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BMW M340i xDrive – What a fine car!

BMW M340i xDrive
The 3 Series 6 cylinder - welcome back - you've been missed... What’s in the garage? We’re rubbish at suspense so, yes, it’s a BMW M340i xDrive. The Wheels garage has moved, albeit temporarily. The roller door we’re sliding up today is located in Gauteng province, South Africa. Or, to be more exact, the Kyalami Grand Prix circuit. This is wholly apt. BMW won its last F1 world title at this very circuit in 1983, Nelson Piquet just pipping Alain Prost to the driver’s crown in his Bra...
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We assess the Holden Acadia

Holden Arcadia review
Holdens large SUV '- made in the USA...is it good enough? It has been three years since the large American-sourced Acadia SUV was confirmed to arrive in Australia rebranded as a Holden, with the big SUV finally launching Down Under 12 months ago. Expectations were high for the Acadia, set to join the market at a time when Holden needed a large SUV hero. Time then for Wheels to put the finger on the sales pulse to determine how things have progressed. The data in this article ...
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BMW X6 Twin Turbo M50i Review

BMW X6 M50i review
Power-packed, premium and polarising – BMW’s third-generation X6 continues to shock and delight Overall Rating Plus & Minus Plus - Performance; interior quality; V8 soundtrack Minus - Polarising design; compromised practicality over X5; heavy The Wheels Verdict: In 2008, no-one knew they needed an SUV and a coupe in one vehicle. BMW came along and planted the seed before sitting back and watching the world’s automakers follow suit. However, the X6 is the genesi...
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2019 Ford Ranger Raptor Review

2019 Ford Ranger Raptor Review
Does this vehicle fit in my normal comfort zone? Introduction: The Big Surprise FISH OUT OF water doesn’t quite cut it here. No, this is more deep-sea-tuna-on-top-of-Uluru kind of territory. Complete with Julian Assange-in-a-crowded-supermarket levels of discomfort. You see, I’m just not a dual-cab ute kind of guy. I can appreciate them in a detached kind of way, and understand that they’re exceedingly popular and thus exceptionally relevant to the average Aussie, yet they hol...
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Honda CR-V vs Nissan X-Trail

2019 Honda CR-V vs 2019 Nissan X-Trail
Combatant seven-seat Japanese SUVs. Which is for you? The contenders - Honda CR-V vs Nissan X-Trail We get it, sub-$40K seven-seaters aren’t much to get excited about, but the contemporary urban market tells us that crossovers have eclipsed wagons and vans as the choice for growing families. And they’re not all a bucket of boredom, despite the keen pricing of this petrol duo. Beyond the Mitsubishi Outlander – the dead horse that the Diamond Star continues to flog with succ...
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New D-Max vs Ranger

D-Max v Ford Ranger
Let the 2020 fight begin! The top three spots on the sales charts are filled with dual-cab utes – they’re big business down under. So when new arrivals from Ford and Isuzu are announced, people take notice. While the Ranger is more of a spec update, the D-Max has received a significant overhaul and is ready to take on its traditional foes. Here’s how the D-Max vs Ranger stack up in key areas with what we know so far. Engine Isuzu has decided to retain the tried and true 3.0-li...
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Best Selling Cars in Australia

one of the best sellers in Australia
Brief verdicts of the top ten best selling cars in Australia Want the no-frills, straight-to-the-point info on the ten best selling cars in Australia* but don’t want to wade through pages of road tests? Look no further. Let’s count ‘em down 10. Mitsubishi ASX VERDICT: A compact SUV of decidedly modest talent, but don’t underestimate the pull of something that’s reliable, fairly spacious and extremely cheap. Walk into a Mitsubishi dealer ...
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SUV or Wagon – Which is Best?

wagon or SUV?
There is a difference of opinion in our office... Wagon or SUV? If it were up to the buying public there is no contest, with SUV sales growing year on year at an incredible rate. But the buying public also meant the Minions movie grossed $1.16 billion US in 2015, so they have a proven record of poor decisions. For me, if there is an equivalently sized and priced wagon, I don’t see any good reason to opt for the SUV. Don’t get me wrong, there are good SUVs, the Whe...
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Car Accident To-Do List

If you drive regularly, there are big chances you’ll be involved in a traffic mishap at some point in your life. Here’s a Car Accident To-Do List if it happens to you. Stop your car in a safe place The first thing to do after an accident is to stop your car somewhere where it’s safe. It’s a criminal offence in Australia to flee the scene of an accident. If it’s dark, use hazard lights to warn other drivers that you’re there. If possible, remove dangerous items from th...
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Takata airbag recall 83,000 more Toyotas

Takata airbag recall more Toyotas
Extra Corolla and Yaris models are now in the queue of faulty Takata airbags THE Takata airbag crisis continues to deepen in Australia, with market leader Toyota this month adding another 82,756 Corolla, Yaris and Avensis models to its recall list – close to the number of replacements it was yet to complete at the end of June, according to figures released by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC). Car-makers affected by the Takata scandal are legally required to rep...
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Hyundai Palisade is on the Way

