TOYOTA C-HR SUV (Coupe High Rider)

The SUV market worldwide is possibly the most contested car market out there. The SUV is such a versatile vehicle that It can appeal to almost anyone, of any age with a car license.

Toyota has brought excitement to the SUV market with the launch of its radically styled C-HR, or Coupe High Rider.

The C-HR car stands out in the Toyota range and its segment with a coupe-like upper body, powerful underpinnings and a punchy 1.2 litre Turbo Charged petrol engine and advanced cabin quality.

2017 Toyota C-HR Koba
2017 Toyota C-HR Koba

A high level of standard features and competitive pricing add to the appeal with every C-HR equipped with a suite of advanced safety technologies and in-demand features such as satellite navigation, alloy wheels and dual-zone automatic air-conditioning.

Toyota has created a simple pricing structure that starts at $26,990* for the six-speed manual front-drive C-HR , and also offer a CVT version and an all-wheel drive option.

Top-of-the-range Koba adds luxury features including leather-accented seats, keyless entry and ignition, bigger (18-inch) alloy wheels, LED lamps and innovative technology that moisturises cabin air – all for an additional competitive $4,300.

2017 Toyota C-HR Koba with optional black roof (right) and C-HR
2017 Toyota C-HR Koba with optional black roof (right) and C-HR

Customisation or Personalisation is a by-word for the newest Toyota with more than 60 available Genuine Toyota accessories – second only to HiLux in the Toyota range in number – encouraging owners to truly make this their own.

C-HR is the first Toyota to offer five years of Toyota Service Advantage# with annual services capped at just $195 each.

Toyota Australia’s executive director sales and marketing Tony Cramb said C-HR’s stunning design brings together the best aspects of a hatchback, a coupe and an SUV.

Low-end torque, quick response and high efficiency are characteristics of the 1.2-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine that is offered for the first time in a Toyota model in Australia and the quiet and smooth engine delivers peak torque from just 1,500rpm through to 4,000rpm and maximum power of 85kW.

The manual gearbox, standard on the 2WD C-HR, is engineered with an “intelligent” system that promotes smooth gear changes by automatically adjusting engine revs.

On all other variants, the CVT also offers M-mode for manual access to seven simulated gears, giving a sense of response and control similar to a traditional transmission. I’m not sure why this would be but I’m willing to stay open minded about this until I actually get behind the wheel to test drive.

All C-HR variants offer two drive modes, in Eco mode it is favouring fuel economy and in Sport mode driving performance.

A strong focus on fuel consumption has resulted in a promised combined-cycle economy from 6.3 litres/100km and CO2 emissions from 141 grams/km^.

Interior space is similar to Corolla, comfortably accommodating four adults and offering 377 litres of luggage space along with a 60/40 split-fold rear seat.

2017 Toyota C-HR Koba
2017 Toyota C-HR Koba

C-HR offers a high level of standard safety features including a pre-collision safety system, active cruise control, autonomous emergency braking, lane departure alert with steering assist and reversing camera.

All models are equipped with seven airbags, stability and traction control, auto high beam, blind-spot monitor, rear cross-traffic alert, rain-sensing wipers, front and rear parking sensors and hill-start assist control.

Satellite navigation is paired with Toyota Link** connected mobility and a six-speaker sound system while other C-HR features include dual-zone auto air conditioning, 4.2-inch multi-information display, electronic park brake, auto-dimming rear-view mirror and 17-inch wheels.

C-HR models for Australia are built in Japan.

C-HR PRICES*

C-HR C-HR KOBA
2WD manual $26,990
2WD CVT $28,990 $33,290
AWD CVT $30,990 $35,290

 

2017 Mazda CX-5 GT..an owners review

In August this year we picked up our brand new Mazda CX5 2017 model. We had been waiting for the mid model upgrade and when it happened we jumped at the chancento buy one.

Once the order was placed it took about a month for delivery, and in this case we also ordered paint protection.

Upon picking up the new car, Sutherland Mazda had the car ready to go with a big red bow on it. The dealer spent almost an hour with my wife and I teaching us all about the car, all of its systems and setting up all the electronic functions that these modern vehicles have.

Once driving away in our brand new CX5, we noticed a strong burning smell, much like burning brakes, but we were asurred that everything was normal.

A month into owning this car, we are still super happy. It has ticked all the boxes that we wanted. Comfort. Luxury. Height. Gadgets.

If you are thinking about the Mazda CX5 GT, be su re to head down to your local Mazda dealer and take one for a test drive.

You might even like it as much as we do.

 

Throttle Roll Sydney

A few years ago I was searching for more information on customizing motorcycles and trying to find a support group to bounce ideas off regarding repairs and builds. I stumbled across a group of riders in Sydney called Sydney Cafe Racers (SCR).

These men and women build, modify and ride classic styled bikes. Bobbers, cafe racers, trackers and choppers. Sydney Cafe Racers SCR, created by Mark Hawwa, have grown quite substantially over the year’s, and have done some phenomenal things for the custom motorcycle crowd, and more importantly for charity worldwide.

One of the major events that Mark Hawwa and his team have achieved is an annual Distinguished Gentlemans Ride DGR. DGR started local but quickly spread across the planet where many cities worldwide run DGR on the same day each year, showcasing some of the best classic, classic styled, or custom motorcycles you’ll ever see. Top this off with all riders required to dress “dapper” it’s  a sight to see. Not only is this an amazing event, but it also raises a huge amount money and awareness for research to prevent prostrate cancer and more recently Movember.

Mark Hawwas other great achievement with Sydney Cafe Racers SCR an event called Throttle Roll, where they hold a street party with their amazing motorcycles on display, great food truck’s, some booze bars and some kicking bands.

This year Throtle Roll was held in Marrickville on Easter Saturday. The crowds were strong,  the bikes were legendary and food cooking left us salivating to eat as much as humanly possible.

This network that Mark Hawwa and the team at SCR has built was the exact reason I wanted to start Sydney Coupes and Roadsters, to grow a group of like-minded, passionate car enthusiasts, that want to get together, share stories  and advice and go for social drive togethers.

If you are into custom motorcycles as well as cars, be sure to head over to Sydney Cafe Racers SCR and Throttle Roll and get involved with these legends, as well as supporting their fundraising efforts using Distinguished Gentlemans Ride DGR.

Sydney Coupes and Roadsters

Welcome to the first post from SCAR.

 

We are a social driving group that are passionate about Coupes and Roadsters. Based in Sydney, we run regular social drives and events.

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