Vehicle Brands

A guide to Hyundai cars in Australia

Posted by November 2nd 2018

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...


Shell Fuel Cards Review & Guide

Posted by June 4th 2018

Swinging into the service station can cause a few stressful moments, with long lines, fluctuating petrol prices and your car’s warning light constantly flashing enough to cause minor road rage. While some Aussie motorists drive further afield for a cheaper deal, and others use grocery...


Caltex Fuel Cards Review & Guide

Posted by June 4th 2018

With fuel prices constantly fluctuating, it can be a challenge to find a good deal at the petrol station, making it hard for consumers and small businesses alike to keep money in their back pockets. While savvy shoppers utilise fuel dockets from their local grocery...


BP Fuel Cards Review & Guide

Posted by May 31st 2018

Filling up at the petrol station can be a chore, with long lines, rising petrol prices and scrambling for that discount docket becoming a way of life for many motorists. With petrol generally becoming increasingly expensive, many consumers are now on the lookout for discounts,...


A guide to Audi cars in Australia

Posted by December 11th 2017

Audi sells more than 40 vehicle models in Australia, so buckle up because this guide takes you through them all. Audi is a leading luxury car manufacturer, responsible for making some of the nicest cars on Australian roads. The full Audi range is comprised of 14...


A guide to Honda cars in Australia

Posted by November 29th 2017

Honda has made a name for itself in Australia for its practical, reliable, and most importantly, safe vehicles. Although Honda cars are generally marketed toward city and suburban drivers, it has a diverse vehicle range suited for all kinds of drivers, including hatches, coupes, sedans,...


A guide to Kia cars in Australia

Posted by April 4th 2018

Kia manufacture’s some of the most popular and highly-regarded vehicles on Australia roads. Kia’s are practical, comfortable, and most importantly, safe. So should you choose Kia for your next car? In this article, Canstar Blue walks you through Kia Australia’s range of vehicles. We look...


A guide to Jeep cars in Australia

Posted by July 3rd 2017

Jeep is an iconic brand that has become somewhat synonymous with fun and adventure. While its vehicles are most famous for their unmatched off-road capabilities, there’s a lot more to Jeep than many people may realise. In this article, Canstar Blue takes you through the Jeep...


A guide to Volkswagen cars in Australia

Posted by July 10th 2017

Volkswagen is one of the most identifiable brands in the world, but how many of its cars can you actually name? Volkswagen produces a range of hatches, sedans, SUVs, utes, vans and more, catering for a diverse range of drivers. Whether you’re a rev-head or...


A guide to Suzuki cars in Australia

Posted by March 12th 2018

Suzuki has been a dominating presence in the car manufacturing industry for decades, producing popular vehicles such as the Suzuki Swift and Grand Vitara. But what else does Suzuki have on offer? In this guide, Canstar Blue takes you through the following list of non-commercial...


A guide to Renault cars in Australia

Posted by October 13th 2017

Renault is a vehicle manufacturer that strikes a unique balance between style, comfort and practicality. To give you an idea of whether Renault could be right for you, this article will take you through Renaults most popular vehicles, including:CLIO MEGANE KOLEOS CAPTUR KANGOOKeep in mind that this list focuses...


Review of Toyo car tyres in Australia

Posted by March 21st 2017

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

Posted by March 16th 2017

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 T-Marts car tyres in Australia

Posted by March 2nd 2018

Bob Jane T-Marts has over 50 years of experience in the tyre and auto maintenance industry, with the company claiming to be Australia’s largest independent tyre retailer. They have a national network of franchised and company owned stores. They offer a huge range of tyres...


Review of Michelin car tyres in Australia

Posted by March 9th 2017

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

Posted by March 6th 2017

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

Posted by November 9th 2018

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

Posted by November 9th 2018

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

Posted by April 10th 2017

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

Posted by October 29th 2018

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

Posted by November 28th 2017

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...


Review of Pirelli car tyres in Australia

Posted by May 9th 2017

Chances are you’ve heard of Pirelli tyres, and if you have watched a Formula 1 race lately then you’ve also seen Pirelli tyres in action. Pirelli tyres have also been used in the World Rally Championship, and several other famous auto races around the globe. In 2011,...


A guide to Mazda cars in Australia

Posted by May 26th 2017

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

Posted by May 26th 2017

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

Posted by April 20th 2017

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

Posted by November 2nd 2018

“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...


About Holden SUVs and 4WDs

Posted by April 20th 2017

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

Posted by April 20th 2017

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

Posted by April 20th 2017

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

Posted by April 20th 2017

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

Posted by April 10th 2017

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

Posted by April 20th 2017

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

Posted by March 6th 2017

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

Posted by April 10th 2017

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

Posted by November 2nd 2018

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

Posted by April 10th 2017

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

Posted by April 10th 2017

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

Posted by April 6th 2017

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

Posted by April 6th 2017

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

Posted by April 10th 2017

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

Posted by April 20th 2017

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

Posted by June 29th 2017

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

Posted by April 10th 2017

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

Posted by June 21st 2017

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

Posted by April 10th 2017

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

Posted by April 6th 2017

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

Posted by April 6th 2017

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

Posted by April 6th 2017

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

Posted by November 12th 2018

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

Posted by April 10th 2017

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

Posted by April 10th 2017

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

Posted by April 10th 2017

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?

Posted by April 10th 2017

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?

Posted by April 10th 2017

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?

Posted by February 16th 2017

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...