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.
  • The EFTM Garage – Nissan GTR Premium

    Last week’s Nissan 370Z was a tease, and at the same time a fantastic warm-up for this week’s driving pleasure.  Read below for the mind blowing details of the beast that sits this week in the EFTM Garage Make: Nissan Model: GT-R Variant: Premium Engine / Transmission: 3.8 litre twin-turbocharged 24-valve...
  • Nissan 370Z Review – One of the most enjoyable cars you can drive – Long live the Z

    We here at EFTM have experienced dozens of new cars in 2013, mostly all of them left us impressed with their respective virtues and abilities. But every now and then a manufacturer allows us access to some of their top shelf prime cuts of beef.   With Nissan it starts...
  • EFTM Drives the 2013 Volkswagen Golf – it’s all about the driver

    The majority of car buyers have very little interest in the finer points of motoring. For them a car is a car, the dominant mass transport invention of the 20th century. However for a car buying novice, Volkswagen may well have created the only car one would ever need.  The new 2013 Golf....
  • Sydney Airport gets a taste for Coopers Beer

    Last week the famous Aussie family owned brewery, in conjunction with Emirates Leisure Retail Australia, set up shop at Sydney Airport’s T2 Domestic Terminal with the opening of the first Coopers Alehouse in Sydney....
  • POLO RED – The fragrance inspired by cars and speed

    Ralph Lauren. Say his name and for most blokes Polo shirts come to mind. But the American fashion designer and business executive has his fingers in many, many pies. EFTM has got hold of his latest ‘Eau de Toilette’, and it’s not the smell but the inspiration behind it...
  • Holden’s new Malibu – Better looking than a Camry, but how well does it drive? The EFTM review

    Holden is doing its absolute best to stay afloat when it comes to locally produced cars. The VF Commodore is a fantastic vehicle which should sell in large numbers, but for the fact that for some reason Aussie consumers just seem to be seeking something different.  Outside of SUV’s...
  • The EFTM Garage – Holden Malibu CDX

    This week in the EFTM Garage we’ve got the new nameplate in the Holden family.  The Malibu.  Originally we thought this was the “new Epica” but after a short drive it’s clear to us that it’s far from it – in fact this is a great car.  Full review...
  • EFTM compares the Holden Captiva 5 LTZ and Hyundai ix35 SE

    It’s a virtual smorgasbord when it comes to choosing the right medium sized SUV to fit your lifestyle.  EFTM decided to pit two very similarly priced and equipped models head to head. It’s the Holden Captiva 5 LTZ v the Hyundai ix35 SE both with diesel engines. The 10...
  • 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...
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