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Behind the Wheel podcast 269
December 04, 2013 01:21 AM PST
This week on the Behind the Wheel podcast we take a look back at the big car news stories of the year.
Also, catch reviews of the Alfa Romeo Giulietta, Holden Malibu and Ford Fiesta ST.
Steve McDowall looks at how you can avoid getting your motorcycle stolen.
And a woman goes to extreme lengths to avoid a breathe test!
And don’t forget to visit the Behind the Wheel website at www.behindthewheel.com.auBehind the Wheel podcast 268
November 27, 2013 12:06 PM PST
It's all happening on this week's edition of the Behind the Wheel podcast.
Listen or download for reviews of the Jaguar XKR-S, Fiat Punto Pop and Nissan Pulsar.
Steve McDowall looks at a new 650cc motorcycle from Honda.
In Mal's Garage a classic Toyota LandCruiser, and a man offers to sell an important part of his anatomy for a Nissan!
Don't miss it (and tell your friends!)...Behind the Wheel podcast 267
November 19, 2013 09:31 PM PST
This week on the Behind the Wheel podcast we have a review of the awesome new Walkinshaw W497.
Also, listen in for reviews of the new Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo and Infiniti FX 50S.
We also look at cars that start off great but end up getting away from the winning formula (e.g. Datsun Z cars!).
Steve McDowall reports on new statistics showing motorcyclists are often safer car drivers than their car only counterparts.
And your chance to get your hands on your very own Batmobile!
Don't miss this edition of the Behind the Wheel podcast...Behind the Wheel podcast 266
November 14, 2013 11:56 AM PST
It's a huge Behind the Wheel podcast this week as we reveal our 2013 Car of the year.
Reviews of the Mitsubishi Challenger and Volvo V40 T5.
On two wheels SMD has a look at the Sydney Motorcycle and Scooter Show which is on this weekend, we find out about the super hero helping motorists in the UK!
And the Black Sorrows provide our car song of the week.Behind the Wheel podcast 265
November 06, 2013 02:31 AM PST
The quest to find Behind the Wheel Car of the Year continues and this week we reveal our final five finalists.
Also this week we have a review of the brand new seven-seat Isuzu – the MU-X.
Steve McDowall checks out some new bikes at the International Motorcycle Exhibition in Milan and in the Car News of the Weird – how to turn your car into a Ferrari!
All that and a lot more on this week’s edition of Behind the Wheel...Behind the Wheel podcast 264
October 29, 2013 02:13 AM PDT
The quest to find Behind the Wheel Car of the Year continues and this week we reveal another five finalists.
Also this week we have reviews of the Holden Malibu diesel and Mitsubishi Pajero.
Steve McDowall checks out a new 300cc bike from Honda and in the Car News of the Weird – a man recreates a famous movie scene in his car!
All that and a lot more on this week’s edition of Behind the Wheel and don’t forget to visit the Behind the Wheel website at www.behindthewheel.com.auBehind the Wheel podcast 263
October 23, 2013 02:57 AM PDT
Our quest to find the best car of 2013 is underway and this week we reveal our first four finalists.
Paul Maric has picked a diverse array of cars that he believes were the best of the bunch, listen in to find out which models they are.
Also this week we find out about the Cummins powered Dodge Ram, Steve McDowall checks out a special anniversary motorcycle being launched by BMW and in the Car News of the Weird - high-visibility jackets for chickens?
All that and a lot more on this big edition of the Behind the Wheel podcast...Behind the Wheel podcast 262
October 16, 2013 01:50 AM PDT
Join Joel Helmes for another jam packed edition of Behind the Wheel.
This week catch reviews of the petrol version of the Kia Rondo and the new Lexus GS 350 F Sport.
Joel also catches up with Motorclassica Event Director Paul Mathers to find out more about what looks like being a huge show this year.
Steve McDowall rides and reviews the Yamaha MT-03 and we find out which celebrity most British motorists would like to take a drive with.
All that and a lot more on this week’s Behind the Wheel podcast…Motorclassica 2013 preview
October 10, 2013 11:11 PM PDT
The countdown is on to this year’s Motorclassica in Melbourne.
Hundreds of cars and motorcycles from dozens of manufacturers will be on display as part of the huge event which is expected to attract at least 16,000 visitors.
Behind the Wheel’s Joel Helmes has caught up with Motorclassica’s Event Director, Paul Mathers to find out more…Kids Under Cover get 2000 car donations
October 09, 2013 05:47 PM PDT
The Kids Under Cover charity is celebrating a key milestone – the donation of 2000 vehicles.
The charity, which generates funds to help house displaced teenagers and youths, relies on the generous donation of unwanted cars to undertake their work.
Vehicles in any condition are accepted and the work undertaken by Kids Under Cover is making a real difference in many young Australian lives.
