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Paul Maric

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Volkswagen 'Spirit of Amarok' Challenge: CarAdvice represent!

While most utes spend their time in and around the urban grind traversing worksites and city parking lots, there’s a subset of utes and ute buyers that do a little bit more...

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Honda CR-V to be offered with 2.0-litre entry-level price leader?
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Honda CR-V to be offered with 2.0-litre entry-level price leader?

Honda's all-new CR-V is just around the corner with an expected local launch in July. While the company has only confirmed one engine — a 1.5-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine that produces 140kW of power and 240Nm of torque, mated to a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) — and both a front- and all-wheel drive drivetrain, there could be another engine coming...


Renault and Nissan production delays due to global cyber attack
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Renault and Nissan production delays due to global cyber attack

Renault and Nissan's Sunderland production facility has been the victim of a global cyber attack, causing costly production delays. The global cyber attack began late last week and has so far affected more than 75,000 systems in 100 countries. The attack hits vulnerable Microsoft Windows machines and encrypts the user's filesystem, taking it ransom...


Kia targeting fleet customers with Stinger
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Kia targeting fleet customers with Stinger

Kia Australia is using the Stinger to reel in fleet customers, displaying a pre-production Stinger GT at a recent Melbourne fleet manager's conference. When local Commodore and Camry production wraps up later this year, companies previously tied to Australian large cars will have the ability to look elsewhere...


2017 Audi A5 Sportback, S5 Sportback pricing and specs: New range brings faster hero model
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2017 Audi A5 Sportback, S5 Sportback pricing and specs: New range brings faster hero model

Audi's all-new Audi A5 and S5 Sportback models have just landed in Australia with a starting price of under $70,000 (before on-road costs). The four model range includes one four-cylinder diesel, one four-cylinder petrol and a six-cylinder petrol engine. Kicking off from $69,900 (plus on-road costs) for the A5 Sportback 2...


2017 Audi S5 Sportback review
Rating: 8.510 /10
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2017 Audi S5 Sportback review

The 2017 Audi S5 Sportback is faster, lighter and cheaper than its predecessor. But, does the new turbocharged V6 have the heart and soul of the supercharged outgoing model?

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$105,800

Ford Endura to replace the Ford Territory after Toyota renews 'Edge' trademark
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Ford Endura to replace the Ford Territory after Toyota renews 'Edge' trademark

As revealed by CarAdvice last year, Ford's new Edge SUV will come to Australia in 2018 with a starting price of $49,990 with seven seats and a diesel engine. At that stage, however, its final local name was yet to be confirmed. We can now exclusively reveal that model will be known as the Ford Endura, with the Edge badge already owned locally by Toyota...


2017 Holden Astra sedan to launch with three model variants: LS, LT and LTZ
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2017 Holden Astra sedan to launch with three model variants: LS, LT and LTZ

CarAdvice can exclusively reveal that the 2017 Holden Astra sedan, which is due to launch locally next month, will be launched with three trim levels and two transmissions. Holden's Astra sedan will replace the Cruze as its entry-level sedan offering and will include a great deal of local ride and handling tuning...


2018 Holden Commodore SS/VXR unveiled in Buick form
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2018 Holden Commodore SS/VXR unveiled in Buick form

Here it is, folks. In line with our computer generated images, images of the Buick Regal GS, which is based on the Opel Insignia, have been leaked on a Chinese automotive website. The Regal GS body design will mimic the Insignia VXR, which is the car that will wear a badge signifying its sporty presence in the Commodore line-up...


Nitro Thunder hits Sydney this week: WIN 2 tickets thanks to Mariani Motorsport
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Nitro Thunder hits Sydney this week: WIN 2 tickets thanks to Mariani Motorsport

It's that time of year again. The smell of burning fuel and sticky tyres will take over Western Sydney International Dragway as the Nitro Thunder event takes hold. This year, Mark Mariani will defend his event title as winner of the 2016 400 Thunder Professional Drag Racing Series. Mariani drives a 10,000hp dragster that moves from a standing start over a quarter-mile drag race in just 4...


2017 Bentley Mulsanne review
Rating: 910 /10
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2017 Bentley Mulsanne review

If you ever needed an excuse to drop around $600,000 on a luxury cruiser – look no further. Paul Maric drives the Bentley Mulsanne from Santa Monica to Santa Barbara to see if it's worth the hefty price tag.

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$533,016

Ford Powershift transmission issues: Are you affected? What steps should you take?
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Ford Powershift transmission issues: Are you affected? What steps should you take?

Each week CarAdvice receives at least four or five emails to the website or phone calls to our various radio programs regarding Ford Powershift transmission issues. The advice is always the same, but it's often misunderstood or not known by drivers experiencing issues...


Metal shard from Takata airbag injures driver in Darwin
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Metal shard from Takata airbag injures driver in Darwin

The Takata airbag scandal has claimed its first victim in Australia, with a driver of a Toyota Rav4 in Darwin injured during an otherwise minor car crash. The ABC has reported the 21 year old driver was involved in a collision severe enough for the driver's airbag to deploy. The airbag failed to do so correctly, and a metal shard from the airbag housing struck the driver in the head...


Holden's 230km/h U-2 Dragon support vehicle is an Aussie-built sedan
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Holden's 230km/h U-2 Dragon support vehicle is an Aussie-built sedan

Australian forces support allied armies all over the world, but one particular piece of Australian machinery plays a critical role in guiding one of the world's oldest spy planes in safely — at over 230km/h. The U-2 Dragon is a jet-powered Lockheed spy plane that cruises at 70,000 feet above the earth, around double the cruising altitude of a QANTAS domestic plane...


Drag race: Australia vs The World
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Drag race: Australia vs The World

Australia. It's the country where there's always an insect, animal or sea creature trying to kill you. It's also the country that once housed a thriving car industry. But, instead of crying over spilt milk, we're showing the world one last time why the constant fear of death has inspired our local engineers to build a car that's itching at the chance to chew you up and spit you out...