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2021 Skoda Octavia RS wagon long-term review: Dynamic driving

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2021 Skoda Octavia RS wagon long-term review: Dynamic driving

Following Melbourne’s Lockdown 4.0 (but before Locky 5), we finally get the chance to let the Skoda Octavia RS long-termer loose.

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2021 Mercedes-Benz EQA250 launch review
Rating: 8.210 /10
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2021 Mercedes-Benz EQA250 launch review

The second piece of Mercedes-Benz’s electric vehicle puzzle has fallen into place in Australia. We take a look at the brand-new EQA small SUV.

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$76,800

2021 Mazda MX-30 Electric launch review
Rating: 7.710 /10
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2021 Mazda MX-30 Electric launch review

Mazda finally has an electric vehicle to put to its name in the all-new MX-30 Electric – has it been worth the wait?

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$65,490

Mazda Australia says it will take all the electric vehicles it can get
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Mazda Australia says it will take all the electric vehicles it can get

Once considered a laggard in the electric vehicle space, Mazda is set to introduce 13 electrified models by 2025 – and Mazda Australia wants as many of them as it can get. The parent company has previously indicated 13 electrified models are in the pipeline – three full electric vehicles (EVs), five plug-in hybrid EVs and five 'conventional' hybrids...


2021 Skoda Octavia RS wagon long-term review: Introduction

2021 Skoda Octavia RS wagon long-term review: Introduction

You’re unlikely to hear a bad word about Skoda’s Octavia RS – so we wanted to get one through our long-term garage to find out if reality meets the expectation.

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$49,090

2021 Ford Ranger Wildtrak X bi-turbo review
Rating: 8.410 /10
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2021 Ford Ranger Wildtrak X bi-turbo review

Ford’s best-selling Ranger is soon to be superseded by a next generation, but let’s see how the current Aussie favourite shapes up in Wildtrak X flavour.

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$67,990

Ford readying twin-turbo Godzilla engine – report
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Ford readying twin-turbo Godzilla engine – report

Ford is reportedly working on a force-inducted version of its massive 7.3-litre 'Godzilla' V8 engine which would likely be sold as a crate motor. According to sources close to development, Ford Authority reports the pushrod powerplant will offer a twin-turbocharged variant and is currently being tested in at least two Ford Super Duty pick-up trucks...


2021 Toyota 86 GTS Dynamic Performance Pack review
Rating: 7.810 /10
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2021 Toyota 86 GTS Dynamic Performance Pack review

Ahead of the hotly anticipated next-generation Toyota 86, we take one last spin in its predecessor to send off a sports car icon.

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$37,380

Electric cars to become cheaper than petrol and diesel cars by 2027 – report
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Electric cars to become cheaper than petrol and diesel cars by 2027 – report

Electric vehicles are expected to become cheaper to produce than conventional fossil fuel-powered cars by 2027, new research has found. Price parity between electric and petrol/diesel cars is one of the major hurdles towards wider electric vehicle (EV) adoption and it looks likely to come sooner than expected, at least for Europeans...


These are the small SUVs you can buy right now
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These are the small SUVs you can buy right now

The automotive world is currently plagued with supply issues causing a great number of new cars to be in short stock. But if you need to take delivery if a new small SUV right now, there are a select few models in good supply in the lead up to the end of the financial year...


British company offers pre-rusted car trim pieces
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British company offers pre-rusted car trim pieces

Most car owners go out of their way to keep their car from rusting, but Heritage Customs, an offshoot of British design house Neils van Roij Design, is offering pre-rusted exterior panels for cars like the 2021 Land Rover Defender. Stylised as part of the brand’s hand-built 2021 Land Rover Defender Valiance bespoke remake, the corroded panels are described as real rust and are previewed on the side vents and diamond-plate bonnet inserts...


2021 Kia Cerato GT sedan review: Runout wrap
Rating: 8.210 /10
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2021 Kia Cerato GT sedan review: Runout wrap

Kia is one of the few carmakers to back up its sporty GT badging, but do the sporty aspects of the Kia Cerato GT ruin its ability to cater to the everyday?

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$34,190

The inflated used car price bubble needs to burst
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The inflated used car price bubble needs to burst

Like many of you, I get endless enjoyment from window-shopping used cars online. Whether it’s looking at prestigious international auction houses for my dream Ferrari F40 or searching online listings a little closer to home (and reality) for another old BMW, scanning through lists of classified ads with an imaginary briefcase full of cash is a great time-waster...


2022 Chevrolet Corvette to make first Australian appearance at The Bend this weekend
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2022 Chevrolet Corvette to make first Australian appearance at The Bend this weekend

The Australian public will be able to lay eyes on the 2022 Chevrolet Corvette this weekend at the 2021 OTR Supersprint Supercars Championship event. Teasers posted to GM Speciality Vehicles’ (GMSV) social media accounts cryptically suggest something’s “Just around The Bend”, strongly hinting that punters will be able to get up close and personal with the long-awaited sports car at The Bend Motorsport Park this weekend in South Australia...


Are plug-in hybrid fuel consumption claims accurate in the real world?
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Are plug-in hybrid fuel consumption claims accurate in the real world?

Some big claims are made by car manufacturers when marketing their electric and plug-in hybrid cars, but how often are these marketing boasts actually accurate in the real world? For instance, BMW says its 530e plug-in hybrid electric (PHEV) sedan will do 54km on full battery electric power and record a 2.3L/100km fuel consumption when using both electric and petrol power...