IN ESSENCE, THE SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME

It’s all down to striking design and leading-edge aerodynamics, says the Chinese manufacturer of the latest MG4 electric vehicle.that uses the innovative new Modular Scalable Platform that will underpin a new generation of MG EVs. Featuring rear-wheel drive, 50:50 weight distribution and thin battery technology, the MG4 was designed in London and is put together in state-of-the-art plants in several countries. The result is a hatchback that reflects the sporting tradition of the original post-war MGs and points the way for affordable versatile zero emission electric vehicles of the future…. Read more

EV3 WILL BE KIA’S SMALLEST ELECTRIC VEHICLE

Kia has released teaser images of its upcoming EV3, the brand’s new compact EV SUV. Around the same size as the Seltos SUV, the EV3 will be the 4th and smallest member of Kia’s EV range. Although complete images have yet to be released the EV3 is expected to be very similar to the EV3 Concept shown here at the 2023 Los Angeles Auto Show. Expected to sell from around $50k EV3 will take on existing compact SUVs such as the Kia Kona EV, BYD Atto3, GWM Ora and MG… Read more

MINI ACEMAN SET TO CHALLENGE CHINESE EVs

MINI Australia has announced details of its all-new Aceman fully-electric subcompact crossover SUV set to go on sale here in the fourth quarter of 2024. Aceman is MINI’s smallest SUV and its second EV after the recently-released Countryman SE. Built by Spotlight Automotive at its Jiangsu plant in China, Aceman is a joint venture between BMW and Great Wall Motor. The vehicle architecture of the new crossover model is based on a purely electric drive concept. At 4.07 metres long,1.75 metres wide and 1.5 metres high, Aceman will be positioned… Read more

CURTAIN UP ON QUICK-CHANGE ARTIST

  History has taken its time. But now the South Korean luxury car arm of Hyundai / Kia has put its foot on the accelerator, upgrading the GV60 electric sports utility vehicle just months after its debut Down Under. For the first time Genesis Connected Services gives access to a new level of safety and security conveniently through a smartphone, or embedded vehicle self-help, while on-air software gives owners wireless remote system updates. To add to this, Face Connect and Fingerprint Start lets users into the GV60 using facial recognition,… Read more

ABARTH 500E TURISMO FULLY ELECTRIC HATCH

The Abarth 500e Turismo looks the goods, flashy but at the same time restrained. It is described as the most responsive and exciting Abarth 500 ever, but we’ve heard that somewhere before. The real question and the one of most interest to buyers, is what does this electrified pocket rocket bring to the table over the cheaper, donor Fiat 500e? There’s Abarth badges, bigger wheels and sports body kit, and a bit more poke of course . . . but it’s not all gelato and espresso. Abarth 500e is offered… Read more

RENAULT 5 BACK WITH A BATTERY

It’s almost 40 years but the funky Renault 5 is back, reinvented to bring some sparkle to the world of compact electric vehicles. Due to go on sale in Europe later this year, Renault Australia is hoping to get its hands on the car for our market — but there’s no date yet. The original Renault 5 achieved more than 5.5 million sales across five continents, from 1972 to 1985. The Renault 5 E-Tech electric remains faithful to the 2021 […] Read more

VOLVO C40 RECHARGE

The C40 Recharge coupe and XC40 Recharge SUV are Volvo’s first dedicated electric vehicles. Both arrived here in June 2022 and were upgraded in July 2023. Both vehicles come with the choice of the Pure with a single rear-mounted motor or the Twin Pure which adds a second motor mounted at the front. Our test vehicle was the C40 Recharge Twin Pure. STYLING The C40 Recharge’s shape is relatively subtle and it doesn’t shout out that it’s an electric vehicle. From the front to the B-pillar it’s quite tall in… Read more

KIA EV9 GT-LINE AWD

Sounds too good to be true, but it is. EV9 is Kia’s latest and greatest wunderkind, an EV that seats seven and can travel more than 500km on a single charge. In the early days of the modern electric era, it was suggested that families would have two cars: a compact battery-electric vehicle for city use and larger, hybrid SUV for inter-urban travel. A decade later they’ve had a rethink and EVs of different shapes and sizes are becoming an increasingly common sight on our motorways, but we’ve still got… Read more

GOVERNMENT LAUNCHES INQUIRY INTO THE TRANSITION TO EVs

The Federal Parliament’s Standing Committee on Climate Change, Energy, Environment and Water has commenced an inquiry into the transition to electric vehicles. It’s taken far too long for Australian governments, both State and Commonwealth, to acknowledge the impact of EVs so the inquiry will be a welcome breakthrough and will hopefully address the numerous issues that new and future buyers are constantly raising. Chair of the Committee, Tony Zappia MP, said ‘Australian motorists are increasingly choosing EVs when purchasing a new car. The percentage of EVs sold is growing every… Read more