Chris Bowen

Chris is EFTM's Motoring Editor, driving everything from your entry level hatch to the latest Luxury cars through to the Rolls Royce. He has been in the media for 20 years, produced three Olympic games broadcasts, attending Beijing 2008 & London 2012. Strangely he owns a Toyota Camry Hybrid, he defiantly rejects the knockers. Chris is married to Gillian and resides in Sydney's North West. They have Sam the English Springer Spaniel and Felix the Burmese cat to keep them company, and recently welcomed baby Henry to the family.
  • Holden Astra R – QUICK FIX

    Everyone knows the Holden Astra nameplate, in terms of brand recognition it’s as familiar as Pulsar, Corolla and in the good old days the Ford Laser. But the Astra overtime has been rested from time to time and even sported the badge of its donor brand Opel. With the...
  • Brisbane to the Barossa in a Tesla: Fully electric and emissions free

    Nope, this will be no wine tour. This week we will embark on what we think is the first documented trip from Brisbane to Adelaide in a Tesla relying on the all new Tesla supercharger network. Recently several new Supercharge stations were installed at key western Victorian and country...
  • The iKettle 3.0

    Yes, this is the second kettle review to appear on EFTM today, don’t adjust your browser we have not become Choice.com.au. But if you want to take the humble kettle that Geoff reviewed to an entirely new level Chris Bowen thinks the iKettle 3.0 from Smarter may well be...
  • LEXUS LC500 REVIEW

    Lexus drivers have always been an easy target, right up there with those behind the wheel of a Volvo. Slinging mud at the brand is all too easy, generally the fall-back line is that they’re “glorified Toyotas”. But in truth the brand has maintained a strong presence across the...
  • GOODBYE COMMODORE

    With the Australian made Holden Commodore now non-existent, why would we even review one? Simple really, because it’s not until something is erased that you realise how important it was. So, we went about getting our hands on one of the last VF Commodore examples, a gleaming new Calais...
  • ARLO BABY BY NETGEAR

    A year ago, if I read the term “IoT” I would have simply thought it was yet another text message abbreviation. Turns out the “Internet of Things” has come so far even I’m now a devotee of such connectivity. In fact, I’ve literally gone mad with smart home devices,...
  • POPULAR VOLVO SUV ARRIVES IN AUSTRALIA

    It’s the biggest selling premium SUV in Europe and the most popular Volvo in Australia. So, there’s a huge amount riding on the back of the new Volvo XC60. The official Australian launch has just occurred and we sent Chris Bowen to the Barossa Valley in South Australia to...
  • 2017 LAND ROVER DISCOVERY REVIEW

    The Land Rover Discovery was one of the first 4×4 vehicles I appreciated as a child. My father worked for “New Rowley Motors” at Artarmon, NSW in the spare parts department. They sold Jags and Land Rovers so occasionally he’d score one for the weekend. At the time, it...
  • THE PHANTOM RETURNS

    The Rolls Royce Phantom hardly even falls into the “car” category. But today, probably the most lauded maker of motor cars showcased the new 8th generation Phantom. The vehicle itself has been around since 1925, you can just imagine the calibre of people this kind of motoring excellence has...
  • THE M SERIES BMW CARS THAT NEVER MADE IT

    The Frankfurt Motor Show is arguably the biggest motor show of them all. But when in Germany it pays to head South to Munich, why? Because BMW has some amazing exhibits and museums you simply must check out if ever given the chance. Chris Bowen was taken inside the...
  • MERCEDES-AMG PROJECT ONE

    If there was ever going to be a headline act here at the Frankfurt Motor Show it’s the Mercedes-AMG Project ONE. A hypercar with an F1 engine that can be driven on the road, simple as that. The mystery has finally been revealed and it’s one heck of a...
  • BMW TEAMS UP WITH TED

    Prior to the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, BMW teamed up with the non-profit organisation TED for the first “Next Visionaries” ideas competition. But what is TED? Since 1984 the corporation has become a worldwide hit, renowned for seeking out and spreading innovative new ideas. In 2006, TED went online,...
  • EXCLUSIVE: BMW Executive describes Tesla’s rise as Amazing

    Hildegard Wortmann is no stranger to BMWs – she loved them as a child, and purchased her first 3 Series privately instead of taking a company car when working for global giant Unilever, so as Senior Vice President of Brand at BMW – I sat down with her to discuss...
  • BMW LOGO GOES BLACK AND WHITE

    Chris Bowen is on the ground in Frankfurt for the IAA Cars 2017, or simply the Frankfurt Motor Show. BMW will unveil a huge number of production models and concept cars on an enormous stage next week. But it’s the logo change that’s generating some interest already. Some of...
  • AUDI A5 & S5 CABRIOLET REVIEW

    Back in March the Audi A5 and S5 coupé were launched, shortly thereafter the Sportsback arrived, now it’s time to unveil the next instalment, the Cabriolet. As previously reported the A5 is a totally new, clean-sheet design following the previous model’s 10-year reign. During that time, Audi sold 800,000...
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