Car news: The week’s top stories, 10-16 July 2022


Want to stay up to date in the world of automotive news? These are the most-read stories from the past week.

Susannah Guthrie

Each week we’ll keep you up to speed and bring you the ‘watercooler’ information of what has happened in the world of cars and motoring with the five most-read stories we’ve covered. Here’s what you need to know…

Taliban founder’s Toyota Corolla dug out of ground for museum


After spending more than two decades in the ground, a Toyota Corolla wagon that previously belonged to a founding leader of the Taliban has reportedly been dug up.

According to recent reports out of Pakistan, the Corolla – which was wrapped in plastic and buried to hide its owner’s location – is likely to land in a museum.

Click here to read the full story.

Fuel price relief: First minor drop in petrol prices since May


While two days don’t make a trend, we at Drive were excited to see the national average price of 95RON unleaded fall for two days running, suggesting relief at the bowser could be on the way.

Read the full story – and see the specific price changes – here.

Kate Bush and the Ferrari 308 GTS


Any Stranger Things fans who’ve spent the last month blasting Kate Bush’s ‘Running Up That Hill’ on repeat might be interested in checking out the enigmatic singer’s Ferrari 348 (and her photo shoot with a yellow 308 GTS).

For true fans, the number plate of the 348 even features a nod to one of Bush’s songs. Check it out here.

Victorian authorities target loud exhausts


A joint operation between the Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA) and Victoria Police will target cars with loud exhausts in an effort to cut down on noise pollution in the state.

Authorities will conduct “exhaust noise emission tests” and drivers could face fines of more than $1000. To find out more, read our story here.

Five of the worst car designs of all time


Even the best car designers in automotive history have their weak spots.

From Pininfarina to Bertone, we’ve chronicled some of the worst designs from people who really should have known better. See the full list here.

Hyundai reveals Ioniq 6 production car, N concepts


It was a big week for Hyundai news, led on Thursday by the full debut of the Ioniq 6: a large electric sedan offering up to 610km of range, and sub-$80,000 pricing when it reaches Australia next year. Click here to read more.

Friday saw the reveal of two new Hyundai N performance concepts – the RM22e and N Vision 74 – alongside confirmation of an Ioniq 5 N (click here).

If you’re looking for more news…

Susannah Guthrie

Susannah Guthrie has been a journalist since she was 18, and has spent the last two years writing about cars for Drive, CarAdvice, CarSales and as a motoring columnist for several in-flight and hotel magazines. Susannah’s background is news journalism, followed by several years spent in celebrity journalism, entertainment journalism and fashion magazines and a brief stint hosting a travel TV show for Channel Ten. She joined Drive in 2020 after spending a year and a half at the helm of Harper’s BAZAAR and ELLE’s online platforms. Susannah holds a Bachelor in Media and Communications from the University of Melbourne and cut her teeth as an intern for Time Inc in New York City. She has also completed a television presenting course with the National Institute of Dramatic Art. She lives in Melbourne with her husband and her one-year-old son who, despite her best efforts, does not yet enjoy a good road trip.

Read more about Susannah Guthrie LinkIcon