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Five-year warranties should be standard

It’s time we start asking car companies to up their written warranties . There is simply no good reason a Kia Sportage should have a seven-year warranty while a Toyota RAV4 is offered with only three...

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Korean cars are cool now. Deal with it.
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Korean cars are cool now. Deal with it.

The first car I ever drove – and the car I learned to drive in – was a second-generation X2 Hyundai Excel. It was red. It was not faster than anything. At the time, too, Korean cars were about as far from being ‘cool’ as you could imagine. There are some cars people get excited about at the mere mention of their name: think R8, M3, Diablo, F1, etc...


I've just about had it with camouflage cars
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I've just about had it with camouflage cars

Camouflage wrap used to be cool. Wind back the clock five years and camouflage was an effective way for automotive manufacturers to disguise their new or development prototype cars from prying eyes. That was its only purpose.  These flashy black-and-white wraps were made to hide the finer details of the design of new models, or to keep you guessing as to what the car may actually be...


Suzuki is Australia's loveable underdog
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Suzuki is Australia's loveable underdog

Ten years ago a visit to your neighbourhood Suzuki dealer promised as much excitement as doing three years worth of tax returns. But, like a few other Japanese brands of late - Honda comes immediately to mind - humble little Suzuki has suddenly pulled its finger out...


At last, Peugeot and Citroen have a shot at success in Australia
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At last, Peugeot and Citroen have a shot at success in Australia

À propos du temps! That’s French for ‘about time!’, in reference to the fact that Sime Darby is no longer the Australian distributor for Peugeot, Citroen and DS. The news that Groupe PSA, the company that runs the three French brands, has moved on to a new local distributor – Inchcape, the same guys who have transformed Subaru from an odd-ball outsider to a properly appealing 'household name' car brand – is excellent for all parties...


2017 Shanghai motor show: Hits and misses
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2017 Shanghai motor show: Hits and misses

The opening press days of the 2017 Shanghai motor show have now wrapped up, with the biggest motor show in the region - and indeed, one of the biggest in the world - now open to the public. This year's show brought us a host of new production models and concepts - some weirder than others - and more than a few hints at what we can expect to see on the road in the years ahead...


Could investing in a limited edition car be better than investing in property?
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Could investing in a limited edition car be better than investing in property?

The 2017 HSV GTSR W1 marks the end of Australian manufacturing, along with the production of Australia's fastest and most powerful car ever built. It also represents one of the most expensive locally produced cars with an asking price of $169,990, before on-road costs. We've even heard of some buyers paying over $250,000 to secure their spot in the line...


2017 New York motor show: Hits and misses
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2017 New York motor show: Hits and misses

The opening media presentation day for this year's Shanghai motor show is now in full swing, but the 2017 New York motor show is still going strong. The Big Apple’s motor show isn’t the biggest, but it can always be relied on for a handful of important premieres – and this year has been no exception...


Aqua is back, baby!
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Aqua is back, baby!

You guys, have you noticed? Aqua is back. No, I’m not talking about the shit band from the 2000s that had the hit about Barbie. I’m talking about the colour. On cars, specifically. In even more specific terms, car brands are seemingly embracing the idea that not all cars have to be black, white, grey or silver, though the targeting is very much where you’d expect it – at the younger buyer group, the ones who aren't going to be spending more than about $40,000 on a car...


Sport mode: Get it right, or get...
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Sport mode: Get it right, or get...

Call me old fashioned, but I reckon it's bullshit. There are a stack of reasons I love my 1989 Nissan Sil80. It’s manual. It’s rear-wheel drive. It’s turbocharged. The thing I love about it more than anything else, though, is when you turn the key (oh yeah, it’s got one of those too), that’s it...


Autonomous cars will be awesome for Aussies
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Autonomous cars will be awesome for Aussies

Sydney to Melbourne. It's the trip by which all other trips are measured when it comes to a great Australian drive. And just imagine when the day comes that you'll be able to drive from Sydney to Melbourne without touching the accelerator, the brake pedal or the steering wheel as your car ferries you between the two biggest cities in the country - and all you have to do is go along for the ride...


Nurburgring lap times are now meaningless
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Nurburgring lap times are now meaningless

There was a time, not too long ago, when a lap time of under eight minutes around the infamous Nurburgring, truly meant something. It was a crude but accepted method for being able to compare one extra-special car’s track ability with another. These days, though? These days, the exercise is utterly irrelevant...


I didn't want to buy a Toyota HiLux. But I did.
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I didn't want to buy a Toyota HiLux. But I did.

Hatred.  Vilification. Prejudice.  Strong words indeed and ones normally applied to far weightier aspects of our human existence than buying a new car. As a middled-aged and middle class white male they are not normally words that get thrown in my direction. I now know what it feels like to be in the oppressed majority. Let me tell you a story about how it all happened...


2017 Geneva motor show: Hits and misses
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2017 Geneva motor show: Hits and misses

The Geneva motor show, now in its 87th year, remains the jewel in the crown of automotive design, style and European flair. The big show is renowned for big reveals by big names, and the 2017 event was no exception. With Alborz Fallah, Anthony Crawford, Matt Campbell and David Zalstein on the ground, the CarAdvice team got a good look at all the glittering winners on the show floor...


Screw your stupid hidden door handles!
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Screw your stupid hidden door handles!

What's with the disappearing rear door handles? Modern car designers seem to be getting more and more enamoured with the idea that making the rear doors of cars appear as though they're missing entrance levers is in some way sleek, modern or - God forbid - cool. It isn't. Door handles are important and they should be there for all to see and feel...


'SUVs' have jumped the shark
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'SUVs' have jumped the shark

When it comes to proliferating the increasingly erroneous notion that SUVs deserve their own category, I’m more culpable than most. But swallowing one’s pride and changing one’s mind is easy, if you want it to be. Guys, we need to consider not separating ‘SUVs’ and ‘passenger’ cars any more, in some cases at least, because the lines are blurred to the point of imperceptibility...


MG? More like My God...
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MG? More like My God...

MG is a venerable British brand... wait, wait. MG was a venerable British brand, once upon a time. But it isn't that any more. The latest offerings to bear the MG badge simply don't live up to anything that you would expect of such an iconic marque. I mean, they are kind of cute. And I guess most MGs that have come before them have been cute, too...


I'll never drive a Ford Mustang again
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I'll never drive a Ford Mustang again

You can imagine how chuffed I was, painting a set of 11s on the tarmac during my first drive of a manual Ford Mustang GT with its hearty naturally aspirated V8 engine. In fact, it was around this time last year that I was singing its praises on social media. It all culminated at the end of last year when we ran our performance car test at Motorworld...


Why I bought a Tesla
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Why I bought a Tesla

Doing what I do for a living has a few perks. Apart from being the coolest job in the world in general, I get to drive around, or be driven around, in a lot of exciting cars. I also get exposed to future technologies, giving me an insight into what the car industry is doing for decades to come...


Autonomous cars won’t kill people, but they will 'take our jobs'
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Autonomous cars won’t kill people, but they will 'take our jobs'

I’m both excited and nervous about the arrival of the autonomous car. Seeing firsthand at CES 2017  just how dedicated the automotive industry and the big-name tech brands are to making cars that won’t need to be driven, was an eye-opener for me. It sounds like a future world full of promise: people won’t need to worry about driving their car home if they’re too tired or too drunk to drive...