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Test drives and in-depth reviews of some of the most popular new cars currently on the market today.

2014 Lexus IS 300h Review

The Lexus IS 300h completes the last piece of the jigsaw in the Japanese premium marque’s hybrid offerings. Every model in the Lexus’ line up now has a petrol-electric variant, as the brand hopes for hybrid models to make up half of its total sales. The IS 300h is the …

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2014 Holden Barina RS Review

The Holden Barina RS is the latest addition to the company’s city hatchback. Joining the lineup as the sports model, the RS’ extra punch comes from a 1.4-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder petrol engine pinched from the locally made Holden Cruze. It produces 103 kW of power at 4,300 rpm and 200 …

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2014 Nissan Pathfinder Review

The last-generation Nissan Pathfinder was an unapologetically rugged SUV, with genuine rock climbing and mud crawling abilities. Built on a tough ladder-frame chassis shared with the Nissan Navara work horse, it came with a full set of low range gears and lockable diff. Its off-road abilities meant refinement and comfort …

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2014 Kia Optima Review

When it was first launched in 2011, the Kia Optima was a game changing model not only for the once cheap, and well…. not much else really, Korean brand, but for the segment it competes in. It brought style to the affordable mass market mid-size sedans and with it, confidence …

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2014 Ford Focus ST Review

The Ford Focus ST is one of the household names when it comes to hot hatches. Along with the Volkswagen Golf GTI they define the best recipe to inject performance into a mainstream hatchback. Now in its third generation, the new ST – for Sports Technologies – is set to …

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2014 Fiat Panda Easy and Trekking Review

Panda – a large, adorable bear-like animal from the forests of China, high on the endangered species list. Fiat Panda – a five door, compact minivan-like automobile built in a Polish factory with a range of two- and four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines, potentially high on the endangered species list. …

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2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 Review

Pulling off the perfect crime requires not only the right men for the job, but also some serious getaway power. As important as the heist itself, a clean getaway ensures all those hard work is not wasted. But if it all goes to hell, how fast you flee would determine …

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2013 Volkswagen Golf 7 GTI Review

GTI – the three letters that is synonymous with Volkswagen’s famous hot hatch. Based on the equally celebrated Golf, the original Mk1 GTI was a guerilla project by a handful of VW engineers who saw the potential in the Golf’s chassis. The philosophy behind it was simple. Take a basic …

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2013 Alfa Romeo Giulietta QV Review

Back in the old days, Alfa Romeos could be sold on looks alone. But those days are long gone. Now the Italian company wants their cars to be known for their sophistication, technology and driving fun. And, the new Giulietta is sent off for this mission. From the outset, the five-door …

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2014 Kia Cerato Review – Cerato Koup Turbo

The 2nd-generation Kia Cerato Koup is the third and final model of the new Cerato lineup that has been gradually rolled out in the last year. According to Kia’s figures, the trio has achieved more than 2.5 million global sales since their introduction in 2004, including 385,000 units in 2012 …

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First Look Comparison: Lexus RC F vs BMW M4

The new Lexus RC F stormed into the opening day of the 2014 North American International Auto Show looking like it’s ready to pounce on the BMW M4 on display a few stands away. The RC F is Lexus’ answer to BMW’s recently launched M4. Both are high performance rear-wheel-drive …

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2013 Lexus GS 350 F Sport Review

When Lexus brought out the LFA supercar in 2011 we knew the marque was onto something. The once librarian of the car world had decided to ditch its thick reading glasses for some party hats. Lexus wanted to be fun. And the new GS mid-size saloon is the first mainstream …

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2013 Peugeot 208 GTi Review

The Peugeot 208 GTi has a lot on its shoulders. Not only does it have to face stiff competition from the Ford Fiesta ST and Renault Clio RS, it is also charged with reenacting the brilliance of the iconic 205 GTI in the 80s, which was tarnished by the 206 …

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