Behind the Wheel’s Joel Helmes caught up with Kids Under Cover Queensland Development Manager Phil Hancock to find out more about this great organisation.Behind the Wheel podcast 261
October 09, 2013 04:28 AM PDT
It's time to take the handbrake off and put the latest Behind the Wheel podcast into drive.
This week catch reviews of the new diesel powered Kia Rondo, Honda CRZ and Paul Maric has a mystery car review for us as well!
On two wheels Steve McDowall looks at some safety precautions motorcyclists can make to stay safe in the warmer months.
Malcolm Flynn finds a classic Nissan in this week's edition of Mal's Garage and a man caught driving a car down a freeway with the bonnet up and a battery charger attached!
All that and a whole lot more on this week's Behind the Wheel...Behind the Wheel podcast 260
October 01, 2013 11:54 PM PDT
It’s time to strap on your seat-belt and enjoy another edition of Behind the Wheel.
This week download or listen in for reviews of the Honda Accord VTi-L, BMW 316i and Holden Trax.
On two wheels Steve McDowall looks at potentially lifesaving new motorcycle ABS technology.
In Mal’s Garage – downsize with a Smart Four Two, and Joel looks at claims women shouldn't drive because it can hurt their ovaries!
All that and a lot more on this week’s edition of Behind the Wheel.Behind the Wheel podcast 259
September 24, 2013 05:01 PM PDT
Don’t miss this week’s turbo charged edition of Behind the Wheel.
September 18, 2013 03:19 AM PDT
This week on Behind the Wheel Joel Helmes and Paul Maric discuss the much publicised Sydney-Melbourne magazine speeding stunt.
Also catch reviews of the Holden Malibu diesel, Holden Commodore Evoke and Mitsubishi Triton GLX-R.
Speaking of reviews, two Behind the Wheel listeners have given their cars thumbs down. Coincidentally an unhappy BMW owner has destroyed his own car in a fit of rage.
And on two wheels Steve McDowall looks at BMW’s move into the electric motorcycle market.
All that and more on Behind the Wheel…Behind the Wheel podcast 257
September 11, 2013 04:52 AM PDT
Join Joel Helmes and the Behind the Wheel team for another big edition of everyone’s favourite car show.
This week Joel is joined by a special guest - monster truck driver Tom Meents. Tom and his truck Max-D will be coming to Australia for Monster Jam next month in Sydney and Joel has double passes to giveaway!
Also this week, reviews of the new Mitsubishi ASX diesel with auto transmission, Holden Caprice V and F-Type Jaguar.
On two wheels a look at how motorcyclists are switching on to the benefits of ABS and look out for a new car accessory – a smart watch that communicates with your vehicle!
All that and more on Behind the Wheel…Tom Meents Interview
September 05, 2013 08:43 PM PDT
Monster Jam 2013 is coming to Sydney for one night only on the 19th of October.
One of the stars of the Monster truck world is eleven time Monster Jam champion Tom Meents.
Behind the Wheel's Joel Helmes caught up with Tom to talk about his career and what monster truck fans can expect at ANZ Stadium next month...Behind the Wheel podcast 256
September 04, 2013 04:34 AM PDT
It's time to once again join the Behind the Wheel team for another big podcast.
This week a look at whether our cars really can get any faster. We also look at Infiniti's move to slashes prices, is the sport and luxury division of Nissan facing a bleak future in Australia?
Listen in for reviews of the Audi SQ5, Subaru Forester XT and HSV R8 Clubsport.
On two wheels a look at the new Suzuki V-Strom range.
And in the Car News of the Weird – bee attacks, ridiculously short parking lines and car damage caused in a rather unusual way!
All that and more on this edition of Behind the Wheel with Joel Helmes...Behind the Wheel podcast 255
August 28, 2013 02:55 PM PDT
Join Joel Helmes and the Behind the Wheel team for another big show this week.
This week the guys look back at some of the cars they have owned – the good, the bad and the ugly.
Catch reviews of the Porsche Cayman S, Subaru Outback diesel and Toyota Rav 4 diesel.
Steve McDowall looks at how any experienced riders lack basic motorcycling skills.
And a Knight Rider fan builds his own KITT!
All that and more on Behind the Wheel....Behind the Wheel podcast 254
August 21, 2013 05:21 AM PDT
Join Joel Helmes and the team for another big edition of Behind the Wheel.
This week reviews of the new Lexus IS 250, Mitsubishi ASX diesel and Subaru Forester.
The guys also look at Honda's disappointing four-star safety result for the new Accord.
Steve McDowall checks out three motorcycles that are perfect for riders graduating up to something a little bigger.
And bad parking leads to a man's arrest!
All that and more on Behind the Wheel...Behind the Wheel podcast 253
August 14, 2013 03:42 AM PDT
Join Joel Helmes and the Behind the Wheel team for this week’s big podcast!
