The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2017-11-20T22:04:44Z I Quit Sugar launches Super Smoothies Cookbook 2017-11-20T22:04:44Z i-quit-sugar-launches-super-smoothies-cookbook MEDIA RELEASE I Quit Sugar launches Super Smoothies Cookbook December 2017 - Sydney, Australia Keen to stay on the sugar-free wagon as you head into summer? Well, we just made it super simple with the latest addition to our I Quit Sugar cookbook collection… and you’re not going to want to miss this one! Our Super Smoothies Cookbook goes on sale December 1 and is packed with 30 delicious sugar-free recipes, designed to leave you feeling your best. Get set to be inspired and blitz your way to health! The new cookbook includes: Lush smoothie bowls Totally toteable smoothies! Quick kitchen hacks + smoothie toppers Health elixirs About IQuitSugar.com and the 8-Week Program IQuitSugar.com is Australia’s leading health and wellness hub for everything you need to know about quitting sugar. With simple, delicious recipes and expert advice on how you can ditch the sweet stuff and find food freedom, it also incorporates the I Quit Sugar 8-Week Program – the ONLY real and proven, sugar-quitting solution. Super Smoothies Cookbook Publication date: December 1RRP: $12.99Limited extracts available, for more information please contact:Ashley Cameronashley@iquitsugar.com I Quit Sugar relaunches petition for sugar tax in Australia! 2017-10-09T03:55:56Z i-quit-sugar-relaunches-petition-for-sugar-tax-in-australia-3 In case you missed it, the obesity crisis in Australia has reached epidemic proportions with more than half of all Aussies now classified as overweight or obese! Last month, the Australian government was hit with an eight-point plan called “Tipping the Scales” – a strategy pitched to tackle the rising obesity problem. And the good news? A sugar tax has again been presented as part of this agenda. With more than 1 in 4 Aussie kids now overweight or obese and with tooth decay, type 2 diabetes and impaired brain function all linked to excess sugar in drinks, enough is enough. In 2016, Sarah and the IQS team launched a petition with Change.org, pioneering calls for a sugar tax and with global momentum now at an all-time high, we’re petitioning to get this tax across the line – once and for all! A note from Sarah: “We know so many parents are trying to reduce sugar in their family’s diets – but until soft drink companies are forced to act too, we’re not going to fix the child obesity crisis. Soft drink is a low hanging fruit – plus, liquid sugar is the most dangerous! We need your help to sign and share this petition!” What can you do? Visit Change.org to sign our petition. Share our petition with friends and family via Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Stay up to date with the latest sugar tax news by following our blog! About I Quit Sugar and the 8-Week Program: IQuitSugar.com is Australia’s leading health and wellness hub for everything you need to know about quitting sugar. With simple, delicious recipes and expert advice on how you can ditch the sweet stuff and find food freedom, it also incorporates the I Quit Sugar 8-Week Program – the ONLY real and proven, sugar-quitting solution. About Sarah Wilson: Sarah is a New York Times best-selling author and entrepreneur and founder and director of IQuitSugar.com. Her journalism career spanned 20 years, across television, radio, magazines, newspapers and online. She’s the former editor of Cosmopolitan magazine and host of the first series of MasterChef Australia, the highest-rating show in Australian TV history. Sarah Wilson, founder of I Quit Sugar joins Wanderlust line-up 2017-10-05T01:55:37Z sarah-wilson-founder-of-i-quit-sugar-joins-wanderlust Keen to find your food freedom and learn about the sugar-free life? Well, you’re in luck! This November, Sarah Wilson, founder and director of I Quit Sugar, is joining the line-up at Wanderlust, the producers of the biggest yoga and wellness lifestyle events in the world, for a four day celebration of mindful living on the Sunshine Coast. You’ll have the opportunity to nourish your mind, body and soul with access to world-class yoga and meditation instructors, performers, artists, chefs and speakers – including our very own Sarah who’ll be at the event November 10–11. The highlights? Earth To Table Dinner: Presented by our friends at Food Matters and curated by Sarah and the I Quit Sugar team, this sugar-free family-style feast is set to impress! Celebrating the best local, seasonal and sustainable produce, you’ll get a taste of our 8-Week Program all while enjoying the stunning Sunshine Coast. Panel Discussion: Sitting down with James Colquhoun from Food Matters, Sarah will be sharing her sugar-free journey with you all! A note from Sarah: “It’s great to be appearing at Wanderlust this year to share my sugar-free journey with you. It’s been almost 8 years since I started the conversation…what a trip it’s been!  