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Paul Maric

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Drift Cadet: Learning how to drift... Without ruining your car

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Drift Cadet: Learning how to drift... Without ruining your car

Drifting is a stack of fun, but it increases wear and tear on your engine, your tyres and the gearbox. But, there's now an answer to the age-old problem of learning how to drift without gradually destroying your car, and that answer is to do it in somebody else's car...

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2018 Honda Civic v Mazda 3 comparison
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2018 Honda Civic v Mazda 3 comparison

Do you hate being stuck in traffic jams? Yeah, me too. But, if you're going to be driving a small hatchback, why suffer in an entry-level model? This is where moving up in the model range changes a traffic jam from a chore to a treat. So, if you have around $35,000 burning a hole in your pocket, which premium hatchback should you go for? We lined up the 2018 Honda Civic VTi-LX and the 2018 Mazda 3 SP25 Astina to see which one deserves your hard-earned cash...


Kia Stinger GT: Michelin tyres to replace Continental in Australia
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Kia Stinger GT: Michelin tyres to replace Continental in Australia

Kia has made the bold move of switching tyre allegiance for Stinger GT models in Australia, ditching Continental for Michelin. We first reported we were unimpressed with the longevity of the Continental ContiSport Contact 5 tyres fitted to the Stinger GT when we tested it against the Holden Commodore SS-V Redline last year...


Kia Australia: 10-year warranty not out of the question
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Kia Australia: 10-year warranty not out of the question

Kia led the warranty charge in Australia with its seven-year, unlimited-kilometre offering, and appears determined to maintain its leadership in the space. The company has once again confirmed it would consider a 10-year warranty, if the wider market encroached on its turf by extending to seven years. There's no guarantee it'll be required, of course...


Kia compact SUV to begin testing in Australia
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Kia compact SUV to begin testing in Australia

Kia has confirmed that it will launch a new sub-Sportage compact SUV within the next 18 months, and Australia is likely to play a role in its development. While the car is yet to be named, it's expected to look similar to the Kia SP Concept revealed at the 2018 Delhi motor show...


2019 Kia Sportage review
Rating: 8.110 /10
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2019 Kia Sportage review

While it's hard to spot the differences, Kia has loaded the new Sportage with standard equipment and safety kit. Paul Maric heads out for a drive.

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$29,990 - $47,690

Kia Stinger: Respray promised for defective yellow paint
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Kia Stinger: Respray promised for defective yellow paint

Kia will shortly contact customers of Sunset Yellow Kia Stingers to offer a full vehicle respray due to defective paintwork, the company has told CarAdvice today. The botched paint is understood to include an oil that causes long-term durability to fail, causing easy cracking from stone chips and other incidental contact...


Hyundai Australia seeing big changes in brand perception
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Hyundai Australia seeing big changes in brand perception

Hyundai Australia is finally seeing a return on its marketing and brand perception in Australia, according to the company's local marketing director. Speaking with CarAdvice at the launch of the new Santa Fe, Hyundai Australia marketing director, Oliver Mann, said the company is impressed with the direction its public perception is heading...


Hyundai Santa Cruz 'too small' for Australia
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Hyundai Santa Cruz 'too small' for Australia

Hyundai has confirmed the Santa Cruz ute will go into production for North America by 2020. Great news, right? Well, there's no guarantee it'll make its way Down Under. Speaking with CarAdvice at the launch of the Santa Fe, Hyundai Australia marketing director, Oliver Mann, said the product isn't necessarily right for Australia, and the company really wants a bigger ute for our market...


Hyundai Santa Fe: Eight per cent market share the goal
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Hyundai Santa Fe: Eight per cent market share the goal

Hyundai has this week taken the wraps off its all-new Santa Fe, which it hopes will increase its market share in the hotly-contested large SUV segment. Currently commanding around six per cent market share, Hyundai expects the new technology in its seven-seat offering will increase drive a stronger position in its segment, despite stiff competition...


Hyundai i30N orders backlogged to November
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Hyundai i30N orders backlogged to November

Hyundai has hit the ground running with its first factory performance hatchback, the i30N. In fact, if you join the queue for a new one today, you won't see it until much later this year. Speaking with CarAdvice at last week's launch of the new Santa Fe, Hyundai Australia marketing director, Oliver Mann, said the company was thrilled with the interest in its new product...


2018 Hyundai Santa Fe review
Rating: 8.410 /10
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2018 Hyundai Santa Fe review

The design is a huge departure from the previous Santa Fe, but maybe a big refresh is what it needed all along. Paul Maric checks out the all-new Hyundai Santa Fe.

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$41,850

2018 Mazda CX-8 review
Rating: 7.910 /10
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2018 Mazda CX-8 review

Need a big Mazda SUV, but don't want petrol? The brand now has the answer - it's called the CX-8. Paul Maric checks it out.

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$42,790

Mazda Australia confirms Apple CarPlay, Android Auto
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Mazda Australia confirms Apple CarPlay, Android Auto

It’s been a long time coming, but Mazda will finally offer Apple CarPlay and Android Auto across its range by the end of the year and there’s good news in store for current owners. Unlike a lot of manufacturers that won’t retrofit new technology to existing products, Mazda will offer customers the ability to retrofit the smartphone mirroring technology to all vehicles equipped with MZD Connect...


2018 Toyota HiLux SR5 review
Rating: 7.610 /10
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2018 Toyota HiLux SR5 review

Like an old shoe, the HiLux remains the best-selling ute in Australia. But, is the shine starting to wear off? Paul Maric finds out.

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$49,940