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

2012 Chrysler 300 3.6L V6 Review

When the first generation Chrysler 300C was introduced in 2004, its unorthodox ‘gangster-car’ styling won over a few fans in the luxury car segment, especially those who frequent the notorious party strip of King’s Cross in Sydney. With high shoulder line and small glass house, it cuts a menacing figure …

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2013 Volkswagen Passat Alltrack Review

The Volkswagen Passat is one of the most popular models in the German brand’s line-up. Well over 15 million Passats have found homes in the last four decades. Its enduring quality and wide range of variants has no doubt been the main contributing factor. To increase its appeal further, Volkswagen …

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2013 Mitsubishi Mirage Review

The Mitsubishi Mirage is back in Australia to replace the Colt, and compete in the city car segment with the likes of Nissan Micra, Suzuki Alto and the Volkswagen up! . It is a nameplate that should be familiar with Australians, as the last Mirage that sold here in 2004 …

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2012 Renault Sport Megane R.S. 265 Review

Renault has always pushed the boundaries when it comes to hot hatches. In 2009 the striped-out Megane R26R set the fastest lap time for a front-wheel-drive car around the famous Nurburgring. Now they have done it again with the new Megane RS265 with a lap record of 8 minutes and 8 …

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2012 Kia Sorento Review

Riding on the burgeoning wave of mid-sized SUVs, Kia recently updated its popular Sorento that first hit the market in 2009 – an update that is needed to see off fresh threats that have emerged onto the field. Segment favourites like the Ford Territory and Toyota Kluger, have all been face-lifted …

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2013 Opel Astra GTC Sport Review

The Astra has been a familiar nameplate in Australia, at least when it was sold under the Holden brand up until 2009 when the Cruze replaced the Astra as Holden’s new small car. So for 2013, Holden’s sister brand under the General Motors umbrella, Opel, returns to Australia with big …

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2012 Mitsubishi Challenger Review

New Year’s resolution – we make one almost every year, and just like every other years, they turned into dissolution. Nevertheless, that doesn’t stop us from making yet a new one year after year, even if we promised ourselves never to make another that we know we won’t be able …

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2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Review

The Mitsubishi Outlander has always been a car high on the list for anyone looking to purchase a midsize SUV. It is car liked for its tough, go anywhere attributes and space for the whole family. Now in its third iteration, the 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander is not just an all-new …

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2012 Volkswagen up! Review

The city car is a relatively new concept in traditionally large car loving Australia. But with increasing pressure from sky-rocketing petrol prices and ever tightening emissions control, the sub-light segment is gradually gaining traction in the local automotive landscape. Design & Comfort The Volkswagen up! is the German brand’s first …

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2012 Honda Insight Review

The move to greener and more fuel efficient cars in the last decade has seen almost every car manufacturer now offering at least some sort of hybrid model in its line-up. Toyota was among the first to jump into this bandwagon with the Prius in 1997. Since then, the word …

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2012 Volkswagen CC Review

A family sedan used to be a box with four doors and a large boot, and it largely still is…. for most. But for those who refuse to join the sea of bland on our roads and want a stylish and sophisticated package, there’s the latest Volkswagen CC. There are …

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2012 Hyundai Santa Fe Review

The previous generation Hyundai Santa Fe was an ordinary SUV that does the job for most things it was designed to do. It’s big, it tows well, it goes okay as long as you keep it on-road, and it’s well priced. Now there is an all-new model and unlike the …

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2012 Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart Sportback Review

The performance gap between the standard Lancer and the legendary Lancer Evolution prompted Mitsubishi to release a “somewhere in between” model called the Lancer Ralliart in 2008. In a market segment long dominated by arch rival, Subaru with its popular Impreza WRX sports sedan and hatchback, Mitsubishi aimed high with …

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2012 Hyundai i40 Sedan Elite Diesel Review

If we removed the badges on this car, you would be hard pressed to pick it as a Korean offering. Looking distinctively premium, the Hyundai i40 sedan’s elegant lines symbolise the company’s coming of age, and its standing on the automotive world stage. And while we are on the subject …

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