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Automotive Industry Insights
A panel of experts discusses what's currently happening in the car industry on CarAdvice Industry Insights, with interviews, reviews, owner reviews, comparisons and goss. Download every Friday around midday.
Mar 19, 2020
BONUS: An in-depth look at the August 2019 new car sales figures
Mandy Turner chats to Mike Costello as he takes an in-depth look at the August 2019 new car sales results, as it records another slow-selling month.
Mar 19, 2020
E28: 'Sporty' Forester coming, how Coronavirus is affecting the industry, LDV G10 owner review, and Veloster v i30
This week on the podcast is Mandy Turner, James Ward, and Mike Stevens. In car news, police suspend mass random breath testing in some states amid the coronavirus outbreak, details for the 2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR have been released, a 'Sporty' Subaru Forester is bound for Australia, Volkswagen is targeting zero crashes by 2050, and Mike checks out some of the headline stories from the week. We speak with Tanim Ahmed, Head of Product at Datium Insights, about how the Coronavirus is affecting the car industry. Curt Dupriez compares the 2020 Hyundai Veloster Turbo Premium and Hyundai i30 N-Line. Tyron wrote a review on his 2017 LDV G10 and explains why he bought the people mover to use as his tradie van. This is Mandy's last podcast as she moves on from CarAdvice, but watch this space for the future of CarAdvice podcasts.
1 hr 10 min
Mar 12, 2020
E27: Honda rules out leaving Oz, Elantra teased, Passat review, and CX-30 v Kona
On the podcast this week is Mandy Turner, Kez Casey, and Mike Stevens. In car news, Honda rules out leaving Australia, but may reduce its dealer network or appoint an independent distributor, Toyota's hybrid cars are breaking Australian sales records, pricing revealed for the Mazda MX-30, and the 2021 Hyundai Elantra has been teased. Mike reviews the 2020 Volkswagen Passat 140TSI. Jez Spinks compares the 2020 Mazda CX-30 G20 Pure and Hyundai Kona Elite.
Mar 5, 2020
International Women's Day podcast: Ladies in motorsport
International Women's Day, held on March 8, celebrates women's achievement and raises awareness against bias. This year, the theme is 'each for equal', taking action for equality. We still have a long way to go in the automotive industry for gender parity, but we are getting there. Organisations like Women in Automotive are helping, making ladies feel supported and giving them a chance to network within the sector, to make them feel they are not alone in a male-dominated industry. On March 5, Women in Automotive held a breakfast to celebrate International Women's Day, with a Women in Motorsport theme. On stage were a panel of guests, including 2016 Australian Rally Car champion, Molly Taylor, COO of Triple Eight Red Bull Racing, Jessica Dane, and motorsport reporter and RPM co-host, Kate Peck. Jessica and Kate joined Mandy Turner for an International Women's Day podcast, where you'll get an insight into a day-in-the-life of them at the racetrack, why motorsport makes them tick, and how they made the transition to their chosen career.
Mar 5, 2020
E26: VFACTS, Land Rover's Richard Agnew, Women in Automotive, and 2001 Toyota Celica owner review
On this week's podcast, you are joined by Mandy Turner and Mike Costello. We cover all the reveals that would've happened at the Geneva motor show, including the Fiat 500 and Volkswagen ID.4. Mike talks about February VFACTS, which sees Kia continue to climb the charts. Sam Purcell speaks with Land Rover communications boss, Richard Agnew, at the launch of the Land Rover Defender. Steve wrote an owner review of his 2001 Toyota Celica, and we chat with him about how amazingly original it is. Lastly, Mandy talks to Isabella Mizzi, the Marketing and Administration Coordinator for Women in Automotive, off the back of a successful Women in Motorsport breakfast. Check out our International Women's Day podcast as well.
Feb 27, 2020
E25: Holden dealers meet with Prime Minister, Accord Hybrid review, and meet the guy who lived in his Wrangler for 999 days around Africa
This week, you are joined by Mandy Turner, Mike Costello, and Kez Casey. We speak to Josh Dowling for an update on Holden, where Holden dealers have met with the Prime Minister after rejecting General Motors’ initial compensation offer, a Holden dealer suffers heart complication on his way to compensation meeting with General Motors, and Holden is to keep its historical car collection in Australia. Kez chats about his time behind-the-wheel of the 2020 Honda Accord Hybrid. Lastly, Mike Stevens joins us as we talk to Aussie, Dan Grec, who has traveled 85,000-kilometres in 999 days in a 2011 Jeep Wrangler, and he's not stopping there!
Feb 20, 2020
E24: The aftermath of Holden, GR Supra drive day, and Mazda Australia Managing Director, Vinesh Bhindi
Mandy Turner and Mike Costello are on the panel this week. We speak with Josh Dowling about the aftermath of the demise of Holden this week. You'll also hear Holden memories from the editorial team. Mandy attends a Toyota GR Supra dealership drive day and talks to a to-be owner, and current owner. Lastly, Mike talks to Mazda Australia Managing Director, Vinesh Bhindi, and Marketing Director, Alistair Doak about the sales decline on the Mazda3, and more about the MX-30.
Feb 16, 2020
BONUS: Goodbye, Holden
Mandy Turner talks to Josh Dowling about the news today of the Holden brand wrapping up at the end of the year. How did Holden get to this point? Was there anything that could've saved Holden? What happens to current Holden owners with warranty and servicing deals? Will General Motors continue to have a presence in Australia?
Feb 13, 2020
E23: Ford Australia's Christine Wagner on FordPass, Z4 sDrive 20i manual review, and real estate recovery could help luxury car sales
Joining Mandy Turner this week is Josh Dowling and Scott Collie. In car news, the car industry is divided on how much taxpayer support should be given to EV sales and infrastructure, the real estate recovery is set to drive luxury car sales, how much car brands have donated to the bushfire appeal, Ford v Ferrari wins two Oscars, and Mitsubishi adds two extra variants to the Triton range. Scott reviews the 2020 BMW Z4 sDrive 20i manual. Lastly, we speak to Christine Wagner, Ford Australia’s mobility and connected vehicles marketing manager, about the 'FordPass' app debuting in Australia in the Ranger and Everest.
Feb 6, 2020
E22: Toyota VP of Sales and Marketing, Sean Hanley, CX-30 review, VFACTS, and Aston Martin's Patrik Nilsson on DBX
On this week's podcast is Mandy Turner, Mike Costello, and Mike Stevens. Mike Costello talks about the new car sales figures for January and reviews the Mazda CX-30. Toyota Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Sean Hanley, joins us to talk about EVs, Tundra potential, and the waiting time on the RAV4 Hybrid. Lastly, Scott Collie attended the Bathurst 12 Hour where he spoke to Aston Martin Regional Director, Patrik Nilsson, about the DBX.
Jan 30, 2020
E21: John Bowe pays tribute to Rod Barrett, MINI SE Cooper review, and Mustang Bullitt owner review
On this week's podcast is Mandy Turner, Mike Costello, and Scott Collie. In car news, the Alpine A110 Sportsx concept has been revealed, an Australian launch for Kia Stonic has been confirmed for late 2020, there's Australian interest in the Volkswagen Arteon 'Shooting Brake', and research shows school pick-up as 'the most dangerous time' to be on Australian roads. Mike talks about driving the 2020 MINI SE Cooper that he drove on the launch in Miami. We chat to motor racing legend, John Bowe, who grew up with the late Ford Performance Vehicles boss and motorsport enthusiast, Rod Barrett, who lost his battle with cancer this week. Lastly, Michael talks about his owner review of his 2018 Ford Mustang Bullitt, while sitting in his MINI Cooper JCW.
Jan 23, 2020
E20: Hyundai talks hydrogen, Outlander PHEV and X6 M50i reviews, and Mustang R-Spec sells out
This week you are joined by Mandy Turner, Josh Dowling, and James Ward. We cover many car news topics, including how the Ford Mustang R-Spec has sold out, the first C8 Corvette selling for USD$3 million, Honda warning 33,000 Takata-affected owners to "stop driving immediately", General Motors unveiling its first autonomous car, and how currency pressure is poised to push up the cost of cars this year. Mike Stevens reviews the 2020 BMW X6 M50i, and Kez Casey talks about his time behind-the-wheel of the 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV ES. Lastly, we speak with Scott Nargar, the Senior Manager of Future Mobility and Government Relations for Hyundai Australia, about the future of hydrogen cars and air mobility.
Jan 16, 2020
E19: DBX prototype drive, Corolla v Mazda 3 sedans, 2017 Holden Astra owner review, and CES report
Join Mandy Turner, Mike Costello, and Kez Casey for the first podcast back for 2020! We chat with Mike Duff about his drive in the Aston Martin DBX prototype and discuss if it feels like an Aston Martin. Mike compares the 2020 Toyota Corolla and Mazda 3 sedans. We talk to Tim about his owner review of his 2017 Holden Astra RS, which he bought new. Lastly, Geoff Quatromoni files a report from the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), the world’s largest technology show in Las Vegas, where he discusses the Hyundai S-A1, Mercedes Avatar concept, and the Jeep Wrangler PHEV, among others.
