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  1. High-grade Mazda MX-5 Roadster GT variants set to offer a host of new safety features from next week

    Mazda Australia is expected to update its high-grade MX-5 Roadster GT from late next week with a host of electronic safety equipment.

    The changes will bring the popular Japanese sports car into line with the technology levels offered in its nearest competitor, the closely related Abarth 124 Spider.

     

    Mazda is yet to announce the upgrade, but we understand the arrival of the revised top-shelf roadster will coincide with the launch of the folding-hardtop MX-5 RF – which will go on sale next Friday (January 20).

    Our sources say top-spec MX-5 models will gain LED adaptive headlights, a reversing camera, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert.

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  2. HSV's swansong Aussie supercar comes into focus as performance testing gets underway

    You may have already examined the spy shots HSV wanted you to see, but this is the photo the Holden hot shop didn't want you to see.

    Snapped by a motoring.com.au staffer just after dawn this morning in the outer suburbs of Melbourne, this is an image of what we understand to be the history-making HSV GTS-R W1.


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  3. US charges six Volkswagen executives as German company agrees to pay $6 billion settlement over emissions saga

    Volkswagen has pleaded guilty to three felony counts and reached a settlement with the US government to pay $US4.3 billion ($5.8 billion) in fines and penalties over its 'dieselgate' emissions-cheating scandal.

    Europe's largest car-maker was charged with and pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice, conspiracy and using false statements to import cars into the USA.

     

    The US Department of Justice has also confirmed that six Volkswagen executives have been charged. Three of them are understood to still be employed by the company. The executives charged include the VW Group's former high-ranking head of development, Heinz-Jakob Neusser.

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  4. Top five car bargains for the brave

    They're cheap, fast and luxurious. Until they go wrong...

    There are some cars out there that are only fit for the truly courageous. Not because they're particularly unreliable, but because chances are they'll cost a fortune when something breaks.

    For those willing to take the risk, these cars can deliver tremendous driving thrills at an affordable price, but be ready for a shock come maintenance time.

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  5. Buying Used: Skoda Octavia (2008-13)

    Much more than a VW with different badges, the Skoda Octavia brought variety and a bit of flair to the medium car segment.

    Buying Used
    Skoda Octavia (2008-13)

    History

    People who are very old (or perhaps middle aged with clear childhood memories) may recall the 1960s Skoda Octavia. This Czech-made two-door was built  tough enough to survive behind the Iron Curtain and had possibly the most comprehensive tool kit ever included in a post-WW2 passenger car.

     

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