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Multi-award winning Hyundai i30 - special edition 'Trophy' (Australia) Multi-award winning Hyundai i30 - special edition 'Trophy' (Australia)

Building on the award-winning i30's outstanding success in this country, Hyundai Motor Company Australia is further enhancing the model's exceptional appeal and value by adding a special edition 'Trophy' model to the line-up.

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The New BMW 3 Series Coupe and Convertible. (Australia) The New BMW 3 Series Coupe and Convertible. (Australia)

The new BMW 3 Series Coupé and Convertible receive elegant design enhancements, engine upgrades and higher standard specification as part of a mid-life model update for the range in Australia. The range-topping BMW 335i Coupé and Convertible now feature the M Sport package as standard equipment and each boasts a newly developed straight-six cylinder power unit which for the first time combines BMW TwinPower Turbo Technology, High Precision Injection, and VALVETRONIC fully variable valve...

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Nissan Dualis+2, 7-Seat Wagon For Style-Aware Families (Australia) Nissan Dualis+2, 7-Seat Wagon For Style-Aware Families (Australia)

On the crest of an all-new DUALIS design, Nissan Australia announces the arrival of a 7-seat family wagon version, dubbed DUALIS +2. Based on the innovative DUALIS hatch concept, the DUALIS +2 makes its showroom debut next week. Nissan moved the goalposts again, introducing the stylish family crossover, the DUALIS+2, with more space and a flexible seven-seat configuration and adding even more strongly to the appeal of the new DUALIS range.

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New Renault Koleos Expression (Australia) New Renault Koleos Expression (Australia)

The New Renault Koleos Expression is the latest addition to the Koleos range. It competes in the compact SUV segment which has attracted a strong following from those that live an active lifestyle. They are looking for something more than a traditional hatch or sedan that takes them from A to B, they want a vehicle that gives them the opportunity to stand out from the crowd, express themselves and their personality.

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The New Volkswagen Polo (Australia) The New Volkswagen Polo (Australia)

Polo brings new dimension of quality to the supermini class. Three engines; TSI and Common Rail TDI in the Polo for the first time. 4.6 litre fuel consumption and 121 g/km CO2 set new benchmark. ESP is standard; significantly improved crash properties

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Everything's New for the A1: The Brussels Site Now Has the Audi Standard Everything's New for the A1: The Brussels Site Now Has the Audi Standard

2010 is a very special year for the Brussels plant: The Belgian capital is witnessing the production of the first full-fledged premium car in the small car segment – the new Audi A1. The plant and its employees have been preparing intensively for this great challenge. Since 2007, a total of around €300 million has been invested in the site and state-of-the-art Audi standards have been integrated in the plant. By May 2010 over 100 individual projects will have been implemented.

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The Suzuki Kizashi Has Arrived (Australia) The Suzuki Kizashi Has Arrived (Australia)

Suzuki has lifted the benchmark for medium sized cars in Australia with the release of its exciting new Kizashi sedan. Nearly three years since the first Kizashi concept car was unveiled at Frankfurt Motor Show, the production version represents an unparalleled combination of design, performance, driving dynamics. “Kizashi – which is Japanese for ‘something good is coming’ – represents an exciting new direction for the company,” said Suzuki Australia General Manager Tony...

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The New Audi A1: Advance Sales Have Started The New Audi A1: Advance Sales Have Started

Prospective buyers throughout Europe can now order the new A1 at their Audi dealer. The A1 will be available from a starting price of EUR 15,800. It will initially go on sale in two engine versions – and with a particularly extensive range of customization options.

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D-MAX Adds Auto, Features, New LS Look (Australia) D-MAX Adds Auto, Features, New LS Look (Australia)

Isuzu UTE Australia now offers an automatic transmission option in its D-MAX SX mid-spec 4x4 and 4x2 crew utes, while adding standard cruise control to all SX variants, freshening up its top LS crew utes and introducing a crimson red mica finish to the range.

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Proton Announces New Pricing Strategy Across The Range (Australia) Proton Announces New Pricing Strategy Across The Range (Australia)

Proton Cars Australia has announced a raft of pricing changes effective from 1 April 2010 across its vehicle range, underlining the marque's extreme value for money advantage, ahead of a year of new models and marketing initiatives. Already the lowest priced sedan on sale in Australia, Proton's S16 G heads the value for money fleet with a recommended retail price of $11,990, a factor which has proved popular with economy car buyers around the country resulting in a four-week waiting list for...

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Subaru Forester Adds X-Ceptional Value (Australia) Subaru Forester Adds X-Ceptional Value (Australia)

Subaru Forester, Australia’s best selling compact SUV, will further boost its All-Wheel Drive appeal with the addition of an adventure-ready accessory pack. During April, Forester X models will feature extras valued at more than $2000 for no extra cost.

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Renault F1 Drivers in Renault Clio RS (Australia) Renault F1 Drivers in Renault Clio RS (Australia)

Both Renault F1 Team drivers visited the Sandown Motor Circuit in Melbourne on Thursday afternoon for an event hosted by Renault Australia. Robert Kubica and Vitaly Petrov were on hand to present the Clio RS (phase 2 model), which will soon be available in the Australian market, to the assembled media.

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Hyundai improves in J.D. Power and Associates Vehicle Dependability Study Hyundai improves in J.D. Power and Associates Vehicle Dependability Study

The long term quality survey recognised Hyundai Motor Company as one of only six volume brands to perform significantly better than the non-premium average. Hyundai moved up three rank positions over the 2009 study. An overall score for Hyundai of 148 problems per 100 vehicles is seven problems fewer than the industry average and nine fewer than last year.

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New Ford Mondeo Diesel Wagon due in Australia later this year (Australia) New Ford Mondeo Diesel Wagon due in Australia later this year (Australia)

The introduction of a new, fuel efficient diesel powertrain for the Mondeo wagon range headlines a number of upcoming changes to Ford Australia's vehicle line-up. A diesel Mondeo wagon will join the current MB Mondeo range in the third quarter of this year, bringing with it a new generation diesel powertrain that delivers significantly better fuel economy and improved performance. "The Mondeo wagon has presented a compelling proposition for wagon customers since it was introduced in...

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Toyota Corolla gets Stability (Australia) Toyota Corolla gets Stability (Australia)

Australia's favourite small car for the past decade - Toyota Corolla - is now even better with the safety of vehicle stability control (VSC) now standard across the range. Corolla sedan models produced since December - and now available in Toyota dealerships - include standard fitment of VSC, which also comes with traction control. These two technologies work together to help the driver retain control of the car, particularly in slippery and other low-traction conditions. An upgrade...

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New Fiat 500 Electric Vehicle for the United States (USA) New Fiat 500 Electric Vehicle for the United States (USA)

Chrysler Group LLC today announced its plans to engineer and produce a pure electric vehicle using the Fiat 500 platform. Shown earlier this year at the 2010 North American International Auto Show, the Fiat 500EV demonstrates the immediate benefits of the alliance between Chrysler Group and the Fiat Group as well as the speed at which the two companies can work together on advanced vehicle programs.

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Exclusive MINI to Make Public Event Debut at F1 GP (Australia) Exclusive MINI to Make Public Event Debut at F1 GP (Australia)

MINI John Cooper Works World Championship 50 #273 will make a guest appearance at this year’s Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix, in Melbourne this week. One of just ten vehicles destined for Australian shores and one of only 500 vehicles of its kind in the world, this exclusive race-bred MINI will be sure to command the attention of race-goers and enthusiasts at the Albert Park circuit. “This will be the first time the limited edition MINI John Cooper Works WC50 will be shown at a public...

