Wheels is an Australian automotive magazine published monthly by Bauer Media Group. The publication is well-renowned by Australian car enthusiasts. Its main competitor within the Australian market is Motor, though Wheels and Motor are stablemates in the Bauer Media Group catalogue and are aimed at slightly different readers as Motor concentrates on performance cars.
Wheels was founded in May 1953 by editor Athol Yeomans. With the help of a colleague, Yeomans planned the first copy of Wheels in a stationery room of Hudson Publications in Sydney. Wheels was the first Australian car magazine to appear in local newsagents and was a best seller from the start. Before its inception, only European and American publications were available in Australia. Wheels was also the first magazine to actually road test cars. In the 1950s, road testing cars was something of a rarity as major makes did not allow it.
It was announced in September 2010 that Bill Thomas, former deputy editor of BBC Top Gear Magazine in the UK, would take over as editor in November 2010.