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2018 Abarth 595 infotainment upgraded, pricing unchanged - UPDATE

Update (28/5/18): FCA Australia has indicated the regular Fiat 500 will be getting the upgraded infotainment system as well. See bottom of article for details. The Abarth 595 line-up has been upgraded for the 2018 model year, bringing an upgraded infotainment display and smartphone mirroring technology...

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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...


Fiat 500 60th Anniversary special-edition arrives from $28,990
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Fiat 500 60th Anniversary special-edition arrives from $28,990

The Fiat 500 60th Anniversary special-edition has arrived in Australia, priced from $28,990 before on-road costs. Following the recently-released 500 Anniversario, the 500 60th Anniversary celebrates the 60th birthday of the 1957 'Nuova' Fiat 500. Differing from the Anniversario, however, is the fact that this latest edition is available solely as a cabriolet...


Kia lobs Australian Open editions
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Kia lobs Australian Open editions

Kia Australia has launched into full swing for this year's Australian Open tennis tournament, detailing a set of tennis-themed special editions based on the Picanto, Rio, Sportage and Stinger. First cab off the rank is the Picanto AO Edition, which features some sporty-looking extras, along with some Babolat tennis kit...


Kia Ray: Updated micro car teased for Korea
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Kia Ray: Updated micro car teased for Korea

Teaser sketches of the updated Kia Ray have surfaced this week, ahead of the new version's debut before year's end. A pair of images were uploaded to the company's social media channels, previewing a revised version of the boxy Korean hatchback which promises to be  cuter and more modern in appearance than the current model...


The Shortlist: Four-cylinder auto for $15,000

The Shortlist: Four-cylinder auto for $15,000

Jas is on a tight budget, looking for a new or ex-demonstrator car with practicality and a compact footprint. Doing what we do, CarAdvice writers are often asked by friends and family, and through our contact page: Which car is best for me? Most buyers can identify the top three non-negotiable factors that will guide their purchase decision...


Kia Picanto X-Line revealed for Frankfurt
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Kia Picanto X-Line revealed for Frankfurt

Kia has unveiled the crossover-styled Picanto X-Line ahead of next-week's Frankfurt motor show, bringing a tougher look to the Korean micro car that's bound to appeal to SUV-obsessed buyers...


Smart teases autonomous EV concept ahead of Frankfurt reveal
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Smart teases autonomous EV concept ahead of Frankfurt reveal

Smart has taken to social media to tease its upcoming concept bound for the Frankfurt motor show next month - an autonomous electric vehicle. Pitched as "the smart vision of urban mobility for tomorrow", not much is given away by the Mercedes-Benz micro car subsidiary other than the image of the vehicle's face posted on Instagram, which replaces the traditional front grille with a screen saying "on my way"...


Suzuki Celerio dropped, for now
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Suzuki Celerio dropped, for now

The little Suzuki Celerio micro hatch has been dropped from the company's local line-up, with the company citing declining demand as the cause. One of the most affordable new cars available in the Australian market, starting at just $12,990 plus on-road costs, the Thai-sourced Celerio develops 50kW of power and 90Nm from its 1...


Datsun Go Live concept revealed in Indonesia
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Datsun Go Live concept revealed in Indonesia

Datsun has taken to the Jakarta motor show in Indonesia to reveal the Go Live concept, previewing the design direction for the next generation of the brand's line-up. Though no longer present in the Australian market, the reborn Datsun brand (a subsidiary of Nissan) has proven popular in numerous developing markets, like Indonesia and India, where it is pitched as a budget offering...


2017 Suzuki Ignis long-term review, report six: farewell
Rating: 810 /10
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2017 Suzuki Ignis long-term review, report six: farewell

After six months in the CarAdvice garage, it's time to say goodbye to the Suzuki Ignis – a micro car we've come to love and appreciate for its value, flexibility and funky design.


2017 Kia Picanto S review
Rating: 710 /10
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2017 Kia Picanto S review

The 2017 Kia Picanto S offers an attractive combination of price and features, punching above its weight when it comes to drivability, too.