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Every car leaving the Australian market in 2020

It was a big year for automotive in 2020, with the exit of Holden, the cancellation of international motor shows and the Australian Grand Prix due to coronavirus, and the steady decline of new car sales. In a challenging climate, it's perhaps unsurprising that carmakers reduced their ranges, discontinued under-performers and replaced older models with hybrids, electric cars or new creations altogether...

Abarth 124 Spider dead in Australia, all stock sold out

The Abarth 124 Spider has been cut from the brand's Australian line-up. Fiat Chrysler Australia has confirmed it has axed the turbocharged Abarth roadster from the local range, a little over four years since it launched Down Under in late 2016...

Car News Daily podcast: Your daily download

Plenty has happened in the world of car news over the last 24 hours. If you haven't had time to read all the news on CarAdvice.com, catch up on your way home with Car News Daily, as Mandy Turner reads each news story word-for-word...

Fiat 124 Spider future in doubt – report

In a move that doesn’t bode well for the future of the Fiat 124 Spider, the Mazda MX-5-based drop-top has been dropped from Fiat’s European range. That includes its sportier Abarth 124 Spider counterpart, the only 124 variant offered here. What distinguished the car the most from its Mazda MX-5 twin – the 1...

Fiat 124 Spider is 'profitable', but successor seems unlikely

It might be a slow seller, but the Fiat 124 Spider is still a "profitable business" for the Italian brand. In an interview with Autocar, Fiat CEO Olivier François said the car remains in the black "only because of the joint venture" with Mazda. The Fiat 124 Spider is built alongside the Mazda MX-5 in Japan...

Automotive Industry Insights podcast: LIVE from our 11-ute comparison

Join us for our first episode of Automotive Industry Insights with Mandy Turner, Paul Maric, and Josh Dowling, live from the Melbourne 4x4 Proving Ground for our massive 2019 dual-cab ute comparison! We get to know the new CarAdvice and Drive CEO, Alex Parsons. Kez Casey compares the 2019 Abarth 124 Spider and Mazda MX-5 Roadster...

Fiat outlines its model plans beyond the 500

Fiat has revealed its plans for a range centred around the premium-compact 500, which will sit alongside value-focused larger models in its line-up going forward. "We will be present in the C-segment [Volkswagen Golf class] but not much more. All models will sit within 3.5 metres and 4.5m [long]. This is where Fiat will play," Olivier François, the CEO of Fiat, told Autocar in an interview...

2016-18 Abarth 124 Spider recalled

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has recalled the 2016-2018 model-year Abarth 124 Spider over concerns automatic models could suddenly shift into first gear while the vehicle is in motion. The manufacturer says incorrect software in the transmission control module could make the car engage first gear when in moving in 'D'...

Abarth 124 Rally Tribute, 595 esseesse revealed

Abarth has revealed the 124 Rally Tribute and 595 esseesse as part of the company's 70th anniversary celebrations. The Italian performance brand's new models each have a unique flavour, which are both claimed to be "authentic expressions of the brand's racing soul and its glorious past in motorsport"...

Abarth 595, 124 Spider 70th Anniversary editions unveiled in Europe

Abarth is marking its 70th birthday, at least in Europe, with special badging standard across the entire range. At the launch event at the Monte Carlo rally, the company said these badges will make all vehicles registered this year "unique and exclusive". As far as the 124 Spider goes, the specially-designed badge seems to be the only change of note...

Abarth 124 Spider nabs Guinness World Record

The Abarth 124 Spider is now a Guinness World Record holder, teaming up with stunt driver Alastair Moffatt to achieve the feat. Piloting a standard 124 Spider, Moffatt completed five figure eight maneuvers in succession between two other Abarth 124 Spiders, in a record 45.66 seconds...

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