MITSUBISHI OUTLANDER EXCEED

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

IONIQ 5 IS A FUTURISTIC ELECTRIC VEHICLE

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

MAZDA MX-30 E35 ASTINA ELECTRIC

We were supposed to get the Mazda MX-30 Electric a few weeks ago, but someone forgot to charge it. The plan was to drive from Sydney’s Alexandria to Cameron Park near Newcastle, a distance of about 160km. The MX-30 has a claimed fully-charged range of 224km, so it was eminently doable – or so we thought. Just in case, we had identified the location of some fast, commercial DC chargers along the route. Priced from $65,490, Mazda MX-30 Electric is the latest in a growing selection of electric vehicles (EVs)… Read more

2022 ISUZU D-MAX RANGE EXPANDED

Isuzu UTE Australia has introduced an updated 2022 D-MAX SX Single Cab Chassis 4×2 which is priced from $29,990 drive away. The importers say, “It’s available with the new RZ4E-TC 1.9-litre turbo-diesel engine, the SX Single Cab Chassis is set to be the pragmatic choice of tradesmen, commercial operators and fleet drivers that prioritise maximum payload capacity, fuel efficiency and low operating costs. “Born out of necessity, the humble tray-back utility has been the driving force across Australian farms and worksites for decades and we are proud to have been… Read more

RALLYE ROUND, LADS, YARIS, HAS GONE WILD

Who’d have thought it: when the Yaris, the replacement for the Echo light hatch in 2005, emerged, that 16 years later the mousey Toyota mini would be tearing up rally tracks around the world. Enter the track-ready GR Yaris Rallye, a high-performance sports car that, according to Toyota Australia Vice President Sales and Marketing, Sean Hanley, is almost the closest you can get to the Yaris World Rally Car without joining our World Rally team. Based on the GR Yaris three-door hatch, the Rallye shapes up with lightweight components and… Read more

2022 CITROEN C4 SHINE

Citroen Australia has added the latest generation C4 to its model range. Initially only one model is coming Downunder, the Shine variant. Should it be successful it’s likely that we will see other models coming here. New Citroen C4 Shine is 4355mm long with a 2670mm wheelbase. It’s 1525mm tall and 1800mm wide. This puts it up against the Kia Seltos, Mazda CX-30, as well as another French car the Peugeot 2008. STYLING In a clever move, the new Citroen C4 blends SUV characteristics with hatchback versatility and coupe styling…. Read more

SUBARU OUTBACK AWD TOURING

With Liberty’s departure, Outback is now flagship of the Subaru range — but not the most expensive. That dubious honour goes to the hard-edged, high-performance version of the WRX sporty — the STI spec.R. But I know which one I’d rather have. My wife reckons the latest Outback is a corker too. About the only thing missing is a third row of seats. In fact, there’s no seven-seater in the entire Subaru range which is a bit strange — not since the Tribeca people mover in 2013. We drove the… Read more

2021 PORSCHE TAYCAN TURBO S

The German car makers are all very serious about the need to lower the emissions of greenhouse gases, so are working hard on reducing them by designing electric vehicles. As a high-performance marque Porsche is one of the leaders in the field. Hence the introduction of the all-electric Taycan high-performance sedan – yes sedan, this is a four-door family car, not a two-door coupe. Porsche tells us the name Taycan is composed of two terms of Turkic origin and can be roughly translated as “soul of a spirited young horse.”… Read more

GENESIS GV80 3.0D AWD

Launched late in 2020, the Genesis GV80 is the luxury Korean car maker’s first SUV. Since then, the smaller GV70 and GV60 have been added in rapid succession, as the brand continues to evolve. As the most expensive model in a range that now comprises two sedans and three SUVs, GV80 assumes the mantle of flagship of the range. It’s designed to go head-to-head with the likes of Lexus and Volvo as well as lower echelon offerings from the Germans. Although it carries a three-figure price, it’s targeted at buyers… Read more

KIA BRAND MAKES ITS MARK, BUT . . .

Is it not unchallengeable that a car with a name like a wood-fired Italian pizza – Cerato – should come in for some spicing up, especially if it takes on a ‘sport’ suffix? The proof of the pudding, as they say, is in the eating and in the case of the upgraded small hatch and sedan from Kia it sadly falls short of sporting expectations. In line with its recent rebranding, Kia has juggled, sort of, what had become its best-selling vehicle. Four models – S, Sport, Sport + and… Read more