Dec 19, 2019
E18: Our 2019 hits and misses, most clicked news, and Supra GTS and Guilia Veloce reviews
On the final podcast for 2019, join Mandy Turner, Mike Costello, and Kez Casey. Mike chats about his time behind-the-wheel of the 2020 Alfa Romeo Guilia Veloce. Scott Collie joins in to discuss the top five most clicked news stories of 2019, and we talk about our most favourite and disappointing cars for the year. Lastly, Kez reviews the 2020 Toyota Supra GTS. The Automotive Industry Insights podcast will return on January 10, 2020, and we thank you for listening throughout 2019.
Dec 12, 2019
E17: Goodbye Commodore, EV interest global study, M135i review, and MINI Australia head of product
On this week's podcast is Mandy Turner, Paul Maric, and Scott Collie. We share our memories of the Holden Commodore, and hear a commercial compilation of each Commodore model over its 41-year life. According to a study, Australian interest in electric vehicles is well below the global average, and we speak to Natasha Santha, principal at L.E.K. Consulting. We chat with Jez Spinks about his review of the 2020 BMW M135i. Lastly, Scott speaks to Marlon De Abreu, Head of Product Planning for MINI Australia, at the launch of the 2020 MINI JCW Clubman and Countryman.
Dec 5, 2019
E16: Audi boss of pre-development automated driving, VFACTS, Seltos v Qashqai, and EQC review
Mandy Turner and Mike Costello record the podcast inside a white 2020 Lexus RX350 F Sport. Mike covers November's new car sales figures which sees the Mazda 3 and Ford Mustang perform poorly, and the Toyota HiLux and Ford Ranger 4x4 battle for the top. We speak to Dr. Miklos Kiss, the Head of Pre-Development for Automated Driving at Audi AG, and Curt Dupriez compares the 2020 Kia Seltos GT-Line and Nissan Qashqai Ti. Lastly, Mike reviews the 2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC after the local launch in Victoria.
Nov 28, 2019
E15: Cybertruck, GLB review, and Mazda Australia managing director, Vinesh Bhindi
This week on the podcast is Mandy Turner, Mike Costello, and Scott Collie. We catch up with Josh Dowling to discuss some of the biggest news of the week, including everything Tesla Cybertruck, how Mazda is forecasting a stable 2020, plus its plans on guaranteed buyback deals. Also, in BMW news, it is buying back Takata-affected cars, its new waterproof key card, and could owners be getting Android Auto and Apple CarPlay for free? Mike reviews the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB off the back of the international launch in Spain. Lastly, Scott and Josh speak with Mazda Australia Managing Director, Vinesh Bhindi, and Marketing Director, Alistair Doak.
Nov 21, 2019
E14: Kadjar review, BMW M Festival report, and are we a fan of the DBX, Mustang Mach E, Elva, and Roma?
Joining Mandy Turner this week is Trent Nikolic and Curt Dupriez. We discuss the logistics and behind-the-scenes of Drive Car of the Year, with the winner being announced this week. Scott Collie reviews the 2020 Renault Kadjar. Curt talks about his experience at the BMW M Festival, and how motor show popularity is beginning to fade. We give the thumbs up or down to the Ferrari Roma, Aston Martin DBX, McLaren Elva, and Ford Mustang Mach E.
Nov 14, 2019
E13: Takata WA trip, driving a Lambo for the first time, and Skoda Superb v Peugeot 508
On this week's podcast, you are joined by Mandy Turner, Kez Casey, and James Wong. We speak to Josh Dowling about the Ford Mustang EV SUV and the Tesla ute at the Los Angeles motor show. He also talks in more detail about his trip to Western Australia with a team who were replacing recalled Takata airbags in desolate areas. In other news, the Skoda Octavia has been revealed, and Holden rents its cars out to the general public for the first time. Tall man, Scott Collie, talks about Pirelli P Zero World, and trying to fit in a Lamborghini Aventador. And Kez compares the Peugeot 508 Fastback and Skoda Superb 162TSI.
Nov 7, 2019
E12: October VFACTS, Alpina XD3 review, SEMA report, and Holden's Chris Payne on 'Project Monaro'
This week you are joined by Mandy Turner and Scott Collie. Seated in the Volvo XC90, Mike Costello discusses new car sales figures for October. James Wong reviews the 2020 Alpina XD3. Josh Dowling reports live on the ground at the 2019 SEMA show, and chats more about the EV Ford Mustang. Lastly, Scott speaks to Chris Payne, product marketing manager for Holden aftersales, about 'Project Monaro'.
Oct 30, 2019
E11: NSW motorists get digital licences, BMW head of product, Brendan Michel, and Sportage v C5 Aircross
Joining Mandy Turner this week is Mike Costello and Josh Dowling. Josh gives an update on those rare snails that put a stop to Mercedes-Benz imports. We also discuss NSW motorists who can now use digital licences, and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak slamming autonomous cars. Brendan Michel, head of product and market planning for BMW Australia, joins us in the studio to talk about Apple CarPlay availability, the large 4 Series kidney grille, local interest in the i4, and much more. Lastly, Mike compares the Kia Sportage GT-Line and the Citroen C5 Aircross Shine.
Oct 24, 2019
E10: LIVE from the 2019 Tokyo motor show!
Join Paul Maric, Mike Costello, and Josh Dowling as they are live from the 2019 Tokyo motor show. They discuss their thoughts on the Mazda MX-30, Mazda's first all-electric car that hasn't yet been confirmed for Australia. The guys also talk about why the 2020 Honda Jazz will be great for the Japanese brand. Honda has hinted the all-new Jazz could have a local launch date of 2020. Josh shares his thoughts on why most manufacturers are going with a coupe-styled roof with SUV concepts, referencing the Nissan Ariya. Mike chats about the stunning Toyota Mirai (listen for the proper pronunciation!), the all-new Yaris hybrid, and rounding out with the Mitsubishi ASX.
Oct 17, 2019
E9: SUVs soaking up gains made by eco cars, Citroen Head of Brand, Arnaud Belloni, and Macan and Granvia reviews
This week you are joined by Mandy Turner, Paul Maric, and James Wong. Josh Dowling discusses some of the biggest news from the week, including the Australian court case for Volkswagen Dieselgate, how SUVs are soaking up gains by eco cars, why the Renault Alaskan isn't coming to Australia, and more DSG dramas for the Volkswagen group. James talks about his Australian first drive of the 2020 Porsche Macan, and Kez Casey reviews the 2020 Toyota Granvia.Lastly, Mandy interviews Citroen Head of Brand, Arnaud Belloni, while sitting in the back of a 1927 Citroen B14F at Motorclassica.
Oct 10, 2019
E8: A 28-year insight into a Porsche dealership, Alpina B5 review, Nissan Navara N-Trek Warrior interview, and Taycan review
This week you are joined by Mandy Turner, Trent Nikolic, and Scott Collie. Trent recently drove the Porsche Taycan and he chats about his time behind the wheel. Scott speaks to Bernie Quinn, Head of Engineering at Premcar about the Nissan Navara N-Trek Warrior. The Alpina B5 Touring is in the garage this week and Scott gives us a preview of his review to come. Lastly, we speak with Porsche Centre Willoughby General Manager, Sean Lygo, on his 28-year tenure at the dealership, and how they are celebrating its 50 years with five special edition 911s.
Oct 2, 2019
E7: GM of MINI Australia Brett Waudby, September VFACTS, Tucson review, and differentiating the T-Roc and T-Cross
On the podcast this week are Mandy Turner, Paul Maric, and Kez Casey. Scott Collie discusses new car sales figures for September, and Curt Dupriez reviews the 2020 Hyundai Tucson ActiveX. We chat with General Manager of MINI Australia, Brett Waudby, to see how the brand has been celebrating its 60th anniversary, and we look to the future as we ask if there are more affordable models coming, and if there's scope to expand the SUV range. Lastly, Paul chats about the differences between the Volkswagen T-Roc and T-Cross.
Sep 26, 2019
E6: Tesla v Porsche at Nurburgring, GLC PHEV and Pathfinder review, and Supra around Wakefield Raceway
Join Mandy Turner, Josh Dowling, and Mike Costello live from Wakefield Raceway. Josh chats about the Tesla Model 3 and Porsche Taycan battling it out at the Nurburgring, the LandCruiser celebrating its 10-millionth worldwide sale, and an update is coming of the Nissan Patrol. Mike reviews the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300e PHEV, and Paul Maric takes the 2020 Toyota Supra around Wakefield Raceway. Lastly, Scott Collie reviews the 2019 Nissan Pathfinder.
Sep 19, 2019
E5: Venue and 508 reviews, Lamborghini Chief Marketing Officer Katia Bassi, Picanto v Swift, and Deni Ute Muster tickets!
On this week's podcast, you are joined by Mandy Turner, Trent Nikolic, and James Wong. James attended the local launch of the 2020 Hyundai Venue, and discusses what it's like to drive. Paul Maric speaks with Lamborghini's Chief Marketing Officer, Katia Bassi. Trent was in Canberra last week for the local launch of the 2020 Peugeot 508, and James compares the Kia Picanto and Suzuki Swift. With thanks to Isuzu D-MAX, the official ute of the Deni Ute Muster for the past four years, we have two Deni Ute Muster double passes to give away for the 4th and 5th of October. If you would like a chance to win these tickets, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sep 12, 2019
E4: Frankfurt motor show special! Hits and misses,
This week Paul Maric, Alborz Fallah, Tony Crawford, Josh Dowling, and Mike Costello are broadcasting from the Volkswagen stand at the 2019 Frankfurt motor show. They discuss their hits and misses, and the lack of manufacturers present at the show. Plus, they cover some of the production models and concepts, including the Volkswagen ID.3, Land Rover Defender, Honda e, Mercedes-Benz EQS, and Josh's time with the Kia Soul.
Sep 5, 2019
E3: Infinti exits Australia, Land Rover Discovery Sport review, Taycan reveal, and FCAI CEO, Tony Weber
This week you are joined by Mandy Turner and Mike Costello. Mike discusses the Australian exit of Infiniti and what it means now for Nissan Australia. Jez Spinks reviews the Land Rover Discovery Sport and talks about how it handled a trip to the snow. Paul Maric was at the reveal of the 2020 Porsche Taycan and talks with the Platform Director, Dr Bernd Propfe. Mike and Mandy attend the first press briefing by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries and speak with the Chief Executive, Tony Weber, about August VFACTS, luxury car tax, and what they are doing to help with the Takata airbag recall.
Aug 29, 2019
E2: BMW X4 M review, Volkswagen Australia Head of PR, Paul Pottinger, and take a ride in the Rolls Royce Wraith Black Badge
Mandy Turner, Mike Costello, and Kez Casey are live from Motorsport Safety and Rescue as our 11 ute mega test continues! After the recent launch, Kez reviews the 2020 BMW X4 M locally. We speak with the General Manager Corporate Communications for Volkswagen Australia, Paul Pottinger about the SUV rollout, ID models, and the Skoda Kodiaq RS. Lastly, Mandy takes a ride with Paul Maric around Toorak in the 2019 Rolls Royce Wraith Black Badge.
Aug 22, 2019
E1: The first episode live from our ute megatest! MX-5 v 124 Spider, X5 40e owner review, and Pajero Sport v MU-X
Join us for our first episode of Automotive Industry Insights with Mandy Turner, Paul Maric, and Josh Dowling live from the Melbourne 4x4 Proving Ground for our 11 ute megatest! We get to know the new CarAdvice and Drive CEO, Alex Parsons. Kez Casey compares the 2019 Abarth 124 Spider and Mazda MX-5 Roadster. We chat to Gavin about his 2017 BMW X5 40e owner review. Lastly, Sam Purcell puts the Mitsubishi Pajero Sport and Isuzu MU-X back-to-back on and off the road.
Aug 15, 2019
E166: T-Roc Cabriolet revealed, six cars that should be sold in Oz, Civic Type R v i30 N Fastback, and the future of our podcast!
On the podcast, this week is Mandy Turner, Mike Costello, and Scott Collie. In car news, the 2020 Volkswagen T-Roc Cabriolet has been revealed, Peugeot has introduced Australia's first petrol particulate filter, why the latest Census data is bad news for young drivers, and Australian drivers have revealed their dirty habits. Mike calls out six cars that should be sold in Australia in his latest opinion piece. Josh Dowling talks about his trip from Cairns to Cape York and gives his top 10 tips if you plan to make the journey. Plus, he discusses why manuals are on the nose, according to RACQ. Mike compares the 2019 Honda Civic Type R and Hyundai i30 N Fastback and reveals a winner. Lastly, we reveal the changes made to the way we will be doing podcasts.
Aug 2, 2019
E164: 911 Carrera revealed, G80 review, take a ride in the Leaf, and Tesla Model 3 review
Join Mandy Turner, Paul Maric, and Mike Costello this week. In car news, a petrol-powered 2020 Audi Q7 could be coming to Australia, the 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera has been revealed, Britain’s car industry has given its Prime Minister a warning about leaving the European Union, and Tesla has added Netflix and YouTube to its infotainment. James Wong reviews the 2019 Genesis G80, and Mandy takes a ride with Scott Collie in the 2019 Nissan Leaf. We speak to people at the Melbourne CarAdvice garage open day who have ordered a Tesla Model 3, and Paul reviews the car. Lastly, Mandy catches up again with author Loretta Smith just after the release of her book, A Spanner in the Works: The extraordinary story of Alice Anderson and Australias first all-girl garage.
1 hr 6 min
Jul 25, 2019
E163: Q3 Sportback revealed, HiAce and Seltos review, The Shortlist, and Alpina CEO
On this week's podcast, you are joined by Mandy Turner, Kez Casey, and Scott Collie. In car news, according to an RACQ study, electric cars are cheaper to run, but high prices are still a problem. Also, pricing and specs have been released for the 2020 Volkswagen Touareg, the Toyota HiLux gets an updated 5-star ANCAP safety rating, and the 2020 Audi Q3 Sportback has been revealed. Mike Costello drives the 2020 Kia Seltos, and Trent Nikolic checks out the 2019 Toyota HiAce. We help out Steve on The Shortlist who is wanting a sophisticated sedan with a good sound system between $60,000 to $80,000. And Mandy talks to Alpina CEO, Andreas Bovensiepen.
1 hr 6 min
Jul 18, 2019
E162: Corvette coming to Oz, Touareg and 1 Series review, take a ride in the LC500h, and Bentley Head of Interior Design
Joining Mandy Turner this week is Mike Stevens and James Wong. In car news, the Chevrolet Corvette and 2020 Skoda Kodiaq will be coming to Australia, the Ford and Volkswagen alliance is expanding to electric and autonomous tech, the Lotus Evija has been unveiled, and the 2019 Ford Everest is getting AEB standard across the range. Sam Purcell reviews the 2019 Volkswagen Touareg V6 TDI and he takes it off road. James and Mandy take a ride in the 2019 Lexus LC500h and discuss the choice between the hybrid and V8. Mandy talks to Romulus Rost, the Head of Interior Design and Colour and Trim for Bentley, after the reveal of the Bentley EXP 100 GT. Lastly, Mike Costello discusses the 2020 BMW 1 Series after he attended the launch in Munich.
1 hr 9 min
Jul 12, 2019
Interview: Global Director for Electric Vehicles for Nissan, Nic Thomas
At the Australian launch of the 2020 Nissan Leaf, Mike Costello caught up with Nissan Global Director for Electric Vehicles, Nic Thomas.
Jul 12, 2019
E161: X7 pick-up, Goodwood report, Cayman GT4 review, Q8 v Velar, and Nissan Leaf local launch
This week on the podcast is Scott Collie and Paul Maric. In car news, the Bentley EXP 100 GT concept, BMW X7 pick-up concept, and 2020 Mini Cooper SE have been revealed, and the 2020 C8 Chevrolet Corvette rear end has been spied. Paul and Trent Nikolic attended the Goodwood Festival of Speed where Trent drove the Porsche Cayman GT4. Mike Costello speaks to Nissan Global Director for Electric Vehicles, Nic Thomas, at the local launch of the Nissan Leaf. Lastly, Kez Casey compares the Audi Q8 55 TFSI and Range Rover Velar P380 SE.
1 hr 3 min
Jul 4, 2019
Behind the scenes: 2019 Medium SUV comparison test
Go behind-the-scenes and see how we conduct a 10-car medium SUV comparison.
Jul 4, 2019
E160: Mercedes-AMG A45 and CLA45 revealed, VFACTS, BMW ice driving but without ice, and off-roading in the Wrangler, LandCruiser and Jimny
On the podcast this week is Mandy Turner, Mike Costello, and Kez Casey. In car news, Evie Networks is planning an EV charge station expansion, Europe has mandated EV sound generators, the 2020 Land Rover Defender specs have been leaked, and the 2020 BMW X6 and Mercedes-AMG A 45 and CLA 45 has been revealed. Mike discusses another slump in new car sales figures for June. Scott Collie talks about attending a BMW ice driving experience in New Zealand, but without the ice. He also talks with Brendan Michel, Head of Product and Market Planning at BMW. Lastly, Mike drove his Suzuki Jimny from Melbourne to Sydney to include the car in an off-roading day which included the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon and Toyota LandCruiser Troop Carrier.
Jun 27, 2019
E159: LIVE at BMW Sydney! HiLux gets AEB standard, Evoque review, and take a ride in the MX-5
This week Mandy Turner, Trent Nikolic, and Paul Maric are live from the newly-refurbished BMW Sydney in Rushcutters Bay! In car news, Mercedes-Benz has slammed stamp duty increases on luxury cars, the 2019 Toyota HiLux will now feature AEB as standard, the Holden Commodore has some problems with its LS3 V8 fuel injectors, and Genesis has plans for a hydrogen car and massive SUV rollout. Trent reviews the 2019 Range Rover Evoque P300R Dynamic, and take a ride in the 2019 Mazda MX-5 GT Roadster. We catch up with BMW Sydney dealer principal, Rene Gerhard, to talk about how the building is not just a showroom, and what it means for its customers. Lastly, Paul talks about the process he went through to reserve his new Toyota Supra.
1 hr 2 min
Jun 20, 2019
E158: LandCruiser V8 axed, Peugeot 5008 review, Charlie Cooper, and come see us at BMW Sydney next week!
