2015 Volkswagen Polo GTI Review

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2015 Volkswagen Polo GTI Review

Dave heads to Spain to drive the new 2015 Volkswagen Polo GTI on road and on track...

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2015 Volkswagen Polo GTI: first-time adjustable suspension not for Oz
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2015 Volkswagen Polo GTI: first-time adjustable suspension not for Oz

The new Volkswagen Polo GTI will launch locally in 2015, but its keynote adjustable suspension will not be made available, at least initially. Speaking exclusively to CarAdvice ahead of our first drive of the new 2015 Volkswagen Polo GTI this week, Volkswagen Group Australia general manager of communications Karl Gehling said the local division is not planning on offering the adjustable 'Sport Select' suspension come the model's second-quarter Australian launch...


Australian supercar maker Joss secures backing, set to list publicly early 2015
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Australian supercar maker Joss secures backing, set to list publicly early 2015

Aspiring Australian manufacturer Joss has secured funding to build its locally made supercars with the company set to list publicly from early next year. Speaking to CarAdvice today, Joss founder Matt Thomas said the 17-year old privately-owned company will list publicly in 2015 after securing backing from the Hatzimihail Group – a family-run business heavily invested in lighting technology...


2015 Mazda MX-5: 1.5-, 2.0-litre engines confirmed for Australia
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2015 Mazda MX-5: 1.5-, 2.0-litre engines confirmed for Australia

Mazda has officially confirmed the engine lineup for the 2015 Mazda MX-5 along with releasing several new images of the upcoming sports car. As reported by CarAdvice in early October (but now officially confirmed), there will be a choice of 1.5- and 2...


Mazda MX-5 to race in new global one-make series
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Mazda MX-5 to race in new global one-make series

Two months after its multi-nation debut, Mazda has announced the all-new fourth-generation MX-5 will compete in a new one-make Global Cup racing series. Announced at this week's Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show in Las Vegas, Mazda says, starting in 2016, the Global MX-5 Cup – a worldwide expansion of the US's existing Mazda MX-5 Cup series – will run across North America, Europe and Asia...


Morgan Threewheeler electric model coming - report
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Morgan Threewheeler electric model coming - report

The quirky Morgan Threewheeler could be set to adopt an electric drivetrain. A report in the UK's Telegraph newspaper states that the Worcestershire-based company is considering a plug-in EV alternative for the Threewheeler, which is otherwise available with a V-twin 2.0 litre air-cooled motorcycle engine...


2015 Mazda 2: pricing and specifications
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2015 Mazda 2: pricing and specifications

The new-generation Mazda 2 will get a price cut when it goes on sale on November 1, with the new model range starting from $14,990 – down from the $15,790 list price of the current model. That price puts it $800 lower than the list price of the existing Neo, though that car has been seen on dealer lots from $15,990 driveaway for months...


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...


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...


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...


2014 Nissan X-Trail diesel pricing and specifications
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2014 Nissan X-Trail diesel pricing and specifications

The new diesel versions of the Nissan X-Trail medium SUV have gone on sale, with pricing starting from $35,380 - undercutting key rivals such as the Mazda CX-5, Honda CR-V and Subaru Forester. The pricing puts the diesel X-Trail at the pointy end of the field, though it applies to a front-drive version rather than an all-wheel drive powertrain as is seen in the CX-5, CR-V, Forester, Outlander, Kuga, RAV4, Sportage, ix35 - in fact, just about every model out there except the Renault Koleos...


Peugeot 308 GTi confirmed: 199kW hot-hatch on the cards
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Peugeot 308 GTi confirmed: 199kW hot-hatch on the cards

A new Peugeot 308 GTi hot-hatch could boast as much as 199kW from a 1.6-litre four-cylinder turbo engine. CarAdvice can reveal that Peugeot is looking at offering the new 308 GTi with either 250 or 270PS (that’s 184kW or 199kW, respectively). The brand currently offers a 199kW tune of its 1...


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...


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...