This week the guys look at whether car registrations should be discounted if you drive fewer kilometres than other road users.
They also discuss Chinese built cars and the results of a Behind the Wheel Facebook poll on whether you would consider a vehicle made in China.
Reviews this week of the Honda Civic diesel and Jaguar XFR.
On two wheels Steve McDowall looks at Honda's new CTX700 series motorcycles.
And the top ten most embarrassing cars to own revealed!
All that and a lot more on this week’s Behind the Wheel podcast…Behind the Wheel Podcast #252
August 07, 2013 05:07 AM PDT
Join Chris Miller and the team for another big edition of the Behind the Wheel podcast.
Opel is now gone, so which car brand will be next to disappear from the Australian new market? Chris is joined by Joel Helmes and Paul Maric to discuss the brands that are most vulnerable.
On two wheels Steve McDowall looks at affordable commuter bikes.
We preview the National 4x4 & Outdoors Show and Fishing & Boating Expo in Melbourne.
And a man in big trouble after making off with a public road!
All that and so much more on Behind the Wheel…Behind the Wheel Podcast #251
July 31, 2013 04:00 AM PDT
Join Chris Miller and the Behind the Wheel team for this week's podcast.
Download or listen for reviews of the new Honda Accord and Kia Cerato SLi.
We also look at whether supermarket-aligned service stations are bad news for motorists and Honda's decision to trim prices back on their hybrid range.
On two wheels Steve McDowall looks at the amazing Reevu head up display helmet.
And lots, lots more on this week's Behind the Wheel...Behind the Wheel podcast #250
July 24, 2013 05:17 AM PDT
It’s the 250th Behind the Wheel podcast!
Make sure you listen or download for a look at which models will replace the Ford Falcon.
Also, why more American car buyers are choosing four-cylinder cars and reviews of the new Range Rover Vogue and Kia Cerato.
On two wheels a look at the return of the famous Indian Motorcycle brand and how the federal governments FBT changes are affecting car buyers.
All that and a lot more on this week’s edition of the Behind the Wheel podcast…Behind the Wheel Car Podcast #249
July 16, 2013 05:29 PM PDT
Join Chris Miller and the team for another big edition of Behind the Wheel this week.
This week a look at some controversial licensing changes and Holden’s record run at the Nurburgring!
Reviews also of the new Range Rover Vogue SE and Kia Sportage diesel.
On two wheels Steve McDowall rides the new Suzuki Gladius.
All that and a whole lot more on Behind the Wheel...Behind the Wheel Podcast #248
July 10, 2013 03:30 AM PDT
Join Chris Miller and the Behind the Wheel team for another great edition of the world’s favorite car podcast.
Is the new Holden Commodore the best ever? We’ll deliver our verdict on this week’s show.
We also have some great advice for motorcyclists about keeping your riding gear clean and fresh and look at a couple of amazing vehicles designed to tackle just about any load you could throw at them.
And how’s this for weird? An Australian woman has married a French bridge!
All that and a whole lot more on this Behind the Wheel podcast...Behind the Wheel Podcast #247
July 03, 2013 04:30 AM PDT
Another edition of Behind the Wheel with Chris Miller is ready for you.
Download or play for reviews of the new Nissan Pulsar and Toyota Corolla.
Diesels can save you thousands of dollars in the long run but are they the right choice for everyone? The guys look at that and take a look at a very interesting listener email regarding autonomous cars.
On two wheels Steve McDowall finds some motorcycle gear that you can be assured meets proper quality and safety standards and as always the guys will have lots of fun along the way.
That and a whole lot more on Behind the Wheel...Behind the Wheel podcast #246
June 26, 2013 03:26 AM PDT
Chris Miller and the team are tuning up for another big Behind the Wheel.
This week reviews of the new Volkswagen Touareg and Holden Cruze Sri-V.
The guys also look at some amazing new technology shown off by Volvo – your car could soon find a parking space and park itself without you even being at the wheel!
And of course all the latest news as well and plenty of fun as well on this week’s Behind the Wheel.Behind the Wheel CarPodcast #245
June 19, 2013 06:54 AM PDT
Chris Miller is standing by to bring you this week's Behind the Wheel podcast.
Download or stream for a mid-year review of the best, and worst cars our review team has driven so far in 2013.
We also tell you about the Holden Cruze Sportswagon and new Volkswagen Beetle.
There’s also been a number of vehicle recalls announced in recent days – find out if your car is affected.
And a ten year old boy drives two drunk women home!
All that and a whole lot more right here at Behind the Wheel...Behind the Wheel Car Podcast #244
June 12, 2013 06:12 AM PDT
Chris Miller and the team have a V8 powered Behind the Wheel podcast for you this week!
Speaking of V8’s, are we about to see the death of Australian muscle cars?
