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CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for February 17, 2017

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CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for February 17, 2017

Welcome to the CarAdvice.com News Desk, a regular video wrap of the latest happenings in the automotive world and Australia's new-car market. Keeping you in the loop, Tegan Lawson presents a weekly video from the CarAdvice Garage, with everything you need to know about the week in news and reviews...

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2017 Subaru XV leaked in Japanese media
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2017 Subaru XV leaked in Japanese media

The next-generation 2017 Subaru XV has been leaked in the Japanese press ahead of its world debut at the Geneva motor show next month. While the company hasn't confirmed whether these images are real, they were reportedly lifted from a Japanese magazine. In its home market, the new XV is said to offer two powertrain options; a 1.6-litre petrol and a 2...


Mazda MX-5 RF v Subaru BRZ comparison
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Mazda MX-5 RF v Subaru BRZ comparison

Power up front, drive to the back, a stick-shift in the middle – it’s how nature intended sports cars to be. And these two purist offerings – the 2017 Mazda MX-5 RF and the updated 2017 Subaru BRZ – are true to that formula. Both of these Japanese, sporty, fun and affordable cars may follow the same path towards inducing grins, particularly when fitted with manual gearboxes as our test cars are, but there are some fairly large differences between them...


2017 Subaru BRZ review
Rating: 910 /10
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2017 Subaru BRZ review

The Subaru BRZ in manual guise has been subtly tweaked to improve performance and make it an even more impressive affordable sports car. Here, we test the entry-level manual.

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2018 Subaru Liberty facelift revealed - UPDATE
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2018 Subaru Liberty facelift revealed - UPDATE

The facelifted Subaru Liberty has surfaced in the USA, where it is known as the Legacy. Externally, the revised Legacy/Liberty is distinguished by a revised front-end design, which includes new C-shaped headlamps with daytime running lights, a wider grille with a prominent chromed winged slat, and a new bumper design with LED fog lights...


Why I bought a Tesla
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Why I bought a Tesla

Doing what I do for a living has a few perks. Apart from being the coolest job in the world in general, I get to drive around, or be driven around, in a lot of exciting cars. I also get exposed to future technologies, giving me an insight into what the car industry is doing for decades to come...


CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for January 27, 2017
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CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for January 27, 2017

Welcome to the CarAdvice.com News Desk, a regular video wrap of the latest happenings in the automotive world and Australia's new-car market. Keeping you in the loop, Tegan Lawson presents a weekly video from the CarAdvice Garage, with everything you need to know about the week in news and reviews...


2017 Subaru XV teased ahead of Geneva unveiling - UPDATE
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2017 Subaru XV teased ahead of Geneva unveiling - UPDATE

The all-new 2017 Subaru XV will make its debut at March's Geneva motor show, the Japanese car maker has confirmed today. Previewed in concept form at last year's Geneva show, the new 2017 XV will follow its predecessor by building on the design of the regular Impreza hatch...


2017 Subaru WRX update revealed in the USA
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2017 Subaru WRX update revealed in the USA

Updated versions of the Subaru WRX and Subaru WRX STI have been launched in the USA with a sportier front-end design, and numerous improvements under the skin. The revised WRX and WRX STI both feature a new front bumper with more aggressive and sculpted air intakes, and a revised grille. Above: Subaru WRX. Top: Subaru WRX STI. While the 199kW 2...


2016 Subaru Levorg 2.0GT review
Rating: 710 /10
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2016 Subaru Levorg 2.0GT review

Dave jumps into the 2016 Subaru Levorg 2.0GT to find out if the entry-level model can appeal to Subaru enthusiasts and others alike.

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Car colour trends for 2016/17: Brown blooming, red hot, navy the new black

Car colour trends for 2016/17: Brown blooming, red hot, navy the new black

2016 has wrapped up and it's time to look back on the kaleidoscope of cars that have rolled through the CarAdvice garage. MY17 models have been flooding in already, offering up fun new colours and finishes. Let's take a look. We've seen myriad hues, from bright and bold, through to more shades of brown and grey than we ever thought possible...


Subaru BRZ STI Sport concept revealed
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Subaru BRZ STI Sport concept revealed

It isn't perhaps the STI version of the Subaru BRZ that we've all longed for - instead, or more correctly again, the automotive world will be treated to another stylised concept version of the two-door coupe: the Subaru BRZ STI Sport concept...


Small hatchback comparison: Holden Astra v Renault Megane v Subaru Impreza
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Small hatchback comparison: Holden Astra v Renault Megane v Subaru Impreza

The small car market is one of the busiest segments of the Australian automotive landscape, both in terms of sales and for new product – and 2016 in particular proved to be a big year for the humble hatchback. Sales of small cars may have slowed off a little as people move towards the plethora of small SUV alternatives, but make no mistake: this segment still makes up the single biggest proportion of overall new vehicle sales, and it’s dominated by a couple of big-name models...


2017 Subaru Impreza review
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2017 Subaru Impreza review

Read the full article here. Car brands habitually overuse the phrase 'all-new', but in the case of the 2017 Subaru Impreza hatch and sedan range, it's apt. Under the MY17 Impreza's evolutionary skin sits the new modular platform that will underpin next-generation Subarus until 2025; a more tech-savvy and premium cabin; and a different, though conceptually similar, drivetrain...


The Shortlist: Medium SUVs under $30,000 with rear-view camera and parking sensors

The Shortlist: Medium SUVs under $30,000 with rear-view camera and parking sensors

Doing what we do, CarAdvice writers are regularly asked by friends and family members as well as through online enquiries – what car do you recommend for me? Most people can usually identify the top three non-negotiable factors that will guide their purchase decision. In this new series, we look at these cases and single out three cars that fit the brief...


CarAdvice News Desk: All wrapped-up for Christmas
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CarAdvice News Desk: All wrapped-up for Christmas

Welcome to the CarAdvice.com News Desk, a regular video wrap of the latest happenings in the automotive world and Australia's new-car market. Keeping you in the loop, Tegan Lawson presents a weekly video from the CarAdvice Garage, with everything you need to know about the week in news and reviews. Not this time, though...


Next-generation Subaru XV will help make small SUV sales great again
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Next-generation Subaru XV will help make small SUV sales great again

Subaru Australia believes this year’s modest decline in mainstream small SUV sales is a mere blip, with the company predicting double-digit growth in this segment through 2017 driven largely by its all-new XV crossover and the imminent Toyota C-HR. VFACTS figures show that small SUV sales at the affordable end of the market (sub $40,000) are down 1...


Subaru will let you buy the new Impreza online, or at a shopping centre
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Subaru will let you buy the new Impreza online, or at a shopping centre

Subaru Australia’s importer Inchcape is experimenting with the very foundation of its business model, outlining a bold plan to sell the sharper new Impreza online and through a series of new transactional shopping centre stores and pop-up sites. The bold strategy was designed principally to grow the Impreza’s appeal among younger drivers...


2017 Subaru Impreza detailed: New generation expected to double in sales
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2017 Subaru Impreza detailed: New generation expected to double in sales

Subaru Australia is expecting its much-improved new-generation Impreza sedan and hatch range to achieve twice as many sales in 2017 as the outgoing car did this year. The dramatic sales growth in the relatively flat small-car segment — still Australia’s largest by sales, at 19 per cent market share — is expected to spearhead Subaru’s drive to pass its all-time local sales record next year, beating 2016's tally...


2017 Subaru Impreza review
Rating: 810 /10
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2017 Subaru Impreza review

The 2017 Subaru Impreza is the biggest generational change in decades, and it's a stronger competitor than ever as a result.

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$22,400 - $29,190