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Paul Maric

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2018 Holden ZB Commodore review
  • Expanded range with new engine options; Loads of new technology and features never seen on the Commodore before; Impressive all-wheel-drive system available for the first time
  • Liftback models lack the visual street appeal of competitors; VXR model desperately lacks straight-line speed of previous V8 Commodores; Tourer only available with petrol V6

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8.2 / 10

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2018 Holden ZB Commodore review

There's a lot riding on the 2018 Holden ZB Commodore. Is it worth the wait and, more importantly, is it worthy of the Commodore badge?

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Panel Beaters — Episode 3: Watch it live from 8PM AEDT right here
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Panel Beaters — Episode 3: Watch it live from 8PM AEDT right here

Panel Beaters, the CarAdvice panel show is live on the first Wednesday of each month and we're back again for episode three...


2018 Ford Mondeo Titanium TDCi review
Rating: 8.310 /10
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2018 Ford Mondeo Titanium TDCi review

If SUVs don't float your boat, wagons have evolved to a level that demands a second look. The Ford Mondeo Titanium could be a viable SUV alternative.

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$49,840

Holden: Dealer cuts and factory closure remove the shackles
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Holden: Dealer cuts and factory closure remove the shackles

Last year was a big year for Holden, both emotionally and financially. Now, the local boss says the shackles have finally been released. 2017 saw the closure of local manufacturing and the termination of 30 dealer franchise agreements, with the brand electing not to renew them beyond December 31, 2017...


2018 Jeep Compass review
Rating: 7.810 /10
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2018 Jeep Compass review

The Jeep Compass was once our lowest-scoring car. Can the new 2018 Compass prove it's now on the right path?


Chevrolet Bolt: Business case hinges on legislation
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Chevrolet Bolt: Business case hinges on legislation

Holden has taken steps to bring a fully-electric car to the Australian market, but the business case depends on government support. In August 2017, Holden lodged a trademark application to protect the use of Chevrolet Bolt. The company then transported a vehicle to Australia for local testing – and display at the Holden Dream Cruise in 2017...


Holden Commodore: "Drive the car and then have an opinion"
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Holden Commodore: "Drive the car and then have an opinion"

As the launch of Holden's first imported Commodore, the ZB, rolls around, the company's boss has challenged the Holden heartland to drive the car before they offer an opinion. This week Holden hosts Australian media for a first drive of the ZB Commodore across a variety of roads and tracks at Holden's Lang Lang proving ground, but company boss, Mark Bernhard, wants fans to reserve judgement until they've had a go themselves...


Los Angeles in one day: Three places you need to see

Los Angeles in one day: Three places you need to see

Los Angeles is a huge city with a traffic jam around each corner. Getting around can only really be achieved by car, and if you aimlessly drive around, you'll end up nowhere fast. So if you have a spare day to spend exploring, we've tested the perfect daytrip that will give you a look at this sprawling city from a great height, take you through some corners with brilliant scenery, and conclude on the coast soaking up an incredible sunset...

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$435,103

HSV: SportsCat, Camaro and Silverado pricing revealed
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HSV: SportsCat, Camaro and Silverado pricing revealed

Pricing for HSV's 2018 range has been revealed on a dealer website, showing prices for the SportsCat, SportsCat+, Camaro and Silverado. The range kicks off from $65,000 for the entry-level HSV SportsCat, which is based on the Holden Colorado Z71. As we reported late last year, the HSV SportsCat will feature a design that veers away from the current Colorado Z71 offering, but will carryover the same engine and power outputs...


2018 Mazda CX-9 Azami AWD review
Rating: 8.510 /10
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2018 Mazda CX-9 Azami AWD review

Buying an SUV doesn't mean you need to sacrifice on features or luxury. But is the top-specification Mazda CX-9 Azami AWD worth its price tag?

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$64,790

Ford Ranger Raptor to be revealed February 7: This is how it'll look
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Ford Ranger Raptor to be revealed February 7: This is how it'll look

Ford is set to take the wraps off the Ford Ranger Raptor on February 7 at a global reveal in Bangkok, Thailand, and this is how it's likely to look. These commissioned renderings are based off spy photographs obtained by CarAdvice and show a more muscular, wider and aggressive Ranger that will proudly wear the F-150-derived Raptor insignia...


2018 Ford Ranger spied undisguised: New headlights, grille and proximity keyless entry
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2018 Ford Ranger spied undisguised: New headlights, grille and proximity keyless entry

The 2018 Ford Ranger has been photographed in Thailand ahead of its local launch later this year. As revealed exclusively by CarAdvice in June 2017, the Ford Ranger and Everest will benefit from minor upgrades this year as part of a model refresh, which will include an all-new model called the Ranger Raptor...


World’s greatest driving roads: Ortega Highway, California, USA

World’s greatest driving roads: Ortega Highway, California, USA

The Ortega Highway has an ominous reputation for being one of the most haunted roads in the United States of America. Reports of ghost sightings and other apparitions, along with an awesome set of corners, made it a road I desperately wanted to drive! Our weapon of choice for this road was the all-new Aston Martin DB11 V8...


2018 Ford Edge review: Endura first look
Rating: 8.410 /10
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2018 Ford Edge review: Endura first look

Ford has finally confirmed that the Ford Edge will come to Australia as the Endura. We had an early preview in the US and we like what we see.