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Wheels August 2018

Wheels is Australia’s original motoring magazine. Launched in 1953, we’ve been trusted by generations of Australians to provide entertaining and forthright opinions on the good, the bad and the ugly of new and used cars. A world-class car mag with a formidable international reputation, Wheels covers the full gamut of cars – from sports cars to four-wheel-drives, economy to family cars – but it also covers the people, personalities and the power plays behind one of the world’s most dynamic industries.

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editor’s letter

BRING THE NOISE Missing this year’s event had a particular sting. Not only had Wheels negotiated its way into the passenger seat of the Brabham BT62, which was making its global dynamic debut (Ben Oliver, lucky bugger, took my spot; p14), but the scuttlebutt was Goodwood would finally deliver our first proper look at the fifth-gen Toyota Supra; a car that, along with the all-new Corolla, shows Australia’s largest car brand is committed to dialling up the excitement, and driver appeal, throughout its model range. (A camouflaged Supra did hit the hillclimb; see p60).Then there was the intrigue of Volkswagen’s ID R prototype; the bewinged and fiendishly complicated electric racer that arrived at Goodwood hoping to obliterate the record for the fastest run up the hill, just as…

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drawing the line

If you’re a subscriber, you’ll notice your cover is radically different this month. Drawn by Wheels art director Felipe Ubilla, the striking image of Toyota’s forthcoming A90 Supra is a homage to the anime/manga-style sketches sometimes found in Japanese car magazines. With Toyota’s upcoming onslaught of exciting models set as the cover theme, and no shots of the production Supra available to work with (we’re expecting to finally see the Supra in full just before its international launch in September), Felipe’s solution is a departure for Wheels, but we hope you agree that it’s a good one. ■…

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one for the fans

IN THE tech industry, ‘vapourware’ describes products that get hyped but never actually appear. Sadly, most sports car start-ups deserve the same description. Too often we get a press release announcing a new player or the rebirth of a famous old name, a launch party and an image or a clay model, but ultimately no car.But the only vapour emanating from Brabham Automotive is curling gently from the twin tailpipes of its new BT62 track car as it idles on the start line at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, just three months after it was unveiled at Australia House in London. David Brabham is already strapped in, and motions me into the passenger seat. “Come on in, mate,” the Le Mans winner says. “Welcome to the office. Sorry it’s…

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holden appoints new md, cuts more jobs

GM Holden has appointed Dave Buttner as its Chairman and Managing Director effective August 1. He replaces Mark Bernhard, who held the position since 2015 in a GM career spanning 32 years. Buttner previously held the title of President of Toyota Motor Corporation in Australia from 2014 to ’17. The announcement comes shortly after Holden communicated further job cuts totalling 60 staff across sales and administration. ■…

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ford australia appoints first female ceo

Holden isn’t the only local brand to see movement at the top of its corporate hierarchy. Ford Australia and New Zealand announced the appointment of Kay Hart as its new President and CEO in July, replacing outgoing boss Graeme Whickman. Hart has prior form as a Ford MD, having helmed Ford Philippines between 2013 and 2015, however she comes to Australia from Ford’s ‘Team Edison’ battery-electric division, based in the USA. She has also worked for many years in marketing-related roles for the Blue Oval. ■…

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new ancap standard

Australasian automotive crash-safety organisation ANCAP has toughened its test protocol. ANCAP now tests and rates against four criteria, including child restraint installation ability, the road safety of vulnerable road users such as pedestrians and cyclists, and the performance and effectiveness of active safety assist technologies. The Mazda CX-8 and Volvo XC40 are the first models to be tested under the more stringent program and both achieved a 5-star ANCAP safety rating. ■…