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Fiat Chrysler sued over diesel emissions cheating, Mercedes-Benz offices raided

In the wake of Volkswagen's Dieselgate scandal, Fiat Chrysler and Mercedes-Benz have been cast into the spotlight, as authorities on both sides of the Atlantic have launched new actions into possible cases of emission testing defeat devices being used to illegally pass vehicles for sale...

2017 Fiat 500L facelift unveiled

The facelifted Fiat 500L has been unveiled, and it's claimed that 40 per cent of its components are new. Visually, the updated 500L is distinguished by new headlight internals with LED driving lights. The front and rear bumpers have also been restyled, with the lower air intakes given a wider design and extra lashings of bright work...

Fiat Argo: Punto replacement revealed in Brazil

The new Fiat Argo hatchback has been unveiled in Brazil. Details about the new car are thin on the ground, but a report in Flat Out states the new Argo will replace the Punto hatch, which dates back to 2005. The new Argo will also serve as a successor of sorts for the second-generation Palio hatch sold primarily in emerging markets...

Seat 600: Spain's Fiat-based people's car restored for 60th birthday

The Seat 600, the car that put Spain on wheels in the aftermath of its devastating civil war, is having its 60th birthday this month. To celebrate, the Spanish marque restored a 600 convertible, and is displaying it at the Barcelona motor show, which is currently under way. The car was hand restored by a team of around 30 people...

2017 Abarth 595 here in October

The facelifted 2017 Abarth 595 hot hatch range will finally arrive in Australia this October, more than a year after it was first revealed. Speaking with CarAdvice, director of corporate communications at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) Australia, Glenn Butler, said the hold-up was due to a change in manufacturing procedures for our market...

2017 Fiat 500 Mirror adds latest smartphone tech

The special-edition 2017 Fiat 500 Mirror has been revealed in Europe with the latest smartphone connectivity, but it appears buyers in Australia are set to miss out. The new Fiat 500 Mirror model is named after its smartphone mirroring tech, with the media system including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto - two in-demand items from consumers, particularly in the city car segment of the market...

Five niche cars with growing sales

Everyone loves a left-of-centre battler, but when it comes to cars, few buy them. At least in a market like Australia, which is hugely competitive but dominated by a small number of big fish like Toyota, Mazda, Holden and Hyundai. But a scan through VFACTS sales figures also shows that, every year, there are a few lesser-known cars that for a variety of reasons enter another gear, sales-wise...

Volkswagen chief turns down Fiat Chrysler boss' call for a merger

The head of the Volkswagen Group has flatly stated on the record that he's not interested in a merger with Fiat Chrysler (FCA). Earlier this week, Marchionne told Bloomberg and other media outlets at the Geneva motor show that he had "no doubt that at the relevant time VW may show up and have a chat" about a merger between the two automakers...

2017 Fiat Ducato recalled for camshaft fix

Fiat has issued a recall for 56 of its 2016 and 2017 Ducato vans fitted with the 2.3-litre 'Multijet' engine over concerns the camshaft could crack. The Italian company reports the camshaft could crack while the vehicle is in use due to a manufacturing fault. If the conditions occurs, the vehicle could stop suddenly, posing a safety risk for occupants of the vehicle and other road users...

2017 Audi Q5 gets five-star EuroNCAP rating, others fare worse

The 2017 Audi Q5 has received a five-star safety rating from independent crash-testing authority Euro NCAP, ahead of its Australian launch later this year. Scoring 93 per cent for adult occupant protection, 86 per cent for child occupants, 73 per cent for pedestrian protection and 58 per cent for safety assist systems, the Q5 showed good all-round performance - dropping points mainly due to the lack of a lane support system as standard equipment...

CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for February 10, 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...