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Behind the Wheel Podcast 491
March 08, 2018 02:42 AM PST
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Buckle up - loads to get through this week

We’ll take you driving in the first fully imported Toyota Camry. It's the Ascent Sport version. We'll find out if actually lives up to its "Sport" moniker.

We’ll also head out to hang with the folks from the Monash Car Club and hear about an old Mercedes-Benz SL and a Model A Ford

Joel drives the 2018 Isuzu MU-X and D-Max.

There’s a new car buying service in town focussed on helping ladies in to some super exotic machines. Jacquie Hayes from Madam Wheels calls in with the details.

Rachel is back and wants to talk about her favourite TV car show. Her pick might surprise you.

Don't miss a minute of the epic episode of Behind the Wheel…

Behind the Wheel Podcast 490
March 01, 2018 01:53 PM PST
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Australia has had its first compulsory car recall due to the ongoing saga that is the Takata Airbag scandal. There are serious problems with these dangerous airbags.
The ACCC are overseeing the recall that will involve anywhere up to one in five cars on Australian roads.
Rod Simms, Chairman of the ACCC, joins us with details on what is wrong with the airbags, how many will be replaced, how to figure out if you're affected and what impact it might have on the Australian car market.
Then after the serious stuff, we’ll take you driving at a frenetic pace in the Nürburgring conquering Honda Civic Type-R.
Ford have been tweaking Australia’s most popular sports car - the Mustang. Damion Smy from Ford joins us with details on the what’s new for 2018.
Joel has been at all over the country again this week at car launches - we’ll catch up with him live from the launch of the all new BMW X2 - he’ll also have news on the updated Nissan Navara.
Rachel returns with a vintage spotlight this week and she’s keen to talk DeLorean.

Behind the Wheel Podcast 489
February 22, 2018 10:54 PM PST
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Lots to get through on this week’s Behind the Wheel. We’ll take you driving in the highly-acclaimed Kia Stinger.

Acclaimed for good reason, it truly is an epic car. Pete and Chris go round the block in a frenetic but totally legal fashion.

We’ll also hit the road in the all new Volvo XC60, a car that has already picked up a raft of awards.

Volvo really is hitting it's straps now with some truly beautiful new cars, the XC60 takes centre stage. We’ve got David Pickett, Technical Manager of Volvo Cars on the show to break down some of the more finer detail.

HSV are in business big time. They're one of the most exciting things happening in the Australian market right now.

With an influx of imported vehicles, HSV are weaving their magic and turning out some serious vehicles worthy of the iconic HSV badge.

Joel Helmes has been flitting across the country attending car launches left and right. We’ll here about a 7 seat Lexus SUV and a special edition Mazda MX-5.

Rach makes a welcome return and wants to talk about the stupidest car modifications on the road. Wait till you hear about the jacked up Commodore she spotted in Sydney!

Press play, it's time to go on this week's Behind the Wheel...

Behind the Wheel Podcast 488
February 15, 2018 11:13 AM PST
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Buckle up, the Behind the Wheel Car Podcast is about to hit the road for another week.

It has arrived. The first ever fully-imported Holden Commodore. Joel Helmes was at the launch and brings a first drive report.

Mark Flintoff from Holden joins us to tell us what Holden expect from the car, how many they think they'll sell and how much it costs. The new Commodore has some heavy lifting to do.

A big surprise package in the Behind the Wheel garage this week out of China. The Haval H9. It’s a big seven-seat wagon that has genuine off-road ability.

We’ll take you around the block in it (all tarmac roads), and we’ll hear from Tim at Haval with details on pricing and spec.

Simon Lai is heading off on an undeserved holiday for weeks on end. So before he goes we going to make him work hard. He’ll compare the seven-seat Nissan X-Trail with the Honda CR-V.

Rachel Franco is back and she’s been wasting lots of time on YouTube. She’ll share an awesome story of how cars and music sometime come together on film.

Speaking of awesome, there’s an amazing competition being run in Brisbane this weekend. Titled “Build a self driving car in 72 hours” teams from around the globe have entered. We will get the man behind it all on to give us all the juicy details.

Here we go again for another epic one, settle in for Behind the Wheel Podcast 488...

Behind the Wheel Podcast 487
February 07, 2018 08:44 PM PST
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A big show on the cards this week.
We’ll head back to the busy streets of Japan for a guided tour with Pete. We'll go car shopping in Ginza and take in the delights of Tokyo traffic.
There’s a new Mercedes-Benz - the all-new A-Class which is likely to be one of the best sellers for the brand. David McCarthy from Mercedes-Benz calls in with the details.
Another brand-new offering, a much bigger Volkswagen Polo is about to land here in Australia. Paul Pottinger from VW has all the Aussie specs that you’ll need to know about.
We’re on the road in the latest edition of the BMW X3, while Joel Helmes has been at the launch of the very funky new SUV from Peugeot - the 5008. We'll hear how it drives on Aussie roads.
Simon Lai has had his hands on the top of the line Honda Accord V6, we’ll get his thoughts.
Rachel Franco is keen to highlight all the times our cars have made us look foolish. Be prepared for a very long segment!
All that and heaps more this week on Behind the Wheel.

