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Holden embraces its feminine side

A lot has changed since the 1970’s. For Holden, gone are the days of the Football, Meat Pies, Kangaroos and Holden Cars jingle, and Torana and Gemini are no longer in the showrooms...

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Fiat 500L : SUV'd city car gets Vans design treatment
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Fiat 500L : SUV'd city car gets Vans design treatment

The funky little Fiat 500L-Vans design concept has debuted at the US Open of Surfing at Huntington Beach in California, sporting a unique look and styling cues taken from the US-based shoe brand. Based on the five-seat 500L but equipped with four ringed LED driving lights, a two-tone paint scheme, roof racks and a double-decker surfboard carrier, the Fiat 500L-Vans takes inspiration from the company’s original hi-top shoe...


Suzuki eyes small SUV boom from mid-2015
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Suzuki eyes small SUV boom from mid-2015

Suzuki Australia is hopeful of returning to somewhere approaching market leadership in the booming small SUV market from the middle of 2015 when it launches the production Suzuki iV-4...


Subaru XV Black limited edition expands local SUV line-up
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Subaru XV Black limited edition expands local SUV line-up

The limited edition Subaru XV Black has been added to the compact SUVs range, priced from $29,740. Limited to 300 cars and spread across all three existing Subaru XV variants – equipped with both six-speed manual and continuously variable transmissions – the limited edition Black comes at a $1250 premium but adds a claimed $2500 worth of value...


Mitsubishi recalls 1600 4WD diesel Outlander and ASX models
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Mitsubishi recalls 1600 4WD diesel Outlander and ASX models

Mitsubishi Australia is recalling 1626 four-wheel drive diesel-powered Outlander and ASX SUVs due to a possible fault with the vehicles’ transfer cases that could lead to a loss of drive. Split between two models, the recall affects 1324 Mitsubishi Outlander models manufactured between September 12, 2012 and June 18, 2013 and 302 ASXs manufactured between April 16 and June 18, 2013...


BMW X1 Review : sDrive20i
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BMW X1 Review : sDrive20i

The world's first compact luxury SUV still holds appeal - especially in the way it drives...


Infiniti QX30 : Nissan to build compact SUV in the UK, export to the world
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Infiniti QX30 : Nissan to build compact SUV in the UK, export to the world

Nissan will build the all-new Infiniti QX30 compact SUV in the UK for global markets from the second half of next year. Nissan Motor Company chief planning officer Andy Palmer told Automotive News production of the QX30 would begin shortly after the Nissan starts building its base car, the Q30 compact hatchback (pictured in concept form), in mid-2015...


Lexus NX Review
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Lexus NX Review

Lexus's smallest SUV is finally on the road. CarAdvice finds out whether the Q5, X3 and Evoque should be worried...


BMW X1 M: Brand won't rule out small performance SUV
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BMW X1 M: Brand won't rule out small performance SUV

A BMW X1 M performance SUV is on the table as a possible new model, with the brand refusing to rule out any such derivative of its smallest SUV. Any such BMW X1 M would be directly targeted at baby performance crossovers such as the Audi RS Q3 and Mercedes-Benz GLA45 AMG. Those two cars are priced at $81,900 and $79,900 respectively, and offer power outputs of 228kW/420Nm and 265kW/450Nm respectively...


Audi RS Q3 : Facelifted performance SUV spied with minor tweaks
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Audi RS Q3 : Facelifted performance SUV spied with minor tweaks

A subtly updated Audi RS Q3 has been spotted out testing in Germany, months out from its anticipated debut. The first facelift for Audi's first ever RS-badged SUV, the changes appear to be mild, the biggest difference set to be the RS Q3’s front and rear lights...


Suzuki SUV spied by CarAdvice reader in Germany
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Suzuki SUV spied by CarAdvice reader in Germany

An eagle-eyed CarAdvice reader has captured a mysterious new Suzuki SUV undergoing testing near Munich, Germany. The heavily cloaked high-riding Suzuki SUV is likely to be the production version of the iv-4 compact SUV that will sit between the ageing Jimny and Grand Vitara models...