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Widebody WRX Unleashed in New York (USA) Widebody WRX Unleashed in New York (USA)

A revised Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive Subaru Impreza WRX, featuring widebody sedan and hatch, will be unveiled at the New York International Auto Show next month. The Model Year 2011 Impreza WRX will feature wider, flared wheel arches, new front and rear bumpers and grille. Front and rear track are increased too. Both sedan and hatch variants will be launched in Australia late this year, at which time pricing and specification will be announced. Normally aspirated Impreza versions will...

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Toyota is causing a Rukus (Australia) Toyota is causing a Rukus (Australia)

Toyota Australia today announced it will launch an all-new model for Australia, to be known as "Rukus", before the middle of the year. New Toyota Rukus is an urban utility vehicle with head-turning styling that projects an aggressive appearance. Toyota Australia's marketing manager Scott Thompson said Rukus is designed to bring young, urban trend-setters to the Toyota family - especially those who have never previously considered a Toyota. "It will be a case of 'Rukus'...

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The new Bentley Mulsanne Details The new Bentley Mulsanne Details

The new Mulsanne is a thoroughly modern flagship that captures the essence of the Bentley marque. It is elegant yet distinctly sporting in character, delivering effortless performance while within its sumptuous cabin, advanced technology sits discreetly with handcrafted luxury. Bentley Motors Chairman and Chief Executive, Dr. Franz-Josef Paefgen

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The New Nissan 370Z Roadster (Australia) The New Nissan 370Z Roadster (Australia)

The new Nissan 370Z Roadster joins the identically powered 370Z Coupe launched last May, and adds joyful open-air motoring to the successful, sporty package. Highly specified and equipped with a new fast-folding fully automatic roof, the new Roadster is a genuine sportscar. With its shorter wheelbase, lighter weight and advanced 245kW, 3.7-litre V6 engine, the new 370Z Roadster delivers remarkably high levels of sports acceleration and handling, teamed with a comfortable, bluster-free interior.

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Lexus IS350 Bound for Australia (Australia) Lexus IS350 Bound for Australia (Australia)

Lexus Australia will add the sporting IS 350 sedan to the Australian model line-up in late 2010. Australia will become one of only four countries to receive the powerful IS 350 sedan, joining the United States, Canada and Japan. IS 350 features a quad-cam 3.5-litre V6 petrol engine, mated to a six-speed sequential transmission, developing 228kW* of power and 375Nm* of torque and propelling the IS from standstill to 100km/h in just 5.6* seconds.

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Mercedes-Benz F 800 Style Research Vehicle Mercedes-Benz F 800 Style Research Vehicle

Mercedes-Benz’ F 800 Style research vehicle is showing the future of premium automobiles from a new perspective, as the five-seat upper-range sedan combines highly efficient drive technologies with unparalleled safety and convenience features and an emotive design idiom, which interprets current Mercedes-Benz styling in line with the brand’s hallmark attribute of cultivated sportiness.

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The Audi RS5 The Audi RS5

Unbridled power lurking in a classically elegant coupé: the Audi RS 5 will debut at the Geneva Auto Show. The high-revving 4.2-litre V8 with its 331 kW (450 hp) unleashes powerful performance while achieving remarkable fuel economy. The seven-speed S tronic and an innovative centre differential in the quattro drivetrain transmit power to all four wheels. Developed by quattro GmbH, the RS models comprise the dynamic spearhead of Audi‘s model range. The RS 5 is the latest torchbearer in a...

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Skoda Superb Review (Australia) Skoda Superb Review (Australia)

The Superb is a classy, restrained design that thankfully eskews many of today’s over styled design traits such as supersized wheelarches and dramatic cutlines on every panel. The clever dual opening boot / hatch – yes, you can open just the boot or the useful large hatch, means it’s a legitimate and more than worthy competitor to the extremely fashionable SUV.

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The BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo (Australia) The BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo (Australia)

BMW is once again defining a brand-new segment in the automotive sector. The BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo is as unique vehicle concept that combines the essential features of a luxury saloon, a modern Sports Activity Vehicle, and a classic Gran Turismo. Stylish and elegant in design, this unique four or five-seater is emphasised by the coupé-like roofline, long bonnet, generous wheelbase and two-piece tailgate. The extra-large and light flooded interior offers luxurious comfort, a slightly...

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Hyundai announces i45 will arrive in 2nd quarter (2010) Hyundai announces i45 will arrive in 2nd quarter (2010)

Hyundai Motor Company Australia will launch i45, the all-new mid-sized sedan, in the 2nd quarter of 2010. i45 represents a modern approach to the traditional mid-size sedan segment incorporating Hyundai's new 'fluidic sculpture' design and luxury features, combined with Hyundai's value proposition. In the U.S., the all-new mid-sized sedan, built at Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama, is setting new standards in the mid-size car category, with best-in-class fuel economy rating thanks to...

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Mitsubishi Motors Launches RVR Compact Crossover Mitsubishi Motors Launches RVR Compact Crossover

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation announced that its all-new compact crossover RVR went on sale at Mitsubishi dealerships throughout Japan from February 17. The RVR is an ideal compact crossover which achieves superior utility and running performance, excellent environmental efficiency (all models qualify for the Japanese domestic eco-car tax reduction), and a refined interior and exterior in a compact size at an accessible price (¥1,785,000 ~ ¥2,449,650, consumption tax included).

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Groundbreaking Bentley Continental Supersports Convertible Groundbreaking Bentley Continental Supersports Convertible

The Continental Supersports Convertible further strengthens Bentley’s supercar range, following the introduction of the Continental Supersports Coupé in 2009. The new Supersports Convertible, with the same 630PS (621bhp/463kW) twin-turbocharged W12 engine, is the fastest, most potent drop‑top Bentley has ever built, offering the ultimate Bentley driving experience in the world’s most dramatic convertible.

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New-Look Mazda2 Hatch and Sedan Heads for Australia (Australia) New-Look Mazda2 Hatch and Sedan Heads for Australia (Australia)

An updated version of the 2008 World Car of the Year, Mazda2, will hit Australian showrooms in May in both hatch and sedan body styles boasting a dynamic new look and equipment upgrades. Mazda2’s combination of chic styling, Zoom-Zoom driving dynamics and spirited yet economical performance has seen it more than treble the sales volumes achieved by its predecessor. Over 35,000 Mazda2’s have been sold in Australia since its launch in 2007 making it one of the best selling lights cars in the...

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The New 2011 Lotus Elise The New 2011 Lotus Elise

The Lotus Elise revolutionised the sportscar market 14 years ago when the small lightweight agile 2-seat mid engine sportscar was introduced. By ensuring that the Elise stuck rigidly to Lotus’ core values of performance through light weight, the Elise was able to produce supercar performance with city car economy. Making its debut at the 80th International Geneva Motorshow, the 2011 model year Lotus Elise introduces a number of changes and improvements to maintain its class leading position.

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World Debut for Lexus CT 200h World Debut for Lexus CT 200h

Six months after revealing the LF-Ch concept, Lexus is set to unveil its new CT 200h model at the Geneva motor show. Created for motorists who want to lower their emissions, but not their standards, the CT 200h will be the first full hybrid vehicle in the premium compact segment. It will offer new levels of refinement, sophistication and attention to detail, without compromising style or driving pleasure. Equipped with second-generation Lexus Hybrid Drive technology, the CT 200h...

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Toyota's First Hybrid Camry Bought by Prius Owner (Australia) Toyota's First Hybrid Camry Bought by Prius Owner (Australia)

Australia's first Toyota Hybrid Camry has been bought by the owner of a hybrid Prius with 240,000km on the clock. The family will keep the Prius as their second car. Colin and Eunice Elvey moved to Australia from New Zealand in late 2008 and brought their much-loved Prius with them. "It's the best car I've ever owned - I couldn't leave it behind," Colin said.