Listen in for a review of Australia’s cheapest hybrid – the Honda Jazz, Chris reviews the new Volkswagen Beetle.
And we look at those things passengers do that send drivers around the twist!
All that and so much more on this week's Behind the Wheel podcast...Behind the Wheel Car Podcast #243
June 05, 2013 04:30 AM PDT
Chris Miller and the Behind the Wheel team have another huge edition of Australia’s favourite motoring podcast ready to go.
This week find out why Honda, Hyundai and Mitsubishi sales are going through the roof.
Reviews also this week of the Volvo V40 and Jaguar XF.
The guys also wrap up this year’s Fatality Free Friday and find out if there’s a connection between the brand of car you drive and how faithful you are to your spouse!
All that and so much more on this Behind the Wheel podcast...Behind the Wheel Car Podcast #242
May 29, 2013 05:07 AM PDT
Chris Miller and the Behind the Wheel team have another big podcast lined up for you this week.
Listen in for reviews of the new Hyundai Santa Fe diesel, Range Rover Vogue and BMW Z4.
The guys also look at how young is too young to start learning to drive and discuss Fords decision to cut Australian car production.
And a car powered by social media? Yes it exists and you’ll find out about it on this edition of the Behind the Wheel podcast...Behind the Wheel Car Podcast #241
May 22, 2013 04:56 AM PDT
Make sure you join Chris Miller and the team for this week’s big edition of Behind the Wheel.
This week we debate whether the VE Commodore really is the best ever Australian built car.
We also have reviews of the top of the range Honda CR-V, diesel Toyota RAV4 and Toyota Landcruiser 200 Series.
Steve McDowall looks at the future of Husqvarna motorcycles and we find out the most common excuses motorists have when pulled over by police.
All that and more this week on Behind the Wheel!Behind the Wheel Car Podcast #240
May 15, 2013 04:34 PM PDT
Make sure you join Chris Miller and the team for this week’s big edition of Behind the Wheel.
This week catch reviews of the new Toyota RAV4, Honda CR-V and Holden Colorado 7.
The guys also look at a wild new offering from HSV.
Steve McDowall rides a new 500cc bike from Honda and watch out – a motorist hit by a flying toilet.
All that and more this week on Behind the Wheel!Behind the Wheel Car Podcast #239
May 08, 2013 11:53 PM PDT
Chris Miller and the Behind the Wheel team have another big show for you this week.
May 01, 2013 03:40 AM PDT
Chris Miller has the keys to another shiny new edition of Behind the Wheel.
This week the team brings you reviews of the BMW X1, Subaru Forester and Mitsubishi Outlander.
Joel Helmes also boasts about his amazing Las Vegas car odyssey.
Steve McDowell tests out the new CBR600RR and a group of car thieves come undone after posting pictures of themselves with their stolen wheels on Facebook!
All that and a whole lot more on Behind the Wheel.Las Vegas Odyssey – World Class Driving
April 30, 2013 02:26 PM PDT
Behind the Wheel’s Joel Helmes has visited the top automotive attractions in Las Vegas.
World Class Driving gives you the opportunity to fulfill a dream, or even tick something off your ‘bucket list’.
If you've loved supercars since those days when you had Ferrari or Lamborghini posters on your walls as a child this is your opportunity to grab the keys and find out what it’s like to drive one.
The team at World Class Driving provide a professional and relaxing environment to fulfill your supercar dreams - I cannot recommend them highly enough!
After completing my World Class Driving experience I caught up with Director of Operations Darren Strahl to find out more.Las Vegas Odyssey – The Auto Collections
April 25, 2013 03:11 PM PDT
Behind the Wheel’s Joel Helmes has visited the top automotive attractions in Las Vegas.
One of the most famous attractions for car enthusiasts in Las Vegas for many years has been the auto museum at the Imperial Palace casino on the Strip.
The casino, which is now undergoing significant renovations and a name change (now known as ‘The Quad’), is still a spot anyone who loves and appreciates cars should head.
The museum, now called ‘The Auto Collections’, boasts dozens of rare, beautiful and unique vehicles – most of which you can now actually purchase.
During his visit Joel caught up with ‘The Auto Collections’ General Manager Rob Williams, to find out more about what is a distinctly unique Las Vegas attraction.Performax Line-up Update
April 11, 2013 10:34 PM PDT
The team at Performax International are the Australian experts at importing and converting left hand drive vehicles.
They are currently experiencing a continued surge in the popularity of the models that they offer, including their range of large pick-up trucks and American muscle cars.
Exciting times are also ahead for Performax with new versions of some of their most popular models being released in the US in recent times such as the Chevy Silverado, Toyota Tundra, Chevy Camaro and Corvette Stingray.
