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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...

German authorities seeking recall for Fiats with 'illegal' shut-off devices – report

Germany's transport minister wants to take Fiat models that breach emissions regulations off the market, according to a new report by German newspaper Bild am Sonntag. In the article, translated by Automotive News Europe, German transport minister Alexander Dobrindt said the European Commission must ensure Fiat vehicles that do not comply with pollution regulations are pulled from sale...

2014 Fiat Ducato recalled for suspension fix: 15 vehicles affected

Fiat has issued a recall for 15 of its 2014 'FL' Ducato vans over concerns the rear suspension system does not meet required standards. According to the Italian manufacturer, the affected vehicles are fitted with rear suspension leaf springs that may not conform to the "required standard", which can affect vehicle performance...

Brands that lost the most sales in 2016

The Australian new car market hit an all-time sales high last year, up two per cent to nearly 1.18 million units. Many brands experienced record highs, substantial yearly growth, or both. But some went the other direction. Brands that lost out in 2016, by volume, include: Jeep – down 11,798 units to 12,620 The American icon had a bad time in 2016, almost halving its sales over the previous year and falling behind the likes of Isuzu Ute and Land Rover...

The oldest 'new' cars on sale today

There have been some big-name retirements in the automotive landscape recently – the most prominent of them being the Land Rover Defender. But there are some other models out there that have been kicking around for quite a while, so we thought we’d take a look at some of the oldest ‘new’ cars still on sale...

500X, E-Class, Impreza receive five-star ANCAP safety rating

Crash-testing authority ANCAP has awarded the maximum five-star safety rating to three of the latest models to hit the Australian market; the Fiat 500X, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class and the Subaru Impreza. Both the 500X and Impreza achieved high scores in the destructive crash tests, however autonomous emergency braking (AEB) is only available in higher grades in both model lines - something that ANCAP's CEO, James Goodwin, thinks should be addressed...