Take a trip through the CarAdvice archives
People often say “don’t forget where you came from”. Although we’re focused on every new car, every last detail here at CarAdvice, we have an extensive back-catalogue of news stories, lifestyle yarns and reviews.
Here’s a look at what happened on the week of June 19 in years past.
19 June 2017: Around Australia speed record broken
It's been a lap around the sun since the Highway One to Hell team made their record lap around Australia.
Behind the wheel of a Toyota LandCruiser Sahara, completed the Highway 1 national circuit in 5 days 13 hours and 43 minutes – smashing the previous record of six days, eight hours and 52 minutes.
19 June 2016: Land Rover Discovery Sport tows train
Towing capacities are super important for large off-roaders and dual-cab utes, considering a lot of buyers use them to tow caravans or boats.
While 3000-3500kg maximums are the norm for heavy-duty towing, two years ago a Land Rover Discovery Sport with the 132kW turbo-diesel engine towed a 108-tonne train along 10km of rail – despite having an official braked tow rating of 2500kg.
19 June 2013: Aston Martin Vanquish Volante revealed
Five years ago saw the drop-top Aston Martin Vanquish Volante unveiled, combining open-air thrills with a glorious 421kW 5.9-litre V12 engine.
The current Vanquish may be on its way out – and the DBS Superleggera replacement is just weeks away – but the outgoing model is one of the last surviving Aston Martins carrying the brand's 'old' style in production.
17 June 2010: BMW builds its one-millionth X5
The fifth-generation X5 is just around the corner, but it's already been eight years since BMW produced its one-millionth example of the popular SUV.
At the time the nameplate had been in production for just 11 years, working out to an average of just under 100,000 units per year – not bad for what is a relatively expensive vehicle.
17 June 2009: Mercedes-Benz reveals S-Class ESF
Active safety systems and connected car technologies are becoming increasingly mainstream these days, but a decade ago they were nothing more than cool gadgets on concept cars.
Nine years ago Mercedes-Benz revealed the ESF Experimental Safety Vehicle, based on an S400 Hybrid, packed with new-age technologies like inter-vehicle communication systems to send/receive information about weather conditions or obstacles on the road, a Pre-Safe Pulse function that moved passengers 50mm inward towards the centre of the vehicle to reduce forces during lateral collisions, and an LED-lit night-vision system for better visibility on dark roads.
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