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Magnesium shortage: How it will affect new-car delays in Australia

A shortage in magnesium – and the aluminium products made from it – is yet to be felt in Australian new-car showrooms, say experts. But they are bracing themselves for another slowdown. Here’s why. Executives at Australia’s biggest car companies say it is too early to determine what impact a recently-announced shortage of magnesium...

Synthetic fuels could extend life of petrol cars

Some European car manufacturers are betting on synthetic liquid fuels to keep internal combustion engines in the race longer, but industry experts warn this is no silver bullet. Synthetic fuels – which Porsche claims can be completely carbon neutral – could power internal-combustion cars well into the next decade. The German...

Virtual reality key to real-world car safety

Car makers are using video games to develop autonomous tech. Virtual reality video games – configured to present thousands of everyday driving scenarios – are helping car makers fast track development of autonomous vehicle technology. The simulation technology is allowing manufacturers such as Porsche to factor in various driving...

Haval X Dog breaks cover in China with bizarre steering wheel screen

The quirky Chinese SUV will go on sale overseas early next year. A new mid-sized SUV model built by Haval – known as the ‘X Dog’ – has arrived in Chinese showrooms, and new photos published by CarNewsChina.com give the best look yet at the vehicle’s exterior, interior, finish and oddities. Five separate screens feature inside...

Rafael Nadal now drives a Kia electric car

The world’s fifth-ranked tennis player has taken delivery of a Kia EV6 GT-Line to encourage others to drive more electric vehicles. Tennis champion Rafael Nadal has been given a Kia EV6 electric SUV, in return for a commitment to expand the use of electric vehicles in his personal and professional life.  Nadal, a 20-time grand...

2017 Holden Commodore SV6: owner review

No, it doesn’t have a 6.2-litre LS3. Nor does it have multiple suspension settings, nor a bi-modal exhaust system. No, it hasn’t got quad exhausts either and only the V8 gets the FE3 suspension. So then, what makes the 2017 VFII SV6 the best seller in the range?Owner: Adam What we love Value for moneyStylingEngine abilitySophisticated...

Video: 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 review

Will Hyundai’s funky electric crossover offer a real alternative to the Tesla Model 3? Justin finds out! Should Tesla be quaking in its boots? Hyundai is finally taking electric vehicles seriously. The brand is quick to shout about the significance of its new Ioniq 5 – that christens Hyundai Motor Group’s first dedicated EV platform...

Dear Drive… why is the Volvo XC60 the 2021 DCOTY Best Medium Luxury SUV?

For many Australians, this segment is all about daily-driven luxury, matched with daily-duty practicality. So what made the middle-size Swede stand out from the pack? Dear Drive… where we answer reader, viewer and listener questions. Something on your mind? Call in to the radio show or email us at contactus@drive.com.au. Hanah...

2021 Skoda Octavia RS wagon long-term review: Farewell

We bid farewell to a faithful long-termer, summarising a three-month stint in the fantastic 2021 Skoda Octavia RS wagon. What we love Tech and feature packedEngaging and safe driving characterCabin punches above its weight class What we don’t Lack of physical interior...

Mercedes-AMG One hypercar production locked in for 2022 – report

The long-delayed hypercar – which is powered by a hybrid Formula One engine – finally has a timeline for customer deliveries. The F1-derived Mercedes-AMG One hypercar will go into production next year, after numerous setbacks and delays. According to a new report from Autocar, customers globally will be provided a timeline...

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