Vehicle Brands

Review of Toyo car tyres in Australia

If you’ve been pottering around in your car and realised you might need some new tyres, Toyo Tyres could be a great fit. Toyo was founded in Japan in the mid-20th century, and since then has expanded rapidly and now has many plants across Japan,...


Review of Continental car tyres in Australia

Continental AG is one of the oldest and largest tyre manufacturing companies in the world. It was originally named ‘Continental Caoutchouc und Gutta-Percha Compagnie’, but presumably the executives didn’t think that was a snappy enough name. Like many other modern tyre companies, Continental was founded...


Review of Bob Jane car tyres in Australia

Bob Jane T-Marts has over 45 years of experience in the tyre and auto maintenance industry, with the company claiming to be Australia’s largest independent tyre retailer. It offers a huge range of tyres and wheels from multiple different brands. However, Bob Jane also offers...


Review of Michelin car tyres in Australia

When it comes to car tyres, Michelin is probably one of the most, if not the most recognisable brands in the industry. This is in no small part due to its universally recognised mascot, Bibendum, or as you might know him, the Michelin Man. Michelin...



Review of Maxxis car tyres in Australia

Maxxis Tyres offers a pretty wide variety of automotive tyres. From regular old passenger cars, to performance tyres to SUV and off-roading tyres, Maxxis likely has you covered. However, this was not always the case. It originally started out as a bicycle tyre manufacturer when...


Review of Goodyear car tyres in Australia

Goodyear is a global tyre manufacturer and retailer, named after Charles Goodyear, the creator of vulcanised rubber. Goodyear was founded in 1898 with a total workforce of 13 people, producing bicycle and carriage tyres, as well as horseshoe pads and poker chips. Goodyear is based...


Review of Dunlop car tyres in Australia

Picking what kind of tyres you want for your car can be a hair-pulling decision. There are so many factors to consider, like what your own driving is like, what qualities you value in a tyre, and why on earth tyres still use a mixture...


Who is Repco

In 2013, Repco received a 4-star rating for customer satisfaction for their auto stores. We take a look at why customers we surveyed were so pleased with their stores. Auto stores customer satisfaction survey results  The people behind the counter Repco was founded in 1922 as an automotive...


Review of Bridgestone car tyres in Australia

The Bridgestone Corporation may have its fingers in a few different pies – it manufactures automotive components, construction materials, and even bicycles – but it’s probably best known as the biggest tyre manufacturer in the world. With about 50 tyre plants worldwide, it’s easy to...


A guide to Ford cars in Australia

Ford is arguably the most well-known brand in the motoring world, but how well do you know its cars? After a century of perfecting personal vehicles, Ford today has a massive range of cars, SUVs and utes on offer in Australia. In this review, Canstar...


A guide to Mazda cars in Australia

Mazda is traditionally one of the top-performing vehicle brands in Canstar Blue’s annual review of new cars, and it’s easy to see why when you see what’s on offer. There are eight types of Mazda vehicles on sale here in Australia, with each emphasising drivability...


A guide to Mitsubishi cars in Australia

Mitsubishi has a long automotive history, producing some of the world’s most iconic cars like the Outlander and Pajero – not to mention the famously tough Triton. But can you name any others? There are eight models of commercial Mitsubishi vehicles offered in Australia, and...


A guide to Nissan cars in Australia

Nissan is a vehicle manufacturer with a well-earned reputation for reliability. But while almost any Aussie knows the name, how well do you know the cars? In this article, Canstar Blue introduces you to the full Nissan Australia range of commercial cars. We look at...


A guide to Toyota cars in Australia

“Oh what a feeling, Toyota!” We all know the classic advertisements, but do you really know the cars? Toyota is a juggernaut in the vehicle manufacturing industry, producing pretty much every type of car there is. With 19 lines of vehicles available in Australia, Toyota...


A guide to Hyundai cars in Australia

Everyone is unique – even when it comes to driving. Whether you use your car to take the kids to school, drive to work or go on weekend adventures, we all have different needs. Recognising this, Hyundai has built twelve unique models of vehicle that...


