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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Volvo Lifts the Lid on the New C70 Volvo Lifts the Lid on the New C70

Volvo has released images of its new C70 ahead of its debut at Frankfurt motor show later this month. Equipped with the same smart three-piece steel roof, practical seating for four adults and world-leading convertible safety, the new C70 features a revised front and rear design, along with an updated interior.

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Volkswagen Launches Most Fuel Efficient Model – Golf 77TDI - (Australia) Volkswagen Launches Most Fuel Efficient Model – Golf 77TDI - (Australia)

The new Golf range now features the most fuel efficient model in the Volkswagen range with the addition of the new 1.6-litre diesel Golf. Powered by a sophisticated and efficient new diesel engine, the five-speed manual Golf 77TDI can cover 100km with 4.9-litres on the ADR 81/02 combined cycle. In highway running consumption drops to just 4.3-litres per 100km.

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Volkswagen Petrol Engines Deliver Power and Economy on 95RON Fuel - (Australia) Volkswagen Petrol Engines Deliver Power and Economy on 95RON Fuel - (Australia)

Volkswagen Group Australia reviewed its minimum fuel requirement for all models fitted with petrol engines. The review of the entire petrol engine range, which took into account current Australian fuel quality standards and the operating range of Volkswagen’s petrol engine, resulted in the reduction of the minimum fuel RON requirement on almost all engines.

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2009 Toyota iQ3 Announced 2009 Toyota iQ3 Announced

Toyota’s iQ range is extended for the first time since launch with the introduction to the line-up of a 1.33-litre engine. The highly efficient lightweight unit, already successfully deployed in Auris, Yaris and Urban Cruiser is offered exclusively in the new Toyota iQ3 model. Benefiting from Toyota Optimal Drive technology for a class-leading combination of power, fuel economy and low emissions, it uses Dual VVT-i control of both intake and exhaust valves to deliver strong torque at low to...

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2010 Vauxhall Astra Interior Unveiled 2010 Vauxhall Astra Interior Unveiled

These are the first interior pictures of the Vauxhall Astra, which will debut at this September’s Frankfurt Motor Show and will reach UK dealers by late this year. Echoing the flowing forms of its bodywork, the new 2010 Vauxhall Astra’s interior marks a major shift towards premium design and quality in the UK’s compact sector, and continues Vauxhall’s design evolution which started five years ago with the current Astra, followed by a further step-change last year with the launch of the...

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2009 Volkswagen Golf Plus BiFuel Now Available For Order 2009 Volkswagen Golf Plus BiFuel Now Available For Order

The Golf Plus now also runs on LPG. Thanks to the use of this alternative fuel, a reduction of more than 10% in CO2 emissions and fuel savings of €6.10 per 100 kilometres* in LPG mode could also be achieved, due in part to the reduced German fuel tax in place until 2018. All in all, a solid argument. With its bi-fuel drive system - which can run on petrol at the flick of a switch - the new Golf Plus lowers consumption and emissions: the 1.6-litre, four-cylinder engine with 72 kW / 98 PS...

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2009 Volkswagen Touareg BlueMotion Launched 2009 Volkswagen Touareg BlueMotion Launched

A BlueMotion version of the Touareg is now available to order, offering improved fuel efficiency and emissions of 219 g/km, well below the tax threshold of less than 225 g/km. Prices for the most efficient version of Volkswagen’s luxury off-road vehicle start at £34,150 on the road RRP for the entry level model and rise to £37,545 for the SE. The Volkswagen Touareg BlueMotion is fitted with a more efficient version of the standard car’s 3.0-litre V6 TDI common rail diesel engine which...

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2009 Volkswagen Routan with Wi-Fi 2009 Volkswagen Routan with Wi-Fi

Volkswagen of America, Inc. today announced a collaboration with Autonet Mobile, that will make it possible to equip their European-tuned minivan, Routan, with uconnect web, an in-vehicle internet service. Beginning this month, approximately 600 Volkswagen dealerships in the United States will offer Routan owners the opportunity to add uconnect web, powered by Autonet Mobile, to their vehicle. This partnership will deliver the first internet entertainment system for Volkswagen vehicles.

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2009 Volkswagen Golf GTD Launched 2009 Volkswagen Golf GTD Launched

The Golf model lineup has been growing by leaps and bounds: At the end of 2008, the sixth generation of the bestseller was launched. Shortly thereafter, in early 2009, the new Golf Plus appeared. Then, the current Golf GTI was vaulted to center stage, closely followed by the new Golf Variant. And now the lineup continues: with the new Golf GTD. Its 125 kW / 170 PS power level makes it the highest-performance production Golf with a diesel engine today. The code letters GTD have a magical effect...

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2010 Volkswagen Pickup to be Called Amarok 2010 Volkswagen Pickup to be Called Amarok

The new Volkswagen pickup is called Amarok. In Autumn 2009, the first pickup by a European volume manufacturer in South America is to be unveiled. The South American launch is set for Spring 2010, with the Amarok coming to Europe in the summer. With the Amarok, Volkswagen is seeking to enter global pickup markets dominated for the most part by Japanese manufacturers. Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles already presented an impressive concept truck at last year's IAA Commercial Vehicles, providing a...

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2009 Volkswagen Scirocco R Unveiled 2009 Volkswagen Scirocco R Unveiled

There could not be a better time or place for a world premiere: parallel to the start of the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring, Volkswagen is presenting the new Volkswagen Scirocco R for the first time anywhere. A sports car without compromise and a race track that demands everything of the driver will be meeting together this weekend. Approximately one year after the market launch of the third Scirocco generation, Volkswagen is presenting the most powerful series built Scirocco ever made at...

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2009 Volkswagen Golf GTI Worthersee Special Edition 2009 Volkswagen Golf GTI Worthersee Special Edition

It is fire-red and a real eyecatcher. Inside and out, the Golf GTI "Worthersee 09" combines charming and unique visual looks with an even higher level of performance – it embodies precisely those elements that have always excited genuine GTI fans. Consider the exterior paint, for example. It shimmers in the special glowing red color "Firespark Metallic", which is repeated as a fine trim line on the high-gloss black 19-inch alloy spoke wheels and in the classic GTI stripes...

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2009 Vauxhall Insignia VXR Sports Tourer Unveiled 2009 Vauxhall Insignia VXR Sports Tourer Unveiled

With 10,000 kilometers of grueling validation at the world’s most fearsome and demanding test track now under their belt, the Vauxhall Insignia VXR hatch and saloon are set to raise the bar in their sector with a heady mix of high performance, practicality and sophisticated dynamics. And now, adding even greater versatility to the range, Vauxhall can confirm that the Vauxhall Insignia VXR Sports Tourer will be the third body style to join the line up and will be available in UK dealerships...

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2010 Volkswagen Golf Estate Unveiled 2010 Volkswagen Golf Estate Unveiled

Volkswagen will begin accepting advance orders for the new 2010 Volkswagen Golf Estate VI this Friday. In the sixth generation of the world bestseller, after the 2-door and 4-door Golfs and the latest Golf Plus, this is the fourth body version to be launched. The estate is one of the most successful models on the market, particularly in the company car market. The extensive redesign of this Estate should ensure that the all-around talent further extends its position as a business estate car and...