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Holden Cruze Review (Australia) Holden Cruze Review (Australia)

The Cruze is a big leap forward over Holden’s previous Asian sourced small family car (the unloved Viva); the Cruze looks entirely modern, classy even; build quality appears top notch; the longer wheelbase and wider track contribute to improved handling.

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The New Hyundai IX35 (Australia) The New Hyundai IX35 (Australia)

Inspired by the concept of an urban nomad, new ix35 is a sleek crossover with athletic proportions, featuring advanced weight-saving technology, eco-efficient power trains, class- leading safety equipment, and outstanding value for money. Designed at Hyundai's Design Centre Europe at Russelsheim in Germany, new ix35 symbolises the evolution of the brand's exterior and interior design, through the introduction of 'Fluidic Sculpture', an architectural language which will be embodied in future...

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Proton Records Major Sales Boost (Australia) Proton Records Major Sales Boost (Australia)

Proton's new S16 passenger car has provided a significant boost to the Malaysian car company's sales performance registering a 113.5 percent increase in sales volume for January compared with the same month in 2009. The result follows an even more impressive 221 percent increase in volume for December over the same month in 2008. Proton recorded 222 sales in January up from the 104 units it sold in January 09 after posting 334 sales in December. The performance was the third highest...

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BMW to the Top of Bathurst 12 Hour (Australia) BMW to the Top of Bathurst 12 Hour (Australia)

TEAM EASTERN CREEK KARTS has won a second Armor All Bathurst 12 Hour endurance race at Mount Panorama, returning to the top of the rostrum after two years of Mitsubishi domination on the mountain. The team of Garry Holt, Paul Morris and touring car legend John Bowe survived everything that could be thrown at them – including kangaroos, torrential rain, two race stoppages and even a tree falling across the circuit – to replicate the teams’ 2007 success in a car that had been driven to the...

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The New Suzuki SX4 (Australia) The New Suzuki SX4 (Australia)

Suzuki has launched a new SX4 line-up, delivering more power, more fuel efficiency, more safety and more creature comforts. An evolution of one of 2007’s groundbreaking cars, the new SX4 range adds real customer benefits including a more powerful, fuel efficient engine, a new six-speed manual transmission, new Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) and ESP® stability control across the range. “SX4 set a new vision for small crossover vehicles when it launched and the updated version...

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Honda Has a New Vibe Limted Edition (Australia) Honda Has a New Vibe Limted Edition (Australia)

A Limited Edition Honda Jazz Vibe that is. The Vibe adds to the already impressive versatility, comprehensive features and funky styling of the Honda Jazz – it receives a sports grille, alloy wheels (inc. spare), fog lights, Bluetooth system and exclusive Vibe badging. This amounts to $2,300 worth of extra features. The Jazz Vibe also receives an exclusive colour – Brilliant Orange**– in addition to the existing colour range. There are two engines in the Jazz Vibe range – a...

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The Battery-powered Mercedes-Benz Vito The Battery-powered Mercedes-Benz Vito

Mercedes-Benz has unveiled a prototype of a battery-powered van based on the Mercedes-Benz Vito at the informal EU Competitiveness Council meeting in San Sebastián, which was held from 7 to 9 February. During this event, European ministers of economic affairs met to discuss issues relating to the economic viability of future technologies. Dr. Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG, spoke about the sustainability of electric vehicles in his capacity as current...

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The new 2010 Volkswagen Passat (Australia) The new 2010 Volkswagen Passat (Australia)

The 2010 Passat has taken yet another step forward. This time in the form of a revised engine range, additional features, and most significantly, a new entry price, thereby setting a new benchmark amongst the large well-appointed cars. The 1.8 litre 118TSI engine with 118kW of power and 250 Nm of torque is now available as the new entry model into the Passat range ensuring remarkable performance combined with superb fuel efficiency. The Passat 2.0 litre 103TDI and the Passat 2.0 147TSI have...

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Volkswagen New Golf Wagon (Australia) Volkswagen New Golf Wagon (Australia)

Golf Wagon offers highest level of passive safety Visually, the Golf Wagon follows the styling of the current Volkswagen “design DNA”. Clear horizontal lines and bold styling of the headlights define its appearance. And so the bumper, radiator grille, engine bonnet and fenders and highlights were all transferred from the new Golf. The design is characterised by a black, horizontally styled grille and body-coloured bumpers. In its lower front section, the Wagon also has an additional large air...

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Mazda Heads To Bathurst (Australia) Mazda Heads To Bathurst (Australia)

A trio of Mazda3 MPS production cars are primed and at the ready to take on some of the big names in racing including Holden and Ford at this weekend's Bathurst 12 Hour on Mount Panorama. Flying the Mazda flag on the mountain will be the Mazda3 MPS of seasoned circuit goers Grand Prix Mazda, and for the first time ever, a further two turbocharged Mazda hatches racing under the banner of Osborne Motorsport. Team owner Colin Osborne has chosen the annual 12 Hour endurance event to debut his...

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Mercedes-Benz M-Class SUV is Now Even Greater Value (Australia) Mercedes-Benz M-Class SUV is Now Even Greater Value (Australia)

Leading German luxury auto-maker Mercedes-Benz has added the popular M-Class SUV to its extensive 2010 value-enhancement programme. Following recent product-enrichment announcements for some of its other 2010 passenger car models, Mercedes-Benz has elected to offer customers of its popular M-Class SUV additional standard equipment for this year.

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The New Audi A1 The New Audi A1

Audi is introducing a whole new dimension to the compact class this summer. It is dynamic and high quality, emotional and individual. It condenses all of the virtues of the brand down to less than four meters – a design full of character, uncompromising quality and pioneering efficiency technologies. The agile chassis and powerful engines make the A1 the sportiest car in the segment. The young customers of the A1 live in major cities and therefore are looking for a vehicle that is designed...

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Stephanie Rice Partners With Jaguar (Australia) Stephanie Rice Partners With Jaguar (Australia)

Stephanie Rice OAM, one of Australia's most recognized and celebrated athletes, has partnered with Jaguar Australia in 2010. As she works towards the Commonwealth Games in October this year, Stephanie will drive in style in her black Jaguar XF, a car which reflects her winning style and love of design. Stephanie's success at the 2008 Beijing Olympics has elevated her to the echelon of Australia's sporting elite. A professional swimmer who trains at St Peters Western Club in Brisbane under...

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Ford and Dick Johnson Together Again (Australia) Ford and Dick Johnson Together Again (Australia)

Ford Australia today announced a new partnership with Dick Johnson's Queensland-based V8 Supercar team, Jim Beam Racing, for the 2010 season. Jim Beam Racing will compete in the 2010 V8 Supercar Championship Series with direct factory support from Ford, in addition to the engineering and technical assistance the team received during 2009, following an internal review of its motorsport sponsorship program.

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Award-Winning Start to 2010 for Peugeot Award-Winning Start to 2010 for Peugeot

Peugeot has begun 2010 by winning two prestigious automotive awards. The Peugeot 3008 and RCZ are both due to arrive in Australia this year, and both have just been recognised with important honours. The RCZ coupé, which will land locally early in the second half of 2010, has been named Most Beautiful Car of 2009 at the prestigious 25th International Automobile Festival. This is a very special prize as the winner is determined by votes from the general public – it is the fourth time...

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Toyota Launches Hybrid Camry (Australia) Toyota Launches Hybrid Camry (Australia)

The most advanced car ever built in Australia, Toyota's Hybrid Camry, has been officially launched to the market. Australia's first locally built hybrid car, Hybrid Camry is poised to slash fuel bills and reduce environmental impact compared with other similar-sized family cars. The secret behind its seamless power and exceptional fuel economy is the world's leading hybrid technology, Hybrid Synergy Drive. Using just 6.0 litres of regular unleaded petrol to travel 100km*, Hybrid Camry...

