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James Ward

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2016 Ford Focus RS Review
  • A whole big stack of fun; excellent value; great sound from the exhaust; nimble and remarkably easy to drive fast; sensational grip...
  • …until there isn’t any; driver’s seat height can’t be adjusted; gauge pod looks like a sticker; despite looking tough, it just doesn't seem hardcore enough; don't look under the bonnet

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9 / 10

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2016 Ford Focus RS Review

As they say in the classics, create the hype but don’t believe it. Is the 2016 Ford Focus RS worthy of all the fuss or is it potentially a victim of its own success?

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Ferrari GTC4 Lusso V8 targeting Porsche and Bentley buyers
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Ferrari GTC4 Lusso V8 targeting Porsche and Bentley buyers

Ferrari is looking to attract a different buyer to the brand with the announcement of the V8-powered GTC4 Lusso T shooting brake. Speaking with CarAdvice at the Australia launch of the Ferrari 488 Spider, Ferrari Australasia CEO Herbert Appleroth said “the V8 customer is a completely different buyer to the V12”. “A V8 turbo buyer is a lot younger”, said Appleroth...


2016 Ferrari 488 Spider Review
Rating: 9.510 /10
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2016 Ferrari 488 Spider Review

Ferrari’s latest convertible, the 488 Spider hits Australian roads with supermodel proportions and superhuman abilities. James Ward gets behind the wheel.

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$526,888

Lego Caterham 7 620R kit revealed
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Lego Caterham 7 620R kit revealed

The ultimate kit car kit car, the Lego Caterham 7, has finally been revealed. A result of the crowd-sourced Lego Ideas program, the bight yellow Caterham joins the Mars 'Curiosity' Rover and Back to the Future Delorean vehicles developed through the program. The Caterham, set number 21307, is the first 'road going' car set to make the transition from fan concept to mass-production reality...


2016 Isuzu MU-X LS-T 4x4 Review
Rating: 710 /10
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2016 Isuzu MU-X LS-T 4x4 Review

It's one of the best-selling 4x4 SUVs on the market, so what makes the Isuzu MU-X so appealing?


2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited Diesel Review
Rating: 7.510 /10
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2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited Diesel Review

The Jeep Grand Cherokee is a hamburger in a world of steak. But is that such a bad thing for the all-American SUV?

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$69,000

2017 Holden Trailblazer Review
Rating: 7.510 /10
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2017 Holden Trailblazer Review

A new name and a fresh look, but the biggest and best updates to the Holden Trailblazer are all on the inside.

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$47,990 - $52,490

2016 BMW M4 Competition Review
Rating: 8.510 /10
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2016 BMW M4 Competition Review

The Competition Pack throws a bunch of upgrades at the M4 Coupe – but is it what the M4 should have been from the start?

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$154,615

2016 Nissan Pathfinder ST AWD Review
Rating: 710 /10
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2016 Nissan Pathfinder ST AWD Review

The Nissan Pathfinder is three years into its seven-year life, but is it having a mid-life crisis?

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$45,490

Missing link in Holden SUV lineup to be all-new global model
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Missing link in Holden SUV lineup to be all-new global model

Too often, in the world of automotive marketing, the term 'all-new' is thrown around without much emphasis on fact. 'All' is usually very far from the mark, and 'new' isn't much further behind. So Holden's unequivocal promise this week that the missing SUV in the brand's four-model line up will be all-new - a model yet to be revealed anywhere in the world - is treated with a high level of interest (and maybe a smidge of skepticism)...


Holden facing its greatest challenge: transformation
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Holden facing its greatest challenge: transformation

Change is always hard, but it is made harder when the whole country is watching. Speaking with CarAdvice last night, Holden managing director Mark Bernhard said that the cessation of vehicle and engine production from October 2016, and the transition of the brand from manufacturer to importer, is the greatest challenge faced by the Lion in its 160-year history...


2016 Volvo XC90 T6 R-Design Review: Long-term report two
Rating: 8.510 /10
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2016 Volvo XC90 T6 R-Design Review: Long-term report two

To know you is to like you. But do we like like our Volvo XC90, or just like it?

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$101,950

2016 Holden Colorado 7 Review: run-out round-up
Rating: 710 /10
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2016 Holden Colorado 7 Review: run-out round-up

Holden is retiring the Colorado 7 name with the Trailblazer special edition. There’s lots of gear and plenty of value to be had if tourin’, towin’ and adventurin’ are your thing.

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$45,990

2016 Fiat 500X Lounge 1.3 Diesel Review
Rating: 7.510 /10
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2016 Fiat 500X Lounge 1.3 Diesel Review

Is the grass greener on the other side of the fence? James samples a manual diesel Fiat 500X on European soil to find out.


2016 Mercedes-AMG GLA45 Review
Rating: 8.510 /10
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2016 Mercedes-AMG GLA45 Review

Just another compact sports SUV or a road-going rally car is disguise? James samples the 2016 AMG GLA45 to find out.

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$83,990