Image Image Image Image Image Image Image Image Image Image

ItalianCar | February 27, 2024

Scroll to top


Posts By David Bateson

How to get a test drive in a Ferrari – the Ferrari California

April 11, 2014 |

A few years ago I found myself staring absentmindedly into the window of the local Ferrari dealership. I’d been in lots of times before, however, not having ever been in the market to buy one, hadn’t been offered a test … Read More

Fiat Panda Trekking

April 11, 2014 |

We have recently been lucky enough to have two of the new Fiat Panda variants on test – the top of the range AUD$24K diesel-engined Trekking and the model sporting the new 875cc TwinAir Turbo two cylinder petrol engine.

Read More

Fiat Panda – a car for florists?

November 23, 2013 |

Fiat Panda – first impressions from behind the wheel

The Fiat Panda is an iconic model from the Italian manufacturer, it’s just that if you live in Australia you wouldn’t know, as this vehicle is the first Panda to grace … Read More

Freemont – the Italian American (or the American Italian?)

November 23, 2013 |

Recently ItalianCar was lucky enough to get not just one but two versions of Fiat’s new(ish) SUV, the Fiat Freemont. As we’ve discussed earlier here, the Freemont is the firstborn of the Fiat Chrysler hookup, combining American bigness with Italian … Read More

New Ghibli to break new ground for Maserati: first diesel, lower price tag

May 30, 2013 |

Likely to appear on Australian shores next year with an expected $120K price tag, the new model Maserati Ghibli, unveiled at the recent Shanghai motor show, will also be the first diesel powered model ever in the iconic Italian manufacturer’s … Read More

One millionth Fiat 500 rolls off the line

April 25, 2013 |

They may not be made in Italy anymore, but for many people around the world the Fiat 500 is the epitome of Italian style. Read More

Lamborghini celebrate 50 years with new batmobile

April 25, 2013 |

I have a theory. Whenever the folks at Lamborghini decide to design a new model they have a big meeting where they ask themselves just one question. Read More

La Ferrari – there will be more than one

April 25, 2013 |

This year’s Geneva motor show has seen an ever so subtle shift to eco-friendly cars, particularly on the part of a brand you wouldn’t normally associate with ‘greenness’: Ferrari. Read More

Italian cars – the affair continues

April 25, 2013 |

(see part 1 here)

Fast forward several years. The Lancia had bitten the dust and I was staring at an offer of employment letter that came with a company car. Even better the company did not specify the car or give me a shortlist – it was entirely up to me to choose the car I wanted. Read More

Italian cars – when it all began.

February 8, 2013 |


Other kids had more interest. As a teenager I wasn’t really that interested in cars, well no more than the minimum necessary to hold a male teenage conversation. Obviously I was aware of Ferrari and Lamborghini, but Italian cars weren’t my first love. No, that was reserved for the Porsche 911 turbo. Read More