21/10/2016: INSIDE LINE: HY IMPACT
SEMA, the world’s wildest motor show, is on next month and Hyundai has come to the party with a trio of hot rods based on garden variety models. The headline acts are hot Santa Fes — the 765kW “Santa Fast”, above, built with US car tuner Bisimoto, and...... Pubdate:
21/10/2016: INSIDE LINE: FAST ‘N’ CURIOUS
APPLE CRUMBLE Apple’s plan to revolutionise cars has stalled. Hundreds of staff on Project Titan, the internal name for Apple’s car experiment, have been reassigned or put off, or have left voluntarily, Bloomberg reports. Apple is looking instead at......
21/10/2016: THE TICK: A light to lead the way
CHEERING fans and big ratings at this year’s Bathurst 1000 showed that Holden is still an Australian heartland brand. I’m thinking about Mount Panorama as I slide into Holden’s newest hero, the Spark. The South Korean-built tiddler could not be...... Pubdate:
21/10/2016: SHORT CUT: Edgy hatch, edgier look
VALUE Exclusivity is pushing up the price . At $56,900 drive-away, it is about $13,500 more than the Cooper S five-door hatch it is based on. The extra buys a quasi-John Cooper Works variant: it’s not the full whack but still pumps up the performance...... Pubdate:
21/10/2016: SHORT CUT: QUICK GLANCE
MINI CARBON EDITION PRICE $56,900 drive-away SAFETY Not tested, 6 airbags ENGINE 2.0-litre 4-cyl turbo, 155kW/300Nm TRANSMISSION 6-speed auto; FWD THIRST 5.5L/100km...
21/10/2016: WHICH CAR?: High-rider required
THE QUESTION I plan to buy a new car and had three in mind. They are Honda HR-V, Subaru XV and Suzuki Vitara. The Subaru is too expensive so now it’s down to the Vitara and the H-RV. I need a car that will take me from A to B, reliable, not too...... Pubdate:
21/10/2016: ROAD TEST: Meditate on this one
PLAYING in the mid-sized SUV segment is like office politics: at some stage you’re going to be the victim. Renault suffered that stigma with its last Koleos and presents a much more polished performer this time around. If you can overlook the...... Pubdate:
21/10/2016: ROAD TEST: AT A GLANCE
WHAT IT’S GOT Seven-inch touchscreen with satnav, front and rear sensors, reversing camera, auto headlights and wipers, tyre pressure monitor, heated front seats, dual-zone aircon, artificial leather trim. WHAT IT HASN’T Autonomous emergency......
21/10/2016: ROAD TEST: ALSO CONSIDER
MAZDA CX-5 MAXX SPORT FROM $35,790 Sweet ride and handling, coupled to a willing engine and transmission, still have an edge in this class. Road noise lets it down but it is otherwise one of the best SUVs you can drop your cash on. SUBARU FORESTER......
21/10/2016: ROAD TEST: RENAULT KOLEOS ZEN 4X4
PRICE From $36,490 WARRANTY 5 years/unlimited km CAPPED SERVICING $897 for 3 years SERVICE INTERVALS 12 months/30,000km SAFETY Not yet tested ENGINE 2.5-litre 4-cyl, 126kW/226Nm TRANSMISSION CVT; AWD THIRST 8.3L/100km DIMENSIONS 4672mm (L), 1843mm (W),......
21/10/2016: COVER STORY: Come back for more
REMEMBER when a fourwheel drive could actually venture off-road? Well, the good news — or bad, depending on whether you’re driving one or stuck behind it — is that heavy-duty off-roaders are making a comeback. A new generation of family wagons based...... Pubdate:
21/10/2016: FIRST DRIVE: Fiat adds dash to a Mazda dish
IN many ways the Abarth 124 is a Fiat accompli. Where most cars start as a blank canvas, the 124 was somebody else’s masterpiece. The basic structure of the car was decided before Fiat’s designers were allowed to work their magic. Rather than an...... Pubdate:
21/10/2016: ROADSIDE ASSIST: Volvo shows digital divide
Re the Volvo S90 review. I can’t believe a digital radio is not standard in a $100,000 car and you have to pay extra for a tech pack. The FG-X Falcon has a digital radio as standard. By the way, in the FG-X Falcon XR6 farewell review, the reviewer said...... Pubdate:
21/10/2016: HEAD TO HEAD: INFINITI Q30 SPORTS PREMIUM
VALUE 3.0 STARS HHHJJ Essentially a British-built, softer version of the Benz, it is cheekily priced at near parity but goes without all-wheel drive and AMG input for wheels, dynamics and other details. In its favour are ample luxury features and...... Pubdate:
21/10/2016: HEAD TO HEAD: MERCEDES-BENZ A250 SPORT AWD
VALUE 4.0 STARS HHHHJ A recent facelift brought minor styling tweaks, upgraded tech and suspension, more power and all-wheel drive. Ample luxury with leather sports seats and sports wheel. AMG gear includes 18-inch alloys and five-mode ride control...... Pubdate:
21/10/2016: USED CAR: On the right wavelength
NEW Fancy a new car but can’t afford it? Perhaps you don’t want to cop the depreciation, which starts the moment you drive away from the dealer. The answer for you is a nearnew car, one that’s two or three years old, is still like new and whose...... Pubdate:
21/10/2016: PRESTIGE: WHAT’S ON
OCTOBER 21-23 MOTORCLASSICA 2016 Motorclassica brings extraordinary, rare, desirable and valuable collector cars and motorcycles from around Australia and the world in a three-day celebration of classic motoring at the Royal Exhibition Building,...... Pubdate:
21/10/2016: PRESTIGE: Frugal and forceful faves
THE small car segment is the place to play in the new car game. BMW confirmed a sporty small X2 SUV at the Paris motor show and has bolstered its stocks in the regular range with the launch of the latest family of modular engines. The three-cylinder...... Pubdate: