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First Look at the 2019 Suzuki Jimny

Suzuki released the first official images of the all-new Jimny, the latest version of the company’s tiny off-road warrior which will be revealed in full on June 18. The Japanese company didn’t reveal much about what’s hiding under the boxy bodywork, apart from confirming that the new Jimny still rides on a ladder frame chassis and will be offered in two versions in the Japanese domestic market: the smaller ‘Jimny’ and the ‘Jimny Sierra’. Suzuki said that all versions of the Jimny will use [...]

2018-06-19T09:30:43+00:00 June 19th, 2018|Suzuki|

2018 Mercedes-Benz S560 review

It's one of the most refined and technologically-advanced vehicles on the planet, with the S-Class recently undergoing a mid-life update that brings a range of new engines, safety systems and conveniences.  The S560 variant we're testing here is probably the most conventional model in the range, featuring an effortlessly powerful V8 engine and a price tag that positions it between more affordable six-cylinder options and either the opulence of the Maybach S650 or the ludicrous performance of AMG S63.  Standard equipment includes a sumptuous leather-lined [...]

2018-06-18T16:44:14+00:00 June 18th, 2018|Mercedes-Benz|

The RAM 1500, officially arrives in Australia

The RAM 1500 quite simply redraws key benchmarks for the fastest growing market sector in the Australia vehicle market, setting new standards for towing capacity, tub size, interior space and comfort and, with the legendary 5.7 litre HEMI V8, it resets the performance yardstick as well as marking the return to the market of the much loved V8 Ute that is an Australian icon. “The RAM 1500 is built and equipped to meet the changing demands of the Australian Ute [...]

2018-06-18T15:31:46+00:00 June 18th, 2018|RAM|

Pocket-Rocket Suzuki Swift Sport

The latest Swift Sport is a very different little beastie from the pocket-rocket GTIs that helped give the brand a giant-killer reputation. They were raw and ragged, fast but feisty. The new contender packs a turbocharged four-cylinder engine in place of a high-revving atmo unit. But it’s the basics that come with the all-new Swift package - The body is bigger and more refined despite an 80kg weight drop, with massive improvements in overall refinement over the previous-generation car. What’s [...]

2018-06-06T13:35:36+00:00 June 6th, 2018|Suzuki|

Best Recreational Ute – Finalist: Mercedes-Benz X250d Power

Benz already has a strong presence in commercial vehicles with a range of vans, trucks and buses, and the X-Class is a natural extension of that, but has created more than its share of headlines as the popularity of dual-cab utes outside the normal boundaries of business continues to grow. Mercedes has tapped into its technical relationship with the Nissan-Renault Alliance to develop the X-Class quickly, using the basic underpinnings of the Nissan Navara as a starting point. The X250d [...]

2018-06-04T11:45:59+00:00 June 4th, 2018|Mercedes-Benz|

Chrysler 300 SRT NSW Police Announcement

The long-running saga of what cars would replace the locally built Holden Commodore and Ford Falcons that patrolled NSW roads for decades has been partially resolved, with the NSW Police Force announcing that it will deploy diesel BMW 5 Series sedans, along with Chrysler’s V8-powered 300 SRT Core, from July this year. “The safety of our police officers and the community they serve is our top priority, and both these vehicles demonstrated the safety levels meeting our requirements,” said NSW Police Force Assistant Commissioner Michael Corboy. [...]

2018-05-25T12:49:46+00:00 May 25th, 2018|Chrysler|

Mercedes-Benz GLC 200

To keep the small SUV range fresh, Mercedes has added the GLC 200, a new entry-level model, powered by a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo petrol engine producing 135kW and 300Nm, paired to a nine-speed automatic and driving the rear-wheels only. Hitting showrooms in September this year, the GLC200 will be offered with standard gear that includes automatic parking with a 360-degree camera, an automatic tailgate, 'Audio 20' entertainment system with a 7.0-inch colour display and touchpad control, satellite navigation, digital radio, [...]

2018-05-22T09:35:18+00:00 May 22nd, 2018|AMG, Mercedes-Benz|

2018 Suzuki Swift GLX Turbo review

  HAVE you ever hopped into a car for the first time and immediately thought, “this feels right”? The fifth-generation Suzuki Swift feels kinda like that. The relationship between seat, pedals, shifter and wheel were spot-on, the seat itself seemed tailored to my dimensions and everything looked and felt like it had been designed, engineered and assembled with care – even if the plastics were rock-hard.  Its lovely 1.0-litre Boosterjet turbo triple makes 82kW and 160Nm which is more than [...]

2018-05-15T15:51:48+00:00 May 15th, 2018|Suzuki|

Hyundai’s hot i30N hatch

The first product of Hyundai's N performance division, it's the creation of Albert Biermann, formerly engineering chief of BMW's M operation. Its 2.0-litre turbo four produces 202kW and up to 378Nm on over boost, so it has the longstanding hot hatch value measure - bang for your bucks - well covered against rivals at the $40K price point. It's a Hyundai, so you also get a class-leading warranty (including coverage for non-competition track days), bankable quality and reliability and low servicing [...]

2018-05-10T14:27:51+00:00 May 10th, 2018|Hyundai|

Mitsubishi Triton 2018 Review

The Mitsubishi Triton is the quiet achiever in Australia’s 4x4 ute segment, ranking third in Australian sales - commanding almost 14% of the market. Mitsubishi’s trusty four-cylinder turbo-diesel is a gem of an engine for this application. Although it’s only 2.4 litres in capacity, it goes about its business with a minimum of fuss and its impressive refinement provides smooth and quiet operation that is among the best in class. Maximum power of 133kW at 3500rpm is matched with an excellent 430Nm serving [...]

2018-05-10T14:22:13+00:00 May 10th, 2018|Mitsubishi|