On this week's podcast, Scott Collie and James Wong join Mandy Turner. In car news, the Porsche 718 Boxster Spyder and 718 Cayman GT4, and the 2020 Renault Zoe have been revealed. Also, Toyota Australia is chasing the Tundra and Tacoma to tackle its American challengers, and the Holden Astra sedan and Sportwagon has been axed. Speaking of, the Toyota LandCruiser V8 could be axed, and increased stamp duty on luxury cars is to be challenged in the High Court, as we talk to Josh Dowling. Scott talks about taking five of his hockey friends in the 2019 Peugeot 5008 Allure for this week's review. Rob Margeit speaks to Charlie Cooper, the grandson of John Cooper, behind the famous Mini Cooper. Catch us next Thursday 27th June at BMW Sydney, 20 McLachlan Ave, Darlinghurst from 10.30am to midday. Come and say hi to Mandy, Trent Nikolic, and Tony Crawford as we record the podcast!
Jun 13, 2019
E157: Mazda EV by 2020, Bentley Flying Spur reveal, 2020 Holden Colorado review, and ride in the Abarth 595 Competizione
This week Mandy Turner joins Trent Nikolic and Josh Dowling in Sydney. In car news, the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid has been sold out already, Mazda will be launching an electric car in 2020, and the 2019 BMW 3 Series Touring has been revealed. Sam Purcell reviews the 2020 Holden Colorado after returning from the Victorian launch. Tony Crawford was at the unveiling of the 2020 Bentley Flying Spur and talks to us about just how luxurious the limousine is. Lastly, Kez Casey and Mandy take a drive in the 2019 Abarth 595 Competizione around the streets of Melbourne.
Jun 6, 2019
E156: Model X joins Vic Police, VFACTS, Camaro ZL1, and CarAdvice Approved Testers
Joining you this week is Mandy Turner, Paul Maric, and James Wong. In car news, the Tesla Model X has joined the Victorian Highway Patrol fleet, the Toyota C-HR Hybrid will be coming to Australia later in the year, the Skoda Mountiaq concept and 2019 BMW M8 Competition has been unveiled. Josh Dowling talks extensively on many topics including his drives in the 2019 Porsche Cayenne coupe and Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, the best EOFY ute deals, instant tax write off, 24-hour Ram 1500 production, and how the allocation for the Ferrari SF90 Stradale is already sold. Lastly, we speak to the participants of the inaugural CarAdvice Approved Testers program. We do apologise for the bad quality audio this week.
1 hr 5 min
May 30, 2019
E155: Wrangler ANCAP, Forester v Outback, Audi Formula E team principal, Pedders and OEM mods
This week you are joined by Scott Collie, Paul Maric, and Kez Casey. In car news, the 2020 Ferrari SF90 Stradale has been unveiled, the 2010 Volvo S60 and V60 pricing and specs have been released, JLR has said the Coalition win was the 'best result we could have hoped for', and the Jeep Wrangler has received a one-star ANCAP safety rating. We speak to Curt Dupriez where he compares the 2019 Subaru Forester and Outback. Mike Costello chats to Adam Gillick, Senior Executive - Brand and Marketing for Pedders Suspension and Brakes, about OEM modifications. Lastly, Scott speaks about his Berlin Formula E experience and talks with Allan McNish, Audi Formula E team principal, and Jordan Love, a young Australian Porsche racer.
May 23, 2019
E154: Supra pricing, European sports sedan comparison, how simulators are teaching kids to drive, and reader comments!
On the panel this week is Mandy Turner, Mike Stevens, and James Wong. In car news, pricing and specifications has been announced for the 2020 Toyota Supra and 2019 Genesis G70, Jaguar Land Rover has confirmed a $6.7 billion loss, the Toyota Tarago has been axed to make way for the Granvia, and the Mercedes-Benz EQC has the 'highest demand of any passenger car we've shown'. Josh Dowling compares a group of European sports sedans; Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio, BMW M3 Pure, Audi RS5 Sportback, and Mercedes-AMG C63 S. We speak to Lisa Skaife, Founder of MyDRIVE School, who has developed a software program that helps school students learn to drive via a simulator. Lastly, we read out the best comments from the Supra pricing article.
1 hr 9 min
May 16, 2019
E153: Z4 M off the cards, RAV4 and 911 Speedster reviews, 124 Spider owner review, and 1969 Morris Mini
This week Scott Collie and Mike Costello are on the panel. In car news, it appears the BMW Z4 M will be off the cards, Volvo Australia is working on capped-priced servicing, Mazda is preparing inline-six petrol and diesel engines, and a Hyundai N EV sports car is coming with thanks to a RIMAC partnership. Josh Dowling reviews the 2019 Toyota RAV4, and Tony Crawford talks about the 2019 Porsche 911 Speedster. Mandy chats to Kurt, who owns a 1969 Morris Mini K which will form part of an old v new soon. Lastly, Shane submitted an owner review of his 2016 Abarth 124 Spider.
May 9, 2019
Hatchback mega test: a podcast special
Joining Mandy Turner are judges Mike Costello, Kez Casey, and Curt Dupriez. Cars involved in the 2019 hatchback mega test are the Mazda 3 G25 Astina, Holden Astra RS-V, Ford Focus Titanium, Hyundai i30 N-Line Premium, Peugeot 308 Allure, Kia Cerato GT, Toyota Corolla ZR Hybrid, Volkswagen Golf Highline 110TSI (Sound and Vision package), Honda Civic VTi-LX, and Subaru Impreza 2.0i-S. Stay tuned at CarAdvice.com for the upcoming review and video.
May 9, 2019
E152: RAV4 details, Z4 review, riding in the Mazda 3 hatch, the election and automotive, and Gladiator in Utah
This week Mandy Turner is in Sydney with Curt Dupriez and Sam Purcell for the hatchback mega test (bonus podcast is available now!). In car news, the Honda Civic Type R breaks a Bathurst record with Jenson Button at the wheel, the 2019 Toyota RAV4 pricing and specs have been released, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto have been introduced by Toyota in Australia, Lamborghini has restored the Muira from The Italian Job. Scott Collie and Mike Stevens speak to Alborz Fallah about the 2019 BMW Z4. Mike Costello chats to VACC CEO, Geoff Gwilym, about the Federal Election and what it means for the automotive industry. Lastly, Mandy and Curt go for their first drive in the 2019 Mazda 3 hatch and listen to the most entertaining Honda Civic classified ad.
1 hr 1 min
May 2, 2019
Candid with Ken Block: a podcast special
Paul Maric sat at a round-table chat with Ken Block in New Zealand. Ken talks about what would've been Gymkhana 9 in Sydney which never eventuated, what inspires him, his most favourite gymkhana, his thoughts on EVs and if he would do an EV Gymkhana, how he practices before cameras start rolling, his current ride, his mechanical knowledge, where the term Hooligan came from, his connection to Australia, and much more.
May 2, 2019
E151: Isuzu six-year warranty, Rio v Fabia, CarAdvice merge with Drive, Australia’s politicians and EVs, and Renault Trafic owner review
On this week's podcast, you are joined by Mike Stevens and Scott Collie. In car news, Kia is developing neater tech for emergency services, Isuzu has announced a six-year warranty and seven-year capped price servicing, Australian orders for the Tesla Model 3 will be opening in May, and Toyota has opened a Nurburgring-inspired test track. We talk to CarAdvice CEO Andrew Beecher about our Hyundai Kona Electric long-termer, and discuss what's happening with CarAdvice and Drive. Scott compares the Kia Rio GT-Line and the Skoda Fabia 81TSI Monte Carlo. Mike Costello talks about his opinion piece, 'Australia’s politicians are childish on EVs'. Lastly, we chat to Roger about his owner review of the 2017 Renault Trafic LWB Crew.
Apr 25, 2019
E150: Celebrating our 150th at Zagame Autobody! Macan S review, The Shortlist, driving education, and more!
To celebrate our 150th episode, Mandy Turner, Paul Maric, and James Wong broadcast from Zagame Autobody in Tullamarine, Victoria. In car news, the 2020 Lexus LM and the Nissan Slyphy have been unveiled, Tesla has revealed the full self-driving computer which Elon Musk says is 'the best chip in the world', and Great Wall is preparing a 500Nm diesel engine for its new ute. We speak with Andre Selliah, GM of Operations at Zagame Tullamarine, and Tony Crawford reviews the 2019 Porsche Macan S. On The Shortlist, we help Julian with deciding with a low kilometre Holden Cruze or a high kilometre Mazda 3, and John is after a medium-size SUV for his teenage family. We get a look into the world of driver education with Courtenay Rufus from CRUDE Ultimate Driving Education.
Apr 18, 2019
2019 Shanghai and New York motor show: a podcast special
CarAdvice is on the ground at this week's motor shows, giving you the latest news, along with hits and misses. At the Shanghai motor show is Mike Costello and Scott Collie, while at the New York motor show, is Josh Dowling and Derek Fung. Take a look at CarAdvice.com to read more.
