Car News Wrap: Carnival triumphs, V40 safest and Fiesta celebrates

Our wrap up of the biggest car news stories of the week

Car News Wrap: Carnival triumphs, V40 safest and Fiesta celebrates

When it comes to people-movers it looks like Australians are increasingly being drawn to the Kia Carnival.

Sales data from June shows the Kia model outsold its nearest rival, the Honda Odyssey, by 433 sales to 359 sales.

Kia Carnival sales in Australia skipping ahead an impressive 14.6% this year.

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Word of mouth and online dealer reviews have been found to be the best forms of advertising for car dealerships.

The Auto Trader UK car buyer study found 30% of people had bought a car based on either online dealership reviews or the recommendations of a dealership from family and friends.

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If you’re considering a new SUV purchase this year, why not consider the all-new Volkswagen Tiguan.

The new 2017 model will land in Volkswagen dealerships in September and prices will start from $31,990, or about $2,000 less than the price tag the model carried eight years ago.

Standard features in the new Tiguan include a reverse camera and sat-nav.

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There’s no doubting the Kia Sorento is one of the best value seven seat SUVs getting around, in fact it was our Car of the Year in 2015.

Now the Kia model has also had a pat on the back from the US the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

The IIHS awarding the Sorento a maximum top safety pick plus classification.

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The 2014 Volvo V40 has been named the UKs safest used car.

Thatcham Research compared the safety credentials of dozens of used models and all five top placings included cars available in Australia.

The Volvo, with the optional Safety Pack, took top spot, ahead of the 2012 Volkswagen Golf, 2014 Nissan QASHQAI, 2013 Peugeot 308 and 2015 (Vauxhall) Holden Astra.

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Peugeot has announced discounted prices and extra standard features across a large selection of their Australian range.

Models to benefit include the Peugeot 208 Active, which picks up Apple CarPlay and a reverse camera at no extra cost, the Peugeot 308 gets free rego, stamp duty and CTP insurance and an upgrade pack is coming as standard on the Peugeot 4008.

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Ford is blowing out the candles on the Ford Fiesta birthday cake with the model celebrating 40 years.

While only available in Australia since 2002, the Fiesta has been a mainstay of British motoring and continues to be the UKs top-selling car, an honour the little Ford model has held for seven years.

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Holden Malibu owners in Australia can expect a letter from Holden in regards to a rear seatbelt issue.

The recall affects MY15 Malibu cars sold between the 9th and 13th of July.

The ACCC telling us the suspect cars may have been fitted with seatbelts that could detach from their anchor plate.

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Car dealerships should spend more time and resources trying to woo young car buyers.

That’s the message to come out of an Auto Trader study in the UK which found it was 17-24 year olds that were most likely to purchase a car in coming months.

Nearly 50% of the young drivers said they were planning either a new or used car purchase.

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The Kia Picanto is now in Australian dealerships and is proving one of Australia’s favourite micro cars.

The model, the smallest offering in the Kia range, has now also been deemed the most dependable car in its class.

Picanto owners gave the model a thumbs-up in the latest J.D. Power research in the UK.

Meantime Kia was named the third most dependable car brand behind Škoda and Suzuki.

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Just a handful of Infiniti cars sold in Australia are involved in the latest vehicle recall.

The affected models include hybrid-powered variants of the Infiniti M35 and Q70 and surrounds an issue with the cooling system.

Infiniti Cars Australia will be notifying affected owners directly.

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Your local Mazda dealership will have the updated Mazda3 available from next week.

The biggest change being introduced is as upgrade to the models SKYACTIV vehicle dynamics, changes that Mazda tell us will provide a better drive and more get up and go.

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US research has found many small SUVs models have headlights that have been described as inadequate.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tested 21 small SUVs, looking at things like low beam and high beam strength and how the lights responded to different curves and gradients.

All the cars tested met minimum standards for headlights in the US, while some models, including the Mazda CX-3, were found to have room for improvement.

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About Chris Miller 497 Articles
Chris is a writer, co-host of the Behind the Wheel podcast and a self declared car tragic . He is a radio broadcaster by trade and reports traffic for 774 ABC Melbourne, FOX FM and Smooth FM. He also presents a national traffic report on ABC News Radio.

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