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Volvo XC60 D5

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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 inertia reel seat belts and collapsible steering columns. When you think about it, this is a bit of a minor miracle...

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Nissan Qashqai

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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 anything, is to not even try understanding how it works; just accept that it does and enjoy the result — be it a...

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A to Zed … and more

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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 insulation. Nissan, which benchmarked the 370Z against the Porsche Cayman, is effectively using the...

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Hyundai Santa Fe

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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, RAV4s and Muranos? On first look it seems there’s nothing new, with minimal updates to the exterior making the...

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Holden Epica CDXI

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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 the human condition was fashioned over millennia of being chased by big furry predators and being duped in the...

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Mitsubishi Triton

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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 Korean attracting a following, he’s spoilt for choice. I’m not going to pretend for even one...

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Ford Focus XR5T

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Ford Focus XR5T

In Focus By Tim Grey You know it’s going to be difficult to review a car when the biggest thing you can gripe about is the shape of its air vents. But sometimes, you just can’t get around it. It was the same with the current Mazda MX-5 and the Volvo V70, sometimes you just come across a car which is actually very close, in real-world terms, to the marketing hyperbole surrounding it and you become almost sheepish in your appreciation. You know many readers will simply assume the manufacturer has slipped you a few crafty notes under the table,...

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A New World Order

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A New World Order

By Tim Grey Barely 18 months after the recession first hit the doom-mongers have been forced to eat humble pie. GM has paid back its bailout loans early, Ford just announced its fourth quarterly profit in a row – of $2.1 billion – and even Saab is surviving to fight another day. The landscape, however, has irrevocably changed with a new world order of automotive groups banding together to cap prohibitive costs and compete with the waking giants of Chinese and Indian car manufacturing. It’s hardly a first for an industry which...

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Audi Q5

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Audi Q5

By Jonathon Taylor It’s said the only constant is change. When it comes to the world of automobiles this couldn’t be more apt, as the car’s evolution has been as relentless as it is impressive. And within any evolving system, some changes are more startling than others. Illustrating this is Audi, which may well be the most rapidly advancing organism with wheels. It’s as if Audi is already heading inland and exploring new terrain while contemporaries are stuck in the mud, flippers flapping and gills gasping, not yet ready to make their first...

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Ten of The Best

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Ten of The Best

1 MINI (2000) There are more practical, substantive and fairer-priced cars out there, but to my mind none in the last 25 years have been quite so iconic or influential as BMW’s re-born Mini — the poster child for all things retro-automotive. Arguably VW did it first with the new Beetle. But that car — dash-mounted flowerpot‘n’all — was woeful, when the re-engineered Mini brought back a sense of attainable prestige to small cars with greater intelligence. Enter the new Fiat 500, the new Citroen DS range, etc. Even the Isetta’s waiting in the...

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