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Fiat receives Gold Class distinctions from SAM Fiat receives Gold Class distinctions from SAM

Fiat SpA, which produces Alfa Romeo, Fiat, Ferrari and Maserati cars and Fiat commercial vehicles, has received the Sector Mover and Gold Class distinctions from SAM, the sustainability-focused investment group which analyses the 2,500 largest quoted companies globally to determine their eligibility for inclusion in the Dow Jones Sustainability indexes. For 2009, Fiat was best relative improvement in sustainability performance within the Automobile sector (SAM Sector Mover) and the gap with...

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Building the Body Beautiful, Bentley Mulsanne Building the Body Beautiful, Bentley Mulsanne

The design of the Mulsanne, Bentley’s new flagship, is a compelling fusion of sportiness, solidity and coach-built elegance – created on a grand scale. Its sweeping bonnet and long overhang convey a sense of power and movement, enhanced by the muscular haunches and sharply sculpted lines flowing gracefully from the front wings to the rear.

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Jaguar returns to Le Mans Jaguar returns to Le Mans

JaguarRSR XKR GT2 confirmed for 24 hours of Le Mans in 2010 - the 75th year of Jaguar The year 2010 marks 75 years of the Jaguar name on both road and race cars. As a continuation of this great heritage, Jaguar can confirm it will return to the famed Le Mans 24 hours. With a total of seven wins between 1951 and 1990, Jaguar is the single most successful British make in the race"s history. Jaguar will return to Le Mans this year lining up on the starting grid on 12June 2010 with an XKR...

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All new Kia Sportage to premiere at Geneva motor show All new Kia Sportage to premiere at Geneva motor show

The all-new Kia Sportage will mark a dramatic shift in design direction for the brand's popular SUV when it makes its world premiere at the Geneva Motor Show on 2 March. Embodying Kia's newfound visual dynamism, the new Sportage is a fresh, bold, athletic and sporty design that successfully blends the key features of an SUV - the commanding driving position, heightened sense of security and raised ground clearance - and envelopes them in a sleek and urban-friendly design with global...

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Honda Insight Named as Finalist in 2010 World Green Car Awards (Global) Honda Insight Named as Finalist in 2010 World Green Car Awards (Global)

The second-generation Honda Insight has been named one of five finalists for the 2010 World Green Car award, to be announced at the New York International Auto Show on 1 April, 2010. The World Car awards were launched in January 2004 to recognise and reward automotive excellence on an international scale. Should the second-generation Insight win, it will follow in the wheel tracks of Honda’s FCX Clarity which was the 2009 World Green Car. The Honda Insight represents over 20 years of...

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More Power, Efficiency and Luxury for BMW X5 (Australia) More Power, Efficiency and Luxury for BMW X5 (Australia)

Australia’s best-selling luxury Sports Activity Vehicle – for the past seven years running – will receive a mid-life makeover in June to further strengthen its supremacy. The new BMW X5 will be more powerful, more efficient and more luxurious, raising the bar again in the luxury SUV segment and ensuring BMW remains the benchmark. Local specifications, standard equipment levels and pricing are expected to increase over the current model and will be confirmed closer to the vehicle’s...

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Lotus Elise Club Racer To Make Debut (Australia) Lotus Elise Club Racer To Make Debut (Australia)

The new special edition Lotus Elise Club Racer is to make its Australian debut in February 2010, combining new and exclusive colour schemes, bespoke interior and lightweight components in a high performance, world-class, low-emission sports car. Based on the popular Elise S with a 100kW 1.8-litre four-cylinder, weighing just 860kgs, the special edition Club Racer takes retro design cues by featuring four of the classic colour schemes used by Lotus in the 1960s (Elite Yellow, Carbon Grey, Sky...

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Golf is Safest Car of 2009 Golf is Safest Car of 2009

The Golf had already attained a five-star EuroNCAP rating in the year 2008. Initially, this testing programme − conducted since 1997 − only assessed frontal crashes, side crashes and pedestrian protection. After stricter criteria were introduced at the beginning of 2009, the Golf was re-tested, and it performed impressively in all four categories: Occupant protection of adults, protection of children, pedestrian protection and supporting safety and driver assistance systems. The bestseller from...

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Lexus IS F CCS Concept is previewed at Tokyo Auto Salon Lexus IS F CCS Concept is previewed at Tokyo Auto Salon

A track-tuned Lexus IS F which draws on technology developed from the LFA supercar has been revealed at the recent Tokyo Auto Salon. The IS F CCS (Circuit Club Sports) Concept features lightweight carbon fibre exterior and interior panels including; bonnet, roof, boot, rear wing, lip spoilers, door trims, centre console and gear knob. The IS F CCS' carbon fibre components were developed in-house, drawing on the manufacturing processes derived from the development of Lexus' LFA...

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The New 2010 Lexus LX is Released (Australia) The New 2010 Lexus LX is Released (Australia)

Lexus' luxurious off-roader LX 570 will gain greater specification and a new look for 2010. All LX 570 models will receive upgrades to the navigation and user interface, USB input for portable media devices, a 12-volt socket in the cargo areas, headlamp washers and updated privacy glass in the rear of the vehicle. The LX 570 Prestige model will be replaced by a Sports variant, which gains a centre console cool-box, rear seat entertainment system and roof rails. Sports Luxury models...

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Volvo To Introduce An Energy-efficient 2.0-litre GTDi Engine Volvo To Introduce An Energy-efficient 2.0-litre GTDi Engine

Volvo Car Corporation is introducing an all-new four-cylinder 2.0-litre Gasoline Turbocharged Direct Injection (GTDi) engine in the Volvo S80, V70 and XC60, offering great performance and efficiency all in one. New Volvo-developed turbocharging technology, direct injection and twin variable camshafts provide low fuel consumption, low emissions and high performance across a wide rev range - all in a particularly compact format. The new petrol engine, the 2.0 GTDi, produces no less than...

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2010 Ford Falcon G6 Limited Edition (Australia) 2010 Ford Falcon G6 Limited Edition (Australia)

Ford Australia has reintroduced the G6 Limited Edition for the 2010 model year following unprecedented customer demand for the value-packed luxury model. The 2010 G6 Limited Edition is identical in specification to the 2009 model with the exception of prestige paint, which was previously an option, but is now available at no extra cost. Based on the popular G6, the G6 Limited Edition is equipped with a host of additional features, including unique exterior finishes and luxury interior...

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FPV Appoints Allan Moffat as Ambassador FPV Appoints Allan Moffat as Ambassador

Ford Performance Vehicles (FPV) today announced the appointment of racing legend Allan Moffat as its official Ambassador. Moffat will represent FPV at major events and in some exciting new programs throughout 2010, as Ford's performance arm steps up its activities in the new decade. The four-time Bathurst winner has a long history with the Ford brand, which started in the late '60s as a factory team driver and culminated with the famous 1-2 Falcon hardtop team victory with Colin Bond at...

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New Mazda6 Facelift Confirmed for Australia (Australia) New Mazda6 Facelift Confirmed for Australia (Australia)

Mazda Australia has confirmed Australia’s favourite imported medium car Mazda6 will receive a facelift in 2010, with the new range adding design and specification upgrades and an all-new Touring wagon. Set to make its global debut at this year’s Geneva Motor Show, facelift Mazda6 is due to arrive in Australia around autumn boasting an evolved exterior design in keeping with Mazda6’s ‘emotional and sporty’ original design theme.