Behind the Wheel’s Joel Helmes caught up with Performax Sales Manager Kevin Thoroughgood to look at the process of getting these exciting new models into Australia...Toyota Tundra selling up a storm in Australia
January 24, 2013 07:37 PM PST
Australian buyers attracted to the big V8 Toyota truck.
January 13, 2013 12:52 AM PST
We now have the opportunity to get behind the wheel of a Toyota ute that’s bigger, and more powerful than any Landcruiser we have ever seen.
It’s called the Toyota Tundra, and it boasts a 5.7 litre V8 engine, towing capacity above 4 tonnes, and a road presence that will certainly turn heads.
The Tundra is built for the US market in the US by Toyota and now we have the opportunity to buy one here in Australia.
Imported and expertly converted to right hand drive by the team at Performax International, the Tundra is already receiving a red hot response from Australian buyers.
Last weekend Performax sponsored the 24th National Corvette Convention in the NSW city Wollongong were Behind the Wheel’s Joel Helmes caught up with Sales Manager Kevin Thoroughood…Lamborghini LP570-4 Spyder Performante Review
July 10, 2012 07:38 AM PDT
Behind the Wheel's Paul Maric has been checking out the new Lamborghini convertible on the streets of Los Angeles.
Joel Helmes caught up with Paul to get his review of this amazing super car...Mazda 3 SP20 SKYACTIV review
May 22, 2012 05:19 AM PDT
Behind the Wheel's Paul Maric test drives and reviews the SKYACTIV Mazda 3.
The ultra-light, ultra efficient four cylinder petrol Mazda 3 SKYACTIV has a price tag above $27,000.
Is that value for money? Well you will need to listen to Paul's review to find out more...Volvo V60 D3 review
May 08, 2012 05:34 AM PDT
There's little doubt Volvo's line-up of cars have never been better than in 2012.
A mix of safe, sporty, luxurious and dare we say it even sexy models are in Volvo dealerships across Australia just looking for loving homes.
Behind the Wheel's Paul Maric has been getting acquainted with the V60 D3...Audi A6/BMW 535D Comparison
April 24, 2012 05:13 AM PDT
Behind the Wheel's Paul Maric has been reviewing two big turbo diesel beasts - the Audi A6 and the BMW 535D.Audi A6 Review
April 17, 2012 03:51 AM PDT
Paul Maric has been road testing the new Audi A6.
He jumped behind the wheel of both the turbo diesel and petrol version and reports one of those two 2.0 engines was a stand out, the other was a touch disappointing.
You can listen to Paul's full review of the A6 here...
Jaguar XFR Review
April 10, 2012 05:25 AM PDT
You can always tell when Paul Maric is excited about the car he's reviewing - we get lots of pictures of the vehicle on Facebook!
Suffice to say he's been bombarding his loyal friends and followers (and people that I'm sure he doesn't really like but are just there because he sat next to them in 2nd grade), with all different sorts of shots of the Jaguar XFR!
Let's find out what he thought of the big, beautiful beast!Behind the Wheel Interview - Kevin Thoroughgood
March 16, 2012 01:45 AM PDT
In recent times we have been finding out more about vehicle imports and conversions.
If you are interested in, or are actually considering a US sourced vehicle the guys at Performax International are the only people to talk to.
Behind the Wheel's Joel Helmes caught up with the sales manager at Performax Kevin Thoroughgood to look a little more closely at what's involved in bringing an American car into Australia...Behind the Wheel interview - Glenn Soper
February 19, 2012 04:21 PM PST
If you want to tow something big, something really big! There's only one vehicle to choose and that's the Chevy Silverado.
Imported from the US and converted to right hand drive by the team at Performax International the Silverado is their biggest seller.
And that comes as no surprise because aside from boasting a towing capacity over 10 tonnes, the Silverado's big 6.6 litre V8 Turbo Diesel engine delivers an enormous 296kW and 1037Nm!
So for towing big loads this is the vehicle Australian's are buying.
Joel Helmes caught up with Performax International General Manager Glenn Soper to find out more...
Mazda BT50 Review
February 14, 2012 03:05 AM PST
The ute market is now one of the most fierily competitive sectors in the Australian car industry.
In recent times a number of new models have hit the market and generally speaking we are absolutely spoiled for choice.
Paul Maric drove, and loved the new Ford Ranger last year, in more recent times he's been behind the wheel of the Ranger's first cousin the Mazda BT50...Hyundai Veloster review
February 14, 2012 02:41 AM PST
The sporty new Hyundai Veloster was launched in recent days with much fanfare on Queensland's Gold Coast.
Behind the Wheel's Paul Maric was one of Australian first motoring journalists to get a drive.
Joel Helmes caught up with Paul to get his verdict...Behind the Wheel interview - Andrew McKellar
February 12, 2012 11:39 PM PST
The team at Behind the Wheel have long advocated for increased competition in the retail petrol market.
