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M5 Review 2018

M5 review 2018
Welcome back to the quintessential M5! WHAT IS IT? This is BMW’s sixth-generation of M5, dubbed F90. It’s the follow up to 2011’s fast but uncharismatic F10 and it seeks to raise the bar for performance while reconnecting with the M5 legend. WHY WE’RE TESTING IT We previewed the F90 M5 in prototype form almost a year ago, and now the fully fledged car is on Aussie terra firma it’s time to reacquaint ourselves. There was a time when an M5 was the ultimate t...
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Customer Satisfaction – Suzuki is Number One

Suzuki is Number One in customer satisfaction survey SUZUKI has claimed top honours in Canstar Blue’s 2018 overall satisfaction survey of new-vehicle buyers, beating out 14 other popular automotive brands to claim the maximum five stars. Toyota, Mazda, Hyundai, Honda, Volkswagen, Kia and Mercedes-Benz received four-star ratings, while Holden, Mitsubishi, Ford, Nissan, Subaru, BMW and Audi were assessed three stars each. BMW recorded the largest drop in overall satisfaction aft...
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The Demise of Diesel? Two Japanese Manufacturers Pave the Way!

the demise of diesel?
At the 2018 Geneva Motor Show the diesel engine was not looking at a bright future, if any future at all in passenger vehicles. Toyota and Subaru have both used the show to confirm that they will stop selling oil-burning engines in Europe – the former has always had an aversion to the fuel, and the latter has struggled with seamlessly adapting the technology to its boxer engines. Toyota used the launch of its new-generation Corolla small car at Geneva to announce that its new gener...
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Audi Q5 Selection

2017 Audi Q5
Which all-new Audi Q5 variant offers the best buy based on features, performance and value? Launched in July this year, the second-generation Audi Q5 is a sharp-looking luxury, five-seat SUV that steers and rides brilliantly on its efficient all-wheel drive chassis. It comes with a choice of fuel-efficient petrol and diesel engines both with seven-speed dual clutch automatic transmissions, and is brimming with standard features including automatic emergency braking and first-rate smartphone...
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The New Swift Sport

The new Swift Sport
Suzuki’s little hottie is a delight, and terrific value. The Suzuki Swift Sport has returned to our shores, with the all-new flagship of the fifth-generation Swift family rolling into Suzuki showrooms powered by a turbocharged powerplant for the first time. Priced from $25,490 for the six-speed manual variant and $27,490 for the six-speed auto, the Swift Sport  easily hangs onto its title of Australia’s cheapest hot hatch. Its nearest rival, the Volkswagen Polo GTI, retails...
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Australia’s Road Death Farce

Australia’s road death farce
  Political Ignorance Dominates Australia’s road toll rose to 1300 deaths last year, prompting governments and administrators to blindly push forward with plans for even more draconian emphasis on speeds and fining drivers. Not better training or licencing. In fact, the more-of-the same ‘single policy’ approach is bizarrely prompting governments to claim deaths on our roads can reduce to zero. An investigation Wheels has found a collective blinkered approach to road safety, with spe...
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New Kia Cerato Sedan Coming Soon

New Kia Cerato Sedan
The new small sedan from Kia has been shown in the USA show circuit. It should be launched in OZ as the Cerato sedan in the 2nd half of 2018. Kia’s big reveal at this year’s Detroit Motor Show was the new-generation Forte, a car which will arrive in Australia in the middle of this year with the steering wheel on the right side and Cerato badges on its bootlid. And when it gets here, it will give the Korean automaker a much-needed shot in the arm in the still-vital small car segme...
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Car of the Year – It’s Down to Three

2018 Wheels Car of the Year: The contenders
It's Down to Three Holden, Ford & Toyota no longer manufacture cars in Australia, but wait.......there is good news! After almost seven decades of continual passenger car production, we now face a future where everything on our four-wheeled landscape is fully imported. Like Donald Trump’s early morning Tweets, every time we pass a Ford Falcon, Holden Commodore or a Toyota Camry it’s a bittersweet reminder that our world is out of balance. But there is hope beyond the horizon...
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2018 Kia Sorento Facelift

2018 Kia Sorento Facelift
  Now with a Sport variant that will prove attractive. Kia has updated its third-generation Sorento SUV and while not much has changed in terms of size, space and exterior aesthetics it has had a significant technical makeover. TELL ME ABOUT THIS CAR The Sorento now has enhanced suspension and steering for improved ride and handling, a new eight-speed automatic transmission and advanced safety features including auto emergency braking. Inside, the seven-seat cabin has more soft-tou...
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Stinger 330si or Arteon 206TSI

Stinger 330si or Arteon 206TSI
How do they stack up against a Commodore SS-V Redline? An unbroken line of ’em, stretching back nearly four decades who’ve stood at a bowser before, refuelling Australian-built Commodores, jotting down records, meticulously checking tyre pressures and fluid levels before subjecting the car to the rigours of a Wheels road test. And I’ll be the last of them. Booking a Holden Commodore SS-V Redline on the week that local production wrapped up was always going to be loaded with poi...
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NSW Coppers in V8 Flyers

