Australian New Car Buyer

Australian New Car Buyer No. 46


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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welcome to australian new car buyer .

The Volkswagen “Dieselgate” scandal still has a way to go yet. In fact, it will take years to finally resolve all the issues, especially the most important one: how does VW (and Audi, and Skoda) propose to compensate those customers who bought its 1.6- and 2.0-litre EA189 turbodiesel engine-powered models? There’s a long list of cars affected, from 2008-2015. As we went to press, Audi had withdrawn affected A4, A5 and Q5 from sale. Skoda had withdrawn Yeti and Superb, while VW had withdrawn Jetta, CC, Passat and Tiguan. But the list of EA189 cars also includes Golf V and VI, previous Polo models and others. People who bought these cars have clearly been deceived by Volkswagen, and when it comes time to sell their car or trade it in, the…


JAMES CLEARY Starting out as a motoring journalist in the late ‘80s, James has worked for MOTOR, Wheels, Drive and, most recently, TopGear Australia. James also learned the ropes of manufacturing, distribution and retail, working in senior PR and marketing communications roles for Mercedes-Benz and Peugeot, and has group account-managed the Hyundai and Volvo advertising business. Having met and interviewed key industry players around the globe, tracked the development of emerging technologies, and evaluated literally thousands of cars on road and track, he is one of the most informed and experienced motoring journalists in the country. James’ tests include Subaru WRX and Ford Mondeo. JOHN CAREY One of Australia’s most accomplished motoring writers over three decades, John is a previous editor of Overlander magazine, a long-time contributor to Wheels magazine, where he is a Car…

the new model diary january-june 2016

AUDI The second-generation R8 supercar shares much under the skin with Lamborghini’s Huracan, including a 5.2-litre naturally aspirated direct-injection V10, in two states of tune: a mere 397kW in the poverty pack, and 449kW in the one you really should have, the V10 Plus. A seven-speed S tronic transmission and quattro all-wheel drive are also featured. Weight is down 50kg, to 1454kg, which helps the hi-po version reach 100km/h in just 3.2 seconds. The body is still a space frame construction, largely aluminium and now with some carbon-fibre-reinforced plastics as well. Expect to pay around $360,000 for the R8 and $400,000 for the R8 Plus. The RS6 Avant and RS7 also get the performance treatment with their 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8’s outputs upped to 445kW and 700Nm. Both are claimed to reach 100km/h in just 3.7…

porsche 911

Although Porsche is a VW brand, it has, thus far, remained untainted by Diesel’s Dirty Little Secrets, the scandal that has brought such shame and misery upon its delinquent parent. The “more performance with lower emissions” conundrum VW has engineered into such a catastrophe is the technical challenge du jour for every car maker, so Porsche has also responded, particularly with the bespoke drivetrains in its signature sports cars, where major EU emissions regulation-driven changes are imminent. In March 2016, the new 911 Carrera arrives with a 3.0-litre six, still horizontally-opposed and rear-mounted, according to sacred 911 lore, but with turbocharging rather than the natural aspiration of the current model’s 3.4-litre and 3.8-litre units. Smaller-capacity, force-fed engines are now the European carmakers’ standard response to tightening emissions regulations; petrol/electric hybrids, plug-in hybrids, electric…

alfa romeo 4c from $89,000

Alfa Romeo’s 4C is priced at $89,000; the 4C Spider costs $99,000. With its light 1090kg kerb weight (coupe), basic appointments list, two-seat format and modest 1.75-litre engine capacity, a cursory glance at the 4C’s specifications suggests classic and simple sportscar pleasure in the vein of Mazda’s MX-5. But two aspects of the 4C package — its carbon fibre monocoque construction and the formidable 162kW-pertonne power-to-weight ratio afforded by its 177kW/350Nm turbocharged four-cylinder engine — suggest far more ferocious performance potential. In the flesh, 4C is more stylistically stirring and elegantly proportioned than pictures suggest. Climb in and the cabin design has the purposeful ambience of a bigdollar Italian supercar, with a low-slung seating position and proper driving ergonomics. The quality and finish inside and out, too, are impressively high. The paddle shift-only…

alfa romeo giulietta from $29,000

Alfa Romeo’s Giulietta is a five-door hatch similar in size to the Volkswagen Golf. At $29,000, the base Giulietta Progression runs Fiat’s 88kW 1.4-litre turbopetrol engine with a six-speed manual. The 125kW 1.4-litre turbopetrol MultiAir Distinctive is $33,000 with the manual or $35,000 with a six-speed twin-clutch automated manual TCT transmission. In practice, it’s a surprisingly uninspiring, sluggish drive, even when you flick the “dial a digital tune” toggle to Dynamic and go hunting for some Alfa-style topend zip. It’s there, but in a fairly sedated state, sadly. Dynamically, the Giulietta feels tight and agile in day-to-day driving, but flatters to deceive. When pushed through a set of tight corners the heavy front end resists turning and the Alfa drive deteriorates into hard work. The Giulietta QV, though, is a different story. At $39,000,…