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CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for July 22

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...

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2017 Ford Focus RS Review
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2017 Ford Focus RS Review

This is by far the best hot-hatch for the money, but it's not without its flaws.


2018 Renault Megane RS spied testing
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2018 Renault Megane RS spied testing

A development mule of the next-generation 2018 Renault Megane RS has been spied undergoing testing in southern Europe ahead of the car's expected world reveal next year. As we already know, the next iteration of the French hot hatch will be a significant departure from the current model...


Focus RS drift mode: 'no negative feedback', says Ford Performance global boss
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Focus RS drift mode: 'no negative feedback', says Ford Performance global boss

Recent media hype about 'drift mode' in the Ford Focus RS — a feature that assists the driver in performing a perfectly-crafted drift — has led Ford Australia to defend its position on enabling the feature on Australian-delivered vehicles...


Thank you Ford, for Focus RS Drift Mode
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Thank you Ford, for Focus RS Drift Mode

If you ever needed any more evidence that Australia is descending into a nanny state, just look at the coverage media outlets and social commenters are imposing on us this week. It all centres around the new Ford Focus RS. Along with being one of the safest hatches in the world (it comes with a raft of airbags and stability control, amongst other safety features), the Focus RS is built as a car capable of being used on the road and on the race track...


CarAdvice Podcast episode 12: Focus RS drift mode condemned, Pokémon Go, Mazda3 revealed, and much more
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CarAdvice Podcast episode 12: Focus RS drift mode condemned, Pokémon Go, Mazda3 revealed, and much more

Welcome to episode 12 of the CarAdvice.com podcast! If you missed last week's episode, or you'd like to know more about the show, catch our earlier articles here. This week, Paul Maric is joined by Mike Costello to discuss the latest CarAdvice news and reviews from across the automotive landscape and Australia's new-car market...


2017 Ford Focus RS500 spied testing - UPDATE
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2017 Ford Focus RS500 spied testing - UPDATE

Update - The Rs500 prototype was spied again at the Nurburgring sporting some more visual upgrades. See bottom of article for details. A development vehicle believed to be the new Ford Focus RS500 has been spied testing. While no confirmation of the powered-up hyper hatch has been given, these photos look to be the first clear evidence that Ford is working on an even more powerful version of the already-manic Focus RS hyper hatch...


Ford Focus RS waiting list well into 2017 already
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Ford Focus RS waiting list well into 2017 already

Huge demand for the Ford Focus RS, launching next month, has created a waiting list pushing increasingly deep into 2017. Off-the-chart interest for Ford’s hyper hatch (review here) means the 2016 allocation is essentially spoken for, while some dealers are in a position to exhaust their allocations for next year already as well...


2016 Ford Focus RS to get Mountune upgrades, Australian potential unclear
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2016 Ford Focus RS to get Mountune upgrades, Australian potential unclear

British tuning firm Mountune has revealed details of a performance package designed for the upcoming 2016 Ford Focus RS. The company announced this week the first group of upgrades to be included in the eventual performance package that will make the hot hatch even hotter...


Ford Focus RS RX makes World Rallycross debut with Ken Block - video
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Ford Focus RS RX makes World Rallycross debut with Ken Block - video

The new Ford Focus RS is already one of the quickest and wildest hot hatches in the world - so the Rallycross version, the Ford Focus RS RX, is truly manic. Debuting in Portugal for the FIA World Rallycross Championship last weekend, the Focus RS RX can sprint from 0-60mph (0-97km/h) in less than two seconds - but then, thanks to FIA specifications, so can its rivals...


2016 Ford Focus RS Review: Track Test
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2016 Ford Focus RS Review: Track Test

The 2016 Ford Focus RS is an amazing road car, as we discovered here. But how does it go on a proper racetrack? To find out, Ford brought us over to Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia, Spain. This track is home to MotoGP and, in the past, DTM, World Touring Cars and even GT cars. It’s a relatively tight track with plenty of technical corners, well suited to the grippy characteristics of the Focus RS...


