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Putting the Tesla Model Y through its paces on Australian roads.

The new Tesla SUV has arrived in Australia. Here’s what it’s like

Given the popularity of the Model 3 sedan, it’s likely this SUV will take the country by storm.

  • Tony Davis
The Rolls-Royce Phantom, all 5.76 metres of it, about to take on the hair-raising Grande Corniche.

Driving a 2.6-tonne Rolls-Royce Phantom up the Grande Corniche

The $1 million-plus vehicle is not the most nimble for twisting and turning up a cliff road along the Côte d’Azur. But it is comfortable.

  • Tony Davis
The large outdoor infinity pool blends into the Mediterranean at eye level.

Channel your inner jet-setter at The Maybourne Riviera

This ultra-stylish new hotel, perched high above the Med, has panoramic views of the Côte d’Azur to Italy and Monaco, from $2290 to $30,560 a night.

  • Tony Davis
The Peugeot 3008 GT Sport Plug-in Hybrid AWD: : Charging can be done overnight on a home power point.

Peugeot’s 3008 GT Sport PHEV is spritely and good-looking, but...

... a plug-in hybrid can be more expense than it’s worth. It might be better to wait for a battery electric model.

  • Tony Davis
Model Y electric vehicles stand on a conveyor belt at the opening of the Tesla factory at the Gigafactory Berlin-Brandenburg in Grünheide, Germany, in March.

Tesla sales slow as pandemic hobbles production

Elon Musk’s company faces “ongoing supply chain challenges and factory shutdowns beyond our control”.

  • Jack Ewing


The Tiguan R is VW’s first high-performance medium-sized SUV.

Volkswagen’s Tiguan R ticks all the right boxes

It’s powerful, spacious, comfortable, fit for purpose, yet you might just forget it’s an SUV.

  • Tony Davis
Mean machine: The $8 million Koenigsegg Jesko.

Koenigsegg’s Jesko and Gemera are coming to Australia

Two of the former have reportedly been sold already, for $8 million each, while the latter will set you back more than $4 million.

  • Tony Davis
The Porsche Taycan is a great choice, if you can afford it.

Here’s your A-to-Z guide to choosing the best electric car

From the mighty Porsche Taycan to the not-so-humble Mini Cooper SE, there’s an EV on the market for you.

  • Tony Davis
Ferrari will make almost half of its models fully electric by 2030.

Ferrari unveils plans to make ‘unique’ electric cars

The Italian luxury carmaker will launch its first electric-only vehicle in 2025.

  • Giulio Piovaccari and Nick Carey
Dr Ian Roberts with the Aston Martin DBX medical car. “We need a car that’s extremely reliable and can handle the conditions.”

I always expect the worst, says Formula 1’s top trackside doctor

He’s never finished a race, but Dr Ian Roberts could be the most important person at this weekend’s Grand Prix du Canada.

  • Tony Davis
The writer puts the Emira through its paces on the Mount Panorama racetrack.

Lotus takes on Porsche with its $185,000 Emira

This is a street car for buyers who appreciate luxury and great looks – although with a claimed top speed of 290km/h, it’s no slouch on the racetrack.

  • Tony Davis
It’s one nifty, good-looking e-bike, but still weighs in at 18 kilograms.

Commuting’s an easy ride on this Benz e-bike

The Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team bicycle looks great and has a fully enclosed battery so you won’t look like you’re cheating.

  • Tony Davis
That huge grille on the BMW iX takes some getting used to. “Once you’ve got past that, there is much to like in the surface detailing elsewhere.”

Enter the electric BMW iX, all five metres and 2500kg of it

The three versions of the series available in Australia are great machines, but not quite game-changers.

  • Tony Davis
DeLorean Motors Reimagined’s modern electric coupe, the Alpha5.

DeLorean shows off electric car to come in 2024 (but there’s a catch)

It’s the latest concept in a long line of promises from the once-defunct brand. You might want to read the small print and wait before putting any money down.

  • Hannah Elliott


The Pipistrel Alpha Electro in flight: it has a range of about 140 kilometres.

This 368kg electric plane awaits your driving pleasure

The Pipistrel Alpha Electro won’t get you from Sydney to Canberra. But it is a fun forerunner of longer-range e-planes in the wings.

  • Tony Davis
Inside the Sculpture room at Motion. Autos, Art, Architecture, from left: the Pegaso Z-102 Cúpula; a 1953 Bentley R-Type Continental; and the blue nose of the Bugatti Type 57S Atlantic.

Which of these highly valuable cars would you choose?

Lord Norman Foster has curated a collection of rare automobiles that were “the best of their kind in terms of beauty and a vision of the future”.

  • Tony Davis
The C4 Shine is an SUV, hatchback, coupe and lift-back sedan in one.

Can Citroën win you over with this ‘mash-up’ car?

It’s not too dear, it has nice design touches, and promises a magic carpet ride. So, what’s not to like about the Citroen C4 Shine?

  • Tony Davis