LEXUS ES 2013 – 2020

Late in 2013 a new generation Lexus ES was built on its own unique platform, previous models shared some underpinnings with Toyota models. Frontal styling was distinctly Lexus with its aggressive arrow-head spindle grille. The smooth, near silent ride and high-quality finish that had really impressed people since the earliest days of the Lexus LS400 was continued in the ES line. Perhaps it wasn’t quite as supremely smooth as its big brother, but the ES cost considerably less so has appealed to many. Thus, there are now quite a few… Read more

RENAULT ARKANA INTENS

The all-new Renault Arkana effectively replaces the short-lived Kadjar in Renault’s three-model SUV range, sitting between the compact Captur and the medium-large Koleos. It’s slightly larger than Kadjar in all exterior dimensions but with almost identical engine outputs. Renault Arkana comes in three variants: Zen, Intens and R.S. Line with the first two on sale now and the sportier looking R.S. due early 2022. There’s a single drivetrain combining a 1.3-litre four-cylinder turbo-petrol engine with seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and front-wheel drive. STYLING With its smoother sloping rear profile Renault is… Read more

ISUZU D-MAX X-TERRAIN

The X-Terrain is the hero of the Isuzu D-Max utility range. Bigger, bolder and ballsier, it’s right up there with the best of Aussie 4×4 utes. New D-Max is a big step forward from the previous model, more refined, better equipped and with an upmarket feel. It’s now one of the safest 4×4 utes on the road too, with a five-star crash rating and full array of driver assistance systems. STYLING D-Max is priced from $29,990 for the no frills, tradesman special. But X-Terrain with all the bells and whistles… Read more

POLESTAR 2 ELECTRIC CARS BEING SHOWCASED IN AUSTRALIA

In the lead-up to its January 2022 Australian on-sale date, Swedish electric performance brand Polestar, has announced both the opening of customer reservations, and the start of its Australian roadshow to showcase the all-electric Polestar 2 and provide consumer test drive opportunities. The roadshow test drive events started in Sydney in mid-November followed by events in Melbourne and the Gold Coast in December, and Brisbane in February 2022. The events enable Australian consumers to test drive the Polestar 2 ahead of the scheduled roll-out of permanent Polestar Spaces and Destinations… Read more

11th GENERATION HONDA CIVIC

Honda Australia has announced pricing and specifications for its 11th generation Civic. Initially it will be offered as a single, highly specified VTi LX grade powered by an uprated 1.5-litre turbo-petrol four-cylinder engine producing 131 kW of power and 240Nm peak torque, driving the front wheels through a continuously variable transmission. It will have a national drive-away price of $47,200. Other models will follow later and we will publish information on them when they announced. When compared to the specification of the outgoing Civic VTi-LX, the new model has extra… Read more

HONDA HR-V 2015 – 2020

Honda HR-V has been on sale in Australia since on and off since 1999. We will start our used car checkout in models from February 2015 when a totally new HR-V arrived. That 2015 model was replaced by a virtually all-new model in early 2021. This has resulted in quite a few of the superseded HR-Vs being traded in on the new one. So, dealer may have found themselves overstocked with the older models and therefore keen to clear them. Meaning prices may have been dropped to clear them. While… Read more

HYUNDAI i30 SEDAN N

The Hyundai i30 Sedan N has been launched in Australia. It’s the first time we have seen a sedan here, all previous models have been hatchbacks. It’s powered by a 206kW, 392Nm turbo-petrol 2.0-litre engine that has a sedan-specific flow-optimised intake air box. A motorsport-derived N automatic is standard, with a six-speed manual offered as a no-cost option. There are also 19-inch alloys and Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tyres. The N brake package has a new response-enhancing Brake Prefill function. The 10.25-inch N Supervision instrument cluster and 10.25-inch satellite navigation… Read more

UPDATED SUZUKI S-CROSS

In a major global online event Suzuki has provided details of its latest S-Cross small SUV due to launch globally in 2022. The global release says the powertrain will use the Suzuki 1.4 litre direct injection turbo-petrol engine. It will drive through an AllGrip Select 4X4 System. It will have a 9-inch display audio with smartphone connectivity, wireless charging, and a 360-view camera to. Safety is a major feature with the S-Cross adopting Suzuki Safety Support, featuring Automatic Emergency Braking, Lane Departure Warning and Prevention, Weaving Alert, Blind Spot Monitor… Read more

PORSCHE 718 CAYMAN GT4 RS

The Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS is the new flagship model in the 718 family. It’s an uncompromising driver’s car with lightweight construction, sophisticated aerodynamics and sporting soundtrack. On the Nurburgring Nordschleife it outperformed its sibling, the 718 Cayman GT4, by more than 23 seconds. That’s a huge difference. The naturally-aspirated flat-six engine, familiar from the 911 GT3 Cup racing car and the 911 GT3 series production model revs as high as 9,000 rpm. Compared to the 718 Cayman GT4, the 718 Cayman GT4 RS has an extra 59 kW… Read more

MAZDA CX-5 GT SP 2.5T AWD

Mazda is currently the second largest car retailer in Australia. But it’s interesting to note, not one of its models finished in the top 10 sales list last month. That may or may not be a good thing, as it means the company does not have all its eggs in the one proverbial basket. On the other hand, the mid-sized CX-5 has been the biggest selling SUV in Australia on many occasions, which begs the question — has it fallen out of favour? Released in 2021 the CX-5 GT SP… Read more