Chris Bowen

Chris works at Australia's leading radio station 2GB. He's worked on three radio Olympic games broadcasts, attending Beijing 2008 & London 2012. Deep down Chris harbours ambitions to one day sit behind the microphone himself. Aside from radio his other great passion is the motor car. 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.
  • Has the new RAV4 gone soft? Or did the RAV4 just get funky? EFTM drives it to find out

    The Toyota RAV4 for almost 20 years has been an enduring silhouette on Australian roads. Widely regarded as the original ‘Recreational Active Vehicle’, it’s been a consistent hot seller both here and internationally. But has the 2013 RAV4 gone soft? Has it morphed into an alien radical that has...
  • A budget test-drive – Mitsubishi Mirage ES Sport

    For the ultra budget conscious there’s a raft of light hatchbacks to choose from. Sub $15,000 cars are proving to be hugely popular, remarkably the Chinese manufacturer  Chery is offering one for just $9990. So we’ve jumped into the Mitsubishi offering – the Mirage...
  • EFTM drives the Nissan Patrol – Ti-L and ST-L models – Mud, Snow and Highway roads

    The Nissan Patrol has for years attracted a loyal band of 4WD enthusiasts. The current model has existed for 16 years and undergone only relatively minor upgrades during that period. It’s become a tried and tested machine for those looking to tackle ‘big red’ or join the grey nomad...
  • The EFTM Garage – Nissan Dualis TS

    This week in the EFTM Garage we have a ‘Blade Silver’ Nissan Dualis TS Diesel.  Before any comprehensive review here’s how it looks at first glance....
  • EFTM Review: Mitsubishi Outlander

    The grim reaper for the traditional Aussie large family sedan or wagon is undoubtedly the now ubiquitous SUV. The deadly platform comes in many strains, large, medium, small or even ‘cross over’. There’s no cure and some doubt there will ever be a vaccine. It also doesn’t discriminate, just...
  • EFTM REVIEW: VF Commodore – Calais V Sportswagon V8

    Introduced in 2006 the VE Commodore replaced an imported platform the Aussie icon for years was built around. The massive investment back then allowed for a world-class and truly homemade design. The VE was inherently a good car. We here at EFTM spent thousands of kilometres in them as...
  • EFTM Review: The Nissan Pulsar is back

    Remember when Nissan Pulsar’s plagued our roads like mosquitoes in the tropics? In particular the famous SSS hatch was a huge hit with red P platers in the late 90’s. The accompanying repulsive after-market exhaust was a prerequisite. Then suddenly one day Nissan produced the motoring equivalent of Mortein...
  • EFTM Review: Hyundai Veloster, breathtaking design that won’t hammer the bottom line

    If you’re after near perfect handling, brisk and willing acceleration wrapped up in an in your face breathtaking design that won’t hammer the bottom line – Look no further than the Hyundai Veloster range....
  • EFTM Review: Phillps AquaTouch wet and dry electric shaver

    Believe it not today’s modern man is  seeking  tools that help look their best, unless you’ve decided to completely let yourself go (look no further than EFTM’s Trevor Long.) To the rescue come the good people at Phillips who’ve launched the AquaTouch range of electric shavers with the added benefit of wet or...
  • EFTM Test Drive: Hyundai i30 – Australia’s best small car?

    Brand snobs wake up. Not only is Hyundai producing cars on par with far more expensive and fancied rivals, it’s also lighting up the sales charts – In March they outsold Holden in Australia for the first time ever.  We’ve driven the top of the line Santa Fe already...
  • EFTM Review: The Holden Colorado 7

    Can Holden take the Colorado LX ute and turn it into a seven-seater for the family market? EFTM finds out....
  • EFTM Review: Infiniti M35h

    Car manufacturers across the world are undertaking a slow but steady march towards alternate fuel solutions. The Infiniti M35h and the technology it deploys is a step in the right direction....
  • EFTM Review: Is the Mazda BT-50 XTR manly enough?

    Boys love their toys and to be honest I’m no different. Consequently there’s something plaguing my DNA that induces a significant kick out of driving life sized adults only Tonka trucks like the Mazda BT-50 XTR....
  • EFTM Review: Holden Captiva 5 vs Holden Captiva 7

    EFTM was recently given a two week opportunity to jump behind the wheel of Holden’s SUV siblings the Captiva 5 and the Captiva 7. For several years now Holden has done well with this particular crossover SUV, which in international markets is sold as the Opel Antara and the...
  • EFTM Road Trip: Holden Colorado LX

    Sometimes a few days behind the wheel of a car isn’t enough to put it to a genuine test. At EFTM we decided that was the case for the all new Holden Colorado, so we sent Chris Bowen to outback NSW on a several thousand kilometre road trip....
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