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.
  • HSV TO BRING THE U.S. BIG GUNS HERE

    Holden and HSV today has announced details of a new deal that on the surface looks great. The American sourced Chevrolet Camaro and enormous Chevrolet Silverado ute will go on sale in Australia and New Zealand via HSV accredited dealerships. They won’t be branded as Holden’s or HSV’s but will...
  • VOLVO XC40 INTERNATIONAL LAUNCH

    When we bring you news on a new car the way it usually works is this. We jump on a plane, fly to a location and embark on a one or two-day drive program. The idea is to be briefed by company designers, engineers and often professional drivers about...
  • NUROFEN FEVERSMART TEMPERATURE MONITOR

    As new parents we’re certainly more than conscious of our little boy’s health. One of the more concerning indicators of any child’s welfare is temperature. Here at EFTM we’re always on the search for gadgets that are not just cool, but also helpful. Nurofen for Children has launched a...
  • EFTM Best Luxury Car 2017: BMW 740e

    The BMW 7 series has long been the absolute best the brand has on offer. Over the years it’s been a pioneering marvel, setting new benchmarks as each generation was rolled out. In 2017 we spent two weeks with the BMW 740e, a plug-in hybrid luxury barge. This is...
  • EFTM Best Sports Car 2017: Audi S5

    The Audi S5 be it in coupé, sportsback or cabriolet form is simply brilliant. The performance version of the new A5 range features phenomenal handling and the sheer wizardry of the quattro AWD system. The uniquely tuned suspension, huge brakes and all-new petrol turbo V6 with 8-speed transmission combine...
  • EFTM Best In-Car Tech 2017: Audi Virtual Dash

    The Audi Virtual Cockpit is the coup de grâce to all other instrument clusters. It turns what the driver sees behind the steering wheel into a stunning display of Google Earth mapping. It also provides for a very practical, user friendly interface. Customisable and unique readouts are available when...
  • EFTM Best SUV 2017: Audi Q5

    This is the most competitive car category without a doubt, so choosing a winner is exceptionally hard. But nominating a model that’s aspirational, full of technology and one renowned for quality is easy. You simply can’t go past the Audi Q5. The 2017 Q5 is new from the ground...
  • EFTM Best Small Car 2017: Hyundai i30

    The third-generation Hyundai i30 hit our shores this year, with three engine choices, 5 variants and plenty of tech. At the local launch we quickly discovered the new i30 sports great looks and an interior that not just rivals but beats many competitors. The range features plenty of choice...
  • KIA STINGER 200S REVIEW

    The Kia Stinger is not the most impressive car I’ve driven this year, but it’s by far and away the most impressive achievement. Impressive for the brand and category all while arriving at the perfect time and place. Now the big Aussie performance brands are gone, where can we...
  • 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,...
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