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Joshua Dowling

Joshua Dowling

National Motoring Editor

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2019 LDV T60 Trailrider review
  • A lot of metal for the money; Five year warranty and roadside assistance; Drives better than before;
  • Engine has a narrow power band; Steering could do with further refinement; Resale value still a big unknown;

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7.2 / 10

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2019 LDV T60 Trailrider review

The LDV T60 Trailrider gains locally tuned suspension due to be rolled out across the rest of the Chinese ute range. ...

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Toyota Supra pricing leaked: $100,000 drive-away for top model
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Toyota Supra pricing leaked: $100,000 drive-away for top model

The new Toyota Supra flagship will cost in excess of $100,000 drive-away according to indicative pricing published earlier than planned on the company's local website. UPDATE, 20/5/19: Toyota Australia has officially confirmed pricing and specs for the new Supra. Read more here. The entry level GT version is going to cost $84,990 plus on-roads and the GTS is $10,000 more, at $94,990 plus on-roads...


Ford sells Broadmeadows and Geelong factories for undisclosed sum
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Ford sells Broadmeadows and Geelong factories for undisclosed sum

Ford Australia has sold its Broadmeadows car assembly line and Geelong engine and stamping plants for an undisclosed sum to the Melbourne-based Pelligra Group – the same company that also bought Holden’s factory in Adelaide late in 2017...


2019 Toyota RAV4 review
Rating: 8.310 /10
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2019 Toyota RAV4 review

The fifth-generation Toyota RAV4 is the safest, roomiest and most technically advanced to date – and has the option of hybrid power for the first time.

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$32,640 - $47,140

HSV confirms Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 power as production starts
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HSV confirms Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 power as production starts

Holden Special Vehicles has confirmed the power numbers for its new flagship performance model, the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, as it starts production ahead of showroom arrivals later this month. The supercharged 6.2-litre V8 has 477kW of power and a mammoth 881Nm of torque, giving it a better power-to-weight ratio than HSV’s final locally-made sedan, the GTS-R W1...


Toyota LandCruiser 300 Series at least two years away
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Toyota LandCruiser 300 Series at least two years away

The Toyota LandCruiser “300 Series” is still at least two years away from local showrooms and the company remains tight-lipped about the successor to the iconic off-roader. CarAdvice recently spotted a prototype with 300 Series hardware disguised under a 200 Series body being tested on rural roads in Victoria...


New-car sales to accelerate after the Federal election
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New-car sales to accelerate after the Federal election

Regardless of who wins the upcoming Federal election, new-car sales are expected to surge in the second half of this year – following the longest slump since the Global Financial Crisis in 2008-2009. Official car sales figures show April, the 13th month in a row in negative territory, took the biggest hit with eight of the top 10 brands posting significant declines...


Exclusive: Electric Toyota HiLux not coming, despite media speculation
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Exclusive: Electric Toyota HiLux not coming, despite media speculation

Toyota Australia has formally dismissed reports by mainstream media there will be an electric HiLux ute. The debate about electric vehicles and their suitability in Australia was sparked by the federal opposition’s election promise to require 50% of all new cars sold by 2030 to run on electric power...


Honda Civic Type R sets Bathurst record in the hands of F1 ace Jenson Button
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Honda Civic Type R sets Bathurst record in the hands of F1 ace Jenson Button

The Honda Civic Type R has set a blistering but unofficial lap record for a road-legal hot hatch at Mount Panorama Bathurst, posting a time of 2 minutes 35.207 in the hands of Formula 1 ace Jenson Button. The 2009 Formula 1 world champion flew into Australia on a secret mission to do the timed run on Easter Monday, while the circuit was closed following the previous day’s six-hour production car race...


Toyota introduces Apple CarPlay and Android Auto in Australia, but there’s a catch
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Toyota introduces Apple CarPlay and Android Auto in Australia, but there’s a catch

Toyota Australia is finally poised to roll out Apple CarPlay and Android Auto across its new-car range – starting with the new RAV4 which goes on sale this week. However, the technology won’t be fitted to cars on the production line until later this year...


2019 Toyota RAV4 pricing and specs
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2019 Toyota RAV4 pricing and specs

The new Toyota RAV4 arriving in showrooms this week has class-leading levels of standard safety technology – and the option of hybrid power for the first time – but the recommended retail price has risen by up to $1200 on certain models and drive-away pricing has increased by more than $3000 on some of the most popular variants...


2019 LDV T60 Trailrider launches with Australian-tuned suspension
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2019 LDV T60 Trailrider launches with Australian-tuned suspension

The Chinese LDV T60 ute is poised to better handle harsh Australian backroads after joining the growing number of imported vehicles opting for locally-tuned suspension. The LDV T60 has been updated with suspension tuning by Walkinshaw Automotive Group – using the same team of engineers who developed Holden Special Vehicles over the past 30 years, including the HSV SportsCat pick-up...


Targa Tasmania 2019: Lotus scores first win, Hyundai causes major upset
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Targa Tasmania 2019: Lotus scores first win, Hyundai causes major upset

The 2019 Targa Tasmania road rally has delivered a number of surprise results and a first-time winner. Veteran racer Paul Stokell finally won his first Targa Tasmania outright – also earning the first win for Lotus – while rally driver Brendan Reeves delivered an impressive debut result for the Hyundai i30N hot hatch, claiming 6th in the GT2 class and 15th outright ahead of more fancied machinery...


2019 Isuzu MU-X review
Rating: 7.610 /10
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2019 Isuzu MU-X review

Despite its age, the Isuzu MU-X is one of Australia’s best selling ute-derived SUVs. The 2019 update still lacks advanced safety and infotainment but drives better than before.


HSV SportsCat RS unveiled: new limited edition fills price gap
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HSV SportsCat RS unveiled: new limited edition fills price gap

Holden Special Vehicles has rolled out another limited-edition SportsCat ute, this time to fill the gap between the regular model and the flagship SportsCat Plus. Priced from $63,990 plus on-road costs with a six-speed auto, the SportsCat RS slots between the $60,790 price of the regular model and $66,790 for the range-topping version...