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A journalist with more than 21 years experience, Mark Holgate has worked with a number of suburban and metropolitan newspapers, as well as stints with motoring specific publications like Which Car? Motorsport News, Auto Action and Street Machine. When not steering the Exhaust Notes Australia ship, he is the Motoring Editor for Breeze Magazine and Air Force Advocate, and a contributor to CoalFace.

Driven: 2018 LDV T60

OFF road, in the dirt, in country NSW, in the first Chinese ute to receive a 5-star ANCAP safety rating - sounds like a recipe for disaster if you use the previous Chinese vehicle experiences as a benchmark.

Volkswagen launches its own gran turismo

SET to be the new standard in passenger cars for Volkswagen, the Arteon 206TSI R-Line, a 5-door coupe with a lift back tailgate, is evocative, packed with standard equipment and cutting edge technology, and made in Germany.

Auto Review: 2018 Subaru WRX STi Premium

STRAP yourself in, hang on for the ride, dirt's gonna fly, ground's gonna shake tonight. The lyrics of Aussie country singer Adam Brand's hit song, Dirt Track Cowboy, and an apt description of the huge bucket of fun that is the 2018 Subaru WRX STi Premium.

Jag launches thumping 423kW XJ

WITH the launch of the 2018 Jaguar XJ series, a new performance flagship will join the fray. To be known as the XJR575 the new model variant comes packed with upgraded power from 404kW to 423kW delivering 0-100km/h time of just 4.4 seconds, and a host of unique design features.

Concepts aplenty at Tokyo Motor Show

CONCEPTS, concepts, everywhere. It's Tokyo Motor Show time and there are concept vehicles and visions for electrification everywhere, from a raft of major manufacturers, including Nissan, Toyota, Lexus, Subaru, Mazda, Honda and Mitsubishi.

On Track: the Jaguar Experience

WE were just like any other Jaguar owner. Invited to be part of a unique driver training experience that lets you hit the race track, in our case Sydney Motorsport Park, and push pedal to the metal, at the same time learning how to get the most out of your own car whenever you drive it.

New look for 2018 LS

A RADICAL redesign has afforded the 2018 Lexus LS model range a sweeping coupe style silhouette as part of a major overhaul of the model, which also gains a powerful new twin-turbo V6 engine and improved safety features, and yes, it's rear wheel drive.

Sydney sneak peek for D90 SUV

CHINESE car maker LDV is set to launch a large seven seat SUV onto the Australian car market in mid-November, and Exhuast Notes Australia has not only seen it, but we've touched it, sat in it, and generally climbed all over it.

Hot pricing for new ute

THE LDV T60 ute will directly target ABN holders when it hits the Australian market on 1 October 2017, with a host of high end standard features set to make it attractive to new ute buyers, and cost competitive, thanks to sharp pricing announced today by its local distributor.

Stinger brings power and passion

IT germinated from a seed of desire planted by the classic gran turismo cars of the sixties and seventies, and now, from today, Kia’s stunning new Stinger is set to bloom like a wild flower on Australian roads.

Auto Review: 2017 Lexus LC 500 and LC 500h

THERE'S something almost dirty about driving the LC 500 and its hybrid twin, the LC 500h, and we mean that in a nice way. These cars are super unique, super powerful and definitely super good looking, with a style all of their own.

Brabus rockets Merc cabrio

WHEN the 2017 IAA Frankfurt Auto Show opens its doors on September 14, it will showcase truck loads of new cars and automotive innovations. Among them will be the fastest and most powerful convertible ever built - the Brabus Rocket 900.

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