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2019 Kia Cerato S manual review
  • Affordability intact; Solid standard safety; Comfortable ride; Greatly improved interior
  • Uninspiring engine; Vague clutch; Peace-disturbing tyre noise

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7.9 / 10

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2019 Kia Cerato S manual review

Kia has stubbornly stuck by its value pricing plan for the newest Cerato small sedan, to the benefit of budget-conscious buyers.

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2018 Chevrolet Camaro: How HSV 'builds' it for Australia
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2018 Chevrolet Camaro: How HSV 'builds' it for Australia

With full-scale conversion of the new Chevrolet Camaro underway at HSV’s Melbourne headquarters, we took a walk down the production line to see what goes into making a left-hand drive production car into one fit for registration on Australian roads. HSV’s conversion plan for the Chevrolet Camaro sees the new car introduced as a full model line, not hampered by import or production limitations...


2018 Chevrolet Camaro 2SS review
Rating: 7.710 /10
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2018 Chevrolet Camaro 2SS review

Aussie muscle car fans have a new option in the form of the Chevrolet Camaro, thanks to a RHD conversion by HSV, bringing American style and performance to local shores at a near-OEM level.

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2019 Volkswagen Amarok V6 Core 550 initial details
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2019 Volkswagen Amarok V6 Core 550 initial details

Volkswagen Australia has provided initial specification information for its new entry-level Amarok V6 – the TDI550 Core, The new variant shares its 165kW/550Nm 3.0-litre turbo diesel V6 with Sportline and Highline models, but pares back equipment for a more attractive starting price...


2019 Volkswagen Amarok V6 Ultimate 580 review
Rating: 7.810 /10
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2019 Volkswagen Amarok V6 Ultimate 580 review

A new high-torque hero signals the start of a power war in the dual cab 4x4 segment with the latest variant of the Volkswagen Amarok taking the lead… For now.


2018 Honda CR-V VTi-L review
Rating: 7.710 /10
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2018 Honda CR-V VTi-L review

Identical to a regular CR-V on the outside, with an extra pair of seats loaded up inside, the CR-V VTi-L joins a growing list of medium SUVs with added versatility. Does that make it an ideal family freighter, or only a part-time passenger proposition?


The automotive name of thrones: Revival of the fittest
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The automotive name of thrones: Revival of the fittest

Cars can play a big part in our lives. As kids on family road trips, back seats turned into torture chambers at the hands of merciless siblings, but as we emerged into adulthood our cars became an open ticket to freedom. Oh, and the back seat moved from a place of misery to one of unbridled joy – but that’s a different story...


2019 Honda HR-V RS review
Rating: 7.310 /10
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2019 Honda HR-V RS review

Controversy rears its head yet again as Honda applies RS badges to another mainstream model, but is image enough to warrant the Honda HR-V’s claim to sporty fame?


The automotive name of thrones: Badge engineering
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The automotive name of thrones: Badge engineering

Some automotive nameplates transcend boundaries, blur lines, and change perceptions. Others aren’t so lucky – especially those cars hapless enough to be unceremoniously bridled with the badges of a rival brand. Collaborative efforts are an effective way of lowering development costs and shoring up a car’s chance of success, particularly where low volumes or uncertain market forecasts might mean the alternative is no car at all...


2019 Renault Megane RS v Ford Focus RS v Honda Civic Type R comparison
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2019 Renault Megane RS v Ford Focus RS v Honda Civic Type R comparison

Does the perfect hot hatch exist? Is your perfect hot hatch someone else's nightmare ride? The latter scenario is probably more likely, but to put the theory to the test, we’ve pitted the all-new Renault Megane RS280 against the reigning champs from our recent hot hatch mega test...


2019 Mazda MX-5 pricing and specs
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2019 Mazda MX-5 pricing and specs

Mazda has rolled out its 2019 MX-5 updates, adding a more powerful 2.0-litre naturally aspirated engine, reach-adjustable steering column, and standard reverse camera as star attractions for the iconic roadster range. The MX-5 line-up has been revised with the the majority of 1.5-litre models struck from the Australian range, leaving only the entry-level Roadster with the smaller engine...


2019 Mazda MX-5 review
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2019 Mazda MX-5 review

Mazda has taken a deep dive into the heart of the MX-5 and massaged more power and torque out of its naturally aspirated engine. Though you may not notice any changes from the outside, climb behind the (now reach adjustable wheel) and this latest evolutionary chapter speaks volumes.


2019 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross ES review: Quick drive
Rating: 7.610 /10
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2019 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross ES review: Quick drive

Upmarket is in vogue right now, with more mainstream automakers making ‘near premium’ claims of new products. Meanwhile Mitsubishi positions itself as a brand for the people with a new cheaper version of the Eclipse Cross.


The automotive name of thrones: Around the world in 80 cars
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The automotive name of thrones: Around the world in 80 cars

There’s no doubt some car names have become icons unto themselves to the point where they almost overshadow the brands they come from. Take Mustang and Corvette for instance, which have broken the bonds of their Ford and Chevrolet parents and grown into brands of their own...


2019 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV pricing and specs
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2019 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV pricing and specs

Mitsubishi has rolled out a model year 2019 version of its plug-in hybrid Outlander PHEV to face up alongside the regular petrol and diesel versions first announced in August this year. A range restructure sees the previous Outlander PHEV LS model de-specced and rebranded as a new ES variant to line up with newly introduced price leading versions of the ASX and Eclipse Cross...