Utes have taken the Australian market by storm, with three of the top 10 selling vehicles now dual-cab utilities. Unfortunately for Mazda the BT-50 is not one of them, although in an embarrassing twist the donor Isuzu D-Max is – and therein lies the problem. Enter stage left the bigger, bolder and blacker BT-50 Thunder, a special edition designed right here, with parts manufactured here and available to buy only here. Thunder is geared with one object in mind, to attract attention — and hopefully dollars. Based on the $56,990… Read more

BMW 700

In 1957 BMW introduced the model 600 which was a four-seat alternative to the Isetta, a mini-car designed around a 247 cc BMW motorcycle engine. The 600 was a move in the direction of `real cars’ after Europe began to slowly return to normal following World War II when it became apparent that the market for semi-autos like the Isetta and Goggomobile was beginning to dry up. The 600 had a two-cylinder motorcycle engine and the first form of rear suspension with semi-trailing arms that became a normal engineering feature… Read more


Porsche is launching a new Platinum Edition of selected Cayenne models. This special- edition of the SUV is characterised by exclusive coordinated design elements in a satin Platinum paint finish as well as by additional standard equipment. The result is a particularly stylish appearance. Platinum Editions are available for the Cayenne with a system output of 250 kW, Cayenne E-Hybrid with a system output of 340 kW and Cayenne S with a system output of 324 kW, as well as the corresponding CoupĂ© variants. The refined and exclusive appearance of… Read more


If there were such a thing as automotive astrologers Hyundai would have claim to their effectiveness following wins for its Staria people mover, along with stablemate IONIQ 5 electric SUV, in the 2021 Good Design Awards. Winning features, the company claims, include a strikingly futuristic look to the Staria exterior, reminiscent of a spaceship, while a single line from front to back recreates the curve of light that illuminates the Earth’s horizon at sunrise when viewed from space. You’ve got to hand it to those South Koreans. A cruise ship-inspired… Read more


The Czech marque Skoda has secured its first large-scale order for police cars in Australia, with a fleet of 55 turbocharged all-wheel-drive Skoda Superb wagons to join the highway patrol. They will work alongside Western Australia’s highway patrol fleet of Kia Stinger twin-turbo V6 sedans. The Skoda Superb to be used by highway patrol in Western Australia is the same as a civilian car, but with one modification – an audio speaker in the cargo hold has been removed to make way for a second battery. Police cars place enormous… Read more


Kia has provided information on its next generation Niro, telling us that it demonstrates the company’s rapid progress in becoming a global sustainable mobility solutions provider. Based on the third-generation platform, the new Niro benefits from a larger body to provide more interior space and storage capacity. As is common in almost all new models the Niro’s dimensions have grown over its predecessor, with a length measuring 4,420mm, a width of 1,825mm, a height of 1,545mm, and a wheelbase of 2,720mm. It will be offered in several electrified powertrains with… Read more


The 2022 Genesis GV80 is now offered in a new six-seater Luxury Package along with specification upgrades across the range. The six-seater has individual second-row seats and dual 9.2-inch HD entertainment touchscreens. The Luxury Package for five- and seven-seater versions now includes an 18-way power- adjustable front passenger seat to match the driver’s. It also has the Ergo-motion massage functionality. Every 2022 GV80 model has revised safety, comfort and convenience features, as well as two individual second-row seats with power-slide function, wing-type headrests and a one- touch rest mode Its… Read more


Mitsubishi’s Outlander is back, bigger and boofier than ever – but all is not quite as it seems because the latest Outlander hides a Nissan X-Trail, the first time the Japanese brand has released a badge-engineered car. By the same token, it has just as much in common with the Renault Koleos, which also shares the same platform. It’s all a reflection of the fact Mitsubishi is part of the Nissan- Renault-Mitsubishi Alliance and has been for a long time, although it rarely gets a mention. Outlander is priced from… Read more


Those cheeky chaps from Monty Python may well have had the new IONIQ 5 in mind when they coined their “And Now For Something Completely Different” catch-phrase. A futuristically-styled mid-sized SUV, the IONIQ 5 is Hyundai’s first-ever dedicated battery- electric vehicle as distinct from the Kona SUV and IONIQ hatchback models which also come with hybrid and plug-in hybrid variants. Although it carries Hyundai badging, the SUV IONIQ 5 is the first vehicle from the Korean company’s new sub-brand and joins the luxury Genesis marque but with EV only models…. Read more

TOYOTA YARIS 2011 – 2020

2011 Toyota Yaris 2017 Toyota Yaris Toyota Yaris is the smallest model from the Japanese giant that’s sold in Australia. It’s one of the top sellers in its class so there are plenty on sale at any one time. Use this to your advantage by picking and choosing between those on offer. Yaris was introduced to Australia in 2005, in this review we are looking at the second generation that went on sale here in October 2011. It’s significantly larger and more refined than the ’05 model. The great majority… Read more