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  • Suzuki Announces New Alliance

    September 24, 2019

    Toyota and Suzuki have announced a new capital alliance, which they say cements “the long-term partnership between the two companies for promoting collaboration in new fields, including the field of autonomous driving”. As part of the new agreement, Toyota will buy 24 million newly allocated shares in Suzuki valued at roughly ¥96 billion ($1.34 billion). Once the transaction is completed Toyota will control 4.94 per cent of Suzuki’s common stock. In return Suzuki will acquire...

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    2019 Next-Gen Mazda 3 Sets New Safety Record

    September 11, 2019

    Mazda has held a long-standing reputation as some of the safest and most reliable cars on the market. Perfecting the sweet spot of a high-quality car at an affordable price. So it’s no surprise that Mazda would continue this tradition into the new Next-Gen Mazda 3, launching to the public in April of 2019. Is the Next-Gen Mazda 3 the safest car ever? Well, I don’t know if it’s THE safest car EVER, but the...

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    2019 Suzuki Jimny Review: City Driving

    September 10, 2019

    It’s charming, funky, affordable, and capable off-road. But how does the 2019 Suzuki Jimny manual fare in the urban jungle? So, what better excuse for putting the Jimny to the test on the mean streets of inner-city Sydney – a canvas of traffic mayhem, shitty roads and nightmare parking options – to see how it stacks up against the judges’ claims. We’ve previously given this very Jimny an off-road belting through Victoria’s High Country, where...

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    Mercedes-Benz GLE 2020 Review

    September 2, 2019

    The brand new Mercedes-Benz GLE has what it takes to give stiffer competition to BMW’s ubiquitous X5. It looks and feels a million bucks, something we never thought about the old model. Mercedes-Benz has long had the wood over nemesis BMW in Australia’s sales race, but the battle between their GLE and X5 large SUVs has long been an exception. The Bimmer has outsold its GLE competitor by 40 per cent since the start of 2016. Luckily it’s...

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    What makes a good off-road vehicle?

    August 9, 2019

    What makes a good off-road vehicle?   There are myriad things that make a good off-road vehicle including low-range-gearing, drivetrains, diff locks, wheel travel, underbody protection, and more. Despite what a lot of SUV advertising and macho Youtubers try to tell everyone, a true off-road vehicle needn’t look like a go-anywhere tank and it does not need to be driven fast and aggressively to get through sand, dirt, mud or up a rocky hill. In...

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    2019 Suzuki Vitara Series II Specs

    July 24, 2019

    More safety tech for the Vitara Turbo models offset by price rises between $500 and $1000, as the new crossover starts arriving at Suzuki dealerships. The 2019 Suzuki Vitara Series II update has lobbed in Australia, with a focus on improving the active safety credentials of range-topping Turbo variants. The revised version of Suzuki’s edgy Hungarian-made little crossover SUV now comes in only three variations, the base model with front-wheel drive (FWD) and either manual...

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    5 tips for safe driving over the school holidays

    July 7, 2019

    A boot packed to the brim, mountains of snacks, toilet stops every 30 minutes and an inevitable “Are we there yet?” from the backseat – school holidays are synonymous with road trips. Unfortunately, they’re also among the most dangerous times to be on Australian roads. With more cars, more congestion, more fatigue and more drivers on unfamiliar streets, our roads are accidents waiting to happen. Driving in the school holidays can be risky, but there...

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    Suzuki Baleno Series II Revealed

    June 26, 2019

    The Swift’s more practical sibling has been given a minor refresh, with minor design and equipment upgrades. Suzuki Australia has confirmed details of the updated 2020 Baleno light hatch ahead of its local sales launch in August. As before, the refreshed Baleno will be available in two trim levels – GL and GLX – with minor styling and equipment revisions depending on grade. Design changes include the new front grille, revised bumpers front and rear, along...

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    ANCAP Safety Ratings Explained

    June 5, 2019

    Cars are rated from 1 to 5 in terms of safety, with a 5-star rating the best. The stars are awarded under the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP). ANCAP crash tests cars in specially built facilities in scenarios that are designed to simulate real world situations. The stars indicate the level of safety for occupants and pedestrians in a crash, as well as an indication of a car’s ability to avoid a crash altogether through technology...

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    8.5/10 LDV T60

    April 8, 2019

    Another great, honest owners review… “Great vehicle – the ride is a little stiff, but smooths a little after a bit of use. It rides better with a load, and when towing I press the power button and it performs as well as the best. The cabin controls are in all the right places. It pays to read the book, as with the new technology it’s good to know what the limitations are – such...

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