Australian New Car Buyer

Australian New Car Buyer No. 48


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

In this issue of Australian New Car Buyer, we say goodbye to the mighty Ford Falcon. Along with the Falconute and the Territory, the Falcon ceased production in October when Ford Australia closed its Geelong and Broadmeadows plants in Victoria, ending 91 years of car making in this country. Holden has also ceased production of the Cruze small car in Elizabeth, SA. Future versions will be imported, probably from South Korea. Holden and Toyota will shut up shop at the end of 2017 and become import-only operations. Holden’s next Commodore, due in early 2018, will be sourced from GM’s German subsidiary Opel. It will use 2.0-litre four cylinder turbopetrol and turbodiesel engines with front-wheel drive, and a 230kW V6 petrol flagship with a nine-speed automatic and all-wheel drive. There will be…


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 or what the neighbours think of it. In this issue, John tests the Aston Martin DB11, Audi Q2, Maserati Levante and Porsche Panamera. PHIL KING Phil King is Motoring Editor of The Australian. Since switching to…

the new model diary january–june 2017

ALFA ROMEO Alfa’s rather beautiful Giulia is due in early 2017 to spearhead the Italian brand’s hoped-for revival as a legitimate player following its near death post-GFC. Giulia goes up against BMW’s 3 Series and the Mercedes C Class. We will see a 2.2-litre turbodiesel and 2.0-litre turbopetrol engines, both with rear-wheel drive and an eight-speed auto, and the range-topping all-wheel-drive Quadrifoglio, which Alfa claims is a potential M and AMG beater. It packs a 380kW 2.9-litre twin-turbo V6/six-speed manual drivetrain, which Alfa claims is good for a 0-100km/h time of just 3.9 seconds. No pricing details have been released as yet. Expect circa $60K opening prices, with the QV somewhere around $150K. BMW The new 5 Series launches in March. While this premium business sedan class is no longer the sales force or market driver…

redbook valuations

In Australian New Car Buyer, we include trade-in values for every model in our Showroom section. These are provided to us by Redbook, Australia’s leading authority on used car values. Each model we test includes three- and five-year retained values, expressed as a percentage. These are based on what the wholesale price — ie, the price that a dealer would pay for the car — would be for a car in average condition with average kilometres for its age. You’ll find Redbook’s three- and five-year retained values in the Spex box. When you’re selling your car privately, trading it in or buying a car, a Redbook Valuation is money well spent. When selling your car privately, a Redbook personalised valuation will help you get a clearer understanding of what your car is worth…

the showroom

ABARTH 12 Abarth 124 Spider ALFA ROMEO 13 Alfa Romeo 4C 14 Alfa Romeo Giulietta ASTON MARTIN 14 Aston Martin Vantage S 15 Aston Martin DB11 AUDI 16 Audi TT 17 Audi A1 18 Audi A3 19 Audi RS3 Sportback 20 Audi A4 21 Audi A6, A7 22 Audi R8 23 Audi Q2 24 Audi Q3 25 Audi Q5 26 Audi Q7 BENTLEY 27 Bentley Bentayga BMW 28 BMW i3 29 BMW 1 Series 30 BMW 2 Series 31 BMW Active Tourer 32 BMW M2 33 BMW M140i, M240i 34 BMW 3 Series 35 BMW 4 Series 36 BMW M3,M4 37 BMW M5, X6 38 BMW X1 39 BMW X3 40 BMW X5 41 BMW 6 Series CHRYSLER 41 Chrysler 300 SRT FERRARI 42 Ferrari 488GTB 43 Ferrari f12berlinetta FIAT 44 Fiat 500 FORD 45 Ford Fiesta, EcoSport 46 Ford Focus 47 Ford Focus RS 48 Ford Mondeo 49 Ford Mustang 50 Ford Escape HOLDEN 51 Holden Spark 52 Holden Astra 53 Holden Captiva 54 Holden Trax 55 Holden VFII Commodore 56 Holden Commodore SS 57 Holden VFII Ute HONDA 58 Honda Jazz 59 Honda HR-V 60 Honda Civic 61 Honda Accord, Odyssey 62…

abarth 124 spider from $41,990

Abarth is a name you may not have heard of. It belongs to Karl Abarth, an Austrian engineer who, in 1955, built his first car, the 750GT, and during the 1960s had much success with his Fiat 500-based 595 rally cars. In 1971 his company was bought by Fiat, which still owns it today. Karl Abarth died in 1979. The Abarth 124, which in its styling pays homage to legendary designer Pininfarina’s 1966 Fiat 124 roadster, is the product of a model-sharing arrangement between Fiat and Mazda. It’s a Mazda MX-5 — made on the same production line in Hiroshima — with a longer, wider body and a 125kW 1.4-litre fourcylinder turbopetrol engine from Fiat, matched with six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmissions. It’s equipped with premium hardware too, including four-piston…