Behind the Wheel Podcast 486
February 01, 2018 03:57 AM PST
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Another big show on the cards this week. We’re getting ready for the Bathurst 12 hour. Hot favourites, Porsche, are fielding a huge fleet this year.
Chris Jordan from Porsche joins us on the show with details on the preparations - and he’s got a great story out of London that involves $10 million worth of gold bullion and three new Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo’s.
Andrew Fraser - Nationals Member for Coffs Harbour, is pushing for driver education to be taught in schools for kids as young as twelve. It’s based on a model from CAMS.
We’ll chat to Andrew and get the nuts and bolts of the plan.
Joel Helmes has been at the Australian launch of the new Haval H9 – a seven-seat 4x4 that, on paper at least, shows a lot of promise.
We’ll get all the details on how it drives and how much it costs.
Victoria Police are in the process of renewing their fleet - starting with the Divy Vans. Their choice of vehicle is interesting and nowhere near as exciting as the car that will be replacing the Highway Patrol Commodores.
Frank Melilli, Manager of the Victoria Police Transport Branch, has all the inside goss.
The AAA (Automobile Association of Australia) is making a just call for the removal of tariffs on cars. Originally put in place to protect Australia's car manufacturing industry, obviously there's now no need to pay for an industry that doesn't exist.
The AAA also think there could be another huge benefit other than the cost savings motorists would experience. Tune in the CEO Michael Bradley to hear their ideas.
And Simon Lai & Rachel Franco are back to discuss the benefits of keeping your car stocked with food and drinks.
Lots to take in on this week’s edition of Behind the Wheel.

Behind the Wheel Podcast 485
January 25, 2018 02:01 PM PST
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We’re back for 2018 and it’s a show with a bit of international flair! Pete is going to take us on a tour of Japan & he’ll crash a Nissan Leaf live on air!

We’ll go touring car factories and get a sense of Tokyo traffic.

Meanwhile, back here in Australia, we’ll take you around the block in the BMW M4 Pure and try and figure out what you miss out on by buying the cut down version of the iconic BMW.

We’ll also stack up the M3 against the M4… is there a lot of difference apart from a couple of doors?

Speaking of BMW, they’ve unveiled a funky new SUV - the X2 and Lenore Fletcher joins us with all the pricing details and release dates.

The Maserati Quattroporte has been around a while. It’s recently been back to the factories in Modena & Turin for a bit of a nip and tuck. 

Glen Sealy, CEO of Maserati Australia, has all the details for us.

Joel Helmes has been hanging with the new edition of Australia’s most popular mid-size car - the now fully imported Toyota Camry. Has the Japanese built Camry lifted the bar in comparison to the older Aussie version? We’ll find out.

And Simon Lai & Rachel Franco make their return for 2018. Who know’s what will happen!

Behind the Wheel Podcast 484
January 17, 2018 04:41 PM PST
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It's the last episode of Behind the Wheel's Summer Series before an action packed return to live action next week, so we've tried to squeeze in as many of the good bits of 2017 as we can.

We revisit what was the huge task of choosing 2017's Car of the Year.

Joel Helmes takes us through the process of coming up with a winner from a long list nominations. Some brilliant cars missed out on the gong and you'll hear the chat with the winning manufacturer.

Effie Zahos, editor of Money Magazine had a bee in her bonnet about toll roads in 2017. She chatted with the boys and broke down what is now a considerable cost for a lot of Aussie motorists.

Gary Linnell, contributor to The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, had been known to mock Elon Musk's ideas about the future. Seems he had a change of heart in 2017 and he chat's to Pete and Chris as to why.

We also talk car buying trends for 2018, and Joel Helmes put us Behind the Wheel of the updated version of Toyota's epic little sports car, the 86.

Behind the Wheel's Summer Series - It's your last chance to relive some of the best bits from 2017 - Don't miss it!

Peter Hitchener talks 'Behind the Wheel' on EON Sports Radio
March 21, 2017 07:29 PM PDT
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The weekly Behind the Wheel Radio Show is now going to be heard every Thursday night across Australia's major capital cities on EON Sports Radio.

Ahead of the show's debut this week on the EON Sports Radio airwaves, Behind the Wheel co-host, Peter Hitchener, joined the guys on the EON Sports Radio brekky show to talk cars, footy, golf...and crumpets!

Have a listen...

Iveco Daily 4x4 chat with Darren Swenson
August 12, 2016 11:34 PM PDT
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Iveco has launched the new 2017 Iveco Daily 4x4 into Australia and we got along for a drive.

We also caught up with Iveco Australia Marketing Manager, Darren Swenson, for a chat about the new off-road model...

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