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BMW Announces Prices and Expanded Line-up for New X1 (Australia) BMW Announces Prices and Expanded Line-up for New X1 (Australia)

BMW’s youthful, versatile and efficient X1 will join the Bavarian luxury brand’s line-up in Australia with a starting price of $43,500*. The Sports Activity Vehicle will attract a new generation of BMW customers and is set to officially go on sale on Saturday 10 April. In line with the very high level of pre-launch customer interest, the company has announced it is expanding the X1 line-up with the addition of two petrol models. For those who desire typical BMW rear-wheel drive agility...

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More Safety Features for 2010 Honda Accord (Australia) More Safety Features for 2010 Honda Accord (Australia)

The 2010 Year Model Honda Accord is to receive curtain airbags as standard across the entire range. Already standard on the Accord VTi-L and V6L models, curtain airbags are now standard in the entry level Accord VTi. All 2010 Year Model Accords feature a comprehensive array of safety equipment including the ACE body structure, VSA, ABS brakes with EBD, dual front, side and full length curtain airbags. The 2010 Honda Accord also receives a number of enhanced features including a key...

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Fiat 500C Topless on the Beaches (Australia) Fiat 500C Topless on the Beaches (Australia)

Europe’s hottest model, seen topless at all the top beach resorts in Europe last northern summer, has been spotted at Australian beaches for the first time, with deliveries of the new Fiat 500C, the soft top version of Fiat’s award-winning bambino, now on the road - and alongside the beach – in Australia.

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Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate Launched (Australia) Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate Launched (Australia)

The first stunning new Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estates have arrived in Australia. Australian customer deliveries of the stylish and practical station wagon from the award-winning E-Class have commenced from authorised Mercedes-Benz dealerships. The first Australian 212-series E-Class estate model to be released is the petrol V6-powered E 350. With a Manufacturer’s List Price (MLP) of $138,100 it is priced 2.4 percent lower than the model it replaces and gains $8,400 in new standard...

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The New MINI Countryman Crossover (Australia) The New MINI Countryman Crossover (Australia)

MINI is adding a fourth model to the family, opening up a new dimension of that unmistakable MINI feeling. As a genuine Crossover, the MINI Countryman bridges the gap between the classic concept of the MINI and a modern Sports Activity Vehicle. Boasting enhanced opportunities in urban mobility and beyond, the MINI Countryman offers that unique driving pleasure so typical of MINI to new target groups requiring extra space and flexibility. As the first model in the MINI range with four doors and...

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Avoid Traffic Jams with Nissan (Australia) Avoid Traffic Jams with Nissan (Australia)

Nissan joins forces with SUNA to deliver its customers next generation GPS technology. Nissan X-TRAIL Ti and TL, and Nissan Patrol Ti vehicle owners will now be able to tackle heavy traffic conditions with ease, thanks to the inclusion of SUNA Traffic Channel services provided by Intelematics Australia. Nissan is the first vehicle importer in the Australian automotive industry to offer its customers SUNA Traffic Channel as a standard feature on certain models. The X-TRAIL Ti and TL and...

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Volkswagen’s Golf is the 2009 Wheels Car of the Year (Australia) Volkswagen’s Golf is the 2009 Wheels Car of the Year (Australia)

Volkswagen’s Golf has been awarded the 2009 Wheels Car of the Year. The multi-award winning Golf has outclassed a field of 22 cars to collect what is widely considered to be Australia’s most coveted award. To have been selected for this award, the Golf had to impress eight judges over an extensive week of testing. Wheels magazine editor, Ged Bulmer, said: “The turbo-charged, five-door hatch Volkswagen range is outstanding. “The Golf oozes sophistication, refinement and development –...

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Mitsubishi to Premiere ASX compact crossover at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show Mitsubishi to Premiere ASX compact crossover at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) will premiere its ASX all-new compact crossover from Tuesday March 2, 2010 to Sunday March 14, 2010 at the 80th Geneva International Motor Show held at the Geneva Palexpo in Switzerland. The ASX is the European-spec version of the Japanese RVR, which is slated to go on sale in Japan from February 2010. MMC’s new compact crossover will seat 5 and will be sequentially introduced in European countries from late spring 2010, aimed at expanding MMC’s passenger...

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Nissan GT-R Participates in the 2010 FIA GT1 World Championship Nissan GT-R Participates in the 2010 FIA GT1 World Championship

Nissan Motorsports International Co., Ltd. (NISMO) has announced that it has signed the official partnership agreements for the FIA GT1 World Championship with Sumo Power GT (UK) and Swiss Racing Team (CH). Both teams will run two NISSAN GT-Rs respectively in the inaugural World Championship. NISMO will provide technical support to its new racing partners. Other details including driver line-up will be announced at the later date.

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Kia courtesy fleet to keep 2010 Australian Open on the move Kia courtesy fleet to keep 2010 Australian Open on the move

Kia Motors today presented a fleet of 101 specially equipped courtesy vehicles to Tennis Australia for use in transporting players, officials and media during the 2010 Australian Open tennis tournament, internationally recognised as Australia's premier sporting event. The Kia courtesy fleet was officially presented to Mr. Steve Wood, CEO of Tennis Australia, by Mr. MK Kim, President and CEO of Kia Motors Australia, in a ceremony at Melbourne Park, the venue for the Australian Open tournament.

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First Look: The New BMW 3 Series Coupé and Convertible First Look: The New BMW 3 Series Coupé and Convertible

The benchmark in dynamic sporting luxury Coupés and Convertibles will once again be raised. First images released by the world’s leading luxury manufacturer of the new BMW 3 Series Coupé and Convertible provide an insight into the look of the new class leading models. At first glance the distinctive changes include design changes to the front, side and rear to give both sporting models an even more dynamic and athletic appearance. Coupled with the design changes, select models will...

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Mercedes-Benz Announces First Wave of Product Enhancements Mercedes-Benz Announces First Wave of Product Enhancements

As a result of Australia’s new vehicle import duty reduction – down from ten to five percent from January 1 this year – the German luxury car maker has elected to provide additional standard equipment to a number of its new passenger car models. At the time of this announcement (1 December 2009), the managing director of Mercedes-Benz Cars in Australia, Mr Horst von Sanden, said: “Our customers have told us that they prefer increases in equipment levels over any short-term price reductions or...

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World Premiere of the New Compact Coupe World Premiere of the New Compact Coupe

For Volkswagen this marks the beginning of an action-packed year, in which more new models will be introduced than ever before in the company’s history. Number 1 on the spectacular list of new products for calendar year 2010 is a car based on entirely new concepts and technology, a coupe with a hybrid drive that is extremely fast and yet futuristic in its fuel economy. It has sports appeal and sharp styling yet is remarkably elegant - positioned between Europe’s bestselling sports car, the...

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Proton Continues Successful Partnership With The Wests Tigers In The NRL Proton Continues Successful Partnership With The Wests Tigers In The NRL

Malaysian carmaker Proton has re-signed as naming rights sponsor of NRL team the Wests Tigers continuing an association with the Sydney based club, which commenced in 2006. www.proton.com.au/sponsorship Proton inked the new agreement with the Wests Tigers this week and will continue as the club's major sponsor for the season 2010 with an option for 2011. According to Proton Cars Australia managing director John Startari, the opportunity to continue to back the Wests Tigers is one that...

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Hyundai Records Best-ever Yearly Sales Results Hyundai Records Best-ever Yearly Sales Results

Final results for 2009 saw Hyundai Motor Company Australia posting its best-ever annual result since the brand was introduced to Australia back in 1986. Hyundai sales grew to 63,207 units, an increase of 39.2% over 2008 making the brand the clear winner in the 2009 sales race, following 12 consecutive months of year-on-year growth. The result was all the more remarkable for the fact it was achieved in a market that contracted by 7.4% compared to the previous year, with 937,328 cars...

