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Kia tops US JD Power quality survey again, VW beats Toyota

Kia has once again come out on top of the JD Power Initial Quality Study in the United States, making it the second year in a row the Korean manufacturer has ranked highest in the independent survey...

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2016-17 Mazda 2, CX-3 recalled for brake fix
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2016-17 Mazda 2, CX-3 recalled for brake fix

Mazda has issued a recall for 705 vehicles across its 2016 and 2017 Mazda 2 and CX-3 model lines, over concerns damaged brake hose clips could cause a fluid leak. The Japanese manufacturer reports a manufacturing fault may have damaged the surface finish on the brake hose clips during installation...


Ford ‘may have missed the elevator’ in the small SUV segment
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Ford ‘may have missed the elevator’ in the small SUV segment

The Ford EcoSport was one of the early arrivals in the now-booming small SUV segment, and that may well be the reason it has struggled for relevance, according to the company’s local chief. Ford Australia president and CEO, Graeme Whickman, told CarAdvice at the launch of the 2017 Ford Transit Custom that the booming small SUV segment is becoming even more important than it was in the past...


Jaguar E-Pace: Sub-$50k SUV teased ahead of July 13 reveal - UPDATE
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Jaguar E-Pace: Sub-$50k SUV teased ahead of July 13 reveal - UPDATE

Update - The side profile of the Jaguar E-Pace has been revealed in an additional teaser image The upcoming 2018 Jaguar E-Pace has been teased this week in a pair of images, ahead of its official debut on July 13 and Australian launch early next year. While full details are still to come, Jaguar Australia says we can expect the E-Pace to land locally below $50,000 - before on-road costs...


2018 Hyundai Kona: First look
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2018 Hyundai Kona: First look

See the full story here. The 2018 Hyundai Kona is the Korean brand's first global compact SUV, developed to challenge models like the Mazda CX-3 and Toyota C-HR when it arrives in Australia around October this year. CarAdvice attended the international reveal of the Kona in Seoul, South Korea, where we were given the opportunity to get a quick go behind the wheel of a pre-production car at Hyundai's research and development centre in Namyang...


2018 Kia Stonic leaked online
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2018 Kia Stonic leaked online

UPDATE: The Stonic has now been officially revealed. Details and images here. The upcoming 2018 Kia Stonic has been leaked online by Spanish media this week, giving us a first look at the company's first compact SUV - though don't expect to see it in Australia anytime soon. Autodato...


CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for June 16, 2017
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CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for June 16, 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...


2018 Hyundai Kona review: Quick drive

2018 Hyundai Kona review: Quick drive

James Wong takes the all-new 2018 Hyundai Kona for a quick spin at the company's R&D facility in Namyang, South Korea, ahead of its Australian launch.


2017 Honda HR-V Limited Edition unveiled
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2017 Honda HR-V Limited Edition unveiled

There's a new value-focused 2017 Honda HR-V Limited Edition variant in the model range, with the re-added VTi-based model packing in a few extras. In a similar move to one made last year for the Honda HR-V, the brand's Australian arm says it has added $3600 of extra value to the Limited Edition specification, but at a cost of just $1425 over the regular VTi – as such, the new Limited Edition version has a drive-away price of $28,990...


Hyundai Kona EV due in 2018, 390km range targeted
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Hyundai Kona EV due in 2018, 390km range targeted

The just-revealed 2018 Hyundai Kona is set to spawn an all-electric version sometime next year, company executives have confirmed. Speaking at the global reveal of the new small SUV, a panel of executives - which included vice chairman, Euisun Chung, Kona lead engineer, Chanbok Chung vice president of styling, SsangYup Lee and senior vice president at the Hyundai Motor Design Centre, Luc Donckerwolke - said the company is "targeting a mass-production of Kona EV from next year"...


2018 Hyundai Kona revealed: Photos and Australian details
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2018 Hyundai Kona revealed: Photos and Australian details

The 2018 Hyundai Kona has been officially revealed today, slotting in beneath the mid-sized Tucson in the Korean manufacturer's SUV line-up. Hyundai's little crossover will be released in its home market of Korea later this month before rolling out in North America and Europe. Australian cars will start hitting showrooms by late September or early October...


Mitsubishi small SUV a must, operations boss says
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Mitsubishi small SUV a must, operations boss says

The Mitsubishi ASX may well play in the small SUV segment, and its new sibling the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross probably will, too – but the company reckons it needs an even smaller model to slot beneath those vehicles. Trevor Mann, Mitsubishi Motors chief operations officer, said he thinks there’s space for a sub-ASX model on the company’s books...


CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for June 9, 2017
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CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for June 9, 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...


2018 Kia Stonic previewed in new sketches - UPDATE
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2018 Kia Stonic previewed in new sketches - UPDATE

The upcoming new Kia Stonic compact SUV has been previewed today for the first time, but don't expect to see this one in Australia. Speaking with CarAdvice today, local communications manager Kevin Hepworth reaffirmed that the compact Kia SUV destined for Australia is not the one we'll see unveiled in the weeks or months ahead...


2016 Mercedes-Benz CLA, GLA recalled for airbag fix
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2016 Mercedes-Benz CLA, GLA recalled for airbag fix

Mercedes-Benz has issued a recall for nine vehicles across its popular 2016 CLA and GLA model lines over concerns the left window airbag may be faulty. The German marque reports the inflator on the left-side window may not have been manufactured to the correct specification, and as a result may not deploy properly...


Citroen C4 Aircross, Peugeot 4008 recalled for tailgate fix
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Citroen C4 Aircross, Peugeot 4008 recalled for tailgate fix

The Citroen C4 Aircross and Peugeot 4008 have been recalled this week for a suspected fault of the vehicles's tailgate gas springs. Both French manufacturers report that an insufficient anti-corrosion coating was applied to the end cap on the outer tube of the tailgate gas springs, which could cause corrosion...


2017 Mercedes-Benz GLA: Initial pricing and details revealed
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2017 Mercedes-Benz GLA: Initial pricing and details revealed

Initial pricing and specifications for the facelifted 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLA range have been announced, with the updated small crossover to kick off in Australia from $43,900 plus on-road costs. Distinguished by a revised front grille, front and rear bumpers, along with new head- and tail-light clusters, the facelifted GLA also gets several equipment upgrades over the model it replaces...


Volvo Australia confident V40 can remain a viable option when new SUV lobs
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Volvo Australia confident V40 can remain a viable option when new SUV lobs

The Volvo small car range is set to boom with the addition of the all-new Volvo XC40 compact SUV, and in some people's minds there is a question over how the Volvo V40 will fit in that space when that happens. While you may not spot a Volvo V40 every day when you’re stuck in traffic, the brand has had a reasonable amount of success with the current-generation small hatchback model...


Volkswagen eyeing hot R-badged SUVs - report
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Volkswagen eyeing hot R-badged SUVs - report

The boss of Volkswagen is said to have confirmed the company is working on high-performance 'R' versions of its SUV models, according to a new report out of the UK this week. Speaking with Auto Express, Volkswagen chief Herbert Diess said the company is right now developing several SUV R models to expand its performance line-up...


Volvo XC40 offers ‘significant potential’ for Swedish brand’s Australian arm
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Volvo XC40 offers ‘significant potential’ for Swedish brand’s Australian arm

The first ever Volvo XC40 compact luxury SUV could well be a game-changer for the Australian arm of the Swedish brand, as the market increasingly moves towards small SUVs. The all-new Volvo XC40 will be the brand’s first ever compact SUV, giving it a rival to the likes of the Audi Q2 and Q3, BMW X1, Mini Countryman and Mercedes-Benz GLA...