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Australia is one of the most diverse, fragmented automotive markets in the world. We have more brands to choose from than the US, where 15-times more vehicles are sold...

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Toll roads: I want a refund
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Toll roads: I want a refund

Imagine buying anything, and I mean anything at all, and it didn’t work as advertised. Imagine a TV, for example, that only broadcast three channels. Or a toaster that refused to pop up. Or imagine buying a box of chocolates and when you opened the box, you discover half of them are missing...


Mocking BMW's niche cars says more about you, than it
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Mocking BMW's niche cars says more about you, than it

Forget the aphorism about opinions being like arseholes. Not everyone has them, and many of those who do are bang on. Yet like clockwork, any yarn about a niche model, strange derivative, new body type, is met by derisive fervour - sourced from those clearly unaware of irony...


Electric cars are nowhere
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Electric cars are nowhere

The Frankfurt motor show is big. It’s like if they took Sydney’s international and domestic airports, tripled it in size, took away any form of cohesive internal transport and put lots of cars in it. Even then, I think the Frankfurt show is bigger. Every two years when I attend the show I always vow that next time, I will actually see things...


2017 Frankfurt motor show: Hits and misses
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2017 Frankfurt motor show: Hits and misses

The opening press days of the 2017 Frankfurt motor show have now wrapped up, with the year's biggest motor show now open to the public. This year's event brought us a host of new production models and concepts, and more than a few hints at what we can expect to see on the road in the years ahead. For a full list of the big unveilings, see our What To Expect article...


Honda's reborn Civic is this year's sweetest concept
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Honda's reborn Civic is this year's sweetest concept

'Reborn' Civic? The Civic never died! True enough. Honda's global small car is now into its 10th generation, making it one of the longest-running nameplates on the market. But, like most cars that claim decades-old lineage, the Civic has more than a few times come out of its cocoon bigger than before and with an all-new look...


A QLD Police officer's random act of kindness
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A QLD Police officer's random act of kindness

Last week I was told of an event that helped me regain a little faith in humanity. The story went that a Queensland police officer had pulled over a car for rolling on bald tyres, but instead of giving them a defect to further compound their financial problems, he made them follow him to a tyre shop and bought them four new tyres - with his own money - and let them on their way...


I think I'm going to lose my bet.
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I think I'm going to lose my bet.

The bet was a simple one. I reckoned that the new Mercedes-Benz X-Class would sell more than 5000 units in its first full year on sale in Australia. I even wrote it on one of the many whiteboards at our office, to which my colleague Rob laughed and suggested a less ambitious number...


Five-year warranties should be standard
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Five-year warranties should be standard

It’s time we start asking car companies to up their written warranties . There is simply no good reason a Kia Sportage should have a seven-year warranty while a Toyota RAV4 is offered with only three. Is Toyota suggesting its product is not as good as a Kia? Is that the reality, in 2017? No, Toyota has it easy, knowing it can sell the RAV4 in high numbers through its reputation for quality, durability and reliability...


Korean cars are cool now. Deal with it.
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Korean cars are cool now. Deal with it.

The first car I ever drove – and the car I learned to drive in – was a second-generation X2 Hyundai Excel. It was red. It was not faster than anything. At the time, too, Korean cars were about as far from being ‘cool’ as you could imagine. There are some cars people get excited about at the mere mention of their name: think R8, M3, Diablo, F1, etc...


I've just about had it with camouflage cars
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I've just about had it with camouflage cars

Camouflage wrap used to be cool. Wind back the clock five years and camouflage was an effective way for automotive manufacturers to disguise their new or development prototype cars from prying eyes. That was its only purpose.  These flashy black-and-white wraps were made to hide the finer details of the design of new models, or to keep you guessing as to what the car may actually be...


Suzuki is Australia's loveable underdog
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Suzuki is Australia's loveable underdog

Ten years ago a visit to your neighbourhood Suzuki dealer promised as much excitement as doing three years worth of tax returns. But, like a few other Japanese brands of late - Honda comes immediately to mind - humble little Suzuki has suddenly pulled its finger out...


At last, Peugeot and Citroen have a shot at success in Australia
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At last, Peugeot and Citroen have a shot at success in Australia

À propos du temps! That’s French for ‘about time!’, in reference to the fact that Sime Darby is no longer the Australian distributor for Peugeot, Citroen and DS. The news that Groupe PSA, the company that runs the three French brands, has moved on to a new local distributor – Inchcape, the same guys who have transformed Subaru from an odd-ball outsider to a properly appealing 'household name' car brand – is excellent for all parties...


2017 Shanghai motor show: Hits and misses
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2017 Shanghai motor show: Hits and misses

The opening press days of the 2017 Shanghai motor show have now wrapped up, with the biggest motor show in the region - and indeed, one of the biggest in the world - now open to the public. This year's show brought us a host of new production models and concepts - some weirder than others - and more than a few hints at what we can expect to see on the road in the years ahead...


Could investing in a limited edition car be better than investing in property?
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Could investing in a limited edition car be better than investing in property?

The 2017 HSV GTSR W1 marks the end of Australian manufacturing, along with the production of Australia's fastest and most powerful car ever built. It also represents one of the most expensive locally produced cars with an asking price of $169,990, before on-road costs. We've even heard of some buyers paying over $250,000 to secure their spot in the line...


2017 New York motor show: Hits and misses
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2017 New York motor show: Hits and misses

The opening media presentation day for this year's Shanghai motor show is now in full swing, but the 2017 New York motor show is still going strong. The Big Apple’s motor show isn’t the biggest, but it can always be relied on for a handful of important premieres – and this year has been no exception...


Aqua is back, baby!
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Aqua is back, baby!

You guys, have you noticed? Aqua is back. No, I’m not talking about the shit band from the 2000s that had the hit about Barbie. I’m talking about the colour. On cars, specifically. In even more specific terms, car brands are seemingly embracing the idea that not all cars have to be black, white, grey or silver, though the targeting is very much where you’d expect it – at the younger buyer group, the ones who aren't going to be spending more than about $40,000 on a car...


Sport mode: Get it right, or get...
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Sport mode: Get it right, or get...

Call me old fashioned, but I reckon it's bullshit. There are a stack of reasons I love my 1989 Nissan Sil80. It’s manual. It’s rear-wheel drive. It’s turbocharged. The thing I love about it more than anything else, though, is when you turn the key (oh yeah, it’s got one of those too), that’s it...


Autonomous cars will be awesome for Aussies
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Autonomous cars will be awesome for Aussies

Sydney to Melbourne. It's the trip by which all other trips are measured when it comes to a great Australian drive. And just imagine when the day comes that you'll be able to drive from Sydney to Melbourne without touching the accelerator, the brake pedal or the steering wheel as your car ferries you between the two biggest cities in the country - and all you have to do is go along for the ride...


Nurburgring lap times are now meaningless
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Nurburgring lap times are now meaningless

There was a time, not too long ago, when a lap time of under eight minutes around the infamous Nurburgring, truly meant something. It was a crude but accepted method for being able to compare one extra-special car’s track ability with another. These days, though? These days, the exercise is utterly irrelevant...