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Mike Costello

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2018 Mercedes-Benz Vito 111 CDI review
  • Base diesel engine; Cabin build quality; Ride comfort and steering; Infotainment looks old, but works flawlessly
  • No auto option with this engine, and more potent units cost way more; Foot-operated park brake

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7.7 / 10

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2018 Mercedes-Benz Vito 111 CDI review

The Mercedes-Benz Vito 111 CDI range-opener isn't as expensive as you'd think, and the depth of engineering shows. Plus, side airbags are standard fit these days, so fear not.

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Hotted-up Toyota Camry: Chief engineer loves the idea
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Hotted-up Toyota Camry: Chief engineer loves the idea

Toyota’s chief engineer for the eighth-generation Camry program says he loves the idea of a proper performance-focused version, to capitalise on its much more dynamically-able new platform. Japan-based Masato Katsumata, who has spent time working with Toyota Europe but now runs a team of a few thousand, and who spent his youth doing rallies and driving an AE86, told us this week that there might just be a market for such a previously unlikely offering...


2018 Volvo XC60 review: D5 R-Design
Rating: 8.110 /10
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2018 Volvo XC60 review: D5 R-Design

The second-generation Volvo XC60 makes significant improvements over its tired predecessor. A genuine match for the best luxury SUVs Germany can muster.

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$73,990

2017 Ford Transit Custom 290S auto v Volkswagen Transporter TDI340 auto comparison
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2017 Ford Transit Custom 290S auto v Volkswagen Transporter TDI340 auto comparison

A growing majority of tradies and delivery drivers are choosing automatic transmissions for their vans, in a bid to give their left feet a rest in the daily grind of gridlock. The majority of these vans sold are the fleet-favoured (but ordinary to drive) Toyota HiAce and the evergreen Hyundai iLoad, but here we're looking at the next rung down...


2018 Toyota Camry review: First Australian drive
Rating: 7.710 /10
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2018 Toyota Camry review: First Australian drive

Can a Toyota Camry be more than 'just' reliable, safe and conservative? And does anybody care? The eighth-generation model, imported from Japan rather than made here, is launching now with a mind to answering these questions in the affirmative.

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$27,690 - $43,990

2018 Toyota Camry pricing and specs
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2018 Toyota Camry pricing and specs

The new, imported-from-Japan Toyota Camry range has arrived in Australia, a month after the company closed the Melbourne factory that produced its predecessor for 30 years. And while Toyota no longer has the same incentive to retain those super-sharp real-world deals it offered on the old car - designed to drive demand, and thereby retain production at the required level to keep the Altona factory open until its scheduled close - the new Camry is extremely affordable nevertheless...


2018 Ford Ranger XLT review
Rating: 8.410 /10
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2018 Ford Ranger XLT review

The Ford Ranger XLT is now the second most popular new vehicle in Australia, behind only the Toyota HiLux. It's easy to see why it's so dominant in the booming 4x4 dual-cab ute market.

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$57,690

2018 BMW M2 Pure review
Rating: 8.510 /10
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2018 BMW M2 Pure review

The BMW M2 Pure is a bridge between the company's M past, and its future. Here we look at the MY18 post-LCI model fitted with a heap of go-fast extras, just because...

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$93,300

Tesla Roadster returns, Musk calls it world's fastest car
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Tesla Roadster returns, Musk calls it world's fastest car

Tesla has pulled an old school 'surprise reveal' today, wheeling out a second iteration of the Roadster that originally made the company's name. We thought we were just going to be watching the web reveal of its new electric truck..


Nissan's Melbourne casting plant flat-out, making EV and hybrid parts for export
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Nissan's Melbourne casting plant flat-out, making EV and hybrid parts for export

With Australia’s big three vehicle manufacturers - Ford, Holden and Toyota - now all running as full importers after years of plant wind-downs, it’s a good time to look at aspects of the car-making business still in operation here...


2018 Holden Equinox pricing and specs
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2018 Holden Equinox pricing and specs

Holden's long overdue medium SUV contender, the Equinox, is about to enter the market to take on the Mazda CX-5, Hyundai Tucson, and fellow cabin-space leaders the Honda CR-V and Nissan X-Trail. Today the Lion brand announced a very competitive sub-$30,000 starting price for the entry automatic version in a bid to make up for lost time, plus a very well-specified LS+ grade at $32,990 primed to lure a number of buyers away from better-known rivals...


Volkswagen Australia doesn't plan on extending its warranty
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Volkswagen Australia doesn't plan on extending its warranty

Volkswagen Australia has no present plan to extend its standard factory warranty beyond three years — yet — largely because it doesn’t see itself losing sales to other middle market brands with longer terms of coverage...


2018 Toyota LandCruiser Prado pricing and specs
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2018 Toyota LandCruiser Prado pricing and specs

The Toyota LandCruiser Prado - Australia's biggest-selling large SUV - has been given a swathe of price cuts yet picked up way more safety equipment and some offroad-focused tweaks to boot. Bidding to make the strong stronger, Toyota has also bumped the braked-trailer towing capacity on all auto versions to 3000kg - sure to delight grey nomads, horse trainers and mine-site fleet buyers at the same time - put a rear diff-lock on the GLX auto and VX grades, and ditched the V6 petrol engine altogether...


2018 Honda CR-V v Nissan X-Trail comparison
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2018 Honda CR-V v Nissan X-Trail comparison

You’re looking at two of the most recognised, popular and practical medium SUVs money can buy — the new-generation Honda CR-V, and recently upgraded Nissan X-Trail. In a market infatuated with design-led offerings such as the Mazda CX-5, this pair stand out with their unashamed focus on family-friendly characteristics...


Volkswagen Australia expecting huge Tiguan sales increase in 2018
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Volkswagen Australia expecting huge Tiguan sales increase in 2018

Production shortfalls in Germany have hampered sales of the Volkswagen Tiguan in Australia during its first 12 months on the market, but the company says a clearer pipeline and the imminent arrival of a seven-seat long-wheelbase option will give it room to dramatically scale-up deliveries during 2018...