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BMW M3 Review – featuring E92
  • Storming acceleration; brilliant brakes; rapid-shifting gearbox; cabin feels special compared with a regular 3 Series; sedan $10K cheaper than (M4) coupe
  • Excellent to drive but lacks the driver-car connection of previous M3s; excessive tyre noise; fuel range could still be better

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8.5 / 10

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BMW M3 Review – featuring E92

Before you read any deeper into this BMW M3 review, let me declare some bias. I’m more of an M3 person than an M4 one. It’s not just about the four-door practicality, as most M3 generations sold in Australia have been coupes; or the fact the M3 saves you $10K over the M4; it’s also about that badge...

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Audi RSQ3 v Mercedes-Benz GLA45 AMG : Comparison review
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Audi RSQ3 v Mercedes-Benz GLA45 AMG : Comparison review

SUV sales may have boomed over the years, but high-performance variants remain a relatively rare breed. Mainstream brands have largely ignored such spin-offs using their known sports badges. Volkswagen had its Touareg R but has resisted a Tiguan GTI, Ford hasn’t done a Kuga ST, and Renault has restricted its hallowed RS badge to its hot-hatches...


2015 Audi A4 shapes up for C-Class battle
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2015 Audi A4 shapes up for C-Class battle

Pictured: Artist's impression of the 2015 Audi A4 The next-generation Audi A4 will take some design cues from the TT, add more technology and shed up to 100kg as it aims to lift its game against the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class. CarAdvice spies have spotted Audi’s fifth-generation mid-size sedan testing in Europe ahead of an expected unveiling at October 2015’s Frankfurt motor show...


Understeer is underrated
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Understeer is underrated

That subject line probably sounds quite un-Australian. And certainly un-driver like, many of you might think. Isn’t understeer the bane of fun driving – cruelling your progress as the nose of the car heads for the other side of the bitumen, and away from where you actually want to go? Isn’t neutral handling the holy grail of handling, while oversteer is the ultimate test of mettle for anyone claiming to be highly skilled in the art of car control? Well, yes and yes to the last two; I’m not arguing that...


2015 BMW X1 interior : First look
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2015 BMW X1 interior : First look

CarAdvice's spies have grabbed the first peek at the inside of the next-generation BMW X1 due in 2015. The images reveal a number of visual changes from the current model, including a bulkier centre stack and an infotainment display that rises out of the dash rather than being integrated...


Maserati Levante : Cayenne-chaser spotted testing
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Maserati Levante : Cayenne-chaser spotted testing

Don't worry: Maserati isn't planning a jacked-up version of its Ghibli sedan... this is a prototype mule for the Italian brand's upcoming Levante SUV. The weird double-decker roof design you see in our spy images, combined with the elevated suspension and extra weight, aim to mimic the Levante's higher centre of gravity and frontal area as Maserati tests various aspects such as chassis, drag and aerodynamic stability...


Hyundai Genesis : Korea’s E-Class rival launches from $60,000
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Hyundai Genesis : Korea’s E-Class rival launches from $60,000

The Hyundai Genesis has arrived in Australia as the South Korean car maker’s most ambitious and most expensive model yet. Hyundai’s new luxury sedan is setting out to challenge the likes of the BMW 5 Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class with a car that’s not only bigger but features a $60,000 plus on-road costs starting price more like an entry-level luxury sedan...


Hyundai Genesis an image-maker not a loss-maker, says brand
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Hyundai Genesis an image-maker not a loss-maker, says brand

Hyundai Australia says its new Genesis luxury sedan will serve as a technological flagship to lift the image of the brand locally, though it has denied the model won’t be profitable. The Genesis has gone on sale in Australia for the first time, after the first-generation model was built in left-hand-drive only...


Hyundai sets up public comparison test with 5 Series and E-Class
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Hyundai sets up public comparison test with 5 Series and E-Class

Hyundai Australia is backing the credentials of its new Genesis luxury car by setting up public comparison tests involving rival German cars, the BMW 5 Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class. The South Korean car maker has set up the back-to-back trials in Sydney and Melbourne as part of the November launch for its new large luxury sedan...


Hyundai Genesis Review
Rating: 8.510 /10
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Hyundai Genesis Review

There’s only a single H logo on the whole car, but that’s enough to confirm the brand behind the Hyundai Genesis is feeling sufficiently bold about its new flagship model. Forget a Lexus-like spin-off brand; Hyundai is playing the range-halo card with the Genesis that it describes as its most advanced and most luxurious car yet...

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$60,000 - $82,000

Fiat Chrysler Australia announces new boss
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Fiat Chrysler Australia announces new boss

Fiat Chrysler has appointed Pat Dougherty (pictured) as the new boss of its Australian division, completing a busy week of executive movements after the resignations of the local operation’s CEO and public relations chief. Dougherty is currently the vice president of FCA’s parts and service division, Mopar, following a dual role of head of Fiat sales, network and operations and head of fleet sales for the North America...


Holden boss resigns after just seven months
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Holden boss resigns after just seven months

The boss of Holden has resigned a little over seven months after taking the reins and declaring the company would target overtaking Toyota as Australia's No.1 car brand by 2020. Gerry Dorizas joined Holden as chairman and managing director on 1st March 2014, only months after the company announced it would end local manufacturing in 2017...


Mazda CX-3 baby SUV confirmed at last
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Mazda CX-3 baby SUV confirmed at last

The Mazda CX-3 will make its debut at November’s 2014 Los Angeles auto show, two and a half years after CarAdvice revealed the plan for the baby SUV in a world exclusive. Mazda hasn’t yet released any details on the CX-3, which is expected in Australia in the second half of 2015. It will be based heavily on the Mazda 2 city car – sharing its Skyactiv platform, engines and more...


2015 Holden Astra VXR Review
Rating: 810 /10
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2015 Holden Astra VXR Review

It’s been badged an HSV, an Opel, and now the hottest Astra will return in 2015 as the Holden Astra VXR to put the Lion badge back in the hot-hatch game for the first time since 2009. Australians could buy this very car only last year as an Opel Astra OPC, of course, before the German brand’s failed return to the market gave Holden the opportunity to steal back a bunch of Opels...


Opel Corsa OPC: Aussie engineers help boost performance
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Opel Corsa OPC: Aussie engineers help boost performance

Holden engineers have helped give the 2015 Opel Corsa OPC a class-leading power output of more than 150kW. It’s only fitting then that the city-sized hot-hatch, which CarAdvice can also reveal will go on sale in March 2015, could wear a Holden badge as part of the company’s new-product offensive...