Kevin J Lee

Toyota unveils Corolla Cross SUV. Due in Australia 2022

The Toyota Corolla nameplate will spawn a new SUV model for the first time with the introduction of the Corolla Cross. Coming hot on the heels of the Yaris Cross, the Corolla Cross is set to launch in Australia in 2022 as a MY2023 offering, slotting in between the Yaris …

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2021 Lexus LS facelifted with improved comfort and technology

Lexus has given its flagship LS a mild midlife facelift three and a half years after making its debut to face increasing challenges not only from the Germans, but also the Koreans with their newly established Genesis brand. The makeover brings a new front fascia with updated three-bulb headlights and …

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Mazda confirms turbocharged Mazda3 hatch: 170kW/420Nm

Mazda has confirmed its much-lauded 2.5-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol will find its way into the new turbocharged Mazda3, although it’s not yet confirmed for Australia. Confirmed by Mazda Mexico in a video release, the forced fed Mazda3 will deliver 170kW and 420Nm, identical to the Australian delivered Mazda6, CX-9 and …

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Flagship Mazda SkyActiv-X mild-hybrid range pricing announced

Mazda Australia has announced the pricing and specification for its advanced Spark Controlled Compression Ignition (SPCCI) SkyActiv-X mild hybrid range, which will go on sale locally in August. The innovative 2.0-litre engine is the world’s first production petrol engine to combine the benefits of lean diesel-like compression ignition with regular …

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Lexus files IS 500 trademark. V8 coming?

Toyota has reportedly filed trademark applications in the US and Canada for the IS 500 name, suggesting the new Lexus IS could be getting a V8-powered variant. While the application is currently still pending, if true, it lends credence to an earlier report by Allcarnews that a V8 IS is …

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2021 VW Tiguan R debuts with 235kW of hot SUV goodness

The hot VW Tiguan R has made its debut as a new addition to the range as part of the crossover’s mid-life facelift. Yet to be confirmed for Australia, the flagship Tiguan R features a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine pumping out 235kW of power and 420Nm of torque. Similar …

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VW Mk7 Golf GTI TCR dialed up to 246kW

The Mk7 Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR might be the last hurrah for the venerable model before the new one lobs in but that doesn’t stop German tuners, Maxi-Tuner and Dronia Sportwagen from teaming up to squeeze even more style and power from the hot hatch. Set to arrive in Australia …

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2021 G80 BMW M3 teased in official video

With the all-new G80 BMW M3 and G82 M4 release set for September this year, BMW has started its teasing campaign on the high-performance duo with a new teaser video showing the four-door model hitting the Nürburgring for fine-tuning. While the car featured in the video is still clad in …

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2021 Volkswagen Arteon unwrapped with Shooting Brake model

Volkswagen has taken the big wraps off its facelifted 2021 VW Arteon along with its all-new Arteon Shooting Brake sibling. Besides a brand new Shooting Brake variant, the mid-life update brings the usual accoutrement of modifications, including a front fascia featuring a new LED light strip that visually connects the …

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2020 Mazda CX-9 Sport FWD Review – still an excellent 7-seater

The Mazda CX-9 has always been one of our favourites here at ForceGT. And since its launch in 2016, Mazda has continuously refined the successful large seven-seater SUV to ensure its appeal with buyers. But now into its fourth year on sale, the CX-9 is entering dangerous territory as newer …

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Refreshed 2021 Mercedes-AMG E63 S bows in

The 2021 Mercedes-AMG E63 has received a facelift following the base car’s recent refresh, bringing with it a minor restyle, retuned air suspension, improved aerodynamics and additional options. Like the regular models, the biggest change takes place around the back, with the new model getting a pair of reshaped horizontal …

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2021 BMW M5 unveiled with fresh looks and updated technology

The facelifted 2021 BMW M5 has made its official debut sporting a new look and updated technology. Like the wider facelifted 5 Series range, the high-performance model features a revised kidney grille that drops further down into the front apron, complimented by a pair of tweaked headlights with different daytime …

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2021 Nissan X-Trail unwrapped

Nissan has unveiled its brand new 2021 Nissan X-Trail today in the US, the third-best selling SUV in the country and the world’s most popular, according to Nissan. Featuring a fresh look and Nissan’s new design language which made its debut in the new Juke small SUV, the X-Trail sports …

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Thai tuner turns Ford Ranger Raptor into F-150 Raptor mini-me

Want your Ford Ranger Raptor to look like the menacing F-150 Raptor? Help is now at hand with TTN Hypersport offering a bespoke bodykit that does just that. The Thai customisation outfit has created a custom-made bodykit that almost perfectly transforms the Ranger Raptor into a F-150 Raptor look-alike. It …

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