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2010 Toyota Prius Launched 2010 Toyota Prius Launched

TOYOTA MOTOR CORPORATION (TMC) announces the launch in Japan today of the third-generation "Prius", which combines superior environmental performance with improved driving pleasure. Like its predecessors, the new Prius remains worthy of its name—Latin for "to go before"—by being equipped with the latest in TMC hybrid and other environmentally friendly technology. Its Toyota Hybrid System II (THS II) has been more-than-90-percent designed anew and synergizes with one...

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2009 Volkswagen Passat R Line Announced 2009 Volkswagen Passat R Line Announced

Volkswagen is revising its Passat saloon and Estate ranges, adding a new R Line model to give customers more equipment and value for money. The familiar Passat range line-up of S, Highline, Sport and SEL is replaced with a new streamlined selection of S, R Line and Highline. BlueMotion remains the choice for efficiency while R36 continues as the range-topping performance model. The R Line trim is based on the entry-level S model and is available with the same engine choices. It carries...

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2009 Volvo S80 2.5FT Engine Upgraded 2009 Volvo S80 2.5FT Engine Upgraded

Volvo Cars' most powerful E85 engine is now receiving a vitamin supplement in the form of 30 fresh horsepower and an additional 40 Newton meters of torque. The five-cylinder 2.5-litre Flexifuel engine, the 2.5FT, produces 231 hp (170 kW) and 340 Nm of torque. At the same time, Volvo's engine experts have succeeded to cutting fuel consumption by between five and six percent depending on transmission. "This technical advance shows that we can give buyers of our larger cars an...

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2010 Vauxhall Astra Details 2010 Vauxhall Astra Details

These are the first official images of the new, British-built 2010 Vauxhall Astra, which will debut as a five-door hatchback at this September’s Frankfurt Show and will appear in UK showrooms at the end of the year. Marking the sixth generation of Astra in 30 years, the new car’s design team was led by Mark Adams, the British designer responsible for last year’s European Car of the Year-winning Vauxhall Insignia. With its strong, cab-forward silhouette, steeply-raked windscreen and...

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2009 Volkswagen Scirocco GT TDI Announced 2009 Volkswagen Scirocco GT TDI Announced

The new performance diesel variant of the Scirocco GT equipped with a 2.0-litre TDI 170PS engine is now available to order. Combining effortless acceleration, made possible by 258 lbs ft of torque delivered from 1,750 rpm, and the ability to return 53.3 mpg on the combined cycle, the new model mixes style, economy and sharp dynamics. The refined and powerful 2.0-litre common rail TDI engine develops 170 PS at 4,200 rpm and is available linked to either a six-speed manual or six-speed DSG...

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2009 Volvo C30, S40 and V50 R Design DRIVe Launched 2009 Volvo C30, S40 and V50 R Design DRIVe Launched

Volvo has strengthened its DRIVe range by combining the DRIVe technologies with its sports-inspired R-DESIGN bodykit to offer C30, S40 and V50 models with low levels of emissions and the highest levels of visual appeal. The new DRIVe R-DESIGN models are available to order now with prices starting at £17,240 for the C30 while the S40 and V50 start at £19,095 and £20,595 respectively. The new C30, S40 and V50 1.6D DRIVe R-DESIGN all boast CO2-emissions of just 119 g/km, enabling customers to...

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2010 Toyota Prius Pricing Announced 2010 Toyota Prius Pricing Announced

Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc., announced manufacturer’s suggested retail prices (MSRP) today for the all-new 2010 Prius midsize hybrid, scheduled to go on sale beginning in late May at Toyota dealers nationwide. The third-generation Prius will be available in one grade with a starting MSRP of $21,000. The Prius will be offered with five levels of popular standard equipment combinations. “The 2010 Prius delivers outstanding mileage, performance and advanced technology at a great...

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2009 Volkswagen Tiguan R Line Launched 2009 Volkswagen Tiguan R Line Launched

An aggressive new model is set to join the Tiguan range this summer with the introduction of the new R Line model promising stylish new body additions on the outside and greater comfort inside. Designed and built by Volkswagen Individual, a separate engineering wing of Volkswagen established in 2003 and assigned to special projects including the Passat R36 and Touareg R50, the new Tiguan R Line features significant visual changes over the standard Tiguan. The basis for the new R Line is...

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2009 Vauxhall Insignia VXR Unveiled 2009 Vauxhall Insignia VXR Unveiled

Packing 325 horsepower, a sophisticated four-wheel drive chassis and a sub-six second 0-60 time, Vauxhall’s new Insignia VXR is set to take the mid-size performance saloon market by storm when it goes on sale early this summer, with a level of dynamic prowess which aims to raise the bar in its class. Based on the successful 2009 European Car of the Year, and available in hatch, saloon and Sports Tourer body styles, the high-performance Insignia will be Vauxhall’s first VXR model to adopt 4x4...

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2009 UgurSahinDesign Mallett Z03, Corvette Conversion 2009 UgurSahinDesign Mallett Z03, Corvette Conversion

"Since the first press release early 2008 Ugur Sahin and his team have been involved in a lot of preparations to take the Z03 concept from art to parts. Several exterior design adjustments have been made for optimal engine cooling and improved downforce. The headlight units have been shaped into a more aggressive, yet distinctive design to fit the shape of the new powerdome hood. For fabrication and engine tuning of the limited Corvette series Ugur Sahin Design has teamed up with...

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2009 Volkswagen Golf GTI V50 Launched 2009 Volkswagen Golf GTI V50 Launched

The Golf GTI V50 is pumped not just with extra horsepower but the spirit of a steed. With a Stage 1 ECU tuned to 250hp, you'll post a stunning time of 5.6 seconds in the 100 kph sprint, sending your 2-litre hatch streets ahead. The aggressive sports styling is amplified by Pirelli "P Zero" 18-inch alloy rims with 225/40 R18 tyres that let you burn rubber in style. To tame the speed explosion, hug the asphalt with brake discs and callipers used in the range-topping Golf GTI R32,...

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2010 Toyota Urban Cruiser, In-Depth 2010 Toyota Urban Cruiser, In-Depth

The new Toyota Urban Cruiser brings together three key attributes in a unique package: Toyota's proven expertise in rugged, all-road vehicle design, the comfort and versatility of a compact hatchback; and class-leading fuel economy and CO2 emissions, achieved with Toyota Optimal Drive technology. Its robust design incorporates Toyota's Active Torque Control all-wheel drive system and high levels of occupant safety. It provides strong on-road traction and confidence-inspiring stability and...

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2009 Tesla Model S Signature Edition Unveiled 2009 Tesla Model S Signature Edition Unveiled

Tesla Motors has taken 520 reservations for the Model S, an all-electric family sedan that carries up to seven people and travels up to 300 miles per charge. Tesla launched the car March 26, and orders immediately began streaming in online and at showrooms in California. Tesla plans to open stores in Chicago, London, New York, Miami, Seattle, Washington, D.C. and Munich this year. “Frankly the number of cars reserved in the first week has exceeded our optimistic internal projections,”...