Holden Trax range to get turbo boost
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Holden Trax range to get turbo boost

The Holden Trax will be given a boost to its sales potential with the addition of a new 1.4 turbocharged petrol version. Holden’s baby SUV has been sold in just one variant since its launch in August 2013, powered by a 1.8-litre four-cylinder petrol engine mated to either a manual or automatic transmission...


2014 Ssangyong Korando priced from $27,990 driveaway
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2014 Ssangyong Korando priced from $27,990 driveaway

The updated Ssangyong Korando has arrived in Australian showrooms with an auto-only line-up and a $4000-higher starting price. Ssangyong Australia has cut the slow-selling six-speed manual variants from the revised Korando range, leaving just two six-speed automatic variants: the $27,990 driveaway Korando S 4x2 petrol and the $32,990 driveaway Korando SX 4x4 diesel...


Hyundai ix35 recalled: 32,525 small SUVs with airbag fault
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Hyundai ix35 recalled: 32,525 small SUVs with airbag fault

The country's most popular small SUV, the Hyundai ix35, has been recalled over an airbag fault. The recall affects 32,525 Hyundai ix35 models built from January 2011 to December 2013, and has been caused by a fault with the fitment of the car's steering wheel-mounted airbag...


Kia Sportage pricing and specifications
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Kia Sportage pricing and specifications

The updated Kia Sportage compact SUV has gone on sale in Australia, bringing a revised range and pricing, a new petrol engine and subtle cosmetic tweaks. The new 2.0-litre four-cylinder direct injection petrol engine replaces the existing 2.0-litre mill with multi-point injection. It produces 122kW of power at 6200rpm and 205Nm of torque at 4000rpm, upping its pulling power over the old engine by 8Nm...


Skoda Rapid, Yeti capped-price servicing plans announced
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Skoda Rapid, Yeti capped-price servicing plans announced

New capped-price servicing plans for the Skoda Rapid and Skoda Yeti have been announced. The Czech brand's new Rapid small hatch - which was launched last week in Australia priced from $18,990 - will be offered with the brand's now-standard six-year capped price service campaign, which requires the car to be taken to an authorised Skoda workshop every 15,000km or every 12 months...


2014 Skoda Yeti: pricing and specifications
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2014 Skoda Yeti: pricing and specifications

The facelifted 2014 Skoda Yeti compact SUV has arrived, with a pared down range, lower prices, more standard equipment and a new, less polarising appearance. The Skoda Yeti range is once again kicked off by the 1.2-litre turbocharged four-cylinder 77TSI front-wheel-drive model, known now as Active, with 77kW of power and 175Nm of torque...


Suzuki S-Cross Review : GLX Prestige
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Suzuki S-Cross Review : GLX Prestige

Range-topper of Suzuki's new small SUV has its shortcomings though not in charm or standard kit.


Hyundai US chief hints at future ute, could launch within three years
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Hyundai US chief hints at future ute, could launch within three years

A Hyundai ute looks set to become a reality, following a hint from the company's US chief. Hyundai Motor America CEO Dave Zuchowski was quoted by Autonews as suggesting that the pickup/truck/ute segment is one that cannot be ignored - and it appears clear the brand is aiming to expand its commercial vehicle offering following spy shots of a new large van range making their way to CarAdvice (see image above)...


Suzuki iV-4 SUV : Production version due here in 2015
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Suzuki iV-4 SUV : Production version due here in 2015

The Suzuki iV-4 is set to become a production reality, with Suzuki Australia confirming the road-going version of the funky, tiny SUV will be sold here in 2015. The iV-4 was first shown in concept car guise at the 2013 Frankfurt motor show, and while the model had already been confirmed to make it to production, it won't be a successor to the Jimny model that was axed late last year due to lacking electronic stability control...