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Rob Margeit

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2021 Honda HR-V RS review
  • Still looks sharp despite nearing the end of its cycle; Class-leading cargo area; Now with smartphone mirroring
  • Key safety tech should really be standard; Touchscreen looks like an add-on; Skinny 10,000km service intervals

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7.4 / 10

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2021 Honda HR-V RS review

It might be getting long in the tooth, but a late-life update has added some modern relevance to the Honda HR-V.

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Bristol Cars: Eccentric British car maker set to be relaunched
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Bristol Cars: Eccentric British car maker set to be relaunched

Oddball British car maker, Bristol, is on the verge of revival, according to reports out of the UK. The niche brand was placed into liquidation in 2020, 75 years after its founding in Bristol, UK. The maker of low-volume grand tourers has enjoyed a chequered history, going through several changes of ownership and being placed into administration more than once...


2021 Audi S7 Sportback review
Rating: 8.410 /10
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2021 Audi S7 Sportback review

The Audi S7 Sportback blends practicality with performance in a premium package.

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$159,500

Gimme old-school dials and switches... PLEASE!
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Gimme old-school dials and switches... PLEASE!

"We were pushing for the elimination of hard keys because it makes it clean and modern. It's a completely different thing to operate. As designers we love simplicity." And thus, Gorden Wagener, chief of design at Daimler, proved his disconnect from the real world. He was, of course, speaking about the much-lauded, next-generation Mercedes-Benz Hyperscreen launched at last week’s Consumer Electronics Show...


VFACTS 2020: Country of Origin
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VFACTS 2020: Country of Origin

It’s easy to think a car’s country of origin is the nation where the manufacturer is headquartered. All Toyotas come from Japan, all BMWs from Germany, for instance. Not so. According to data released by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI), the country of origin of our new cars are many and varied...


Sales of electric cars overtake petrol and diesel for the first time in Norway
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Sales of electric cars overtake petrol and diesel for the first time in Norway

Norway has become the first country in the world where sales of fully electric cars outnumbered those powered by petrol, diesel and hybrid. The Scandinavian country recorded a total of 141,412 new car sales in 2020, with electric vehicles (EVs) accounting for 76,789 (or 54.3 per cent) of those sales...


Aston Martin Formula One team set for February reveal
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Aston Martin Formula One team set for February reveal

The Aston Martin Formula One team is official with the newly-branded team confirming a February launch. The team, formerly known as Racing Point, unveiled its new identity overnight, completing a transition that began when Racing Point owner, Canadian billionaire Lawrence Stroll, acquired a major stake in the British luxury car maker...


Bertha Benz takes world's first road trip; changes automotive history

Bertha Benz takes world's first road trip; changes automotive history

It’s commonly known and accepted that the world’s first motor car was the Benz Patent-Motorwagen, the progenitor designed and built by Carl Benz (also known as Karl) that heralded in the era of the internal combustion engine, changing the world for ever...


Reckless and dangerous Audi R8 joyride captured by dashcam footage
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Reckless and dangerous Audi R8 joyride captured by dashcam footage

A Newcastle man has been arrested following a wild joyride through the streets of the regional NSW city. The 49-year-old allegedly stole an Audi R8 from a home in Merewether before embarking on a wild ride through suburban Newcastle. The entire journey was captured on the Audi R8’s dashcam video recorder, installed by the vehicle's owner...


Toyota launches C+pod electric vehicle in Japan
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Toyota launches C+pod electric vehicle in Japan

Toyota has taken the wraps off its new urban-focussed electric vehicle, the diminutive C+pod. Powered by a small rear-mounted electric motor with 9.2kW and 56Nm sending drive to the rear wheels, the C+pod has a claimed top speed of 60km/h. Power for the electric motor comes via a 9.06kWh lithium-ion battery, giving the C+pod a claimed range of around 150km...


2021 Tesla new cars
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2021 Tesla new cars

It's been a big year for Tesla, certainly on the stock market where its share price continues to soar, in the process elevating Elon Musk to the position of of second-richest person in the world, behind only Amazon founder, Jeff Bezos. What we don't know about Tesla, is how many cars it sold in Australia, with the American automaker opting out of industry reporting...


2020 Aston Martin DB11 Volante review
Rating: 8.310 /10
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2020 Aston Martin DB11 Volante review

The Aston Martin DB11 Volante continues a long tradition of heart-achingly gorgeous soft-tops from the British carmaker.

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2021 Porsche new cars
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2021 Porsche new cars

Porsche largely defied the COVID-19 downward trend for new car sales, down just 1.2 per cent year-on-year. The stars of the show were again the SUVs, with Macan and Cayenne accounting for a remarkable 83 per cent of total Porsche sales. Proving the appetite for 'coupe' style bodies exists, the arrival of the Cayenne Coupe in 2020 has seen sales of the wagon-bodied Cayenne take a hit...


2021 Mercedes-Benz and AMG new cars
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2021 Mercedes-Benz and AMG new cars

Mercedes-Benz cemented its place as Australia's leading luxury carmaker in 2020, its 26,350 passenger vehicles sales to the end of November placing it well ahead of arch rivals BMW and Audi. Almost half of those sales comprised just two models – A-Class and GLC-Class – underscoring the buying public's taste for small cars and medium SUVs...


Mazda adds iconic RX-7 to heritage parts program
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Mazda adds iconic RX-7 to heritage parts program

Mazda has added two more models to its burgeoning heritage restoration program. The second- and third-generation Mazda RX-7 join the first-generation Mazda MX-5 in having range of factory parts made available as part of its heritage parts program. Japanese media is reporting the program has already started in Japan with a total of 91 parts made available from the two generations of Mazda’s iconic sports car...