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Mike Costello

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2017 Volvo V90 Review
  • Beautifully finished cabin; stunning design; decent engine performance; a comfortable driving experience
  • Like the S90, question marks remain over pricing strategy; still some diesel clatter evident

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8.5 / 10

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2017 Volvo V90 Review

Volvo is synonymous with estate cars, but none quite like this. It's the stunning new V90.

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2017 Volvo S90 Review
Rating: 810 /10
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2017 Volvo S90 Review

The Volvo S90 couldn’t be more proudly Swedish if it delivered you a tray of lingonberries from the the back of an Elk.

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$79,900 - $98,900

2017 Volvo S90 pricing and specifications: $79,900 entry point for Swedish sedan flagship
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2017 Volvo S90 pricing and specifications: $79,900 entry point for Swedish sedan flagship

The all-new Volvo S90 sedan range is on track to hit Australian showrooms during the final quarter of this year priced from $79,900 plus on-road costs. This high-tech successor to the S80, which uses a version of the scalable (flexible) architecture that also underpins the new XC90 SUV, is the Swedish company’s rival to the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, BMW 5 Series, Audi A6 and Jaguar XF...


Volvo executive says company was suspicious of Volkswagen diesels years ago
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Volvo executive says company was suspicious of Volkswagen diesels years ago

A senior Volvo Cars executive has admitted that the company was suspicious of Volkswagen’s diesel emissions performance as many as seven years ago, though it lacked the proof to raise any questions publicly. Kent Falck, a 29-year Volvo veteran, said the Swedish brand was unsure at the time how Volkswagen was passing EPA restrictions to sell diesel engines in the US when its own developers could not...


2017 Ford Ranger updates announced: Reverse camera on more variants, Sync 3, Euro 5 engines
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2017 Ford Ranger updates announced: Reverse camera on more variants, Sync 3, Euro 5 engines

The Australian-developed Ford Ranger line-up will receive a host of new features from the third quarter of 2016, as the Blue Oval guns for the top-selling Toyota HiLux in the ute sales race. All 2017 Ford Rangers in the pick-up body-style will get a rear-view camera and reverse parking sensors, with the exception of the XL Plus derivative, as standard, bringing the Ford closer in line with its Toyota nemesis...


2016 Skoda Superb 206TSI Wagon Review: Long-term report one
Rating: 8.510 /10
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2016 Skoda Superb 206TSI Wagon Review: Long-term report one

Our new Skoda Superb 206TSI wagon long-termer remains a joy.

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$52,690

Skoda Kodiaq seven-seater here August next year, 12 months ahead of new Yeti
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Skoda Kodiaq seven-seater here August next year, 12 months ahead of new Yeti

The highly anticipated 2017 Skoda Kodiaq seven-seat SUV will arrive in Australia around August next year, following on from its world premiere at this October’s Paris motor show. The new Skoda range-topper is being targeted at the Toyota Kluger, Hyundai Santa Fe and brand new Mazda CX-9. You can get a fair idea of the design of the largest Skoda SUV offering based on our spy images here...


2017 Skoda Octavia Scout pricing and specifications: 135TDI variant not available for now
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2017 Skoda Octavia Scout pricing and specifications: 135TDI variant not available for now

The updated Skoda Octavia Scout 4x4 range launched in Australia this week, with significantly more equipment added, but the popular 135TDI variant is temporarily missing from the line-up. Heading the list of changes to the MY17 Skoda Octavia Scout range is the extra equipment added...


Deals On Wheels - tradie special
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Deals On Wheels - tradie special

It’s time for the latest instalment of Deals on Wheels, our look at factory-backed special offers for all you (end of financial year) new car shoppers. This isn’t a promotional campaign, just us trying to offer you some interesting suggestions if you’re in the market for some new wheels...


Deals On Wheels - European brand special
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Deals On Wheels - European brand special

It’s time for the latest instalment of Deals on Wheels, our look at factory-backed special offers for all you (end of financial year) new car shoppers. This isn’t a promotional campaign, just us trying to offer you some interesting suggestions if you’re in the market for some new wheels...


2017 Skoda Octavia Ambition Wagon Review
Rating: 8.510 /10
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2017 Skoda Octavia Ambition Wagon Review

The updated 2017 Skoda Octavia range offers class-leading equipment and space for the money

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$24,690 - $33,590

Volkswagen AG details plan for cleaner future, as shareholder meeting turns acrimonious
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Volkswagen AG details plan for cleaner future, as shareholder meeting turns acrimonious

Volkswagen AG says it will fit particulate filters to petrol engines, advocates independent emissions testing on its cars, and wants to be a leader in vehicle electrification and vehicle autonomy. But key shareholders remain furious over dieselgate...


2017 Skoda Octavia pricing and specifications
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2017 Skoda Octavia pricing and specifications

The updated 2017 Skoda Octavia wagon and sedan range has arrived in Australia, bolstering the Czech company’s value offering even further. Fresh off the back of a record sales month in May, the revised Skoda Octavia offering adds up to $4300 worth of claimed extra specification for recommended retail price increases of as little as $500, or $1000 on a drive-away basis...


2016 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe Review
Rating: 810 /10
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2016 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe Review

The 2016 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe update brings some welcome improvements

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$68,900 - $99,900

2016 BMW 4 Series Coupe Review
Rating: 8.510 /10
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2016 BMW 4 Series Coupe Review

The 2016 BMW 4 Series coupe is a significantly better value proposition than before, and it needs to be, considering its rivals.

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$68,900 - $99,900