About Holden SUVs and 4WDs

Holden was founded in Australia in 1856 as a horse saddle manufacturer. In 1908, it moved into automobile manufacturing and quickly became an Australian icon, producing many popular vehicles over the years, such as the Commodore, Caprice and Holden Utes. In December 2013, Holden announced it...


About Porsche SUVs and 4WDs

Porsche is an international manufacturer of performance and luxury vehicles. The company was founded in Germany in 1931 as a car manufacturer in partnership with Volkswagen. Like most manufacturers of the time however, Porsche slowed car manufacturing to redirect its resources into war vehicle production...


About Volvo SUVs and 4WDs

Volvo is a multinational vehicle manufacturer based in Gottenburg, Sweden. The company rolled out its first car in 1927 and expanded its production to buses, trucks and aircraft engines in the lead-up to World War Two. Volvo only began establishing itself outside of Sweden during...


A guide to BMW cars in Australia

Bavarian Motor Works, more commonly known as BMW, is a leading luxury car manufacturer that really needs no further introduction. Yet while the brand is usually associated with head-turning performance vehicles, BMW is much more than that. It has 11 series of vehicles, comprised of...


About Hifly Tyres

Hifly Tyres is a sub-brand of Shandong Hengfeng Rubber & Plastic, also referred to simply as ‘Hengfeng’. It is a major Chinese conglomerate which, amongst other things, manufactures a range of rubber and plastic tyre products. The company was established in 1995 and specialises in making...


About Subaru 4WDs

Subaru Australia was established in 1973 to import cars from its Japanese parent company, Fuji Heavy Industries. The company began in Japan in 1954, where it began making tiny kei cars for the Japanese market, before expanding its model lineup to include sedans, hatchbacks and...


Review of Kumho car tyres in Australia

Kumho is one of the largest tyre manufacturers in the world, and tends to be a fan favourite among those wanting entry-level performance tyres with the KU31 and KU39 models being quite popular in the Australian market. Globally, Kumho is known as quite a prolific...


About Achilles tyres

The story behind the brand Achilles Radial’s parent company, MASA (PT Multistrada Arah Sarana), began in 1991 in Indonesia as a manufacturer of replacement tyres. It was given technical assistance from Pirelli until 1994 and Continental until 2000. Achilles Radial was officially founded in 2005. By 2013,...


Review of Hankook car tyres in Australia

Choosing a new set of tyres for your car isn’t always an easy decision. Often it’s tempting to buy something totally different to what is currently wrapped around your wheels – maybe those tyres were too expensive, too noisy, too uncomfortable or maybe they just...


About BFGoodrich tyres

The story behind the brand The Goodrich Corporation began in 1870 in Ohio when one man, Dr. Benjamin Franklin Goodrich, created the first North American rubber company. Goodrich was a Union Army surgeon in the American Civil War and he started the company with loans received...


Who is Auto One

In 2013, Auto One received a 4-star rating for customer satisfaction for their auto stores. They are one of the biggest automotive retailers in Australia. We take a look at why customers we surveyed were so happy with their stores. Auto stores customer satisfaction survey results The...


About Holden Sedans

A brief history of the company Holden has been an iconic Australian brand for over 150 years, starting out as a saddlery business in Adelaide in 1856. It seemed like a natural progression for James Alexander Holden’s business to move from saddles, to car upholstery, to...


About Honda Sedans

A brief history of the company Soichiro Honda, founder of the Honda Motor Company, had a slow start to car manufacturing. As a young man he was a mechanic who went into business with an acquaintance in 1937. They founded Eastern Sea Precision Machine Company, and...


About Nexen tyres

The story behind the brand Nexen Tire Co was born in 1942 as Heung-A Tire Company, the first tyre company in Korea. They made Korea’s first V-shaped directional tyre in 1992. Their goal – which they have achieved to date – is to have the “best”...


