All posts by Mitchell Jones

Mitchell is a contributing journalist at PerformanceDrive. He has been a passionate petrol-head from a very young age. He is excited by the future of the industry, and considers himself as a bit of a fanatic when it comes to the technical aspects of cars. He is also fascinated by new cars that are popping up in developing markets.

Editorial: How we could revive Australian vehicle manufacturing

Mar 09, 2021

There are many who believe Australia needs to come thundering back on all cylinders. The loss of our car manufacturing sector has left people scratching their heads, considering it thrived for decades and amassed a...

Top 10 Italian sports car tax specials

Feb 21, 2021

Italy is renowned for making some of the world’s most desirable supercars, but the working-class vehicles made do with very tiny engines. Due to a punitive tax for vehicles over 2.0-litres, some unique specials were...

Top 10 Underpowered Brazilian Hatchbacks

Jan 28, 2021

People love Brazilians and getting a Brazilian, but this breathless bunch couldn’t pull a Rio Carnival float over black ice. Around the world, the necessity of capacity taxes as a means of reducing emissions has...

Top 10 Experimental Australian engines / abandoned programs

Jan 19, 2021

The archetypal Australian engine became either a large displacement six-cylinder or V8, thanks in no small part to Ford and Holden. Throughout the years, there have been experiments aimed at boosting the export prospects of...

Top 10 rarest Ford models produced in Australia

Jan 09, 2021

Just as is the case with Holden, Ford is woven into the fabric of Australia’s automotive atmosphere – the local arm did build cars here for 91 years after all. The Falcon and other models...

Top 10 best manual transmission gear shifters

Dec 21, 2020

Many publications have been prognosticating the demise of the manual gearbox for the best part of the last decade. While it is undeniable that the row-your-own gearbox is disappearing from mainstream and even many sports...

Hyundai Motor Group unveils new ‘E-GMP’ EV platform

Dec 03, 2020

An all-new modular electric platform, called E-GMP, from Hyundai Motor Group will see 23 new battery electric vehicles (BEV) launched across the Kia and Hyundai brands by 2025. This will include a “high performance model”...

Ford Mustang Mach-E GT Performance Edition revealed

Dec 03, 2020

Ford’s Mustang Mach-E electric car has generated a lot of buzz and controversy on the internet. Some suggest that the hallowed pony should not be used on a four-door, electric-only SUV, while others have applauded...

2021 Subaru Outback confirmed for Australia

Dec 03, 2020

The sixth-generation 2021 Subaru Outback has been confirmed for Australia, just as its sedan sibling, the Liberty, ends its 31-year career in the country. Migrating to the Subaru Global Architecture which underpins the current Impreza...

Porsche Cayman with V8 conversion is nuts (video)

Dec 01, 2020

The Porsche Boxster and Cayman – whilst not exactly short on power – are not about outright grunt. They are mid-engined sports cars whose raison d’être is more about scalpel sharp cornering precision and mid-engined...

Next-gen Mazda2 to be based on Toyota Yaris – report

Dec 01, 2020

According to a report from Autocar, the next-generation Mazda2 will be spun-off from the recently launched, fourth-gen Toyota Yaris – at least in Europe. Company documents confirm plans for a model based on Toyota’s advanced...

2021 Toyota C-HR GR Sport on sale from $37,665

Nov 30, 2020

Those in the market for a small SUV with a strong sporting aesthetic are now treated to another option, with the launch of the Toyota C-HR GR Sport. This is the first GR Sport model...