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CarAdvice podcast 49: Australia vs The World, the drag race

James Ward tag-teams Paul Maric as they join Mandy Turner to give you a car-news wrap of the Shanghai Motor Show. This includes concept reveals of the Audi e-tron Sportback, 2018 Mercedes-Benz A-Class sedan and MG E-Motion. Plus, the reveals of the Opel Grandland X SUV and BMW M4 CS. James reviews the 2017 BMW 330GT and CarAdvice's company car, the Abarth 595...

2017 Mazda 2 pricing and specs: Standard AEB, improved dynamics and new range-topper

The updated Mazda 2 city car range has launched, bringing with it more safety equipment, claimed dynamic improvements and a new range-topping GT variant to battle the Euros - while keeping pricing unchanged. The mid-life upgrade to one of Australia’s top-selling light cars arrives as sales in this part of the market continue to struggle, despite fuel prices and ever-increasing urbanisation...

2017 Mazda 2 update revealed in leaked brochure

The updated Mazda 2 hatchback has been revealed in leaked images of a Japanese brochure this week, ahead of its local launch next month. Posted online by CarDrive, the images show that this facelift will be relatively minor, with the major changes reserved for the interior and under the skin...

Mazda 2, 3, 6 recalled for seat fix

Mazda has recalled thousands of its previous-generation passenger cars this week, over concerns for faulty seat lifters. The recall centres on the seat height adjustment mechanism, which could see either the adjustment lifter link crack, or the lifter link retaining nuts separate...

Manual sales on the nose, even in the most price-sensitive segments

Manual transmission sales are dipping away across most segments when it comes to new car sales, and the effects are even being felt in the most price-sensitive parts of the market. The light car or city car segment has traditionally been important for manufacturers to offer cheap manual versions of their most affordable models to get buyers through their showroom doors...

2015-16 Mazda 2 recalled for fuel leak fix

Mazda has issued a recall for 1248 of its current-generation 2015-16 ‘DJ’ Mazda 2 hatchback, over concerns a fuel leak could pose a fire risk. The manufacturer reports the welding between the fuel tank and rollover valve (ROV) may peel off over time, causing a fuel leak. A fuel leak poses a fire risk, which is a safety hazard for occupants of the vehicle and other road users...

Mazda 2, B Series, BT-50, RX-8 recalled for Takata airbags: 162,000 vehicles affected

The string of Takata airbag recalls this week continues with Mazda issuing notices for over 162,000 vehicles, including the popular Mazda 2 small car, B Series and BT-50 utes, and the RX-8 sports car. Adding to the Chrysler and Mitsubishi recalls this week, and the Subaru recall issued last week, this latest notice adds to the wider Takata airbag scandal that has affected close to 60 million vehicles globally...

Mazda 2, CX-3, CX-9 recalled for suspension fix

Mazda has recalled 297 vehicles from its 2 city car, CX-3 compact SUV and CX-9 large SUV lines over concerns that a loose nut could cause a loss of steering control. The recall notice affects 58 vehicles in the previous-generation 'DE' Mazda 2 line, along with 217 examples of the new CX-3 and 22 vehicles in the outgoing CX-9 range, sold between the 22nd of February 2013 to 15th of December 2015...

Mazda overtakes Holden in 2015: First full-importer to finish second overall

By beating Holden in the 2015 sales race, Mazda has become the first full-line vehicle importer to crack the top-two in the Australian market for a full calendar year. The Japanese brand sold 114,024 vehicles in 2015, representing healthy growth of 13.2 per cent over 2014. This propelled the company from bronze to silver, given local hero Holden shrunk 3 per cent to 102,951...

ANCAP crash test results: Audi TT scores four stars, Mazda 2 and CX-3 get five

In what is surely a confusing outcome for all involved, the Mazda CX-3 has managed to score the maximum five-star crash rating courtesy of the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) less than a week after it was announced the model scored four stars in Euro NCAP testing...

2016 Mazda 2 hatch gets equipment boost

The Mazda 2 hatch has received a specification update coinciding with the launch of the new Mazda 2 sedan. The entry-level Mazda 2 Neo gains cruise control and rear parking sensors for no extra cost, with prices remaining unchanged at $14,990 plus on-road costs for the manual and $16,990 for the auto...