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New A-Class Mercedes Concept

A Class Mercedes concept
Shanghai Motor Show reveals an all new style. Concept A is an appetiser for the A-Class sedan expected to join the MFA family as part of the platform's second-gen roll-out, which will start with the updated A-Class hatch later this year. Its deliberately minimal styling approach features a side profile notably free of the tucked and folded body lines seen on other Benz models, following the example set by the recently launched E-Class Coupe. “The time of creases is over,” said...
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BMW 340i M Performance Review 2017

BMW 340i M
  Would you consider an "almost" M3 to save $$$$$s? It’s a quandary. After all, the M3 is a highly-accomplished and incredibly focused sports sedan, but that’s perhaps its greatest issue. To some, it may be too focused. So, could a roided-up BMW 340i M  step in as a more street-friendly (and budget-friendly) package? BMW’s M Performance catalogue may provide the answer. WHAT IS IT? A regular ol’ BMW 340i sedan, except enhanced with a range of dealer-fit go-fast products from BMW’s ...
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Show Darlings from Geneva Motor Show

Honda Civic
The nine cars you can afford to buy As usual Geneva was full of eye candy concept cars, but there was plenty of near production or close to cars, to whet the appetite! International auto expos such as the Geneva Motor Show are great fun to attend. As one of the bigger events on the calendar, Geneva rarely disappoints car fans thanks to a reliable flow of high-end, mega-dollar supercars and wild concepts gracing the show floor each year. This year’s show was no different, but mix...
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Are Spies Hacking Your Car?

CIA spies hacking your car?
The CIA allegedly tried hacking into cars’ computers. America’s main spy agency allegedly tried hacking into cars’ vehicle control systems to carry out “nearly undetectable assassinations”. While the latest dump from Wikileaks provides plenty of cheap laughs about just how unerringly geeky and un-James Bond actual modern spies are (they named the program they developed to allow them to listen to people through their Samsung TVs “Weeping Angel”, after some scary statues on Dr Who), it...
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Is 2017 Daniel Ricciardo’s?

Daniel Ricciardo
Could Daniel Ricciardo become the first Australian Formula One World Champion since Alan Jones in 1980? He’s got the dream drive, with Red Bull Racing likely to benefit from the sport’s technical regulation revamp that will see this year’s cars between 3-6 seconds a lap faster. The team’s chief technical officer, Adrian Newey, is the most successful designer in F1 history with 10 championship-winning cars to his name. He’s got that searing qualifying pace, as demonstrated with his ra...
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Great Drives for Little Money

Toyota 86
Sub $40,000 cars to make you smile. Holden Astra RS-V From: $30,740 The sporty range-topping Holden Astra is powered by a 1.6-litre four-cylinder turbo petrol engine that pushes out 147kW. It’s quick off the mark, particularly in Sport mode, which adjusts engine tune, suspension and electronic steering for even better handling. The steering has been tuned for Australian conditions and the new chassis provides excellent body control. It comes with a choice of six-speed manual o...
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Isuzu D-Max Ups the Offering

Improvements are Significant ISUZU’S facelifted D-Max one-tonne ute range has arrived in Australia with a cleaner, gruntier new engine coupled to six-speed manual or automatic transmissions in place of the old five-speed units. More standard equipment, additional noise and vibration deadening, subtly updated styling and, for the first time, a capped-price servicing offer also come with the update. Behind the restyled bonnet, front bumper, radiator grille and headlights is a heavily revise...
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MX-5 Safety Rating

Mazda MX5 RF
ANCAP Rates Mazda MX-5 Hardtop - 5 Stars MAZDA’S just-launched MX-5 RF retractable hardtop has been awarded the same five-star safety rating as its drop-top twin. The hardtop version of Mazda’s popular sportscar rolled in to Australian showrooms last month, offered in base and GT guises, priced from $38,550 plus on-road costs and topping out at $45,890. The Australasian New Car Assessment Program has transferred the same five-star rating and score on the RF as the rag-top model, with both...
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Diesel Engines Days are Numbered

the end of diesel?
Volkswagen didn't help, but are not to Blame The company’s emissions-cheating scandal has certainly gathered headlines, and earned it a pants-down walloping in the U.S., but the truth is that compression-ignition’s death warrant had been signed long before VW got busted. A decade from now diesel is going to look like a blip, the result of some collective European hysteria and – undoubtedly – the wrong answer to the question it was intended to solve. Europe’s love affair with oil-garg...
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New Toyota Kluger

New Toyota Kluger model
Some noteworthy improvements for 2017 TELL ME ABOUT THIS CAR Since its launch in Australia three years ago, the third-generation Toyota Kluger has been a big seller in Australia because of its size, packaging, pricing, ease of operation, and brand reputation for reliability and resale. With the MY17 facelift, the company builds on that with small but important updates to the V6 powertrain to improve both performance and economy, including an all-new eight-speed automatic transmission, ...
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New Mazda MX-5 RF Hardtop

