$14,990 is not a great deal of money to spend on a brand new car. But these days, it gets you a lot. And in the 2017 refresh of Holden's Barina — designed by Aussies — you get the two most important pieces of technology that any new car needs.
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Holden now has the 2016 European car of the year in its local stables. A starting price of just $21,990 gets you into one of the most technology-packed cars in its price bracket — turbo engines and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto across the entire range, and on the top RS-V you also get Holden's first forward-facing, traffic-sensing camera and some very very cool headlights.
Over half of the world's population live in cities, and rapid urbanisation is only expected to increase in the coming years. By 2050, large cities in the USA, China and India are predicted to see their populations increase by 33 per cent, 38 per cent and 96 per cent respectively. Population growth in cities means increasing demands on transport systems.
What health gains could be achieved if cities shifted from private car use to cycling and walking? What if a "compact city" model was promoted, where distances to shops and facilities, including public transport, are shorter and within walking distance?
On a new car costing less than $22,000, you wouldn't expect the world in terms of in-car entertainment and safety tech. Holden's new Astra, though, has one of the most comprehensive driver assistance safety packages and luxury features of any car in its price bracket that we've seen. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are standard in the cheapest model, and there's a clear progression in what you get when you step up to the premium RS and RS-V.
Let's say you have $10,000 to spend on a new (new for you, not new-new) car. But you want something fun — a car that, while it isn't necessarily built just for all-out circuit racing or the drags, is a little more enjoyable to drive than your average A-to-B city econobox. With that criteria in mind, we've rounded up the 10 most enjoyable cars that you can find in decent condition in Australia for around about $10,000.
Tesla Motors' recently face-lifted Model S is an expensive vehicle, even considering its ridiculous performance and zero carbon emissions. The Model S started life in Australia as a $100,000 car, but feature additions and exchange rate fluctuations meant that until today, you'd be paying around $130,000 for the entry-level 70kWh battery pack. Today, Tesla is driving the price back down to its starting point with a new 60kWh variant — with a battery pack that can be unlocked to 75kWh capacity with a software code.
As part of its Australian launch for the $100,000-plus Model S sedan, Tesla Motors committed to building a dozen different Supercharger stations by the end of 2015. The first station outside metropolitan Sydney and Melbourne is now open, in Goulburn near Canberra. It's now possible to drive Tesla's electric cars between Sydney and Melbourne, for free, without having to stop overnight to charge.