CHRYSLER’S V8-powered 300 SRT sedan
300 SRT Chrysler sedans look likely to be prowling the bitumen in NSW. An announcement in early 2018 to purchase hundreds of the high performance four-doors for use as highway patrol vehicles appears imminent. A source close to the deal has confirmed NSW Police has placed a “substantial” order for the SRT Core, a version of the 300 SRT created for Australia. Retailing for $65,000, the 300 Core sheds some of the luxury equipment of the regular 300 SRT but maintains the...
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iPhone and Android Smartphone Mirroring

iPhone and Android Smartphone Mirroring
 Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration with new cars is becoming increasingly commonplace, so here’s what you need to know about the emerging tech. Australians love adopting new tech, a fact highlighted by the massively high percentage of smartphone saturation in our nation compared to the rest of the world. Smartphone mirroring is becoming increasingly prevalent in new cars, with the feature becoming a major selling point for many models, including some of the cheap...
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2018 Holden Equinox SUV Has The Goods

The Captiva replacement is a huge leap forward WHAT IS IT? Holden’s all-new mid-size SUV, imported from Mexico, which replaces the five-seat Captiva. It’s expected to be one of Holden’s best-selling vehicles along with the Colorado and next-gen Commodore. WHY WE’RE TESTING IT The Holden Equinox has been through an extensive localisation regime at the hands of engineers both on the ground in Oz and during the car’s five years of development in North America. The Aussie brand says its ...
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2018 Hyundai Sonata Review

2018 Hyundai Sonata
UPGRADES? An updated version of Hyundai’s Sonata mid-size sedan that rivals the Toyota Camry, Mazda 6 and the incoming, imported Holden Commodore. This isn’t an all-new car, but rather a facelift that brings overhauled styling for a sportier look, important tech and safety upgrades and a revised two-tier model line-up that starts at $30,990 for the entry-level Active and tops out at $45,490 for the range-topping Premium model we’re driving here. WHY WE’RE DRIVING IT To see i...
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Tesla Burning Through the $$$$$$$$s

Tesla - $US620 million ($A804 million) loss in the three months to September - not something to be happy about. The thumping loss – accumulated losses over the last decade now total about $US10 billion, and only $US3.4b remains in the petty cash kitty – comes as Tesla announced another delay to production of the Model 3, the cheapest Tesla and the one that is tipped to generate the least profit for the California-based car maker. “The initial phase of manufacturing any new vehicle ...
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Mazda CX-9 Enhanced

Mazda CX9
Improvements for the Mazda CX-9 bring a price hike. Mazda isn’t resting on its laurels with its award-winning CX-9. Instead the Japanese car maker is introducing tweaks to the CX-9 to further improve handling with the addition of G-Vectoring Control (GVC) as standard across the range, alongside a raft of safety upgrades and measures to reduce NVH (noise, vibration, harshness) levels. Tweaks to the reigning Wheels Car of the Year see its pricing rise by $1400 across the whol...
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Chevrolet Camaro SS Coming next year

Camaro
Camaro SS In Oz next year THE great success of the Ford Mustang has probably shown the way for the  Chevrolet Camaro in Australia next year. However, while the ’Stang comes out of the factory with the steering wheel on the correct side for us, it looks as though it will be up to Holden’s performance sub-brand, HSV, to swap over left-hook Camaros until an all-new sixth-generation model, potentially with right-hook ambidexterity, arrives in the US late 2018, and in Australia as lat...
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Australia’s Best Selling Sports Cars

Australia's top selling sports cars
 This Years Top 5 Favourite Sports Cars in Australia Ford Mustang - 5967 The unprecedented demand for the pony car goes on and a dusting of Ford Performance tuning options will likely buoy its popularity through to a facelifted version due in 2018. Hyundai Veloster - 1359                                                   It might lack monstrous power, but Australians still love the Veloster. A vast majority are sold in automatic form, and its unusual styling and everyday usab...
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New Kia Stinger Release

the new Kia
This is a car that could easily put the cat among some of the European pigeons! On paper, this perception-altering rear-drive liftback sedan has all its ducks in a row – strikingly muscular styling, purist drivetrain layout with an all-turbo engine line-up, a dedicated sporting focus and enough packaging proficiency to carry some credibility – yet the gamble of entering a declining global sedan market dominated by German brands with a Korean badge glued to your snout and tail can’t be o...
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Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT Trackhawk

Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT Trackhawk is a winner
Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT Trackhawk is a Winner! This is sensational! Wheels is currently in the good ol’ US of A putting the muscle SUV to the test. But before the review is released, we thought we’d get you primed for the sheer scale of this beast with a quick rundown of its impressive stats and figures. First, the headline act. The 6.2-litre supercharged ‘Hellcat’ V8 produces 527kW and 874Nm. But that is meaningless without context. When it arrives, the Trackhawk will become...
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2018 Holden ZB Commodore V6 AWD Review

