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Mike Costello

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Volkswagen diesel emissions saga: Company claims its culture has changed, as EV focus intensifies

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Volkswagen diesel emissions saga: Company claims its culture has changed, as EV focus intensifies

Volkswagen says the diesel emissions scandal that has savaged the company over the past year has been a catalyst for greatly-needed internal change, and fast-tracked its drive to be the undisputed world leader in electric cars...

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Skoda working on smaller crossover to sell alongside Kodiaq and new Yeti
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Skoda working on smaller crossover to sell alongside Kodiaq and new Yeti

Skoda doubled the size of its SUV range this week with the global launch of the Kodiaq seven-seater, but it won’t stop there, with the Czech brand revealing plans to offer a new urban crossover to rival the Mazda CX-3 and Honda HR-V...


2017 Audi Q5 revealed ahead of Australian debut
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2017 Audi Q5 revealed ahead of Australian debut

The second-generation Audi Q5 crossover made its world premiere at today’s Paris motor show, ahead of an Australian launch in the second half of 2017. This new iteration of Audi’s vital mid-sized SUV (the Q5 is number three in sales for Australia behind the A3 and Q3) is said to combine the sportiness of a sedan with the cabin flexibility of a crossover, wrapped in an evolutionary body design...


Volkswagen to launch $40k electric car with 600km range in 2020
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Volkswagen to launch $40k electric car with 600km range in 2020

The Volkswagen I.D. concept car revealed at the Paris motor show this morning is as significant for the German brand as the original Beetle and Golf, the company claims. The electric hatchback concept previews the first road car to be based on Volkswagen’s new MEB architecture, which only supports fully electric cars — no plug-ins, and no internal combustion...


2017 Volkswagen Passat 206TSI R-Line Review
Rating: 8.510 /10
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2017 Volkswagen Passat 206TSI R-Line Review

The Volkswagen Passat 206TSI R-Line is a swift and sure executive express, but is it a match for its spiritual predecessor?

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$57,990 - $59,990

BMW Z4 successor spied at the Nurburgring, cabin glimpsed
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BMW Z4 successor spied at the Nurburgring, cabin glimpsed

BMW’s Z4 roadster replacement has been caught by our spy photographers making its Nurburgring debut as the development nears its completion. We’ve previously seen it undergoing cold weather snow testing. This time, we’ve also scored a glimpse inside the new BMW soft-top’s cabin, which appears to show a more conservative approach than that used on the now-dead Z4...


Infiniti Q60 convertible off the table
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Infiniti Q60 convertible off the table

Infiniti has no plans to produce a convertible version of its slick and stylised new 2017 Q60 coupe to rival the BMW 4 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class. The Hong Kong-based luxury car brand said this week that it was focused on making the Q60 hardtop a radical departure from its previous two iterations. Reading between the lines, the business case for a soft-top didn’t stack up...


Infiniti’s designers hold sway over its engineers
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Infiniti’s designers hold sway over its engineers

As a relative minnow in the world of luxury cars, Infiniti needs to embody a point of difference. And the Hong Kong-based subsidiary of Nissan appears to have a design-led development approach that provides precisely that...


Infiniti Q60 coupe won't get C63 and M4-rivalling hero model
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Infiniti Q60 coupe won't get C63 and M4-rivalling hero model

Despite building its brand around performance, luxury brand Infiniti has no immediate plans for a properly hardcore version of its new Q60 coupe to rival the BMW M4 or Mercedes-AMG C63. The new Q60 launched in the US this week with the top-shelf 298kW 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 model, due in Australia in the first half of 2017...


2016 LDV G10 Nine-Seater Review
Rating: 610 /10
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2016 LDV G10 Nine-Seater Review

The LDV G10 nine-seater looks like amazing value, but does it stack up to used products from name brands?

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I changed my mind on stop-start
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I changed my mind on stop-start

“Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything,” Irish polemicist George Bernard Shaw famously said. While it may be a pompous means of introducing this column, this farsighted call neatly summarises my position on automotive stop-start (or idle-stop) systems...


2016 Mazda BT-50 XTR Kuroi Pack Review
Rating: 7.510 /10
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2016 Mazda BT-50 XTR Kuroi Pack Review

The Mazda BT-50 XTR dual-cab is the subject of deals at the moment, with the cool-looking Kuroi Pack. This staple remains a solid offering.

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$53,590

What are Australia’s most popular sports cars?
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What are Australia’s most popular sports cars?

Sales of two-door sports cars were up 16 per cent in Australia to the end of August, over the previous year, according to the official industry VFACTS figures. But what are the segment’s winners and losers? First off, sales trends in the sports car market are much more exaggerated than in other areas of the market, because these status symbols tend to sharply recede once the initial buzz dies down and all the devotees have taken delivery...


Weekend Deals on Wheels for September 17
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Weekend Deals on Wheels for September 17

It’s time for the latest instalment of Deals on Wheels, which this week looks at six factory-backed special offers for all you weekend 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...


Why every car's ride and handling matters
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Why every car's ride and handling matters

Rarely does a week go by when someone doesn’t politely suggest that car reviewers might be a little too focused on a car’s ride and handling. Yes, a sports car has to steer like it's on rails and a luxury car needs to feel plush, but why does the suspension and steering tune matter so much on an A-to-B buzzbox? Surely it’s cabin space and layout, infotainment, fuel economy and running costs that are more important to most buyers, right? Aren’t we in journo Lala Land remiss to focus our attention elsewhere? Yes and no...