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.
  • Driving the BMW 116i Sport Line – Small hatch, small fortune, big returns

    Ok, so I have a confession. Despite the hundreds of cars I’ve driven for EFTM… I’ve never spent quality time behind the wheel of a BMW other than a few years back driving the 318i owned by our very own Trevor Long. All that changed last week  as we...
  • EFTM Review – Chrysler 300c Luxury : raw good looks at a bang for your buck price

    The reasoning behind choosing the right car differs dramatically from one buyer to the next. The rationale would naturally revolve around price, features and comfort. Others may delve deep into the spec sheet looking for performance discrepancies between models. But if straight out looks dominate your desires than surely the...
  • Mazda CX-5, top little All-wheel-drive SUV, but can it tow?

    The days of big Aussie sedans crisscrossing our magnificent continent are just about over. Mid to large-sized SUV’s can lay claim to that with one such example being the Mazda CX-5. The petrol all-wheel-drive (AWD) variant now comes with a bit more plonk and a dash of towing ability...
  • EFTM : Battle of The Dual Cabs

    In the crazed SUV dominated market there’s another category nipping at leading sales chart contenders. The continuing rise of the previously “tradie” exclusive dual-cab has seen models like the Toyota Hilux chip away at the best-selling vehicle mantle. Over the last month EFTM clambered inside many of the players...
  • The EFTM Garage – Holden Caprice V WM Series II

    If you want the biggest slab of Aussie made automobile metal around there’s really only one choice remaining – The Holden Caprice.  EFTM has squeezed the flagship Caprice V model into its garage this week and it’s not the first time! We were wrapped with the WM Series 1...
  • Age Equals Taste. Hogs 3 Bourbon now in cans with cola.

    Ever stumbled across Hogs 3 Bourbon? No? Here beginneth the lesson.  It’s a Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey aged in newly crafted and charred American white oak barrels for three years. This delivers a reputation for depth of colour and a smooth, dry taste. It actually ranks quite well among...
  • EFTM first drive – Holden Trax LTZ

    Car manufactures are always looking to push boundaries and design vehicles that capture the hearts and minds of the discerning motoring public. Concept cars quicker than ever are becoming reality, with radical in your face designs now dotting the streets. Even describing the category a car falls under is...
  • The EFTM Garage – Holden Trax LTX

    What would be the world’s fastest road trip I Spy match? One that starts with the question “I spy with my little eye something beginning with S” SUV!, I hear you chorus. They are bloody everywhere, in fact the lines are now completely blurred when it even comes to...
  • Real Racing 3 Bolstered By Three Mighty Italians

    Fans of the ground breaking Real Racing 3 now have another excuse for more RSI-inducing gaming on their mobile devices. EA Sports Mobile have added three Italian masterpieces to the already jam-packed garage....
  • The EFTM Garage – Ford Ranger Wildtrak

    If you’re after a big ute or pickup, you really are spoilt for choice.  This week, we move between siblings.  Mechanically the Bt-50 and Ranger are almost identical, but on the outside its a very different story.  We’ve driven and loved the Ranger before, this week we’re experiencing the...
  • We drive the Ford Fiesta ST – a powerful little hot hatch.

    The Ford Fiesta is without doubt a hugely important global car for Ford, having sold 750,000 last year and with a history dating back to the XR2 in 1981. EFTM was thrilled to be given the opportunity to pilot the 2013 Fiesta ST for a drive day at the...
  • The EFTM Garage – Mazda BT-50 Dual Cab XT Hi Rider

    Continuing our look at the tough ute and pickup truck market, this week we’ve got Mazda’s contender in the field.  The BT-50.  Perhaps not the best looker but does it perform?...
  • $1,250 BOTTLE OF GLENFIDDICH ANNIVERSARY VINTAGE UNVEILED

    This week EFTM sampled the seemingly exorbitant Glenfiddich Anniversary Vintage, which has been produced to mark the whisky maker’s 125th anniversary. With one Sydney outlet planning on selling it at $100 per nip, this was sure to be something special....
  • The EFTM Garage – Volkswagen Amarok TDI 420 Highline Dual-Cab

    The next few weeks are dedicated to the tradies and DIY dads – We’re looking at tough Utes, or Pickups – depending on how you describe them.  We kick it off with a relative newcomer to this market – the Volkswagen Amarok....
  • Nissan GT-R Premium Edition, it will take your breath away

    Motoring is more than a casual hobby for me; it’s a way of life. It’s an extension of my personality that a non-car person could never fully appreciate. In the right car I can spend hours alone and never suffer a single second of boredom. This week’s ‘In The EFTM Garage” offering may...
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