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A Different Motive
ALLOW US A quick recap, for those of you playing along at home who may have lobbed back in late from a commercial break. For the past four months I’ve been the custodian of a top-spec Sorento GT-Line diesel all-wheel drive, the Korean company’s flags
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Sharp Trainer; Light On Its Feet
THE SUB-GENRE of warmed-over compact and small SUVs and crossovers has suddenly become motoring’s hot new ticket. Into this increasingly populated zone comes the Kona N-Line, looking fast standing still and, in Premium spec tested here, the cream of
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The Hottest EV Yet?
Taycan Cross Turismo is a 460kW all-wheel drive electric rally wagon headed to a dirt road near you soon. Stuttgart will offer Australia two all-wheel drive powertrain options of its all-electric, jacked-up wagon, a 360kW 4S and the aforementioned Tu
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Hail The Mighty Daytona
PEOPLE OFTEN MUSE on what makes certain cars great. They would do well to study the Ferrari 365 GTB/4. It helps to be the fastest production car in the world, which the 365 GTB/4 – or Daytona, as it’s more widely known – was at its launch in Septembe
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Dirty deeds
WE’RE LOST. Not terribly – this isn’t a tragic tale in the style of Burke and Wills, a story of the unforgiving Australian landscape claiming two more scalps – but the fact remains that I don’t really know where we are or how to get to where we need
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Carey
SEEMS TO ME that the coming EV age will revive a near-extinct species… the rear-drive small car. Personally, I’m rather looking forward to getting to know a bunch of sweet-steering, tight-turning EVs that (a) I’ll be able to afford, and (b) will fit
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MacKenzie
L318235 WAS THE rarest VT Commodore ever made, a left-hand-drive SS powered by the punchy supercharged 3.8-litre V6, with a paint and interior trim combination that wasn’t available to the public when the car started down the assembly line at Holden’
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Incoming
The 2019 Wheels Car of the Year is going electric. By mid-year we should see Sweden’s XC40 Recharge EV landing in Australia, with drive to all four wheels from a combined 300kW/600Nm from two electric motors. Claimed range is more than 400km from its
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Westerman
I’VE BEEN WONDERING lately if there may be potential to develop a side-hustle writing memes for social media. My Unique Selling Point would be to deliver very specific life advice, like, “If you thought breaking up was bad, wait till you check her In
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Welcome To The Family, Big Fella
CAN MAZDA’S Zoom Zoom ethos, which imbues everyday cars with driving spirit, do the same for a dual-cab ute? That’s the question at the heart of this long-term test. I want to see how one of the newest utes on the block handles my weekday work commut
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TheMarket
We’re able to once again report that new car sales have increased month on month in Australia, with even the year-to-date outperforming the first two months of 2020. FCAI chief Tony Weber said he “remains confident that this trend of growth will cont
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Thrill Of The Chase
IT’S DEADLY QUIET in this little pocket of Victorian wilderness near Healesville, east of Melbourne. Neon-green ferns hide at the bottom of faded eucalypts that themselves slump under a typical Victorian sky – grey, white and more shades of grey, all
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Products
If you’re one of the lucky few who own a GR Yaris or Supra in Australia, why not show your pride and wear a GR cap to really drive the point home. Alternatively, grab one for the next time Rally Australia rolls around to show the Bates fam your suppo
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Campbell
THIS MONTH I found myself driving Australia’s best-selling new vehicle, the Toyota Hilux, and not to immediately throw shade on it, but I couldn’t help but wonder why it’s so popular. I’m probably better off talking about dual-cab utes in general, bu
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Ford Invests $12M In Australian Design Studio
FORD HAS GIVEN its Melbourne design studio a $12 million makeover and intends to invest another $2.3 million in new studio technology before the end of this year. The redesign continues Ford’s ongoing investment in Australia, where more than 2500 of
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Performance Boosted; No Turbo Required
Model Porsche Taycan Turbo Motors Dual (front + rear axles) Battery 93.4kWh (83.7kWh net) lithium-ion Max power 460kW (500kW ‘overboost’) Max torque 850Nm Transmission single-speed (f); 2-speed (r) Kerb weight 2305kg 0-100km/h 3.2sec (claimed) Econom
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Veloster
FOR ANYONE WHO appreciates the individuality and flair of a stylish coupe, the Hyundai Veloster’s demise in Australia should signal alarm bells for affordable sporting coupes across the globe. They’re dying, to the point where extinction is a real po
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Rx-8 DNA For First-ever Mazda Ev
ModelMazda MX-30 E35 Astina Motor single AC synchronous (front axle) Battery 35.5kWh lithium-ion Max power/torque 107kW/271Nm Transmission single-speed reduction Weight 1654kg 0-100km/h 11.0sec (estimated) Price $60,000 (estimated) On sale mid-year T
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‘E’ For Electrified Efficiency
FOR DECADES, BMW’s variants ending in an ‘e’ in the model nomenclature were economy variants, usually with less power but better fuel consumption than their ‘i’ siblings. The latest BMW 330e does nothing to alter that – it’s still the most economical
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A True Driver’s Delight, By More Than A Nose
TRACTION CONTROLS are the definition of a hot-button issue for the enthusiast driver. Some would argue you should treat that switch in your car as if it will electrocute you on contact, others say you can’t really ‘feel’ a car without turning offthe
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Stop! Hammer Time
TWO THINGS have become apparent this month. The first is that the Genesis is quicker and lighter on its feet that its size suggests. Watch a GV80 roll by and you could be forgiven for thinking it has the dynamic panache of a Sherman tank, but the num
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Hyundai’s retro EV
IT’S RARE WHEN a new model is unveiled with styling so loyal to the show-car concept that came before it, but Hyundai has managed just that with the Ioniq 5 electric car due for release here in the third quarter of 2021. The Ioniq 5 follows the 2019
Wheels2 min de lectureTechnology & Engineering
Power To The Peepers
THE DANGERS OF driver distraction are well known, whether it’s the all-too-frequent smartphone in the driver’s hand or simply looking down at the navigation. It only takes a momentary glance away from the road ahead to end in disaster. That’s why tec
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Inbox
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When ‘Rs’ Equals ‘Rigid ‘N’ Stiff’
Model Mazda MX-5 GT RS Engine 1998cc 4cyl, dohc, 16v Max power 135kW @ 6750rpm Max torque 205Nm @ 5000-5250rpm Transmission 6-speed manual Weight 1052kg 0-100km/h 6.5sec (claimed) Economy 6.8L/100km Price $47,020 On sale Now THOSE TWO LETTERS, RS. Yo
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Murray’s corner
GORDON MURRAY IS no stranger to benchmarks. He has designed Formula 1 cars that have been driven by the greats and won multiple world championships. His McLaren F1, designed 30 years ago, was a supercar so preposterously fast it rewrote the rulebook.
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Aussie EVs At Snail’s Pace
THE ELECTRIC VEHICLE COUNCIL (EVC) has lashed out at government inaction on EV incentives and infrastructure in Australia, with data showing we are way behind in adoption rates while other markets around the world go gangbusters. New sales figures co
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Class Evolution
WHEN THE Mercedes-Benz 190E was launched back in 1982, many pundits described the car as a ‘Golf-fighter’, pitching it as Stuttgart’s first foray into the affordable small car mainstream. In truth, the 190E was never really that small, or that inexpe
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Cheapest Phev SUV In Oz. A Bargain?
SHOULD WE TAKE A moment to get in a quick plug for buyers of hybrid vehicles? We could, but those who actually have a plug are deeply in the minority. Consider that in 2020 sales of PHEVs tallied just 1685 vehicles, compared to well over 60,000 in th
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