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BMW 128ti – Happy Days

BMW 128ti
Front Wheel Drive in a BMW - Fear Not 8.5/10Score SCORE BREAKDOWN Things we like Great chassis Strong engine It’s heaps of fun Not so much Lack of active cruise odd Tight rear seat Some options expensive If you don’t think we’re living in a golden age of small hot hatches, let me give you a quick rundown of what you can buy today – the new Golf GTI Mk8, the Ford Focus ST, the Renault Megane RS, the Honda...
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Semi-conductor Shortage is Ongoing

Semi-conductor Shortage is Ongoing
The global chip supply issue is dragging on. The ongoing worldwide semi-conductor chip shortage is projected to drag on into 2022, according to Stellantis CEO Carlos Tavares. As the head of the world's fourth-largest automotive manufacturer, Tavares has seen first-hand what the effect has been on production. In June, Stellantis's plant in Mexico had to stop work due to a lack of parts. Speaking at an Automotive Press Association event in Detroit, US, yesterday, Tavares sai...
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Porsche Cayenne GTS Coupe Reveal

Porsche Cayenne GTS Coupe Reveal
The coupe-SUV will not appeal to everyone. SCORE BREAKDOWN Things we like Return of the V8! Benchmark SUV dynamics Comfortable, quality interior Not so much Looks an acquired taste Options can swell price significantly Too heavy for ultimate thrills Remember when Porsche offered just two models? Ho, what simple times they were. These days manufacturers, particularly those of a premium persuasion, scramble to fi...
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New 2022 Forester

The new 2022 Forester
Genuine enhancements Snapshot Fifth-gen Forester launched in 2018 Update brings comfort and exterior changes Due to hit Australia this November Subaru has confirmed details of its freshened-up 2022 Forester range, updating the model which first hit Aussie shores in 2018. Pricing now kicks off at $35,990 for the entry-level car, a slight increase over the 2021 model’s $35,190. Safety has been bolstered, with lane centring, lane departure prevention, and autonomous...
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Crew-cab Off-road Shoot-out

We take 11 utes from Ford, GWM, Isuzu, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Jeep, SsangYong, and Toyota, and put them through the ultimate off-road comparison test
Eleven utes from around the world fight it out in a Crew-cab Off-road Shoot-out Four-wheel drives are meant to be used off-road, so we devised a comprehensive off-road test loop to see which dual-cab ute was the most capable in low-range 4x4. Our test course was made up of mud, steep hill climbs and descents, rutted out wombat holes and a water crossing as well as some faster corrugations to gain an understanding of how each ute held together over traditional Australian off-r...
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Electric Vehicle & Hybrid Tax in Victoria

tax on EV's in Victoria
VicRoads implements road user tax commencing 1st July 2021 Snapshot New road user tax for EV and PHEVs coming into effect on July 1 Government argues it is needed to get money back from EV subsidies Car industry disagrees with strategy From next month, electric vehicle owners in Victoria must send the state's highway authority photos of their car's odometer to record how far they've travelled or face having their rego cancelled. On July 1, the Victorian ...
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Apple CarPlay and Android Auto – The Basics

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are designed to allow you to stay connected with your hands on the wheel and eyes on the road.
Most Car Manufacturers now have these fitted or plan to do so. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are designed to allow you to stay connected with your hands on the wheel and eyes on the road. It wasn't that long ago that having a CD stacker in your car was considered high-tech, when the thought of switching seamlessly from Eminem to Green Day, with U2 and the Red Hot Chilli Peppers thrown in to the mix, had you jumping into the driver's seat at even the sniff o...
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Opinion: Electric Vehicle Reality Check

the reality of EV's
One manufacturer speaks out. Don't think they are alone. If you have been paying attention, and I’m sure some of you do, you would have seen a report that Toyota Australia’s sales and marketing supremo Sean Hanley has issued a word of caution regarding the push for the faster take-up of electric vehicles. Hanley’s words were a rare, sensible and reasoned voice in a discussion that’s often far from sensible or reasoned. See, the trouble is, EVs aren’t just a new automot...
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Delays in Car Deliveries Continue

car deliveries are still delayed
The "Chips are Down" for Car Deliveries ELECTRONIC chips may be the size of a fingernail, but their miniscule dimensions belie their ability to bring the global car production to its knees. Global consulting firm AlixPartners estimated last month that car-makers will lose about $US110 billion ($A142b) of sales this year due to the shortage of semiconductors, almost double an earlier projection. Tesla boss Elon Musk this...
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Fuel Consumption Sticker – is it indicative?

