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2017 Hyundai i30 range review

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2017 Hyundai i30 range review

The Hyundai i30 small hatchback is one of Australia's highest-selling vehicles, making the brand-new third-generation version launched in April a highly significant car...

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2017 Toyota Camry review and farewell
Rating: 7.510 /10
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2017 Toyota Camry review and farewell

Sex sells, they say. But so does the Toyota Camry, which still flies the flag for safe and smart choices. Here we say farewell to the Australian-made version in the shadow of an all-new model.

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$29,990

Volkswagen Golf '7.5' launching with sharpened prices
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Volkswagen Golf '7.5' launching with sharpened prices

Car companies have traditionally reserved aggressive subsidisation of on-road taxes and charges until a vehicle was further into its life cycle and had lost some of its lustre. But reflecting the extreme competitiveness of the Australian market - one of the world's most fragmented - many brands are offering key models with sharp drive-away deals at launch...


2017 BMW 520d review
Rating: 8.510 /10
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2017 BMW 520d review

The new G30 BMW 520d looks familiar, but this new model does almost everything with a refined, effortless ease, while offering an impressive array of modern technologies for those who want to very latest.

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$93,900

Importing Camry rather than producing locally won't dent image, company suggests
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Importing Camry rather than producing locally won't dent image, company suggests

The fact that the new 2018 Toyota Camry will be imported from Japan rather than built in Australia like the outgoing model should not have a great impact on sales, which nevertheless are expected to decline in response to the car’s push upmarket. The 2018 Toyota Camry - generation number eight - is a new-from-the-ground-up model with different architecture and fully revised designs outside and in...


2018 Toyota Camry: What's changed
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2018 Toyota Camry: What's changed

The phrase 'new Toyota Camry' wouldn't typically elicit much enthusiasm, but the company has pulled out a lot of stops to make the eighth-generation model a big step forward. The corporation's head Akio Toyoda has demanded that all  Toyota product moving forwards has at least a hint of driving dynamism, and here it's coupled to a more upmarket cabin and a comparatively daring exterior...


Toyota Camry sales to plummet, hybrid targets lion's share
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Toyota Camry sales to plummet, hybrid targets lion's share

The new-generation Toyota Camry is billed as a significant step away from tradition, designed to be sold on looks, tech and dynamics as much as comfort, reliability and value. This shift — along with the possible subtext of higher pricing, and the continued decline in mid-sized car sales across the board in favour of SUVs — means Toyota Australia expects a “dramatic” sales reduction, albeit one that should keep it market leader...


2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid review
Rating: 810 /10
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2018 Toyota Camry Hybrid review

Can a Toyota Camry really be a premium and dynamic car? The maker of the world's most popular mid-sized sedan reckons the new 2018 model is exactly that. We have a go Stateside ahead of its November Australian launch to investigate the impossible.


2017 Haval H2 Premium 4x2 review
Rating: 6.510 /10
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2017 Haval H2 Premium 4x2 review

You probably know very little about the Haval H2, but this Vitara, Qashqai and CX-3 rival in the small crossover segment shows promise, especially given the much-needed recent price cuts.

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$24,990

HSV discusses growing divergence between racing and road-car development
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HSV discusses growing divergence between racing and road-car development

Even Holden Special Vehicles (HSV) has noticed an increased divergence between race car success and road car sales in the modern era. The old aphorism ‘win on Sunday, sell on Monday’ has been on the nose for years elsewhere in major categories perhaps excluding GT, so much so that a dedicated factory-backed tuning division agrees...


2017 Audi A5 Coupe 2.0 TFSI quattro review
Rating: 810 /10
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2017 Audi A5 Coupe 2.0 TFSI quattro review

The Audi A5 2.0 TFSI quattro coupe is a clinical and comfortable alternative to the BMW 430i and Mercedes-Benz C300 that plays to the Ingolstadt brand's core.

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$81,500

Jeep Wrangler Pickup ute rendered
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Jeep Wrangler Pickup ute rendered

The generally well-informed fans at JLwranglerforums.com in the States have done some rendered images of the 2019 Jeep JT Pickup, to be spun off the new-generation JL Wrangler. The 'Wrangler ute' will lob about one year after its Wrangler SUV siblings, with production to begin at Toledo in September/October 2018, following a major FCA investment...


HSV exports a longer-term desire
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HSV exports a longer-term desire

Holden Special Vehicles (HSV) has some exciting things coming beyond the end of Commodore production in Australia - including a HSV Colorado - but one idea it has shelved for the short-term is exports. However, beyond 2020 there seems every chance of Melbourne-tuned HSV spinoffs of GM products being sent overseas like the final HSV Maloo was, should a business case become viable and the product design translate effectively...


Five sales winners and losers in 2017
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Five sales winners and losers in 2017

Australia's new vehicle market is steadying after a rough start in 2017, but which companies are winning in a tough environment, and which are losing sales at a disproportionate rate? Here are five of each, based on either percentage or gross terms at our discretion. Background...


HSV Colorado coming: Engine, chassis and looks to be modded
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HSV Colorado coming: Engine, chassis and looks to be modded

Holden Special Vehicles (HSV) is understood to have numerous irons in the fire, one of the most interesting being a plan to capitalise on the pickup boom with an aggressive HSV Colorado dual-cab for 2018. The Melbourne-based operation — tuning arm of the Walkinshaw Group, one of the remaining positive stories in Australian auto manufacturing — has a storied history tuning rear-wheel drive V8 Commodore sedans, wagons and utes...