Sadly however what we are seeing is a growing duopoly between supermarket giants Woolworths and Coles at the expense of independent operators.
Independents keep the price of petrol down and give us an alternative.
Now new research released today by the Australian Automobile Association has proven motorists were being short-changed during a recent 'double discount' promotion offered on fuel by the large supermarket chains.
The AAA examined fuel prices before and during the Woolworths and Coles 8 cent per litre offer and found during the period the average margin on fuel actually increased by two cents per litre.
Behind the Wheel's Joel Helmes caught up with AAA Executive Director Andrew McKellar to discuss the issue and look at what can be done to ensure the retail petrol market remains fair for Australian motorists...Behind the Wheel Interview - Dave Harding
February 12, 2012 03:07 AM PST
There are many in the automotive industry who scoffed when it was announced Isuzu would market what can only be described as a "superseded" ute here in Australia.
Based on a GM model that had a good run as the Holden Rodeo/Colorado dating back as far as 2003, there was probably justifiable pessimism regarding the D-Max's fortunes.
How wrong those views were, the D-Max is still going strong and after passing 10,000 sales in Australia the future looks bright for a new model that's expected at some stage in 2012.
Joel Helmes caught up with Isuzu ute's Australia Senior Public Relations Manager Dave Harding for a chat...Behind the Wheel interview - Ben Hershman
February 10, 2012 12:13 AM PST
Hyundai proudly claims to be the world's fastest growing car company, the rapid ascendency is also evident here in Australia.
The South Korean auto giants are now selling more cars in Australia than long established brands including Ford, Mazda, Mitsubishi and Nissan. Ten years ago you would have never believed that things could ever go so well for Hyundai in the Australian market.
The Hyundai team have just released their new Veloster model and while the styling may polarise opinion its sure to deliver increased sales for the group.
Behind the Wheel's Joel Helmes recently caught up with Hyundai Australia's Senior Manager of PR and Events Ben Hershman for a chat about Hyundai today, and tomorrow...Behind the Wheel Interview - Tony Barlow
February 08, 2012 03:59 AM PST
The team at Kia Australia have just taken the wraps off the new 3 and 4 door Kia Rio.
Behind the Wheel's Joel Helmes got along to the official launch of the new models where he caught up with Kia Australia Chief Operating Officer Tony Barlow for a chat...Behind the Wheel Interview - Michael Doherty
February 08, 2012 03:33 AM PST
Over the last few years as iPhones and other smart phones have become more advanced, and more popular, we have brought you a number of stories about how these devices are starting to play a bigger role in the world of cars and motoring.
February 08, 2012 02:44 AM PST
Indicator on, check over your shoulder and pull out into another edition of Behind the Wheel.
This week Joel Helmes checks out the brand new Kia Rio.
Paul Maric drives the little car with lots of big wraps the Honda CRZ.
We find out more about a great new iPhone App that’s making parking a whole lot easier and in the car news of the weird a woman sues a manufacturer because her car uses more fuel than they said it would!Honda CRZ Review
February 07, 2012 10:21 PM PST
The Honda CRZ was recently named the Wheels Magazine car of the year - high praise indeed.
Behind the Wheel's Joel Helmes recently had a drive and for the most part walked away impressed, Paul Maric has also had a drive, here's what he thought of Honda's latest hybrid...BMW 1M Coupe
February 01, 2012 03:49 AM PST
Every once and a while a car comes along that moves you, we don't mean from point A to point B.
We're talking about a car that is just so radical, so out there that we wonder how it ever got out of some lunatics head and onto a production line.
We think we have found one of these cars with the BMW 1M Coupe which Paul Maric has driven for Behind the Wheel...Behind the Wheel Episode 0173
February 01, 2012 02:56 AM PST
It's time to top up your tank as we go on another road trip with Behind the Wheel.
In this edition Paul Maric drives the super-hot little BMW 1M.
Joel Helmes drives the much more sedate Honda Jazz.
We look at whether we as drivers are in fact losing our ability to drive and put the question to NSW's top traffic cop Commander John Hartley.
And which car do you think would be worth more – one signed by Justin Bieber, or a car previously owned by Barack Obama?
You will find out on this week's Behind the Wheel.Overtaking safely the do's and don’ts
January 30, 2012 03:26 AM PST
Behind the Wheel host Joel Helmes recently completed an interstate drive between two of Australia's major capital cities.
The highway he chose was predominately one lane each way.
He was left with the impression that many of the areas designated safe for overtaking in fact aren't, and many motorists just don't know how to correctly, and safely overtake another vehicle.
Joel had a chat to Behind the Wheel's Road Safety expert Russell White and asked the question whether Russell felt there was any credence in banning overtaking on all stretches of highway that don't have a dedicated second lane...Volkswagen Amarok Review
January 29, 2012 03:08 AM PST
Paul Maric recently had a drive of the Volkswagen Amarok.
