Passenger Cars

2013 Holden Cruze CD and CDX Review

The small car segment is arguably one of the most hotly contested markets in the car industry and not without good reasons. With almost every major car maker in the game, some offering models starting at just below the $20k mark, buyers are spoilt for choice. The expectations are high …

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2013 Holden Volt Review

Electric cars aren’t new. In fact, the first electric vehicle was created around 1890, when an American with the name of William Morrison installed an electric motor into a six-passenger wagon. It had a top speed of 23km/h. But with cheap oil in abundance, the electric vehicle didn’t get much …

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Opel Astra Review: 2013 Astra OPC

Photos by: Dario Duno Australians are spoiled for choice when it comes to affordable performance. There are no less than 10 models to choose from, all costing less than fifty big ones, from the Toyota 86 to the benchmark of the current hot-hatch crop, the Renault Mégane RS265. It also …

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2013 Kia Cerato Sedan Review

The Kia Cerato is one of the Korean brand’s most successful models, selling in excess of 2.5 million worldwide since its debut in 2004. Locally, although the Kia Cerato rarely appears on the top ten sales podium, it is a significant model for the company in the booming C-segment dominated …

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2013 Nissan Pulsar Sedan Review

The Nissan Pulsar is back, and it couldn’t have arrived soon enough. After seven years of spiralling sales with the unloved Nissan Tiida, the Japanese manufacturer has high hopes and even higher expectations from the reinvigorated small car that used to be one of the best selling cars in the …

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2013 Peugeot 208 Active Review

The official press release for the Peugeot 208 reads: Re-Generation. It is an apt description, as the previous two-generations of the little Peugeot had been rather forgettable efforts, with each generation getting heavier while at the same time, losing the driveability of their fondly remembered predecessor, the 205. So, like …

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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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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 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 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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