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2010 Toyota Wish Launched 2010 Toyota Wish Launched

The Wish is a compact seven-seater minivan that has gained a solid reputation for its sporty styling, wide-ranging utility and comfortable driving performance—with sales of more than half a million units—since its launch in January 2003. The new, second-generation model has enhanced sportiness and comfort, and features significant improvements in driving, environmental and safety performance. The result is a vehicle that aims to meet a user's every "wish". All vehicles in the...

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2009 Toyota Crown Majesta Facelift 2009 Toyota Crown Majesta Facelift

The fifth-generation Crown Majesta—the Toyota brand's top sedan—features a high-quality interior with enhanced comfort and safety features, all designed to offer the highest levels of satisfaction to both drivers and passengers. Specific improvements include a longer wheelbase and exterior styling that exudes presence and energy. The 4.6-liter V8 gasoline engine provides ample power and is combined with an eight-speed automatic transmission for smooth, powerful cruising and response. In...

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2009 Tesla Model S Unveiled 2009 Tesla Model S Unveiled

Tesla Motors is now taking orders for the Tesla Model S, an all electric family sedan that carries seven people and travels 300 miles per charge. The Tesla Model S, which carries its charger onboard, can be recharged from any 120V, 240V or 480V outlet, with the latter taking only 45 minutes. By recharging their car while they stop for a meal, drivers can go from LA to New York in approximately the same time as a gasoline car. Moreover, the floor-mounted battery pack is designed to be...

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2009 Volkswagen Golf VI GTD Announced 2009 Volkswagen Golf VI GTD Announced

After the Polo, the BlueMotion offensive and the Golf GTI, Volkswagen is pulling the next arrow out of its quiver: this time it is the Golf GTD. It is extremely fuel efficient yet exceedingly sporty, and it is debuting as a world premiere at the Auto Mobil International in Leipzig (March 28 to April 05). The GTD code letters carry on a tradition: the first Golf GTD appeared back in 1982 – it was the GTI among diesels. Now Volkswagen has perfected the various aspects of sportiness. The new...

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2009 Volkswagen Golf GTI, In-Depth 2009 Volkswagen Golf GTI, In-Depth

"What else was there in 1976?" calls out "Strietzel", also known as Hans-Joachim Stuck, from the driver’s window as he starts up a first generation Golf GTI after more than thirty years. "Whenever a person had a chance to drive a 911, it was a real experience. And then all of a sudden this experience was possible in the GTI too. Clearly on a different level, but affordable for everyone. That was the genius of this car, and it has stayed that way right up to today. The...

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2009 Tata Nano Launched, World's Cheapest Car 2009 Tata Nano Launched, World's Cheapest Car

Tata Motors today announced the commercial launch of the Tata Nano, keenly awaited across India since its unveiling on January 10, 2008. The Tata Nano is currently being manufactured at the company’s Pantnagar plant in Uttarakhand in limited numbers. The new dedicated plant, at Sanand in Gujarat, will be ready in 2010 with an annualised capacity of 350,000 cars.

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Transition Roadable Aircraft (Car that Flies) Completes Successful First Flight Transition Roadable Aircraft (Car that Flies) Completes Successful First Flight

Terrafugia, Inc., a game-changing aircraft company, announced today the first flight of its Transition(R) Roadable Aircraft Proof of Concept. Often referred to as a "flying car", the Transition(R) is a two-seat aircraft designed to take off and land at local airports and drive on any road. Transforming from plane to car takes the pilot less than 30 seconds. An historic milestone for aviation, the flight comes after six months of static, road and taxi testing. The Transition(R)...

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2010 VERDEK Tazzari ZERO EV Set to Arrive 2010 VERDEK Tazzari ZERO EV Set to Arrive

Barely one year ago VERDEK was formed by Gaetano "Guy" Mannino, president and CEO, to create value for U.S. and foreign companies planning to expand their businesses into new market arenas, especially "Green and Clean Technology." With a worldwide auto industry struggling to succeed with marginally acceptable products in a state of economic crisis, Mannino may prove to be a visionary. In celebration of the company's first anniversary, Mannino announced today that...

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2009 Vauxhall Zafira ecoFLEX Announced 2009 Vauxhall Zafira ecoFLEX Announced

Using a new-to-range 1.7-litre advanced diesel engine emitting combined emissions of just 139g/km, Vauxhall's latest addition to the Zafira line-up has all the right credentials to become the first ecoFLEX model in the range. This ultra-low emissions figure also means that it's one of the greenest and most fuel efficient seven-seat compact MPVs on the market. And with its lower emissions, the ecoFLEX is the first Zafira to enter Band C for Vehicle Excise Duty - costing just £120 per year...

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2009 Porsche 911 Turbo V RT Edition by Vorsteiner 2009 Porsche 911 Turbo V RT Edition by Vorsteiner

The Vorsteiner V-RT (Vorsteiner Race Technologies) latest aerodynamic & forged wheel package is finally being released to the public to add to the current V-GT lineup for the 997 Carrera. The all-new V-RT parts will be available for world wide release after March 23rd, 2009. The exterior aerodynamic package consists of 3 primary packages. Up front is a new replacement front fascia that features larger carbon fiber air intakes for the radiators and elimination of the fog lights like the...

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2009 Volvo S80L Launched 2009 Volvo S80L Launched

On March 12th, Volvo Car Corporation launched the all-new Volvo S80L in Beijing, China. The prices and specifications of the 5 variants were presented. To meet the demand of Chinese consumers, the wheel base of this S80L model is prolonged by 140mm and the car is considerably upgraded. The sale of the all-new model has now started and the production started in February. S80L is one of the safest premium cars tailor-made for China and will mark the arrival of Volvo in the center of the...

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2009 Toyota Kluger Altitude Special Edition - (Australia) 2009 Toyota Kluger Altitude Special Edition - (Australia)

Toyota has released a special-edition Kluger that provides customers with more than $4,500 of added features for just $1,500. Kluger Altitude is based on the seven-seat KX-R and is available with the choice of two-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. Features beyond the standard KX-R include a tilt-and-slide moonroof and DVD rear-seat entertainment system with nine-inch screen and wireless headphones. The special-edition model also gains 19-inch alloy wheels, black roof rails, front fog...

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2009 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible Barbie Edition 2009 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible Barbie Edition

Volkswagen of America, Inc. helped Mattel celebrate Barbie doll’s 50th Birthday by transforming a New Beetle convertible into the ultimate Barbie dream car. The life-size pink Malibu Barbie™ New Beetle convertible made its debut at Barbie doll’s Malibu Dream House exclusive birthday celebration. Customization artists ABD Racing Werks, Katzkin Leather and Interiors and FoamMolders fully transformed the iconic New Beetle convertible into the perfect Barbie ride. “We are extremely proud to...