Apr 18, 2019
E149: LIVE at Sydney Royal Easter Show! C3 Aircross review, MG marketing manager, Shanghai and New York motor show
Mandy Turner and Tony Crawford are live from the MG stand at the Sydney Royal Easter Show! In car news, Australia's 'cheap' fuel will remain unchanged until 2027, the 2020 Nissan 370Z 50th Anniversary edition will be coming to Australia, the Goodyear Eagle Supersport will be coming to Australia, and the 2020 BMW M135i XDrive has been leaked. James Wong reviews the 2019 Citroen C3 Aircross, after its recent local launch in Sydney. We speak with Mark Vukoja, the MG National Marketing Manager for Australia and New Zealand, to see where the brand is at in Australia. Mandy goes for a ride with Kez Casey who is behind the wheel of the 2019 Mercedes-AMG C63 S sedan. Mike Costello and Scott Collie discuss their hits and misses from the Shanghai motor show, while Josh Dowling and Derek Fung speak from the New York motor show (listen to the full versions of these reports in a bonus motor show podcast here). Next week we are celebrating our 150th episode by broadcasting at the Zagame Autobody Bes…
Apr 11, 2019
E148: Mazda 3 review, Osher Gunsburg and his Nissan Leaf, AI and insurance, Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association
This week you are joined by Mandy Turner, Mike Costello, and James Wong. In car news, the Ford Fiesta ST and Focus Active has been delayed, Carlos Ghosn has said his arrest was part of a 'conspiracy', the Kia Stinger has joined the NT Police fleet, and the 2020 Mercedes-AMG CLA35 has been revealed. Mike reviews the 2019 Mazda 3 hatchback, which you can read and watch the full review here. Paul Maric talks to Osher Gunsburg about EVs and his Nissan Leaf. We speak to Jason Wilby, Co-Founder at Huddle Insurance, at how artifical intelligence is being used to assess driver safety behaviours and to decrease insurance fraud. Sam Purcell chats about data sharing and how EVs will affect the aftermarket industry with Lesley Yates, Senior Manager for Government Relations & Advocacy for Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association, at the Australian Automotive Aftermarket Expo. Catch us next Thursday 10am at the MG stand at the Royal Easter Show in Sydney!
Apr 4, 2019
E147: Nissan five-year warranty, March VFACTS, Plug Me In, guess the exhaust hint, and Focus v Golf
On this week's podcast, you are joined by Mandy Turner, Mike Costello, and Kez Casey. In car news, Great Wall has confirmed an electric ute, Nissan has added a five-year warranty, Labor has set an 'ambitious' 50% EV sales target by 2030, and the 2020 Ford Kuga and Escape have been revealed. Mike discusses the March VFACTS with new car sales figures once again low. Paul Maric and James Wong join Mandy to speak to Wiebe Wakker, where he has completed his incredible journey from The Netherlands to Sydney in his EV. Another hint is given for guess the exhaust, where you could win a CarAdvice prize pack, and we talk to Jez Spinks about his comparison of the 2019 Ford Focus Trend and Volkswagen Golf Trendline.
1 hr 6 min
Mar 28, 2019
E146: Sonata details, modifying a Landcruiser, race against NSW Police, and Peugeot 3008 owner review
Joining Mandy Turner this week is Paul Maric and James Wong. In car news, the BMW 1 Series has been previewed, Toyota Australia has confirmed three hybrid launches before the end of the year, and the Ford Ranger will be getting AEB across the range. Also, initial details have been released for the 2020 Hyundai Sonata, and the 2019 Mercedes-AMG A35 Sedan has been revealed. We speak to Sam Purcell about the modifications that have been done to our CarAdvice owned 2019 Toyota Landcruiser 79 Series dual cab GXL. We chat to Steven Planinic who is an amateur racer on the weekend, and an NSW Police Highway Patrol driver during the week; he's organised an event called Beat the Blue, where you can race your car against police cars. Guess the exhaust wasn't correctly guessed, so we give out a hint this week for your chance to win a CarAdvice prize pack. Lastly, Lachlan talks about his 2018 Peugeot 3008 Allure owner review, which he has written to enter the CarAdvice Community Approved Tester Pro…
Mar 21, 2019
E145: CX-8 price hike, X7 review, Mercedes-Benz EQC interview, guess the exhaust, Aston Martin's Marek Reichman
This week you are joined by Mandy Turner, Kez Casey, and Scott Collie. In car news, the 2019 Mazda CX-8 is getting Apple CarPlay and a price increase, Toyota Australia has announced a hydrogen filling station in Victoria, and the 2020 Bentley Continental GT V8 has been unveiled. Plus, Ford has confirmed 5000 European job losses, and Volvo will be installing technology to control drunk drivers. Trent Nikolic reviews the 2019 BMW X7. Mike Costello talks to Claire Painter, the EQ Infrastructure Readiness Manager at a Mercedes-Benz EQC event, and James Wong speaks to the Aston Martin design boss, Marek Reichman. On The Shortlist, John is wanting a $45,000 AWD SUV with a five-year warranty, and guess the exhaust makes a return!
Mar 14, 2019
E144: Passat joins Vic Pol, Triton review, CX-5 owner review, and we talk to a driver occupational therapist
On this week's podcast, you're joined by Mandy Turner, Josh Dowling, and Mike Stevens. In car news, the Volkswagen Passat has joined the Victoria Police fleet, and the Honda Civic Type R joins NSW Police but as a community vehicle. Also, according to Nissan and research conducted by Morgan Stanley, prices for EVs could match internal combustion engine cars by 2024, and Honda is wanting 25% of its sales to be hybrid and electric by 2025. Kez Casey reviews the 2019 Mitsubishi Triton GLS, and we speak to Kenny about his owner review of the 2018 Mazda CX-5 Touring. Lastly, we talk to Kate Walker from Upshot who is an occupational therapist for driving assessments and rehabilitation, and we ask her about elderly driver assessments.
Mar 7, 2019
E143: Geneva motor show, VFACTS, Ford CEO interview, and Volkswagen SUV range day
Joining Mandy Turner this week is Mike Costello and Kez Casey. In car news, the 2020 Mazda CX-30, the Volkswagen ID. Buggy concept, the Skoda Vision IV concept, and the Imagine by Kia electric sedan has been revealed at the Geneva motor show. Plus, Tesla has slashed prices for the Model S and Model X in Australia. Mike discusses the February VFACTS with another record low car sales month. Alborz Fallah and Josh Dowling talk about their hits and misses at the 2019 Geneva motor show. We speak with Ford Australia CEO Kay Hart for International Women's Day. Lastly, Scott Collie attended a Volkswagen SUV range day and spoke with Todd Ford, the Product Manager for Volkswagen passenger vehicles.
1 hr 9 min
Mar 1, 2019
E142: LCT exclusive, brand identities, The Shortlist, Vic High Country off-roading, and VW Commercial Director
This week Mandy Turner is joined by Paul Maric and James Wong. In car news, the NSW opposition is planning to slug car buyers with the highest stamp duty in Australia, Toyota customers are paying more for LCT than many other luxury car owners, and the EV Council has slammed Federal's 'plan about a plan' for EVs. Plus, the Honda E Prototype and 2020 Volkswagen T-Roc R has been unveiled. Mike Costello discusses his opinion piece on how brands are sharing components and platforms more than ever. We help Tim on The Shortlist where he's wanting to replace his Volkswagen Polo GTI with a wagon. Sam Purcell talks about his recent trip to the Victorian High Country with a group of off-roading vehicles, including the Suzuki Jimny. And James Wong interviews the Director for Volkswagen Commerical, Ryan Davies.
Feb 21, 2019
Let's talk EVs: a podcast special
There’s not a week that goes by that we don’t talk about electric vehicles on the CarAdvice podcast. In this special, Mandy Turner hosts our panel with Paul Maric, Curt Dupriez and Jez Spinks, while on location for our latest EV mega test. Topics include the future of EVs, longevity of the batteries, different types of charging, build quality, pricing, servicing, infrastructure, range anxiety, and so much more.
Feb 21, 2019
E141: Focus ST revealed, Falcon Holy Grail, 600LT and i30 N Line review, and to chip tune or not?
This week Mandy Turner is in Sydney this week for the EV mega test (listen out for the EV podcast special!), and on the panel is Trent Nikolic and Tony Crawford. Geza emailed us at email@example.com to ask if he should chip tune his 2014 Kia Rondo that he uses to haul the family and a camper trailer. In car news, Honda has officially announced it will be closing its UK manufacturing operations, the 2020 Ford Focus ST has been revealed, and pricing and specs have been released for the 2019 Volkswagen Touareg and Mazda 3. Tony talks about his review of the 2019 McLaren 600LT, and Curt Dupriez reviews the 2019 Hyundai i30 N Line manual. Josh Dowling talks about his drive in the Ford Falcon Holy Grail, and he also attended a media event where Holden boss Dave Buttner discussed the possible change in Holden distribution.
1 hr 6 min
Feb 14, 2019
E140: Data sharing, Cerato GT review, sporty wagons, Grant Denyer, and take a ride in the Jimny
This week, you are joined by Mandy Turner, Kez Casey, and Mike Stevens. In car news, the Mitsubishi ASX, the BMW X3 M and X4 M, and the Alpina B7 XDrive have been revealed. Plus, the Fiat 500C Spiaggina '58 has been confirmed for Australia, and the Liberal National Party has proposed manufacturers to share service data with independent repairers. Alborz Fallah reviews the 2019 Kia Cerato GT. Charles emailed us at firstname.lastname@example.org with a budget of $60,000 to buy a sporty wagon. Mandy talks to Grant Denyer at the Lotus Cars Australia Track Day at Bathurst about his history with cars, and Mike Costello takes Mandy for a spin in the 2019 Suzuki Jimny on a very wet Melbourne day.
