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2018 Volkswagen Tiguan 132TSI v Mazda CX-5 Touring AWD comparison

The medium-SUV segment is now, along with dual-cabs, the 'real Australia' battleground for buyers down under. A well-worn cliché, sure ('real Australia' I mean), but with the demise of the large sedan as the go-to vehicle of choice for Aussies, it's now medium SUVs that serve duty as family transport in suburbs across our wide brown land...

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2018 Holden Colorado LT review
Rating: 7.710 /10
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2018 Holden Colorado LT review

The Holden Colorado doesn't get the plaudits it deserves in the face of relentless Ranger and HiLux sales. Holden fans love it, but you should consider it if you're in the market for a dual-cab 4WD.

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BMW: 'No inspiration from previous model' for new Z4
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BMW: 'No inspiration from previous model' for new Z4

Michael Wimbeck – project manager for the new BMW Z4 – was unequivocal when asked whether the previous model had provided any inspiration for the new roadster: "No, we didn't take any inspiration from the previous model," he said. Co-developed with Toyota, the plan, according to BMW engineers, is that Toyota will offer the Supra only as a coupe, while BMW will offer the Z4 only as a roadster...


BMW's i brand is where risks are taken
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BMW's i brand is where risks are taken

When you see the final result of years of engineering and testing, it's easy to overlook the perceived risks that a company undertakes any time it steps either outside its comfort zone, or into a new area of development. Australian journalists assembled for the Paris motor show asked two of the most obvious questions surrounding BMW's i brand – where was the Vision iNext concept, and how risky is it to put that much tech into a single vehicle? Dr...


BMW: Autonomous tech continues to outpace regulations
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BMW: Autonomous tech continues to outpace regulations

We've written about it before at CarAdvice and discussed it on our various radio shows and the podcast, and we're not the only ones who think that autonomous vehicle technology continues to grow at a rate much faster than the regulations required to police it. In many instances, manufacturers can already offer autonomy that far outstrips the legal framework we have...


2019 Nissan Leaf review: Quick drive
Rating: 8.210 /10
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2019 Nissan Leaf review: Quick drive

The 2019 Nissan Leaf is a much improved and revised version of Nissan's pioneering electric car. If the Japanese brand can get the pricing right, it will be popular too.


BMW would 'love to build a supercar'
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BMW would 'love to build a supercar'

Despite shutting down the idea of a BMW dual-cab, Klaus Frolich, board member for BMW Development, wasn't so quick to rule out a supercar or hypercar – certainly not if he can exert his influence on the bean counters, anyway. Frolich smiled when posed the question by Australian journalists, with the suggestion influenced by the Mercedes-AMG One hybrid hypercar...


BMW i4 on sale in 2021, 25 electrified cars coming by 2025
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BMW i4 on sale in 2021, 25 electrified cars coming by 2025

BMW has confirmed the i4 will head for production in 2021, as part of the company's push to have 25 electrified vehicles by 2025, further solidifying its focus on future technology. Harald Kruger, BMW chairman, made the pledge in front of the world's motoring media at the Paris motor show, stating the 'i brand' portfolio would increase to four models, with the i3 and i8 to be joined by an i4, and the iX3 SUV...


BMW dual-cab pickup off the table - development head
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BMW dual-cab pickup off the table - development head

Plenty of people thought it was an April Fools joke when Mercedes-Benz announced it was entering the burgeoning dual-cab pickup segment through a joint venture with Nissan. Since then, the X-Class has gone on to sell – well – as many as we thought it might at CarAdvice. In other words, it's not setting the world on fire...


BMW 8 Series: 'The time is right to re-enter this segment'
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BMW 8 Series: 'The time is right to re-enter this segment'

With the covers taken off at the 2018 Paris motor show, and the new BMW 8 Series sitting resplendent among the raft of new product on the BMW stand, you could be forgiven for asking: what took so long? Indeed, with the long-lasting affection for the '90s 840i and 850i, it does seem like BMW has taken its time returning to a segment that so characterised its previous success...


Is low-range dead?
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Is low-range dead?

Hardcore 4WDers are going to hate me for this, and I brace for the incoming tsunami of ‘you’re an imbecile’ comments, but this piece isn’t about what I want or don’t want. It’s about what the manufacturers are foisting upon us whether we might like it or not. Take gnarly rock-crawling and serious bush-bashing out of the equation...


2018 Audi RS4 Avant review
Rating: 8.510 /10
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2018 Audi RS4 Avant review

Yes, the V8 engine is gone, but so too is the ageing lack of pace offered by the much-loved powerplant. The new Audi RS4 Avant heads into the future, by going back to it, with V6 power.

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2018 Ford Mustang GT Fastback automatic review
Rating: 7.710 /10
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2018 Ford Mustang GT Fastback automatic review

Now with a 10-speed automatic, revised styling, more power and a nastier exhaust note, the new Ford Mustang tries to be even tougher than it was. Is it?

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2018 Hyundai iLoad LWB auto diesel liftback review
Rating: 8.110 /10
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2018 Hyundai iLoad LWB auto diesel liftback review

Tradies are finally getting the respect they deserve with better, safer tools of the trade. The iLoad is up there with the best of them in the commercial van segment too.


2019 Mazda CX-9 review
Rating: 8.410 /10
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2019 Mazda CX-9 review

Manufacturers have a tendency to go for a styling refresh when they execute a mid-life update. With the Mazda CX-9, the Japanese brand has added vital safety tech across the range in addition to subtle changes under the skin.