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2009 Volvo C70 Ice White Special Edition 2009 Volvo C70 Ice White Special Edition

Volvo's striking four-seater C70 Coupe-Convertible packs some extra appeal this spring with the introduction of the ‘Ice White’. Priced at an attractive £24,495 OTR and available to order now, the C70 Ice White features £2,350 worth of extra equipment over the standard 2.0D S model on which it is based which retails at £24,995 OTR. Externally, the Volvo C70 Ice White sports the head-turning Ice White finish. The interior boasts sumptuous Calcite leather upholstery with black interior trim...

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2009 Toyota Verso In-Detail 2009 Toyota Verso In-Detail

The new Toyota Verso is a no-compromise choice for compact MPV customers. It is true to what the term MPV stands for – a multi-purpose vehicle – but doesn’t ask the motorist to make sacrifices where style, comfort, quality and driving pleasure are concerned. Combining practicality and safety with desirability, new Verso will appeal to customers who want and expect more than just a functional car. New Verso builds on the strong visual appeal of the model it replaces with a more dynamic...

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2009 Toyota iQ 1.33 Announced 2009 Toyota iQ 1.33 Announced

Toyota's revolutionary iQ, the world's smallest four-seat passenger car, will adopt Toyota's 99bhp (100 DIN hp) 1.33-litre Dual VVT-i engine from July. Benefiting from Toyota Optimal Drive technology and equipped with the economy-boosting Stop & Start system, the new engine will give iQ combined cycle fuel consumption of 58.9mpg and CO2 emissions of 113g/km, using the standard six-speed manual transmission. Toyota's seamless Multidrive transmission will also be available, giving 55.4mpg...

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Volkswagen Polo BlueMotion Concept Car, 3.3L/100km Volkswagen Polo BlueMotion Concept Car, 3.3L/100km

It is still a concept – the most fuel efficient five-seater in the world. Its name: Polo BlueMotion. Fuel consumption: 3.3 liters CO2 emissions: just 87 g/km! Likelihood of going into production: extremely high! However, before a potential production launch, development must be completed on the brand new 1.2 liter TDI with common rail injection. And that is precisely what the team led by Development Chief Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg is working on with great emphasis. “I anticipate,” says Dr....

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2009 Volkswagen Polo Fifth Generation Premiere 2009 Volkswagen Polo Fifth Generation Premiere

World premiere in Switzerland: Volkswagen is introducing the fifth generation of the Polo at the Geneva International Motor Show (March 5 to 15) – the new edition of one of the most influential German cars of our times. Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn, Chairman of the Board of Management, Volkswagen Group: “Through the combination of the car’s design and technology, aligned with forthcoming market requirements, we have repeated our achievements in the recently launched new Golf in the class below....

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2009 Toyota Prius and Hybrid Overview - (Australia) 2009 Toyota Prius and Hybrid Overview - (Australia)

Australian motorists have been given a glimpse of the future of motoring with today's unveiling of three hybrid vehicles by Toyota. The vehicles - the first of which will go on sale in Australia as early as July - emphatically confirm Toyota's long-term commitment to producing hybrid vehicles that deliver superior fuel economy and ultra-low emissions. Powered by Toyota's proven Hybrid Synergy Drive technology, they are the first vehicles to be unveiled today at the Melbourne...

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Volkswagen Pickup Concept Car - (Australia) Volkswagen Pickup Concept Car - (Australia)

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles is presenting the Volkswagen Pickup for the first time in Australia at the 2009 Melbourne International Motor Show. The innovative Volkswagen Pickup made its global debut at the 2008 International Automobile Exhibition in Hanover, Germany. “New products, new markets, new technology – the Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles brand continues to experience sustainable and profitable growth,” said Stephan Schaller, Ceo of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles at Hanover press...

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2009 Volkswagen Golf Arrives - (Australia) 2009 Volkswagen Golf Arrives - (Australia)

Volkswagen is sending its sixth generation of Golf out into the world. The Golf is a phenomenon, regardless of its particular generation. This style icon defies all automotive and social class distinctions and has come to represent the benchmark in its segment. The Golf is the only one that always fits right, and the new one is even better fitting. The team headed up by the Group’s chief designer, the Italian Walter de Silva, has succeeded in giving the Golf a presence, a sharpness, a power...

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2009 Toyota Prius, Camry Hybrid and 1/X Concept Cars on Display 2009 Toyota Prius, Camry Hybrid and 1/X Concept Cars on Display

Australian motorists have been given a glimpse of the future of motoring with today's unveiling of three hybrid vehicles by Toyota. The vehicles - the first of which will go on sale in Australia as early as July - emphatically confirm Toyota's long-term commitment to producing hybrid vehicles that deliver superior fuel economy and ultra-low emissions. Powered by Toyota's proven Hybrid Synergy Drive technology, they are the first vehicles to be unveiled for this week's Melbourne...

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2009 Vision Sportscars Minotaur 2009 Vision Sportscars Minotaur

The Minotaur's lines were designed in Greece by one of their top designers, John Forakis. Perfectly proportioned, clean lies, head turning charisma and breathtaking design make it a car of the millennium. How many supercars look good from all angles?. This is no ordinary car, this beauty even looks fast when she's stationary! With its aerodynamic shape and rear spoiler, the Minotaur is equally at home on the road or on the track. Join the boys on track days and feel the power and...

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Two New Five-Cylinder Diesels From Volvo Two New Five-Cylinder Diesels From Volvo

Volvo Cars sharpens the company's diesel offer. Two entirely new five-cylinder, 2.4-litre turbo diesels give the customers the attractive possibility to combine more power with class-leading fuel consumption and CO2-emissions:

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2009 Volvo XC60 Mid-Sized SUV - (Australia) 2009 Volvo XC60 Mid-Sized SUV - (Australia)

The introduction of Volvo’s exciting XC60 heralds the beginning of a new era in the Australian luxury cross-over segment. Breaking new ground with the standard inclusion of Volvo’s City Safety low-speed crash avoidance system on all models, Volvo’s stunning new XC60 raises the bar for mid-size prestige crossover vehicles and is set to woo buyers with its brilliant functionality and rewarding drive experience. Beautiful to behold, but an entirely practical SUV at the same time, the Volvo...

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2010 Tesla Model S Teaser 2010 Tesla Model S Teaser

On March 26th, at the Tesla design studio located within the SpaceX rocket factory, we will unveil a street-drivable prototype of the Model S four door sedan. Our objective with the Model S was to create one of the most functional, intuitive and beautiful vehicles on the road. Tesla Roadster customers and select VIPs invited to the event will have an opportunity to judge for themselves firsthand whether we have succeeded.

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2009 Volkswagen New Beetle Blush Special Edition 2009 Volkswagen New Beetle Blush Special Edition

Volkswagen of America, Inc. has long been known for offering special edition models with unique characteristics that create excitement in showrooms and individuality among owners. Volkswagen's latest special edition, the New Beetle convertible "Blush", builds on the already great features of the standard version with added elements and design cues that are exclusive to this limited edition.

