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Paul Maric

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2018 Land Rover Defender V8 Works quick drive review

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2018 Land Rover Defender V8 Works quick drive review

A limited run of modernised, V8-powered Defenders? How on Earth could I say no to that...

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2018 Toyota HiLux Rogue, Rugged and Rugged X review
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2018 Toyota HiLux Rogue, Rugged and Rugged X review

Nobody would have thought five years ago that the two best-selling cars in Australia would be dual-cab utes. But, they are, and dual-cab utes are going gangbusters with manufacturers keen to capitalise on sales at an all-time high. We've just spent the best part of two days testing Toyota's all-new models aimed at the buyer wanting more features and more off-road ability from their dual-cab ute...


2018 Toyota HiLux Rugged, Rugged X and Rogue - image gallery
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2018 Toyota HiLux Rugged, Rugged X and Rogue - image gallery

Toyota today took the wraps off the 2018 HiLux Rugged, Rugged X and Rogue, all of which go on sale in late April. With a starting price of $54,990 before on-road costs, the three models will offer buyers off-road oriented vehicles covered by factory warranty. You can read our full pricing and specifications article here...


2018 Toyota HiLux Rogue, Rugged and Rugged X pricing and specifications
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2018 Toyota HiLux Rogue, Rugged and Rugged X pricing and specifications

Pricing and specifications have been announced for Toyota's all-new HiLux variants, the Rogue, Rugged and Rugged X. Toyota insists these new models are not just accessory packs, but fully fledged and engineered new models. With customers spending an average of $2000 accessorising their new HiLux, the company thinks it has hit the sweet spot when it comes to meeting a range of needs...


Camaro ZL1 headed Down Under: Trademark, facelift open door for 485kW coupe locally
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Camaro ZL1 headed Down Under: Trademark, facelift open door for 485kW coupe locally

Ladies and gents, Chevrolet's most ballistic Camaro is likely to hit Australian shores by the end of this year, if a recent facelift and trademark registration are a guide. The right-hand drive Camaro ZL1 will pack a 6.2-litre supercharged V8 engine producing 485kW of power (650hp) and 881Nm of torque, with a 0-60mph (97km/h) time of just 3.5 seconds...


Hyundai: Same-same family design is "boring"
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Hyundai: Same-same family design is "boring"

It isn't uncommon to see manufacturers designing a similar-looking range of cars across model lines, but it's a move Hyundai's head of design is strongly against. It takes a trainspotter to tell a Mercedes-Benz C-Class from an E- or S-Class, or even a BMW 3 Series from the 5 and 7 Series – a type of confusion Hyundai is keen to avoid...


2018 Nissan X-Trail TL review
Rating: 7.210 /10
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2018 Nissan X-Trail TL review

The Nissan X-Trail is a crowd favourite and a name synonymous with SUVs. But at the top end of the range, does the X-Trail represent value for money? Paul Maric finds out.

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$47,790

Genesis: Essentia concept shows direction for future models
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Genesis: Essentia concept shows direction for future models

The Genesis Essentia concept has paved the way for slinkier models in future, with a new styling team finally getting a chance to demonstrate its skills. Luc Donckerwolke, head of design at Hyundai, joined the Korean manufacturer at the end of 2015, right around the time Sasha Selipanov, head of design at Genesis, came on board...


Genesis resisting the urge to chase volume
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Genesis resisting the urge to chase volume

With an Australian debut just around the corner, Korean luxury brand Genesis wants to hit the ground running, but will resist the urge to chase volume. Speaking to media at the 2018 New York motor show, Genesis senior vice president, Manfred Fitzgerald, told CarAdvice it's a slow burn process to establish a new brand...


Genesis Essentia concept could enter production by 2021/2022
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Genesis Essentia concept could enter production by 2021/2022

The Genesis Essentia full-electric GT concept debuted in New York could be on the road by 2021, if it's given the green light for production. Speaking to media at the 2018 New York motor show, Genesis senior vice president, Manfred Fitzgerald, said the decision would ultimately depend on public reaction to the concept...


Genesis G70: Manual on the cards for right-hand drive markets
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Genesis G70: Manual on the cards for right-hand drive markets

Genesis is set to launch the Genesis G70 in Australia shortly exclusively with an automatic gearbox, but that could be about to change. Speaking to media at the 2018 New York motor show, Genesis senior vice president, Manfred Fitzgerald, told CarAdvice that a manual gearbox is still on the cards when asked if we'd see it in right-hand drive trim...


Genesis could offer industry leading-warranty
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Genesis could offer industry leading-warranty

Genesis is set to launch as a standalone brand in Australia later this year, and is expected to bring an industry-leading warranty. Speaking to media at the 2018 New York motor show, Genesis senior vice president, Manfred Fitzgerald, told CarAdvice the company plans on offering an best-in-market warranty program when it lands in Australia around May...


Genesis: No performance sub-brand like N division
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Genesis: No performance sub-brand like N division

With a local brand launch debut set for May this year, Hyundai's luxury arm Genesis will stick to one model line and bypass the sub-performance brand setup like its parent's N division. Speaking with media at the 2018 New York motor show last week, Genesis senior vice president, Manfred Fitzgerald, told CarAdvice that the brand's aim is to deliver one quality, high-performing product line...


2018 Audi R8 RWS review
Rating: 8.610 /10
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2018 Audi R8 RWS review

It's the first-ever rear-wheel-drive Audi, but is a departure from quattro a good thing? Paul Maric drives the new Audi R8 RWS to find out.

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$299,500 - $321,000

2018 Range Rover Velar R-Dynamic D240 SE review
Rating: 8.110 /10
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2018 Range Rover Velar R-Dynamic D240 SE review

It's one of the most stylish cars on the road, but is it any good to drive? And, importantly, can this latest Range Rover be taken off-road? Paul Maric finds out.

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$106,950