Nissan: Nissan: 2014 Qashqai Ti review

Nissan Qashqai Ti 2014 front quarter

‘It’s OK’ and ‘I’m fine’ are the two most common lies spoken in the world, so if I say about this new Nissan Qashqai Ti ‘it’s OK’, am I lying? Let’s find out.

The Qashqai is Nissan’s fairly handsome crossover SUV. It’s not a plastic surgery failure like the smaller Juke, and it cuts a chiselled line that’s more in proportion than the bigger Murano SUV. The Ti is the top-of-the-line Qashqai, with the range starting at the $35,990 ST. Continue reading “Nissan: 2014 Qashqai Ti review” »

BMW: BMW: 2014 M4 Coupe review

BMW M4 Coupe 2014 front quarter

The M4 is like someone took my shopping list, bought everything on it but on impulse sneaked in an extra packet of bacon. And I like bacon. It’s got the power and the noise, the looks and the toys to keep me happy. I don’t need rear seat practicality and I will put up with the tight squeeze in the boot because this is a coupe and that’s what coupes do: they make compromises in carrying capacity in order to look nicer. Continue reading “BMW: 2014 M4 Coupe review” »

News: GT-F Falcon auction benefits Aussie cancer charity


Two Ford Falcon GT-F sedans have sold at auction for AUD $393,700 — more than twice their regular selling price — with the proceeds going to the National Breast Cancer Foundation of Australia.

Bidding for car number 001 and car number 500, of a batch of 500 vehicles for Australia; another 50 have been set aside for New Zealand, started on auction website eBay a week ago.

When the final bids came in at 8pm (AEST) on Sunday August 24, car 001 sold for AUD $157,600 while car 500 went under the hammer for AUD $236,100. Continue reading “GT-F Falcon auction benefits Aussie cancer charity” »

News: Dunedin dealer gunning for Daytona final

EmmaGilmourCharlotteWhile a summer of racing winds down for most of the European and United States-based Red Bull Global Rally Cross drivers in Florida this weekend – for Dunedin Suzuki dealer principal Emma Gilmour, coming from a cool Dunedin winter, the season is just heating up.

Round six of ten will be held at the Daytona International Speedway and could well be a high-attrition affair as drivers and teams look to enter their month-long break, before the Los Angeles double round (September 20 – 21).

Gilmour will have her elbows out, jostling with the best of them, as she attempts to muscle her way into her first final driving her 600hp Hyundai Veloster Turbo. Continue reading “Dunedin dealer gunning for Daytona final” »

News: Ford’s SYNC2 coming in November


New Ford owners will be able to literally talk to their car as Ford has announced its second generation version of its in-car information and entertainment system, SYNC 2, which will hit Australian roads later this year in the Ford Falcon and Territory.

SYNC2 is controlled by voice, along with commands issued through an 8-inch, high-resolution touchscreen in the car’s dashboard. The driver can control the car’s entertainment system, climate control, satellite navigation and linked mobile devices – like compatible smartphones and tablets – with voice commands.

New introductions to the system include pushing the voice control button and saying “I’m hungry” to bring up a list of local restaurants. Drivers and occupants can use SYNC2 to call up the restaurant to make a reservation, then provide guidance to the location with turn-by-turn directions. Continue reading “Ford’s SYNC2 coming in November” »

News: New Ford lab enables virtual walk-arounds

FiVE-labFord has unveiled its new Ford immersive Vehicle Environment (FiVE) lab in Melbourne, which will enable designers to build a full-size virtual car and enable them to perform virtual walk-arounds such as customers will do at dealerships.

Earlier this year, Ford Australia initiated a second round of investment into its virtual reality centre, which was originally launched in 2012.

The overhaul updated the lab’s hardware and software, including a move to new photo-realistic virtual-reality software (VRED), and expanded motion-tracking equipment equivalent to that used in the animation and gaming industry. Continue reading “New Ford lab enables virtual walk-arounds” »

News: Volvo Polestar cars support dealer cancer charity


Sydney Motorsport Park will this weekend see the return of the Volvo S60 V8 Supercar for the Sydney 400 at Eastern Creek.

The Volvo Polestar Racing cars driven by Robert Dahlgren and Scott McLaughlin will feature a Cure Brain Cancer logo on their bonnets this weekend as a part of Volvo Car Australia’s partnership with the brain cancer research foundation, founded by Dr Charlie Teo.

The partnership has so far generated over $1 million via Volvo Car Australia’s Dealer Network, an occasion which was celebrated recently in Sydney. Continue reading “Volvo Polestar cars support dealer cancer charity” »

News: New Legacy and Outback are top US safety picks


Subaru’s new generation Legacy and Outback have received the highest safety ranking in testing conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) in North America.

Both cars have been awarded “Top safety pick+” status – along with the “superior” rating for front crash prevention for versions equipped with Subaru’s EyeSight driver assist system. EyeSight variants earned the maximum six out of six points for front crash prevention.

The results mean Subaru now has seven models that have earned 2014 safety awards from IIHS – four with ‘Top Safety Pick’ and three with ‘Top Safety Pick+’. Continue reading “New Legacy and Outback are top US safety picks” »