8 seater coming to Australia
8 Seat Flagship In Australia soon. Hyundai will be bringing a new flagship model to Australian shores in the near future, with the Palisade large SUV confirmed for local sale. Sitting above the Santa Fe, the Palisade will rival the likes of the Mazda CX-9, and Toyota Kluger for size, and offers genuine eight-person hauling ability just like the Toyota LandCruiser Prado. The Palisade was previously only build in left-hand-drive,...
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Hyundai Venue – Alternative to a Used SUV

A great cheap SUV
20 Sep 2019 Reviews Hyundai Venue - Cheap it is. Overall Rating Plus & Minus  Plus - Bold styling; refined ride and keen steering; spacious cabin; generous equipment  Minus - Lacklustre atmo engine; wind and road noise can be intrusive; tyres undersell chassis refinement The Wheels Verdict: The Venue is the cheapest SUV that we can recommend someone go out and spend money on and not feel guilty. While there are foibles, notably the gutless atmo engine,...
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New Supra on the Dragstrip

Toyota Supra on the dragstrip?
Against some worthy competitors? Toyota’s claimed 0-100km/h time for the new Supra is 4.3 seconds. That’s seriously quick. It’s identical to a Ferrari F40 or, if you want something a little more contemporary, a tenth quicker than a $218,800 Porsche Cayman GT4, the cover star of our August issue and, if certain other outlets are concerned, the greatest sports car ever conceived. The dyno plots for the A90 Supra also suggest that Toyota’s flagship coupe makes considerably mor...
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Australia’s S5000

Back to the Future This will be fun.......... Australia’s fastest racing category is set to launch this weekend, and you should be excited. Why? Well, because it’s exactly what racing fans have been baying for in numbers, with big power, big rubber, and an old-school ethos. The category is called S5000, and is intended to be a retro-inspired modern interpretation of the classic Formula 5000 category. Formula 5000 was a type of open-wheel race category that ran around t...
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Mazda 3 G25 GT Sedan Review

Mazda 3 GT sedan
Up-market GT sedan blends class and sportiness. Overall Rating Plus & Minus Plus - Upmarket interior; high spec level; engaging dynamics Minus - slow speed ride; cabin entry and egress; getting expensive The Wheels Verdict: The new 3 is a massive step forward for Mazda. Yes, it’s more expensive than before, but given the improvements to the product, the monetary increase feels about right. It seems those back at Mazda HQ have been taking lessons in German. ...
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Infiniti on Borrowed Time in Australia

Infiniti is on borrowed time
Late 2020 marks the demise of Nissan’s luxury brand in this country. Infiniti is on borrowed time. Infiniti will no longer sell cars in Australia following a shock announcement released today. The luxury offshoot of Nissan has struggled with sales in recent years, and will wind down its operations before withdrawing from the Australian market completely in late 2020. An official company press release states that withd...
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Hyundai i30 New or a used Focus RS

new or used?
New vs Used? Head vs Heart? Hot hatches can provide some of the biggest thrills of any performance car. Find the right road and they’re also devastatingly quick, something the two contenders here can attest. Hyundai’s first foray into the world of hot hatches came as a bit of a surprise – and not solely because of its South Korean badge. It’s more the fact that the i30 N is such a sorted product for something that’s considered genesis for the fledgling sporty N brand. ...
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RAV4 Edge vs Forester 2.5i-S Comparison

Rav 4 v Subaru Forester shoot out
Two of the heavy hitters face off. One of the main attractions of SUVs isn’t just the practical considerations of a tall seating position and easy access to the boot and rear seat, but the promise they make of being the versatile chariot capable of taking you and your family out into the great outdoors for a long weekend Not all SUVs are created equal in this regard, but here we’ve got two midsizers that are arguably the best equipped in their segment as dirt-friendly adventure m...
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Electric Cars – Are They Cleaner?

are electric cars cleaner?
Mythbuster - Electric vs Petrol. A report from Austrian electrification specialist AVL says that battery-electric vehicles have to travel at least 128,000km before their tailpipe-free emissions break even with new petrol cars. Speaking to Autoline Network, executive vice president for AVL, Uwe Grebe, said the company had finished a comprehensive study looking at the complete process of building and driving electric and petrol vehicles, measuring environmental impact and emissions...
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Best Service – Mazda Does It Again

Mazda top on Customer Service again
Four play: Mazda has topped the JD Power CSI rankings for the fourth year running. MAZDA has solidified its status as one of Australia’s best brands for after sales service with its fourth consecutive win in the JD Power Australia Customer Service Index (CSI) study. While many of the leading brands underneath Mazda have changed position compared to 2018, all recorded an increase in their respective satisfaction score by an average of 24 points in the study, which ranks the satisfaction lev...
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Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Review

Porsche Carrera 911 is getting heavy
Carrera 4S - a great drive - despite the weight Of all the sports cars on sale today, the one that least needs all-wheel drive is the Porsche 911. The weight of that 3.0-litre twin-turbo flat-six pressing down on the rear axle ensures incredible traction in both wet and dry conditions. Nevertheless, since 1989 the Carrera 4 has been a pivotal part of the 911 range, particularly in markets prone to snow and ice, and even in new 992 guise it provides a subtly different driving ...
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Tesla Model 3 – Was it Worth the Wait?

