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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...

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Mazda CX-3 baby SUV confirmed at last
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Mazda CX-3 baby SUV confirmed at last

The Mazda CX-3 will make its debut at November’s 2014 Los Angeles auto show, two and a half years after CarAdvice revealed the plan for the baby SUV in a world exclusive. Mazda hasn’t yet released any details on the CX-3, which is expected in Australia in the second half of 2015. It will be based heavily on the Mazda 2 city car – sharing its Skyactiv platform, engines and more...


Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe reveal at Motorclassica 2014
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Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe reveal at Motorclassica 2014

Mercedes-Benz unveil the stunning new S-Class coupe along with a few other surprises at the launch of the 2014 Motorclassica exhibition in Melbourne.


Nissan teases sub-compact crossover concept
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Nissan teases sub-compact crossover concept

Nissan has teased a new sub-compact crossover concept in the lead up to its world premiere at the Sao Paulo motor show in Brazil later this month. The shadowy teaser image reveals few details of Nissan’s latest show car, though hints at its adventurous nature by revealing its roof rails, muscular rear wheel arches, and high ride height...


Jaguar targeting 50:50 for future models
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Jaguar targeting 50:50 for future models

Jaguar will target a 50:50 weight distribution for every new model it produces, believing that it is the optimal layout for balanced and dynamic vehicles. Jaguar XE vehicle engineering manager Jon Darlington told CarAdvice that all models built on the new sedan’s aluminium architecture – and other future models with different underpinnings – would aim to have their weight spread evenly between the front and rear...


Land Rover considering baby SUV for expanded Discovery 'family'
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Land Rover considering baby SUV for expanded Discovery 'family'

The Land Rover Discovery family of vehicles will grow to include at least three variants, and the British brand has highlighted the potential for an all-new compact entry model. Land Rover design director Gerry McGovern insisted the brand’s leisure-focused family of vehicles would grow beyond the current mid-sized Discovery Sport (which will replace Freelander 2 next year) and the larger Discovery...


Land Rover Discovery Sport : British brand considering sporty Audi SQ5 rival
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Land Rover Discovery Sport : British brand considering sporty Audi SQ5 rival

Land Rover is considering a more performance-oriented version of the new Discovery Sport to rival the likes of the Audi SQ5. Land Rover director of programs Murray Dietsch admitted that the mid-sized Discovery Sport (pictured) was not an “outwardly sporty vehicle”, but responded “I’d like to one” when asked about the possibility of a more powerful variant...


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 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...


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...


Jaguar XE coupe, convertible, wagon, LWB all alive in designer’s sketchpad
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Jaguar XE coupe, convertible, wagon, LWB all alive in designer’s sketchpad

Jaguar design director Ian Callum has created an entire family of vehicles based on the new Jaguar XE in the hope that the range will expand beyond the original sedan. “Put it this way: I know what a wagon would look like, I know what a coupe would look like … and I know what a long-wheelbase would look like,” Callum said at the Paris motor show...


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...


Mitsubishi Lancer: New small car still "three or four years" away, if it gets green light at all
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Mitsubishi Lancer: New small car still "three or four years" away, if it gets green light at all

The ageing Mitsubishi Lancer could be forced to fight on beyond a decade of production, with the company’s boss admitting a successor will not arrive until 2017 or 2018, if at all. Mitsubishi Motors president Osamu Masuko told CarAdvice it would take the Japanese car maker “about three or four years” to ready a replacement for the current Lancer, though once again stopped short of confirming an all-new generation of the long-serving and historically popular nameplate...


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...


New Ferrari chief discusses the future
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New Ferrari chief discusses the future

Incoming Ferrari chairman Sergio Marchionne says he will look at relaxing current production restrictions if demand warrants it, but insists that the company must remain highly exclusive and difficult to get your hands on no matter the new number.  Furthermore, any idea that it may look to follow Lamborghini — code for toying with things such as SUVs — is “gibberish”, he said...


Fiat Chrysler chief slams “deluded” idea of affordable electric cars
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Fiat Chrysler chief slams “deluded” idea of affordable electric cars

The man in charge of one of the world’s largest car-making groups says he remains highly skeptical of the cost-effectiveness of vehicle electrification within this decade. Sergio Marchionne, president and CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles —  also encompassing Jeep, Alfa Romeo, Maserati and Ferrari — has long been a high-profile critic of the economic case for EVs, and remains committed to this line of thinking...