New Mazda MX5
 Mazda MX5 Retractable Fastback A classier, more universally appealing version of Mazda’s revered and accessible sports car manages to keep the faith. WHAT IS IT? Mazda’s brilliant ragtop roadster range has diversified and grown to include the Mazda MX-5 Retractable Fastback (RF), Mazda’s second attempt at a folding hard-top for its iconic sports car, but with a greater focus on coupe aesthetics and maturity. WHY WE’RE TESTING IT Mazda worked off the flab and went back to basics with it...
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Traffic Lights
We have been subjected to traffic lights with no synchronisation for so long in Brisbane and the Gold Coast Surely the cost of syncing is justified For years we have heard politicians, special interest groups, and ecological protagonists carry on about air pollution. We also have road traffic conditions broadcast every day by the media, commented on by politicians, slammed by motorist groups, and whinged about by motorists. Oil/petrol prices aren't getting any cheaper, neither is car servici...
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New Commodore Sneak Peek

2018 Holden Commodore
German built GM Opel for Australia The next-generation Commodore will be built in Germany on GM’s E2XX platform, and based around a European engineered and designed Opel Insignia mid-size car. The idea of a European model replacing the Aussie built version isn’t a new one: the first signs that the next Commodore would not have ground-up local design and development emerged in early 2014 as Holden started planning its replacement for the current car’s Zeta-based, Aussie engineered and deve...
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Is Diesel a Good Idea?

Is diesel a good idea?
Cars with diesel motors are selling less in Australia! However, the Dieselgate emissions scandal and the advent of clean and fuel efficient electric vehicles, hybrids and small turbocharged petrol engines have seen the tide turn against oil burners, which some major cities around the world announcing they’ll be banned within a decade. So is it still worth buying a diesel car in Australia? The short answer is yes, if appropriate. Diesel has its pros and cons, but it’s too soon fo...
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AdBlue Additive

Adblue additive
 Adblue additive for diesel engines is being used in more cars and trucks today?   WHAT IS ADBLUE? AdBlue is the marketing term for a fluid used in the catalytic convertor fitted to the exhaust systems of some diesel cars. It is injected into the exhaust gases and burnt at very high temperatures to break down harmful nitrogen oxides.  Some diesel engines need AdBlue to help them meet tough Euro 6 emissions standards that regulate what level of harmful emissions can come out o...
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Fun Cars

Mini - a fun car
5 Fun Cars Under $40K The under $40,000 (+ on roads) budget can present really likeable driver's cars. Here's our top 5. Shopping south of the $40k barrier excludes most of the tastier hot hatches like Renault’s Megane RS265, the Peugeot 308 GTi 250 and that perennial favourite, the Volkswagen Golf GTI, but there’s still plenty of fast n’ fun choices to select from. Those choices range from the $21,390 Holden Barina RS to the $40,000 Abarth 595 Competizione, with cars as diverse as th...
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New Maserati 4 Door

Maserati Quattroporte
A Starting Price of $210k.....WOW! Revved up: The top-spec Maserati Quattroporte GTS is now split into two variants, the GranSport and GranLusso. MASERATI has revealed Australian pricing and specification for its large luxury Quattroporte sedan, with the range kicking off from $210,000 before on-roads for the base level Turbo Diesel model and topping out at $349,990 BOCs for the twin-turbo V8 GTS GranLusso. The mid-life refresh for the model released in 2014 also introduces two new trim lev...
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Roads to Thrill

Seven Mile Bridge
10 of The World's Most Spectacular Drives If Ever you get the Chance - these Roads will Delight.............. 1. THE GREAT OCEAN ROAD, AUSTRALIA One of Australia’s most famous tourist roads, the Great Ocean Road is on the National Heritage List. The 243km stretch of coastal road connects Torquay and Allansford in Victoria. From war memorials to landmarks such as the Twelve Apostles, this road is a popular destination and can be traffic-mayhem on weekends. 2. HIGHWAY 1, BIG SU...
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A Mercedes-Benz Ute?

Mercedes Benz Ute
  2018 Mercedes-Benz X Class Concept Utes Revealed The Worksite Will Never be the Same MERCEDES-Benz has pulled the covers off a pair of exciting concept vehicles in Stockholm, Sweden, that give the first clues to what its forthcoming entry into the popular one-tonne ute class will look like. To be known as the X Class, the new ute, or pick-up depending on your preference, will go into production late in 2017 for an Australian launch in the first quarter of 2018. Australia has b...
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Fiat Abarth 124

Fiat Abarth 124
  MX-5 Brother Has The Goods STYLING is such an impossibly subjective element of a car that it is often not worth dwelling on for a review, but in the case of the new Abarth 124 Spider its looks are the first key point of differentiation from the Mazda MX-5 with which it shares much of its construction. Beauty is, without doubt, in the eye of the beholder, but there are a number of observations one can make here without fear of conflict, including the Abarth’s traditional approach, whi...
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Ford Hennessey Velociraptor

