New car review: 2015 Volkswagen Passat

Last year was a tough one for Volkswagen. In fact, the company simply won’t be the same again following the diesel emissions scandal.

Before that, there were DSG gearbox problems and other engine issues. Now, there is little doubt Volkswagen has more motivation than ever to keep its name out the negative press.

New Car Review: 2016 Mazda MX-5 2.0-litre

In 2016, it’s little surprise that so many of life’s pleasures come from activities where technology and convenience have been stripped away.

Stomping on grapes for their juice would be one, as would walking over to someone to talk to them face-to-face. Even using a telephone for actual voice-talking would be a novelty for some. The same applies to driving.

New car review: Hyundai Tucson

Hyundai has changed its mind a couple of times with the Tucson.

It first arrived on the market here in 2004 and continued until 2010, when Hyundai’s small SUV was renamed the ix35.

Now, the ix35 badge has been discarded and the Tucson badge has come back for an encore.

Car review – 2016 Kia Sorento Platinum

With its new Sorento, Kia has joined the big players in the seven-seater SUV market. It’s bigger inside and out, chock full of features and value, and is noticeably more refined.

New car review: Toyota Hilux 4×4 twin cab

This is the most important new vehicle Toyota has launched in Australia in the past decade.

When it was finally discontinued in September 2015, the 10-year old model was still maintaining market share, but only just. This new one was well overdue.