John Mrozowski
12 Oct 2013

The Re-birth of the Jeep Grand Cherokee

John Mrozowski is still a little jet-lagged when we catch up with him to discuss the face-lifted Jeep Grand Cherokee, but his enthusiasm for the vehicle shines through. “Two and a half years ago,” he recalls, “the Senior VP Engineering tapped me on the shoulder and said ‘We’d like you to work on the Grand Cherokee’. Since we had just launched the new model, I was inheriting something that we thought was already great, but we had to take it and make it better.”

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The Nissan Almera is a sensible small car with the space of a medium car.
11 Oct 2013

Nissan Almera First Drive

If you’re in the market for a highly sensible new car with all the attributes of a small car but the space and practicality of a mid-size car, the Nissan Almera almost stands alone. You’ll miss out on a few of life’s little luxuries, but you shouldn’t get too many complaints from the back seat.

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08 Oct 2013

2014 Subaru XV review

The Subaru XV combines impressive rough-road ability with decent on-road manners, says Isaac Bober.

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08 Oct 2013

Alfa Romeo MiTo Road Test

It’s Alfa Romeo’s renaissance car, the one the company hopes will occupy the same passionate place in motorists’ hearts as the hugely popular Alfasud  and Sprint Veloce did three decades ago. The big question is, does it? asks Tony Bosworth. With a whole string of successful models in its wake,

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30 Sep 2013

2014 Fiat Freemont Lounge review

Isaac Bober’s 2014 Fiat Freemont Lounge car review with pricing, specs, ride and handling, safety and verdict.

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29 Sep 2013

Range Rover Evoque eD4 Road Test

The Evoque eD4 2WD might be the first Range Rover not to drive all four wheels but it hasn’t hurt the brand, says Isaac Bober. In an event reminiscent of when Porsche announced the release of its Cayenne SUV – which saved the company we hasten to add – Land Rover’s

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Take your 4WD off-road without getting stuck.
26 Sep 2013

Off-Road Driving Tips

So you’ve gone out and bought a bright and shiny new 4WD that the salesman reckons is, ahem, capable of fording streams, clambering up and over mountains, carving a path through the thickest of jungles, and tackling sand dunes without even raising a sweat. The only problem is you’ve never been off-road and don’t know where to start. Enter our handy guide to off-road driving.

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24 Sep 2013

Jaguar F-Type First Drive

Ever since the E-Type went out of production, Jaguar fans have been waiting for its replacement. And every time Jaguar announced a new sporting model since 1974, they vehemently denied that it was a replacement for the iconic E-Type. Not this time around. Enter the F-Type Jaguar.

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The Ford Ranger Wildtrak takes the fight to Volkswagen's Amarok.
12 Sep 2013

Ford Ranger Wildtrak First Drive

The Ford Ranger Wildtrak sits right at the top of the Ranger tree and is being marketed here and around the world as being more of a car than a work-day truck. The Ranger is a product of the ‘One Ford’ strategy and its development was led by Australians with the project based here too.

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12 Sep 2013

Toyota 86 First Drive

Toyota is to be commended for the 86 GT. It offers fun, affordable motoring with looks that’ll have you going weak at the knees. Our pick would definitely be the entry-level 86 GT (manual); ignore the auto – it’s like buying a dog and then doing the barking for it, if you know what we mean.

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12 Sep 2013

Mazda MX-5 First Drive

When the original Mazda MX-5 was launched back in 1989 it arrived like a bolt out of the blue delivering fun, open-top motoring thrills to the likes of you and me. It was affordable and attractive and gave us something we hadn’t had since the demise of the gorgeous Lotus Elan. This new variant is more purposeful than ever before.

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Mazda CX-5 is an impressive family offering
12 Sep 2013

Mazda CX-5 First Drive

The 2013 Mazda CX-5 line-up adds a new 139kW/250Nm 2.-5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine borrowed from the Mazda6. Until now, the diesel variants were the pick of the range. So can the 2.5 petrol take over the mantle?

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12 Sep 2013

2014 Subaru Forester 2.0D-S Review

Isaac Bober’s 2014 Subaru Forester 2.0D-S review with pricing, specs, ride and handling, safety and verdict. Here in Australia, Subaru’s success story has been inextricably linked to the Forester. It’s the brand’s best-selling model in its 40-year history with more than 170,000 units sold here since its launch back in

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Kia Sorento offers refinement and standard-fit seven seats.
10 Sep 2013

Kia Sorento First Drive

Overall, the Sorento 3.5 Si 2WD is a nice competent seven-seater that rides and handles well, has a grunty and refined drivetrain, and a decent amount of standard features. It’s the perfect alternative to some of the pricier seven-seaters on the market, but for families that like to get their feet dirty, you’ll need to pay more for the 4WD variant.

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The Subaru Outback diesel finally has a CVT.
10 Sep 2013

Subaru Outback 2.0D First Drive

The Outback 2.0D CVT is likely to woo those looking to update their current Outback for something a little flashier and more fuel-efficient. That it’s a roomy, comfortable and safe vehicle to drive, that’s as comfortable on dirt as it is on the black stuff, makes this new Outback 2.0D CVT well worth a look.

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