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Wheels June 2017

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

I’m confident no other Australian outlet goes to such exhaustive lengths to test cars as Wheels does It was a road test of the 996-gen 911 GT2 and Peter Robinson was at the wheel, his face serious and beard resplendent as he pushed the latest turbocharged animal from Stuttgart to the limit, its winged red rump seeming to just edge into oversteer as he flung it into a tight right-hander somewhere in Europe. “That,” I thought to myself, “is what I have to do.” I’d been reading Wheels for years and, as well as using it as a monthly dose of escapism, I knew it provided the best independent opinion and analysis from writers like Robbo, Phil Scott, Angus MacKenzie and John Carey. But there was something else. Something different in the way they…

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from genesis to revelation

Flagship model to have BMW M4-crushing power output, with torque receiving a decent mid-range electric st Hybrid powertrain opens possibility of all-wheel drive, with the electric motors on the front axle, allowing twin-turbo V6 to take care of the rears The G70 family will be smaller than the Kia Stinger, focusing instead on driving experience and overall ambience, with luxury materials and finishes G70 sedan is expected to start at about $60K, with the V6 turbo and hybrid options to push well above that, meaning prices to rival up-spec 3 Series and C-Class models HYUNDAI’S high-performance, rear-drive response to the Kia Stinger GT will pick up more luxury, more features and the option of a V8-bashing hybrid drivetrain – plus, it won’t even wear a Hyundai badge. The hotly anticipated twin-turbocharged V6 engine that will…

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Holden back in black, yet still seeing red Holden announced a $152.8 million profit for the 2016 calendar year. It should be noted that the most recent cash injection is in part thanks to a $128.1 million payment from GM in the US, and $51.4 million from the Federal Government’s Automotive Transformation Scheme. Holden admits the cash boost wouldn’t have been enough to save local production — two consecutive years of losses totalling $961 million since 2013 backs that up. Welcome to the (N) family Even more N-badged Hyundai’s are on their way. The Korean brand teased journalists with the silhouette of a sleek, secret coupe-like body. But not all of Hyundai’s employees seemed to get the memo. “The car is still secret … it is a coupe-ish version of the i30 which…

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purity of essence

Striking front end gets a touch of complexity by using heavily detailed headlights. Sculptured framing of low grille and air vents clean and simple. Neat rear end also gets unique lighting Concept A Sedan uses so-called Panamericana grille, as seen on Mercedes Sculpture concept, from latest production AMG models. Won’t appear on the regular A-class models. Grille is tilted forwards to add extra elongation to the bonnet, doesn’t hurt aero Strong shoulder line gives a sense of elongation to the three-box profile, and emphasises the proportions, despite much shorter overhangs at both ends. Simplicity greatly enhances the design Reduction of the front overhang has prompted a radical rethink of front-end crash structures. Handling will benefit from keeping a greater percentage of the engine’s mass within the wheelbase Reduction in crease lines and sharp surface…

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counter strike

THE ANNOUNCEMENT that BMW will slot a vicious ‘GTS-lite’ CS variant into the M4 super-coupe range has caused excitement among fans of hi-po Beemers, and the German car maker has followed up with more good news – it’s not a one-off. Rather than a tantalising flash in the pan, the 338kW/600Nm CS-badged M4 (due here in September) will herald a whole family of CS cars sprinkled throughout the M Division range. Where the M-variant of a given BMW model has traditionally represented the top of the company’s food chain, the ‘standard’ version will now be the entry point into the exclusive M-car club. Above that, the Competition variants will offer a step up in performance, but sit below the new line of Competition Sport (CS) versions. The new flagship of each model line-up…

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market place

HIGHLIGHTS April may have been a tough month, down 5.1 percent year-on-year as national holidays kept buyers pre-occupied, but not for everyone. Japanese brands Honda and Mitsubishi both bumped up sales more than 30 percent, while Subaru cracked a rise of more than 20 percent. Kia outpaced its sister brand, Hyundai, to also post a 30-plus percent growth spurt. Porsche, meanwhile, exactly matched March’s 371 sales as the Macan SUV exactly matched its 868 year-to-date sales with last year. Neat! LOWLIGHTS Mon dieu! Frenchies Citroen, Peugeot and Renault, and Renault’s bed partner Nissan, all struggled, as did off-road specialists Land Rover and Jeep. Mercedes-Benz eclipsed Audi and BMW combined, while luxury car rival – if we can call it that – Infiniti cut sales by more than 80% for the month…