So many of you now know the deal - by challenging ourselves and our relationship with sugar, we can reach optimal health and find what I call ‘food freedom'. We’ll be celebrating the best of the I Quit Sugar legacy by hosting a wonderful ‘earth to table’ dinner designed by our team of IQS nutritionists to highlight just how simple, ‘real' and sustainable the sugar-free way of life is. It will be a fun networking night with like-minded souls and a great opportunity to learn about the sugar-free life.” About IQuitSugar.com and the 8-Week Program: IQuitSugar.com is Australia’s leading health and wellness hub for everything you need to know about quitting sugar. With simple, delicious recipes and expert advice on how you can ditch the sweet stuff and find food freedom, it also incorporates the I Quit Sugar 8-Week Program – the ONLY real and proven, sugar-quitting solution. About Sarah Wilson: Sarah is a New York Times best-selling author and entrepreneur and founder and director of IQuitSugar.com. Her journalism career spanned 20 years, across television, radio, magazines, newspapers and online. She’s the former editor of Cosmopolitan magazine and host of the first series of MasterChef Australia, the highest-rating show in Australian TV history. Sarah Wilson’s I Quit Sugar launches affordable Healthy Family Meals Cookbook 2015-04-16T06:11:02Z sarah-wilson-s-i-quit-sugar-launches-affordable-healthy-family-meals-cookbook 16 April, 2015 - Sydney, Australia:I Quit Sugar’s new Healthy Family Meals eBook lands today. And we don’t want to hold you up from getting straight into the kitchen. So, this is what you might like to know: • There’s 40 team-tested-and-tasted recipes. Which, of course, are all sugar-free and nutrient-dense. • We’ve designed the whole thing to feed a family (or group house!) of four. And to be easily upscaled to bigger crews. • Every recipe comes in under $5 a head. This time we set Sarah the challenge of dishing up dinner for less than $5 a head. Actually… Some Healthy Family Meal recipes are less than $2 per serve. That’s less than a Big Mac. And, um, a Paddle Pop. And every meal is sustainable. “This bit truly matters to me,” says Sarah. “I think most families want to be on the right side of the eco story with their food. The most insanely great bit about sustainable eating is that it’s also the most economical way to eat. We’ve used cheap sustainable meat, cheap, accessible veggies, no fancy stuff, just the ingredients to get the meal to your table as efficiently and mindfully as possible. We’ve pulled out all our tricks for this one!” What’s inside this cookbook:   • Sunday Cook-ups: Start your week on the front foot and whip up our delicious beef roasts, slow cooked lamb or meatloaf recipe.   • Lovely Leftovers: Have a bit of everything but no idea what to cook? We’ve got you covered. • Mid-Week Meals: Avoid mid-week madness; we’ve created a whole chapter chock-full of super speedy dinners that won’t break the bank. • Friday Night Fun: We’ve transformed a few family favourites into healthy, nutritious meals. Burgers, anyone? • Family favourite desserts: Saving the best for last, we’ll show you how to create orange and almond cake, Mum’s jam slice or our 5-minute chocolate sweet potato chips. Purchase the Healthy Family Meals Cookbook online for $12.99 at www.store.IQuitSugar.com. Available on iPad, android and in pdf format.     -ENDS- About IQuitSugar.com IQuitSugar.com is Australia’s most popular health and wellness hub with information on quitting sugar, recipes and expert advice for anyone curious about giving up the white stuff and improving their lifestyle. About Sarah Wilson Sarah Wilson is a New York Times best-selling author, former editor of Cosmopolitan magazine and host of the first series of MasterChef Australia, the highest rating show in Australian TV history. You can find Sarah blogging at SarahWilson.com, bush hiking or biking through the streets of Sydney.  Sarah Wilson’s I Quit Sugar launches mouth-watering Chocolate Cookbook 2015-02-02T00:37:03Z sarah-wilson-s-i-quit-sugar-launches-mouth-watering-chocolate-cookbook Sarah Wilson’s I Quit Sugar team have kicked off the new year with a chocolate-y bang with the launch of the second edition of their hugely successful Chocolate Cookbook. Volume II is chock-full of decadent and deliciously easy recipes. Skip the supermarket chocolate aisle this Valentine's Day and steal the spotlight by whipping up your own homemade showstopper recipe without all the commercial guff.  Sarah Wilson added, “I love chocolate. I eat a bit every single day. But I do chocolate differently these days. I make my own - because most commercial chocolate is packed full of sugar (and other additives) - using real food ingredients and avoiding the fructose dump. Which is what we've done in our new Chocolate Cookbook.”   In this book you’ll find 80 indulgent, sugar-free chocolate recipes including: •Show Stoppers. Show off your baking skills with our Raw Chocolate Cheesecake, Red Velvet Cake or our Choc-Caramel-Chunk and Peanut Butter ‘Cheesecake’. Your friends, family and lovers will swoon. •Chocolate for breakfast. You read that right! Whip up our Dark Chocolate Pancake Stack, Sweet Chocolate Risotto or our Berry Choc Whip for a breakfast that packs a nutritional punch.   •Same Same but Different. We’ve transformed classic recipes into healthy sugar-free treats. Tim Tams, anyone?  •Fixes for one. Feeling like a bite-sized treat without all the fuss? We’ve got you sorted. Addicted to chocolate but hate the crashing sugar-highs and lows? Ditch the guilt and fall in love with chocolate again by purchasing our Chocolate Cookbook online for $19.00 at IQuitSugar.com.   To request an extract or review copy (stocks limited) please contact:  Loren Davis | PR Coordinator | loren@iquitsugar.com - ends - About IQuitSugar.com  IQuitSugar.com is a health and wellness hub with information on quitting sugar, recipes and expert advice for anyone curious about giving up the white stuff and improving their lifestyle.  About Sarah Wilson  Sarah Wilson is a New York Times best-selling author, former editor of Cosmopolitan magazine and host of the first series of MasterChef Australia, the highest rating show in Australian TV history. You can find Sarah blogging at SarahWilson.com, bush hiking or biking through the streets of Sydney.    Sarah Wilson’s I Quit Sugar 8-Week Program transforms 600,000 lives 2014-12-11T05:03:02Z sarah-wilson-s-i-quit-sugar-8-week-program-transforms-600-000-lives Since 2013, Sarah Wilson’s I Quit Sugar 8-Week Program has helped 600,000 people around the globe to quit sugar. The 8-Week Program offers dietitian-approved weekly meal plans, recipes, and forums, with more than 20 health and wellness experts offering practical tips for quitting the white stuff. The Program’s enormous success centres around its gentle approach to healthy living - it’s not a diet, it’s a lifestyle change. Packing a nutrient-dense punch, the Program has helped hundreds of thousands of people break their sugar addiction, lose weight, increase their energy levels and improve their overall health. Members from the latest round of the 8-Week Program agree: Natasha, Sales Assistant, ACT: "Sarah revolutionised the way I thought and felt about food." When doctors discovered Natasha had metal poisoning as a result of a hip replacement, she required several operations that left her in chronic pain and on heavy medication. Natasha’s body was left in a terrible state and her sleep deprivation drove her to constantly crave sugar. After discovering Sarah’s cookbooks, Natasha signed up to I Quit Sugar’s 8-Week Program. Since completing the Program, Natasha has lost 12 kilos, is pain free and is finally able to enjoy life with her four daughters and her loving partner. Natasha said, “I can’t tell you how grateful I am for truly turning my life around. I would hate to think where I would be now if I hadn’t made such amazing changes through the 8-Week Program.” Pamela, Communications Officer, ACT: “If you are thinking about quitting sugar, then do this Program. It will give you the best possible chance for success.” After returning to full-time work, Pamela tried to lose her baby weight by drinking nothing but protein shakes for breakfast and lunch. Constantly hungry and feeling like she was missing out, Pamela gained 30 kilos and was diagnosed with Hashimotos. Her depression spiralled out of control and sugar became her crutch. After signing up to I Quit Sugar’s 8-Week Program, Pamela lost 8 kilos and has gained control over her life. Pamela said, “The support and information from the I Quit Sugar team was an integral factor in my success.” Mark, Network Engineer, NSW: "I was sick of unsustainable, yo-yo dieting, so I quit sugar.” Seeing himself in holiday pictures triggered Mark’s desire to quit sugar: “I looked like a stuffed walrus.” After trying different diets with no success and to end the constant yo-yoing of his weight, Mark signed up to I Quit Sugar’s 8-Week Program. Weighing in at 98 kilos at the start, Mark lost almost 12 kilos and is no longer a prisoner to calorie counting.   Commenting on the success of the Program, Sarah said: “I’m beside myself with (satiated!) joy that so many people have been able to experience REAL results from quitting the white stuff. It’s heartening to hear what people have found and learned on the Program.”   Want to ditch the guilt and fall in love with food again? Kick off 2015 with a healthier you by registering for our next 8-Week Program launching on January 22, 2015. Registrations are now open and close January 20, 2015. -        Ends    - Sarah Wilson, Natasha, Pamela and Mark are available for interview.   About Sarah Wilson Sarah Wilson is a New York Times best-selling author, former editor of Cosmopolitan magazine and host of the first series of MasterChef Australia, the highest rating show in Australian TV history. You can find Sarah blogging at SarahWilson.com, bush hiking or biking through the streets of Sydney. Sarah Wilson’s I Quit Sugar Launches New Superfood Make-at-Home Product Range with Nature’s Own 2014-10-07T04:31:32Z sarah-wilson-s-i-quit-sugar-launches-new-superfood-make-at-home-product-range-with-nature-s-own Sarah Wilson’s I Quit Sugar and Nature’s Own have joined forces to launch a unique make-at-home product range available exclusively through Coles.  “Mums and Dads, people living in rural areas, cash-strapped students… these are the people wanting help navigating their eating choices”, Sarah explains. “The availability of our new snacks in Coles will allow us to reach them. Our superfood make-at-home range, developed in partnership with Nature’s Own, offers an affordable and gentle introduction to fructose-free foods without all the fuss.” Packed with wholesome goodness, the fructose-free product range blends wholefood ingredients with nutrient-dense superfoods for an added boost. The range consists of:  • Coconut & Vanilla muesli bar mix • Cacao & Chia protein ball mix • Flax & Polenta savoury muffin mix The range aims to get people cooking and see for themselves how easy it is to create delicious, healthy snacks without the need to buy expensive ingredients that are used once and then forgotten.  The RRP for each product is $6.35.  Sarah Wilson’s I Quit Sugar website sees over 550,000 unique visitors every month. The new range complements her existing I Quit Sugar recipe books and online 8-Week Program. About IQuitSugar.com and the 8-Week Program IQuitSugar.com is a health and wellness hub for information on quitting sugar, with recipe sharing and daily expert advice for anyone curious about giving up the white stuff. It also incorporates the I Quit Sugar 8-Week online Program, providing week-by-week instruction for giving up sugar, with a daily eating plan, recipes, forums, webinars, product samples and practical tips for eating out.  About Sarah Wilson  Sarah Wilson is a New York Times best-selling author, former editor of Cosmopolitan magazine and host of the first series of MasterChef Australia, the highest rating show in Australian TV history. You can find Sarah blogging at sarahwilson.com, bush hiking or biking through the streets of Sydney.  Go Clean ‘n’ Green this Spring 2014-09-16T04:03:48Z go-clean-n-green-this-spring Coming off the back of the hugely successful Slow Cooker Cookbook, Sarah Wilson’s I Quit Sugar team have officially launched a Clean ‘n’ Green Smoothies cookbook in digital format on September 15 2014. With personal tips from Sarah as well as recipe contributions from smoothie evangelists and wellness authors Joe Cross (Reboot with Joe), Tess Masters (actor, presenter and author of The Blender Girl) and US celebrity nutritionist Lauren Slayton (The Little Book of Thin and Foodtrainers.com), this book will help readers cleanse their body, reduce bloating, shed some winter kilos and jump start their summer health kick. The Clean ‘n’ Green Smoothies ebook offers a stack of clever ways to pack as much dense nutrition into your smoothie as humanly possible: • 35 easy-as paleo, vegan and gluten-free smoothie recipes.   • Sugar-free, scoop-able smoothie bowls. • Breakfast whips and overnight oats. • Show-stopping layered mousses.  • An overview of why green smoothies trump green juices. • 8 of our favourite tasty smoothie toppings.  • Tips on picking the ultimate smoothie blender.  Sarah added: “I'm a huge green smoothie fan. They’re a really effective way to get dense nutrition into our bodies, and when you're trying to eat 6-7 cups of veggies every day, drinking an I Quit Sugar smoothie ensures you get 2-3 serves of the good stuff in a single hit.   “I’ve found them to be a really nifty way to eat my greens and really notice the difference when I’m not drinking (or eating) one. I make my own with ease and tote them daily in old jars and reusable canisters.” The I Quit Sugar Smoothie Cookbook is available to purchase from IQuitSugar.com priced $12.99.   - ENDS –   About IQuitSugar.com and the 8-Week Program IQuitSugar.com is a health and wellness hub for information on quitting sugar, with recipe sharing and daily expert advice for anyone curious about giving up the white stuff. It also incorporates the I Quit Sugar 8-Week online Program, providing week-by-week instruction for giving up sugar, with a daily eating plan, recipes, forums, webinars, product samples and practical tips for eating out.  About Sarah Wilson Sarah Wilson is a New York Times best-selling author, blogger and wellness coach whose journalism career has spanned 20 years, across television, radio, magazines, newspapers and online. She’s the former editor of Cosmopolitan magazine and was the host of the first series of MasterChef Australia, the highest rating show in Australian TV history. She appears regularly as a commentator on a range of programs including Channel 7′s Sunday Night, The Morning Show, Sunrise and Weekend Sunrise, Ten Network’s Good News Week and The Project, Nine’s 60 Minutes and A Current Affair. Sarah is an adept social commentator, following a career that’s spanned politics, health advocacy, restaurant reviewing, opinion writing and trend forecasting. Sarah is the author of the Australian and UK best-sellers I Quit Sugar and I Quit Sugar For Life. I Quit Sugar was released in the USA and Canada April 2014 and is a New York Times best seller. Sarah has also authored the best-selling series of ebooks from IQuitSugar.com. Her 8-Week Program has seen more than 495,000 people quit sugar. Sarah blogs at sarahwilson.com, lives in Sydney, rides a bike everywhere and when asked what her hobbies are she cites “bush hiking”, planning her next meal and being fascinated by other people with real hobbies. I Quit Sugar appoints new editor 2014-07-11T06:49:18Z i-quit-sugar-appoints-new-editor Sarah Wilson’s I Quit Sugar business has kicked off the new financial year with a bang, appointing editor Kate Gibbs to their growing team.  