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2009 Vauxhall VXR8 Bathurst S 2009 Vauxhall VXR8 Bathurst S

Few will claim that Vauxhall’s storming VXR8 super-saloon is lacking in the power stakes, but just in case there were any doubters, the Bathurst S Edition will put them straight or indeed sideways... Thanks to the addition of a Walkinshaw Performance 122 Supercharger, the Bathurst S dispenses 560 V8 horsepower, compared with the standard car’s 431 horsepower, and produces searing acceleration throughout the rev-range and a spine-tingling, banshee wail when you hit the loud pedal.

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2010 Toyota Tundra 2010 Toyota Tundra

Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc., today debuted the 2010 Toyota Tundra full-size pickup truck and an all-new 4.6-liter V8 engine at the 2009 Chicago Auto Show. On display are two new packages, including the debut of an all-new Tundra Platinum Package and the recently announced Tundra Work Truck. Value will be enhanced on all 2010 Toyota Tundra models with the addition of standard and optional exterior, mechanical, safety and convenience feature upgrades. The 2010 Toyota Tundras will...

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2009 Toyota Tarago Facelift - (Australia) 2009 Toyota Tarago Facelift - (Australia)

Toyota has introduced the 2009 model of its fourth generation of Tarago family wagons, with the added passive safety feature of active front-seat head restraints. Active head restraints are part of an overall facelift and features upgrade for all 2.4-litre four-cylinder and 3.5-litre V6 Tarago models. Toyota's active front-seat head restraints improve occupant protection in a rear-end collision. The WIL (whiplash injury lessening) active front-seat head restraint system has an...

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2009 Volkswagen Passat CC - (Australia) 2009 Volkswagen Passat CC - (Australia)

The all new Passat CC is both an elegant sedan and a dynamic coupé and now available in Australia. The concept and design of this new Volkswagen model are defining fresh, new directions beyond the mainstream. Its fully independent body design, an interior that has individually contoured seats throughout, impressive powertrain systems and technological highlights worthy of the luxury class, meld together to create a unique vehicle in this market segment.

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2009 Toyota Yaris 1.33-litre Dual VVT-i Engine with Stop/Start Technology 2009 Toyota Yaris 1.33-litre Dual VVT-i Engine with Stop/Start Technology

Too often motorists are expected to make sacrifices in performance or comfort for the sake of environmental considerations. Toyota doesn’t believe that needs to be the case and with the launch of its 2009 Yaris demonstrates that lower emissions and fuel consumption can be delivered without compromise. No model in the new 2009 Toyota Yaris range emits more than 120g/km of carbon dioxide, thanks to the successful adoption of Toyota Optimal Drive across the entire range. At the same time, Yaris...

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Volkswagen Touareg V6 TSI Hybrid Volkswagen Touareg V6 TSI Hybrid

Touareg V6 TSI Hybrid. Because the future of the automobile – and Blue MotionTechnologies as well – offers more than just one answer, in parallel Volkswagen is presenting a prototype of the future Touareg V6 TSI Hybrid (333 PS / under 9.0 l/100 km). This car will enter production in 2010 as the world’s first hybrid SUV to have 3.5 metric ton towing capacity. Volkswagen is introducing one of the highest performance parallel hybrid systems in the world in this SUV. The German carmaker is...

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2009 Volkswagen Passat CC, Now Available with Seven-Speed DSG Gearbox 2009 Volkswagen Passat CC, Now Available with Seven-Speed DSG Gearbox

Volkswagen’s four-door, four-seat coupé, the Passat CC, is now available to order with a seven-speed DSG gearbox which enhances performance and economy. The compact and lightweight seven-speed DSG transmission, fitted with a pair of dry clutches, offers a number of benefits over a conventional automatic gearbox. A lower first gear ratio improves acceleration from a standstill to 62 mph to 8.5 seconds (8.6 manual) while the seventh gear has been raised to act as an overdrive function. This,...

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2009 Toyota Aygo, Greener 2009 Toyota Aygo, Greener

Aygo is a success story in miniature. Since launch in 2005 this small but perfectly formed Toyota has amassed more than 100,000 sales a year across Europe, its combination of low cost of ownership, contemporary styling and fun-to-drive character making it a top performer in the expanding A-segment. Now the factors that have made Aygo a winner have been further sharpened to make it an even stronger proposition. The result is the new 2009 Aygo, on sale now.

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2009 Toyota Corolla gets VSC - (Australia) 2009 Toyota Corolla gets VSC - (Australia)

Toyota Australia's best-selling car is now safer, with Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) and Traction Control (TRC) available across the range. From today VSC and TRC are standard on Corolla Conquest hatch and sedan, Levin ZR hatch and Ultima sedan. The enhanced passive safety package is included at no extra cost on these models. VSC and TRC are optional on Corolla Ascent hatch and sedan, and Levin SX hatch, at $1500. The safety pack also includes front-side and full curtain...

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2010 Toyota Prius Unveiled 2010 Toyota Prius Unveiled

Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc., unveiled the all-new 50-mile-per gallon rated third-generation Prius hybrid vehicle today at the 2009 North American International Auto show. Celebrated as the benchmark for cars of the future, the Prius has delivered superior fuel economy and ultra-low emissions to more than one million owners worldwide for more than 10 years. The midsize third-generation 2010 Toyota Prius will offer even better mileage ratings, enhanced performance, and...

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2009 Volkswagen Touareg Lux Limited - (USA) 2009 Volkswagen Touareg Lux Limited - (USA)

In just a few weeks, Volkswagen of America will be introducing one of the most economical and cleanest SUVs to the US market: the new Touareg V6 TDI with a powerful 165 kW / 225 PS Clean Diesel. In parallel to the debut of the pioneeringly efficient Touareg, Volkswagen is now presenting in Detroit an outstandingly exclusive special model of its high-end SUV: the Touareg "Lux Limited". It will launch with the new V6 TDI and two highly advanced gasoline engines: a V6 FSI (206 kW / 280...

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2010 Toyota Camry Debut 2010 Toyota Camry Debut

The 2010 Camry is on display for the first time today at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS). As the best-selling passenger car in America for seven years running and 11 of the past 12 years, Camry continues to redefine standards for comfort and performance. The 2010 Camry and Camry Hybrid scheduled to go on sale in March, have an array of enhancements, inside and out, including exterior styling, performance, safety, audio and convenience features. Camry also has an...

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2010 Tesla Roadster Sport 2010 Tesla Roadster Sport

“This car can beat nearly anything in its price class – yet it is twice as efficient as compact hybrid sedans,” said Michael van der Sande, Tesla’s senior vice president of global sales, service and marketing. “If you refuse to compromise on performance or the environment, the Roadster Sport is your only option.” The Roadster Sport is the first derivative of Tesla’s proprietary, patented powertrain. San Carlos, Calif.-based Tesla plans to begin producing the all-electric, zero-emission Model...