Feb 7, 2019
Mark Webber at Bathurst 12 Hour: uncut
CarAdvice's Rob Margeit spoke with Mark Webber at the 2019 Bathurst 12 Hour, where he got the chance to talk to him about his role with Porsche, if he misses racing, his thoughts on Formula-E racing and robo racing, and much more.
Feb 7, 2019
E139: RAV4 details, VFACTS, Mark Webber, Wrong Fuel Rescue, and Volvo XC90 owner review
On this week's podcast, you're joined by Mandy Turner, Paul Maric, and Mike Costello. In car news, the Hyundai i30N Fastback will be debuting in Australia in March or April, and the 2020 Mazda CX-6 (or could it be a CX-3?) SUV has been previewed. Plus, the 2020 Volkswagen Passat facelift and 2019 Range Rover Velar SVAutobiography Dynamic Edition has been revealed, along with preliminary specs for the 2019 Toyota RAV4. Mike discusses Januarys VFACTS in what is a slow start for 2019. Rob Margeit interviews Mark Webber on location at the Bathurst 12 Hour. We speak to Yan Van De Velde, Founder of Wrong Fuel Rescue, about what happens to a car when it is misfueled. We chat to Todd about his 2018 Volvo XC90 D5 Inscription owner review.
1 hr 2 min
Jan 31, 2019
E138: LIVE from Barry Bourke Suzuki! I-Pace review, Stinger owner review, and Industry Sales Satisfaction Study
This week Mandy Turner and Kez Casey are broadcasting from Barry Bourke Suzuki in Berwick, Victoria! In car news, the 2019 Renault Clio has been revealed, Ford has patented an all-wheel-drive hybrid V8 system, car companies are calling for a rego ban on cars affected by the Takata recall, and the Autobahn will be remaining derestricted despite a push to lower emissions. Jez Spinks reviews the 2019 Jaguar I-Pace. The Annual Automotive Industry Sales Satisfaction Study has been released, and we speak with JD Power's Director and Country Manager for Australia, Bruce Chellingworth, about the results. David has written an owner review of his 2018 Kia Stinger GT, and compares it to his previous car, a Holden Calais. We chat to Barry Bourke Suzuki New Car Sales Manager, Shane Crew, about the popularity of the Jimny, and their best selling cars at the dealership.
Jan 24, 2019
E137: Golf Mk8 snapped, Jimny and Huracan Evo review, roadtripping in the MX-5, and The Shortlist
On the podcast this week is Mandy Turner, Alborz Fallah, and Mike Stevens. Kez Casey joins us for car news, where we discuss the first production Toyota Supra that has been sold for US$2.1 million, and the 2020 Volkswagen Golf Mk8 has been snapped. Also, BMW and Mercedes-Benz have been discussing a joint front-wheel-drive platform, and Tesla has increased its Supercharger prices as it slashes seven per cent of its workforce. We talk to Mike Costello about the 2019 Suzuki Jimny, and Tony Crawford chats about his drive in the 2019 Lamborghini Huracan Evo. Mandy takes Michelle Izzard, who was a winner on the 'be a motoring journalist for a day' competition in Tasmania, for a road trip in our long-termer 2019 Mazda MX-5. We applaud Ian on The Shortlist who doesn't want an SUV for his family, but instead a sedan or hatch under $40,000.
Jan 17, 2019
E136: Supra revealed, Karoq review, 911 GT3 Touring v GT-R Nismo, and an update on Cars We Own
This week you are joined by Mandy Turner, Mike Costello, and Scott Collie. In car news, The 2019 BMW 7 Series has been revealed, as has the 2020 Toyota Supra (finally!). Pricing and specs for the 2019 Kia Cerato GT have been released, and Ford and Volkswagen have confirmed a global van and ute alliance. Mike Stevens joins us to talk to James Wong about the 2019 Skoda Karoq for this week's review. CarAdvice CEO Andrew Beecher gives us an update on our fleet of cars. Take a ride with Kez Casey and Mandy in the Porsche 911 GT3 Touring and Nissan GT-R Nismo for our latest comparison.
1 hr 10 min
Jan 10, 2019
2019 New Car Calendar: a podcast special
The 2019 New Car Calendar is a must-read if you're one to keep up-to-date with new cars coming to Australia, and we update it as we get the latest news that come through to CarAdvice. There's a lot to read, and if you don't have the time, why not listen to it?
Jan 10, 2019
E135: New car calendar, ChargePod, Singer review, Camry Hybrid owner review, Disco Sport v Cherokee Trailhawk
Welcome to the 2019 season of the CarAdvice podcast! This week you are joined by Mandy Turner and Mike Stevens. In car news, Honda has launched a new third-row grade CR-V, the 2020 Land Rover Defender has been previewed, and the 2019 Lamborghini Huracan Evo and Mercedes-Benz CLA have been revealed. Sam Purcell compares the 2019 Land Rover Disco Sport Si4 and Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk on and off-road. Mike highlights the 2019 New Car Calendar (separate and more in-depth podcast is online). We speak to EV enthusiast, Jon Edwards, who has built a ChargePod, with 50kW DC charging capability. David has written an owner review on the 2018 Toyota Camry Ascent Sport Hybrid and we chat to him about it. Lastly, Tony Crawford talks about his drive in a Singer.
Dec 20, 2018
The year that was in the CarAdvice Podcast: 2018 wrap-up episode
Another year, another 44 CarAdvice podcasts packed with news, reviews, comparisons, special guests and topics. With around 44 hours worth of podcast goodness, it’s hard to pick the best parts. Even so, we’ve tried to pack them into one episode. Highlights include a discussion on infotainment systems, public reaction to the 2019 Holden Commodore, celebrity chauffeur Joe Achilles, a hot lap in the Hyundai i30 N, everything Ford Ranger Raptor, and much more.
1 hr 9 min
Dec 20, 2018
Most clicked news of 2018!
2018 is officially over. It’s time for sunshine and (a sometimes rose-tinted) reflection on the year gone by. Here at CarAdvice, we’re taking the chance to look back at some of the most interesting, exciting and downright strange stories published this year. For this instalment, we're covering off the five most visited CarAdvice news stories of the year.
Dec 20, 2018
E134: Jimny with AEB bug, Fredric Aasbo, Isuzu I-Venture, and Winners Circle!
Join Mandy Turner, Paul Maric, and James Wong for the last podcast for 2018! In car news, Australia's first Genesis showroom has begun taking shape, the Suzuki Jimny has been hit with an AEB bug, Ford Australia has announced it is not planning to kill passenger cars, and a mobile phone detection camera will be trialed in NSW. We answer Mark's question in Ask CarAdvice, about if December or January is the best time to buy a new car. Paul Maric speaks with professional drifter Fredric Aasbo, and Mandy attends the Isuzu I-Venture off-roading experience. Lastly, we present the 2018 CarAdvice Winners Circle!
1 hr 2 min
Dec 13, 2018
E133: Tony buys a Bullitt, external airbags, 3 Series review, and Mustang v Camaro
Join Mandy Turner, Trent Nikolic, and Tony Crawford in Sydney for the CarAdvice Christmas Party! Tony talks about his new purchase, a Ford Mustang Bullit, and we announce the winner of guess the exhaust. In car news, external airbags have been tested, N Line has joined the Hyundai i30 range, the McLaren 720S Spider has been revealed, and the Toyota GR Supra Super GT Concept has been teased. Mike Costello reviews the 2019 BMW 3 Series. Trent discusses his comparison between the 2019 Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro.
Dec 6, 2018
E132: Wrangler 1 star NCAP, VFACTS, Ioniq review, Stinger rev battle, and Grand Tour's Abbie Eaton!
This week join Mandy Turner, Kez Casey, and James Wong. In car news, Volkswagen has announced it's next generation platforms will be the last petrol and diesel engines, and Mazda has stated there will be no more MPS models. Also, Ssangyong has confirmed a seven-year/unlimited kilometre warranty, and the 2019 Jeep Wrangler has scored a one-star Euro NCAP safety rating. Scott Collie discusses November VFACTS and reviews the 2019 Hyundai Ioniq. We speak to Abbie Eaton, famous for the test driver for season two of Grand Tour, and is now hoping to make it to the Australian Supercars Championship. James and Mandy conduct an exhaust battle with the Kia Stinger Si and the Stinger GT with the bi modal exhaust. Guess the exhaust to win a Chamberlain HandyLift myQ automatic garage door opener, valued at $499! Just in time for Christmas...
1 hr 7 min
Nov 29, 2018
E131: 911 and Mazda 3 revealed, Rio GT-Line review, around Australia in a Model X, Vito owner review, and LA motor show
Join Mandy Turner, Paul Maric, and Scott Collie this week. In car news, the 2019 Porsche 911 and Mazda 3 has been revealed, Hyundai Ioniq pricing and specs have been announced, and GM has announced its closing factories and culling models. Trent Nikolic reviews the 2019 Kia Rio GT-Line. We speak to Harald Murphy who drove his Tesla Model X around Australia in 19 days. John talks about his owner review of his 2005 Mercedes-Benz Vito, and you won't believe how many kilometres he puts on his vans. Lastly, Alborz Fallah and Tony Crawford report from the Los Angeles motor show.