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Proton Records Positive Financial Results Despite Global Financial Worries Proton Records Positive Financial Results Despite Global Financial Worries

Proton Holdings Berhad has continued to register a positive financial performance despite the affects of the Global Financial Crisis posting a consolidated profit before tax of approximately $AUD 55 million (RM165 million) for the first six months of the Malaysian financial year up to September 30 (FY2009/10). www.proton.com.au Proton registered a profit before tax of approximately $AUD 33 million (RM101 million) for the second quarter, a significant 58 percent improvement compared to the...

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The Benz-krieg Continues The Benz-krieg Continues

With 19,000 sales last year and an even stronger 2010 expected Mercedes-Benz has again stamped its authority as the country’s best-selling prestige automotive brand. In a total Australian market down by 7.4 percent, Mercedes-Benz Australia/Pacific posted a 2009 sales result 2.5 percent higher than the previous year - delivering double-digit net growth against a declining market. “A combination of a strong and vigorous dealer network, comprehensive market management, and customer first...

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Volkswagen Trio in Front: Miller with Stage Win, Sainz Takes Lead Volkswagen Trio in Front: Miller with Stage Win, Sainz Takes Lead

Volkswagen took the lead on the so far longest and toughest special stage of the Dakar Rally. As many as three Race Touareg vehicles are setting the pace at the front of the field after five days, both in the stage and overall classifications. Carlos Sainz/Lucas Cruz (E/E) are leading the cross-country classic with an advantage of 4m 37s. Runners-up are their team-mates Nasser Al-Attiyah/Timo Gottschalk (Q/D), followed with a gap of 9m 39s by Mark Miller/Ralph Pitchford (USA/ZA) who celebrated...

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McRae And Proton Satria Neo Elevated To Second In Rally Of Scotland McRae And Proton Satria Neo Elevated To Second In Rally Of Scotland

Proton driver Alister McRae has been awarded second outright in the IRC Rally of Scotland following the exclusion of the winning Peugeot piloted by Irishman Kris Meeke. McRae had driven the Proton to its first ever podium finish in the Intercontinental Rally Challenge by taking third place in the Rally of Scotland and with the disqualification of the winnig car is now officially second. McRae, who now lives in Perth Western Australia, made a triumphal return to his native Perth shire in...

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McRae Gives Satria Neo Its First Podium Finish McRae Gives Satria Neo Its First Podium Finish

Proton driver Alister McRae has given Proton its first ever podium finish in the Intercontinental Rally Challenge by taking third place in the Rally of Scotland. McRae, who now lives in Perth Western Australia, made a triumphal return to his native Perth shire in Scotland to pilot the rapidly improving Satria Neo to its best result so far. Scottish hero McRae reveled in his appearance on the Rally of Scotland, just seven days after almost capturing a podium on the Rally of China in a...

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Maserati Grancabrio to Debut in Sydney (Australia) Maserati Grancabrio to Debut in Sydney (Australia)

The Maserati GranCabrio will make its Australian debut in Sydney on 3 February 2010 to celebrate the opening of Maserati Sydney, Australia’s newest dealer for the legendary Italian car maker.

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Mahindra Pik-Up Launched 'Rock Bottom' Sale Mahindra Pik-Up Launched 'Rock Bottom' Sale

Mahindra Automotive Australia (MAA) today launched a national “Rock Bottom” Sale on its entire range of Pik-Ups, where EVERY Mahindra will be on sale. Amazing deals are being offered by new dealers in Western Australia and the dealer network in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland on all 4x4, 4x2, cab chassis, single or dual cab Mahindra Pik-Up variants, with savings up to $3,000 across the full range. Free alloy wheels will also be available on selected models during this time.

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Nissan Backs Habitat for Humanity, Rebuilding Lives Nissan Backs Habitat for Humanity, Rebuilding Lives

Nissan Australia has announced a Corporate Social Responsibility partnership with Habitat for Humanity – a not for profit organization which builds houses for low-income and underprivileged families. In making the donation of a Navara 4x4 King Cab utility, Nissan Managing Director, Dan Thompson said, “Habitat for Humanity is a critical community charity dedicated to improving the lives of families in hardship. Nissan is proud to stand alongside Habitat both here in Australia and in other...

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Land Rover Discovery 4 Wins 4x4 Of The Year (Australia) Land Rover Discovery 4 Wins 4x4 Of The Year (Australia)

The new Land Rover Discovery 4 has been crowned 4x4 of the Year, by 4x4 Australia Magazine, its third major award in Australia since its arrival late 2009. Pitted head to head with the new Toyota Prado the Discovery 4 came out in front thanks its superior design, technology, and class leading diesel engine. Land Rover has now won the 4x4 of the Year award four of the last six years, further cementing Land Rover's reputation as the world's leading manufacture of 4WDs. The Discovery 4...

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Mitsubishi's Lancer Safety Upgrade (Australia) Mitsubishi's Lancer Safety Upgrade (Australia)

Mitsubishi Motors Australia Limited (MMAL) has revealed additional safety specifications for its popular Lancer small car for 2010. All Lancer sedans and hatches, including entry level ES variants, will now come standard with side and curtain airbags.

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Volvo S80 Revised and Refreshed for 2010 (Australia) Volvo S80 Revised and Refreshed for 2010 (Australia)

The Volvo S80 sedan enters 2010 with wide-ranging changes that ensure it stands out as a significant contender in the Australian luxury segment. Heralded by a bold new grille featuring a larger Volvo insignia as seen on the new XC60, plus a host of interior revisions that further lift the tasteful ambience of the flagship sedan, the latest S80 range also benefits from a model rationalisation adding to dynamic abilities and on-road safety.

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Special Edition Subaru Forester X Columbia (Australia) Special Edition Subaru Forester X Columbia (Australia)

Subaru has partnered with global sportswear company, Columbia, to produce a new special edition – the Forester X Columbia. Australia’s best selling SUV, the Forester, adds an extensive list of extras and is priced from just $33,990 driveaway. Forester X Columbia is ready for weekend adventures adding 16-inch alloy wheels, fog lights, roof cross bars, cargo tray and rear step panel.

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2010 Hyundai Santa Fe Review - Not just a facelift (Australia) 2010 Hyundai Santa Fe Review - Not just a facelift (Australia)

Not just a facelift… …but rather, “the new Santa Fe ‘R’ series has had a full nip/tuck, wax, makeover and nose job” according to Hyundai. It’s true, the Santa Fe has received a wide array of technical and cosmetic upgrades for 2010. Including, importantly, many technical advancements that will aid them in their recently announced pursuit of Global Green Leader. With prices starting from $37,990 it brings the latest in diesel technology at an affordable price. The other exciting news...

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Proton Launches Lowest Priced New Car - The S16 (Australia) Proton Launches Lowest Priced New Car - The S16 (Australia)

Proton has launched Australia's lowest priced new car with the arrival of the 1.6 litre Proton S16 sedan, which will go on sale December 1st with free on road costs providing a retail price of $11,990 drive away. Proton originally forecast the S16 as potentially Australia's lowest priced sedan however with favourable currency trends the S16 will now be the lowest price new car available here. The Proton S16 is a four-door sedan powered by a 1.6 litre twin cam engine with a full suite of...

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Honda Celebrates with Two Limited Edition Models - (Australia) Honda Celebrates with Two Limited Edition Models - (Australia)

To celebrate its 40th anniversary in Australia, Honda has created two limited edition models. The 40th Anniversary Civic LE and the 40th Anniversary Accord LE. Based on the 1.8 litre Civic VTi, the 40th Anniversary Limited Edition model receives approximately $2,000 worth of additional equipment including 15” alloy wheels, fog lamps, rear parking sensors, tailored floor mats, chrome exhaust finisher and special 40th anniversary badging. The eighth-generation Honda Civic, introduced in...

