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2018 Toyota HiLux Rugged X Review

Same but different – that’s the best way of describing the Toyota HiLux Rugged X, one of the three new variants of the country’s best-selling vehicle. Rather than giving the HiLux a traditional facelift or an unimaginative ‘special edition’ sticker pack, especially as lower grades go unchanged for 2018, the three …

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Lamborghini Aventador SVJ claims Nürburgring lap record

The 2019 Lamborghini Aventador SV Jota has toppled the lap record for a production car around the Nürburgring Nordschleife with a time of just 6:44.97. Piloted around the Green Hell by Marco Mapelli, one of Lamborghini’s factory drivers, the camouflaged SVJ beat out the previous record set 11 months ago by …

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SsangYong confirms four-model lineup for Aussie comeback

After two years away from the Australian market, SsangYong has confirmed it will begin selling cars here again from this November, with four models on offer at launch.  The company’s initial range will comprise of three different SUVs and a dual-cab ute – all fighting in highly competitive market segments …

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2018 Jaguar XF Sportbrake S 30d Review

Despite station wagons being on the losing end of the battle with SUVs and the fact that us Aussies aren’t nearly as fond of diesel-powered passenger cars as the Europeans are, Jaguar has decided to launch a wagon variant of the XF, known in Jaguar speak as the Sportbrake, with …

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Ferrari files patent for four-pot engine with an electric turbo

Ferrari has filed a patent application for a unique four-cylinder engine that utilises an electric turbocharger, which may be a sign of the direction the Italian manufacturer plans to take in the coming years.  The patent application, which was submitted to the European Patent Office and uncovered by AutoGuide, details a …

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Hyundai i30 N Line revealed for Europe

Hyundai has unveiled the new N Line package for the i30 in Europe to smarten up the popular hatch’s looks in the style of the flagship i30 N.  In the vein of Mercedes’ AMG Line models and the like from other manufacturers, the new variant brings a host of equipment …

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2018 Jeep Compass Trailhawk Off-Road Review

While we’ve already taken a detailed look at the new Jeep Compass Trailhawk, there was only one question I had that needed answering when it was my turn to get behind the wheel – can this thing handle itself off-road? With most compact SUVs like the Compass having been designed …

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Singer DLS unveiled at Goodwood Festival of Speed

Expert Porsche modifier Singer has unveiled its latest retooled 911, the DLS – which stands for Dynamics and Lightweight Study – at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, and it sure is worth lusting after. As the name implies, improved driving dynamics in a featherweight car was the aim of the …

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Tata Nano production reaches the end of the line

After a decade in production, the Tata Nano – best known as having been the cheapest new car on sale anywhere in the world – is no more, with just one single car having been built in the month of June. Touted by its maker – which most notably also …

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Dendrobium Automotive D-1 electric hypercar set for production

After more than two decades of development, the Dendrobium Automotive D-1 – an all-electric hypercar originally known as the Vanda Electrics Dendrobium – is set to enter production. First debuted as a concept in the mid-nineties under the latter name, the concept was the brainchild of a Singapore-based electronics company …

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2018 Mazda CX-5 Akera Diesel Review

The Mazda CX-5 might have only been with us in its current incarnation for one year, but Mazda has already seen it fit to give it a bit of a spruce up for 2018. These updates are nothing you’ll notice on the surface though – a facelift, this is not …

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2019 Suzuki Jimny confirmed for Australia

The hotly anticipated 2019 Suzuki Jimny is now a surety for Australia, and more detailed specifications regarding the latest incarnation of the miniature off-roader have also been revealed. Expected to touch down in the first quarter of 2019, the new Jimny is the first reinvention of the model in 20 …

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Subaru Forester turbo dropped, hybrid confirmed for Australia

Subaru Australia has confirmed that the 2019 Forester will not be sold here – or anywhere else, for that matter – with a turbocharged engine option, although a hybridised variant is on the cards for next year. This marks the first time in the Forester’s history – with the first-gen …

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McLaren stretches 570S to create 600LT

McLaren’s 570S has been given the ‘Longtail’ treatment to create the 600LT, which is the fastest model yet in the company’s Sports Series range. As the name implies, the new car is longer than the 570S on which it is based – with the rear bodywork adding 74mm to the …

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