Kate will manage content development for IQuitSugar.com, a health and wellness hub for information on quitting sugar and the I Quit Sugar 8-Week Program, a complete online wellness course designed to help people quit sugar for good. Kate has over a decade’s worth of editorial and journalism experience having started her career as a journalist at London’s Evening Standard newspaper. Most recently she has written extensively for Sunday Style magazine, The Sydney Morning Herald (Good Food & Traveller), JamieOliver.com and The Wall Street Journal. A lover of healthy and nutritious food, Kate has also penned two cookbooks and countless recipes for Sunday Life magazine, Good Food in The Sydney Morning Herald and Feast magazine, among others.  "I'm delighted to join the I Quit Sugar team as editor,” Kate said. “I'm a huge supporter of conscious, healthy eating, and I look forward to joining a team that shows people how simple, accessible and exciting good food can be." Sarah Wilson added: “We are thrilled to welcome Kate Gibbs to our ever-growing I Quit Sugar family. Kate will be a wonderful addition to our team and with her wealth of experience she will be sure to add a whole new dimension to the business.” IQuitSugar.com and the I Quit Sugar 8-Week Program were developed by Sarah Wilson following her own experience in quitting sugar to combat auto-immune disease, and her research into the effects of excess fructose. - ENDS – About IQuitSugar.com and the 8-Week Program IQuitSugar.com is a health and wellness hub for information on quitting sugar, with recipe sharing and daily expert advice for anyone curious about giving up the white stuff. It also incorporates the I Quit Sugar 8-Week online Program, providing week-by-week instruction for giving up sugar, with a daily eating plan, recipes, forums, webinars, product samples and practical tips for eating out. About Sarah Wilson Sarah Wilson is a NYT best-selling author, blogger and wellness coach whose journalism career has spanned 20 years, across television, radio, magazines, newspapers and online. She’s the former editor of Cosmopolitan magazine and was the host of the first series of MasterChef Australia, the highest rating show in Australian TV history. She appears regularly as a commentator on a range of programs including Channel 7′s Sunday Night, The Morning Show, Sunrise and Weekend Sunrise, Ten Network’s Good News Week and The Project, Nine’s 60 Minutes and A Current Affair. Sarah is an adept social commentator, following a career that’s spanned politics, health advocacy, restaurant reviewing, opinion writing and trend forecasting. She’s also a qualified health coach with the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York. Sarah is the author of the Australian and UK best-sellers I Quit Sugar and I Quit Sugar For Life. I Quit Sugar was released in the USA and Canada April 2014 and is a NYT best seller. Sarah has also authored the best-selling series of ebooks from IQuitSugar.com. Her 8-Week Program has seen more than 300,000 people quit sugar. Sarah blogs at sarahwilson.com, lives in Sydney, rides a bike everywhere and when asked what her hobbies are she cites “bush hiking”, planning her next meal and being fascinated by other people with real hobbies. Sarah Wilson’s I Quit Sugar Launches Christmas Cookbook 2013-11-05T01:30:14Z sarah-wilson-s-i-quit-sugar-launches-christmas-cookbook Adding to her existing stable of hugely successful cookbooks, Australian media celebrity Sarah Wilson today launched her latest fructose-free offering, the I Quit Sugar Christmas eCookbook. Expanding on the popular format of the Christmas Meal Plan ebook, Sarah has added three new concepts for the festive season. Designed to get individuals through the Christmas period without falling off the sugar free wagon, the cookbook offers six different meal plans to cater for all: ·         - Let’s Do Brunch: a fresh morning buffet menu. ·         - The Summer Barbeque: a fun, outdoorsy menu geared to warmer climates. ·         - Traditional with a Twist: the roast ‘n’ pudding affair, but with less fuss and kinder on your waistline. ·         - A Very Veggie Christmas: a festive vegetarian meal plan to serve six. ·         - Kid-friendly Feeds: fun meals to keep the kids entertained and fed. ·         - The Thanksgiving Banquet: all the traditional favourites with a grown-up spin. In total, the book offers over 70 delicious and healthy recipes, proving Christmas needn’t be the undoing of those trying to live a sugar-free life. Sarah added: “I’m so excited to share this updated version of the Christmas Cookbook with you. The new meal plans and recipes were all taste-tested by the I Quit Sugar Team (Christmas in October anyone?) and have been given a big thumbs up from all of us.  This cookbook truly makes it possible to enjoy a simple, joyful and healthy, sugar-free Christmas.” The book goes on pre-sale today for the sweet price of $19, available through www.iquitsugar.com. The book is available on general release from late November via all good ebook retailers.  