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Proton Satria GTi : Malaysian hot-hatch may make surprise Australian comeback

The cult-classic Proton Satria GTi could make a surprise return to Australia in 2016. Proton Australia chief operating officer Kaye Amies told CarAdvice the local division is in discussions with officials in Malaysia about resurrecting the Satria nameplate on its new city car – called Iriz in its home market – which is set to reach our shores around the middle of next year...

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Nissan Pulsar SSS sedan arriving 12 months late in April 2015
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Nissan Pulsar SSS sedan arriving 12 months late in April 2015

The Nissan Pulsar SSS sedan will finally reach Australian showrooms by April next year – 12 months later than originally planned. Back in October 2013, Nissan said it would launch the sporty Pulsar SSS sedan in Australia by the second quarter of this year...


Ford Focus RS confirmed for production
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Ford Focus RS confirmed for production

The Ford Focus RS will make its long-awaited return, likely in 2016, as one of 12 new performance models from the blue oval brand planned to launch between now and 2020. Ford confirmed the Focus RS would be developed under its new global Ford Performance team, which unifies the existing Ford SVT, Team RS and Ford Racing divisions around the world...


2015 Mini JCW : 170kW pocket rocket revealed
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2015 Mini JCW : 170kW pocket rocket revealed

The all-new Mini JCW will become the most powerful model in the iconic British brand’s history when it debuts at next month’s 2015 Detroit auto show. The new-generation JCW’s 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo petrol engine pumps out 170kW of power between 5200-6000rpm and 320Nm of torque across a broad 1250-4800rpm range – easily outgunning the 155kW and 260Nm of the old JCW’s 1...


2015 Ford Focus here mid-year with substantial upgrades
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2015 Ford Focus here mid-year with substantial upgrades

The updated 2015 Ford Focus made its Asia Pacific premiere this week at the company's Go Further 2020 event in Melbourne, some time out from its expected arrival in local showrooms. The refreshed Focus, revealed globally earlier this year, features a revised front end design, incorporating Ford's new family grille and slimline headlights...


Peugeot 208 GTi 30th Anniversary : $35,990 limited edition hot-hatch sold out... for now
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Peugeot 208 GTi 30th Anniversary : $35,990 limited edition hot-hatch sold out... for now

Australia’s initial allocation of 26 limited edition Peugeot 208 GTi 30th Anniversary pocket rockets – today confirmed to cost from $35,990 plus on-road costs – has sold out months before it’s due to arrive on our shores...


Peugeot 308 Touring sees higher than expected demand
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Peugeot 308 Touring sees higher than expected demand

The new Peugeot 308 Touring wagon has only been on sale a month and has exceeded sales forecasts by almost 300 per cent. Speaking with CarAdvice, Peugeot Australia says that one in three 308s sold has been the wagon. Peugeot sold 112 308s last month, of which almost 40 were wagons. This demand now sees deliveries with a 12-week wait - but that hasn't slowed interest down...


Fiat Punto replacement a "headache" for the Italian brand
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Fiat Punto replacement a "headache" for the Italian brand

Italian mass market car producer Fiat is struggling to decide whether the replacement for its ageing Fiat Punto light hatch should be a retro-style spin-off of the 500 range, or a more practical, less stylish car that will sit separate to the cutesy Fiat 500 family...


Scion iM concept previews new Corolla-based sports hatch
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Scion iM concept previews new Corolla-based sports hatch

Toyota’s North American performance arm Scion has unveiled the Corolla-based iM concept at the Los Angeles auto show. The Scion iM concept offers a thinly veiled look at a new sporty hatchback based on Toyota’s top-selling small car that will debut in production form at April’s New York auto show...


BMW 2 Series Active Tourer set to stir the pot
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BMW 2 Series Active Tourer set to stir the pot

BMW is confident the 2 Series Active Tourer (AT) will give it incremental growth as it draws from a fast-growing pool of entry-level 'premium' buyers, and snatches sales from rivals such as the Mercedes-Benz B-Class. Pitched as a rival for the B-Class, as well as compact SUVs, the 2 Series AT is perhaps best identified as the first front-drive car from the Bavarian car maker...


2016 Infiniti Q30 spied for the first time
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2016 Infiniti Q30 spied for the first time

CarAdvice’s spy photographers have snapped the Infiniti Q30 for the first time testing on public roads in Europe. The images confirm Infiniti’s long awaited and highly anticipated small car will closely resemble the Q30 concept that debuted at last year’s Frankfurt motor show...


Renault Megane CC Review
Rating: 5.510 /10
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Renault Megane CC Review

Spring is the perfect time for a drop-top introduction, and so arrives the updated Renault Megane Coupe-Cabriolet. Just after winter but before a summer blaze, the sun rediscover the best of its baking heat, the evening air is balmy and the days are magically an hour longer than they were just a few weeks ago...


Honda Civic Review : VTi-L sedan
Rating: 6.510 /10
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Honda Civic Review : VTi-L sedan

The updated Honda Civic offers some good points, but doesn't prove a standout performer in the competitive small car class.

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Peugeot 308 Touring Review
Rating: 8.510 /10
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Peugeot 308 Touring Review

The Peugeot 308 Touring rolled into the CarAdvice garage on a metaphorical red carpet – granted the VIP treatment after its hatchback sibling proved itself a wonderfully complete small car in our first Australian drive late last month. The 308 Touring shares the five-door’s new lightweight platform, major mechanicals, premium interior and elegant exterior design...

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Honda City Hybrid unveiled in Japan
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Honda City Hybrid unveiled in Japan

The first images and details of the Honda City Hybrid have appeared on the Japanese car maker’s domestic website ahead of its official unveiling on December 1. Badged the Grace Hybrid in Japan, the new fuel-sipping sedan will join the Fit/Jazz Hybrid and Vezel/HR-V Hybrid models in the brand’s compact petrol-electric line-up...


Mazda 2 sedan to be revealed this month - report
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Mazda 2 sedan to be revealed this month - report

The all-new Mazda 2 sedan will be unveiled later this month, according to a report out of Thailand. The Bangkok Post reports the four-door body style of the new Mazda 2 city car will make its world premiere at the Thailand international motor expo on November 28 before going on sale in the southeast Asian market in January...


Safety shouldn’t be an optional extra
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Safety shouldn’t be an optional extra

News this week that the all-new 2015 Mazda 2 will not come with some potentially life saving safety equipment as standard has sparked a conversation that needs to be had: should safety cost you more? My opinion is that no, it most certainly shouldn't – for the most part...


2015 Mazda 2 Review: first Australian drive
Rating: 7.510 /10
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2015 Mazda 2 Review: first Australian drive

The all-new Mazda 2 is a more grown up offering than the car it replaces, but has it retained its charm? Matt Campbell finds out.

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Mazda Australia stands by optional safety stance
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Mazda Australia stands by optional safety stance

The all-new 2015 Mazda 2 misses out on some safety items fitted as standard to rival cars, but the Japanese brand’s local arm says customers may not want to pay for them. In no specification does the 2015 Mazda 2 come as standard with a reverse-view camera or front/rear parking sensors...


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...