Just like that another year is finished!
We’ve published an absolute bucket-load of news stories, reviews and comparisons during 2022.
Here are the top 10 most-read news stories that were published during 2022 by our local audience.
Tesla removes home charge cable from cars in Australia
In July this year Tesla was in the headlines as it removed the mobile connector – also referred to as a UMC – from its new vehicles in Australia.
The company, however, reduced the cost of a UMC on its online shop from $860 to $550.
Tesla has already removed it from US-market models in April this year, with CEO Elon Musk confirming the move on Twitter.
Australian Government to introduce electric vehicle incentives
In July this year the Australian Government announced its intention to introduce new incentives for electric vehicles, including plug-in hybrids, fulfilling a promise made before the election.
Instead of straight subsidies, the so-called Electric Car Discount takes the form of tariff and fringe benefit tax exemptions which the Government intends to apply retroactively from July 1.
EVs coming to Australia: Launch calendar, and what’s here already?
Electric vehicle (EV) sales are spiking in Australia, albeit from a low base, and there’s some real momentum building.
Here’s a story that outlines all the EVs already on sale in Australia, plus all the ones that are on track to be here in the next year or so.
2022 Ford Ranger: Full pricing revealed
The new-generation Ford Ranger ute launched in Australia in July this year and has been highly sought after.
This story detailed the asking price for the entire range, as well as the factory options.
Ford has since upped the asking price for the Ranger and introduced a range-topping Platinum variant.
Check out the story here plus all our Ford Ranger coverage here.
Record diesel prices explained, further price hikes flagged
In October this year, Queensland’s RACQ motoring club said it expected prices to climb before they fall.
The club said international factors and spiking demand, rather than rampant gouging from service stations and other suppliers, were to blame, but added that tight retail margins would likely lead to further hikes.
Toyota GR Corolla revealed: 2022 Australian launch confirmed!
In April this year Toyota revealed its answer to sports cars such as the Hyundai i30 N, Volkswagen Golf R, Renault Megane R.S., and Honda Civic Type R.
The Toyota GR Corolla leans heavily on the smaller GR Yaris, using a version of its manic three-cylinder engine, six-speed manual gearbox, and variable all-wheel drive system.
It’s set to arrive in the first quarter of 2023.
Check out the story here plus all our Toyota Corolla coverage here.
Hold off buying your new small SUV – these ones are coming soon
Here’s a story that was published in October this year that outlines the small SUVs that are set to launch locally in the near future.
The updated Nissan Qashqai, Kia Seltos and BMW X1 have since launched.
Isuzu D-Max recalled
In July this year Isuzu Ute Australia recalled its flagship D-Max X-Terrain due to an issue with its tonneau cover.
A total of 7106 vehicles were affected from 2020 to 2021.
Check out the story here plus all our Isuzu D-Max coverage here.
Ford F-150 officially coming to Australia
In March this year Ford announced it’s launching a remanufactured right-hand drive version of the F-150 pickup truck in Australia during 2023.
The F-150 will be remanufactured to right-hand drive by RMA Automotive at a facility in Mickleham, Victoria.
Ford has since detailed its durability testing at its local facilities.
Check out the story here plus all our Ford F-150 coverage here.
Why a Tesla is so hard and expensive to insure
In March this year Paul wrote a story exploring why he found it so difficult to insure his Tesla Model 3.
He reached out to the Insurance Council of Australia to see why insurers refused to insure it, or charged much higher than an equivalently priced vehicle.