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Volkswagen BlueSport Concept Car Volkswagen BlueSport Concept Car

Maximum driving fun with minimal fuel consumption: This is the standard by which Volkswagen is starting the new car year 2009 and is presenting the roadster Concept BlueSport at the North American International Auto Show. “The BlueSport proves to be a compact and passionate car with a clear Volkswagen signature. The car offers pure dynamics with a powerful 180 PS Clean Diesel engine that is combined with the characteristic Volkswagen philosophy of efficiency,” confirmed Volkswagen’s Chairman of...

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Volvo's D5 Diesel Engine, More Performance and Economy Volvo's D5 Diesel Engine, More Performance and Economy

Volvo Cars is introducing a new 2.4-litre 5-cylinder diesel engine in the Volvo S80. Sharing only the D5 badge and the five-cylinder configuration with the previous generation, the new engine is now Euro 5 compliant and is significantly more efficient than its predecessor. The new D5 engine will be available in the UK from mid-2009 and pricing and specifications will be announced nearer the time. With innovative engineering solutions such as sequential twin turbochargers, ceramic glow-plugs...

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2009 Volvo XC60 Pricing Announced - (Australia) 2009 Volvo XC60 Pricing Announced - (Australia)

Volvo Car Australia has announced pricing for its groundbreaking new XC60 which is due to be launched in March. The svelte new Volvo will come in petrol and turbodiesel form and will be priced competitively in the premium SUV segment with an opening recommended retail price of less than $60,000. The technology-packed XC60 is also the safest Volvo ever. It comes to Australia to redefine expectations of medium-size SUVs with new levels of handling and roadholding, as well as a large,...

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Review: 2008 Toyota LandCruiser 200 Series, King on and off the Road Review: 2008 Toyota LandCruiser 200 Series, King on and off the Road

I don’t know about you but ever since I was a little tacker I’ve loved big cars, and ever since I was a little tacker Toyota has been building them. For those that complain about the price of fuel read the Prius review here, for those that have a passion for large machinery and cars or need a true work horse Toyota has the car for you. The LandCruiser was introduced into Australia during the Snowy Mountain Scheme to assist workers traveling over rough and steep terrain. And to this day...

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Review: 2008 Toyota Prius i-Tech, the Green answer? Review: 2008 Toyota Prius i-Tech, the Green answer?

If you ask motoring enthusiasts or any followers of combustion fuels about hybrid-electric technology, you might notice a trend in the opinions that follow. Most would tell you that combustion fuels are the pure form of motoring and resorting to anything but, is a no no. However, you do get a handful of people that tell you that hybrid technology is the first step to phasing out the beloved combustion engine entirely. Arguably, this is the way of the future and manufactures all around the world...

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Volvo S60 Concept Car, An Insight into the Future of Volvo Volvo S60 Concept Car, An Insight into the Future of Volvo

The Volvo S60 Concept that will be unveiled at next month's North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) providing a unique insight into the all-new Volvo S60 due in 2010. "The all-new S60 will be one of the strongest players in a segment where the competition is razor-sharp," says Volvo Cars President and CEO Stephen Odell. The coupe-inspired lines that gave the original S60 its characteristic stance are even more pronounced in the next generation. "The sporty design...

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2009 Volkswagen Tiguan, Petrol Versions Now Available - (Australia) 2009 Volkswagen Tiguan, Petrol Versions Now Available - (Australia)

Volkswagen now is regarded as a serious contender in the thriving Compact SUV segment in Australia with the introduction of the Volkswagen Tiguan – offering the versatility and spaciousness of an SUV and the quality, style and technology of a Volkswagen. The Tiguan TDI has been available since May 2008 and both petrol versions are now also available. The Tiguan’s dynamic exterior styling, generous dimensions and fresh interior have been matched up to both TDI and TSI technology offering...

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2009 Volkswagen Golf BiFuel 2009 Volkswagen Golf BiFuel

In a world premiere at the Bologna Motor Show, Volkswagen is presenting the first Golf ever to be factory-equipped for operation with auto gas (LPG). The bivalent drive – a simple switchover and it can be driven with gasoline – reduces costs and emissions. When the new Golf BiFuel is powered by LPG (liquified petroleum gas), its environmental impact compared to a gasoline engine: a greater than 10 percent reduction in CO2 emissions.

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2009 Volkswagen Passat CC Individual 2009 Volkswagen Passat CC Individual

When the Passat CC was launched in early 2008, it was the first four-door coupe from Volkswagen to go into production. The concept and design of this Volkswagen are defining fresh new accents beyond the mainstream. In a motor show premiere, Volkswagen is now presenting a new exclusive version: the Passat CC Individual. After the Eos, Passat and Touareg, this is the fourth model under the “Individual” label to go into production. Exterior characteristics: new wheel designs and color worlds....

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Volkswagen Golf Plus Collectors Edition Concept Car Volkswagen Golf Plus Collectors Edition Concept Car

On a concept car based on the new Golf Plus, Volkswagen Individual is providing a demonstration of just how limitless the hidden possibilities of individualization are: the Collectors Edition. This concept car is outfitted with the exclusive “White pearl effect” body color. Providing the necessary contact to the road are size 225/40 tires on new 18-inch “Bilbao” alloy wheels. Inside and out, the Golf Plus Collectors Edition exudes a kind of lounge ambiance. And not only because of the...

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2009 Volkswagen Scirocco Studie R 2009 Volkswagen Scirocco Studie R

It was a triumphant drive: in May 2008, three Scirocco GT24 cars lined up at the start of the 24-hour endurance race on the Nürburgring track. At the wheel: driving legends the likes of Hans-Joachim Stuck and Carlos Sainz. The teams drove two 238 kW / 325 PS strong race cars to a dual victory at the finish line, first and second in their class. Now Volkswagen is presenting a street version of the race car at the Bologna Motor Show: the Scirocco Studie R. A genuine Grand Tourismo with a 198 kW /...

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2009 Volkswagen Golf Plus VI Announced 2009 Volkswagen Golf Plus VI Announced

Within just three and a half years, the Golf Plus has made a name for itself as an established product in the Golf lineup. Its brand identity: clever like a van, compact like a Golf. Over this time period, more than 500,000 car drivers across Europe chose a plus in interior and seat heights, a plus in variability, and finally a plus in comfort. This is now being followed up by a Volkswagen Golf Plus VI that has been improved in many aspects. Volkswagen is presenting it as a world premiere at...

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Video: Volkswagen Pickup Concept Car Video: Volkswagen Pickup Concept Car

The Volkswagen Pickup Concept Car was announced at the IAA in Hanover not long ago.

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Volvo S60 Concept Car Revealed Volvo S60 Concept Car Revealed

Here is the first glimpse of the Volvo S60 Concept car which will be unveiled at the Detroit Motor Show in early January 2009, giving an indication of what the all-new Volvo S60 will look like when it's launched in 2010. "We both can, and dare, to deliver more exciting and more dynamic designs while maintaining our lead position in safety. The concept car shows part of our future, it's a hint that the all-new S60 will be one of the strongest contenders in the CD premium segment,"...

