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Paul Maric

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Proof: Speed cameras aren't working

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Proof: Speed cameras aren't working

Like clockwork, each year the state governments of Australia rake in a little over $1.1 billion in revenue from speed cameras. And, that figure generally increases each year, ensuring a revenue stream for each state...

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2018 Land Rover Discovery Sd4 SE review
Rating: 8.310 /10
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2018 Land Rover Discovery Sd4 SE review

Is a four-cylinder engine a big enough heart for the historically do-anything Land Rover Discovery? Paul Maric finds out...

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$85,950

2018 Iveco Daily 50C review
Rating: 7.510 /10
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2018 Iveco Daily 50C review

While the HiLux and Ranger may be best-sellers, those after a true workhorse ute will want something like the Iveco Daily 50C.

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$62,095

Kia Stinger stability control: I was wrong
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Kia Stinger stability control: I was wrong

Well, it turns out I was wrong. When we shot our Kia Stinger 330Si v Holden Commodore SS-V Redline comparison at the end of last year, I claimed that stability control can't be switched off completely in the Kia Stinger. These comments made it all the way to Albert Biermann's office. He's the bloke that was poached by Kia to head the Hyundai/Kia performance division...


Launch control or no launch control: Trying to hit manufacturer claims
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Launch control or no launch control: Trying to hit manufacturer claims

I'm sure you all have mates like mine: they love bragging about the acceleration times listed on their brochures. But, in the real world, these times are often only achievable through a sometimes tricky-to-initiate launch control system...


2018 Volvo XC40 T5 R-Design review
Rating: 8.210 /10
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2018 Volvo XC40 T5 R-Design review

It's Volvo's first foray into the compact SUV segment and it's a cracker of a car. But, is it ultimately let down by insane servicing costs? Paul Maric finds out.

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$47,990

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...


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...