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Volkswagen Passat R-Line Wagon Relaunch

Another new Volkswagen rolls off the production line
Passat R-Line presents a compelling package. Snapshot Passat R-Line wagon returns after two year hiatus 206kW/350Nm powerplant remains with all-wheel-drive Pricing starts at $63,790 Volkswagen's line of hot wagons continue to roll off its German production line and into Australian showrooms, with this month's offering coming in the form of the new Passat R-Line, featuring Golf R power with wagon space. Returning for the first time since the 2019 model ...
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Porsche Cayenne GTS Coupe Reveal

Porsche Cayenne GTS Coupe Reveal
The coupe-SUV will not appeal to everyone. SCORE BREAKDOWN Things we like Return of the V8! Benchmark SUV dynamics Comfortable, quality interior Not so much Looks an acquired taste Options can swell price significantly Too heavy for ultimate thrills Remember when Porsche offered just two models? Ho, what simple times they were. These days manufacturers, particularly those of a premium persuasion, scramble to fi...
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BMW 2 Series for 2022

The new 2022 BMW 2 series
More of the same enhances the offering Snapshot Local launch expected before the end of 2021 Pricing starts at $59,990 for 220i, $30k extra for M240i xDrive All Australian-delivered 2 Series Coupes will be fitted with BMW M Sport pack UPDATE, July 12: BMW Australia has confirmed pricing of the new 2 Series Coupé, expected to land locally towards the end of 2021 or the beginning of 2022. The entry-level 220i will start at $59,900 w...
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New 2022 Forester

The new 2022 Forester
Genuine enhancements Snapshot Fifth-gen Forester launched in 2018 Update brings comfort and exterior changes Due to hit Australia this November Subaru has confirmed details of its freshened-up 2022 Forester range, updating the model which first hit Aussie shores in 2018. Pricing now kicks off at $35,990 for the entry-level car, a slight increase over the 2021 model’s $35,190. Safety has been bolstered, with lane centring, lane departure prevention, and autonomous...
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Suzuki Jimny – Supply issues & Prices on the Up

Suzuki Jimny prices increased again
The 2021 Suzuki Jimny compact SUV range has been subjected to yet another price increase. The fourth generation of the popular moniker will now set buyers back $28,490 plus on-road costs for the base GLX manual and $29,990 plus on-road costs for the top-shelf GLX automatic. This represents a price increase of $2500 and $2000, respectively. It’s also the third price hike the Jimny range has witnessed since its launch back in 2019. That may not sound like a massive amount in t...
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New Isuzu MU-X Revealed

The all-new MU-X for Australia
The all-new MU-X for Australia Snapshot Heavily redesigned interior Factory offered rear diff lock Advanced safety features, as per the D-MAX It’s been a long time coming, but Australia is set to receive the new-generation Isuzu MU-X in the coming months. Considering the popularity of the current Isuzu D-MAX, it’s a no-brainer for Isuzu to bring in a more modern version of its seven-seat wagon based on the D-MAX platform. While we will still have to wait for ...
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New Hyundai Tucson

New Hyundai Tucson on sale in Australia
  More tech and safety comes with price increases for the New Hyundai Tucson Talking Points Three models – Tucson, Tucson Elite, and Tucson Highlander Big price jump at the entry level Three different drivetrains N-Line styling pack option The 2021 Hyundai Tucson range has officially gone on sale in Australia, starting from $38,338 driveaway. It’s also been confirmed the mid-size SUV will be available in three different variants from launch – the baseline Tu...
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2021 Toyota Kluger – Release Details

2021 Toyota Kluger launches in Australia
Hybrid available in the new model range. Need to Know: Advanced safety and tech features Prices start from $47,650 Available in Australia from June The 2021 Toyota Kluger seven-seater SUV is due in Australia soon, going on sale locally in June. Built on Toyota’s versatile TNGA platform, the fourth generation of the popular family SUV offers a hybrid drivetrain for the first time, as well as a host of new tech and safety features. These new highlig...
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Three Popular SUV’s Comparison

There’s a big battle raging in the little SUV arena
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Crew-cab Off-road Shoot-out

We take 11 utes from Ford, GWM, Isuzu, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Jeep, SsangYong, and Toyota, and put them through the ultimate off-road comparison test
Eleven utes from around the world fight it out in a Crew-cab Off-road Shoot-out Four-wheel drives are meant to be used off-road, so we devised a comprehensive off-road test loop to see which dual-cab ute was the most capable in low-range 4x4. Our test course was made up of mud, steep hill climbs and descents, rutted out wombat holes and a water crossing as well as some faster corrugations to gain an understanding of how each ute held together over traditional Australian off-r...
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Electric Vehicle & Hybrid Tax in Victoria

tax on EV's in Victoria
VicRoads implements road user tax commencing 1st July 2021 Snapshot New road user tax for EV and PHEVs coming into effect on July 1 Government argues it is needed to get money back from EV subsidies Car industry disagrees with strategy From next month, electric vehicle owners in Victoria must send the state's highway authority photos of their car's odometer to record how far they've travelled or face having their rego cancelled. On July 1, the Victorian ...
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Apple CarPlay and Android Auto – The Basics

