Wheels July 2021

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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3 min

IF YOU USE Twitter, or delve into the often-caustic world of the YouTube comments section, you’ll have noticed a trend that’s creeping into the collective psyche of car lovers. Normally we’re a pretty inclusive and inquisitive bunch, but lately it’s become almost de rigueur to scoff at two things: supercars and cars powered by electricity. On some levels, I get it. View them objectively and supercars are irrelevant, expensive and stupid. Who cares about the latest billionaire plaything when there are so many other cars that tap into the thrill of driving, for a fraction of the cost? And electric cars? It’s all too easy to write them off as joyless creations built by people who don’t care about driving. A car without a beating heart and soul? “No thanks” seems to…

3 min
lightning strikes, just not in oz…

THE BEST-SELLING vehicle in America, the Ford F-Series is now available as an EV, and our Stateside friends are absolutely lapping it up. But, as we’ll get to in a moment, Australia’s car companies aren’t even talking about EV utes yet, and likely won’t be for some time. In the USA, in just one week, more than 70,000 orders were placed for the Ford F-150 Lighting, a vehicle at polar opposites to the gas-guzzling stereotype we might associate with this segment. For context, consider that Ford sold 203,797 F-Series trucks for the first three months of 2021, so Lightning needed only seven days to account for over one third of F-Series’ quarterly sales. It’s a significant shift for the EV segment in the USA, which, up until Ford’s entry, has been dominated…

1 min
what about the ranger?

FOR 4X4 UTE buyers with no inclination to switch to electric, the new 2022 Ford Ranger hears you loud and clear. By the end of the year, Ford Australia will confirm details of the next-gen dual cab, which Wheels readers will have already seen via our exclusive leaked photographs. But while we do know the next Ranger will be plug-in capable, Australia won’t likely see a piece of that action at launch. Instead, with the five-cylinder diesel gone, a turbo-diesel V6 seems likely (probably a variant of the 3.0-litre Powerstroke unit offered in the F-150), as well as an updated version of the current 2.0-litre twin-turbo diesel. For the Ranger Raptor, there’s tipped to be a twin-turbo petrol V6, though we’re not expecting to see this until at least 2023. The 2022…

4 min
brewing a better drop

AUSTRALIA’S POOR quality fuel is bad news. Bad for our health, bad for our environment and bad for our car industry. Figures released by the Australian Institute for Health and Welfare show that 2566 deaths in 2015 were linked to vehicle emissions, while the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) in 2019 said improving fuel quality would offer a ‘three to five percent’ improvement on CO2 performance ‘overnight’. Then there’s the impact on the local car market. The high level of sulphur in our fuel, among other factors, means we’re missing out on cars with more advanced petrol engines which produce lower emissions. Some manufacturers claim they can’t import their best engines in large numbers due to the cars already being optimised to run on premium unleaded petrol with 10 parts per million…

1 min
the history of oil refineries in australia

Geelong Refinery, Geelong, Vic. 1954 – present Lytton Refinery, Brisbane, Qld. 1964 – present Altona Refinery, Melbourne, Vic. 1949 – 2021 Kwinana Refinery, Fremantle, WA. 1955 – 2021 Bulwar Island Refinery, Brisbane, Qld. 1965 – 2015 Kurnell Refinery, Sydney, NSW. 1956 – 2014 Clyde Refinery, Sydney, NSW. 1925 – 2012 Port Stanvic Refinery, Adelaide, SA. 1963 – 2003 May 2021 Government announced subsidy program for oil refineries and funds for upgrading facilities July 2021 On-shore refineries to start receiving ‘Fuel Security Service Payment’; review to begin into the petrol and diesel standard, including aromatics levels. This aims to create a Euro-6 equivalent petrol and diesel standard “appropriate for Australia” 2024 Remaining refineries in Geelong and Brisbane to start producing cleaner fuel 2025 Euro 7 regulations come into force 2027 Government’s previous target for starting to produce better quality fuel…

2 min
hyundai’s ev entourage

DETAILS ARE emerging about the EV models Hyundai is planning to launch as follow-ups to the excellent Ioniq 5. A leaked presentation, which was shown to investors in the US, has revealed rough timings and specification details of the upcoming Ioniq 6 sedan and Ioniq 7 large SUV. And they look promising. Hyundai has confirmed both models are on the radar for Australia, with the Ioniq 6 to launch first with a mooted arrival sometime next year. Built on the same e-GMP platform as the Ioniq 5, the 6 will be strongly influenced by last year’s swoopy Prophecy concept. And given how closely the Ioniq 5 resembles the retro-cool 45 concept, we wouldn’t expect the Prophecy’s bold look to be overly watered down. A 73kWh battery pack is tipped to bring a range…