All posts by Sean Thompson

Sean specialises in news and road testing. He's a passionate journalist and currently works for a Sydney metro newspaper. Sean is also a car fanatic at heart and dreads the day Aussie car manufacturing comes to an end.

Study finds direct injection engines pollute more

Nov 29, 2013

Researchers from Brussels-based lobby group Transport and Environment have found direct injection engines release 1000 times the amount of particles than previous petrol engines. They also found direct injection engines release 10 times the amount...

Ford EcoSport on sale in Australia from $20,790

Nov 28, 2013

The Ford EcoSport is now on sale in Australia, enhancing the blue oval’s existing SUV lineup alongside the Kuga and Territory. The base model EcoSport will be priced from $20,790 plus on-road costs. The Fiesta-based...

Mark Webber to join Eric Bana at 2015 Bathurst 12-Hour

Nov 27, 2013

Former Formula 1 driver Mark Webber has taken to Twitter to announce he will partner Aussie actor Eric Bana at the Bathurst 12 Hour endurance race in 2015. Within days of finishing his F1 career...

Volvo borrows US$800 million from China Development Bank

Nov 26, 2013

In an attempt to try and double vehicle sales to 800,000 per year before 2020, Volvo Cars has borrowed a staggering US$800 million from China Development Bank. A Volvo spokesman said the credit would be...

Starwood Motors creates monster ‘Full Metal Jacket’ Jeep

Nov 26, 2013

Jeep is synonymous with off-roading, but this version courtesy of Starwood Motors is something more akin to what Arnold Schwarzenegger would have driven in his hey-day. The 2013 version of the Full Metal Jacket Jeep...

Nissan Altima on sale in Australia from $29,990

Nov 21, 2013

A year after it debuted as a V8 Supercar, the Nissan Altima has finally hit showrooms across Australia and will officially go on sale in the first week of December. The drive-away price is expected...

Toyota 86 convertible still only a concept

Nov 21, 2013

An updated convertible version of the popular Toyota 86 has been unveiled at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show called the FT-86 Open concept. But don’t expect it hit production lines any time soon. Yasuyuki Yoshinaga,...

Subaru Levorg unveiled at Tokyo Motor Show

Nov 20, 2013

Suburu has unveiled the elegant Levorg tourer at the Tokyo Motor Show previewing a new model to be pitched between the Impreza and Liberty. The JDM-only (Japanese Domestic Market) model may eventually find its way...

New Honda NSX to feature twin-turbo V6 hybrid

Nov 20, 2013

Honda has revealed a new prototype twin-turbo hybrid version of its next-gen NSX supercar at a media event in Japan, highlighting the company’s commitment to smaller, turbocharged engines. The re-designed, all-wheel drive NSX prototype features...

Hyundai ‘GDCI’ engine technology could run on petrol or diesel

Nov 18, 2013

The clever minds at Hyundai have built the first petrol engine without spark plugs which could potentially run on either diesel or petrol. The ‘GDCI’ technology uses a form of compression-ignition usually seen in diesel...

Chrysler produces 3 million Pentastar V6 engines

Nov 14, 2013

With one manufactured every six minutes, Chrysler has produced a staggering three million units of its 3.6-litre V6 Pentastar engine since its conception in 2011. Chrysler achieved the milestone at 7am on November 7 at...

McLaren P1 already sold out – report

Nov 14, 2013

If you were saving your hard-earned money to afford the McLaren P1, you’re out of luck – all 375 units have reportedly sold out. Production only commenced around one month ago but it seems it...