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are designed to allow you to stay connected with your hands on the wheel and eyes on the road.
Most Car Manufacturers now have these fitted or plan to do so. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are designed to allow you to stay connected with your hands on the wheel and eyes on the road. It wasn't that long ago that having a CD stacker in your car was considered high-tech, when the thought of switching seamlessly from Eminem to Green Day, with U2 and the Red Hot Chilli Peppers thrown in to the mix, had you jumping into the driver's seat at even the sniff o...
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Opinion: Electric Vehicle Reality Check

the reality of EV's
One manufacturer speaks out. Don't think they are alone. If you have been paying attention, and I’m sure some of you do, you would have seen a report that Toyota Australia’s sales and marketing supremo Sean Hanley has issued a word of caution regarding the push for the faster take-up of electric vehicles. Hanley’s words were a rare, sensible and reasoned voice in a discussion that’s often far from sensible or reasoned. See, the trouble is, EVs aren’t just a new automot...
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New 2021 Lexus NX Coming Soon

when the new Lexus NX will arrive in Australia
Details of the new New 2021 Lexus NX  and when it will be coming to Australia Snapshot Based on similar platform to RAV4 Three variants for Aus, one hybrid PHEV not yet confirmed locally Lexus’s most popular model is entering its next generation, with the new 2021 Lexus NX medium SUV now revealed to the world. In a presentation to local media, Lexus confirmed three models of the new SUV will initially come to Australia, with a fourth plug-in hybrid models – the br...
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Delays in Car Deliveries Continue

car deliveries are still delayed
The "Chips are Down" for Car Deliveries ELECTRONIC chips may be the size of a fingernail, but their miniscule dimensions belie their ability to bring the global car production to its knees. Global consulting firm AlixPartners estimated last month that car-makers will lose about $US110 billion ($A142b) of sales this year due to the shortage of semiconductors, almost double an earlier projection. Tesla boss Elon Musk this...
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Fuel Consumption Sticker – is it indicative?

Fuel consumption needs to be reviewed
A recent Mitsubishi court case has highlighted the issue! Snapshot Test lab to real world economy difference can be over 50 per cent ADR testing standards have remained unchanged since 2001 Manufacturers complying with regulations despite large gap If you've purchased a new car, you may have seen the label in the corner of the windscreen, showing the vehicle's fuel consumption and Carbon Dioxide (CO2) emissions, both of which are designed to help inform prospective buy...
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4 X 4 Wagon Shootout: Everest Sport versus Prado GXL

Toyota’s ever-popular Prado gets loaded with more power, torque and accessories, so we line it up against Ford’s Everest Sport. LIKE its big brother, the LandCruiser 200 Series, the 150 Series LandCruiser Prado is getting long in tooth. Released in 2009 it was in fact more of a revision of the earlier (2002) 120 Series Prado rather than an entirely new-generation model, which makes it even older than it may first appear. Of course, Toyota hasn’t stood still in all that time, with the 1...
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Ranger FX4 MAX vs D-Max X-Terrain

Ranger FX4 MAX vs D-Max X-Terrain
Two Dual-Cab 4X4s face off Believe it or not, the grudge match between the Ford Ranger FX4 MAX and Isuzu D-Max X-Terrain – and is way more profound – than most folk realise. Nearly half a century ago, Holden began importing Isuzu’s preposterously-named Faster to fight Toyota’s (equally ironically badged) HiLux – first as the Chev LUV in 1973 and later the KB, before sticking its own branding on the butt of three subsequent (and highly successful) generations. That started ...
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2021 Camry Prices and Specs

2021 Camry pricelist and specs
Facelifted Toyota Camry range features four hybrid variants and one petrol, available from April 2021 Australian pricing and details for the updated 2021 Toyota Camry range have been announced, previewing a set of four hybrid variants and only one petrol offering ahead of an April 2021 on-sale date. Toyota says the line-up rationalisation reflects the strong appeal and sales of the previous-generation Camry Hybrid, which accounted for 70 per cent of the large sedan’s sales. A ...
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2021 Hyundai Santa Fe Elite Review

Hyundai Santa Fe Elite Review
Testing Hyundai's mid-size SUV with petrol power Assumptions are fraught with danger. When presented with a one-or-the-other choice, often the option you think is a no-brainer could, in fact, garner the complete opposite response from someone else. Hence when the updated fourth generation Hyundai Santa Fe launched at the tail end of 2020 sans V6 petrol power, it didn’t present as an issue for some. That’s because, in terms of frugality and driveability at least, the 2.2-litre four-cyli...
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Subaru Forester 2.5i Sport Tested

Subaru Forester 2.5i Sport is being tested
A little dash of sportiness  What is the Subaru Forester 2.5i Sport? Introduced in October 2020, this latest variant of Subaru’s popular all-wheel-drive SUV bridges the gap between the mid-range 2.5i Premium and range-topping 2.5i-S spec. Priced at $41,490 before on-roads, it costs $1500 more than the Premium with the extra coin bringing athletic exterior embellishments including dark metallic 18-inch alloy wheels, LED front fog lights with black surrounds, under guard...
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Computer Chip Shortage Cripples Car Supplies

Chip makers favouring phone manufacturers
SUBARU has become the latest car-maker to be hit by shortages of computer chips, with part of its Yajima plant in Japan to idle output from April 10-27, reducing production to about 10,000 vehicles instead of around 30,000 units. As Subaru was warning that it was closing one of two lines in northern Japan for two weeks, Toyota Australia confirmed with GoAutoNews Premium that its hybrid models were being hit by delays in electronic parts and...
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Hyundai i30 Sedan N Line Premium

Hyundai i30 Sedan N Line premium review
The successor for the Elantra is the N Line configuration. How good is it? Hyundai is out to make small sedans sexy and the new i30 Sedan N Line Premium is the figurehead charged with pulling your heartstrings the hardest. With its ‘unfold macramé’ sheetmetal and achingly stylised cabin design, the regular i30 Sedan’s late-2020 arrival has already given its competent if dowdy Elantra predecessor a swift shove the way of obscurity. Foreign markets persist with old nomenclature for w...
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Navara ST-X

Navara ST-X
The new handsome exterior together with a respected and proven drive train, puts the Nissan Navara ST-X well in the frame for ute buyers. With an Australian legacy that reaches back to 1985 and the D21, Nissan’s Navara deserves recognition for its part in building the popularity of utes to the unprecedented levels you’ll find today. Go even further back though and you follow a long bloodline of pick-ups all the way to the Datsun 2225 that had its genesis in 1947. Unlike some relati...
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Lexus LS 500h – Luxury Travel

Lexus LS 500h - a taste of luxury
  Flagship Lexus does the brand proud. The Lexus LS500h Sports Luxury is the epitome of Lexus values. As the brand’s flagship, it signifies everything it knows about interior craftsmanship, engineering attention to detail and cutting-edge technology. In newly updated 2021 guise, Lexus’ engineers have left no stone unturned in their efforts to improve comfort and refinement, resulting in an interesting alternative to the German duo (Mercedes-Benz S-Class and BMW 7 Series) that dominate the...
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Audi Q5 vs BMW X3

Audi Q5 v BMW X3 face off
German brand mid-size SUVs face off. Love ‘em or loathe ‘em, today’s luxury mid-sized SUVs like the Audi Q5 45 TFSI and BMW X3 30i are now as much a part of the story of us as any homegrown Holden or Ford. It just depends on where you are in life. Here, we have the Audi Q5 vs BMW X3. Thirty-odd years ago, with Ps in hand, maybe your choice – like mine – was between a Volkswagen Golf and Nissan Pulsar. A decade on, commitments might have meant a Mazda 6 or Toyota Camry (and a ...
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Hatch Comparisons

comparing hatches against Mazda 3
Mazda 3 Skyactiv X v Focus ST-Line v i30 N-Line v Corolla ZR Small warm hatchbacks for drivers pitched against the Mazda 3 Skyactiv-X. I can sense something about this Mazda 3 is different. First, the sound. A subtle whine creeps into the cabin under acceleration and overlays the engine's zingy thrum. Then there is the peculiar power delivery. For the upper half of the rev range, which eventually signs off at the 6600rpm redline, the Mazda 3 delivers an extra helping of torque while t...
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BMW 4 Series: Finalist

the G20 3 Series is a finalist
A great driving car...but that grille.... Plastered to the front of the new Bavarian two-door, the courageous, vertiginous, Bugs Bunny intakes scream that BMW is chasing a new customer with its 4 Series, and neither of them are likely for you nor me. Yet find yourself behind the wheel and you’ll discover the engineers haven’t forgotten us. Far from it. Attempting to nab what would only be BMW’s second COTY award (after the i3’s win in 2014), the three-tiered 4 Series range fronte...
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Testing the Lexus RX450hL Luxury

Lexus RX450hL with luxury you might expect
A luxury prestige hybrid SUV that delivers what you expect? Like most SUV categories on sale in Australia, there’s no shortage of choice in the large premium SUV segment. The Lexus RX trades in this space, and while not representing the traditional German brand of luxury that many flock to for high-riding grandeur, the Lexus RX still trades punches in the sales race amongst the BMW X5, 2019 Mercedes GLE-Class and Audi Q7. It finished 2020 as the third best-seller in its se...
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Mazda Wins the 2021 Wheels Car of the Year

Mazda wins Car Of The Year again
The 2021 COTY is a compact SUV of real depth and ability, and largely devoid of compromises. ‘Unanimity’ can be a tricky word to say; much harder to achieve. In an increasingly divided and opinionated world, getting a disparate group of individuals to form a unilateral consensus on anything can be near-impossible. The COTY judging process is often no exception, yet for 2021, in a rare moment of great(ish) minds thinking alike, all six members of the judging panel cast their vote for the ...
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