29 Jan 2021

GM going fully electric by 2035? Nah

General Motors is driving the Chevy to the carbon-neutral levy. American automaker giant General Motors has announced a plan to go carbon neutral and produce no vehicles with traditional engines by 2035. The announcement lists a bevy of environmentally-motivated action plans such as using only renewable energy to power its

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30 Sep 2020

Is a manual performance SUV a bad idea?

SUVs continue to claim sales occupied by traditional passenger cars, but there’s a roadblock when it comes to hot hatch-style SUVs. Despite a populous hot hatch segment in Australia that is littered with manual-only options, we are snubbing the same thing on stilts. Ford Australia says we won’t get the

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04 Sep 2020

Car safety technology problems

How do we safely introduce a barrage of safety technology from many different suppliers into cars that can travel at 110km/h? It’s terrific that we have high automotive safety standards in Australia and features such as ABS and electronic stability control are mandatory in vehicles that are being sold to

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16 Apr 2020

Will the Mustang of pickup trucks come to Australia?

Which manufacturer will be the first to deliver a new pickup truck to Australia in right-hand drive? THERE WAS a little disappointment from some of our readers yesterday when HSV announced the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 would cost north of $110,000 in Australia before even considering on-road costs. It seems there

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Bike Sense allows cars and bike riders to get along
16 Dec 2019

Cyclists on the road in Australia – how we can all get along

Seems like some motorists don’t think cyclists should be allowed to ride on the road… Hmm. I love cars and I’m all in favour of cyclists sharing the road.

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14 Nov 2019

What’s the best piece of car advice you’ve ever been given?

It was Oscar Wilde who wrote, “I always pass on good advice. It is the only thing to do with it. It is never of any use to oneself.”

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06 Nov 2019

The more you say it’s true, the less we believe you

When it comes to naming a new car, just because you call a car something, doesn’t necessarily make it so…

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Does an adaptive gearbox really learn how you drive
30 Oct 2019

Does an adaptive gearbox really learn how you drive?

Thanks to car marketing hype plenty of people believe an adaptive gearbox can learn the way you drive, and it does but it’s not quite as cut and dried as all that.

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in-car etiquette
28 Oct 2019

Nine simple car etiquette rules

Most of us understand the importance of good manners in everyday life – not least of all because we’ve had them drummed into us from a young age…

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overtaking on highway
23 Oct 2019

The Australian Overtake… and why we shouldn’t be proud of it

There’s an overtaking manoeuvre unique to Australia, and it’s nothing to be proud of.

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2018 Ford Ranger Raptor
13 Feb 2018

Ford Ranger Raptor – Is it the answer to a question no-one asked?

The Ford Ranger Raptor is a new type of vehicle, but maybe there’s a reason this is an unexplored niche. 

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2018 Ford Ranger Raptor
09 Feb 2018

Why you’re all wrong about the new Ford Ranger Raptor

Early yesterday morning my phone rang, and the voice on the other end wasn’t happy about the new Ford Ranger Raptor… Here’s why my friend and you lot are wrong about it.

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Keep left unless overtaking
26 Dec 2017

Overtaking lanes… and why they’re dangerous?

Just the other day I was overtaken right at the end of an overtaking lane… it was dangerous. I got angry. But I was in the wrong.

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Audi naming structure creates confusion
25 Aug 2017

Audi causes confusion over naming system… for me

Earlier this week it was revealed Audi would name its model variants based on their output, but what they’ve come up with makes no sense at all.

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Why premium fuel is a waste of money for most cars
23 Jun 2017

Why claims of fuel economy improvements are a load of old cobblers…

Car makers claim they’re making big improvements to fuel economy and emissions, but it’s all a load of old cobblers, says Paul Horrell.

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