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Small Range Rover Confirmed For Production Small Range Rover Confirmed For Production

Land Rover has confirmed today that a production version of its exciting LRX concept car will be built. The new car will debut next year and join the Range Rover line-up in 2011. Designed and engineered at Land Rover's state of the art Gaydon facility, the new Range Rover will be the smallest, lightest and most efficient vehicle the company has ever produced. The new car will be built at the multi award-winning plant in Halewood, on Merseyside, subject to quality and productivity agreements...

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Mazda BT-50 Now Even More Value-Packed - (Australia) Mazda BT-50 Now Even More Value-Packed - (Australia)

Mazda’s award-winning BT-50 is now one of Australia’s best value light commercial utes thanks to improved safety, comfort, convenience and style. Existing price points have remained static while significant equipment upgrades have been added across the whole BT-50 range. Now dubbed the BT-50 Boss range, it kicks off with the 4x2 Single Cab Chassis DX which adds power windows and mirrors to an already impressive array of features including air-conditioning, alloy wheels and MP3-compatible CD...

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Honda Announces Display Overview for 41st Tokyo Motor Show 2009 Honda Announces Display Overview for 41st Tokyo Motor Show 2009

Honda Motor Co., Ltd. has announced its lineup of production and concept-model automobiles, motorcycles, power products and other highlights for its display at the 41st Tokyo Motor Show 2009. Organised by the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association, the event will take place at Makuhari Messe in Chiba, Japan, between 24th October and 4th November.

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Subaru Hybrid Concept for Tokyo Subaru Hybrid Concept for Tokyo

Subaru will unveil a hybrid tourer concept car at next month’s Tokyo Motor Show. Combining environmentally friendly technology and safety, the hybrid tourer maintains Subaru’s Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive and horizontally opposed boxer engine credentials in a sporty gull wing-door design.

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Barnstorming M Models Get Set for Debut - (Australia) Barnstorming M Models Get Set for Debut - (Australia)

Local pricing and equipment details for BMW’s barnstorming X6 M, which arrives in Australian showrooms this December, were announced today. The X6 M will be priced from $179,900. It joins the X6 Sports Activity Coupé range which has, thanks to 734 customer deliveries in its first year, exceeded BMW sales forecasts and become a niche sales hit.

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Mitsubishi’s Legendary Pajero Receives a Platinum Upgrade - (Australia) Mitsubishi’s Legendary Pajero Receives a Platinum Upgrade - (Australia)

Mitsubishi Motors Australia Limited (MMAL) has announced the release of a special action model of its legendary Pajero four-wheel drive; the Pajero Platinum Edition; which features an array of safety, function, and style-enhancing upgrades. Based on the GLX model, the Pajero Platinum Edition offers first-class occupant and driver safety. In addition to Pajero’s high level of standard safety equipment including RISE body protection, ABS braking system with BA and EBD, electronic stability...

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2009 Chrysler PT Cruiser Special Edition Arrives - (Australia) 2009 Chrysler PT Cruiser Special Edition Arrives - (Australia)

Only available in Brilliant Black exterior paint, the Special Edition 2009 Chrysler PT Cruiser comes with a host of extras that not only add value but also differentiate the already unique appearance of the PT Cruiser. All-new cross-hatched, solid billet aluminium grille is individually milled and machined for a true sense of customisation. New 17-inch SRT Design wheels provide an athletic stance while filling up Chrysler PT Cruiser’s uniquely styled fenders. Chromed body-side trim spears...

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New Series 51 Bentley Continental Range Debut at Frankfurt Show New Series 51 Bentley Continental Range Debut at Frankfurt Show

Bentley Motors previewed an exciting new design direction for the company’s Continental GT and GTC models at the 2009 Frankfurt Show. The Series 51 Continental models represent Bentley exterior and interior styling at its most vibrant and will enable customers to order ‘off the peg’ from an exclusive range created by Dirk van Braeckel’s renowned team of Crewe-based designers.

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Sportier Edge and Improved Fuel Consumption for BMW 6 Series Sportier Edge and Improved Fuel Consumption for BMW 6 Series

BMW has introduced a sportier edge, as well as improved fuel consumption, for its new 6 Series Sport Coupé and Convertible, which arrive on Australian shores in November. Brake Energy Regeneration joins the standard equipment list, improving fuel consumption by up to 6.8 per cent, to ensure maximum efficiency without sacrificing performance. The technology is part of BMW’s EfficientDynamics repertoire. It reduces fuel consumption by generating electric power from energy otherwise wasted as...

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Hyundai Unveils Daring Mid-Sized Sedan Hyundai Unveils Daring Mid-Sized Sedan

Hyundai Motor Company’s all-new mid-sized sedan has made its international debut in the South Korean domestic market. The car will be released in Australia in coming months, and expectations are high that it will shake up the sedan segment with its daring new design. The car, code-named YF, adopts Hyundai’s new ‘fluidic sculpture’ design language and boasts outstanding performance with segment-leading advanced safety features and exceptional fuel efficiency.

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Mitsubishi’s 2010 Model Year Outlander - (Australia) Mitsubishi’s 2010 Model Year Outlander - (Australia)

Mitsubishi Motors Australia Limited (MMAL) is pleased to announce the arrival of the 2010 model year Outlander featuring a distinctive and aggressive styling make-over which includes the company’s trademark “jet fighter” grille, and a host of new comfort, convenience and safety appointments. Improvements to the Outlander’s engineering include the addition of Hill Start Control to automatic transmission models and Super All Wheel Control to V6 models.

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Hyundai’s Eco-Technology on Show at Frankfurt 2009 Hyundai’s Eco-Technology on Show at Frankfurt 2009

At the Frankfurt Auto Show, Hyundai Motor Company unveiled two important eco-friendly cars that display its commitment to improve energy efficiency and to lower the greenhouse gas emissions of its vehicles. Making its world debut was the ix-Metro, a daring new Hybrid Electric CUV, initially slated for the European market. Emitting just 80g/km of CO₂, the ix-Metro is powered by an inline three-cylinder petrol engine displacing just one litre. Direct injection, dual CVVT and turbocharging are...

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World Premiere of the E-Up! World Premiere of the E-Up!

Volkswagen is presenting a pioneering fleet of new sustainable automobiles at the 63rd International Motor Show (IAA) – an update on the future. The range of IAA premieres extends from the world’s most fuel-efficient production passenger car (BlueMotion) to hybrid technology and an electric car developed from the ground up – the E-Up! that is being presented in a world premiere in Frankfurt.

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Peugeot Unveils New Technology on BB1 Concept Peugeot Unveils New Technology on BB1 Concept

As Peugeot celebrates 120 years of automotive innovation, the company has used the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show to unveil the BB1 Concept. The urban-focused vehicle debuts a number of innovative Peugeot technologies designed to address the real world mobility requirements of the residents of future cities.

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Volkswagen Shows Future Course of the Automobile Volkswagen Shows Future Course of the Automobile

Unveiling of one-litre concept car and electric car at IAA 2009 Wolfsburg/ Frankfurt – At the 63rd International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt, Volkswagen is presenting a pioneering fleet of sustainable automobiles as an update on the future. Its IAA premieres range from the world’s most fuel-efficient production cars (BlueMotion) and hybrid technology to the L1 – a new study with one litre fuel consumption – and an electric car, the E-Up!

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Peugeot Introduces Upgraded Diesel-Only 407 Range - (Australia) Peugeot Introduces Upgraded Diesel-Only 407 Range - (Australia)

Peugeot has launched a new 407 in Australia, now available exclusively with the company’s renowned HDi diesel technology. Peugeot made a number of interior and exterior cosmetic improvements to fine tune the distinctive design of the 407, while standard specification has been improved across the range. The new 407 is available in two model grades, SR and ST – both featuring Peugeot’s versatile 2.0-litre HDi FAP engine. This engine produces 100kW of power and 320Nm of torque in 6-speed...

