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February 2006 News Page

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2006 Ford Focus XR5
The Ford Focus XR5 arrives in May 2006
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Daewoo's New Holden Captiva
28th February, 2006
Holden’s new Daewoo-built sports utility vehicle will be called Captiva and will be powered by a new 3.2-litre Global V6 all-alloy engine ..... more

Saab Aero X Concept
28th February, 2006
The Saab Aero X concept harnesses the power of Saab's aviation and Scandinavian roots to make a unique statement in performance car design ..... more

Mercedes-Benz B-Class Diesel Coming
28th February, 2006
The new B 180 CDI, which arrives in Australia from May, is the first of five new diesel models the company plans to launch in the next twelve months ..... more

Mitsubishi Offers Limited Edition 380
28th February, 2006
What do you get when you take a limited number of the award-winning Mitsubishi 380 and add many of the features you would normally only find in high-end signature models? ..... more

Extra value for Jeep Grand Cherokee
28th February, 2006
Jeep has released a limited edition Grand Cherokee Navigator pack adding up to $4,500 of extra value at no additional cost ..... more

FPV Gets The Drift
27th February, 2006
Ford Performance Vehicles will whip up another storm with its F6 Typhoon following the unveiling of an “unofficial” concept car at yesterday’s ninth annual FPV Family Open Day ..... more

DTM: Audi Signs Ickx and Scheider
27th February, 2006
Audi has resigned former DTM driver Timo Scheider and the Belgian born Vanina Ickx who will contest the 2006 DTM ..... more

DTM: Merecedes Signs Lauda and Stoddart
27th February, 2006
In the 2006 season, 23-year-old Susie Stoddart from Scotland and Austrian Mathias Lauda, 25, will debut in the DTM in AMG Mercedes-Benz C-Class touring cars ..... more

World Premiere of the Most Economical Polo Ever
27th February, 2006
In Geneva, Volkswagen will present its first series production vehicle under the BlueMotion banner: the Polo BlueMotion ..... more

WRC Leaders Ford Seek Treble In Mexico
27th February, 2006
The unbeaten BP-Ford World Rally Team will take its lead in the FIA World Rally Championship to Mexico this week ..... more

BMW 323i Sedan Expands The 3 Line-Up
27th February, 2006
Set to join the 323i Touring which also arrives in June, the 323i Sedan will be priced from $64,800 (RRP) for the six-speed manual ..... more

Euro NCAP issues wake-up call to industry
26th February, 2006
A wake-up call for the motor industry as Euro NCAP awards two star strike-through for the new Chevrolet Aveo sedan (Holden Barina sedan) ..... more

Porsche 911 GT3: Geneva Debut
26th February, 2006
In addition to the 911 Turbo, Porsche is presenting another new sportscar at the Geneva Motor Show. The new 911 GT3 will be unveiled ..... more

Citroen C3 Now Automatically Faster And Better
26th February, 2006
Citroen has launched the revised C3 in Australia with the automatic C3 boasting a 1.6 litre engine to replace the previous 1.4 litre power unit ..... more

Peugeot 207 Achieves 5 Stars In Euro NCAP Result
26th February, 2006
A Euro NCAP 5 star occupant protection, 3 star pedestrian protection and 4 star child protection rating has not been achieved before by a super mini ..... more

Last Monaro To Shine In Emerald
24th February, 2006
The country Queensland businessman who bought the very last current generation Monaro in a global auction seen his historic coupe for the first time today ..... more

Dodge Hornet concept for Geneva
24th February, 2006
Dodge will inject attitude into another vehicle segment when it unveils an aggressively styled small car concept at the Geneva Motor Show next week ..... more

Holden At The Brisbane Motor Show
24th February, 2006
The stunning custom EFIJY will make its Queensland debut alongside current Holden models at the Brisbane Motor Show from Friday 3rd March ..... more

Citroen C4 VTR Provides Sporting Practicality
24th February, 2006
Citroën is combining practicality with a new performance edge for the Citroën C4 range with the launch of the Citroën C4 VTR five door ..... more

Audi Continues Success: Annual Press Conference
23rd February, 2006
Audi has posted record figures again in the 2005 financial year for revenue, profit before tax, production and vehicle sales ..... more

Jayco Boosts Demand For Fiat Vans
23rd February, 2006
Growth in the popularity of motorised recreational vehicle (RV) ownership is helping Fiat Commercial expand its business ..... more

BMW at the 76th Geneva Motor Show
23rd February, 2006
The BMW Group is once again celebrating a premiere at this year’s Geneva Motor Show in launching the BMW Z4 M Coupé and the BMW Z4 Coupé 3.0si ..... more

Lamborghini Murciélago LP640
23rd February, 2006
Automobili Lamborghini will present the passionately developed evolution of the Lamborghini Murciélago Coupé at the 76th Geneva Motor Show next week ..... more

Audi RS 4 now also in Avant and Cabriolet
22nd February, 2006
Audi will be offering additional versions of the RS 4. Following the successful market launch of the saloon, the Avant and Cabriolet versions will be available from mid-year ..... more

Prince Andrew Visits Rolls-Royce
22nd February, 2006
His Royal Highness The Duke of York yesterday visited the Rolls-Royce Motor Cars manufacturing plant and head office at Goodwood ..... more

Mini Record Breaker Arrives in Australia
22nd February, 2006
Last year, the Mini factory in Oxford (England) achieved its aim of producing more than 200,000 cars in one year, and that milestone model has arrived in Australia ..... more

Forester’s Millionth Milestone
21st February, 2006
Subaru Forester production has passed the one million mark just nine years and three months after the first model was made in December 1996 ..... more

Shepparton's Moke Muster
21st February, 2006
The 40th anniversary of Australian Moke production is being celebrated with the first National Moke Muster ..... more

McNish Bids To Make History In Audi's Diesel Racer
21st February, 2006
Allan McNish will aim to become the first Briton to win the Le Mans 24 Hour race driving a diesel-powered sportscar ..... more

UK Competitor Selected For 2006 G4 Challenge
21st February, 2006
Brian Reynolds, a railway engineer, has beaten two other UK finalists in the Land Rover G4 Challenge to take his place as the UK representative ..... more

Ford's S-Max And Galaxy For Geneva
20th February, 2006
Ford Motor Company today announced the arrival of two all-new interpretations of the modern people carrier. The sporty new Ford S-Max and the spacious new Ford Galaxy ..... more

Mazda Starts Production of the CX-7
20th February, 2006
Mazda Motor Corporation today held a ceremony to mark the start of production of the all-new Mazda CX-7 ..... more

BMW's New Biturbo 6-Cylinder Engine
20th February, 2006
BMW is set to tear the wraps off a production-ready biturbo version of its acclaimed petrol-powered six-cylinder at the 2006 Geneva Motor Show ..... more

Citroen At Brisbane Motor Show
20th February, 2006
Queenslanders will get their first sight of the world's safest car, a vehicle that is designed to protect people inside and outside of the car ..... more

North America's New Hummer H3 X
19th February, 2006
Less than a year after the H3 went on sale, