i20 making it to production...


Fiat to expand Abarth with speedy 500X
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Fiat to expand Abarth with speedy 500X

Fiat will increase its presence in the performance arena through its Abarth sub-brand, with the Italian company suggesting the new Fiat 500X model will spawn a go-fast variant. Fiat head of European design Roberto Giolito told CarAdvice that Abarth cannot be limited only to the 500 hatchback with its 595 derivatives. “The Abarth vision is not only based on 500s...


Kia Pro_cee’d GT could soon gain dual-clutch option
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Kia Pro_cee’d GT could soon gain dual-clutch option

The Kia Pro_cee'd GT may soon become more desirable to considerably more car shoppers, as the brand has confirmed plans to add a dual-clutch automatic gearbox. Jurgen Grimm, head of powertrain development for Hyundai Motor Europe (encompassing both Hyundai and Kia brands), told CarAdvice at the 2014 Paris motor show that a pair of dual-clutch transmissions (DCTs) would be rolled out in 2015, and indicated that the Pro_cee’d GT is one of the cars that could receive a new self-shifting 'box...


Toyota says it needs more SUVs in its line-up
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Toyota says it needs more SUVs in its line-up

Toyota will add at least two more SUVs to its line-up in the coming years, it has been revealed. The Japanese brand unveiled the C-HR concept crossover model at the 2014 Paris motor show, were the company’s managing officer and executive vice president of Toyota Motor Europe’s sales group, Karl Schlicht, told CarAdvice that more high-riders are on the way...


Jeep SRT range may grow to include smaller vehicles
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Jeep SRT range may grow to include smaller vehicles

There’s potential for smaller Jeep models to get the sporty SRT treatment, according to the brand’s president and CEO, Mike Manley. Speaking with CarAdvice at the 2014 Paris motor show, Manley indicated there is room for more SRT variants in model lines such as the Cherokee and Renegade, as buyers of smaller SUVs are also likely to want the go-fast treatment...


Renault Megane: next-generation model confirmed for 2016
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Renault Megane: next-generation model confirmed for 2016

An all-new version of the Renault Megane will be on sale in 2016, with the small hatchback likely to see big changes. Renault design chief Laurens van den Acker told CarAdvice that the 2016 Megane will be one of the last models in the French brand’s range to be revamped, following a long line of new cars that have launched already or will launch soon...


Fiat 500 five-door mooted : retro range could absorb Punto hatch
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Fiat 500 five-door mooted : retro range could absorb Punto hatch

The Fiat Punto could soon become a member of the Fiat 500 family. Fiat’s head of European design, Roberto Giolito, told CarAdvice that the next-generation Fiat 500 hatchback line has the potential to include a five-door model. If Fiat were to expand the 500 range to include a five-door, it would follow the likes of fellow retro brand Mini with its new 5 Door...


Renault confirms two new SUVs, but Australian arm rules out Qashqai-based variant
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Renault confirms two new SUVs, but Australian arm rules out Qashqai-based variant

Renault will introduce a pair of new crossover SUV models starting with a new small model based on the Nissan Qashqai in 2015. Renault design chief Laurens van den Acker confirmed the plans for a new small SUV along with a larger model in an interview with CarAdvice at the 2014 Paris motor show. “We have a lot of road to catch up to have a full line-up of crossovers,” he said...


Renault ute confirmed, but its styling will be a challenge, says design chief
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Renault ute confirmed, but its styling will be a challenge, says design chief

A new Renault ute has been confirmed for production, but the task of designing the French brand’s first-ever one-tonner is apparently presenting some challenges in terms of its design. Renault design chief Laurens van den Acker told CarAdvice at the 2014 Paris motor show that the new Navara-based ute - which CarAdvice first reported on back in July - is likely to present some styling struggles...