The Amarok very much sits in the premium end of the ute market and since its launch last year has proven a big hit with buyers.
Here's what Paul thought...Kia Sorento Diesel Review
January 28, 2012 01:13 AM PST
Behind the Wheel's Paul Maric recently checked out the diesel Kia Sorento...Hyundai Accent Premium Hatch Review
January 25, 2012 01:51 PM PST
Paul Maric got along to the launch of the new Hyundai Accent last year and walked away fairly impressed.
In more recent times however he has had a week in the Accent Premium and was left a little disappointed.
Have a listen to what Paul thought could, and should be better with the Accent...
January 25, 2012 03:28 AM PST
It used to be a bit of a thrill to see an American car on an Australian road, they were so few and far between.
But in the past decade or so vehicles such as Dodge's, Jeep's and the like are much more common with many US sourced vehicles now being sold directly by the manufacturers here in Australia.
But there are many Australians who thirst for some American muscle like hulking SUV's or Pick-Up's, Corvette’s, Camaro's, and Mustangs and this means the left to right drive conversion market is probably bigger than ever.
Performax International both import and convert US sourced vehicles and Joel Helmes caught up with General Manager Glenn Soper to find out more…Behind the Wheel Episode 0172
January 25, 2012 03:01 AM PST
Click your seat belt in we're about to go driving through another edition of Behind the Wheel.
January 23, 2012 02:06 AM PST
Have you noticed an increase in trucks on Australian roads in recent years?
Behind the Wheel’s Joel Helmes recently caught up with road safety expert Russell White about the growth in freight movements on our roads and highways.
Most importantly Russell shares some tips on how cars, bikes and trucks can better get along out there…Australia's Drink Driving Epidemic
January 22, 2012 11:29 PM PST
It’s a figure that’s a little hard to get your head around but as many as 20% of all cases that come before a local court in Australia is related to drink driving.
This proves that Australian’s just don’t seem to be getting the message.
Joel Helmes recently caught up with Behind the Wheel’s road safety expert Russell White to look at whether drink driving campaigns are still working…The Safety Revolution
January 20, 2012 11:11 PM PST
The overwhelming majority of new cars on the Australian market now carry a 5-Star ANCAP safety rating.
That is a remarkable achievement.
It's also a sign that car buyers are taking safety more seriously than ever.
Joel Helmes caught up with Behind the Wheel's road safety expert Russell White to look at how safety has become a key selling point in the car industry...
January 20, 2012 10:20 PM PST
It's sad but true - most of us won’t ever get to drive a Bentley.
Bentley has two models on the Australian market, if you have to ask the price you can’t afford either!
Their superbly crafted vehicles start at $368,000.
If you want to really splash out the Mulsanne will set you back nearly $663,000!
Joel Helmes caught up with Bentley's regional manager southeast Asia and Australasia Ed Striebig to find out what life was like with a Bentley in the driveway...XJ Jaguar Review
January 20, 2012 10:00 PM PST
The XJ Jaguar Range starts at a tick under $200,000, Paul Maric however checked out the "expensive" one, the Supersport X351.
We still can't wipe the smile off Paul's face...Honda Insight Review
January 20, 2012 01:26 AM PST
Paul Maric recently checked out the "budget" hybrid alternative - the Honda Insight...HSV Grange LPI Review
January 20, 2012 12:53 AM PST
You wouldn't normally put LPG and HSV together in the same sentence.
However Holden's high performance division have developed a pretty impressive Liquid Propane Injection (LPI) system.
Paul Maric recently got a chance to experience a HSV Grange powered by LPI...Land Rover Discovery 4 Review
January 19, 2012 01:38 AM PST
Like just about every car if you go back in time there are models that were a little forgettable, or perhaps even regrettable.
The first incarnation of the Land Rover Discovery left a bit to be desired, you had the choice of an underpowered turbo-diesel or the all alloy 3.5 litre fuel guzzling V8.
Then the series two came along with that brilliant 5 cylinder turbo-diesel engine.
Some would say the third series was sub-par with reports of mechanical defects and dodgy build quality.
So what's the new one like?
Well Paul Maric has been checking out the V8 Discovery 4 for us...Volkswagen Golf Blue Motion Review
January 19, 2012 01:15 AM PST
While plenty of attention has been focussed on the development of hybrids in recent years some great strides have been made in the world of turbo-diesels.
For example the new Volkswagen Golf Blue Motion is powered by a 1.6 litre four cylinder engine which produces some quite remarkable fuel consumption figures.
Paul Maric checked it out for us...Jeep Grand Cherokee - VW Touareg Comparison
January 18, 2012 01:31 AM PST
Paul Maric has been testing out two hot new diesels SUV's the Volkswagen Touareg and the Jeep Grand Cherokee.
