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2017 Renault Megane GT review

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2017 Renault Megane GT review

If there is funky styling, turbo power and four-wheel steering... it can only be French. James drives the Renault Megane GT warm hatch.

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2017 Suzuki Ignis review
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2017 Suzuki Ignis review

Read the full article here. The Suzuki Ignis is back from the dead after a decade-long absence, the latest in the brand’s growing line of reborn '90s nameplates including the Vitara and Baleno. Moreover, it's affixed to one of the most intrinsically likeable cars you can buy...


2018 Kia Cee'd spied inside and out
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2018 Kia Cee'd spied inside and out

The third-generation Kia Cee'd hatch has been spied during development testing in Germany, ahead of its anticipated reveal sometime later this year. Despite the shrouds of camouflage, we can see that the new hatch will bear a strong resemblance to the new Stinger sports sedan, which could also preview the look of the next-generation line-up for the Korean brand...


2017 Holden Astra sedan review
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2017 Holden Astra sedan review

Read the full article here. With Holden winding up local manufacturing, it wasn’t just the Commodore that would no longer be produced in Australia. The Holden Cruze also met a similar fate, with a little over 126,000 units produced locally over five years. Replacing the locally produced Cruze is a brand new one, built off a global architecture and the D2 platform, which is shared with the Holden Astra hatch...


2018 Ford Focus wagon spied in the snow
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2018 Ford Focus wagon spied in the snow

A prototype for the next-generation Ford Focus wagon has been spied this week during the early stages of its development. Most will notice that this vehicle looks remarkably similar to the current 'LZ' Focus, however the familiar panels hide the new-generation car's running gear underneath – the perfect camouflage, almost...


Mercedes-AMG A45 to get a new, more powerful engine in next generation.
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Mercedes-AMG A45 to get a new, more powerful engine in next generation.

The Mercedes-AMG A45 hot-hatch is already verging on hyper-hatch territory, but in its next generation it is expected to get even more manic thanks to a new drivetrain. The current Mercedes-AMG A45 model already hits hard in the four-cylinder turbo hatch battle with its stonking outputs of 280kW of power and 475Nm of torque, while its seven-speed dual-clutch transmission has been lauded for its race-track friendly nature...


2017 Mercedes-Benz CLA200 review
Rating: 710 /10
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2017 Mercedes-Benz CLA200 review

The updated 2017 Mercedes-Benz CLA200 remains the entry point to the swoopy sedan range – does it live up to the badge in base model guise?

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2017 Toyota Corolla hatch pricing and specs: Safety upgraded, SX manual dropped - UPDATE
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2017 Toyota Corolla hatch pricing and specs: Safety upgraded, SX manual dropped - UPDATE

Update - Toyota Australia has confirmed the Corolla Hybrid also sees the addition of new safety options as per the petrol-powered range. See article for details The updated 2017 Toyota Corolla hatch has arrived, following its sedan sibling with the introduction of key new safety options and features...


2017 Toyota Corolla sedan pricing and specs: New looks, more kit and upgraded safety
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2017 Toyota Corolla sedan pricing and specs: New looks, more kit and upgraded safety

Local pricing and specifications for the updated 2017 Toyota Corolla sedan range have been revealed this week. After being revealed in "preview images" last March, the new sedan has finally landed in Australia, marking the 50th anniversary of the Japanese company's top-selling small car – the first-generation Corolla hit local showrooms in 1967...


2016 Mini Cooper review
Rating: 7.510 /10
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2016 Mini Cooper review

Is driving a slow car fast more fun than driving a fast car slow? James jumps in the 2016 Mini Cooper to see if it can support this age-old mantra.


Top driving roads around Melbourne: Kinglake, Chum Creek and Donna Buang

Top driving roads around Melbourne: Kinglake, Chum Creek and Donna Buang

Welcome to the first of a little series intended to highlight some of the best, most challenging, and most fun roads we (occasionally) get to drive on. Driving isn’t always about going fast; let me make that clear from the outset...


Mitsubishi Lancer production reported to end this year - UPDATE
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Mitsubishi Lancer production reported to end this year - UPDATE

The Mitsubishi Lancer's decade-long run as the diamond brand's small car is set to end in August this year, reports out of the US suggest. The news doesn't come as too much of a surprise: Mitsubishi has repeatedly said it is reshaping itself to be an SUV and pick-up truck manufacturer, and the Lancer Evolution – the brand's hero vehicle for years – has been axed already...


Small hatchback comparison: Holden Astra v Renault Megane v Subaru Impreza
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Small hatchback comparison: Holden Astra v Renault Megane v Subaru Impreza

The small car market is one of the busiest segments of the Australian automotive landscape, both in terms of sales and for new product – and 2016 in particular proved to be a big year for the humble hatchback. Sales of small cars may have slowed off a little as people move towards the plethora of small SUV alternatives, but make no mistake: this segment still makes up the single biggest proportion of overall new vehicle sales, and it’s dominated by a couple of big-name models...


2017 Subaru Impreza review
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2017 Subaru Impreza review

Read the full article here. Car brands habitually overuse the phrase 'all-new', but in the case of the 2017 Subaru Impreza hatch and sedan range, it's apt. Under the MY17 Impreza's evolutionary skin sits the new modular platform that will underpin next-generation Subarus until 2025; a more tech-savvy and premium cabin; and a different, though conceptually similar, drivetrain...


2017 Infiniti Q30 GT 1.6t review
Rating: 610 /10
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2017 Infiniti Q30 GT 1.6t review

The 2017 Infiniti Q30 GT 1.6t is the entry point to the new premium hatch range. Bit is it any good?


Toyota Yaris sedan dropped
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Toyota Yaris sedan dropped

The Toyota Yaris sedan has been dumped from the brand's small car line-up. About time, right? Toyota Australia discontinued the Yaris sedan in June 2016, so that's when production of this body style wrapped up for our market. That means there may still be a few around on dealer lots, but the car has been pulled off the company's website...


2017 Subaru Impreza crowned Japan car of the year, Honda NSX lands 'Special Award'
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2017 Subaru Impreza crowned Japan car of the year, Honda NSX lands 'Special Award'

The new-generation 2017 Subaru Impreza has been named the Japanese car of the year for 2016-2017. It's the second time one of the brand's models has received the award in its home country, with the other title won by the Liberty (known in Japan and the US as the Legacy) in 2003...


2017 Peugeot 308 shake-up sees Australian range almost halved
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2017 Peugeot 308 shake-up sees Australian range almost halved

The 2017 Peugeot 308 range has been cut down from 11 variants to just six as the brand tries to make things a little less complex for buyers - and, presumably, to attract more customers. The 2017 Peugeot 308 line-up sees the mainstream 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol versions removed, and just one of the GT variants remains...


Mini celebrates three million cars at Oxford plant
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Mini celebrates three million cars at Oxford plant

Mini's manufacturing facility in Oxford, UK, has celebrated its three millionth car this week - a Mini Clubman John Cooper Works. The milestone comes in the Oxford facility's 15th year of production and parent company BMW's centenary year. In 2001 the plant was producing around 300 cars a day, and now builds at a rate of around 1000 vehicles per day - meaning the 4500-strong team in Oxford produces one new Mini almost every minute...


2017 Kia Cerato Si sedan review
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2017 Kia Cerato Si sedan review

Is the Kia Cerato Si good enough to cut it with the leaders of the small sedan segment?