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...

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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
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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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$37,490

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
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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...


Holden Barina Trio : Bonus features for base city car
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Holden Barina Trio : Bonus features for base city car

The special edition Holden Barina Trio has joined the brand’s city car line-up, adding three new features to the base model for just $1000. Based on the entry-level Holden Barina CD hatch, the Trio gets an electric sunroof, front fog lights, and the brand’s MyLink infotainment system – features that Holden claims have a combined value of more than $2000...


Peugeot 308 GT Line offers warm-hatch styling on a budget
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Peugeot 308 GT Line offers warm-hatch styling on a budget

Those keen on the look of the new Peugeot 308 GT but with only the budget for something cheaper can now get the best of both worlds thanks to the introduction of the Peugeot 308 GT Line. The GT Line makes many of the sporty styling elements previously unique to the 308 warm-hatch and -wagon available to five different petrol and diesel engine variants...


2016 Ford Focus RS : 240kW hot-hatch takes shape
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2016 Ford Focus RS : 240kW hot-hatch takes shape

The third-generation Ford Focus RS has moved into the next development stage, with CarAdvice’s spy photographers spotting the new high-performance hatchback testing at Germany’s Nurburgring. The fresh images – which come about four months after our spies snapped an early prototype of the new RS on public roads in Michigan – give us our best look yet at the blue oval’s upcoming flagship hot-hatch that’s set to launch in 2016...


2015 Opel Corsa OPC Line models revealed
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2015 Opel Corsa OPC Line models revealed

The 2015 Opel Corsa OPC Line is not the full-blown hot-hatch range expected from the German arm of General Motors, but the new styling packs hint at future faster models bearing Opel Performance Centre badging. The newly unveiled Corsa OPC Line receives a range of styling changes including a new lower lip spoiler at the front, side skirts, and a tailgate-mounted rear spoiler...


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...