Both vehicles are around the same size and price, but Paul has found a major difference and that's their on and off road behaviours...Behind the Wheel interview - John Hartley
January 18, 2012 01:19 AM PST
NSW Assistant Police Commissioner and head of the Traffic Services Branch John Hartley is a good friend of Behind the Wheel.
January 18, 2012 12:48 AM PST
It’s time once again to check your tire pressures and top up your oil for another edition of the worlds most listened to radio motoring show and podcast - Behind the Wheel.
January 17, 2012 04:10 AM PST
Paul Maric recently had a drive of the new EcoLPi Ford Falcon.
EcoLPi or Liquid Phase Injection is a new technology developed by Ford which produces more power and torque and fewer CO2 emissions over traditional LPG systems.
Paul was very impressed and believes the extra outlay for the EcoLPi is worth the investment...Honda Accord Euro Review
January 16, 2012 03:02 AM PST
We're big fans of the Honda Accord Euro at Behind the Wheel.
Sure it's probably due for a face-lift but the Accord remains a great car to look and as Paul Maric reports it’s also a great car to drive..Ford Focus Review
January 16, 2012 01:10 AM PST
Behind the Wheel's Paul Maric recently had a drive of not one but three new Ford Focus models.
He compared the petrol and diesel engine variants, here's what he thought...Kia Cerato Review
January 16, 2012 12:51 AM PST
The Kia Cerato represents the new Kia, great build quality, plenty of features, and excellent value for money.
Paul Maric has taken a closer look...Nissan Micra Review
January 15, 2012 01:25 AM PST
The Nissan Micra has never really captured the imaginations of Australian car buyers.
January 15, 2012 01:04 AM PST
The new Hilux is in Toyota dealerships everywhere.
Paul Maric recently had a drive and while the Hilux is as tough as ever Paul was a little disappointed by a couple of issues...BMW 123d Review
January 15, 2012 12:43 AM PST
Paul Maric recently checked out BMW's diesel one-series...Behind the Wheel interview - Richard Grant
January 14, 2012 12:50 AM PST
Peugeot is by their own admission a 'niche brand' here in Australia but more and more are being sold as their range continues to grow.
Joel Helmes caught up with Peugeot Australia's National Marketing Manager Richard Grant to find out more about the brand...Toyota FJ Cruiser Review
January 14, 2012 12:21 AM PST
You want different? Then you want the FJ Cruiser from Toyota.
This stand-out vehicle hit the market in 2011 and has already gained a cult following.
There are probably just as many people out there who can't stand the sight of it!
Paul Maric had a drive...Audi A1 Sport Review
January 14, 2012 12:08 AM PST
One of the hottest little cars to come onto the market in recent times is the Audi A1 Sport.
Paul Maric checked it out recently for Behind the Wheel...Behind the Wheel interview - John Statari
January 13, 2012 08:36 PM PST
Proton looks set to make a full on bid for a bigger slice of the Australian car market with the Malaysian group set to launch a number of new models.
Joel Helmes recently caught up with Proton Cars Australia General Manager John Statari for a chat...Behind the Wheel interview - Rod Barrett FPV
January 13, 2012 08:11 PM PST
In the battle of Ford v Holden the Blue Oval brigade is serviced by Ford Performance Vehicles.
Behind the Wheel's Joel Helmes caught up with FPV's General Manager of Sales & Marketing Rod Barrett to look behind the scenes of the production and development of FPV vehicles.Nissan X-Trail Review
January 13, 2012 07:47 PM PST
The Nissan X-Trail has been a tremendous success for Nissan since its introduction around a decade ago.
A new model is out and Paul Maric has had a drive...Holden Barina Review
January 13, 2012 07:29 PM PST
The Holden Barina through the years has been both great, and pretty awful too!
January 13, 2012 07:10 PM PST
Paul Maric recently jumped Behind the Wheel of the Mitsubishi ASX.Behind the Wheel interview - Thomas Buerkle
January 13, 2012 06:54 PM PST
Hyundai's European Chief Designer Thomas Buerkle was recently in Australia for the launch of the impressive (and very attractive) new Hyundai i40 Tourer.
January 13, 2012 06:34 PM PST
Paul Maric recently got Behind the Wheel of the new Hyundai Accent.
Here's what he thought...Behind the Wheel interview - Chris Brown from Renault
January 13, 2012 06:13 PM PST
2011 was the year Renault Australia came of age. Sales jumped a remarkable 90%, and with an extensive line-up of cars now on the market you can feel they have a long way to go.
January 11, 2012 02:09 AM PST
Behind the Wheel's Paul Maric has been road-testing the new Range Rover Evoque.
January 11, 2012 12:26 AM PST
Safe, economical and reliable – that’s Behind the Wheel!
January 03, 2012 01:23 PM PST
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