tim o'brien Reviews and News
Feature Article: Subaru WRX RS40 Features And Specs Review
What's hot: Still one of the best: a terrific hi-performance drive What's not: A truly drab interior and they're just about all gone X-FACTOR: With the last of the last almost gone and a new model in LA it's now all about the size of the bargain Vehicle style: Small Performance Sedan Price: 44 490 plus on-roads Engine trans: 195kW 343Nm 2.0 litre petrol 6spd manual Fuel consumption listed: 10.4 l 100km tested: 11.9 l 100km OVERVIEW Yes Subaru's 2013 WRX is about to be replaced and while it's showing its age there are still a few to be snapped... continue reading
Ford GT: The Skunkworks Project Signalling A New Direction For ‘One Ford’FRI, 15 MAY, 2015
There are more than 10 million lines of code sitting behind the complex electronics underpinning the performance and features of the new Ford GT.
Federal Govt Considers Blowing New Car Dealer And Manufacturer Import Sectors ApartFRI, 17 APR, 2015
Under its review of the Motor Vehicle Standards Act (MVSA), the Federal Government has rolled a hand-grenade into the new car dealer and vehicle ma...
Open Wide: Competition Policy Review Opens Door To ‘Wide-Scale Grey Imports’WED, 1 APR, 2015
New Zealand used-car ‘grey import’ model recommended for Australia.
Hmmm... We Need Your HelpSAT, 24 JAN, 2015
You may have noticed that The Motor Report has been ‘down’, or loading slowly, for the past few days. On Tuesday night, we cam...
Oil Price Collapse: I Can Buy A Gas-Guzzler, Right?TUE, 20 JAN, 2015
When it comes to predictions on oil, nearly everyone is wrong most of the time.
Nightmare On Car Street: The Uber-EffectSUN, 28 DEC, 2014
So, as of its latest capital raising, Uber is now valued at USD$41billion.
FAIL: Roads Designed To Kill, Part 2TUE, 16 DEC, 2014
Wire-rope Barriers Everywhere: Who Cares About Motorcyclists? (Also see Roads Designed to Kill, Part 1) Wire-rope barriers are contentious.
FAIL: Roads Designed To Kill, Part 1FRI, 12 DEC, 2014
There are three key elements to the ‘road-safety equation’: safer drivers, safer cars and safer roads.
Ford Australia Puts Toyota In The GunMON, 8 DEC, 2014
While avoiding the question of whether Ford Australia would line up Toyota with “attack ads” in its advertising, Ford Australia boss Bo...
Ford Australia Blocks Performax Fleet Deal With Ford USTHU, 11 SEP, 2014
Performax International in Gympie, Queensland, builds a very good product.
2014 Toyota Prado Review: GX, GXL, VX And KakaduSAT, 16 NOV, 2013
TOYOTA PRADO REVIEW What’s hot: Proven performance, comfortable on-road, brilliant off it.
2014 Mercedes Benz C63 AMG Edition 507 Sedan ReviewTHU, 31 OCT, 2013
MERCEDES-BENZ C63 AMG REVIEW Vehicle style: Premium performance large sedan Price: $169,407 (plus on-road costs and charges) Engine/tra...
Nissan Juke Review: ST, ST-S Turbo And Ti-S AWD TurboTHU, 24 OCT, 2013
NISSAN JUKE REVIEW What’s hot: ‘Out there’ styling, appealing prices, potent turbo models.
New Fiat Panda TwinAir Turbo Review: Diary Of An Italian Drive - Day 3TUE, 22 OCT, 2013
FIAT PANDA TWINAIR TURBO REVIEW DAY 1 | DAY 2 | DAY 3 Three days, the Panda TwinAir is fitting like a glove.
New Fiat Panda TwinAir Turbo Review: Diary Of An Italian Drive - Day 2MON, 21 OCT, 2013
FIAT PANDA TWINAIR TURBO REVIEW DAY 1 | DAY 2 | DAY 3 This is going to put the little Panda to the test: from Sulmona nestled at the base of ...
New Fiat Panda TwinAir Turbo Review: Diary Of An Italian Drive - Day 1SAT, 19 OCT, 2013
FIAT PANDA TWINAIR TURBO REVIEW DAY 1 | DAY 2 | DAY 3 Picked up the new Fiat Panda 0.9-litre TwinAir turbo from GianniniAutomobili ...
2014 BMW 4 Series Coupe Review: 420d, 428i And 435iTHU, 17 OCT, 2013
BMW 4 SERIES REVIEW What’s hot: Beautiful long wide styling; fabulous chassis and handling What’s not: Vague ‘Comfort’ ...
2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG ReviewFRI, 11 OCT, 2013
2014 CLA45 AMG REVIEW What’s hot: Slippery body, riotous power, and grip to make your nose bleed What’s not: Exhaust has been &lsqu...
New Mazda3 First Drive ReviewTHU, 10 OCT, 2013
MAZDA3 REVIEW What’s hot: Great lines, on-road zest and classy interior.