Motor (magazine)

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CategoriesAutomobile magazine
Year founded1954
CompanyBauer Media Group

MOTOR is an Australian automobile magazine published monthly by Bauer Media Group and was started in 1954.[1] MOTOR is Australia's leading performance car publication, with two major awards for automotive manufacturers: Performance Car of The Year and Bang For Your Bucks.

History and profile[edit]

MOTOR magazine was originally published as Modern Motor from its inaugural issue on 9 May 1954 by the late Colin Ryrie as MD of Modern Magazines and Jules Feldman OAM as editor.[2] The name derived from the publishing house that produced it, Modern Magazines. Colloquially, the title was abbreviated to Motor, and subsequently the word 'Modern' was dropped from the title to become simply MOTOR in 1992. The magazine is headquartered in Melbourne.

Dylan Campbell has been the editor of MOTOR since 2013.

Bang For Your Bucks[edit]

Bang For Your Bucks is an annual award recognising Australia's best value new performance or sports vehicle. It was inaugurated in 1994.

The winner is determined by combining performance data, as gathered on a racetrack, with price to produce a Bang For Your Bucks score.

Performance Car of the Year[edit]

MOTOR's first Performance Car of the Year was in 1996. Performance Car of the Year recognises the best new performance or sports vehicle released in the preceding 12 months, based on the votes of a judging panel.

Year Winner
1996 Porsche 911 Turbo (type 993)
1997 E36 M3
1998 Porsche Boxster
1999 Porsche 911 Carrera (type 996)
2000 Porsche Boxster S
2001 Nissan S15 200SX
2002 BMW E46 M3
2003 Porsche Boxster S
2004 Lamborghini Gallardo
2005 Porsche 911 Carrera S (type 997)
2006 Audi B7 RS4
2007 Porsche 911 GT3 (type 997)
2008 Porsche 911 GT2 (type 997)
2009 Audi R8 V10/Nissan GT-R
2010 Porsche 911 GT3 RS (type 997.2)
2011 Nissan GT-R
2012 Porsche 911 Carrera S (type 991)
2013 Audi R8 V10 Plus
2014 Porsche 911 Turbo (type 991)
2015 Porsche 911 GT3 (type 991)
2016 Not run in 2016
2017 Porsche 911 Turbo S (type 991.2)
2018 Honda Civic Type R
2019 Porsche 911 GT2 RS (type 991.2)


  1. ^ "Motor". Bauer Media Group. Retrieved 9 February 2016.
  2. ^ "Jules Feldman: King of motor journalism scoops". The Sydney Morning Herald. 21 February 2014. Retrieved 28 October 2016.