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2021 Suzuki Swift Sport Series II review
  • Nimble and agile handling; Perky turbo engine; Fun to drive; Awesome headlights; Digital speedo; Improved safety aids
  • Price rise; Expensive servicing costs and short 10,000km intervals; Needs premium petrol; No spare tyre

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8.1 / 10

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2021 Suzuki Swift Sport Series II review

One of Australia’s favourite pint-sized hot hatches has had a midlife update.

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2021 BMW 5 Series: prices rise by up to $6000
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2021 BMW 5 Series: prices rise by up to $6000

It will cost more to keep to keep up appearances in a 2021 BMW 5 Series sedan when the midlife facelift arrives in Australian showrooms in October. The subtle redesign – including new headlights, grille, and tail-lights – coincide with tech changes including a larger infotainment screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and engine power upgrades for a number of models...


It’s real! Jeep Wrangler V8 concept unveiled
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It’s real! Jeep Wrangler V8 concept unveiled

Well this ought to get the front wheels off the ground. A Jeep Wrangler V8 concept has been unveiled within hours of the covers coming off the new Ford Bronco in the US – and the company says fans “may soon get their wish”. The Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 Concept is powered by a 6...


Jeep Gladiator diesel on sale in US, still a no go for Australia
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Jeep Gladiator diesel on sale in US, still a no go for Australia

The Jeep Gladiator will get the option of diesel power in the US but it is still a no go for Australia. Despite diesel engines accounting for the overwhelming majority of ute sales locally, the Jeep Gladiator has only been developed as a V6 petrol for right-hand-drive markets such as Australia. The diesel about to go into the Jeep Gladiator is a 3...


Ford Mustang Mach E drifting video: fake, real or next Ken Block stunt car?
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Ford Mustang Mach E drifting video: fake, real or next Ken Block stunt car?

Mystery surrounds a video of a stripped down 2021 Ford Mustang Mach E electric SUV conducting drifting tests deep inside a secret facility. The shaky handheld video footage – posted on YouTube earlier this month – has been filmed in a highly secure area not accessible by or visible to members of the public...


Toyota Supra GRMN to get BMW M power in 2023 – report
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Toyota Supra GRMN to get BMW M power in 2023 – report

A limited edition Toyota Supra with BMW M Power is coming to showrooms in 2023, according to a report by Japan’s Best Car magazine citing unnamed sources. In a move that further cements the joint venture sports car program between the Japanese and German companies, BMW has reportedly been persuaded by Toyota to use one of its most prized engines in a limited run of Supra coupes...


Ford Bronco breaks cover one more time before this week’s unveiling
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Ford Bronco breaks cover one more time before this week’s unveiling

If you weren’t exactly sure if the Ford Bronco had the Jeep Wrangler in its sights, then this photo ought to do it. This image of a Ford Bronco with its doors off and roof panels removed – while kicking up some sand – has appeared on US fan forum Bronco6G.com...


Lamborghini Urus vs Jeep Trackhawk: world’s fastest SUVs drag race
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Lamborghini Urus vs Jeep Trackhawk: world’s fastest SUVs drag race

Texas tuning firm Hennessey has put the world’s fastest SUVs – the Lamborghini Urus and Jeep Trackhawk – in a head-to-head drag race. Both vehicles are in showroom standard condition and were tested before they were due to receive a power upgrade. On paper, there’s nothing between the two. The Lamborghini Urus has a claimed 0 to 100kmh time of 3...


Cars for sale: five deals on seven-seat SUVs
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Cars for sale: five deals on seven-seat SUVs

New-car bargains are becoming harder to find after bigger-than-expected sales in June left showrooms empty, and factory shutdowns during the coronavirus crisis delayed the arrival of fresh stock. With that in mind, there are still savings to be found if you’re patient and prepared to shop around...


2021 Isuzu D-Max teased as orders open ahead of launch
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2021 Isuzu D-Max teased as orders open ahead of launch

The 2021 Isuzu D-Max has been teased in a promotional video as orders open online ahead of the vehicle’s showroom arrival in September. Customers can register their “expression of interest” on the Isuzu Ute Australia website and be notified when the vehicle will arrive in their nearest showroom...


Honda Civic Type R sets new lap record for front-drive cars
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Honda Civic Type R sets new lap record for front-drive cars

The Honda Civic Type R hot hatch has outpaced one of Ferrari's most iconic supercars on its way to another lap record. Already one of the fastest front-wheel-drive cars on the planet, the Honda Civic Type R has notched up a new victory at the Suzuka race circuit in Japan. The venue was originally built by Honda in 1962 to test its performance cars, but has been a fully fledged Formula One track since 1987...


VW Amarok 580 TDV6 now in more models, no more AdBlue
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VW Amarok 580 TDV6 now in more models, no more AdBlue

The Volkswagen Amarok line-up is poised to get a power boost, with the biggest selling variant in the range getting the 580Nm TDV6 previously reserved for the most expensive models. And with the changes, the requirement for AdBlue will be dropped from newly introduced 580 models, as Volkswagen Australia switches to source all variants of the Amarok from Argentina rather than Germany...


Ferrari loses trademark to iconic 250 GTO
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Ferrari loses trademark to iconic 250 GTO

Ferrari has lost a complicated legal battle to preserve the trademark to one of its most iconic models of all time – and one of the most expensive cars in the world. The Ferrari 250 GTO is a V12-powered road-legal race car made from 1962 to 1964...


Mercedes-Benz unveils augmented reality heads-up display
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Mercedes-Benz unveils augmented reality heads-up display

Mercedes-Benz has unveiled revolutionary driver alertness technology and a new infotainment system due to debut on its flagship S-Class limousine next year before it eventually filters down to more affordable models. The technology is so advanced you may be able to make contactless payments using the car itself – which is why the new system is protected by a PIN code as well as fingerprints, facial recognition, or voice commands...


Video: Aston Martin rebuilds James Bond’s DB5, with ‘guns’ and gadgets
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Video: Aston Martin rebuilds James Bond’s DB5, with ‘guns’ and gadgets

British sports car maker Aston Martin has wound back the clock to reproduce the DB5 from the classic 1964 James Bond film Goldfinger. The first of 25 limited edition vehicles – complete with movie stunt gadgets such as revolving number plates, pretend machine guns, a bulletproof shield, and an oil slick delivery system – was finished last week...