Welcome back to your weekly wrap up of car news and reviews, where we find all the bits that matter and condense them down into one easy read.
I’m a firm believer that cars should be a positive distraction from our day to day lives so it brought me great delight this week that we could bring you reviews on cars such as the Land Rover Defender and news on the uber-cool Genesis GV60 that both offer loads of personality.
We also did some groundwork in the office and wrote up a deep-dive on the Nissan Z to find out just how ‘new’ it really is and had a chat with Volkswagen about the chances of the ID4 coming to Australia.
In electric news, SA has followed suit with other states and decided to hand out a $3,000 rebate for EV buyers and delayed the EV tax until mid-2027 and Nissan confirmed that hybrids are coming down under.
But there’s so much more to get into, so let’s just jump into it.
Audi, Volvo and now Genesis have all set a date when they will only sell EVs and the latter has chosen 2025 to be the first year it will no longer launch new combustions cars.
Its existing lineup of petrol and diesel cars and SUVs will likely carry on until 2030 when Genesis aims to become a 100 per cent zero emissions brand.
The Korean brand plans to build an eight-strong lineup of EVs and released a teaser image showcasing what appears to be four SUVs, three sedans and a mysterious two-door coupe.
Great favour was shown to the X Concept within the presentation so perhaps Genesis is gearing up to put it in production to give itself a true hero car.
This week Nissan confirmed it would bring a car or SUV with a hybrid system of some form to Australia next year but neglected to tell us what exactly it was.
However, it doesn’t take much deduction to figure out what it is when they specifically rule out most other options and the next generation of the Qashqai small SUV arrives next year.
Nissan’s e-Power is actually pretty different from a traditional hybrid system that uses an electric motor and petrol engine in conjunction, with e-Power taking the range extender route for increased efficiency.
Essentially this means a four-cylidner engine is in charge of keeping the battery topped up and nothing else, the electric motors are what drive the wheels meaning it acts more like an EV than the hybrids you might be used to driving.
We got our hands on the short-wheelbase Defender 90 P400 HSE form and found it was a bloody good thing both on and off the road, but you’d hope so when you’re paying over six figures.
While a short wheelbase gives the Defender a better break-over angle and makes it far easier to park, we found the chassis was a touch too twitching on the road for our liking.
It still seats four people comfortably and contains all the modern amenities and rich leather that will make it a gorgeous experience to drive every day – but so does the four door version.
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