The Ford Focus RS is too cheap
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The Ford Focus RS is too cheap

Here are some interesting facts: the German built Ford Focus RS costs just over €40,000 in Europe, £29,990 in the UK and about US$37,000 in the United States. Convert that at today’s (fast-sinking) Australian dollar exchange rate and that’s roughly $62,000, $61,000 and $53,000 respectively. How much do we pay for the car locally? $50,990...


Ford Focus RS: dual-clutch transmission would've led to more understeer
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Ford Focus RS: dual-clutch transmission would've led to more understeer

The new-generation Ford Focus RS forwent an automatic or dual-clutch transmission to keep weight down on the front axle, but there’s still a possibility a self-shifting unit will make an appearance in the future. Speaking to CarAdvice at the launch of the 2016 Ford Focus RS, Tyrone Johnson, the head of engineering and vehicle manager at Ford Performance, said costs were not the only reason the new Focus RS is available with a six-speed manual transmission only...


Ford Focus RS: all-wheel drive the 'only option'
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Ford Focus RS: all-wheel drive the 'only option'

The head engineer for Ford Performance cars says there was no other option but to use an all-wheel drive system for the new Ford Focus RS, admitting the previous generation’s front-wheel drive setup was already past its peak...


2016 Ford Focus RS Review
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2016 Ford Focus RS Review

It's one of the most eagerly anticipated hot hatches of the year, and we've driven it. Read our review of the mighty Ford Focus RS.


2016 Ford Focus RS production begins, new video details drive modes
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2016 Ford Focus RS production begins, new video details drive modes

The first market-bound examples of the new 2016 Ford Focus RS have entered production in Germany this week, just days before CarAdvice will drive the new hot hatch in Spain. The news is accompanied by a short video (above) of ex-Stig and professional driver Ben Collins offering a brief rundown on the RS hatch’s driving modes - including a fancy ‘drift mode’ function...


Small cars coming in 2016
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Small cars coming in 2016

Small cars coming in 2016 Mainstream small cars Hyundai Elantra – February Toyota Prius – March Kia Cerato update – April Honda Civic – mid 2016 MG 6 – September Alfa Romeo Giulietta update – Q3 DS 4 and/or DS 4 Crossback – Q3 Hyundai Ioniq – Q3 Suzuki Baleno – Q3 (TBC for Oz) Renault Megane hatch – September/October Holden Astra hatch - quarter four Luxury/sports small cars Mercedes-Benz A-Class update (includes A45) – January Mercedes-Benz CLA45 update – Q1 Peugeot 308 GTi – Q1 Ford Focus RS – mid 2016 Hyundai Elantra sports model – Q3 Infiniti Q30 – Q3 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class update – Q3 Volvo V40 update – Q3 BMW 1 Series update – second half BMW 2 Series update – second half...


2016 Ford New Cars
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2016 Ford New Cars

Details of the new and updated Ford vehicles launching in Australia in 2016.   Mustang – January The first customer cars landed in the country in December, but the highly anticipated Ford Mustang officially launches in Australia in January...


2016 Mercedes-AMG A45 Review
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2016 Mercedes-AMG A45 Review

The 2016 Mercedes-AMG A45 has as much Hyde as ever, but now a welcome hint of Jekyll...


Peugeot Australia "extremely happy" with sub-$45-$50k 308 GTi pricing
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Peugeot Australia "extremely happy" with sub-$45-$50k 308 GTi pricing

Despite pricing for the new Peugeot 308 GTi raising eyebrows when announced less than four weeks ago, the French brand's local distributor says the final figures are better than originally expected. Speaking to CarAdvice at this week’s Peugeot 308 GTi ‘preview’ drive in Sydney, the public relations and communications manager for Sime Darby Motors Group – Peugeot’s Australian distributor - Tyson Bowen, said the group is pleased with the two-model range's $44,990 to $49,990 pricing...