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Sam Purcell

Sam Purcell

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2020 Toyota LandCruiser 76 Series GXL review
  • Likeable and unique in its antiquity; Gutsy diesel V8 with torque everywhere; Twin lockable diffs means it's very good off-road
  • Lacking almost all safety and convenience features most cars have at this pricepoint; Interior is devoid of technology; Unrefined, top-heavy ride

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7.1 / 10

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2020 Toyota LandCruiser 76 Series GXL review

A true legend of the Australian automotive landscape, and still enduringly popular. Is the LandCruiser 76 Series a smart or logical choice for four-wheel drivers?

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Project Cars: 1971 Land Rover Series IIA – Update

Project Cars: 1971 Land Rover Series IIA – Update

It’s not worth it. You’ve got no idea what you are doing. You’re chasing your tail. You should be spending your money on other things. Just sell it. Move on. Despite such reasonable and pragmatic thoughts, I haven’t been able to bring myself to sell this flogged-out old battler...


2021 Kia Picanto GT-Line review
Rating: 8.210 /10
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2021 Kia Picanto GT-Line review

Kia's smallest and cheapest car gets improved for 2021. We drive the GT-Line specification to see if it's still the pick of the minnows.

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$17,740

Suzuki Jimny gets a GVM upgrade via Ironman 4x4
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Suzuki Jimny gets a GVM upgrade via Ironman 4x4

Suzuki Jimny owners can now upgrade the GVM (gross vehicle mass) of their pint-sized off-roaders, thanks to local aftermarket outfitters Ironman 4x4. Fully compliant with Australian regulations, the kit adds 350 kilograms of payload, increasing the GVM from 1435kg to 1785kg. This more than doubles the available payload, compared to a standard Jimny...


2020 Ford Ranger Wildtrak review: 2.0 Bi-Turbo
Rating: 8.410 /10
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2020 Ford Ranger Wildtrak review: 2.0 Bi-Turbo

It's easy to forget that the Ford Ranger is based on a nearly decade-old platform. Is it still the darling of the 4x4 ute segment?

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$65,790

2020 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter review: 519CDI LWB 4x4
Rating: 810 /10
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2020 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter review: 519CDI LWB 4x4

Is the Sprinter 4x4 the next step up the corporate ladder from the humble work ute? We put one to the test.

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$69,178

2021 Isuzu D-Max: ARB 4X4 Accessories begins Australian development
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2021 Isuzu D-Max: ARB 4X4 Accessories begins Australian development

ARB 4X4 Accessories has begun working in earnest on its range of accessories for the new 2021 Isuzu D-Max, now that the company has taken delivery of Australian-delivered models at its head office in Kilsyth, Victoria. This comes after TJM released its own range of accessories for Isuzu's new 4X4 ute, and Isuzu detailed the growing range of genuine accessories...


2020 Mitsubishi Triton GLX+ review
Rating: 7.810 /10
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2020 Mitsubishi Triton GLX+ review

While new metal continues to bound into the competitive 4x4 ute segment, is Mitsubishi's mid-spec Triton still the smart value choice?

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$43,490

2021 Kia Sorento GT-Line diesel review
Rating: 8.210 /10
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2021 Kia Sorento GT-Line diesel review

Kia's all-new large SUV promises to be better in every respect, but is it enough to take on such polished segment leaders?


2021 Jeep Wrangler 4xe plug-in hybrid EV revealed
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2021 Jeep Wrangler 4xe plug-in hybrid EV revealed

Jeep has revealed the plug-in hybrid Wrangler 4xe overnight, alongside the Grand Wagoneer luxury full-size SUV. Presented on stage in Rubicon specification, the Wrangler 4xe is described as a key part of Jeep's electrification strategy – indeed, Jeep says this is the 'most capable Wrangler ever'...


Ute review: 2021 Isuzu D-Max v Ford Ranger off-road comparison
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Ute review: 2021 Isuzu D-Max v Ford Ranger off-road comparison

The new Isuzu D-Max is much improved, but is it good enough to take on one of the best off-road?


TJM releases 2021 D-Max accessories range
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TJM releases 2021 D-Max accessories range

TJM 4x4 Accessories has released the beginning of its range of 2021 Isuzu D-Max accessories, making it one of the the first to market in Australia. Headlining the new line-up is the winch-compatible Outback bullbar, with 63mm hoops and integrated 8000kg recovery points. This bar can be complemented with underbody protection, as well as brush bars and side steps for a more complete protection package...


2021 Isuzu D-Max review: SX cab-chassis 4x2
Rating: 8.410 /10
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2021 Isuzu D-Max review: SX cab-chassis 4x2

Will Isuzu's revamped D-Max take control of the hard-working two-wheel-drive ute segment? We think it just might.

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$29,990

2021 Mazda BT-50: Accessories program launches, full range to exceed 100 options
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2021 Mazda BT-50: Accessories program launches, full range to exceed 100 options

Mazda has released details of their forthcoming 2021 BT-50 ute accessory program, which will include over one hundred options for the new ute. “The commercial vehicle segment is of vital importance to Mazda Australia, and a strong accessories offer brings further customer personalisation opportunities,” said Vinesh Bhindi, Managing Director of Mazda Australia...


A brief history of the Land Rover Defender

A brief history of the Land Rover Defender

Few vehicles shake up a motor show like a new Land Rover. Look at the new Defender which stole the show at Frankfurt. Funnily enough, the original Land Rover did something similar 71 years ago.  The new Land Rover Defender is incredibly important for the brand. It represents a huge redesign for the iconic model, which will be under lots of pressure to sell...