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Mike Stevens

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2018 Kia Sorento review
  • New eight-speed auto is smooth and overall quick; Diesel still a capable mill; New infotainment feels more modern; Good fuel consumption; Comfort, ride and handling all noticeably improved
  • 'New' petrol engine no more impressive than before; Towing capacity still restricted; Tiny driver display on low-spec models looks cheap

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8.5 / 10

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2018 Kia Sorento review

With more kit, a new gearbox and improved comfort, the 2018 Kia Sorento takes a good thing and makes it better.

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Utes and vans "the big hole" in Kia line-up
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Utes and vans "the big hole" in Kia line-up

News that Hyundai is looking to offer a proper workhorse ute in the years ahead is good news for Kia's Australian arm, too, but the company's local management isn't exactly crying itself to sleep in the meantime. Speaking with CarAdvice at this week's launch of the updated 2018 Kia Sorento, Kia Australia chief operating officer Damien Meredith said the company has been making great strides without a ute...


Kia Stinger sales off to strong start in hunt for 500 monthly sales
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Kia Stinger sales off to strong start in hunt for 500 monthly sales

Kia Australia is expecting its new Stinger performance car to reach 200 sales in October alone - its first, incomplete month on the market - despite the car's official marketing campaign still being months away from kickoff. Helping that hot start, according to chief operating officer Damien Meredith, is that the company has allocated a Stinger to each of its 127 dealers, giving the car clear exposure to potential buyers...


2017 Tokyo motor show: What to expect
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2017 Tokyo motor show: What to expect

The 2017 Tokyo motor show is almost upon us, with Japan's big show having slumbered since this time two years ago. The 2015 Tokyo motor show gave us the tiny Toyota S-FR concept, Nissan's Leaf-previewing IDS show car, the Subaru Impreza concept (now in production) and Viziv Future concept, Daihatsu's quirky Nori Ori and Tempo concepts, and a host of others...


New Cars: 2017 New Car Calendar, the October update
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New Cars: 2017 New Car Calendar, the October update

Last year was a huge one for new-model launches in Australia, with 2016 seeing the heroic new Ford Mustang land in January, before rolling through to the impressive new Subaru Impreza that made its media debut in late December. Of course, many, many more new offerings appeared between...


Pierre Leclerq joins Kia as head of styling
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Pierre Leclerq joins Kia as head of styling

Kia has expanded its design team under supremo Peter Schreyer, announcing Pierre Leclercq as its new Head of Styling. Confirmed in September, Leclerq's appointment follows a four-year stint with Chinese manufacturer Great Wall Motors and a lengthy tour with BMW. The Belgian-born designer was most recently in the spotlight for his work with Haval, revealing the HB-02 and HR-02 concepts in 2016 and the HB-03 earlier this year...


2018 Nissan Patrol pricing and specs
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2018 Nissan Patrol pricing and specs

Australian pricing and details for the 2018 Nissan Patrol have been handed down today, marking its first major change since the middle of 2015. Back then, the biggest change was in the accounting books, with a huge $23,400 cut from the newly entry-level Ti model for a new $69,990 number, while the top-spec Ti-L benefited from an even bigger $27,500 cut to $86,990...


2018 Jeep Compass: Australian details
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2018 Jeep Compass: Australian details

Australian details for the incoming 2018 Jeep Compass have been handed down tonight, ahead of its December launch. The new-generation 2018 Compass was revealed in September last year, and it was in March this year that world media were given a first drive. CarAdvice was there too, and you can catch our review here...


2018 Volkswagen Amarok V6 gets 3.5-tonne tow rating
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2018 Volkswagen Amarok V6 gets 3.5-tonne tow rating

An upgrade for the new model year has led to the 2018 Volkswagen Amarok V6 ute being given a 3500kg braked towing allowance - up from the 3000kg rating that still applies to previous examples. The new rating comes courtesy of engineering changes to the Amarok's rear step setup, and the availability of a 3.5-tonne genuine Volkswagen tow bar...


Honda Sports EV concept previewed: Retro coupe bound for Tokyo show
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Honda Sports EV concept previewed: Retro coupe bound for Tokyo show

Reaction to the old-school Civic-inspired Urban EV concept is only just now starting to die down, and already Honda is preparing to roll out another take: the Sports EV concept. For now, Honda has revealed only a tightly cropped sketch of what we can expect, but it is clear the company is developing a bit of a theme when it comes to electric vehicle tech packed into retro-styled concepts...


Suzuki Australia: Michael Pachota announced as General Manager
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Suzuki Australia: Michael Pachota announced as General Manager

Michael Pachota has been announced today as the new General Manager for the automotive division of Suzuki Australia, taking a similar path to his predecessor, Andrew Moore. Both had previously held the post of National Sales Manager before ascending to the top end of the Suzuki brand's automotive arm in Australia...


2018 MG 6 revealed
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2018 MG 6 revealed

A new-generation 2018 MG 6 has been revealed today, debuting as a replacement for the now eight-year-old first-generation model sold here as the MG 6 Plus. The company has yet to release full details on the new model - or a full gallery - and it has likewise yet to confirm Australian details, although a brief quote from the company's local arm today suggests we'll see it here next year...


Renault Australia: Andrew Moore announced as Managing Director
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Renault Australia: Andrew Moore announced as Managing Director

Andrew Moore, only last week confirmed to be leaving his post at the top of Suzuki Australia's automotive branch, has been announced today as Managing Director of Renault Australia. Moore's move to Renault follows the announcement earlier this month that Justin Hocevar had left the French car maker's ranks, without explanation...


Renault Zoe, Kangoo EV pricing confirmed for Australia
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Renault Zoe, Kangoo EV pricing confirmed for Australia

More than seven years since it first hit the world stage, the all-electric Renault Zoe hatch is now officially confirmed for Australia - and its cargo-hauling buddy the Kangoo ZE will finally also be available to local buyers. This announcement follows the story that CarAdvice broke in early August, confirming Australian government approval for local sales of the Zoe - a sure sign that Renault had at last committed to bringing its popular little EV to Oz...


2018 Kia Stinger track drive: video
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2018 Kia Stinger track drive: video

After old mate Jez Spinks went out to assess the on-road character of the new 2018 Kia Stinger, Tony Crawford hit the track at the big performance sedan's Australian media launch. Catch his video above, and read the full review right here. You can also get all the pricing and equipment details in our article here...