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Sand driving tips: Stuck? Here's how to get out
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Sand driving tips: Stuck? Here's how to get out

Right now, dual-cab utes sit number one and two on the list of highest-selling cars in Australia. They’re bought by tradies and 4WDers right? Wrong. Many of them are bought as an everyday run-around and rarely, if ever, hit the dirt or sand. As a keen off-roader, I find it upsetting that many 4WDs never heed their calling...


Certified or approved used cars explained
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Certified or approved used cars explained

Many car companies and their dealers have recognised the merits of offering 'certified' late-model used vehicles, billed as the best-of-the-best in the secondhand market. Aggregating programs of this type might be especially useful to people who don’t have a mechanically knowledgeable friend to help them look at potential used buys...


Kia Stinger stability control: I was wrong
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Kia Stinger stability control: I was wrong

Well, it turns out I was wrong. When we shot our Kia Stinger 330Si v Holden Commodore SS-V Redline comparison at the end of last year, I claimed that stability control can't be switched off completely in the Kia Stinger. These comments made it all the way to Albert Biermann's office. He's the bloke that was poached by Kia to head the Hyundai/Kia performance division...


Launch control or no launch control: Trying to hit manufacturer claims
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Launch control or no launch control: Trying to hit manufacturer claims

I'm sure you all have mates like mine: they love bragging about the acceleration times listed on their brochures. But, in the real world, these times are often only achievable through a sometimes tricky-to-initiate launch control system...


What it's like being a female motoring journalist
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What it's like being a female motoring journalist

Every now and then - and I wish it were more often - we receive emails from hopeful young women wondering what it takes to become a motoring journalist, and what it's like to be one of just a few ladies in a male-dominated gig. Not just emails, either...


The dance of the machines: Inside Mercedes-Benz's Düsseldorf factory
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The dance of the machines: Inside Mercedes-Benz's Düsseldorf factory

Ever wondered what goes on inside an automotive assembly plant? We did too, so when Mercedes-Benz offered CarAdvice the chance to tour its Düsseldorf factory where it builds its popular Sprinter vans, we jumped at the chance. There’s an eerie beauty in the dance of the machines. Huge orange arms loom large, a menacing presence dancing to an accompaniment of an industrial orchestra, metallic and sonorous...


How is fuel economy tested? Why does my car use more fuel than the fuel label?
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How is fuel economy tested? Why does my car use more fuel than the fuel label?

When it comes to purchasing a new car, fuel economy is always important. Manufacturers are required to test their vehicles in line with a mandated procedure (which is detailed under the Australian Design Rule (ADR) 81/02 Fuel  Consumption Labelling for Light Vehicles)...


The Shortlist: $35k small hatch with lots of rear-seat leg room
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The Shortlist: $35k small hatch with lots of rear-seat leg room

Ashish needs a new family-friendly hatchback with lots of rear-seat leg room. The budget is $35,000. Doing what we do, CarAdvice writers are often asked by friends and family, and through our contact page: which car is best for me? Most buyers can identify the top three non-negotiable factors that will guide their purchase decision...


The Shortlist: $50k vehicle that can tow 2500kg, but it has to be comfortable!
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The Shortlist: $50k vehicle that can tow 2500kg, but it has to be comfortable!

Rod wants the impossible: a vehicle that'll tow a pretty decent sized caravan, but that doesn't feel like a truck to drive.  Doing what we do, CarAdvice writers are often asked by friends and family, and through our contact page: which car is best for me? Most buyers can identify the top three non-negotiable factors that will guide their purchase decision...


The Shortlist: Four-cylinder auto for $15,000
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The Shortlist: Four-cylinder auto for $15,000

Jas is on a tight budget, looking for a new or ex-demonstrator car with practicality and a compact footprint. Doing what we do, CarAdvice writers are often asked by friends and family, and through our contact page: Which car is best for me? Most buyers can identify the top three non-negotiable factors that will guide their purchase decision...