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Mt Panorama snow limits AMG Mercedes speedfest

Mt Panorama snow limits AMG Mercedes speedfest

Such a fantastic early evening view from my hotel room; straight up to where the place's internationally recognised name, Mount Panorama, is inscribed in giant lettering.

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Citroen steps up with C4

Citroen steps up with C4

No argument, Citroen's compact C4 hatchback is all the better for having stepped up to a new drivetrain that has already done the world of good for a Peugeot sister car.

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Performance and economy from Subaru's diesel Outback

Performance and economy from Subaru's diesel Outback

The 2.5i Sport Premium version of the latest Subaru Outback garnered an easy four and a-half star rating when it was tested in these pages earlier this year.

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Best foot Ford

Best foot Ford

Only the Camry is cited, but the intention is also to serve notice on every other big-name competitor in the medium passenger car sector.

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Hyundai plays a reprise

Hyundai plays a reprise

Take a letter, add a number, create a cool persona: Alpha-numerics work well for some car companies, BMW being the best example, but not all.

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Holden Colorado a quieter achiever

Holden Colorado a quieter achiever

Another year, another ''new'' Holden Colorado. Well, sort of.

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Ford Mustang: Horse power

Ford Mustang: Horse power

Surely it couldn't be possible that those metre-high, brightly-painted metal stakes spaced evenly along either side of the road were snow markers?

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Holden crossover right back on Trax

Holden crossover right back on Trax

Simple solution: That's the 1.4-litre Trax in a nutshell. When originally shown 11 months back, this compact crossover was presented as a step in divergent directions: ahead on technology, behind on performance, the weak point being the engine.

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Beautiful new beasts do BMW badge justice

Beautiful new beasts do BMW badge justice

It was a heck of a way to release a performance car: take it out to sea on one of the world's largest aircraft carriers and then cajole a stunt driver to skid around a flight deck, made up to look like a winding road, at speed.

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Porsche spices up off-road offerings

Porsche spices up off-road offerings

You're a modest-sized brand knocking out highly regarded specialist sports cars. It's a niche business until 12 years ago, when your marketing guys propose a crazy concept.

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Much to like in Kia's spruced-up Sportage

Much to like in Kia's spruced-up Sportage

Small sports utility history was made 21 years ago, but not by the original forebear to the vehicle featured today.

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New Mini - same, same but different

New Mini - same, same but different

Nothing changes for the Mini but everything is new, writes Richard Bosselman.

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Kia rediscovers its Soul

Kia rediscovers its Soul

What went wrong for a car cited as ''so right''?

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Nissan smartens up X-Trail

Nissan smartens up X-Trail

Nissan's new X-Trail wants to be noticed, Richard Bosselman writes.

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VW's new Golfs impress on track

VW's new Golfs impress on track

Anger issues can be the ruin of a harmonious relationship, except, that is, when sporting versions of the VW Golf are concerned. With these, the hotter the temper, potentially the better the result.

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Subaru's bad boy all grown up

Subaru's bad boy all grown up

Bogans, backwards baseball caps and booming stereos may well have been associated with the WRX brand in the past. Catherine Pattison forgot all these stereotypes when she was introduced to the new, grown­-up Subaru on the ultimate big kid's driveway.

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Toyota adds sedan to Corolla range

Toyota adds sedan to Corolla range

There are no prizes for guessing which car is the country's best-­selling compact.

It's the Toyota Corolla, of course, and by a country kilometre. The past year again saw this model achieve status as the country's No.1 passenger car -­ with 5193 sold ­- and Toyota boasts it has topped its segment for 28 years.

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Hybrid Mitsubishi Outlander leads the charge off road

Hybrid Mitsubishi Outlander leads the charge off road

In the same week that the local specification PHEV Outlander was shown to media, petrol rose in price; a mere 2c adjustment, but enough to remind us that, as much as we prefer not to consider it, fossil fuels are not in inexhaustible supply.

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Citroen Grand C4 Picasso - the art of movement

Citroen Grand C4 Picasso -  the art of movement

Bringing a breed back from the brink of extinction requires massive effort and often nothing less than wholly creative solutions will bring a positive result.

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Renault re-energises the Clio

Renault re-energises the Clio

Relaunching a brand must be quite a challenge when you're striving to do so with, for the short term at least, just one model line.

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