Category: diesel

Toyota Landcruiser VX: an Oldie but a goodie

Toyota Landcruiser VX: an Oldie but a goodie

2019 Toyota Landcruiser 200 VX review Which car is it? Landcruiser began life as a humble 4X4 in 1951. It had rubber mats and was 100% utilitarian. In 2008, the Landcruiser 200 series was born. Since then it has been lavished with updates in comfort, technology, and capability. Models are GX, GXL, VX and the … Continue reading Toyota Landcruiser VX: an Oldie but a goodie

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Ford’s Venerable Titanium Everest

Ford’s Venerable Titanium Everest

In recent years, LCVs (light commercial vehicles) like Ford’s Ranger, have been turned into SUVs. Everest is one such result. I saw Ford demonstrate their Ranger at the last Sydney Motor Show and here are some pics from inside.  Ford had cunningly set up a display by stacking shipping containers. With several together at angles … Continue reading Ford’s Venerable Titanium Everest

Infiniti’s mighty fine Q50

Infiniti’s mighty fine Q50

Infiniti has been around for a long time, but like Toyota’s LEXUS, has low sales figures. What is bad news for the car maker is very good news for those of us who like something with an air of exclusivity about it. I’ll be honest: I once detested Infiniti styling. There, I’ve said it. But, … Continue reading Infiniti’s mighty fine Q50

Nissan Releases the 2017 X-TRAIL in Australia

Nissan Releases the 2017 X-TRAIL in Australia

X-TRAIL: one of Nissan’s most popular models has been updated for 2017 Performance and efficiency: addition of a new 2.0-litre turbo-diesel engine Design: New dynamic styling with Nissan signature design cues Technology and safety: New Nissan Intelligent Mobility technologies available, including Intelligent Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection and Intelligent Cruise Control Equipment: additional features, including … Continue reading Nissan Releases the 2017 X-TRAIL in Australia

Hyundai conjures another unstoppable i30

Hyundai conjures another unstoppable i30

Car design is alchemy. It is a cauldron into which a master sorcerer puts a pinch of this, and a spoon of that. Mix the right ingredients, and you get an explosion. The i30’s cauldron has brand new ingredients cleverly blended with a touch of old. They’ve even tweaked the recipe racing-style, and called it … Continue reading Hyundai conjures another unstoppable i30

Hyundai Santa fe SR is impressive in town and out.

Hyundai Santa fe SR is impressive in town and out.

Yes we like: ergonomic design, well finished interior, feature packed, auto rear tailgate Not so much: no CarPlay, no DAB, no auto-parking in SR (only in Highlander) Facts, figures and the interior: I had to search my soul to find something I didn’t like about Santa Fe. It looks the business, especially the SR with … Continue reading Hyundai Santa fe SR is impressive in town and out.

Hyundai i40 wagon: feature packed pocket friendly transport

Hyundai i40 wagon: feature packed pocket friendly transport

Yes we like: looks, classy interior, features, great ride/handling Not so much: no CarPlay, jerky DCT at low speed, Hyundai packed their i40 chockers full of features with a simple drivetrain and trim level choice. You get a wagon (tourer) with 6 speed auto ”variable induction” petrol, or sedan/wagon 7 speed DCT(dual clutch transmission) turbo … Continue reading Hyundai i40 wagon: feature packed pocket friendly transport

Audi: Diesel “issues” and other matters

Audi: Diesel “issues” and other matters

March 20 2017 Audi sets strategic path during a challenging 2016 Robust core business – growth in car deliveries and revenue, operating return on sales before special items within target corridor at 8.2 percent Diesel issue and Takata airbags – after special items of €1.8 billon (AU$2.52 bio), operating profit of €3.1 billion (AU$4.33 bio) … Continue reading Audi: Diesel “issues” and other matters

Kia’s Sorento GT line is a masterstroke.

    Yes, oh YES: space, good ride, well equipped Not so much: no auto wipers, no CarPlay or DAB radio It’s big, and with bling wheels, it’s bold. It rides with a plushness that should cost bigger bucks, so apart from a few little niggles, is pretty near perfect. The website says “Exclusive to … Continue reading Kia’s Sorento GT line is a masterstroke.