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Luxury car owners are more satisfied

If you’re shelling out big bucks for a premium car, you’re quite right to expect premium customer care. The good news is, according to global research firm J.D. Power, that’s exactly what most people are getting...

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Isuzu Ute Australia turns 10
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Isuzu Ute Australia turns 10

Isuzu Ute has clocked up 10 years in Australia, a decade in which it has gone from minnow to perennial over-achiever. In fact, we’re now the Thai-based company’s biggest export market. It launched as a sales company in October 2008 after years of supplying Holden with Jackaroos and Rodeos. Sales ramped up, with double-digit growth achieved for nine consecutive years before ‘slowing’ to 8...


2018 7-Seat SUV Mega Test
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2018 7-Seat SUV Mega Test

People-movers are pretty passé, which explains the continual success of seven-seat crossover SUVs like the group tested here. We’ve assembled what we consider to be six of the best, with the added bonus that all are either new models or at least recently upgraded...


Peugeot is toying with making e-Legend concept a reality
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Peugeot is toying with making e-Legend concept a reality

Peugeot brand CEO, Jean-Philippe Imparato, is either truly a man of the (car) people, or exceptionally good at left-field promotion. Or both. Why? If popular demand gets to a certain level, he says the company will consider taking the gorgeous e-Legend coupe from Paris motor show concept car to a production reality. The team at Autonews...


Five notable 2018 Paris motor show concept cars
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Five notable 2018 Paris motor show concept cars

It was a pretty flat Paris motor show this year, with a long list of brands sitting it out (Volkswagen, Ford, Fiat Chrysler to name a few) and a number of others more-or-less phoning it in (looking at you, Audi). But there were some interesting things scattered around – and a motor show wouldn’t earn its name without hosting some cool concept cars...


VFACTS: Five things from September figures
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VFACTS: Five things from September figures

The Australian new car market has been softening most of this year. It's not panic stations, but sales have been declining since April, and the year-to-date (YTD) figure is down 0.9 per cent over last year's record haul, to 881,005 units. You can read all about September's haul in intense detail here, where we talk about the top brands, top models, and break down sales by segments...


Kia Stinger GT a sellout success in Australia, police interest a huge help
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Kia Stinger GT a sellout success in Australia, police interest a huge help

Every single Kia Stinger GT that arrives is immediately sold, giving the company the best kind of problem with its performance halo -- supply. The company has sold about 2000 units in around a year since the big rear-drive liftback sedan arrived, and it has clearly changed how people see its brand...


Two-doors? Forget them, says Kia
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Two-doors? Forget them, says Kia

Kia may be billed as a youthful and ‘fun’ brand, but one thing it has no plans to offer along these lines is a mainstream two-door coupe or hatch. Two of its top designers this week said such a product was definitively off the radar. Case in point is the new ProCeed ‘Shooting Brake’ wagon launched in Paris this week to replace the pro_cee’d three-door...


Kia Niro EV Australia bound in 2019
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Kia Niro EV Australia bound in 2019

Kia Australia is set to begin selling its first electric car before the end of next year, once its dealer network is up to speed on how to sell and maintain them. The EV in question is the newly revealed e-Niro, which appeared this week at the Paris motor show. It’s a small SUV with a WLTP-tested driving range of 485km on one charge...


2019 Kia ProCeed ruled out for Australia
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2019 Kia ProCeed ruled out for Australia

Steep sourcing costs, long expected wait times and relatively modest sales projections combined to knock on the head any hope Kia Australia may sell the new ProCeed wagon. We expected as much, but this week the company’s local arm made the decision more official, claiming to us that by the time it had ticked all the requisite boxes getting the niche offer here, it would have commanded a price point well above $40,000 to be profitable...


2018 Holden Calais 2.0T v Toyota Camry SL Hybrid comparison
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2018 Holden Calais 2.0T v Toyota Camry SL Hybrid comparison

Comparing a Holden Commodore/Calais and Toyota Camry would have been incongruous until this year, when both entered new lives as imports. Now it seems perfectly natural to pit this front-drive pair against one another, despite a few differences in design and execution. It's the German-made Calais hatchback with turbocharged petrol engine versus the Japanese Camry sedan with petrol-electric hybrid drivetrain...


2018 Paris motor show: What to expect
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2018 Paris motor show: What to expect

Every second year, the Porte de Versailles in Paris hosts Europe's second-biggest motor show, shaded only by the event held every alternating year in Frankfurt. But the concept of motor shows as we know them is in danger, with more brands deciding to explore other options - either hosting their own dedicated events or opting to spend their millions at tech shows such as CES...


Mercedes-Benz Australia's sales dip linked to consumer confidence
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Mercedes-Benz Australia's sales dip linked to consumer confidence

Mercedes-Benz Australia’s CEO, Horst von Sanden, says he’s not particularly concerned about dipping luxury car sales this year, though he admits consumer and business confidence is “not great”. Sales of the company’s passenger cars and SUV models are down 7.5 per cent this year, contrasting against six consecutive years of solid - often double digit - growth...


2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class review
Rating: 8.110 /10
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2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class review

The upgraded Mercedes-Benz C200 doesn't look a lot different, but there are plenty of changes under the skin to tempt you, including a brand new entry engine and improved interior displays.

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$63,400 - $88,400

2019 BMW X5 review
Rating: 8.510 /10
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2019 BMW X5 review

The 2019 BMW X5 hits Australia in November, and has all the ingredients to stay atop the sales charts. It's the same, just better, in every way.