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BMW Group Is World's Most Sustainable Car Company For Sixth Consecutive Year.
BMW Group Is World's Most Sustainable Car Company For Sixth Consecutive Year.

The BMW Group has been named as the automotive industry's Supersector leader for the sixth consecutive year, and is therefore the world's most sustainable automobile manufacturer. This was the conclusion of the SAM Group, published in its latest evaluation for the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes (DJSI). The BMW Group is the only company in the automotive industry to have been listed in this important group of sustainability indexes every year since it was established in 1999 and named Supersector leader for each of the past six years. This year, the BMW Group is also the only German company to be ranked among the 19 Supersector leaders...

Ford Uses Innovative Liquid-Cooled Battery System To Help Focus Electric Owners Maximize Range
Ford Uses Innovative Liquid-Cooled Battery System To Help Focus Electric Owners Maximize Range

The all-new Ford Focus Electric, which debuts in the U.S. late next year and in Europe in 2012, will be powered by an advanced lithium-ion battery that utilizes heated and cooled liquid to help maximize battery life and gas-free driving range. Thermal management of lithium-ion battery systems is critical to the success of all-electric vehicles because extreme temperatures can affect performance, reliability, safety and durability. Ford has chosen an advanced active liquid-cooling and heating system to regulate the temperature of its lithium-ion battery packs, which are designed to operate under a range of ambient conditions.

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.

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 management.

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.

Honda's #1 Scooter Leads The Way (Australia)
Honda's #1 Scooter Leads The Way (Australia)

With strong, dependable performance, easy handling and go-anywhere styling, Honda's Lead 100 scooter offers a unique combination of style, practicality and economy tailor-made that has continued to position it as the number one seller in Australia for the first six months of 2010.

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.

Yamaha's new FZ8N and FZ8S Sportbikes (Australia)
Yamaha's new FZ8N and FZ8S Sportbikes (Australia)

Yamaha is pleased to announce two new motorcycles that open up a whole new class within the popular FZ sportsbike range - the FZ8N and FZ8S. The FZ8-series is based on the idea of a high-performance all-rounder with the power and character to make every ride an exhilarating sports ride.

Review: Vespa GTV Classic Scooter
Review: Vespa GTV Classic Scooter

A truly great example of a new born classic, the Vespa GTV 250 Classic creates a sense of De ja vue. It pays tribute to the original Vespa Scooter. Fitted with modern components, a first-rate colour scheme it not only brings back memories, it relives them.

Review: Piaggio MP3 250 - The Three Wheel Scooter Everyone's Talking About
Review: Piaggio MP3 250 - The Three Wheel Scooter Everyone's Talking About

With such high fuel prices these days, it’s no wonder that we’re starting to see such a growth in sales of motorcycles and scooters. Add to that, the growing traffic congestion in the major cities, we could only predict that this trend will continue. But for most, the problem with motorcycles and scooter has always been the lack of safety and practicality. It would only make sense for us to go out and see if we could find something that could offer a safe and practical alternative to a car that delivers the thrills of two-wheel motoring. Enter the Piaggio MP3 250.

Holden Cruze hits a high point (Australia)
Holden Cruze hits a high point (Australia)

The Holden Cruze has recorded its best monthly sales figure since entering the Australian market, according to figures released today by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries.

Hyundai ix35 only on par
Hyundai ix35 only on par

The two Petrol powered ix35’s offer only on-par fuel economy. The Turbo Diesel’s economy is towards the most frugal for a Compact SUV

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

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.

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 Devers. “Kizashi has been developed to be our flagship model in the Suzuki passenger car line-up. We have a great reputation as the specialist in small, sporty...

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.

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.

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 some variants of the S16. The S16 is now available in three variants, the price leading S16 G manual for $11,990, the GX manual for $12,990 and...

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.

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.

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.

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 July last year," said Ford Australia Vice President Marketing, Sales & Service, Beth Donovan.

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 late last year made stability and traction control standard for Corolla hatch. VSC automatically applies the brakes to individual wheels and, where...

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.

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 event and what better place than at one of Australia’s premier motorsport events,” said Justin Hocevar National Manager MINI. “The MINI WC50...

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 retain the current sedan and hatch body design.

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' by name and ruckus by nature," Mr Thompson said. "This is a car that's designed to be different, with a boxy shape that has become...

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

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.

Review: Triumph Rocket III Classic, Size Matters
Review: Triumph Rocket III Classic, Size Matters

After two weeks of riding Triumph’s Rocket III Classic I’ve walked away grinning and for once not wanting more. Anyone that says size doesn’t count is either small or hasn’t ridden a Rocket III Classic. Unlike the other guys in the PressPortal garage I like my engines massive, the bigger the better. Forget turbos, blowers, chips, octane booster and NOS, you cannot substitute cubic capacity. I like high-revving power, but I love my torque, and fortunately for me the Rocket III Classic serves up plenty of both. I must admit approaching the Triumph Rocket III was a bit intimidating, I’ve ridden all sorts of bikes, big ones and small ones,...

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.

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.

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 tradition dating back over 15 years to the RS 2 Avant: superior handling in the mid-size class. A close relative of the V10 which powers the...

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.

The New BMW S 1000 RR (Australia)
The New BMW S 1000 RR (Australia)

The BMW S 1000 RR features an all-new, race-bred 999cc water-cooled, DOHC, sixteen valve, inline four-cylinder power unit, developing a maximum output of 142 kW (193 hp) at 13,000 rpm and maximum torque of 112 Nm at 9,750 rpm.

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 elevated seating position for comfortable and convenient access as well as superior all-round visibility and truly impressive variability.

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 the new 2.4-litre Petrol Direct Injection (GDI) four-cylinder engine, new six-speed manual and automatic transmissions and highly refined aerodynamics.

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).

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.

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 country. This latest upgrade further evolves Mazda2’s award-winning formula and is expected to keep the model at the top of Australian buyer’s...

Triumph's Touring Treat! (Australia)
Triumph's Touring Treat! (Australia)

To celebrate Triumphs 'Nullarbor Adventure' (March 4th - 7th /10), Triumph have announced they will be giving away $2000 worth of genuine Triumph accessories and clothing 'free' with every new 'Rocket Touring' sold before March 31st 2010.

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.

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 reinforces Lexus's hybrid power leadership in the premium market, joining the established RX 450h, GS 450h and LS 600hL models to create an unprecedented...

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.

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.

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 models from Hyundai Motor Company. New ix35 is available in three trim levels, Active, Elite and top of the range Highlander. With a wide choice of...

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 percentage increase for a passenger car manufacturer, only bettered by exotic sports car makers Lamborghini which sold 5 units in January, a 400 percent...

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 circuit in the style of the series production races held at the track in the 1960s and 70s. To cap off the weekend, in true production car racing...

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 continues to stamp Suzuki as a significant player in the local industry,” said Suzuki Australia General Manager Tony Devers. “The update guarantees...

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 super-economical 1.3 litre (GLi) and a punchy 1.5 litre (VTi).