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CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for December 9, 2016

Hi there, Tegan Lawson with your CarAdvice news update. Here’s what’s been making headlines this week. The 2018 Holden Commodore has been revealed. Official images have been released showing what our first fully imported Commodore will look like...

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CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for December 9, 2016
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CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for December 9, 2016

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...


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...


Mazda Australia will load its new CX-5 with more standard features, more levels
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Mazda Australia will load its new CX-5 with more standard features, more levels

The all-new 2017 Mazda CX-5 will hit Australia in the first half of next year, and you can expect Mazda to build on the sales and marketing model that has seen the mid-sized SUV sell so successfully here since launching in 2012. At an end-of-year wrap for what has been another successful 12 months for the brand in Australia, Mazda committed to improving upon the CX-5's standard offering...


Mazda not working on sports car larger than the MX-5
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Mazda not working on sports car larger than the MX-5

Masamichi Kogai, CEO of Mazda, has stated that his company isn't currently working a sports car larger than the MX-5. During an interview with Automotive News, Kogai was asked if the company had plans for a "larger sports car entry", to which he simply stated no...


Mazda CX-9 beats Kluger as company's SUV sales match passenger cars
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Mazda CX-9 beats Kluger as company's SUV sales match passenger cars

In what is shaping up as potential changing of the guard — or perhaps just a blip — the recently launched seven-seat Mazda CX-9 has eclipsed the Toyota Kluger class champ in the large SUV sales race two months in succession...


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...


Mazda reclaims Australian owner satisfaction crown: Honda falls, Holden climbs
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Mazda reclaims Australian owner satisfaction crown: Honda falls, Holden climbs

Mazda has moved from second to first in the annual JD Power Customer Service Index for Australia, while last year's leader, Honda, has slipped beneath the industry average to sixth place. The study, which polls owners to measure vehicle servicing quality, vehicle pick-up, service advisor, service initiation, and service facility, is now into its seventh year...


Mazda 2 Genki v Skoda Fabia Monte Carlo comparison
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Mazda 2 Genki v Skoda Fabia Monte Carlo comparison

Light car sales may be down an alarming 16 per cent this year, but they’re still big business. Here we pitch two of the better contenders against each other, one a new kid on the block and the other a well-established leader of the pack. They are the newly launched Skoda Fabia Monte Carlo — a niche player known by relatively few — and the well-loved Mazda 2 Genki, consistently one of the top sellers in this class...


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11 strange car names: What were they thinking?
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11 strange car names: What were they thinking?

When it comes to naming a car, sometimes a manufacturer gets it right. Think of the Rolls Royce Phantom, Lamborghini Aventador or Aston Martin Vanquish. They're names that just roll off the tongue. But sometimes they get it horribly wrong, like the amphibious crossover, Tang Hua Detroit Fish (above)...


2017 Mazda CX-5 unveiled
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2017 Mazda CX-5 unveiled

Mazda says that it will continue its market position above the non-premium brands and challenge the actual luxury brands on their entry models as market desire shifts further towards premium offerings. Speaking to CarAdvice at the unveiling of the new CX-5, Mazda Australia boss Martin Benders dismissed suggestions of the Japanese company bringing back its Eunos luxury brand, instead reinforcing Mazda in continuing to focus on its current mid-way position...


CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for November 18, 2016
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CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for November 18, 2016

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. This week, regular host Tegan Lawson is on assignment overseas. In her place, Trent Nikolic presents this week's video from the CarAdvice Garage, with everything you need to know about the week in news and reviews...


Mazda RT24-P Le Mans racer revealed with 447kW 2.0-litre turbo
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Mazda RT24-P Le Mans racer revealed with 447kW 2.0-litre turbo

The stunning Mazda RT24-P race car has been revealed this week at the Los Angeles motor show. Scheduled to make its racing debut at the 2017 Rolex 24 at Daytona in January, the Mazda RT24-P will compete in the top level of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship under Daytona Prototype international (DPi) rules...


Mazda engines to go bigger for better real-world fuel economy and emissions
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Mazda engines to go bigger for better real-world fuel economy and emissions

Mazda says that the trend of downsizing with turbochargers is coming to an end, with real-world emissions and fuel economy favouring larger-capacity engines with more cylinders. The Japanese company believes that it was right to invest heavily in naturally aspirated internal combustion engines (ICE) as part of its SkyActiv technologies, helping bring fuel economy gains and better emissions from a technology that many other manufacturers thought had hit its peak...


Mazda working on 'fundamental and structure issues of rotary engine', no electrified RX model
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Mazda working on 'fundamental and structure issues of rotary engine', no electrified RX model

Mazda has confirmed that work is continuing on the resurrection of a rotary-powered sports car, which will not be hybridised, however the fundamental issues of that type of engine remain a challenge. Having introduced the Mazda RX Vision at the Tokyo motor show last year, the company has made it one of its internal missions to bring back a rotary sports car of some sort...


Mazda to introduce electric vehicles by 2019
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Mazda to introduce electric vehicles by 2019

Mazda has confirmed that it will introduce an electric vehicle by 2019, as it sees the sales of electric cars comprising around 10 per cent of the global car sales by 2020. Speaking to Australian media at today’s Los Angeles motor show, the company’s head of research and development, Kiyoshi Fujiwara, said that as the cost of battery technology comes down, the potential for EVs grows...


Autonomous cars have 'a long way to go', local Mazda chief says
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Autonomous cars have 'a long way to go', local Mazda chief says

Mazda says that autonomous vehicles are still in the hype stage, with the actual reality of fully self-driving cars still a long way away. Speaking to the media at the launch of the new CX-5 in Los Angeles today, Mazda Australia boss Martin Benders, said the Japanese brand’s philosophy is to always put the driver at the forefront of the car’s operations...


Mazda says conventional engines still the way forward, electrification not yet viable
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Mazda says conventional engines still the way forward, electrification not yet viable

Mazda says that it is still focused on improving the internal combustion engine as part of its SkyActiv technologies, without the need to rush into hybrid or electric vehicles on mass. Speaking to CarAdvice at the premiere of the new CX-5, the boss of Mazda Australia, Martin Benders, said that the Japanese brand still sees a lot of potential in the internal combustion engine (ICE)...


Mazda to maintain focus on 'premi-ish' market position
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Mazda to maintain focus on 'premi-ish' market position

Mazda says that it will continue its market position above the non-premium brands and challenge the actual luxury brands on their entry models as market desire shifts further towards premium offerings. Speaking to CarAdvice at the unveiling of the new CX-5, Mazda Australia boss Martin Benders dismissed suggestions of the Japanese company bringing back its Eunos luxury brand, instead reinforcing Mazda in continuing to focus on its current mid-way position...