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Sam Purcell

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2020 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Recon Short Wheelbase off-road review
  • Short wheelbase adds a dose of fun to a very capable 4x4; Low gearing, live axles and locking diffs; Protection properly works off-road
  • Soft brake pedal feel on steep angles; Would be even better with USA-spec rubber; Departure angle affected by numberplate location

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7.7 / 10

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2020 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Recon Short Wheelbase off-road review

The short-wheelbase Wrangler Rubicon is back, but in limited numbers only. Is it a better choice than the Unlimited off-road?

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2021 Mazda BT-50 v Isuzu D-Max comparison
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2021 Mazda BT-50 v Isuzu D-Max comparison

There’s not a lot to separate these mechanical twins under the skin, but that didn’t stop us from heading out into the bush to find out.


ARB 4X4 Accessories headlines Ford Bronco accessories range
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ARB 4X4 Accessories headlines Ford Bronco accessories range

Australia's ARB 4X4 Accessories has developed a range of factory-approved accessories for the incoming Ford Bronco four-wheel-drive. Ford unveiled the initial range of manufacturer-backed, aftermarket-developed accessories for the Bronco and Bronco Sport, which also included American-based brands RTR Vehicles and 4-Wheel Parts...


2021 Skoda Kamiq 110TSI Limited Edition review
Rating: 8.410 /10
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2021 Skoda Kamiq 110TSI Limited Edition review

Is Limited Edition the spec to have for Skoda's new small SUV?

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$35,490

2021 Citroen C3 review
Rating: 7.510 /10
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2021 Citroen C3 review

Racking up only 47 sales last year, the refreshed 2021 Citroen C3 will look to earn more market share in 2021.

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$28,990

2021 Volkswagen Amarok W580 dual-cab ute enters production in Clayton
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2021 Volkswagen Amarok W580 dual-cab ute enters production in Clayton

The first examples of the 2021 Volkswagen Amarok W580 ‘grand tourer’ ute have rolled off the production line in Clayton, Victoria. Described as a passion project between Volkswagen Australia and Walkinshaw Automotive, the Amarok W580 promises to bring improved on-road driving dynamics – along with a more aggressive styling package – to Volkswagen’s flagship ute...


Drivers warned: Don't drive through floodwaters
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Drivers warned: Don't drive through floodwaters

As New South Wales gets lashed by torrential rain and rivers break their banks, road users are being reminded that attempting to drive through floodwaters is something that should be avoided at all costs. Even if you're in a kitted out four-wheel-drive, driving through flood waters is never a good idea...


2021 Isuzu D-Max SX 4x2 review
Rating: 8.210 /10
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2021 Isuzu D-Max SX 4x2 review

In base specification and with only two-wheel drive, does Isuzu's new ute still maintain its appeal?

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$41,900

Project Cars:  1971 Land Rover Series IIA update – The road to (conditional) registration

Project Cars: 1971 Land Rover Series IIA update – The road to (conditional) registration

The CarAdvice team reveals what's hidden away in their sheds and backyards awaiting some TLC.


The Australian-made ultimate off-road motorhome
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The Australian-made ultimate off-road motorhome

In a world gripped by the Coronavirus pandemic, Australians are re-embracing the classic road-trip holiday as they look to explore domestic destinations in lieu of overseas holidays. And this monster motorhome could be the ultimate choice for a road-trip of a lifetime...


2021 Kia Carnival Platinum petrol review
Rating: 8.510 /10
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2021 Kia Carnival Platinum petrol review

While Australians have historically preferred diesel over petrol, the cheaper and more powerful option shouldn't be discounted.

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$60,990

Ram 1500 TRX driver charged with 18 criminal offences after YouTube video goes viral
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Ram 1500 TRX driver charged with 18 criminal offences after YouTube video goes viral

Popular American YouTuber Mike Holt has been hit with 18 criminal charges, after he published footage of his Ram 1500 TRX driving through and jumping over a river. Charges came from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, and included two counts of disturbance of waterways and watersheds, six counts of pollution of waters, six counts of littering, and four counts of misuse of property and waters...


2021 Peugeot Expert 150 Standard auto review
Rating: 8.210 /10
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2021 Peugeot Expert 150 Standard auto review

Peugeot's medium-sized van deserves to do much better than the meagre sales numbers suggest.

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$39,990

Magna eBeam: New tech to switch pick-ups and 4WDs to electric power
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Magna eBeam: New tech to switch pick-ups and 4WDs to electric power

Canadian automotive company Magna has released innovative technology that converts traditional utes and four-wheel-drives to electric power with minimal mechanical changes. The device – effectively an electric motor housed within a differential or axle casing and dubbed eBeam – is bolted where a traditional differential sits, and provides power to the wheels...


2021 Toyota LandCruiser 200 Series prices surge beyond $150,000 as supply dries up
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2021 Toyota LandCruiser 200 Series prices surge beyond $150,000 as supply dries up

Toyota LandCruiser 200 Series asking prices have surged online, as Australians buy up remaining stocks of what is believed to be the last turbo diesel V8. The recommended retail price (before on-road costs) for a Toyota LandCruiser 200 Series is between $80,996 (GX) and $131,896 (Horizon Limited Edition), however dealers and private sellers online are listing new and near-new LandCruisers for up to 55 per cent – or $63,000 more than the RRP...