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2015 BMW 2 Series Active Tourer Review

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2015 BMW 2 Series Active Tourer Review

BMW's new era of front-wheel-drive compact cars begins with the family-friendly and generally well-executed 2 Series Active Tourer.

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BMW 2 Series Active Tourer front-drive MPV priced from $44,400
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BMW 2 Series Active Tourer front-drive MPV priced from $44,400

The BMW 2 Series Active Tourer MPV will kick off from $44,400 plus on-road costs when it arrives in Australian showrooms from November this year.  The local starting price, which reflects our report last week, means the first front-wheel-drive BMW sits $3500 over and above its Mercedes-Benz B-Class B180 arch rival, though the Bavarian brand makes up for it with specification and what it boldly claims to be a sportier drive...


Peugeot 308 SW: Week with Review
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Peugeot 308 SW: Week with Review

James channels Clark Griswald and heads off on a European Vacation in the new Peugeot 308 SW...


BMW 2 Series Active Tourer to be pricier but better-equipped than Mercedes B-Class
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BMW 2 Series Active Tourer to be pricier but better-equipped than Mercedes B-Class

The BMW 2 Series Active Tourer will launch in Australia later this year with a higher price of entry than its Mercedes-Benz B-Class arch rival, but the Bavarian brand’s local arm says it will more than even the ledger with a substantial list of standard equipment from entry level...


Toyota coy about Corolla sales targets
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Toyota coy about Corolla sales targets

The Toyota Corolla is fast gaining ground on the leading Mazda 3 in the battle to be Australia’s top-selling car in 2014, but the company’s Australian arm says it is not particularly concerned with ending the year on top of the charts. The carry-over champ currently sits fewer than 400 units behind the newer Mazda3, which launched earlier this year...


Alfa Romeo Giulietta Review : Long-term report two
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Alfa Romeo Giulietta Review : Long-term report two

CarAdvice Melbourne's long term Alfa Romeo Giulietta cements itself as part of the family.


Ford Kuga Review : Trend
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Ford Kuga Review : Trend

The Ford Kuga offers an intriguing option in the burgeoning mid-size SUV segment. Trent Nikolic explains.


Mercedes-Benz whittles back A45 AMG and CLA45 AMG waiting lists to end of 2015
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Mercedes-Benz whittles back A45 AMG and CLA45 AMG waiting lists to end of 2015

Mercedes-Benz Australia has pegged back the waiting list for its A45 AMG and CLA45 AMG four-cylinder turbo twins that, at its peak, extended into 2016. Supply constraints on AMG’s entry models, which also includes the new GLA45 crossover due here in October this year, are not limited to Australia. The company worldwide is very much a victim of its own success on that front...


Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class Review: CLA250 Sport 4MATIC
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Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class Review: CLA250 Sport 4MATIC

The new Mercedes-Benz CLA250 Sport 4MATIC has launched in Australia priced from $64,900 – $1500 more than the front-wheel-drive CLA250 Sport originally planned to be sold locally. Available for order since February, the CLA250 Sport is powered by a lightly tuned version of the same turbocharged 2...


Audi A3 Sportback e-tron Review
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Audi A3 Sportback e-tron Review

The Audi A3 Sportback e-tron is the brand's first plug-in hybrid car. Matt Campbell finds out what it's like.


BMW 1 Series Review : 116i
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BMW 1 Series Review : 116i

Dan DeGasperi finds the cheapest BMW available in Australia is also one of the best, but watch the options...


Holden Cruze driveshaft recall expanded to include about 8000 diesel models
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Holden Cruze driveshaft recall expanded to include about 8000 diesel models

Holden has today recalled just shy of 8000 turbo-diesel Cruze small cars in Australia over a potential fault with the driveshaft — three months after it recalled thousands of petrol versions over the same issue.  The potential fault, which affects 7885 vehicles in total including 7338 made in South Korea and 547 made in Australia, could cause the car to come to a standstill during a sharp right-hand turn at low speeds...


Mercedes-Benz and Infiniti confirm Mexican small car production from 2017
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Mercedes-Benz and Infiniti confirm Mexican small car production from 2017

Mercedes-Benz parent company Daimler AG and the Renault-Nissan Alliance have confirmed reports that they will embark on a joint-venture to build next-generation Mercedes and Infiniti premium small cars in Mexico from 2017...


2014 Fiat Abarth 500C Esseesse Review
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2014 Fiat Abarth 500C Esseesse Review

The Abarth 500C Esseesse could be the most fun on four wheels without endangering your driver's licence.


2016 Ford Focus RS snapped at the Nurburgring
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2016 Ford Focus RS snapped at the Nurburgring

The hotly anticipated new-generation 2016 Ford Focus RS hot hatch looks to have been caught by our spy photographers again, the time at the holy grail of test tracks: Germany’s Nurburgring. While the car you see here wears ST badges on its tailgate, this does not look to be an update of that version...


New car ownership costs: Suzuki Alto cheapest, Nissan Patrol priciest and depreciation the silent wallet killer
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New car ownership costs: Suzuki Alto cheapest, Nissan Patrol priciest and depreciation the silent wallet killer

The Suzuki Alto may no longer be Australia’s cheapest car to buy — that title belongs to the Proton S16 — but it remains the cheapest to run, according to the latest study from the RAA, RACQ, RACV and RACT state-specific automobile clubs for South Australia, Queensland, Victoria and Tasmania respectively...


Mazda 3 Diesel Review : XD Astina
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Mazda 3 Diesel Review : XD Astina

A $40,000 Mazda 3. Can it sell?


Proton Suprima S Review : GXR
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Proton Suprima S Review : GXR

Is Proton's Suprima S small car good enough to entice buyers? Matt Campbell finds out.


Sporty hatch comparison : Kia Pro_cee`d GT v Hyundai Veloster SR Turbo v Renault Megane RS265 Sport
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Sporty hatch comparison : Kia Pro_cee`d GT v Hyundai Veloster SR Turbo v Renault Megane RS265 Sport

Hot-hatches these days are priced anywhere from the $26,000 to nearly $75,000, from the tiny terror city cars to the new breed of premium-branded European mega-hatches. In between those two price points there’s a lot of space to be occupied, and there’s an emerging class of warm-to-hot-hatches that aim to offer more balanced abilities than their three-chilli compatriots...


Alfa Romeo Giulietta Review : Long-term report one
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Alfa Romeo Giulietta Review : Long-term report one

The latest addition to CarAdvice's new Melbourne headquarters, the Alfa Romeo Giulietta is already turning heads...