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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...

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2017 Detroit motor show: Hits and misses
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2017 Detroit motor show: Hits and misses

The Detroit motor show, one of the most iconic and important events on the international automotive calendar, has wrapped up for another year. As always, CarAdvice was on the ground soaking in the concepts and production cars stealing the limelight. As with each motor show we attend, we wanted to give you an insight into the cars we loved and those we didn't love as much...


Car companies should be very scared of Apple, Google and Tesla
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Car companies should be very scared of Apple, Google and Tesla

This year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas could have almost been a motor show. From the endless booths of automotive-related products to massive car company displays, the entire and extremely massive show had a very heavy auto skew. The reason for that is simple: As the revolution of electric cars, connected cars and autonomous cars finally begins to take shape, tech companies are invading the automotive sector...


Elderly drivers, your time is up: Why we need regular licence testing
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Elderly drivers, your time is up: Why we need regular licence testing

Another day, another story of an elderly driver crashing into somebody, or something, and nearly killing innocent bystanders. It's now almost a weekly occurrence. This time, it was, fortunately, a stack of trolleys that bore the brunt of an out-of-control Toyota Rav4 at a Victorian shopping centre...


Facelift fails: The worst styling updates of 2016
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Facelift fails: The worst styling updates of 2016

When brands update their cars, sometimes the stylists get it wrong. Facelifted models are supposed to add some flair to an existing model - to bring it up to speed with its competitors, or harden up some edges that may been looking a little limp on the original model. They can be massive, major overhauls, or nips and tucks and tweaks to minor aspects of the car's design...


The oldest 'new' cars on sale today
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The oldest 'new' cars on sale today

There have been some big-name retirements in the automotive landscape recently – the most prominent of them being the Land Rover Defender. But there are some other models out there that have been kicking around for quite a while, so we thought we’d take a look at some of the oldest ‘new’ cars still on sale...


2016 Los Angeles motor show: Hits and misses
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2016 Los Angeles motor show: Hits and misses

While it's not the biggest motor show of the year, the 2016 Los Angeles motor show has just wrapped up and CarAdvice was on the ground soaking in the concepts and production cars stealing the limelight. As with each motor show we attend, we wanted to give you an insight into the cars we loved and those we didn't love as much...


Zero to boredom in less than three seconds: Where have all the scary cars gone?
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Zero to boredom in less than three seconds: Where have all the scary cars gone?

Often when people fondly reminisce about 'the good old days', the truth is, they were never really that great. But in this instance, they bloody well were. Fast cars. I mean, really fast cars. Properly fast cars. They used to be called supercars. And guess what? They were properly scary. I’m not quite old enough to be losing my mind just yet, but I’m certainly old enough to remember them...


The problem with RS… and other random letters
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The problem with RS… and other random letters

I hate that car brands can’t come up with better variant names. It shits me. Like, who decided that it was okay to call the second-from-top version of the Honda Civic sedan, the RS? The line-up goes VTi, VTi-S, VTi-L, RS and VTi-LX. It doesn’t even sit nicely in the range! Oh, and in case you missed it, that’s what Holden has called the mid-range Astra, too...


Be thankful that Toyota's dinosaur still lives
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Be thankful that Toyota's dinosaur still lives

I attended the launch of the updated Toyota LandCruiser 70 Series range this week, and promptly filed my review to a chorus of derision from people who I presume have never had red dust in their boots. Toyota's Outback icon is now 31 years old, and this week marked the launch of the biggest update over its near-unprecedented life cycle...


Did Elon Musk just call me a killer?
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Did Elon Musk just call me a killer?

Tesla chief Elon Musk is often referred to, somewhat romantically and surely a little tongue-in-cheek, as the real world's Tony Stark - better known as the Marvel Comics superhero, Iron Man. Musk may not fly around in a repulsor-packed power suit, but he does make his millions and his name on blue-sky thinking. He does push himself and his people to explore and exploit new ideas...


2016 Paris motor show: Hits and misses
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2016 Paris motor show: Hits and misses

When a major European motor show rolls around, a bunch of members of the CarAdvice team get to fly over and have a stickybeak for themselves at the new production cars and show stoppers. And because we’re all highly opinionated, here’s what each of the guys on the ground – myself, Alborz, James, Mike, Paul and Rob – thought were the highlights and lowlights of the Mondial de l’Automobile...


Green means go... or else!
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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. If you spend any time on the roads here in Australia, particularly in our capital cities, I think you’ll agree that driving behaviour in general has become worse over the past few years...


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...