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Australian New Car Buyer

Australian New Car Buyer Issue #53 - June 2019

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Australian New Car Buyer is the only magazine in Australia that covers every new car on the market. Inside you will find the ultimate reference for new car buyers. The magazine features information on developments at all levels of the industry and a comprehensive run-down of small, medium, family, coupes, sports and luxury cars that are available on the Australian market. New Car Buyer also shares with its readers the latest news, products and events of the automotive world. Perfect for any car enthusiast.

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国家:
Australia
语言:
English
出版商:
Universal Wellbeing PTY Limited
出版周期:
Biannually
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本期

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australian new car&suv buyer’s guide.

Regular readers will notice a significant change to this issue. We’ve tweaked the title of the magazine to more accurately reflect what’s in it, specifically more SUVs. They actually outsell cars in Australia now, so the time is right for us to recognise that by including them in our masthead. You will find full roadtests of all the popular SUVs inside. As far as what else of note is happening in new car and SUV world goes, the big news is that, following the lead of Hyundai and Kia, most manufacturers have now moved from three year to five year warranties. This includes Ford, Holden, Honda, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Peugeot, Skoda, Subaru, Suzuki, Toyota and Volkswagen. Most also carry unlimited kilometres coverage as well. Kia still offers the best warranty on the…

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contributors

JOHN CAREY One of Australia’s most accomplished motoring writers, over three decades, John is a long-time contributor to Wheels magazine, where he is a Car of the Year judge, and publications in the USA and UK. He lives in Bergamo, Italy, and covers new European models for us so we have the story by the time they go on sale here. John would rather question an engineer than a designer as an engineer’s answers tend to make a lot more sense. John rates a vehicle’s value, efficiency, user-friendliness and dependability as being much more important than the badge it wears. John’s tests in this issue include the Ferrari Portofino, BMW X1 and X2, Jaguar i-Pace, Mercedes A Class, Nissan Leaf and Porsche Panamera. PHIL KING Phil King is Motoring Editor of The Australian. Since switching to motoring journalism…

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symbols

In our tests on the following pages and in the Showroom, we have used symbols to give you a quick indication of the strengths of each car, and star ratings to indicate in more detail how each car stacks up in its class. Here’s what the symbols and stars mean: Our piggybank indicates a car that we think represents good value for money against the others in its class. It may not necessarily be the cheapest, but taking into account factors like standard equipment, safety, the way it drives, resale values and quality, it shapes up as a good deal. S A capital S indicates a car that scores five stars out of five for occupant protection in ANCAP crash tests and has stability control plus six airbags as standard or as…

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twin peaks: toyota supra & bmw z4

There’s a reason we’ve put these cars together. They are, in fact, the same car. A joint venture between BMW and Toyota, the Supra/Z4 twins share the same rear-wheel-drive platform, wheelbase and chassis componentry such as suspension and steering. They also share a (mostly) BMW 3.0-litre turbocharged straight six engine, with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Let’s look at the differences. First, the BMW. It’s just hit the market, priced from $84,900 for the 145kW/320Nm 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbopetrol 20i. The four is exclusive to the BMW side of the partnership for now. The 30i, with the 2.0-litre four chipped for 190kW of power and 400Nm of torque, is $104,900. Top-of-the-range M40i, with the 250kW/500Nm 3.0-litre single turbo straight six, is $124,900. Zero to 100km/h times for each of these three drivetrains are, respectively, 6.6, 5.4…

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lamborghini huracan evo

Lamborghini’s Huracan EVO is the first major overhaul of the original Huracan LP610-4 launched in 2014. It’s available as a coupe, priced at $459,000, and a Spyder convertible, for which prices had not been announced as we went to press. The aluminium/carbon fibre composite body gets improved aerodynamics, while the naturally-aspirated 5.2-litre V10 is now the 470kW/600Nm variant previously used in the high-spec Performante model. Huracan EVO coupe weighs 1422kg. It reaches 100km/h from rest in 2.9 seconds — 0.3 seconds quicker than the original — and 200km/h in 9.0 seconds, en route to a top speed of “more than 325km/h”. Evo Spyder takes 3.1 seconds to reach the 100km/h mark. Drivetrain electronics are a significant part of the overhaul. Lamborghini’s “Dinamica Veicolo Integrale” is a central processing unit that monitors and controls…

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volkswagen touareg

VW’s third-generation Touareg is now on sale, priced at $89,990 for the Launch edition. As with previous models, Touareg shares factory DNA with the Porsche Cayenne and Audi Q7. Touareg is significantly cheaper — VW did start life as The People’s Car, after all — so you get a lot of premium German design, technology and engineering at a reasonable price. The 2019 Touareg’s focus is efficiency, luxury, safety and digital infotainment. Leather, a power tailgate, heated and cooled front seats, 20-inch alloys, LED matrix headlights and four-zone air are standard. Driver-assist safety tech includes basic semi-autonomous driving functions such as lane keeping and automatic following in close, low-speed traffic. VW’s all-digital instrument panel is part of an $8000 technology option package; navigation and full smartphone integration are standard. It’s a larger wagon than…