Overdrive Podcast Radio Program Issue 34 -2021

Overdrive: One Corolla now every 28 seconds; Navman augmented reality; Golf GTi Mk8; Hyundai Staria

Hello and welcome to Overdrive, where we embrace the glories of motoring and transport. I’m David Brown.

The times each story appears in the program are noted (mm:ss)


  • Toyota Corolla sales top 50 million across the globe (1:09)
  • Hyundai STARIA: Space age people mover (2:08)
  • Iconic Kombi goes green thanks to an ambitious University conversion project (3:11)
  • 2023 Nissan Z: – The Zs keep coming (4:15)
  • Tesla Cybertruck delayed to 2022 (5:17)

Feature Interview

  • Wendy Hammond, General manager of Navman Australia and New Zealand tells us some of the many features that now can be part of our motoring augmented reality (6:23)

Motoring Minute

  • Hyundai Sante Fe (19:15)


  • Alan Zurvas and I review the new golf GTi Mark 8 (20:22)

Motoring Minute

  • Nissan Pro 4X (27:31)

Listen Here

Toyota Corolla sales top 50 million across the globe (1:09)

Toyota has sold its 50 millionth Corolla worldwide, making it, by far, the most popular car model ever.

Purists will point out that while the brand name has remained the same the cars have changed significantly unlike the Model T Ford or the original mini or VW Beetle.

But the magnitude of the achievement should not be underestimated.

First produced in November 1966 they have sold, on average, 2,500 cars a day or one car every 35 seconds. Currently it is one car every 28 seconds.

The first model had a 1.1 litre engine and a four-speed manual gearbox.

The latest 12th generation model has a two-litre engine with CVT automatic gear box as the only option in Australia.

Australians have bought more than 1.5 million Corollas locally.

While not the cheapest in its class the latest model is stacked full of safety and comfort features.

Hyundai STARIA: Space age people mover (2:08)

Hyundai has now launched its new people mover, the Staria, on the Australian market

This replaces the long running iMax which was clearly derived from a van and was recently criticised for its low standard of safety performance.

It is Hyundai’s move to making people movers a desirable rather than a necessary vehicle.

It does so with a one-curve silhouette space age design with no standout grille or bumper. They say the interior is cruise ship-inspired, with dual 10.25-inch screen displays – a Satellite Navigation multimedia system and a full digital virtual instrument cluster.

There is also an AWD option which comes with a diesel engine clearly showing that they are taking on SUVs.

The FWD version comes with a 200kW 3.5-litre petrol engine and starts at $48,500 plus on roads.

The top of the line Highlander AWD peaks out at $66,500 plus on roads

Iconic Kombi goes green thanks to an ambitious University conversion project (3:11)

Southern Cross University has unveiled an ambitious vehicle prototype – a long-range vintage Volkswagen Kombi converted to electric power.

The vehicle will be used to travel between the University’s three main campuses at: Gold Coast; Lismore, and Coffs Harbour.

It was a collaborative effort between the University, the NSW Government, the students and lead contractor EV Machina.

The project took 18 months but now the Kombi is fully roadworthy.

The batteries are split into two encased packs, one between the front seats and the other in the rear engine bay. Total capacity is 53kWh.

It has an 88kW electric motor with a custom-built aluminium adapter plate attached to original transmission. This gives the vehicle a feature not found in other electric cars, namely a four-speed gear box.

Its range is about 200 kilometres on the highway and 250+ kilometres in urban areas.

2023 Nissan Z: – The Zs keep coming (4:15)

Several weeks ago, we reported on a concept car from Nissan that was put on display at the Chicago Motor Show. It was a new design of their z sports car.

Now they have made the formal announcement that the car will be on the market in the second quarter of 2022 and will be called the 2023 Z.

Compared to the 370Z it replaces, its 3.0-litre V6 twin turbo engine has a 20% increase in power to 298kW and a 30% increase in torque to 475 Nm.

They claim an estimated 15 percent improvement in 0 to 100 kmh acceleration.

The United States market, will have a choice of a 6-speed manual or new 9-speed automatic transmission.

The smooth flowing lines will be interrupted by a rear spoiler on the Z Performance grade.

Nissan has not indicated a price for any of the variants.

Tesla Cybertruck delayed to 2022 (5:17)

The Tesla Cybertruck, a utility that appears to have been designed with a protractor because of its flat panels and severe angles, was intended to be launched in late 2021.

But that date will not be achieved and Tesla has said it will now be sometime in 2022.

The company has been taking US$100 deposits for the ute, and recently claimed to have over a million reservations, but the website suggests that if you order now, you will not have to pay a deposit till production nears.

Cybertruck will be produced at the Gigafactory in Austin.

In a typical Elon Musk marketing approach, they have released pictures a camper van variation, which looks to have a tall aluminium box rising up from the tray.  When we put a picture of our Facebook site many comments suggested it look like an outside lavatory.

The camper does have a solar panel on the roof.

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Originally broadcast 28 August 2021 across Community Broadcasting Association of Australia (CBAA) and Torque Radio affiliated commercial radio channels and has a weekly audience of over 450,000.

About David Brown 604 Articles
David’s boyhood passion for motor cars did not immediately lead to a professional role in the motor industry. A qualified Civil Engineer he specialised in traffic engineering and transport planning. What followed were various positions including being seconded to a government think-tank for the planning of transport firstly in Sydney and then for the whole of NSW. After working with the NRMA and as a consultant he moved to being an independent writer and commentator on the broader areas of transport and the more specific areas of the cars we drive. His half hour motoring program “Overdrive” has been described as an “informed, humorous and irreverent look at motoring and transport from Australia and overseas”. It is heard on 22 stations across Australia. He does weekly interviews with several ABC radio stations and is also heard on commercial radio in Sydney. David has written for metropolitan and regional newspapers and has presented regular segments on metropolitan and regional television stations. David is also a contributor for AnyAuto