2018 Holden ZB Commodore V6 AWD Review
HOW DOES IT STACK UP? WHAT IS IT? An atmo 3.6-litre V6 that drives all four wheels via one of the cleverest drivetrains around is a good basis for a performance sedan, and the latest six-pot Commodore builds on those underpinnings with a whole host of smart decisions. It pays to temper your enthusiasm a little, though. Expect an SS replacement and you’ll be disappointed. Instead, Holden has delivered something smarter, safer and sli...
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Kia Stinger GT Review

Kia Stinger
Is this the SS Alternative? https://youtu.be/LGlYLZr5S3Q Available with a grunty 272kW/510Nm turbocharged V6, rear-wheel drive and the most luxurious interior for a Kia since… forever, the Stinger arrives just months before the departure of its closest on-paper rival – the Holden Commodore SS. The local launch is still weeks away, but we’ve thrashed it on Aussie roads already – and have the video to prove it. Wheels is the only Australian outlet given this level of early a...
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Ferrari Daytona Rescued

 Ferrari Daytona found in shed
Unique Ferrari Found in a Shed - Wow! A collector's dream. A classic car find of the decade. Imagine how it would feel to not only unearth an example of Ferrari’s late-1960s 365 GTB/4 Daytona, a car that is already highly desirable in any of its incarnations, but a version that is thought to be completely unique. While a number of alloy-bodied Daytonas were built to go racing at Le Mans – which are themselves extremely rare and thought to exist in single figures to...
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Ignoring Recall Causes Death

ignoring recalls can cause death
Five recall communications with no response - tragic error. Honda Australia has revealed it had made multiple attempts to contact the car’s owner, who died after a piece of metal became lodged in his neck after the CR-V’s airbags, the subject of a global recall, fired in a crash in Sydney last week. Speaking to the media yesterday, Honda Australia director Stephen Collins said five notifications were sent over a 16-month period leading up to the crash, but were unheeded by the owner....
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Kia Stinger – Brave New World

Kia takes on the establishment. Affordable performance.
Kia takes on the establishment. Affordable performance. WHAT IS IT? Kia’s all-new, sporty flagship that’s set to land in Oz later this year with two turbocharged four-door variants to choose from. Stinger’s timing is perfect, but it has to be brilliant to take over the performance sedan mantle from Australia’s fallen natives. WHY WE’RE TESTING IT Back in January, Kia offered selected media a preview drive of the Stinger in pre-production guise at its proving ground in South K...
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VW Golf 7.5 110TSI Comfortline

VW Golf 7.5 110TSI Comfortline
  The first major update for a number of years. WHAT IS IT? The mid-life updated version of Volkswagen’s venerable Golf hatchback and wagon in mid-range Comfortline trim - the one Volkswagen predicts to be the volume seller of the range. WHY WE’RE TESTING IT? This is the first time Volkswagen has regarded a Golf mid-life refresh significant enough to label with a ‘0.5’ half mark. The 1.4-litre turbo engine has been wicked up and a light facelift applied, but the most si...
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BMW X3 Turbo 6 Cylinder

X3 BMW
WELCOME to your first official look at the third-generation BMW X3. While it was leaked on the internet days before it was supposed to, thanks to BMW’s over-eager Hong Kong outpost, we now know the official details of the German brand’s all-new mid-size SUV. And they are juicy. The headline act is the range-topping X3 M40i, which is the first ever X3 to carry an M prefix and is set to rival the Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 and Audi RS Q3. Powered by a 3.0-litre inline six-cylinder turbo, the ...
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5 Year Warranty for Honda

Honda has a new 5 year warranty
Unlimited kilometre 5 year warranty from July 1 2017 HONDA Australia has announced its entire product portfolio will now carry a five-year warranty – unlimited kilometres for private buyers, 140,000km for fleet and commercial operators – matching the aftersales support of Renault and Skoda. The enhanced warranty supplants the three-year/100,000km service and is effective from July 1, however Honda’s warranty program excludes roadside assistance which is bundled with its Warranty Plus packa...
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Alfa v Jag v BMW

Alfa v Jag v BMW comparison
ALFA Romeo is making people sit up and take notice. ALFA Romeo has a winner on its hands. Not only is the all-new Giulia the most hyped Alfa sedan in decades, but in flagship QV guise, it’s a giant-killer too, having recently stunned its lauded rivals from AMG and BMW M in our latest sports sedan showdown. But how does Alfa’s billion Euro baby fare without the beefed-up Quadrifoglio dressing? Can it really be just as impressive in run-of-the-mill Super guise? In many ways this ba...
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2017 Land Rover Discovery Launch in August

2017 land rover discovery launch
Prices and Australian model information released in advance. The fifth-generation Discovery adds a list of clever features designed to bolster its practicality credentials. Available in both five and seven seat configurations, the new Discovery range starts at $65,960 for the base Td4 S, stretching all the way north of $130,000 for the limited-run Td6 First Edition. Three engine options are available for the new model – two 2.0-litre four-cylinders, and a 3.0-litre V6 – all fu...
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