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Jeep Patriot gets ANCAP five-star rating, Great Wall under-performs with three

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Jeep Patriot gets ANCAP five-star rating, Great Wall under-performs with three

The Jeep Patriot has become only the second model from the American off-road specialist to get the almost requisite ANCAP five-star rating, following in the wheel-tracks of the new Cherokee...

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Mini 5 Door Review
Rating: 810 /10
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Mini 5 Door Review

Does the Mini 5 door build on the classic formula or push Cool Britannia to breaking point?


Rolls-Royce plots potential for world’s most luxurious off-roader
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Rolls-Royce plots potential for world’s most luxurious off-roader

Rolls-Royce has once again spoken positively about the idea of making the world’s most luxurious high-riding off-road machine a few years down the track. Just don’t, whatever you do, use the term ‘SUV’. The ultra high-end brand with iconography like no other says it has watched with interest the growing proliferation of these vehicles from lesser luxury brands such as Porsche and, soon, Bentley...


Mini 5 Door priced from $27,750
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Mini 5 Door priced from $27,750

The polarising Mini 5 Door will command an $1100 premium over its three-door equivalents when it arrives on local shores ahead of schedule in about November this year, giving it an entry price of $27,750 plus on-road costs...


2014 Holden Commodore Sportwagon SV6 LPG Review
Rating: 810 /10
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2014 Holden Commodore Sportwagon SV6 LPG Review

The cost equation doesn't entirely add up, but the Holden Commodore Sportwagon SV6 LPG shows you need not be afraid of gas power

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Mini Rocketman a long way from takeoff
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Mini Rocketman a long way from takeoff

Mini’s mission to make a properly tiny model that harks to the original more authentically is hampered by snags, the company says, meaning the feted Mini Rocketman concept remains just that, a concept.  As we reported earlier this week, Mini head of design Anders Warming told UK publication Auto Express an even smaller Mini model made sense for the brand, though admitted “at the moment, we don’t have the right tech solutions, but we are working on it”...


2015 Mini Clubman six-door production model to launch at 2015 Frankfurt motor show
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2015 Mini Clubman six-door production model to launch at 2015 Frankfurt motor show

A production version of the six-doored Mini Paceman concept from this year’s Geneva motor show will launch 12 months from now and stay true to that car’s mould-breaking formula.  Set to premiere at the 2015 Frankfurt motor show in September next year, the second-generation version of the ‘new’ Mini Clubman will do away with the current car’s cumbersome suicide door layout that the company admits pushed the bounds of reason...


More Minis, including an even larger crossover, entirely possible
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More Minis, including an even larger crossover, entirely possible

Don’t be surprised to see the Mini family expand in other directions down the track, since the company sees potential models such as a medium SUV entirely possible so long as they adhere to the fun-to-drive ethos of the regular hatch...


The Australian new vehicle market is a massive melting pot
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The Australian new vehicle market is a massive melting pot

New vehicle sales have fallen moderately in 2014 after two record years in a row, but perhaps even more interesting is the slowly changing face of exactly where these cars are made.   Here are the basics. There have been just shy of 740,000 cars and trucks registered in Australia to date in 2014, made in about 30 countries across every continent except Antarctica (lazy penguins)...


How the heck did I just get my motorbike licence?
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How the heck did I just get my motorbike licence?

"Where did you get your licence, a cereal box?" So goes the famous aphorism, a line directed at line cutters, lane hogs and non-indicators on a daily basis. Yes, it's a jest, albeit an exercise in anomie and derision. The thing is though, if you were to shout that at a passing motorcyclist, you might just be closer to the truth than you might think...


Ford Mustang-curious Australians bombarding the brand
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Ford Mustang-curious Australians bombarding the brand

The newly internationalised 2015 Ford Mustang is still 10 months away from arriving on local shores, but the blue oval brand says it has received a veritable stampede of customer enquiries.  According to Ford, 13,000 people have expressed interest and requested to be kept up to date online...


Mazda boss says cars in Australia not overpriced, discusses perceived dangers of grey imports
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Mazda boss says cars in Australia not overpriced, discusses perceived dangers of grey imports

Mazda Australia managing director Martin Benders says the notion that new cars are universally sold cheaper elsewhere is “rubbish”, and that a proposal to open up the market to late-model used imports would have a dire affect on the new vehicle market as a whole...


2014 Ford Falcon Ute revealed
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2014 Ford Falcon Ute revealed

Here is the final Ford Falcon Ute, and confirmation the company will give its locally-made load-lugging icon a fitting swansong with revisions largely in-line with its sedan sibling.  We reported on the FG X Falcon’s revisions yesterday — see the full list here — but have since come across the first official image of the Ute...


2015 Ford Falcon specifications detailed : NEW PICS ADDED
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2015 Ford Falcon specifications detailed : NEW PICS ADDED

The 2015 Ford Falcon will get a number of equipment upgrades beyond the already confirmed SYNC2 multimedia system when it arrives in mid-November this year. Ford’s final iteration of one the oldest nameplates in its arsenal — the name will be retired with the current-generation car when the company’s Australian factories close in October 2016 — will pick up a pretty impressive list of standard equipment to go with its new looks but unchanged mechanicals...


Jeep Cherokee recalled
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Jeep Cherokee recalled

The recently-launched Jeep Cherokee compact SUV this week received its first company recall, over a potential issue with a batch of Hitachi rear shock absorbers.  Fiat Chrysler Australia posted the recall notice to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission website yesterday, citing an issue with the Hitachi shocks that could break at one of the attachment points...