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7 May 2003

THE VR Commodore was a significant improvement over earlier models and earned a motoring magazine's car of the year award in 1993. Interior space and equipment level are good but do not quite match the Falcon. The 3.8-litre V6 produces 130kW with good low-speed torque and surprisingly good fuel economy

THE Vienta was at a price disadvantage when new but otherwise is a worthy rival. The 3.0-litre, twin cam V6 combines a healthy 139kW power output with better fuel economy than its larger competitors. Equipment and on-road behaviour are good although the ride does not quite match the Magna.

THE TS Magna does not quite match its Ford and Holden rivals for interior space or power, although the 3.0-litre, 120kW V6 is smooth and refined. The Magna's strong points are a well sorted chassis providing very good handling and ride with minimal body roll or understeer.

THE front-wheel drive Liberty's package of ride, handling and steering near the top of the class and good equipment level earned it plenty of accolades. The 2.2-litre, flat four engine is flexible and economical while producing enough power (94kW) to be competitive in performance with its bigger rivals.

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