2016 Kia Soul: Manual dropped, price up $500, two-tone paint now standard

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2016 Kia Soul: Manual dropped, price up $500, two-tone paint now standard

The Kia Soul is now an automatic-only prospect following the local division’s decision to drop the manual variant. The discontinuation of the six-speed manual transmission coincides with the introduction of the 2016 model year range, which now includes just one variant, the Soul Si six-speed automatic...

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2016 Renault Megane to premiere at Frankfurt motor show in September
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2016 Renault Megane to premiere at Frankfurt motor show in September

The 2016 Renault Megane hatch will make its world premiere at the Frankfurt motor show in September, the company has confirmed. The new-from-the-ground-up small hatch will, in the words of Renault design chief Laurens van den Acker, be “very sexy” and “very sensual”, and as such should make a tres chic counterpoint to the Volkswagen Golf...


Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet gets cleaner engines and new media systems
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Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet gets cleaner engines and new media systems

The Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet has been updated overseas with a range of new, cleaner-emitting engines and a trio of the latest-generation infotainment systems. Three new Euro 6-compliant four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engines have joined the Golf Cabriolet range: a 77kW 1.2-litre, and 92kW and 110kW 1.4-litre units...


2015 Hyundai i30 Active X Review
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2015 Hyundai i30 Active X Review

Read the article here. This is the new Hyundai i30 Series 2. And this one in particular is the Active X, which Hyundai predicts is going to account for half of all sales of the updated line-up. What’s all the fuss is about? Let’s take a closer look and find out… The Active X is the second-tier model in the new i30 range, which has five variants in total...


Volkswagen Golf GTI Dark Shine lights up Worthersee
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Volkswagen Golf GTI Dark Shine lights up Worthersee

Thirteen apprentices from Volkswagen’s Wolfsburg facility and group company Sitech Sitztechnik have collaborated to produce the one-off Volkswagen Golf GTI Dark Shine that debuted today at the Worthersee festival in Austria. The Dark Shine concept unveiled today at the Worthersee festival in Austria started life nine months ago as a body-in-white three-door Golf GTI Performance hot-hatch...


Volkswagen Golf Biturbo Wagon is a black and blue torque monster
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Volkswagen Golf Biturbo Wagon is a black and blue torque monster

Volkswagen apprentices from Zwickau have produced one of the highlights of this year’s Worthersee festival: the Volkswagen Golf Biturbo Wagon. Fourteen apprentices from the German car maker’s Zwickau production plant collaborated on the bright blue Biturbo Wagon concept that was unveiled in Austria today...


2015 Hyundai i30 Active X Review
Rating: 7.510 /10
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2015 Hyundai i30 Active X Review

How does the 2015 update to Hyundai's i30 small car stack up - Tim finds out.

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$22,090 - $24,390

2015 Toyota Corolla hatch arriving within weeks
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2015 Toyota Corolla hatch arriving within weeks

The 2015 Toyota Corolla hatch, the latest iteration of Australia's top-selling car, will get two distinct appearances inspired by Europe and the US when it goes on sale locally next month. Toyota Australia has confirmed the design of the entry-level Corolla Ascent and Ascent Sport hatch variants will be based on the refreshed Toyota Auris from Europe, while the sporty SX and ZR variants will have more aggressive styling similar to that of the Scion iM hatch that debuted in New York last month...


Five-door hot-hatch comparison : Volkswagen Golf GTI v Peugeot 308 GT v Alfa Romeo Giulietta QV
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Five-door hot-hatch comparison : Volkswagen Golf GTI v Peugeot 308 GT v Alfa Romeo Giulietta QV

Read the article here. The Volkswagen Golf GTI has long been the preeminent hot-hatch for keen drivers. But what if you’re after a European small car with a little extra spice, that isn’t the Volkswagen? What are some alternatives? And how close can they get to the benchmark GTI? Taking on the Volkswagen Golf GTI today, we have the Peugeot 308 GT and Alfa Romeo Giulietta QV...