Fuel consumption needs to be reviewed
A recent Mitsubishi court case has highlighted the issue! Snapshot Test lab to real world economy difference can be over 50 per cent ADR testing standards have remained unchanged since 2001 Manufacturers complying with regulations despite large gap If you've purchased a new car, you may have seen the label in the corner of the windscreen, showing the vehicle's fuel consumption and Carbon Dioxide (CO2) emissions, both of which are designed to help inform prospective buy...
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States Taxing Electric Vehicles

States may tax EV's
Victoria, South Australia and, it appears NSW, plan to introduce a type of road usage tax for EVs. Need to Know: EVs to be charged 2.5c/km PHEVs will be charged 2.0c/km Critics argue it is too soon to tax EVs Federal Liberal MP calls to scrap EV taxes UPDATE: March 17 2021 - The Victorian Government is pushing ahead with its contentious EV tax, announcing it is tabling legislation into Parliament to introduce the new charging framework. As announced in the 20...
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Porsche Taycan 4S

Porsche Taycan 4S
The much anticipated Porsche EV graces our shores. If you were taking bets on which manufacturer would not just dip a toe but dive headfirst into the world of electric vehicles then you would have got long odds with Porsche, but here we are with the first Australian drive of the Porsche Taycan 4S. It provides the first real competition to Tesla in the zero-emissions luxury performance market, claiming to offer rocketship acceleration, equally brisk charging times, a long battery ra...
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Semiconductor Shortage Crippling Car Supply

Chip makers favouring phone manufacturers
Chip makers favouring computer and smart phone manufacturers.   UPDATE 02/03/21: While many car manufacturers are struggling through a semiconductor chip shortage forcing long production delays, Hyundai has emerged unfazed by the global issue. Sources assert, according to Reuters, that the Hyundai Motor Group (including Kia) kept up its purchasing of semiconductor chips last year, while other manufacturers such as Volkswagen...
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Mazda CX-9 vs Kia Sorento: Seven-seater SUV comparison

Mazda CX-9 vs Kia Sorento
We judge two of the best. There are plenty of things in this life on which you can’t put a price, but space is not one of them. Virgin Galactic reckons it can help you join the 62-mile-high club for $250,000, while back here on earth, we’re calling it 20 grand, give or take, for the regular kind of space. That’s the rough difference between what Mazda charges for its top-spec all-wheel-drive five-seater Mazda CX-5 and its bigger brother you s...
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2020 Kia Cerato – Value

Kia Cerato 2020
Pluses & Minuses Pro - Comfortable; pleasant to drive; auto-braking as standard; great GT version Con - Lacklustre engine in non-GT versions; worse fuel economy than previous model The Pick: 2021 KIA Cerato GT 5D Hatchback What stands out? The Kia Cerato hatch and sedan have stylish cabins, strong infotainment suite, and drive nicely, with all versions featuring some kind of autonomous emergency braking and seven-year warranty. The range is topped by a ...
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Porsche Panamera

Porsche Panamera
Details for Porsche’s new limousine After a little bit of teasing and a Nurburgring lap record claim, the new 2021 Porsche Panamera has finally been revealed in all its limousine glory. With a broad launch model range, the new Panamera builds upon the previous model with extensive updates, upgrades, and facelifts. Porsche has no less than 12 variants of the new Panamera from launch, accounting for different drivetrains and body styles, from the base ‘Panamera’ model thou...
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Dual Cabs Utes in Australia

Dual Cabs in Australia
These days you could be well advised to ignore brand loyalty and you’ll see that some dual-cab utes are worthy of your attention. Despite significant challenges, this year is quickly becoming the best opportunity to buy a brand new car at a cut-rate price we've seen in a long time. If you’re interested in getting the most bang for your hard-earned bucks in the dual-cab 4x4 space, it pays to look past the industry’s top-ranked pairing of Ford’s Ranger and the Toyota HiLux. ...
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2020 Toyota HiLux SR5 – Review

