Isuzu clearly knows when it’s onto a good thing. Riding on the D-Max’s wave of success – which is up 30 percent year on year – the Japanese brand will launch its first SUV, the MU-X, in Australia next month. And we’ve been driving it.
You won’t find ‘Race Start’ on the new Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG. The launch-control technology that helps make the smaller E63 AMG the fastest accelerating sedan in Wheels’ history is ignored in the still supercar-fast S63.
When the words ‘cross country’ appear on a vehicle, there’s an immediate issue in managing expectations. Volvo’s new V40 derivative suffers from just such a challenge.
Stone motherless last. Not a position you really want to find yourself, unless, say, you’re a guest of the Americans in Guantanamo Bay and there’s a lengthy cue for a go on the water board.
The world has gone small-SUV mad. In markets all over the globe, the satchel-sized Sport Utility Vehicle has become the hottest thing since sleeve tattoos and manufacturers can’t keep up with demand.
This is a slightly sad, mildly embarrassing thing to admit, but sometimes - very rarely - the unveiling of a car can make all the hair on my body stand up and dance.
The day when cars can assess your mood as you're driving and react accordingly – playing Gregorian chants, or birdsong when you're stressed, sending mild electric shocks to your crotch when you're sleepy – is fast approaching, but I didn't realise it was already here.
So many performance Commodores over the last 20 years haven’t cut it as track cars. But those days are over.
If you like it hardcore, you’ll see the light
Find something it can’t do. Go on, try...
Call it facelift is you must, but the "new generation" Mercedes-Benz E-Class range has just lobbed into Oz with a bold new look, gutsier and more efficient engines, richer updated interiors, higher levels of standard equipment, better value and a raft of cutting-edge tech that brings (albeit very limited) autonomous driving to local terra firma. It's a direct response, Merc-Benz says, to customer wants of more aggression, power and technology in their Es.
In Hyundai-speak, it’s the “Local Model Expansion Strategy.” For us, the first result of a more adaptable product-development approach is the i30 SR, a warm hatch that is (for the moment) unique to Australia.
Mercedes-Benz has no excuses for not being at the top of the four-seat convertible game. It’s been at it for more than 100 years and its 2014 E500 Cabriolet is now cleaner looking, faster, more economical and far, far safer.
Peugeot has resurrected GTi badge and has created a cracking compact hot hatch worthy of wearing it.
Audi SQ5. Finally, a mid-size SUV with balls.
An outward display of raw fear is not an attractive quality in a man, so it’s a good thing I wear a strong poker-face.
It seems like just yesterday, because it was, that we were telling you about how strange it was of Jaguar to put its savagely tuned 5.0-litre V8 in its XJ limo to create the XJR.
Making a super sporty version of a luxury limousine may make as much sense as putting wheels on a king size bed, but that doesn't stop car companies from doing it.