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Video: 2010 Toyota Prius Video: 2010 Toyota Prius

Toyota's promotional video of the new 2010 Toyota Prius.

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Volvo First to offer HD Radio Technology as Standard Volvo First to offer HD Radio Technology as Standard

Volvo will become the first automaker to offer HD Radio technology as standard equipment in all but one of its 2009 models, it was announced today. The running change becomes effective next month on the 2009 Volvo model line up.* HD Radio technology is the most significant advancement in radio broadcasting since the introduction of FM stereo. Across the United States, more than 1800 AM and FM stations are broadcasting using HD Radio technology and more than 900 are offering subscription-free...

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2009 Volvo XC60 and DRIVe enters production 2009 Volvo XC60 and DRIVe enters production

With the Volvo XC60 Volvo Car Corporation is stepping boldly into the growing crossover segment. At the other end of the range it is offering the C30, S40 and V50 1.6D DRIVe with best in class consumption and lowest CO2 emission levels. Both the XC60 and the DRIVe cars have successfully entered the mass production stage in Volvo Cars' Ghent plant during the last weeks.

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2009 Volvo S80L Announced 2009 Volvo S80L Announced

Volvo Car Corporation proudly presented the Volvo S80L at the 6th Guangzhou Motor Show in south China. The S80L, a long wheelbase version of the popular S80 sedan, has been locally tailored and specifically designed for the market in China. Furthermore, the Volvo S80L will be locally produced in China. The new design was unveiled by Dr. Alexander Klose, CEO of Volvo Car China, and marks the acceleration of its localization plan. Volvo Cars has enjoyed stable growth since entering China. It...

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2009 Toyota Auris, Gains a Competitive Advantage - (UK) 2009 Toyota Auris, Gains a Competitive Advantage - (UK)

The Toyota Auris gains a competitive advantage in the C-segment hatchback market with the introduction of a new engine that delivers lower emissions, better fuel economy and improved power and torque. And with the benefit of Toyota Stop&Start technology, environmental performance is further enhanced, with particular benefit in urban traffic. The new Auris 1.33 Dual VVT-i Stop&Start has the distinction of being the first Toyota to go on sale in the UK with the benefit of Toyota...

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Volkswagen CC Performance Concept Car Volkswagen CC Performance Concept Car

Powerful performance meets luxury in the Super CC performance concept Volkswagen unveiled at the 2008 SEMA show in Las Vegas. The Performance CC brings a sleek exterior treatment highlighted by black chrome exterior accents, grey pearl paint with custom front and rear bumper, side panels and machined aluminum spoiler. The black treatment continues inside with high-gloss piano black accents offset by matte black graphics. Customer black leather Recaro seats and matching floor mats are...

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2009 Toyota Yaris Tailback 2009 Toyota Yaris Tailback

Based on the all-new 2009 Toyota Yaris Five-Door Liftback, the Yaris Five-Door Tailback concept highlights functionality and youthful styling. Functionality is emphasized through the automated rear suicide doors and rear split tailgate. The exterior features aggressively styled modifications including a custom wide body kit that enhances the front and rear fascia with a center exit exhaust, grille, and widened front and rear fender flares that incorporate new full length side rocker panels....

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2009 Toyota TRD Tundra TR 2009 Toyota TRD Tundra TR

The 2009 Tundra TR Concept is directed to the drag racing segment of automobile enthusiasts. Back in the 60's and early 70's, auto manufacturers responded to the growing desire for high performance automobiles by creating a segment now known as muscle cars. The ideal concept was to pair the lightest platform with the largest motor, thus giving the buyer the best horsepower to weight ratio possible. While many of the packages loudly advertised the car's performance (SuperBee, Boss 302, GTO,...

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2009 Toyota Tacoma Retro 2009 Toyota Tacoma Retro

The Tacoma Truck Concept is a fun look back to Toyota’s long-standing heritage of building highly capable, durable trucks that met the needs of a wide variety of drivers. Rather than focus on flash or power, this concept looks towards capability and efficiency by showcasing Toyota’s venerable 4cyl engine, but mating it to a 4-speed automatic transmission and solid front axle-equipped 4WD system. Tied thematically to the Toyota Trucks from the 80’s, the Tacoma Truck features American Racing AR23...

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2009 Toyota RAV4 Performance Sport 2009 Toyota RAV4 Performance Sport

After creating a new definition in the small sport utility vehicle (SUV) segment, the RAV4 Performance Sport goes a step further by setting a new design standard. With its glass roof and enhanced seating configuration, audio, and NAV systems, this vehicle creates a contemporary sporty interior design not seen before. Bold aggressive exterior styling, accented by 22-inch Alloy Wheels, hood scoop, and customized designed performance front with flared fender sides creates the impression that...

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2009 Toyota Matrix 6 String 2009 Toyota Matrix 6 String

Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc. and Fender Musical Instruments Corporation have partnered to create the Matrix 6-String concept car with design elements created and inspired by the world-renowned Fender Custom Shop. With Matrix's appeal to independent males who are a little rebellious in nature and like to experience things first hand and Fender's rich rock-n-roll history and credibility with the youth market, this relationship was a natural pairing.

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2009 Volvo R-Design XC90 - (Australia) 2009 Volvo R-Design XC90 - (Australia)

The expansion of the R-Design offering across the XC90 range will also see the XC90 V8 R-Design replace the XC90 V8 Sport. The XC90 V8 R-Design is fitted with Volvo’s Dynaudio Premium Sound system, complete with 12 speakers and six-stack CD player, as well as Bi-Xenon headlights with washers, Auto Dim rear view mirror, Rain Sensor wipers and the Interior Air Quality System (IAQS). The XC90 V8 R-Design also gains an aggressive quad exhaust system giving a pleasing, sportier sound. The...

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2009 Volvo R-Design V70 - (Australia) 2009 Volvo R-Design V70 - (Australia)

The new Volvo V70 T6 R-Design is imbued with a sportier essence via its unique 18-inch Cratus alloy wheels and lowered, sports-tuned suspension comprising higher-rated anti-roll bars and bushings. The V70 T6 R-Design sits 20mm lower at the front, and 15mm lower at the rear than the standard V70 T6. The R-Design styling gives the V70 a sportier look too, with a colour-matched rear spoiler, matt satin finish grille and exterior mirrors and 90 mm chrome exhaust pipes. The R-Design V70 T6...

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Toyota TRD Tundra Double Cab Concept Car Toyota TRD Tundra Double Cab Concept Car

The TRD Tundra Double Cab 4x4 Off-Road Concept starts with a 6.5-foot bed. It combines an extensive list of custom features designed to showcase new TRD products on a rugged heavy-duty off-road truck that can be used to pull a large car-hauler trailer. The 5.7-liter V8 engine has been upgraded with the new TRD supercharger system that incorporates an air-to-liquid intercooler that boosts output to approximately 500 horsepower and is 50-state emission legal.