About Bluestreak tyres

The people behind the name Bluestreak is the Indonesian subsidiary of Goodyear. Their vintage-style tyres are well-known in racing, as they still use the same moulds, compounds and construction today as they did in their earliest days. Tyre brands we rated Canstar Blue commissions Colmar Brunton to regularly...


Who is Supercheap Auto

In 2013, Supercheap Auto won Canstar Blue’s customer satisfaction award for auto stores. They are one of the biggest automotive retailers in Australia. We take a look at why customers we surveyed were so happy with their stores. The people behind the counter Supercheap Auto was founded...


Who is Autobarn

Autobarn is a chain of Australian service stations. Here’s some information about them. The people behind the counter Autobarn was founded in 1985 in Victoria when 9 specialist automotive parts and accessories retailers created a co-operative. Together they intended to counter the invasion of department stores, discount stores,...


Who is United Petroleum

In 2015, United Petroleum won Canstar Blue’s award for customer satisfaction for their service stations – for the fifth year in a row! We take a look at why customers we surveyed are still so happy with their stores. The people behind the pump United Petroleum was...


Who is Autopro

Autopro is an Australian auto stores chain; we take a look at what their stores have to offer customers. The people behind the counter The Autopro brand was established in 1982 as a marketing group to cover several independent automotive retail stores. They produced their first joint...


About Holden Hatchbacks

A brief history of the company Holden has been an iconic Australian brand for over 150 years, starting out as a saddlery business in Adelaide in 1856. It seemed like a natural progression for James Alexander Holden’s business to move from saddles, to car upholstery, to...


About Honda Hatchbacks

A brief history of the company Soichiro Honda, founder of the Honda Motor Company, had a slow start to car manufacturing. As a young man he was a mechanic who went into business with an acquaintance in 1937. They founded Eastern Sea Precision Machine Company, and...


About Volkswagen Hatchbacks

A brief history of the company The biggest automaker in Europe had beginnings in 1930s Germany, where Volkswagen (translated as “the people’s car”) was created by the German Labour Front in 1937. The Volkswagen project was aimed at producing a car for the ordinary people, as...


About Beaurepaires

Beaurepaires Tyre Service Centre was founded in Melbourne way back in 1922 and has since grown into one of Australia’s most prominent service centre companies. The company began manufacturing tyres under its subsidiary, the Olympic Tyre Company, in 1933, which expanded within a decade into...


About Tyrepower

Tyrepower was formed in 1977 as a merger between ten separate tyre retailers, and has since grown into Australia’s largest independent network of tyre sellers. Tyrepower prides itself on being an owner-operated organisation, whereby individual store owners are fully independent and directly own their store...


About Kmart Tyre & Auto Service

Kmart Tyre and Auto is a part of the Wesfarmers group, along with Kmart stores. Kmart was founded as a joint venture by Coles and the S.S. Kresge Company, an American multinational, in 1968. The first Kmart store opened in Victoria in April of 1969....


About JAX Tyres

JAX Tyres is an Australian tyre retailer with over 80 stores across the country’s east coast and upcoming plans for expansion into both South Australia and West Australia. JAX Tyres’ first store opened in 1949 in Sydney where it focused exclusively on tyres and wheels. ...


Who is Midas?

Originating in Georgia, USA, Midas established itself in Australia in 1976 and hasn’t slowed down since. A series of acquisitions and effective marketing campaigns have seen the company increase its market share and quality of service. This year it has nabbed Canstar Blue’s coveted five-star...


Who is Ultra Tune?

Having humble origins in Melbourne circa-1980, it’s impressive to see how Ultra Tune has grown to become one of Australia’s favourite auto service franchises. Rapidly expanding to South Australia, Victoria, NSW and Queensland in 1982, the company has now become a national entity with over...


Who is Goodyear Autocare?

The autocare division of Goodyear, one of the biggest tyre companies in the world, describes itself as a one-stop shop for auto needs. Its parent company was founded in 1898 in America, just before automobiles (and subsequently automobile tyres) became a serious consumer concern. Goodyear tyres...