Tesla Model 3 - was it worth it?
Was it what we were waiting for? Overall Rating Plus & Minus  Plus - Powertrain strength and refinement; EV range; Capable of 250kW DC charging; service costs  Minus - Rear seat packaging; austere cabin ambiance; fit and finish; weight in hard driving The Wheels Verdict: The most affordable of Tesla’s now three-model-strong lineup demands you abandon preconceptions of how you interact with a car. The lack of conventional instruments, a purely screen-based use...
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Chevrolet C8 Corvette Offers Bang for Your Buck!

C8 Corvette is good value
and the natural competitors line up.... It’s not due into the country until later next year, but already the Chevrolet C8 Corvette has tongues wagging, and GM fans saving their pennies. As Wheels understands, the C8 Corvette will be priced between $150,000 and $170,000 when it arrives on our shores in right-hook form. This gives us a well-defined price bracket to play in when it comes to finding its natural rivals. Before we get into some on-paper comparisons, we nee...
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Defender Going “Nicer”

Landrover no longer a farmers vehicle
The new Defender will be more mainstream ... no longer a 'farmers' vehicle Land Rover says that the new Defender will speak to a new audience, though remain a capable four-wheel-drive. Softer new Defender no longer a ‘farmer’s vehicle’ What is Land Rover’s DNA? For many, it’s an automotive helix spun around the farmer’s truck; a four-wheel-drive that was more comfortable in the paddocks than posing down High Street - even though la...
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Secret supercharged V8 Cadillac in Australia

Holden could have a V8 sedan in its line-up once again, with the new CT5-V spotted testing in Victoria Maybe even a V8! This appears to be the first spotting of the upcoming V8-powered Cadillac CT5-V ‘Blackwing’ in Australia, with yet another of the US-brand’s vehicles seen testing around Victoria. MORE Possible Commodore replacement lands in Australia Could the rear-wheel-drive V8 Commodore make a comeback? Cadillac line-...
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A New Bathurst track – Rendering Revealed

new track coming
New renderings offer further insight into the development of an additional Bathurst track Plans to construct a second circuit at the famed Mount Panorama have moved a step closer with the Bathurst Regional Council (BRC) providing another look at the proposed track layout. Fresh images show the anticipated new motorsport facility, located in a valley south-west of McPhillamy Park, which is set to be built on a 200-hectare site containing undulating topography. UK firm Apex ...
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Hyundai Santa Fe Highlander 3rd Row Seat

Hyundai Santa Fe
Functionality and comfort make rear-row a peaceful exercise. For many families, the decision to upgrade to a seven-seat vehicle is taken soon after news of the impending arrival of a new addition. That third child never eventuated for us – unless you count a pampered and slightly deranged Cavoodle named Bailey – but the extra pew has always held some allure, if only for when extra kids or rellos need to be accommodated.   On the occasions when the Santa Fe’s third row has n...
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BMW Looks At Electric Future

BMW looks at electric cars for the future
The goal is to offer 25 electrified cars by 2025, but other alternatives are in play. You would be forgiven for thinking that widespread global electric vehicle adoption was little more than a fantasy, many decades from the faintest likelihood. But it’s a very different story in almost every other developed part of the world with all the mainstream manufacturers - including BMW - responding to an explosion in electrified vehicle demand. Last year, the German car maker an...
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2019 Electric Vehicle Megatest – an Introduction

are EV's worth buying?
Electric Vehicle: Yes or No? EV's ... Do we take the plunge yet? IF THIS is the future you can keep it. I’m watching punters pull up to the bowser at the Shell servo in Euroa, fill up and nip off. Meanwhile, I’m faced with a bank of out of commission chargers and a Jaguar I-Pace, a BMW i3, a Nissan Leaf and a Renault Zoe that need charging. Only one of the four DC chargers works. The high-capacity ABB chargers’ software won’t talk to the battery array. The Zoe can’t charge here at ...
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The VW Beetle is No More

Volkswagen Beetle Production Ends
THE FINAL VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE HAS ROLLED OFF THE PRODUCTION LINE 23m+ models later, the Beetle is no more VOLKSWAGEN is entering a new era as a car maker: for the first time since it restarted production after the Second World War, it won’t have a Beetle in its model range. Though the third-generation model you see here is only loosely connected to the original “people’s car”, the retirement of the long-running model brings to an end VW’s 81 year run of on-and-off Beetle production....
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