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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...

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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...


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...


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...


Renault Megane: next-generation model confirmed for 2016
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Renault Megane: next-generation model confirmed for 2016

An all-new version of the Renault Megane will be on sale in 2016, with the small hatchback likely to see big changes. Renault design chief Laurens van den Acker told CarAdvice that the 2016 Megane will be one of the last models in the French brand’s range to be revamped, following a long line of new cars that have launched already or will launch soon...


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...


2015 Honda Civic Type R : Engineers still "100 per cent confident" of breaking 'Ring record
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2015 Honda Civic Type R : Engineers still "100 per cent confident" of breaking 'Ring record

Honda remains confident the new Civic Type R can still become the fastest front-wheel-drive production car around the Nurburgring despite the bar being raised twice since the car maker’s CEO originally set the ambitious target. Takanobu Ito made the bold claim when confirming the return of the Honda Civic Type R in 2012...


2014 Peugeot 208 GTi 30th - first look
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2014 Peugeot 208 GTi 30th - first look

2014 Paris motor show - Celebrating the 30th anniversary of the acclaimed 205 GTi, Tegan checks out the wildly cool two-tone Peugeot 208 GTi 30th edition.


Opel: 2014 Opel Corsa - first look
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Opel: 2014 Opel Corsa - first look

2014 Paris motor show - Jez takes a look at the new Opel Corsa, a car that could very well become the next Holden Barina.


2014 Peugeot 308 GT SW - first look
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2014 Peugeot 308 GT SW - first look

2014 Paris motor show - Tegan takes a quick look at the forthcoming sporty GT spec of the Peugeot 308 SW - due to land in Australia later this year...


Volkswagen Golf Wagon: week with Review
Rating: 910 /10
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Volkswagen Golf Wagon: week with Review

Everyone knows their way around this particular VW at CarAdvice... or do they? James tries to spend the week with the Volkswagen Golf Wagon.


2015 Hyundai i20 - First look
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2015 Hyundai i20 - First look

2014 Paris motor show - Tegan gets a quick look at the all new Hyundai i20, which is due to arrive in Australia next year.