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2016 Honda Jazz VTi-S review: Long-term report three – interior

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2016 Honda Jazz VTi-S review: Long-term report three – interior

If you want a city car with the interior space of a van – but you don’t want to always be driving a van – the Honda Jazz could be your best bet. That’s because every version of this car – including our 2016 Honda Jazz VTi-S long-termer – has easily the best interior practicality of any light car on the planet...

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2017 Porsche Macan range sees new four-cylinder base model added
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2017 Porsche Macan range sees new four-cylinder base model added

A new affordable model has been added to the 2017 Porsche Macan range - and it has a four-cylinder engine, and it's the most affordable Porsche model for decades. The new Porsche Macan - priced at $76,610 plus on-road costs -  features a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine producing a healthy 185kW of power (at 5000-6800rpm) and a strong 370Nm of torque (between 1600-4500rpm)...


China's WM Motor to launch four affordable EVs
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China's WM Motor to launch four affordable EVs

When a brand-new automotive marque pops up and says it will build four affordable electric vehicles aimed at mainstream buyers, you could be forgiven for taking the claims with a grain of salt. But perhaps don't dismiss WM Motor so quickly... The Chinese brand is headed by former Geely executive Freeman Shen, an enterprising businessman who told Reuters recently that he thinks his brand, WM Motor, can offer buyers a different kind of electric car...


2017 Ford Fiesta revealed
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2017 Ford Fiesta revealed

The 2017 Ford Fiesta range has been revealed in Europe, with four versions of the Blue Oval brand's light hatch unveiled at an event in Cologne, Germany. While the four cars you see above may not be entirely indicative of what we'll see in Australia - Ford has confirmed this model revealed at the Go Further event is aimed specifically at the European, Middle East and African markets - there are clearly a few interesting developments...


2016 Mazda 3 SP25 Astina review
Rating: 810 /10
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2016 Mazda 3 SP25 Astina review

The 2016 Mazda 3 SP25 Astina may be pricey, but it has plenty of pluses.

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$35,490

2016 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet Review
Rating: 8.510 /10
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2016 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet Review

The 2016 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet is the most affordable drop-top version of the venerable sports car on the market. But is it a bargain?

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$239,300

2017 Volvo S90 D5 Inscription review
Rating: 8.510 /10
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2017 Volvo S90 D5 Inscription review

Some cars are things of beauty - including the 2017 Volvo S90 D5 Inscription.

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$96,900

2016 Honda Jazz VTi-S Review: Long-term report two - infotainment UPDATED

2016 Honda Jazz VTi-S Review: Long-term report two - infotainment UPDATED

UPDATE: Model-year 2017 examples of the Jazz now feature an updated infotainment system, beyond the system reviewed here. (Honda had failed to alert media, slipping the update in under the radar.) See the bottom of this review for details. As we mentioned in our initial piece on our greenish-yellow 2016 Honda Jazz VTi-S, the little hatchback is in for a different approach for this series of long-term updates...

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$19,790

Mitsubishi Triton GLX+ v Volkswagen Amarok Core comparison
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Mitsubishi Triton GLX+ v Volkswagen Amarok Core comparison

You’ve got $40,000 and you want a dual-cab, diesel, 4x4 ute. But you don’t want to buy a Chinese vehicle – you want a brand name that is known and has the backing of a strong dealer network. Well, these two utes – the Mitsubishi Triton GLX+ and Volkswagen Amarok Core – could be for you...


2017 Great Wall Steed 4x4 Diesel review
Rating: 610 /10
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2017 Great Wall Steed 4x4 Diesel review

Is the 2017 Great Wall Steed a great ute? Not unless you're strapped for cash...

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$29,990

The problem with RS… and other random letters
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The problem with RS… and other random letters

I hate that car brands can’t come up with better variant names. It shits me. Like, who decided that it was okay to call the second-from-top version of the Honda Civic sedan, the RS? The line-up goes VTi, VTi-S, VTi-L, RS and VTi-LX. It doesn’t even sit nicely in the range! Oh, and in case you missed it, that’s what Holden has called the mid-range Astra, too...


2017 Holden Astra review
Rating: 7.510 /10
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2017 Holden Astra review

The 2017 Holden Astra may be a small car, but it's a big deal for the Lion brand...

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$21,990 - $33,190

2017 Holden Astra pricing and specs
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2017 Holden Astra pricing and specs

The all-new 2017 Holden Astra is here, but it isn’t going for a cut-throat, cut-price position in the busy small car class. That role, previously filled by the Holden Cruze, has been eschewed in favour of a more “premium” positioning for the new European-sourced Astra hatchback...


Holden Colorado 4x4 sales on the up
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Holden Colorado 4x4 sales on the up

The recently refreshed 2017 Holden Colorado is a much better thing than it used to be, and sales of the ute are starting to reflect that. The numbers are going up in the more expensive four-wheel-drive segment – to the end of October 2016, sales of the Holden Colorado have increased 7.2 per cent year-on-year...


2017 Holden Astra five-star safety score has a disclaimer
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2017 Holden Astra five-star safety score has a disclaimer

The all-new 2017 Holden Astra has received a five-star ANCAP safety rating – but only for the top two versions in the range. The Holden Astra RS and RSV get Holden Eye autonomous emergency braking (AEB) as standard, as well as lane-keeping assistance, forward distance indicator and forward collision alert. But the base model R misses out on that tech...