Volvo XC60 D5
Jan10

Volvo XC60 D5

By Tim Grey The saying goes that they just don’t make bad cars anymore. Sure, they make annoying ones, inefficient ones, badly thought-out, uncomfortable ones and ones which are clearly not worth the high-strength steel they’re built on. But as far as actual bad cars go, as in “bad for your health”, today’s new cars are light years from the death traps which used to come our way before companies like Volvo developed things like...

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Nissan Qashqai
Jan10

Nissan Qashqai

By Jonathon Taylor I remember, in another life, getting a Japanese winter jacket. It was from a company whose name I can’t remember now and couldn’t pronounce then.  Under the brand name, which read like a random assortment of linked vowels, was the phrase “For fine ski player” and all of a sudden the penny dropped — this was quantum mechanic English. Now the trick with quantum mechanic English, just as it is with quantum mechanic...

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A to Zed … and more
Jan10

A to Zed … and more

By Tim Grey The Nissan 370Z is both beauty and the beast. It’s a supermodel with a gob like a freight truck driver, all Angelina Jolie on the outside and Ray Winstone underneath. It’s a weird sensation, stepping into one of this year’s most beautiful automotive releases and finding out it has an industrial soundtrack provided by Trent Reznor and a sports car purist’s heart which cares nothing for the fripperies of refinement or sound...

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Hyundai Santa Fe
Jan10

Hyundai Santa Fe

Stand-out SUV When it comes to SUVs the Hyundai Santa Fe has traditionally been the king of the swingers, the urban jungle VIP. Recently, however, SUVs have become ubiquitous and the Santa Fe has become just another face in the crowd. So Hyundai’s timing in releasing the all-new version of its flagship 4WD couldn’t have been better, but does it have what it takes to claw its name back out from the rank and file of CX-7s, Outlanders,...

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Holden Epica CDXI
Jan10

Holden Epica CDXI

By Tim Grey In a world where first impressions count, branding is king. And in automotive terms things are no different. If they were, we’d all be driving cars chosen for their engineering prowess, driving capability and mechanical longevity, instead of cars chosen because their manufacturer’s marketing department can read us like a book. Unfortunately, we are shallow, conservative beasts. Not too surprising really, when you consider...

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Mitsubishi Triton
Jan10

Mitsubishi Triton

By Tim Grey When it comes to 4WD workhorses the Mitsubishi Triton has always been a thoroughbred, but in a crowded paddock in 2010 does it still standout? The 4WD ute market is a verdent green pasture for the farmer with a lease deal and a trade-in on his mind, thanks to the quality output coming from virtually all corners. In fact, with the Hilux still riding high, a new Navarra on the horizon and even Holden’s badge-engineered...

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