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The Fiat 500e looks the part, and it’s great fun to drive.

Why the all-electric Fiat 500e will win your heart but not your mind

It feels nippy, looks cute and is gorgeously styled, with a touch of Fellini about it. But all this charm doesn’t come cheap.

  • Tony Davis

This Month

Ferrari 250 GTO auction

Why this rare Ferrari is considered a true work of art

It could fetch $100 million or more at auction in New York next month. And no, we’re not talking car auctions here.

  • Tony Davis

The new $80,000 Mazda CX-60 bucks the EV trend

It has the convenience of a petrol engine or a battery, depending on your needs, but most drivers now prefer a fully electric vehicle.

  • Tony Davis
At just over 2.5 tonnes, the Bentley Bentayga EWB is mighty impressive.

Why the rear of Bentley’s Bentayga EWB is its greatest asset

The new, $514K-plus model has been stretched to 5305 mm: big enough for all manner of creature comforts in the back.

  • Tony Davis
The contentious grille has not won many fans on other models, in the writer’s experience.

Brutalism on wheels: why the new BMW 740i has limited appeal

Would you pay $268,900, plus on-road costs, for a luxurious but hefty petrol limo when that very concept seems to be outdated?

  • Tony Davis
A Tesla Model 3. After a federal EV incentive and fuel savings, its cost of ownership is now on par with a 2024 Toyota Corolla.

Tesla is having to slash prices due to Musk’s politics, says fundie

The cuts to shift stockpiles mean the company’s cars now rival cheap petrol vehicles, but they could cost it $US1.2 billion a year, says at least one investor.

  • Tom Randall

The first Rolls-Royce built just for two costs $10m-plus per seat

The luxury car company harks back to the coach building days with its bespoke Droptail, even more exclusive than its usual luxury vehicles.

  • Tony Davis
Head of product Daniel Guzzafame with the Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale 2023. There will be more such “halo cars”.

Alfa Romeo to up its output, including an EV

The brand tips a limited-edition “halo car” every few years in addition to mainstream models, and electric vehicles from 2025.

  • Tony Davis

Is the new Roma Spider Ferrari’s ‘most beautiful’ convertible?

The Italian sports car brand has injected some fresh air into its front-engine V8-powered design, with a soft top to complement its sleek silhouette.

  • Tony Davis

Mercedes’ latest electric SUV should happily outsell its sedan sibling

Australians love an extra-big hatch, interior space and a bit of height in a car. The Mercedes-AMG EQE electric SUV delivers on all.

  • Tony Davis
Sydney-based start-up Carma was founded in 2021.

Data drives innovative approach to selling used cars

The data-driven techniques of a new entrant in the used car market identifies ‘lemons’ while giving potential buyers an inside run.


by Carma


Hot stuff: the new $2 million-plus Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale, inspired by the 1967 original.

These stunning Alfa Romeos cost $2.8m – and there are just 33 on sale

If you miss out on the Alfa, there’s also a new N1A and a Lotus Type 66. But the competition to get them will be stiff.

  • Tony Davis
Luxury cars are being targeted by thieves.

Your Ferrari could be gone in 60 seconds

Gangs are taking advantage of weaknesses in vehicle security and insurers are increasingly wary of modern prestige marques. Here’s what you can do.

  • Chris Bryant
The Rimac Nevera electric vehicle has serious acceleration.

EVs have changed the rules on acceleration

Sports cars had made it their point of difference. Now they’re looking for other ways to highlight performance, as buyers pile into electric vehicles.

  • Tony Davis
The BYD showroom in Alexandria, Sydney.

Why Chinese EVs are storming Australia

The Australian new car market is rapidly turning Chinese and in the battery electric vehicle category they completely dominate.

  • Tony Davis
The RZ450e is a newcomer to the EV market.

The verdict on Lexus’ first all-electric model? Wait a while

A latecomer to the EV market, the RZ450e is sadly underwhelming – despite the $134k luxury price tag and smooth ride as expected from a Lexus.

  • Tony Davis
The Polestar 2 has been given a big upgrade for 2024.

Polestar 2: a very good car made even better

This is a facelift that matters. The new Polestar’s safety options are now integrated, which means it’s been built better.

  • Tony Davis
Lamborghini Lanzador

Is it a supercar or an SUV? It’s exactly in between, says Lamborghini

The electric Lanzador concept is a high-riding but low-roofed coupe with a sharp, unmistakeable silhouette, and room in the boot for surfboards and more.

  • Tony Davis
Mercedes-AMG SL63

Mercedes-AMG aims new $375k convertible at next-gen buyers

Not everyone will love what the designer calls “the more voluptuous body” of the SL63, but there’s no faulting its powerful performance or sophisticated tech.

  • Tony Davis


The smash repair industry has been hit by logistical slowdowns and inflation.

Smash repair business AMA Group preps $60m raise

Listed smash repairer AMA Group was passing around the hat for a cash injection of up to $60 million on Thursday afternoon, while its shares remained halted.

  • Sarah Thompson, Kanika Sood and Emma Rapaport