GREASED LIGHTNING: AUDI EV STRIKES

It’s not the destination, it’s the journey, so the saying goes: and there is no better way to sum up Audi’s new all-electric supercar, the RS e-tron GT. With a limited top speed of 250km/h (the destination) and a sprint from zero to 100 kilometres per hour (the journey) in 3.3 seconds in boost mode, both are unlikely to be called on in full off track. Claimed is a range of 488km (WLTP). However, this is no scary monster on the high street. Around town, the sleek grand tourer is… Read more

HONDA CR-V E:HEV RS

The Honda CR-V e:HEV isn’t the Japanese company’s first petrol-electric hybrid. It’s the latest in a long line of hybrids that started with the cutting-edge, two-seat Insight way back in 2001. But the CR-V e:HEV (it’s a mouthful) has a big role to play as Honda fights to find a place in the new order of things that started with the move to SUVs, then the swing to electric vehicles and finally the arrival of the Chinese — in full force. You might say it’s time to shape up or… Read more

LONG WAY ROUND FOR SANTA FE

Millennials and Gen-Xers are not noted for being fans of the great outdoors, or so I thought, but according to research neither is averse to channelling a touch of Tarzan of the Jungle. With this in mind, Hyundai has come up with the ‘Open to More’ concept of expanding customers’ experiences by connecting inside with the outside. Enter the fifth-generation Santa Fe, a spacious and well-equipped SUV with fuel-saving hybrid technology. A triple-trim line-up is out to appeal to the young tech-savvy Tarzan or Jane with curved panoramic instrument display,… Read more

HONDA CIVIC TYPE-R

Honda’s hot hatch is a car that never seems to lose its appeal. It’s probably the closest thing we mere mortals will ever get to a Ferrari-like driving experience. The Type-R goes hard, stops hard and is engineered to thrill, but is not a car that will appeal to everyone. And at $73K price creep threatens to put it beyond the reach of the very group of drivers at which it is targeted. STYLING Priced from $73,600 driveway, the Type R has gone up $1000 since we last tested it…. Read more

HONDA CR-V VTi L7 REVIEW

  Introduced in July last year the sixth-generation and latest CR-V is targeted at families. The concept has been further refined with styling that is more sophisticated and some might say sporty, with particular attention to the cabin. With Chinese competitors knocking on the door, Honda has been forced to cut costs, discarded dealers and moved to a fixed price, ‘haggle-free’ sales structure. It has also seen the emergence of a more premium lineup, but with a price tag to match. STYLING Prices start from $43,900 driveaway for the five-seat,… Read more

CANNON FIRES FIRST SHOT IN HEAVY ARTILLERY EV CAMPAIGN

The GWM Cannon has become the first full electric utility in Australia, the Alpha Ultra Hybrid muscling in between the Ford Ranger, Toyota HiLux and Isuzu D-Mac and the full-sized pick-ups from Chevrolet, Ford, Ram and Toyota. The Cannon dual cab flagship also strengthens GWM’s New Energy Vehicle strategy, becoming the brand’s sixth NEV offering following the Jolion Hybrid, Tank 300 and 500 hybrids and Ora EV. Coming in three variants with a 2.4-litre turbocharged diesel engine, or 2-litre turbo petrol motor, the latter linked with a hybrid powertrain, all… Read more

VOLVO EX30 OFF ON POWER WALK

With the new EX30 electric SUV Volvo appears to be walking the talk toward its being a solely electric vehicle manufacturer by 2030. The Chinese owned Swedish automobile maker ms its smallest sport utility vehicle has the smallest carbon footprint of any Volvo to date. The EX30, the company claims, is the most sustainable model it has produced, with its leather-free interior featuring recycled and renewable materials such as flax, wool, and denim upholstery, the last made from waste fibres of denim recycling. At the heart of the EV is… Read more

LEXUS LM 350H AWD SPORTS LUXURY

Back in the old days people thought the world was flat. They thought that if you sailed far enough you would eventually fall off the edge. Lexus engineers seem to think the same thing, because the front doors of its new LM people mover won’t stay open on a slope. Then there’s the heavy, power-operated, second-row seats which won’t move forward and stay forward to access to the third row when the vehicle is also parked on a slope. For a luxury vehicle with a price tag to match, it’s… Read more

ALFA ROMEO TONALE VELOCE PLUG-IN HYBRID Q4

Alfa’s top of the line Tonale SUV is a plug-in hybrid and costs nearly $20,000 more than its nearest stablemate. For this money, you get a vehicle that can run on electricity alone for a distance of up to 60km Named after a mountain pass in Northern Italy, it is a little brother to the mid-sized Stelvio – but like Stelvio can seat five. Tonale sits on the same platform as the Jeep Compass and a re-badged, re-styled version is also sold as the Dodge Hornet in the United States…. Read more