Volkswagen Golf GTI : 214kW Clubsport concept previews 40th anniversary edition
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Volkswagen Golf GTI : 214kW Clubsport concept previews 40th anniversary edition

Volkswagen has given us an early taste of next year’s 40th anniversary Golf GTI special edition by unveiling of the Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport concept at the Worthersee festival in Austria. The 2016 Volkswagen Golf GTI 40th anniversary edition is set to become the most powerful GTI since the iconic nameplate’s launch in 1976...


Subaru announces Sunshine Yellow Special Edition XV
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Subaru announces Sunshine Yellow Special Edition XV

To promote refreshed pricing of the 2015 Subaru XV range, Subaru has announced a limited edition variant. The Sunshine Yellow XV Special Edition is based on the 2.0i CVT model and features heated leather front seats, leather steering wheel and shift knob, along with unique floor mats and yellow interior stitching...


Volkswagen Golf GTI v Peugeot 308 GT v Alfa Romeo Giulietta QV : Five-door hot-hatch comparison
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Volkswagen Golf GTI v Peugeot 308 GT v Alfa Romeo Giulietta QV : Five-door hot-hatch comparison

The term ‘hot-hatch’ is commonly used to describe a hatchback that straddles the line between performance and practicality. Some skew closer to performance than practicality, while others veer the other way. What happens when you have Volkswagen Golf GTI money, though, but don’t necessarily want to blend in with the tartan-clad German crowd? That’s where the French Peugeot 308 GT and Italian Alfa Romeo Giulietta QV step in...


2015 Peugeot 308 Touring Review
Rating: 8.510 /10
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2015 Peugeot 308 Touring Review

In my day-dreamy, 25-year-old mind, one of the highlights of one day having kids is going to be buying a station wagon something like the Peugeot 308 Touring. While acknowledging that it may not be the most conventional inspiration for procreation, I’m saddened that the traditional family hauler is today so often overlooked – and in many cases not considered at all – in favour of the ubiquitous SUV...

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2015 Peugeot 308 now available from $21,990 driveaway
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2015 Peugeot 308 now available from $21,990 driveaway

The Peugeot 308 Access is now available with driveaway pricing, with the car maker permanently cutting on-road costs from its entry-level small hatchback. The change means the 308 Access six-speed manual now starts at $21,990 driveaway (previously $21,990 plus on-road costs) and the Access six-speed automatic starts at $24,690 driveaway (previously $23,990 plus on-road costs), translating to savings of approximately $1500-$2000, depending on the state of purchase...


2015 Ford Focus ST Review
Rating: 810 /10
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2015 Ford Focus ST Review

There’s a power and performance war at the sharp end of today’s hot hatchback segment - and the latest participant is the updated Ford Focus ST.

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$38,990

2015 Honda Civic hatch pricing and specifications
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2015 Honda Civic hatch pricing and specifications

The 2015 Honda Civic hatch has arrived in Australian showrooms with fresh styling, new technology and extra equipment. The facelifted Civic hatch lands about eight months after it originally broke cover at last year’s Paris motor show. Reshaped headlights with LED daytime running lights and a restyled grille and bumper create a sharper look at the front, while new lower side mouldings muscle up the profile...


2016 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack review
Rating: 8.510 /10
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2016 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack review

The Volkswagen Golf goes off-road with the jacked-up Alltrack Estate all-wheel-drive variant.


2015 Holden Astra VXR Review
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2015 Holden Astra VXR Review

Read the article here. The 2015 Holden Astra VXR has arrived to set the Lion brand amongst the pigeons in the lucrative, highly competitive hot-hatch segment. We’ve seen an Astra VXR in the past – under the HSV brand – and like that European-made performance hatch, the new model is born and bred in Germany under the guidance of Opel...


2015 Holden Cascada Review
Rating: 710 /10
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2015 Holden Cascada Review

As far as European entry-level convertibles go, the 2015 Holden Cascada offers plenty of kit for not a lot of coin.

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$41,990

2015 Holden Astra pricing and specifications
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2015 Holden Astra pricing and specifications

The Holden Astra is back - and there are several versions that buyers can choose from. The revival of the Holden Astra badge - which finished up in Australia under the Lion brand's guidance in 2009 after five generations - will be welcome by small car buyers, though we saw the Astra sold here in 2013 under the guidance of General Motors brand Opel before it pulled out of the local market...