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2019 Toyota RAV4 review
  • Advanced safety tech is standard; Roomy cabin and cargo space; Cheap running costs;
  • Space saver spare tyre; No rear autonomous emergency braking; Base model only one USB port;

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8.3 / 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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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...


2019 Isuzu D-Max review
Rating: 7.310 /10
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2019 Isuzu D-Max review

How does the updated Isuzu D-Max stack up as it prepares to be replaced by an all-new model next year?

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$26,990 - $51,990

Isuzu announces six-year warranty, seven-year capped price servicing
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Isuzu announces six-year warranty, seven-year capped price servicing

Isuzu Ute Australia has boosted warranty, roadside assistance and capped priced servicing coverage on all new vehicles sold after 1 May 2019. The extra customer care packages coincide with the arrival of the updated model year 2019 D-Max ute and MU-X SUV, which have had a subtle visual makeover and equipment changes...


Isuzu D-Max X-Runner: more luxury for runout special edition
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Isuzu D-Max X-Runner: more luxury for runout special edition

The Isuzu X-Runner special edition has been revived to coincide with a range of upgrades to the rest of the D-Max range as it approaches the end of this generation’s model cycle. Unlike the last D-Max X-Runner introduced in 2017 as a mid-range model, the 2019 edition is based on the top-of-the-range LS-T...