In Your Face Hennessey Velociraptor Six-wheels, 450kW and Attitude! Texan tuning company Hennessey has announced it will be build this special performance version of America’s Ford F-150 Raptor pick-up truck, and would have been a shoo-in for our recent article on the rise of high-performance utes. An extra, third axle increases the number of wheels by 50 per cent, with both rear axles featuring locking diffs to aid off-road driving. The suspension is also modified and there...
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Fun Performance Cars on a Budget

Fun Need Not Cost a Fortune. These are the performance cars that should cost you the least to own over three years. This has been calculated by Wheels using fuel economy, maintenance and insurance costs, and the sum you can expect to lose in depreciation. Cars also get points for the length of their warranties. To read about the brains behind the formula, please click here to visit Wheels. BEST VALUE PERFORMANCE CARS UNDER $75K 1. Kia ProCeed GT Korea’s first hot hatc...
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Fiat Abarth 124 Spider Price Surprise

Fiat Abarth Spider
We Thought this car was going to be Expensive! Not so! Fiat today confirmed the Abarth will start at $41,990, with sharp introductory pricing meaning you could buy the turbocharged two-seater for $43,500 driveaway, in six-speed manual spec. That’s thousands less than early speculation had suggested for the Mazda-built Abarth – but also thousands more than the most affordable MX-5s, including the 1.5-litre base model ($31,990) and the entry-level 2.0-litre ($34,490). The most expensiv...
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All-New Volkswagen Tiguan

VW Tiguan
Is This Bigger Tiguan a Medium SUV Class Topper? WHAT IS IT? Arguably the most important car Volkswagen will launch in Australia this year. It's the second-generation Volkswagen Tiguan, which is all-new and lands in SUV-mad Australia spoiling for a fight with the Mazda CX-5 and Hyundai Tucson sales juggernauts. WHY WE'RE DRIVING IT Because when we say all-new, we really mean it. Tiguan is the first SUV built on VW's excellent MQB platform, shared by cars including the Golf VII, s...
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Driving for hours at 130km/h and didn’t get booked!

  Our opinion - the Hume would be safer with a 130km/h limit. First published in the October 2013 issue of Wheels magazine. DON’T feel much like a bushranger. Unlike almost every other criminal, I’m frankly a little bored as I commit my crime, and I end up praying I get caught by the police. I’ve never arrived in a city with the sole intention of breaking the law before, but any sense of roguish glamour soon fades as I head out of Melbourne on the Hume Highway, flagrantly bre...
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Skoda Kodiaq SUV 7 Seater

Kodiaq SUV 7 Seater
 Kodiaq SUV 7 Seater Spaciousness is paramount for Skoda SUVs as 2017 looms large. At a media breakfast in Sydney yesterday, Skoda Australia’s Managing Director, Michael Irmer, confirmed the brand’s SUV focus in the coming years, beginning with the Kodiaq’s Aussie launch in July 2017, followed by an all-new, much-larger Skoda Yeti SUV scheduled for a 2018 arrival locally. Irmer also confirmed that the completion date for “rebuilding our network in its entirety” would be the end of 2017 ...
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87 Year Old Bentley Discovered

1929 Bentley uncovered
From Barn to Auction - Could Fetch Half a Million Oz Dollars   The family were shocked that the vintage Bentley gathering dust in their barn for 30 years could be worth 300,000 pounds. The Bentley 4.5-litre was built in 1929 and, six years later, bought by the grandfather of the current owner. The Bentley was in a sorry state when it was found in garage He would take the luxury saloon on family holidays around ...
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Holden – What Now?

Holden to import all cars
 Holden moving exclusively to imports! The car that has deservedly been an icon in Australia embarks on a massive marketing campaign designed to re position the brand that currently has its lowest market share in 68 years. The quintessentially Australian brand is set to go through the biggest change in its history as it transitions from Australia’s first and most influential car maker to one that from 2018 simply falls into line with the 60-odd import-only brands fighting for a slice of 1....
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Hume Highway 130km/h Speed Limit

130 km speed limit
Victorian Politician Urges a Debate         An MP, and ex Police member has called for an inquiry into speed limits in the state.Liberal MP for Benambra, Bill Tilley, says it is time for an inquiry into raising speed limits on certain highways in Victoria, in particular a shift from 110km/h to 130km/h on the Hume Highway, and 100km/h to 110km/h on the Princes Highway between Geelong and Melbourne.“What I am doing is challenging our statutory bodies, our road-safety experts, and everybody, to ch...
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75th Anniversary Jeep 

grand cherokee 75th anniversary
Limited Edition of 200 Grand Cherokee hints at Update JEEP is celebrating its diamond anniversary with a 75th Anniversary limited edition of its Grand Cherokee large SUV, but the special version also gives customers an early glimpse of the full range update that will arrive in Australia in the last quarter of the year. The Grand Cherokee 75th Anniversary is one of four models to which Jeep has applied a light aesthetic tweak and is based on a choice of either petrol- or diesel-powered Limi...
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