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2018 Mazda BT-50 teased, here in May

Mazda Australia has teased the revised 2018 BT-50 ute in a single image this week, ahead of a market launch in May. We don't get a whole lot of clues as to what to expect visually, though the company says this will be the BT-50's "second and most comprehensive update since its launch in 2011"...

Takata airbag recall in Australia: Everything you need to know

The Takata airbag recall has become the largest automotive recall in history, affecting more than 100 million vehicles and nearly 20 automotive brands around the world. Among those are some four million vehicles in Australia. Globally, there have been 20 deaths linked to the scandal, and 230 serious injuries...

CarAdvice podcast 96: New York motor show hits and misses!

In the studio this week is Mandy Turner, Mike Costello, and Kez Casey. It's a New York motor show themed car news this week. The Genesis Essentia and Volkswagen Atlas Tanoak concepts have been revealed. The sheets have been pulled back on the 2019 Audi RS5 Sportback and Honda Insight, and a group of popular SUVs – Hyundai Tucson, Toyota RAV4, and Subaru Forester...

2019 Mazda CX-3 revealed, in part

The top-selling Mazda CX-3 small crossover will receive a range of pretty low-key upgrades before the end of the year, as previewed on the US model this week at the New York Auto Show. This is the second upgrade since 2015, and focuses on improvements to driving refinement and cabin feel. The show car appears to be a top-spec version, known as the Akari here...

Mazda begins CarPlay, Android Auto rollout

Mazda has begun its rollout of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, announcing the features will be added to the North American 6 sedan during their summer. At this point, the feature is reserved for the facelifted Mazda 6 in North America, but it's not likely to be long before the technology makes its way to Australia...

2018 Mazda MX-5 pricing and specs

The updated 2018 Mazda MX-5 range has been detailed this week, headlined by new equipment, suspension updates and increased colour options. Price of entry has been increased by $100 to $33,440 plus on-road costs for the entry-level 1.5-litre Roadster manual, while GT models are $1320 dearer than before...

Mazda CX-8 pricing and specs revealed

The incoming Mazda CX-8 will start in Australia from $48,294 drive-away for buyers in the Melbourne metro area, according to dealer documents obtained this week by CarAdvice.  Pricing for other areas, and the usual before-charges prices, were not revealed. These details, still to be made official, suggest the range will kick off with the two-wheel drive Evolve model...

Mazda 3 digital driver display revealed in spy photos

Photos posted to a Chinese forum have revealed what appears to be a large digital driver-information display behind the steering wheel. The screen, replacing the conventional instrument cluster, is shown in two modes: one with separate rev and speed meters, and one with a large combined meter that likely represents a 'sport mode' function...

2019 Mazda EV to have rotary range extender - report

Mazda looks set to revive the rotary engine next year, in the form of an optional range extender for its upcoming electric vehicle (EV). In a new report by Dutch website, AutoRAI.nl, Martijn ten Brink, vice president of sales and customer service for Mazda's European division, said the company's new EV will debut sometime in 2019, and will be similar in size to the Mazda 3...

The week's top news stories: March 4

The automotive news wheel is always turning. If you’re not constantly checking CarAdvice – which you should be doing, by the way – it can be easy for some headlines to slip through the cracks. To make sure you haven’t missed anything important, we’ve gathered what we reckon are the hottest news stories from this week, right here...

CarAdvice podcast 92: Live from Waverley Nissan!

Mandy Turner, Mike Costello and Mike Stevens are live from Waverley Nissan for our first local outside broadcast! In car news, a sweep of German models get a 5-star ANCAP rating, the 2019 Toyota Corolla has been confirmed for Geneva, Mazda 3 pricing and specs have been announced, and we cover the compulsory Takata recall...