1 hr 5 min
Nov 22, 2018
E130: Carlos Ghosn, RAV4 review, Melbourne garage day, and ex-military Land Rover review
This week Mandy Turner, Curt Dupriez, and Sam Purcell are broadcasting from a beach house in Torquay, Victoria, while on a massive CarAdvice project at AARC (more details in the coming weeks). In car news, Audi has stated the four-door TT is off the table, Nissan's Carlos Ghosn has been arrested over 'serious misconduct', the 2019 Mazda CX-5 has been confirmed for a turbo engine and Apple CarPlay, and the 2019 Ford Focus Active pricing and specs have been announced. Curt reviews the all-new 2019 Toyota RAV4. Scott Collie and Melissa Ong talk to our readers who attended the Melbourne CarAdvice open day, and another hint is given out for guess the door thunk. Sam talks about his drive in an ex-military Land Rover.
Nov 15, 2018
E129: Live at V-Spec Performance, Triton review, Alborz at Targa High Country, and Debbie who drives her 991 the way it's meant to be driven
This week Mandy Turner, Paul Maric, and Mike Costello are live from V-Spec Performance, where we are surrounded by pristine Japanese sports cars. In car news, the 2020 Hyundai Palisade has been leaked, Mitsubishi will be taking a lead role in developing the pickup/ute platform used across the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance, the Ford 'Baby Bronco' has been leaked, and NRMA has released a new driver distraction campaign as phone use penalties in NSW increase over Christmas. Mike discusses his first drive in the 2019 Mitsubishi Triton. Alborz Fallah drove the CarAdvice Lotus Elise at the Targa High Country for our Road to Race series. Meanwhile, Mandy attended the Porsche Targa High Country Tour in the 718 Cayman GTS and spoke with 991 owners, Debbie Perik. A clue is given out for guess the door thunk, for your chance to win a Navig8r 616 Crash Camera.
Nov 8, 2018
E128: Tarok concept, VFACTS, SEMA hits and misses, and C-HR owner review
Scott Collie is in the hosting chair this week, with Kez Casey and Mike Stevens joining him. In car news, the Volkswagen Tarok and Audi RSQ E-Tron concepts have been unveiled, according to a survey road tax is gaining public support, and how much are you willing to pay for an autonomous car? Mike Costello discusses the new car sales figures for the October VFACTS. Trent Nikolic talks about hits and misses from SEMA. Guess the door thunk returns (hint: it's a Japanese SUV), where you could win a Navig8r FHDX 307 Crash Camera. Lastly, we speak to Bill about his 2018 Toyota C-HR owner review.
Nov 1, 2018
Podcast Special: All things electric with the Australian EV Council, JET Charge
It's been a big month for electric vehicles. In Victoria, a new electric vehicle manufacturing facility has been announced for Morwell, bringing 500 new jobs to the LaTrobe Valley in the process. On a national scale, we've seen the announcement of a new brand-agnostic, 350kW ultra-fast charge network linking Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne and Sydney. Charge stations – 21 of them in total, although that number could grow – will be set around 200km apart on major highways, making it easier to criss-cross our nation's east coast in a battery-powered vehicle. At the launch of the first of those charge stations in Euroa, Victoria, we had a good chat with Behyad Jafari, Australian EV Council CEO, and Tim Washington, JET Charge CEO. It was such an interesting conversation, in fact, we invited them to the Melbourne boardroom to sit down and talk all things electric. In this podcast special, Mike Stevens and Scott Collie speak with Tim and Behyad about the current state of electric…
Nov 1, 2018
E127: Ford skips Geneva, Camaro and Megane RS review, Toyota CEO of Financial Services John Chandler, and Citroen DS ute
Mandy Turner, Mike Costello, and James Wong join you this week. In car news, the Mazda CX-8 is getting a turbo petrol engine in Japan, Ford has announced it's skipping Geneva, the Porsche 911 Project Gold has sold for $4m, and Toyota Supra has been confirmed for Detroit motor show. We speak to Jez Spinks about his time in the 2019 Renault Megane RS280 EDC. John Chandler, President and CEO of Toyota Financial Services, talks about why flex commissions have been banned, and what financing now means for the industry and consumers. We reveal the car behind 'guess the exhaust' and bring back 'guess the door thunk' with a Navig8r FHDX 307 Crash Camera up for grabs. Mandy talks to John at the French Car Festival about his Citroen DS ute, and Mike reviews the 2019 Chevrolet Camaro.
Oct 25, 2018
E126: Australia's first high-charging network station, introducing our off-road editor, guess the exhaust, and MG Motorsports James Brock
On this week's show is Mandy Turner, Kez Casey, and Mike Stevens. In car news, Holden has halted production of the Commodore and Equinox, Porsche Mission E Cross Turismo has been announced for production, and the 2019 Audi R8 has been revealed. Plus, Ford has teased a possible hybrid Mustang model, and a hybrid is also on the cards for the Chevrolet Camaro. We talk to James Brock, team owner of Brock Race Engineering, and the driver of MG Motorsport’s MG6 Plus sports sedan in the 2018 Australian Production Car championship. Scott Collie attends the launch of Australia's first high charging network station in Euroa, Victoria, and chats to the likes of the new Jaguar Managing Director, Mark Cameron. We introduce our new off-road editor, Sam Purcell, who has disagreed on Trent Nikolic’s ‘Is Low Range Dead?’ opinion piece. Guess the exhaust is back, and you get a chance to win the Spintires: MudRunner video game either on PlayStation 4 or Xbox One.
Oct 18, 2018
E125: Picanto GT coming, A200 review, luxury car buyers surveyed, X7 reader comments, and Swift Turbo owner review
Joining Mandy Turner this week is Mike Costello and Scott Collie. In car news, the Kia Picanto GT has been announced for a 2019 arrival, pricing and specs have been released for the Ford Mustang Ecoboost, Sydney has been called Australia's most congested city according to an AAA survey, and the Renault Alaskan could be set for a 2020 Australian launch. Jez Spinks reviews the 2019 Mercedes-Benz A200, and we speak to Thomas who has reviewed his 2018 Suzuki Swift GLX Turbo. We talk to JD Power Australia Country Director, Bruce Chellingworth, about its latest survey results that show how satisfied luxury car customers are. Reader comments are back, and we read out the best from the 2019 BMW X7 reveal story.
Oct 11, 2018
E124: LIVE from our Editorial event! Arteon World Time Attack drive, Wrangler Rubicon review, and driving blindfolded in our S1
This week joining Mandy Turner is Alborz Fallah and Curt Dupriez, live from our Editorial off-site in Torquay, Victoria. Find out how the team went with a blindfolded motorkhana challenge in the Mazda MX-5 RF! Scott Collie and James Wong talk car news, that includes the European Parliament that has voted to cut emissions by 40% by 2030, and Peugeot's E-Legend Concept could become a reality. Plus, the Australian launch for the Porsche Taycan has been confirmed for 2020, and the 2020 Jeep Renegade plug-in hybrid has been confirmed. Curt chats about driving the Volkswagen Arteon World Time Attack, and Tony Crawford discusses his drive in the 2019 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon. Paul Maric talks about his experience of driving the Swiss Alps with Joe Achilles in a BMW i8 Roadster and Audi R8 V10 Plus Spyder. We help Georgina on The Shortlist who is after a $15,000 car for her 18-year old daughter that is capable of long drives and dirt roads.
Oct 4, 2018
E123: LIVE from a man cave! Paris motor show, VFACTS, Holden concept car, and new book on Aussie hot rodder, Rod Hadfield
This week Mandy Turner, Kez Casey, and Mike Stevens are broadcasting from the winner of our man cave competition, Craig Jamieson. In car news, the Kia Niro EV/e-Niro will likely be set for Australia in 2019, NSW has imposed tougher drink driving penalties, Ford has announced pricing and specs for the 2019 Endura, and Volkswagen has moved to a five-year warranty only until the end of the year. Paul Maric, Trent Nikolic, and Mike Costello discuss the hits and misses from the Paris motor show. We talk to Scott Collie about the new car sales figures from September. Mike Stevens chats to Richard Ferlazzo, Holden Design director, and Ewan Kingsbury, lead creative designer, about the reveal of the Holden online concept car, the Time Attack Racer. Allison Hadfield joins us at Craig's man cave to talk about a book she's written about her father called, 'The Mad Scientist of Australian Hot Rodding: Rod Hadfield'. For your chance to win a copy, email email@example.com.
1 hr 7 min
Oct 4, 2018
Holden Time Attack Concept Racer: a CarAdvice podcast special
Holden has revealed its latest concept car, the Time Attack Racer online. Damn, it looks good. It's a slightly different concept to the ones we're used to from the Lion Brand, but there's still a fascinating story behind the Time Attack Concept Racer's conception, design and creation. Mike Stevens and Scott Collie talk to Richard Ferlazzo, Holden Design director, and Ewan Kingsbury, lead creative designer.
Sep 26, 2018
VACC centenary cavalcade showcases rare cars: a podcast special
The VACC celebrated 100-years last weekend with a centenary cavalcade, believed to have been the first in the world. One car from each year from the past 100 years convoyed 124-kilometres from Calder Park Raceway to Bendigo, the town where the automotive association was founded. We caught up with various car owners to learn more about their special car, and spoke to Australian entertainer and car tragic, Shane Jacobson.
Sep 26, 2018
E122: i30 Fastback N revealed, Velar review, Shane Jacobson, Tom Kristensen, and we hit the TV screens!