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Toyota Tacoma V8 Incross Concept Car Toyota Tacoma V8 Incross Concept Car

The Tacoma V8 Incross concept vehicle combines several new design components and a unique color scheme with V8 power to provide an exciting new look with added passenger room, utility and performance capabilities. The first use of Toyota’s 4.7-liter, i-Force V8 engine in a Tacoma provides plenty of motivation for the Incross. The V8 produces 271 horsepower and 313 lb/ft of torque. It is equipped with TRD (Toyota Racing Development) headers and custom dual exhaust by Tube Solutions....

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Toyota TRD Tundra Street Concept Car Toyota TRD Tundra Street Concept Car

The TRD Tundra Street Concept is based on the 2007 Toyota Tundra and incorporates a host of features specially developed for this model by TRD (Toyota Racing Development), providing significant styling and handling revisions and a more powerful, supercharged engine designed to peak the interest of any serious performance enthusiast. The stock 5.7-liter DOHC VVTi V8 engine is equipped with TRD supercharger and intercooler package featuring an Eaton roots-type supercharger with an integrated...

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Toyota TRD Tacoma X Runner Concept Car Toyota TRD Tacoma X Runner Concept Car

The Toyota Racing Development (TRD) X-Runner concept explores the boundaries of sport truck power and performance. The TRD X-Runner adds several newly designed and developed components and a carefully tuned chassis, taking the truck to new levels of performance and styling. Power has been increased dramatically by modifying and upgrading the standard 4.0-liter DOHC VVT-i V6 and adding a new TRD designed supercharger and intercooler package. The supercharger features an Eaton Roots-type...

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2009 Toyota iQ, Six Degrees of Innovation 2009 Toyota iQ, Six Degrees of Innovation

The third instalment in Toyota’s series of cut-paste-and-print guides to the ground-breaking design and engineering features behind the new iQ reveals details of the car’s flat under-floor fuel tank. The usual place for a car’s fuel tank is beneath the rear seats, but in the compact interior of the iQ this would make it impossible for Toyota to achieve its goal of a sub-three-metre long car with four seats. The solution was to create a flat fuel tank, positioned beneath the vehicle...

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2009 Volvo S80 T6 AWD, Introduced - (Australia) 2009 Volvo S80 T6 AWD, Introduced - (Australia)

The dynamic and luxurious Volvo S80 enters the 2009 model year ready to expand its presence in the luxury segment with the introduction of a compact, turbocharged 3.0-litre six-cylinder T6 engine to the Volvo S80 range. The new S80 T6 AWD model joins the high-performance S80 V8 AWD, featuring a 60-degree, 4.4-litre all-alloy V8 and producing a powerful 232 kW and 440 Nm, along with the S80 D5 featuring Volvo's 2.4-litre turbodiesel that develops 136 kW and a surging 400 Nm of torque to...

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New Golf is Awarded Maximum Five-Star Euro NCAP Safety Rating New Golf is Awarded Maximum Five-Star Euro NCAP Safety Rating

The new Volkswagen Golf VI has been awarded a maximum five-star rating by the Euro NCAP (European New Car Assessment Programme) crash test agency. The new Golf’s result matches the star rating achieved by the current Golf V. However, the new Golf has received 36 out of a possible 37 points for occupant protection leading to its five-star award. In the area of pedestrian safety, the new Golf scored an impressive 3 stars. The new Golf will be among the safest vehicles currently on sale,...

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2009 Volkswagen Passat BlueMotion 2, Now on Sale - (UK) 2009 Volkswagen Passat BlueMotion 2, Now on Sale - (UK)

The most efficient, economical and environmentally friendly Passat yet produced, the new BlueMotion 2, opens for ordering this week. Building on the gains in efficiency made by the existing Passat BlueMotion, the new BlueMotion 2 features an automatic Stop/start system linked to a new 2.0-litre TDI 110 PS common rail diesel engine. This replaces the outgoing 1.9-litre TDI 105 PS unit injector powerplant. Based on a conventional Passat bodyshell the BlueMotion 2 features optimised...

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2009 Volkswagen Eos Convertible, Updated - (Global) 2009 Volkswagen Eos Convertible, Updated - (Global)

Volkswagen has expanded its Eos convertible coupé range, introducing a new entry-level model with a lower price and offering customers better value than ever. The newly introduced S trim will cost £585 less than the current entry-level Eos, which in turn gains extra specification and will now be known as SE. The Sport and Individual models will remain, but also gain additional equipment. The previous entry price for the Eos was £20,025, but prices for the new line-up start from £19,440...

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2009 Porsche 911 Turbo GTstreet R by Techart - (Global) 2009 Porsche 911 Turbo GTstreet R by Techart - (Global)

TECHART Automobildesign GmbH presents the direct successor to the TECHART GTstreet RS presented in spring – the new TECHART GTstreet R, based on the Porsche 911 Turbo. ‘Quod erat demonstrandum’ (this completes the proof). It was with this sentence that Sir Isaac Newton always completed the presentation of his mathematics and physics-based evidence. At TECHART, the phrase stands for the challenge of kitting out ‘Non plus ultra’ ex works vehicles with impressive performance capabilities....

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2009 Porsche 911 by Techart - (Global) 2009 Porsche 911 by Techart - (Global)

Only genuine TECHART individualization programs are defined by the typical TECHART features. Aesthetic and technical. Visible and invisible. One of these is a basic principle of all TECHART products: quality original equipment manufacture. The new TECHART Aerokit I for the new Porsche 911 model is characterised by its unrivalled exterior design and its inner values: optimal aerodynamic values, confirmed by wind tunnel tests and high quality polyurethane RIM throughout. And, of course, all...

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Volvo Concept Car, Based on Next Volvo S60 - (Global) Volvo Concept Car, Based on Next Volvo S60 - (Global)

Volvo Cars has teamed up with world-famous Swedish glassworks Orrefors to work on the company's next concept car, which will be a first taste of the next-generation Volvo S60. The joint creation, a floating centre stack of hand-made Orrefors crystal, will be shown for the first time at the Detroit international motor show in January 2009. In the concept car, the graceful, crystal-clear centre stack forms a gentle, calm wave from the instrument panel all the way to the rear seat...

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Volvo wagon’s low roof under threat Volvo wagon’s low roof under threat

The traditional Volvo estate with the long roof and traditional low seating position could be on the way out. Whilst the current V70 and V50 still share this classic design trait, consumers are voting with their wallets in ever increasing numbers and choosing pumped up Crossovers. Models such as the BMW X3 and X5 have been such a massive hit that even Volvo has joined the high driving position and high riding SUV and Crossover with the XC90 and XC60. Buyers will also be tempted by new...

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2009 Volkswagen Caddy Sportline, Adds Excitement to the Range - (UK) 2009 Volkswagen Caddy Sportline, Adds Excitement to the Range - (UK)

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has released prices and specifications for the exciting new Caddy Sportline and Caddy Maxi Sportline models announced last month, which along with the existing Transporter Sportline panel vans and five-seater kombi, expand Volkswagen’s stylish Sportline range to five models. Volkswagen’s Sportline range is designed for customers who want a van that stands out from the crowd and creates a dynamic and premium image, with swift performance to match. The new...

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