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The Audi e-tron The Audi e-tron

Audi presents the highlight of the IAA 2009: the e-tron, a high-performance sports car with a purely electric drive system. Four motors – two each at the front and rear axles – drive the wheels, making the concept car a true quattro. Producing 230 kW and 4,500 Nm of torque, the two-seater accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.8 seconds, and from 60 to 120 km/h in 4.1 seconds. The lithium-ion battery provides a truly useable energy content of 42.4 kilowatt hours to enable a range of approximately...

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Bentley Mulsanne - Frankfurt Bentley Mulsanne - Frankfurt

While paying homage to past Bentley greats, the brief for the new Mulsanne’s design and engineering teams was to create a Bentley that represents the pinnacle of British luxury motoring. The new Mulsanne, designed and engineered at Crewe from the ground-up, reaffirms the marque’s intent to create a new flagship Bentley with refined performance, unparalleled levels of interior luxury and coach building skills to the fore.

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Refreshingly Different: The MINI Roadster Concept Refreshingly Different: The MINI Roadster Concept

MINI evokes new fascination and a wonderful new experience time and again. Each model in the range offers unique opportunities to enjoy supreme driving pleasure and unmistakable style. Like the MINI Coupé Concept, now the MINI Roadster Concept once again sets a new trend for individual mobility borne out by the brand. A purist vehicle concept, elegant design and fascinating, sporting driving characteristics all come together in this unique car to offer the vision of an open two-seater...

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Mazda at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show: MX-5 Superlight Version and Mazda CX-7 Facelift Mazda at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show: MX-5 Superlight Version and Mazda CX-7 Facelift

At this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show Mazda celebrates the heritage of the MX-5 roadster with a special show car, the MX-5 Superlight version. Created by Mazda’s European design team, the show car takes Mazda’s lightweight strategy to a new level that is pure fun to drive yet extremely fuel-efficient. Joining at the stand is the new CX-7 facelift, Mazda’s sport crossover SUV is now available with a 2.2 L Turbo Diesel – the first Japanese passenger car with a selective catalytic reduction (SCR)...

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BMW Presents its First Production Hybrid Models BMW Presents its First Production Hybrid Models

BMW is today presenting its first hybrid production cars, versions of the flagship 7 Series and X6 Sports Activity Vehicles, at the Frankfurt motor show. Both use an intelligent combination of combustion engine and electric drive tailored specifically to each model to provide both an exceptional driving experience and impressive efficiency.

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Mitsubishi Introduces 2010 Model Year Lancer Line-Up - (Australia) Mitsubishi Introduces 2010 Model Year Lancer Line-Up - (Australia)

Mitsubishi Motors Australia Limited (MMAL) proudly introduces 2010 model year upgrades across the popular Lancer range. With interior and exterior style changes, safety and technology upgrades across the entire range, and the addition of a Special Edition RX model, the new Lancer family is on sale at your local Mitsubishi dealership from September 16th.

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Polo Three-Door – Initial Facts Polo Three-Door – Initial Facts

World Premiere of Bestseller at the IAA: Volkswagen adds dynamic three-door to the Polo model range. Bestseller with new entry-level version: As a world premiere, Volkswagen is presenting the youngest offspring of the Polo family at the International Motor Show in Frankfurt (IAA, September 17 to 27): an agile three-door. The longer doors compared to the five-door version, along with new styling of the row of side windows and the dynamic lines of the sporty C-pillars, give the car a nearly...

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The Audi R8 Spyder 5.2 FSI quattro – Breathtakingly Dynamic Open-Top Driving The Audi R8 Spyder 5.2 FSI quattro – Breathtakingly Dynamic Open-Top Driving

Exceptional performance and breathtaking dynamism coupled with the intense sensations of open-top driving: Audi presents the R8 Spyder 5.2 FSI quattro. Its lightweight cloth top opens and closes fully automatically; several body parts are made of a carbon fibre composite material. The V10 engine produces 386 kW (525 hp) and launches the open-top two-seater to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 4.1 seconds on its way to a top speed of 313 km/h (194.49 mph). Featuring technologies such as the Audi Space...

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Ford Introduces Value-Packed G6 Limited Edition - (Australia) Ford Introduces Value-Packed G6 Limited Edition - (Australia)

Ford Australia today released details of a new G6 Limited Edition model that is set to join its award-winning range of FG Falcon and G Series sedans. Based on the popular G6, the G6 Limited Edition is equipped with a host of additional features, including unique exterior finishes and luxury interior appointments, along with a truly sensational pricing offer for customers.

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Audi Will Unveil Three New Vehicles Audi Will Unveil Three New Vehicles

Audi will unveil three new vehicles at Frankfurt’s International Motor Show (IAA): the remarkably dynamic S5 Sportback, the extremely low-emission A4 3.0 TDI clean diesel quattro, and the especially efficient A3 1.2 TFSI. These innovative engines boast some very different key data, yet they share something in common: They embody Audi’s conviction that dynamics and efficiency are not mutually exclusive; on the contrary, they go hand in hand and are mutually complementary.

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The New Lotus Exige S - Model Year 2010 The New Lotus Exige S - Model Year 2010

The Lotus Exige is a renowned high performance coupe with a well-deserved reputation for uncompromised performance, both on the road and the track. Lotus has always pursued efficiency and fuel economy and for the 2010 model year Lotus Exige S, Lotus has reduced the emissions to only 199g/km CO2, combined with improved fuel economy, to an impressive 8.5 litres/100km (combined cycle) and a frugal 6.5 litres/100km on the highway cycle.

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First Official Images: The New Gullwing from Mercedes-Benz First Official Images: The New Gullwing from Mercedes-Benz

Automotive fascination and high tech of the highest order: These are the traits embodied by the new Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG, which is making its world premiere at the International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt/Main on 15 September 2009. The super sports car boasts a purist design, the systematic incorporation of lightweight engineering and superior handling dynamics. At the same time, the SLS delivers the high everyday utility and exemplary safety that typifies Mercedes, making the new...

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Volvo's New C30 to Make Frankfurt Debut Volvo's New C30 to Make Frankfurt Debut

The new Volvo C30 will make its debut at next week's Frankfurt motor show alongside the new C70 and S60 Concept. Sporting a bold new look and offering customers even greater levels of customisation, the new Volvo C30 will appeal to buyers who place considerable demands on the design, driving properties and personality of their vehicles.

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New Mazda CX-9 Range - (Australia) New Mazda CX-9 Range - (Australia)

Mazda Australia has confirmed it will add an all-new range-topping model to its upgraded CX-9 line-up due to hit Australian shores in September. To coincide with the release of its facelifted Mazda CX-9, which will bring both styling and equipment upgrades, Mazda will add a feature packed Grand Touring model to its crossover, seven-seat SUV range.

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Spacious, Efficient New Liberty Launched - (Australia) Spacious, Efficient New Liberty Launched - (Australia)

The fifth generation Subaru Liberty is on sale in Australia this week with a sleek new look, superb safety, greater interior space and major technical advances. The larger, significantly quieter cabin offers greater comfort, with better shoulder, head and legroom. Fuel consumption is improved in every Liberty, including 11.0 per cent in automatic Liberty GT variants and 9.7 per cent in automatic 2.5i models, in the combined cycle.

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BMW Confirms Price of New Flagship BMW Confirms Price of New Flagship

BMW today announced the price of the most comprehensively equipped 7 Series model ever offered in Australia. The new BMW 760Li, which is available exclusively in long wheel-base form, will be priced at $386,000*. As well as its very high level of standard equipment, a comprehensive no-cost option program is included to ensure each car is tailored specifically to customer requirements.

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