Mandy Turner is joined by Paul Maric and James Wong this week. In car news, an Australian debut has been confirmed for the Ford Focus Active, Daimler has appointed a new CEO, the 2019 Hyundai i30 Fastback N has been revealed, and the Mazda CX-5 2.5 turbo petrol has appeared on an Australian Government database. For this week's review, we chat to Trent Nikolic about the 2018 Range Rover Velar. Mandy catches up with Australian entertainer, Shane Jacobson, to see what's currently in his garage. Mike Costello speaks with record-breaking nine-time Le Mans winner, Tom Kristensen. To round out, we talk about a major CarAdvice announcement.
Sep 20, 2018
E121: e-tron and A35 revealed, Supra coverage, The Shortlist, and is Australia charged for EVs?
On the podcast this week is Mandy Turner, Mike Stevens, and Scott Collie. In car news, we cover off all the Supra news, the Mercedes-AMG A35 and Audi e-tron Quattro has been revealed. Pricing and specs for the Ford Focus have been released, and we cover Ferrari's five-year plan which includes the SUV. We speak to Paul Maric for his review on the 2019 Toyota Supra prototype drive. Kon contacted us for The Shortlist, and we chat to him about why he wants to sell his 2011 Audi A4, and we give him some advice for a $60,000 medium SUV or sedan replacement. Lastly, after writing, Is Australia charged for EVs?, we talk to Bruce Chellingworth, Director and Country Manager for Australia at J.D. Power Singapore.
Sep 13, 2018
E120: GLE revealed, Range Rover Sport review, how the i30N got its sound, VACC to celebrate centenary and Deni Ute Muster tickets
Mike Costello and Kez Casey join Mandy Turner this week. In car news, the 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE has been revealed, the 2019 HSV Camaro pricing and specs have been announced, and the Bugatti W16 engine will 'the last of its kind'. Also, Takata alpha inflator affected cars in South Australia won't be registerable from November 1. Jez Spinks talks about driving the 2018 Range Rover Sport SDV6 SE. We speak to Geoff Fear, Hyundais official N tech from N Performance Australia, about how the i30 N got its exhaust sound and answers a listeners question on manufactured exhaust notes. Mandy chats to David Dowsey, Head of Marketing at VACC, for its centenary celebrations in an event that is believed to be the first in the world. With thanks to Isuzu UTE, we have two doubles passes to give away to the 2018 Deni Ute Muster, and for your chance for us to record the podcast in your mancave, email photos to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sep 7, 2018
E119: Live from our Mazda reader event in Tassie, EQC revealed, August VFACTS, Colorado review, and pro driver Karl Reindler
This week Mandy Turner and Trent Nikolic are recording from Tasmania at the CarAdvice event where five readers got the chance to experience being a motoring journalist for a day while driving the 2019 Mazda CX-9. In car news, the 2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC has been revealed, Apple has reported its first self-driving crash, the Ford Endura ST-Line has been confirmed for Australia, and the Lexus UX will be launching without Apple CarPlay Down Under. Scott Collie talks through August VFACTS - the new car sales figures. Trent talks about his drive in the 2018 Holden Colorado LT and briefly compares it to the 2018 Ram 1500 Laramie while touching on some reader comments of the Ram. We catch up with Michelle and Stuart, two of our competition winners, and we talk to professional driver, Karl Reindler who is in charge of the Mazda driving event.
Aug 30, 2018
E118: ProCeed teased, large SUV mega test, V6 Kombi, Kodiaq long-termer review, and winner of father's day competition!
Joining Mandy Turner this week is Mike Stevens and Scott Collie. In car news, JLR has designed a self-driving pod with 'virtual eyes', Honda has decided to take a step back from electric cars, Audi has halted production of the RS3, and the 2019 Kia ProCeed has been teased. Scott talks about our long-termer, the 2018 Skoda Kodiaq 132TSI Sportline, and what the rest of the office thought of it. Mandy speaks to Tony at the German Auto Show who put a 2008 Volkswagen Golf R32 engine into the back of a Kombi. Mike Costello and Kez Casey discuss the seven-seater large SUV mega test, and we announce the winner of the Chamberlain DIY garage door opener for father's day!
Aug 23, 2018
E117: Countryman S E All4 review, driving the Hakone Skyline, hatch comparison, and Grand Cherokee owner review
It's a Sydney special! Joining Mandy Turner on the panel this week is CarAdvice CEO Andrew Beecher, Founders Alborz Fallah and Tony Crawford, Trent Nikolic, and Paul Maric. In car news, Holden has announced $28 million for autonomy and EVs, General Motors has stated there is 'no exit plan' for Holden, and GM has said it is 'certainly capable' of getting Cadillac to Australia. Also, Hyundai has detailed launch dates for the Ioniq, Kona Electric, and Veloster. Plus, the Aston Martin DB5 Goldfinger Continuation is making a comeback. Alborz speaks about the 2019 MINI Countryman S E All4 review and gives an update on our Lotus Elise. Tony talks through what it's like driving the Hakone Skyline in Japan in a Lexus GS F. Mandy, Curt Dupriez, and Jez Spinks jumps in the Toyota Corolla, Hyundai i30, and Mazda 3 for a hatch comparison. We chat to Paris about his owner review of his parents 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited. We are giving away a Chamberlain DIY garage door opener and universal rem…
Aug 16, 2018
E116: Ranger Raptor to North America, Tucson review, Cayenne range review, Aussie rally champ Molly Taylor, and father's day giveaway!
Mandy Turner, Paul Maric and Mike Stevens join you this week. In car news, smartphone use has topped road safety concerns in an Australian study, the Ford Ranger Raptor design patent has been confirmed for a North American launch, and another study has revealed semi-autonomous systems 'aren't robust substitutes for human drivers'. Paul reviews the updated 2019 Hyundai Tucson. On The Shortlist, Andrew is after some advice on buying a 4WD SUV priced between $44-$55,000 for camping and off-roading. Mandy talks to Australian Rally Championship driver and Subaru ambassador, Molly Taylor, while she's behind the wheel of the XV. Curt Dupriez chats about a range review he's conducted on the 2018 Porsche Cayenne. Lastly, coming up to Father's Day, we are giving away a Chamberlain DIY garage door opener and universal remote valued at nearly $350. Send us a recording of your own car or your favourite car for your chance to win!
Aug 14, 2018
Riding shotgun in a B-double truck: a CarAdvice podcast special
Driving and reviewing cars is something we do best at CarAdvice. We pretty much know them inside-out, but when it comes to trucks, we’re not so knowledgeable. Every motorist shares the road with trucks, so we decided to take a look inside the world of trucks and their drivers, by riding shotgun in an International ProStar B-double truck with driver René Bueman. Correction regarding local manufacturing: Volvo Group Australia still builds trucks in Australia as does PACCAR (Kenworth and DAF) and IVECO.
Aug 9, 2018
E115: Territory revealed, July VFACTS, Corolla review, and The Shortlist
This week you're joined by Mandy Turner, Mike Costello, and Kez Casey. We read the best comments from Trent Nikolic's opinion piece, The new Commodore is a bloody good thing… get over it. In cars, Tesla is wanting to go private, Australian's have revealed their worst habits behind the wheel, and a 30km/h speed limit is to be introduced in Melbourne's north. Also, Toyota Australia is wanting to 'make a stand' on CO2 emissions, and the 2019 Ford Territory has been unveiled. Mike Costello reviews the all-new Corolla and discusses July VFACTS. On The Shortlist this week Claire is wanting to replace her Volkswagen Tiguan for a gutsy SUV with a manual gearbox.
Aug 7, 2018
Interview: McLaren ambassador, Amanda McLaren
Three years after our exclusive chat with Amanda McLaren at the 675LT reveal, we once again had the chance to catch up with the McLaren brand ambassador and daughter of founder, Bruce McLaren, at the launch of the 600LT at Goodwood Festival of Speed. But this time, we got a bit more candid and personal.
Aug 2, 2018
E114: Mazda five-year warranty, R8 review, Escape owner review, and SsangYong Managing Director
On the panel this week is Paul Maric and Scott Collie. In car news, pricing and specs have been released for the Mercedes-Benz X350d, Mazda has announced a five-year unlimited kilometre warranty, a new website helps motorists identify if their car has faulty Takata airbags. Also, a diesel particular filter regeneration switch will be added to the Toyota Landcruiser Prado and HiLux, and a 40km/h limit past emergency services will be trialed in NSW. Trent Nikolic chats about the 2018 Audi R8, and on The Shortlist, Michael is after a diesel AWD car with a big boot. We talk to Winston about his owner review of a 2017 Ford Escape, and Mike Costello speaks to Tim Smith, the Managing Director of SsangYong Australia.
May 2, 2016
E1 - Introduction, Beijing motor show, Ford Mondeo review, Colorado facelift, family 4x4 SUV mega comparison and the latest car news
Welcome to the first ever CarAdvice podcast. We'll be on the air weekly with episodes released each Sunday. This week we chat about the latest car news, including the Beijing motor show and some of the reveals from the show. We also talk about the new Ford Mondeo, which James Ward has recently driven. Mike Costello joins us for his family SUV comparison that includes the new Mitsubishi Pajero Sport, Toyota Fortuner, Ford Everest, Nissan Patrol and Isuzu MU-X. We'll chat about the new Pirelli P Zero and Paul Maric's recent trip to Shanghai to test the new tyre.