Car buyers voting with their wallet – buying online to save money 2013-05-01T00:45:17Z car-buyers-voting-with-their-wallet-buying-online-to-save-money 1st May, 2013 – Sydney, Australia: New car buyers are saving thousands of dollars on their next car purchase thanks to leading automotive site new service, CarAdvice // Best Price.   Already servicing hundreds of thousands of new car buyers every month with a blend of news, reviews, video and owner reviews, CarAdvice also uniquely provides buyers the opportunity to negotiate and purchase anonymously online – saving thousands of dollars in the process.   After specifying the exact car they want, new car buyers can choose to calculate the Drive-away price or get real-time offers via CarAdvice // Best Price.   The service uses geographic targeting to contact dealers within a buyer’s area, who are invited to provide their best price for the specified car.   New car buyers can then directly compare offers from local dealers, negotiate and ask questions from the anonymity of the CarAdvice website – all without ever stepping foot in a dealership.   To date, the Best Price service has generated average savings of 14 per cent - but some dealers have offered as much as 18 per cent off the Drive-away price.  Recent buyer through CarAdvice // Best Price, Laura Jilka from Quakers Hill, said, “CarAdvice was awesome. It streamlined the whole new car purchase process. When I got to the showroom after the deal was made, the salesman was like a normal person - no more sale spin! I ended up saving $2,982 – and all online.”   The new car market in Australia is worth an estimated $160 billion per annum[1]. Data released by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries shows that in 2012 sales increased by 10.3 per cent year on year, reaching a record-breaking 1.112 million.  Competition for customers is fierce, so it’s little surprise that car dealers have embraced the Best Price service as a way to navigate tyre-kickers and focus on firm leads.   “I’m very happy with the CarAdvice // Best Price service,” said Kape, from Zupps Holden/HSV Aspely dealership. “Their service is extremely professional when it comes to communicating with the buyer in order for them to accept my offer.”   Users of the CarAdvice // Best Price service pay $29 up front, refunded once they accept a dealer offer – a policy which CarAdvice CEO, David Holmes, views as crucial to the success of CarAdvice // Best Price.   “CarAdvice.com.au does things a little differently to other auto sites. To start, we already have more than 291,000 unique audience[2] a month. That’s a huge number of new car buyers that are already researching their next automotive purchase. All we’re doing is offering the natural next step; saying to car buyers “Hey – we know you’re busy, so let us save you the pain of spending your weekend visiting dealerships. We’ll do the legwork and find you low, low prices, so you can compare them in one, simple site.   “Our customers are happy to pay a refundable fee because they know they’re going to receive great offers and save thousands of dollars. And dealers are happy to submit great offers because they know they’re engaging genuine buyers who’ve actually paid to receive pricing,” he added. “You don’t get a much better deal than that.”   - ends -   Notes to the editor:  About Laura Jilka’s online sale via CarAdvice // Best Price: Laura Jilka from Quakers Hill purchased a Toyota Yaris YRX for just $22,000 Drive-Away. The recommended Drive-Away price (according to Redbook) for this model with is $24,982. Laura Jilka received a saving of $2,982 or 12 per cent discount off the Drive-Away by using CarAdvice // Best Price CarAdvice // Best Price quick facts: The CarAdvice // Best Price service launched on Thursday, 2nd August 2012. Over 498,102 visits to the CarAdvice // Best Price site since launch (Source: Google Analytics, 1st August 2012 – 31st March 2013) Average potential savings per deal observed to date:  $5,817 or 14 per cent off Drive-Away Pricing Highest potential savings observed to date:  $14,917 or 18 per cent off Drive-Away Pricing (Jeep Cherokee) Most popular new cars searched via Best Price include: Ford Focus, VW Golf, Mazda 2, VW Polo. Watch the CarAdvice // Best Price ‘How it works’ video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zOfnsLyP5Ic About CarAdvice.com.au: Launched in Australia in 2006, CarAdvice.com.au offers the best news, reviews and video reviews with a focus on new cars. With a huge library of content, CarAdvice.com.au is the fastest-growing automotive site in Australia, ranked fourth in the automotive category, with over 291,000 unique audience per month (Source: Nielsen MAR 2012).  The site is owned and operated by CarAdvice.com.au Pty Ltd. [1] Source: FCAI  / Department of Innovation Industry, Science, Research and Tertiary Education, JULY 2012 AUTOMOTIVE UPDATE. [2] Source: Nielsen Netview Hybrid, March 2013 Top 10 Cars of 2012: The CarAdvice.com.au Picks 2013-01-03T02:14:32Z top-10-cars-of-2012-the-caradvice-com-au-picks 3rd January 2013, Sydney Australia - It might be a New Year, but there were still some great cars in 2012.  