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Holden Spark axed in Australia

Holden has axed the Spark from its line-up, citing low segment volume as the reason for the micro car's untimely demise. The smallest car currently offered in the Holden line-up was introduced as a 2016 model, complete with the lofty goal of setting a "new benchmark" in the micro car class...

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Honda Small RS Concept unveiled - UPDATE
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Honda Small RS Concept unveiled - UPDATE

Update (20/4): Honda Australia has confirmed the Small RS concept, and the Brio it's based on, won't be coming here. The Honda Small RS Concept has been unveiled at the 2018 Jakarta motor show. With its prominent sills, spoilers, wheel arch vents, bonnet scoop, rear diffuser, and blacked-out wheels and grille, the Small RS Concept looks, at a pinch, like a squashed Civic Type R...


Toyota expands Takata recall
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Toyota expands Takata recall

Toyota Australia has issued a notice for previous-generation 2013 Corolla, Rukus and Yaris models as part of the ongoing Takata airbag recall. Affected vehicles are fitted with potentially-deadly passenger airbags, which are susceptible to moisture intrusion over time – this is an extension of the recall issued this time last year, where 111,214 Corolla, Rukus and Yaris units were affected...


Smart ForTwo turned into rolling disco – video
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Smart ForTwo turned into rolling disco – video

There are plenty of cars well suited to carting around the makings of a disco. Vans, for example, have plenty of space for the speakers, lights, smoke machines and equipment necessary for a big party. In a marketing tie-up with a product designer Konstantin Grcic, Smart took what was arguably the least-suited car for carting equipment around – the ForTwo – and turned it into the Mobile Disco...


Ford Fiesta: Core range axed in Australia
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Ford Fiesta: Core range axed in Australia

While the new Ford Fiesta ST has been confirmed for our market, the core models of the next-generation light hatch are unlikely to come Down Under. Speaking with media at the local launch of the Ford Performance sub-brand, Graeme Whickman, CEO of Ford Australia, cited stagnant private sales in that segment as the clear hurdle...


Ford Fiesta ST confirmed for Australia
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Ford Fiesta ST confirmed for Australia

It's official, the Ford Fiesta ST has been confirmed for Australia – though we won't be seeing it until the second quarter of 2019. The Blue Oval delivered the news today at the launch of its Ford Performance sub-brand in Melbourne...


2018 Abarth 595 Competizione review
Rating: 7.810 /10
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2018 Abarth 595 Competizione review

Good things come in small packages, and the MY18 Abarth 595 Competizione could possibly be the most fun you can have for $32K.

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$31 - $33,990

Renault Clio RS18 limited edition unveiled
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Renault Clio RS18 limited edition unveiled

Special editions are popping up left, right and centre from most manufacturers at the moment, but few companies enjoy themed sticker packs like Renault. The previous Clio RS and Megane RS were both subject to countless Formula 1-inspired special editions, and the current Clio RS220 EDC Trophy has been handed the same fate. Meet the Renault Clio RS18...


2018 Citroen C3 arrives from $23,490
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2018 Citroen C3 arrives from $23,490

The Citroen C3 has officially landed in Australia, with the single-variant range to kick off from $23,490 before on-road costs. Sounds more expensive? You'd be right there – back in October the C3 was announced with a launch price of $22,990 before ORCs, though it's currently being advertised from $26,990 drive-away including metallic paint until March 31...


Honda Jazz X-Cross revealed
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Honda Jazz X-Cross revealed

Honda's European division has revealed the Jazz X-Cross, a more rugged-looking version of its popular light hatch for those who may not want to go full-SUV. Basically, the X-Cross is a cosmetic package, adding elements like wheel arch cladding, front and rear skid plates and side protection strips...


2018 MG 3 facelift here in Q3 2018
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2018 MG 3 facelift here in Q3 2018

The updated 2018 MG 3 range has been scheduled for a third-quarter arrival in Australia, the company has told CarAdvice this week. A firm date is yet to be confirmed, but the new MG 3 will get a significant update inside and out, likely mirroring the changes seen in its home market of China (pictured)...


2018 MG 3 spied in Alice Springs - UPDATE
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2018 MG 3 spied in Alice Springs - UPDATE

Update (27/2): MG's local division has confirmed it is expecting the updated MG 3 range in the third quarter of this year. Get the full story here. The facelifted MG3 hatchback has been spied in Alice Springs this week, giving us an early preview of the reworked light car...


Mercedes-Benz X-Class headlines latest five-star ANCAP ratings
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Mercedes-Benz X-Class headlines latest five-star ANCAP ratings

Independent crash-testing ANCAP has released its latest set of safety ratings this week, with the BMW X2, Jaguar E-Pace, Mercedes-Benz X-Class and Volkswagen Polo all receiving five-star safety ratings. Headlining ANCAP's release is the X-Class's standard inclusion of autonomous emergency braking – a first for the ute segment in Australia...


Cupra Ibiza prototype revealed
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Cupra Ibiza prototype revealed

The Cupra Ibiza prototype has been revealed at the launch of Seat's sporty sub-brand, previewing a potential production model. Despite being just a show car, the Cupra Ibiza looks very close to production ready, using the more pedestrian Seat Ibiza as a base – which itself shares its underpinnings with the Volkswagen Polo...


2018 Volkswagen Polo drive-away deals announced
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2018 Volkswagen Polo drive-away deals announced

Volkswagen Australia has today confirmed drive-away pricing for the 2018 Polo, set to start at $17,990 The base 70TSI Trendline is priced from $17,990 drive-away with a manual, identical to the previous list price. It's the same story for the dual-clutch model, priced from $20,490 drive-away. Power comes from a 1...


Opel Corsa EV confirmed for 2020
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Opel Corsa EV confirmed for 2020

Opel has confirmed the next-generation Corsa will be offered with an all-electric powertrain. In a statement released to European press, the company confirmed a pure-electric hatch will follow the regular Corsa, expected to launch in 2019. All versions will be built in Zaragoza, Spain – the first PSA Group facility to produce a pure-electric Opel or Vauxhall model...


2017 Mazda 2 Neo hatch long-term review, report seven: farewell
Rating: 7.710 /10
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2017 Mazda 2 Neo hatch long-term review, report seven: farewell

We've really come to appreciate our Mazda 2 long-termer, but it's time to say goodbye to little Red Rocket.

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$14,990 - $16,990

Renault Zoe to get power bump in Geneva - report
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Renault Zoe to get power bump in Geneva - report

An updated Renault Zoe is expected to debut at the Geneva motor show next month, complete with a slight power bump. In a new report by Autocar, an unnamed source says the new Zoe 'R110' will get an 80kW electric motor – up from the current 68kW – though it's unclear whether the current 250-mile (402km) range claim will be boosted too...


Mazda 2 recalled for parking brake fix
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Mazda 2 recalled for parking brake fix

Mazda has recalled the 2 sedan and hatch, over concerns about the teeth on the parking brake sector gear. According to the company, the shape of the teeth on some parking brake sector gears mightn't be to specification. If the issue occurs, the sector gear and ratchet might suddenly disengage while the parking brake is on, potentially allowing the car to move when parked on a slope...


2017 Mazda 2 Neo hatch long-term review, report six: the road trip
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2017 Mazda 2 Neo hatch long-term review, report six: the road trip

The Mazda 2 Neo has been a great urban runabout for the CarAdvice Melbourne team, but one of the things a car like this is likely to undertake at some stage in its life is tackle a more extended drive. When I think about when I was a teenager (some may argue that it wasn't that long ago), I remember doing a lot of long trips in my parents' old 2000 Honda CR-V, and most friends at the same age did the odd road trip or two as well...