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Time Machine Tuesday: April 17, 2018

People often say “don’t forget where you came from”. Although we’re focused on every new car, every last detail here at CarAdvice, we have an extensive back-catalogue of news stories, lifestyle yarns and reviews. Here’s a look at what happened on the week of April 17 in years past...

China's LDV and MG making inroads

Sales of China-made new vehicles in Australia have risen 64 per cent to 1727 units over the first quarter of 2018. For context, Q1 sales of Italian-built vehicles were 1032, while 940 Swedish-built cars found a home. The figure for China-made cars almost topped the number sourced from France (1782). The biggest sources of imports were Japan (89,614), Thailand (77,746) and Korea (42,934)...

Review Wrap: Five of the best from March

Missed out on a review this month? Keen to catch up on all the exciting CarAdvice review content from March? We're here for you. Here are five reviews this month that either drew a lot of attention or are simply, in our view, standout stories. 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe review The all-new Hyundai Santa Fe is due to arrive in Australia in just a few months time...

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

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...

I drove a Chinese-made MG and... I liked it

For those of you that made it to our recent Sydney open day, you would’ve seen that our garage is an L-shaped mess, with a stack formation of cars that means first in, last out. As a result, when a car needs to get out, it requires half a dozen people to move those behind it. On one recent occasion, I was handed the keys to the new MG ZS small SUV so that it could make way for another car heading for a photo shoot...

2016 MG6 Plus recalled for rear seat fix

SAIC Motor Australia has issued a recall notice for the 2016 MG6 Plus, as the car is missing its central child restraint anchorage point. According to the company, Core-spec cars were delivered without a child restrain anchorage, falling foul of Australian Design Rule 34/02 in the process...

MG ZS gets four-star ANCAP rating

The new MG ZS has scored a disappointing four stars in ANCAP safety testing, while the Holden Equinox and Hyundai Kona managed five-star ratings. Hindering the MG's success was a below-average 10.46 out of 16 for the frontal-offset test, which saw insufficient inflation of the passenger's airbag, causing the dummy to 'bottom out'...

MG Motor Australia expands dealer network

MG Motor Australia has expanded its dealer network, adding four dealerships – Moorooka (Qld), Redcliffe (Qld), Wagga Wagga (NSW), and Werribee (Vic) – to bring the brand’s dealer network in Australia to 10. The British marque, now owned by Chinese auto giant SAIC Motor, relaunched in Australia late last year with a small range of models...

2018 MG ZS pricing and specs

Australian pricing and specifications for the 2018 MG ZS range have been revealed this week, with the Chinese-owned but British-badged SUV to kick off from $20,990 before on-road costs. Set to compete with the likes of the Mazda CX-3 (from $20,490) and Hyundai Kona (from $24,500), the ZS will be offered in two variants; Soul and Essence - with the latter priced from $23,990 plus ORCs...

MG GS: first Chinese car to get ANCAP five-star rating

Crash safety scorer ANCAP has awarded the updated 2017 MG GS crossover SUV a five-star rating - the first time a vehicle from China has hit the mark. It's a fairly significant milestone, given we're seeing a steady rise in the number of China-made brands and vehicles on offer...