The CarAdvice.com.au team has pulled together their list of the top picks and present their top 10 new cars launched in 2012:   10. Hyundai i30 The Hyundai i30 wins the award for ‘most improved’ car of the year. The i30’s interior quality is now excellent, close to Golf in terms of plastics finish, and better than the VW for the resolution of its seven-inch touchscreen display. A mid-spec Elite is loaded with fruit, including sat-nav and reverse camera, all for the sort of money that buys a relatively sparse German hatchback. Crucially, today’s i30 is a good drive, with a well-balanced and decently controlled chassis, terrific refinement, keen engines, good transmissions – particularly the intuitive auto – and fine packaging. In fact, for its combination of a large boot and generous rear legroom, the i30 is the best-packaged small car in its class. For most families that, in addition to the five-year warranty and fixed-price servicing, will be enough to forgive the Hyundai i30 for its remote steering and merely decent handling.   9. Ford Falcon Ecoboost The combination of traditional ‘big six’ virtues, like space and torque, meet with newfound refinement, lightness, agility and economy with the 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder Falcon. Resale values aren’t good, but there’s plenty of haggling room to get thousands off the recommended retail price of all Ecoboost models, from XT to G6 and G6E. Fact is, the Falcon Four produces 353Nm – a full 63Nm more than the Commodore Omega 3.0-litre – and delivers all of those torques from low down in the rev range. The result is relaxed touring and effortless commuting in the suburbs, so the 8.5L/100km claimed economy is entirely realistic. Priced to compete with popular compact SUVs, the Ford Falcon is more dynamic, refined, and roomy than all of them. Unfortunately, it’s the image issues, and associations with big sedans glugging fuel, and apparently requiring six cylinders, that is holding the brilliant Ford Falcon Ecoboost back. Read CarAdvice’s Ford Falcon Ecoboost Review.     8. Mazda CX-5 diesel All Mazda CX-5 models come with brilliant steering, a compliant ride, and handling that sides more with lithe hatchbacks than lardy compact SUVs. Priced from $27,800 to $46,200, the CX-5 packs eight variants within that price range. Pick of the bunch is the $39,040 CX-5 Maxx Sport diesel, as the flagship GT Touring loses some of its ride quality on larger 19-inch wheels, while the lower-end petrols are sparse and underpowered. Next year, Mazda will enlarge the AWD’s petrol engine from 2.0- to 2.5-litre capacity, which should make the CX-5 petrol a more competitive proposition. Read CarAdvice’s Mazda CX-5 Review.   7. Porsche Boxster The Boxster blends the best attributes of different motoring genres – it feels light on its feet and has the agility of a hot hatch; its rear drive distribution and snarly flat six-cylinder endows it with a vaguely muscle car character; yet its balance and poise are its very own, pure mid-engined bliss. It costs between $107,000-$138,600, plus options, but strong resale values means the investment isn’t all bad news. Even the ‘base’ 2.7-litre six is a smooth, creamy-sounding peach. Choose the slick six-speed manual and there’s as much raw, old school involvement as in the Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ, but with a much higher level of finesse and refinement. If the Toyobaru twins are a bit simple, then the Boxster is sophisticated. Soft-top stereotypes, or cat-calls that the Boxster isn’t a ‘real’ Porsche are both rubbish. Having beaten its bigger stablemate, the new 911, as our favourite sports car for the year, the Boxster may be trumped in 2013 by its tightened, hard-top Cayman near-twin. Bring it on. Read CarAdvice’s Porsche Boxster Review.   6. Holden Volt Holden doesn’t mind if we call it a hybrid or an ‘extended range electric vehicle’ as they do. But the concept of an electric car with occasional support from a petrol engine is a clever idea brilliantly executed in the Holden Volt. Built by Chevrolet in the United States, the Volt takes about seven hours to charge and gets about 85km running silently on its torquey electric motor. Performance is about par with any entry-level four-cylinder mid-sized car. Many Australians won’t drive more than   85km each day, so between overnight charges the Volt could spend its entire life running on electricity. However, the Volt – unlike the Mitsubishi iMiev and Nissan Leaf – offers the flexibility to drive well beyond that range, for up to around 600km, thanks to a 1.4-litre four-cylinder petrol engine that acts as a generator to charge the batteries, rather than actually driving the car. Economy isn’t fantastic when driving in generator mode, but families can own one car with the Volt instead of requiring two, like most electric cars demand. The fact it’s roomy, strong, seemingly well built, very quiet, and offers surprisingly sharp steering and balanced handling, helps offset the $59,990 price tag, which lands the Holden Volt in entry-level BMW 3 Series territory. Read CarAdvice’s Holden Volt Review.   