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2016 Subaru WRX Review: Sandown Raceway weekender

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2016 Subaru WRX Review: Sandown Raceway weekender

Teaming accessible performance with real-world practicality, Dave heads to Sandown Raceway in the 2016 Subaru WRX for the latest weekend warrior track test...

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2016 Ford Focus RS Review: Track Test

2016 Ford Focus RS Review: Track Test

The 2016 Ford Focus RS is an amazing road car, as we discovered here. But how does it go on a proper racetrack? To find out, Ford brought us over to Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia, Spain. This track is home to MotoGP and, in the past, DTM, World Touring Cars and even GT cars. It’s a relatively tight track with plenty of technical corners, well suited to the grippy characteristics of the Focus RS...


2016 BMW M135i Review
Rating: 8.510 /10
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2016 BMW M135i Review

With sharper looks and equipment levels and an even sharper price, is the 2016 BMW M135i the ultimate high-performance hatchback...

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$62,900

2016 Mercedes-Benz A-Class Review
Rating: 810 /10
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2016 Mercedes-Benz A-Class Review

The Mercedes-Benz A-Class has been refreshed for the 2016 model year. We jump behind the wheel to see how it drives.

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$37,200 - $77,900

Honda Civic sedan and coupe : Detroit Auto Show 2016
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Honda Civic sedan and coupe : Detroit Auto Show 2016

Read the article here. The tenth-generation 2016 Honda Civic sedan has just been unveiled in California, and it has a much bolder sense of style in an attempt to bring the carmaker back to its sporty roots. According to John Mendel, executive vice president of Honda North America, “This tenth-generation Civic is quite simply the most ambitious remake of Civic we’ve ever done”...


Chevrolet Spark : Detroit Auto Show 2016
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Chevrolet Spark : Detroit Auto Show 2016

Read the article here. The all-new Spark – which was revealed at the Seoul and New York auto shows in April, and is sold in most markets as a Chevrolet – is quite a different beast to the car it replaces. It has a longer wheelbase, but its height has been reduced by about 40 millimetres...


Chevrolet Cruze hatchback : Detroit Auto Show 2016
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Chevrolet Cruze hatchback : Detroit Auto Show 2016

Read the article here. The new-generation 2016 Chevrolet Cruze has been revealed, but the Australian position on the new-generation sedan remains unclear. The new hatch shares most of its components with the next-generation Cruze sedan, including its 2700mm wheelbase. The hatch does feature a unique roof and abbreviated rear-end design...


2016 Skoda Rapid Spaceback Monte Carlo Review
Rating: 710 /10
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2016 Skoda Rapid Spaceback Monte Carlo Review

Headlining an updated 2016 Skoda Rapid Spaceback, the flagship Monte Carlo has plenty of pluses...

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$22,990 - $25,790

Renault Megane RS275 Trophy-R Review : Track test
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Renault Megane RS275 Trophy-R Review : Track test

You’re looking at the most extreme front-wheel drive hatch currently in production. It’s called the Megane Renault Sport 275 Trophy-R and there will only ever be 250 of them in the entire world. It’s the fastest, most track focused production car Renault’s performance division has ever created...


Chevrolet Cruze RS hot hatch "absolutely" has potential
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Chevrolet Cruze RS hot hatch "absolutely" has potential

A sporty hot-hatch version of the all-new Chevrolet Cruze hatchback revealed at the 2016 Detroit auto show appears imminent. The new Cruze hatchback – which may or may not be sold in Australia – was shown in RS guise, but unlike Chevrolet’s arch-rival Ford, with its Focus RS, the bowtie version is more about looking sporty than offering enormous performance...


Hyundai N Performance: i30 AWD hot hatch likely to open range in two years
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Hyundai N Performance: i30 AWD hot hatch likely to open range in two years

The first Hyundai N Performance model is expected to be a hotted-up, all-wheel drive version of the next-generation Hyundai i30 hatch. How do we know? CarAdvice spoke with Albert Biermann, Hyundai’s recently-appointed head of vehicle test and high performance development, who made it fairly clear that Europe is the target for the first-ever N Performance car...


