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Kia Picanto and Toyota Yaris

Toyota Yaris 17 points Price: $17,490 drive-away Value 3/5 The Yaris Ascent hits a new low price because a new model is overdue (take a further $500 off in August). Standard are remote central locking, aircon, cruise control, Bluetooth, steering wheel audio controls and rear-view camera. Absent are Apple CarPlay …

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New Hyundai Tucson review

CAR companies don’t always hit the mark when they launch a new model. The better buy is often the midlife update that addresses earlier foibles — and that’s the case with the revised Hyundai Tucson, the fourth-biggest seller in the medium SUV class. At first glance it looks the same …

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Ford F-Series

There is one big truck to rule them all. In Australia the new car market is dominated by the Toyota HiLux, but globally the super-sized Ford F-Series pick-up truck is the number one selling vehicle. The giant utility is the big brother to the Ford Ranger, but most Aussie would …

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Mazda3 used car

BEFORE Australians went guano-crazy for dual-cab utes, the battle for annual bestseller was between small cars, the Toyota Corolla and Mazda3. Far from the last word in excitement, both proved ideal for a huge range of buyers, with private shoppers in particular picking the Mazda. The hatch and sedan of …

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Commodore name

WE NOW import the Holden Commodore, which in Germany is known as the Opel Insignia. But is Opel still part of GM? I’ve been told GM has sold Opel to a French company. I’d really like to know who, at the end of the day, actually owns and builds our …

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Why driverless cars will never work

AUTONOMOUS cars would have the ability to choose between life and death — and this could be the biggest stumbling block to their introduction, a BMW board member says. Ian Robertson, a member for BMW’s board, told UK publication AutoCar fully autonomous cars should never be allowed to roam the …

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Ferrari 812 Superfast

LABELS on packaging are increasingly banal. Think of coffee cups emblazoned with “caution: contains hot liquid” or warnings that new knives are sharp. The average consumer would think they’re self-evident. Now step up to Ferrari’s latest two-seat V12 grand tourer. It wears a prancing horse badge and packs 6.5 litres …

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