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 This has resulted in quite a few of the superseded HR-Vs being traded in on the new one.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

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 and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.

Further details regarding Australian specification, features and pricing will be released closer to the time of launch. No date has been announced for the timing at this stage.

When additional details of the Australian imports are announced we will bring these to you in a further news story.

 

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

MG LEADING THE WAY ON ELECTRIFICATION

MG Motor Australia has announced that it will fund the supply of up to 3,000 EV and PHEV charging stations in up to 1,000 locations around Australia within the next three years. Locations will include hotels, resorts and other businesses with the first 300 to 1000 set to be delivered inside 12 months. Interestingly, MG’s decision comes hot on the heels of prime minister, Scott Morrison’s pre-election promise to provide similar charging infrastructure over the same period. While Morrison stopped short of promising subsidies or tax concessions to reduce the… Read more

2021 GENESIS GV70 SPORT LINE

  South Korean car manufacturer Genesis has launched its GV70, a medium luxury SUV in Australia. It’s the company’s first vehicle in this class and has some interesting features both inside and out. There is a choice of three engines driving through an eight-speed automatic and either rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. Genesis GV70 offers eleven exterior colours, seven interior colours and four trim insert to let buyers have their individual preferences. The GV70 is available with an optional Sport Line Package and/or Luxury Package. The Sport Line Package was… Read more

FORD PUMA ST-LINE V

Electric vehicles have a fair way to go before they become realistic in the greater automotive world. In the meantime, the internal combustion engine is fighting a rearguard action in the battle to remain relevant. With steep pricing and limited range holding back the bright sparks of the planet-saving private car world, one such petrol-powered protagonist is the Ford Puma, a compact sports utility vehicle boasting a combined urban / highway fuel consumption of 5.3 litres per 100 kilometres, which puts almost 800 km of driving from its 42-litre fuel… Read more

GENESIS G80 3.5T AWD LUXURY

I remember driving the first Genesis when it arrived in Australia back in 2015. It wasn’t a Genesis then, but rather a model called Genesis from Hyundai, with Genesis wings on the front and a Hyundai badge on the back – just for good measure. I remember thinking: that’s a little confusing. Then: wow, this is really something. And later: but would you pay $70 grand for one? Fast forward and Genesis is now a separate luxury brand, much the same as Lexus is to Toyota, with a price tag… Read more

BRIGHT AND BUBBLY CITROEN C3 IS GREAT FUN TO DRIVE

With the relationship between France and Australia about to hit rock bottom – at least between their respective leaders – we thought it timely to test what is arguably the cutest small car on the market, the Citroen C3, before the trade war begins. Citroen has been in the automotive doldrums for several years but now, under its new importer, the well-established Inchcape Australia, is looking to get back into the game with some serious marketing clout. While city cars like the C3 are relatively scarce in Australia they are… Read more

SKODA FABIA 2011 – 2020

Skoda is one of the relatively minor players in the huge Volkswagen Group. This week we concentrate on the smallest model, the Fabia. Many are not aware that it uses many out-of-sight components as the Audi A1 and Volkswagen Polo. Fabia landed in Australia in October 2011 with a five-door hatchback sold as a standard model as well as an interesting Monte Carlo version. Aimed at stealing sales from the fashion conscious MINI the Monte offered customising, including different trim colours and the option of a roof in a different… Read more