Top ten passenger, SUV and commercial brands of 2015
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Top ten passenger, SUV and commercial brands of 2015

The results are in, 2015 was a record sales year for the new vehicle market, with about 1.155 million units sold. Read our detailed breakdown with all the data here. But in addition, we thought we’d give a rundown of the top brands across the market’s three main broad sectors — passenger vehicles, SUVs and light commercials, because each list is quite different from the greater overall top ten...


2016 Subaru XV pricing and specifications: Styling and equipment enhancements
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2016 Subaru XV pricing and specifications: Styling and equipment enhancements

The 2016 Subaru XV is on sale now, bringing with it a number of changes over the already enhanced 2015 version. The 2016 Subaru XV small SUV gains new alloy wheel designs, a new front bumper with chrome-edged highlights, a new-look grille and revised headlight inlays and fresh LED rear light clusters...


2016 Subaru WRX Review
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2016 Subaru WRX Review

Back in the late 90’s there was one car that could do it all, and everyone, including me, wanted one. The Subaru WRX – it was an affordable, turbo charged, all-wheel-drive, road-going rally weapon then and you know what, it still is...


Sydney to Berry day trip : Driving the Subaru WRX Premium

Sydney to Berry day trip : Driving the Subaru WRX Premium

There are many fantastic roads around Sydney, you just need to battle your way out of the city first. Once you're free of the snarl, a day trip is well worth the effort, and I'll take any excuse to get away from the hustle and bustle to soak up the amazing scenery and explore more of the many towns that lie within a few hours of home...


Small cars coming in 2016
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Small cars coming in 2016

Small cars coming in 2016 Mainstream small cars Hyundai Elantra – February Toyota Prius – March Kia Cerato update – April Honda Civic – mid 2016 MG 6 – September Alfa Romeo Giulietta update – Q3 DS 4 and/or DS 4 Crossback – Q3 Hyundai Ioniq – Q3 Suzuki Baleno – Q3 (TBC for Oz) Renault Megane hatch – September/October Holden Astra hatch - quarter four Luxury/sports small cars Mercedes-Benz A-Class update (includes A45) – January Mercedes-Benz CLA45 update – Q1 Peugeot 308 GTi – Q1 Ford Focus RS – mid 2016 Hyundai Elantra sports model – Q3 Infiniti Q30 – Q3 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class update – Q3 Volvo V40 update – Q3 BMW 1 Series update – second half BMW 2 Series update – second half...


2016 Mercedes-Benz New Cars
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2016 Mercedes-Benz New Cars

Details of the new and updated Mercedes-Benz models launching in Australia in 2016.   Mercedes-Benz A-Class – January The facelifted Mercedes-Benz A-Class range will arrive in Australia in the first month of 2016, bringing with it revised pricing, new equipment and a new halo model in the form of the Mercedes-AMG A45...


2016 Renault Megane Review : First Drive
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2016 Renault Megane Review : First Drive

The 2016 Renault Megane presents a pleasant mixture of French styling with ultra-efficient drivetrains that should see this small-car offering become a more serious contender in Australia. The new Renault Megane hopes to take on the likes of the Golf and other European contenders in the segment (like the Peugeot 308), and win on merit alone...


Peugeot 308 range reshuffle coming, Golf R Wagon rival unlikely
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Peugeot 308 range reshuffle coming, Golf R Wagon rival unlikely

The planned early 2016 local launch of the Peugeot 308 GTi is expected to be followed by revisions to the rest of the Australian 308 range, but a performance variant of the 308 wagon is unlikely to be among them...


Peugeot Australia "extremely happy" with sub-$45-$50k 308 GTi pricing
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Peugeot Australia "extremely happy" with sub-$45-$50k 308 GTi pricing

Despite pricing for the new Peugeot 308 GTi raising eyebrows when announced less than four weeks ago, the French brand's local distributor says the final figures are better than originally expected. Speaking to CarAdvice at this week’s Peugeot 308 GTi ‘preview’ drive in Sydney, the public relations and communications manager for Sime Darby Motors Group – Peugeot’s Australian distributor - Tyson Bowen, said the group is pleased with the two-model range's $44,990 to $49,990 pricing...