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CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for February 10, 2017

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CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for February 10, 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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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...


2014 Fiat Ducato recalled for suspension fix: 15 vehicles affected
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2014 Fiat Ducato recalled for suspension fix: 15 vehicles affected

Fiat has issued a recall for 15 of its 2014 'FL' Ducato vans over concerns the rear suspension system does not meet required standards. According to the Italian manufacturer, the affected vehicles are fitted with rear suspension leaf springs that may not conform to the "required standard", which can affect vehicle performance...


The oldest 'new' cars on sale today
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The oldest 'new' cars on sale today

There have been some big-name retirements in the automotive landscape recently – the most prominent of them being the Land Rover Defender. But there are some other models out there that have been kicking around for quite a while, so we thought we’d take a look at some of the oldest ‘new’ cars still on sale...


500X, E-Class, Impreza receive five-star ANCAP safety rating
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500X, E-Class, Impreza receive five-star ANCAP safety rating

Crash-testing authority ANCAP has awarded the maximum five-star safety rating to three of the latest models to hit the Australian market; the Fiat 500X, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class and the Subaru Impreza. Both the 500X and Impreza achieved high scores in the destructive crash tests, however autonomous emergency braking (AEB) is only available in higher grades in both model lines - something that ANCAP's CEO, James Goodwin, thinks should be addressed...


Fiat Chrysler chooses CES over Detroit for techy new debut - report
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Fiat Chrysler chooses CES over Detroit for techy new debut - report

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) will stage a big unveiling at next month's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, a new report suggests, instead of the following week's Detroit motor show - the biggest motor show on America's calendar...


Abarth 124 Spider v Mazda MX-5 comparison
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Abarth 124 Spider v Mazda MX-5 comparison

Read the full article here. The fact that both the Mazda MX-5 and the Abarth 124 Spider sports cars exist, side-by-side, is a good thing. In fact, they need each other to survive. You've heard it before: the issue with making a sports car is scale. There is a great deal of development cost involved in getting a vision to production and then, because no one really needs sports cars, the return is generally not all that great...


Abarth 124 Spider v Mazda MX-5 comparison
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Abarth 124 Spider v Mazda MX-5 comparison

The fact that both the Mazda MX-5 and the Abarth 124 Spider sports cars exist, side-by-side, is a good thing. In fact, they need each other to survive. You've heard it before: the issue with making a sports car is scale. There is a great deal of development cost involved in getting a vision to production and then, because no one really needs sports cars, the return is generally not all that great...


2017 Abarth 124 Spider Review
Rating: 8.510 /10
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2017 Abarth 124 Spider Review

Turbocharging an MX-5? Just buy the new Abarth 124 Spider.

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2016 Fiat 500X Lounge 1.3 Diesel Review
Rating: 7.510 /10
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2016 Fiat 500X Lounge 1.3 Diesel Review

Is the grass greener on the other side of the fence? James samples a manual diesel Fiat 500X on European soil to find out.


2012-15 Fiat Freemont recalled for spare wheel fix
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2012-15 Fiat Freemont recalled for spare wheel fix

Fiat has issued a recall for 4221 of its 2012 to 2015 model-year Freemont SUVs over concerns the spare wheel and tyre do not comply with Australian Design Rules. The car maker reports that the tyre placard may have been printed with incorrect information regarding the spare wheel and tyre size...


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...


2016 Fiat 500X prices cut, new drive-away starting price added - UPDATE
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2016 Fiat 500X prices cut, new drive-away starting price added - UPDATE

Update - The original version of this article said drive-away pricing for the 500X Pop variant was for August only, however, this is an ongoing campaign Australian prices for the 2016 Fiat 500X SUV have this week been reduced by as much as $2000 to better compete with its more popular Japanese rivals...


Meet Adam Garcia: the triple-threat talks fatherhood and Fiat

Meet Adam Garcia: the triple-threat talks fatherhood and Fiat

As a singer, dancer and actor, Adam Garcia is what's known as a triple-threat in the showbiz industry - and his success on stage and screen justifies the title. The Australian entertainer, along with his wife and 11-month old daughter, now call London home...


Fiat Chrysler Australia announces new CEO, outgoing chief moves to Asia Pacific role
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Fiat Chrysler Australia announces new CEO, outgoing chief moves to Asia Pacific role

The Australian arm of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has announced the appointment of a new President and CEO, Steve Zanlunghi. New York-born Zanlunghi, an American/Australian dual-citizen with a life-long history here, replaces native Detroiter Pat Dougherty, who came to the role in late 2014 and now moves to lead the company's parts and service operations for the wider Asia-Pacific region...


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...


CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for July 22
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CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for July 22

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...


CarAdvice Podcast episode 12: Focus RS drift mode condemned, Pokémon Go, Mazda3 revealed, and much more
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CarAdvice Podcast episode 12: Focus RS drift mode condemned, Pokémon Go, Mazda3 revealed, and much more

Welcome to episode 12 of the CarAdvice.com podcast! If you missed last week's episode, or you'd like to know more about the show, catch our earlier articles here. This week, Paul Maric is joined by Mike Costello to discuss the latest CarAdvice news and reviews from across the automotive landscape and Australia's new-car market...


Fiat Chrysler offers reward to hackers in boosted safety push
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Fiat Chrysler offers reward to hackers in boosted safety push

In a move that further highlights the closing gap between cars and technology, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is now offering financial incentives to hackers that successfully expose flaws in the company's software systems. Using a third-party code-sharing platform called BugCrowd, FCA is offering bounties between $150 and $1500 to participants who identify security gaps in vehicle and customer-facing software architecture...