Toyota HiLux SR5 review
Has Toyota done enough? What is the Toyota HiLux SR5? The Toyota HiLux is, by some odd twists of fate, one of Australia’s best-selling vehicles, despite the fact that it’s far from the perfect family vehicle. Built tough to endure mine sites and construction jobs, the HiLux’s most popular variant is the 4x4 dual-cab ute. Formerly residing firmly at the top of the heap, the four-door, five-seat HiLux is now kept honest by the likes of the Ford Ranger, with upstarts like the Mit...
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Tesla Driver Collides With Police Car While Watching Movie on Autopilot

Facebook Twitter Google Plus Mail This is the second time in the space of a month that a Tesla driver has crashed while using the Autopilot autonomous driving feature
Twice in a month that a Tesla driver has crashed while using the Autopilot autonomous driving feature. It seems like there’s no end to the number of drivers taking Tesla’s Autopilot at its word, with two drivers crashing in the space of a month in the US while using the semi-autonomous driving software. The most recent crash involved a driver watching a movie while driving, who subsequently drove straight into a highway patrol car that was stationary on the side of a North Carolina...
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Electric Cars Are Too Expensive To Make

Electric Cars are too expensive to make
Dyson spent a billion and gave up.....and Tesla burns billions.....   It sits beneath a dust cover in the back of a hangar in Hullavington, UK. James Dyson’s billion-dollar folly is an SUV with seven seats, sleek styling, some beautiful interior design quirks, a claimed range of 965km and no viable business case. See - Dyson's Electric Car Not Viable “Electric cars are very expensive to make. The battery, battery management, electronics and cooling are much more expens...
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Get Your Car Ready for Baby

Get your car ready for baby
These suggestions should help you to prepare your car. There’s no shortage of things to consider when you start a new family. You’ve got to stock up on clothes and nappies, decorate the nursery, childproof the house, find a paediatrician, check out child care centres and join a parents’ group. Phew! But what about the car? Here’s a simple guide to getting your car ready for when your tiny bundle of joy arrives. Car seat selection One of the most important decisions you can make...
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Prevent Car Theft

Stop the thieves
Cars are stolen in Australia at an alarming rate. Let's make it more difficult for the thieves...... According to the latest figures from the National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council, Australian car thefts increased by 9.0 percent in 2019, with more than 58,000 vehicles stolen nationwide. A majority of the thefts - nearly 30 percent - were reported in Victoria, Queensland has the unenviable title of second with nearly a quarter of the national figure, while New South Wales repr...
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Electric Car Not Viable

Dyson stops electric car plans
James Dyson cancels his electric car program James Dyson had a dream of producing an electric car - and if anyone could do it, it would be genius Englishman who reinvented the vacuum industry. It wasn't too be, however, with the billionaire pulling the pin late in 2019. Here he talks about the Battery Electric Car and what went wrong. "In 1983, early in the development of my cyclonic technology which separates particulate from an air stream, I visited a spinout company from the...
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Porsche Cayman GT4 Review

Porsche’s Cayman GT4
How Porsche’s Cayman GT4 shot for the moon but missed Perfection may well have to wait for the sharpest scalpel in Porsche’s portfolio Overall Rating Plus & Minus Plus - Stunning chassis; gutsy powerplant; aggro styling; capable on both road and track Minus - Hideous gear ratios; so-so acoustics; starting to feel a little dated inside; expensive The Wheels Verdict: The Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 isn’t without some fairly fundamental caveats, but the majo...
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BMW – and Electric Vehicles

BMW hybrid vehicle
BMW believe Australia's not ready yet..... Plug-in hybrid is the strategy for now. Once seen as something of a halfway house en route to pure electric vehicles, plug-in hybrid (PHEV) technology is not only ‘right’ for the current market, but in demand with buyers. Speaking with Wheels at BMW Welt in Munich, Dr Heinz Treseler, who forms part of the powertrain team for the X5 PHEV, said that while EVs might be the future, they account for a tiny percentage of overall sales...
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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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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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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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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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