5. Ford Focus ST In terms of driver involvement, and sheer balance, the Focus ST is delightful. Its $38,290 pricetag means this front driver plays in Toyota 86/Subaru BRZ rear drive territory, yet it also undercuts the less powerful Volkswagen Golf GTI. Its 2.0-litre turbo four produces 184kW and 360Nm, offering a deep, bassy trumpet as it winds out to its (relatively soft) 6200rpm rev limiter. The steering is typical-Ford feelsome, the ST’s approach to corners both delicate and playful; turn in to a sharp bend and the Focus nails a tight line, weight subtly shifting to the outside rear tyre, its attitude completely dependent on how game the driver is to lift the throttle mid corner. Ultimately, a Renault Megane RS265 is faster and tighter through the bends, and a VW Golf GTI is more liveable around town, but the Ford Focus ST is arguably the fine blend between them. And cheaper than both. Read CarAdvice’s Ford Focus ST Review   4. Range Rover It technically won’t arrive in Australia until January, but the overseas launch of the first all new Range Rover in 10 years reaffirmed its place as the world’s best SUV. Opulent, quiet, roomy, yet with staggering capabilities off road, and a newfound dynamic verve thanks to the company ripping up to 420kg out of the new car compared with the old one. Drivetrains – V6 turbo diesels and supercharged V8 – are spectacular, mated to a benchmark eight-speed ZF-sourced automatic. Expensive, yes, but the Range Rover is also good value. Selling for   similar $150-200K prices as the last Rangie, this huge, and hugely capable, off-roader sells for about the same money as a substantially smaller, more cramped, yet barely lighter Mercedes-Benz CLS. Any metal for the money equation will always favour the Range Rover, but now there’s ability beyond its dimensions. World’s best SUV is also one of the finest luxury cars available. Read CarAdvice’s 2013 Range Rover Review.   3. BMW M135i Last year, we ooohed and ahhhed over the ballistic BMW 1M Coupe that provided M3 performance for $99,900 – a full $50K less. This year, we were treated to the M135i hatchback, with the same 450Nm, and a 0-100km/h time of 5.1 seconds, all for $68,400 – a full $30K less than the 1M. Choose the optional eight-speed auto in lieu of the six-speed manual, and that standing start sprint is reduced to 4.9 seconds. Sharp, variable-ratio steering, superb damping that delivers both a comfortable ride and secure handling, and a chassis that loves to play when the driver is in the mood. The turbo six is one of the world’s best engines, blending a raunchy soundtrack with linear power delivery and a flexibility to trundle at low speeds or attack a track staying close to the 7000rpm cut-out. The new 1 Series may look a bit frumpy, and it isn’t as well packaged as a front-drive hatch, with cramped rear legroom especially, but the M135i is the point where a hot hatch really steps up over the equally-brilliant Renault Megane RS265 and Ford Focus ST. Read CarAdvice’s BMW M135i Review.   2. Volkswagen Up! The exclamation mark should come at the end of the sentence describing the way the Volkswagen Up! drives. This sub-light hatchback redefines the standard in a class, packing big car virtues within its dainty dimensions. It starts at $13,990 for the three-door, $14,990 for the five, and includes a 1.0-litre three-cylinder engine with heaps of charm. A triple also uses fewer moving parts than a four-cylinder, and engineers reckon that improves low-down response. It certainly feels that way. Despite being the cheapest new Volkswagen, the steering is perhaps the best of any in the entire VW Group – light, effortless, yet crisp. The short wheelbase means the ride can get bouncy, but the damping finesse means body control is first rate and the handling chuckable, fun,   keen and … subtly sporting. Character abounds in the Up! – a fantastic little car. Read CarAdvice’s Volkswagen Up! Review.   1. Toyota 86 / Subaru BRZ When basic ingredients are used to create something genuinely tasty, then offered at supermarket prices, the result is something near the Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ. These Japanese-built twins offer a four-cylinder ‘boxer’ engine up front, send drive only to the rear wheels, and place the driver in a low-set seat with a legs-straight driving position and three pedals to work. Yet the the electro-mechanical steering is one of the world’s finest, regardless of price – mid-weighted, sharp and tactile. The engine revs beyond 7000rpm and delivers crisp throttle response and a clean, creamy note when it’s up there, allowing the 86/BRZ’s balance to be fine-tuned with millimetre precision. The chassis is fantastically fluent; the stability control superbly calibrated. Tally the sum of this car’s parts and you’ll find a $30-40K price tag. Experience what each part offers individually to contribute to the whole, and the Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ feel like coupes far more expensive than they sell for. A brilliant bargain. Read CarAdvice’s Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ Comparison Review. - ends -