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  • 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...
  • EFTM Quick Fix: Toyota Hilux SR5

    It was the best-selling model in 2016 and for years has helped Toyota stay at the top of the charts. But when compared to the current crop of today’s fashionable, flashy alternatives it doesn’t rate a mention, at least in the critic’s eyes. Chris Bowen spent a week in...
  • Toyota Australia building life-sized Tonka Truck: HiLux Tonka

    Toyota has good reason to celebrate.  In 2016 the Toyota HiLux became the first ute to be the top selling vehicle in Australia.  That’s a big deal, indicates a huge shift in buying overall, as well as a shift away from our traditional “utes”. I’m still not totally comfortable...
  • Big American Trucks now being converted in large quantities for Aussies

    It’s nothing new to see an American classic not available in showrooms here in Australia converted to right-hand drive by Aussies. But it happens in very small numbers. It’s now happening at scale with Shogun in Sydney receiving additional “Full Volume Certifications” from the Government....
  • Life with the Nissan Navara ST-X – Week 1 Long-term review

    At EFTM you’ll find a stack of car reviews that are designed to let you know what it’s like to drive the latest and sometimes greatest cars around. But a one week test drive doesn’t always allow for some deeper insights when it actually comes to living with the...
  • Back Up Like a Pro – Showcasing reversing tech at the 2015 Further With Ford Conference

    Let’s be honest many people find it difficult to reverse a trailer. Be it a box trailer, boat or caravan it’s an unnatural technique to master. To get it right the front wheels need to be turned in the opposite intended direction of the trailer. Many can nail this,...
  • After a makeover, does the Mitsubishi Triton GLS Double Cab cut the mustard?

    Aussies love their dual cabs and increasingly not only for their original intended use. All still have their Light Commercial Vehicle (LCV) underpinnings, but the latest generation is set to cohesively and comfortably combine its work and play attributes. The Mitsubishi Triton is one of the first to receive...
  • Load it up: Ford Falcon XR6 EcoLPi Ute Review

    We’ve been getting around in the latest FG X range of Ford Falcons, a range that is on the slippery slide to oblivion. So in a sense it’s been a nostalgic few weeks, but now we find ourselves in the Ute variant. Another iconic vehicle that itself is facing...
  • Putting the MAZDA BT-50 XTR to the test, beach, water & camping

    In early 2013 we got our hands on the Mazda BT-50 XTR, one of the new generation of dual-cabs that appease not only the tradies but also keep Mum, Dad and the kids happy. But given the capabilities these types of vehicles have we thought we’d really put the...
  • 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 – 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....
  • Holden’s VF UTE sets a world record around the Nürburgring

    Holden are stepping up a gear with the roll out of the new VF range of Commodores, this morning claiming a new “World Record” lap time around the world-famous Nürburgring.  Sure, it’s an unmeasured “commercial or utility” category, but regardless of these mere facts, the time was blistering!...
  • 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....
  • 2012 Ford Ranger – the manliest ute around?

    Sometimes you really have to question the motivation of the designer and entire company when cars hit the road that clearly have no long term design value. It’s easy to do with a ute. Cab, tray, presto. What do workers care? But they do, and Ford have impressed....
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