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Kia Australia announces 2019 AO Editions

Kia Australia has announced a new trio of Australian Open Special Editions for the upcoming 2019 tennis grand slam, including the local debut of the crossover-styled Picanto X-Line...

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Kia Picanto GT coming early in 2019
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Kia Picanto GT coming early in 2019

Kia will bolster the Picanto line-up with a proper GT variant in the first quarter of 2019, complete with a 1.0-litre turbocharged engine and a choice of transmissions. The car will be joined by another 'mystery' variant for the Australian Open, likely the Picanto X-Line, as Kia looks to continue its dominance of the micro car segment...


Smart ForEase concept unveiled
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Smart ForEase concept unveiled

Smart will celebrate its 20th anniversary at the 2018 Paris motor show with the drop-top ForEase concept. Following in the footsteps of the crossblade and forspeed, the concept aims to offer passengers a "liberated and pure driving experience" by turfing the roof. There's no folding soft- or hard-top, it's just an old-fashioned speedster...


2018 Abarth 595, Fiat 500 infotainment upgraded - UPDATE
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2018 Abarth 595, Fiat 500 infotainment upgraded - UPDATE

The Abarth 595 line-up has been upgraded for the 2018 model year, bringing an upgraded infotainment display and smartphone mirroring technology. UPDATE, 21/9/18: The Fiat 500 has added the 7.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard across the range. UPDATE, 28/5/18: FCA Australia has indicated the regular Fiat 500 will be getting the upgraded infotainment system as well...


Mk2 Golf GTI vs Up! GTI drag race - video
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Mk2 Golf GTI vs Up! GTI drag race - video

The new Volkswagen Up! GTI has been hailed as something of a spiritual successor to the Mk1 or Mk2 Golf GTI. It's light, makes a similar amount of power and, unlike the Polo and Golf GTI in Australia, is offered with a manual transmission. Which is faster, though? With 86kW on tap from a 1...


Volkswagen Up! R-Line revealed for Europe
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Volkswagen Up! R-Line revealed for Europe

The pint-sized Volkswagen Up! has been the latest model in the company's range to get its sporty R-Line treatment, filling the gap between the core range and the full-fat GTI variant. Offered as an optional package, the Up! R-Line gets a unique front bumper design with chrome fog-light surrounds, body coloured side sills, 'R-Line' badging, black roof and mirror caps, rear privacy glass, and 16-inch gloss-black alloy wheels...


Brabus 125R: Limited-run Smart ForTwo revealed
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Brabus 125R: Limited-run Smart ForTwo revealed

Brabus has revealed its latest take on the Smart ForTwo, in the form of the limited-edition 125R. Although power still comes from a three-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine, the boffins at Brabus have bumped outputs from 66kW and 135Nm to 93kW and 200Nm. The bump comes from a modified air intake, a new intercooler, and a recalibrated ECU...


Kia Picanto X-Line coming to Australia
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Kia Picanto X-Line coming to Australia

It appears the Kia Picanto X-Line will indeed make its way Down Under, according to a leaked dealer bulletin obtained by CarAdvice this week. Going by the materials, the Picanto X-Line will be offered later this year as a limited-run AO Edition, with sales to kick off in November ahead of the 2019 Australian Open tennis Grand Slam...


Microlino: Little EV homologated for European roads
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Microlino: Little EV homologated for European roads

Micro Mobility Systems, a Zurich-based mobility manufacturer that specialises in scooters and bikes, has had its new Microlino sub-micro car homologated for European roads, with production to kick off "by the end of 2018". First revealed in 2016, the Microlino is technically a 'quadricycle', meaning it isn't subject to the same level of safety standards as conventional cars...


Smart: Through the generations
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Smart: Through the generations

Smart has officially been around for 20 years. The city-car maker burst onto the scene in July 1998, with a two-seater (the inventively named ForTwo) measuring just over 2.5m long. More than 2.2 million examples have been sold since then, across 46 markets around the world...


2018 Kia Picanto GT-Line review
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2018 Kia Picanto GT-Line review

Kia has bolstered its top-selling micro car range with a sporty-looking GT-Line variant – but is it more style over substance?

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Fiat 500: Two million 'modern' micro hatches sold
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Fiat 500: Two million 'modern' micro hatches sold

Fiat has celebrated building the two millionth 'new 500' since launching its reborn light hatch in 2007. More than six million 500s have been shifted since the legendary original was launched in 1957, for reference. According to the company, 80 per cent of 500 sales come from outside Italy, making it the most popular Fiat globally...


2019 Renault Twingo spied
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2019 Renault Twingo spied

A development prototype for the facelifted Renault Twingo has been spied this week, previewing an upcoming refresh for the French brand's littlest family member. It looks like the Twingo will get revised front and rear treatments to echo the designs of the company's latest models – think Megane, Koleos and Scenic – with front fascia details spanning the width of the vehicle...


Holden Spark axed in Australia
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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...


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...


2018 Kia Picanto GT-Line pricing and specs
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2018 Kia Picanto GT-Line pricing and specs

Australian pricing and specifications for the new 2018 Kia Picanto GT-Line have been announced this week, with the sporty-looking micro hatch kicking off from $17,490 drive-away. Basically a permanent version of the AO Edition launched earlier this year, the GT-Line brings a raft of visual upgrades inside and out for a more athletic feel...


Kia Picanto GT-Line confirmed for Australia
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Kia Picanto GT-Line confirmed for Australia

The sport-themed Kia Picanto GT-Line has been confirmed for an Australian launch in the coming months, set to sit atop the micro car range locally. While pricing is yet to be released, the GT-Line will essentially mirror the specification of the limited-run AO Edition released in January, meaning a body kit, dual exhaust tips, 16-inch alloy wheels, projector headlights with LED daytime-running lights, LED tail-lights, 'premium' leather-look/cloth seats with red accents, and alloy sports pedals are part of the deal...


Abarth 695 Rivale revealed
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Abarth 695 Rivale revealed

The Abarth 695 Rivale has been revealed for the Geneva motor show, representing the latest in a series of boutique special editions of the Italian hot hatch. Developed in partnership with world-famous Italian boat maker, Riva, the 695 Rivale is dubbed "the most sophisticated of all Abarth creations and the perfect blend of elegance and performance"...


2018 Toyota Aygo facelift revealed
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2018 Toyota Aygo facelift revealed

Toyota has unveiled a facelifted Aygo in Europe, with a revised nose and more sound deadening inside. The A-segment hatchback, which sits below the Yaris in the Toyota Europe line-up, shares its underpinnings with the Citroen C1 and Peugeot 108. Toyota has sold more than 85,000 examples since 2014, and the car holds a 6.6 per cent market share...


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...