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Green means go... or else!

I’ve got a plan to help with our climbing road toll. A brave plan, perhaps, but they say you can’t make an omelette without breaking a few eggs, and I do love an omelette...

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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...


Qld Police lose court case against car enthusiast, democracy prevails
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Qld Police lose court case against car enthusiast, democracy prevails

In what may feel like justice for car enthusiasts around the country, a court in Queensland today dismissed a case from Queensland Police against a car enthusiast that had been charged with a Type 1 hooning offence (2297) for ‘wilfully creating undue noise’ in his Lamborghini Huracan...


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...


Holden Commodore: as Australian as Bratwurst
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Holden Commodore: as Australian as Bratwurst

Australian car enthusiasts – okay, just Holden enthusiasts – are up-in-arms at the prospect of Holden’s next Commodore being sourced from Germany. When Holden ceases local production of the Aussie-as-pie-and-sauce Commodore next year, it is widely tipped to be replaced by the German-designed Opel Insignia, rebadged as a Commodore...


Eight cars that were ahead of their time
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Eight cars that were ahead of their time

Game changers. Revolutionaries. Shitboxes. Some cars, as brilliant as they may have been, fail in their first few years on sale because they were just too early to the party. They may have been trend-setters, but at the time, no-one was following in their footsteps – but as time moves on and people's wants and needs change, some car ideas that seemed quirky at first end up coming full circle...


First-aid training should be compulsory for all drivers
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First-aid training should be compulsory for all drivers

I’ve been driving for over half my life, the majority of which has been on the roads of Melbourne. Over those hundreds of thousands of kilometres, I’ve seen and done many things. Sometimes good things, sometimes ‘good stories to tell another day’ things. But until recently, there was something I had thankfully never experienced...


Seven cars Australians should buy more of: 2016 mid-year report
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Seven cars Australians should buy more of: 2016 mid-year report

You may have seen our hugely popular list of cars that Aussies should be buying, but aren’t. And while it hasn’t done anything to improve the fortunes of the Peugeot 308 – despite our vehement insistence that it is one of the cars that should get small car purchasers through the door – the response was excellent...


Utes or trucks - what's in a name?
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Utes or trucks - what's in a name?

Strewth! There’s been a lot of noise the last week or so in the automotive world surrounding some seemingly not-so-patriotic language creeping into our local dealer showrooms. CarAdvice first flagged the issue some 12 months ago, but it seems only now the rest of Australia, including sections of the motoring media, is catching on...


Cars and guns – an idea that should die
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Cars and guns – an idea that should die

I am not a fan of guns. I dislike everything they stand for. I’m a pacifist, someone who believes that bullets and bombs aren’t a reasonable measure to achieve outcomes in 2016 despite the best intentions of the minority menaces that seem to think the opposite. They worked in the past, don’t get me wrong. Guns have helped people achieve things across the world...


Thank you Ford, for Focus RS Drift Mode
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Thank you Ford, for Focus RS Drift Mode

If you ever needed any more evidence that Australia is descending into a nanny state, just look at the coverage media outlets and social commenters are imposing on us this week. It all centres around the new Ford Focus RS. Along with being one of the safest hatches in the world (it comes with a raft of airbags and stability control, amongst other safety features), the Focus RS is built as a car capable of being used on the road and on the race track...


Stay in the left f$#king lane, please
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Stay in the left f$#king lane, please

If you’re doing the speed limit and sitting in the right lane with that look of smugness on your face, because “I am doing the speed limit and it’s okay to be in this lane” - you are my most disliked type of human being. Sorry for the candidness, but it’s true. Honestly, get the f$#k out of the way...


I will not be teaching my daughter to drive
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I will not be teaching my daughter to drive

My daughter is counting down the days until she can get her learner licence. The closer it gets, the more she talks about it and the more I question whether I'm the best person to teach her. She's lucky enough to have cousins that live on a farm, though, and thanks to the family paddock-basher, has already developed an appetite for driving manuals with good ol' fashioned handbrakes and a keen interest in cars...


Will the Tesla Model 3 ever actually launch?
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Will the Tesla Model 3 ever actually launch?

Lining up for a product you don't know anything about or have never seen seems a bit strange, right? It's stranger still, when you consider it's a product that, locally, will be priced well in excess of $50,000. And when you can't be certain that the company you've left a deposit with can even get the manufacturing program in full swing..


You can have my fog lights when you pry my cold dead fingers off the button
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You can have my fog lights when you pry my cold dead fingers off the button

Confession time. I occasionally drive along with my fog lights on, rain hail or shine… and I love it. There’s no accidental knock of the switch or a ‘what does this button do’ moment (looking at your rear foggy, Hyundai Excel owners…). It is always a measured, intentional action. I know it's frowned upon. I know it is (for the most part) illegal...


What makes a luxury car?
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What makes a luxury car?

What exactly is 'luxury' and what exactly makes a luxury car? These are some of the hardest questions in the automotive world to answer. Is it all about the brand? The technology? Features? Price? Heritage? It’s nearly impossible to define where a mainstream car becomes luxury or vice versa...


2016 New York motor show: Hits and misses
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2016 New York motor show: Hits and misses

The 2016 New York International Auto Show is now in full swing, with the press days wrapped up and the doors thrown open to the buying public. The Big Apple's motor show isn't the biggest around, but it can always be relied on for a handful of important premieres - and this year's event is no exception...


2016 Geneva motor show: Hits and misses
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2016 Geneva motor show: Hits and misses

Salon international de l'auto, better known to many as the Geneva International Motor Show, has come and gone once again. This year's show brought a number of important unveilings, from the monumentally pricey and strictly limited-production Bugatti Chiron, Koenigsegg Regera and Lamborghini Centenario to the more accessible new Audi Q2, Toyota C-HR and Renault Megane wagon...


Holden Cruze Australia experiment failed, but credit where it's due
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Holden Cruze Australia experiment failed, but credit where it's due

As we now know, the Australian-assembled Holden Cruze will die a year ahead of schedule, before the end of 2016. As such, local versions of Holden’s unloved small car will stop rolling down the Elizabeth production line in South Australia 12-months before the plant shuts, and takes the Commodore, Caprice and Ute with it...


The locally made Holden Cruze is dead, thankfully
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The locally made Holden Cruze is dead, thankfully

Alborz Fallah: The news that Holden will shut down local production of the small-sized Holden Cruze comes as no great surprise, really. After all, with Commodore production scheduled to end next year, the Cruze was always slated to go before its bigger brother...