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Jeep sales in Australia have undergone a revival thanks to their new advertising campaign; “They bought a Jeep?” can be taken two ways:

Either: it means you approve of their purchase, or you think the buyer is suffering from some kind of medical condition which has affected their sense of reason and mental stability. Without sounding rude towards Jeep buyers Australia wide, Autoloud is firmly in the latter camp.

A recent survey of American new car buyers revealed, that six vehicles in the bottom ten in terms of purchase dissatisfaction were in fact Jeeps. Let me repeat, six of the BOTTOM ten of all new cars sold in Murica in 2013 were driven by unhappy Jeep owners.


Still feeling good about that rough tough purchase in the driveway?

Admittedly they do fit their purpose off-road but as they introduce two wheel drive versions for pose value and on road use, it really does dilute the jeep gene pool. Take the latest member of the family which actually hails from Turin the home of Jeeps sugar daddy Fiat.

Jeep Renegade
Jeep Renegade 2015 by Fiat


The Jeep Renegade looks like a jeep (If you squint harder enough) probably drives and smells like a jeep but is it based on a recipe combing the Fiat Panda and Fiat 500L. Jeep buyers, this is a Ford Fiesta sized 4x4 that should enable you to tackle the speed-bump at the local grocery store without spilling that double decaf skim latte. At worst if you get stuck, you can probably utilise the roofrails as handles and carry it away.


Jeep
A real Jeep


Call me harsh, call me old fashioned - but this a real JEEP!
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With every new car release Autoloud regrets to say that truly beautiful cars do not come along everyday.

The truly classical automobile lives in a rarified atmosphere: The Jaguar E Type (XKE), Ferrari 250 GTO and cars like the 1950 Bentley Continental can bring grown men to a babbling state of emotional discomfort. Note a common theme above? Two door coupes matched with powerful engines all laden with sex appeal in spades. Nothing wrong with that but what about family cars?

Ask yourself, when was the last time you actually set eyes on a sexy sedan?

Think about this, the car that still blows minds was released in 1955 and some sixty years later when you see one you have to stop and take it all in because there is no other way.

I present, the Citroen DS.

citroen DS
Citroen DS


Featuring hydraulic suspension which afforded a magic carpet ride quality, the DS was also available in a station wagon version and if Monsieur or Madame had enough Francs in the banque they could also order numerous coachbuilt coupes and cabriolets based on the "Goddess".

Has there been a more beautiful sedan since?

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Holden - The Lion sleeps from 2017

December 11th 2013 15:23
For sixty five years Holden has been the Australian motoring icon. From humble beginnings in 1948 Holden would eventually hold a market share knocking on the door of 80 %. Those were indeed the days.

Holden Statesman
Holden WB Statesman


In case you missed it, Holden is to be no more than a badge as of 2017.

A week after GM Head office in Murica announced the death of Chevrolet in Europe, the bleeding dollars have finally taken their toll. There had to be a decision but with the combination of the high Aussie dollar, slowing sales of big cars and an average range of small cars which dont sell particularly well, Holden was just waiting for the iceberg to sail over the horizon.

So what does it mean for Holden buyers from 2017? Sadly a range of mediocre front wheel drive sedans built in Korea or Europe. We have already seen the future - its the Malibu - and sadly it is BORING!

The sad part is what happens to HSV? Have we seen the last of the big V8 sedans? Autoloud thinks so because lets face it thats what Holden were sending to the USA in the form of the Commodore and Statesman.

So raise a glass to your Holden memories, they did build some good cars after all - remember the HG 350 Bathurst, GTR XU1, the WB Statesman even the VL Calais with Nissan Turbo engine which was a scorcher! Drink even to the stinkers they sold like the Piazza, just make sure it is Australian wine, it is your patriotic duty.



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Autoloud admits to having a soft spot for the Fiat 500 in both original and current forms

Fiat 500
Fiat 500 - Old and New

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Jaguar D Type
D Type - Brutal and Beautiful


If you are anything like Autoloud, you have a pre conceived idea about what cars should look like. Now, that does not mean I don't change with the times, but everyone knows that the front of a Rolls Royce will be graced by a large chrome radiator topped with a small statue. Morgans and will also look like they are frozen in time prior to World War Two and Jaguars should always resemble the D Type pictured above


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I love my cars, Honest!

July 29th 2013 13:19
Resident in the driveway of Autoloud Manor are two European cars. One is Swedish, old but still spritely, while the other is much newer and painted in a shade of serious black as is so often the case for small German hatchbacks.

Volvo 740
That will not buff out!

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Grab the Boards - surfs up!

July 12th 2013 13:12
Autoloud loves Retro cars - well, in saying that, not all retro cars.

Some, like the retro pastiches served up by BMW (the Mini and its associated range) as well as the Beetles (which has just arrived in its second iteration) just don't do it for Autoloud


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Brace yourselves Holden fans, its time for a new Commodore!

VF Commodore
New VF Commodore

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The arrival of a new Rolls Royce is a significant event for those lucky and financial enough to consider one, so the new Wraith Coupe has arrived and it has been pitched directly at the buyers of that other heavy hitting coupe, the Bentley Continental GT. The only question is did RR have to make the Wraith so damn ugly?

Rolls Royce Wraith
Rolls Royce Wraith

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The Australian International Motor show is dead for 2013, why? Maybe its just resting! Blame a general lack of interest from the manufacturers, and also us the buying public.

You see once upon a time Motor shows where special events somewhere people went to dream and every year the manufacturers delivered something new and shiny. It may only have been a restyled speaker cover but it was an improvement over the previous year’s models


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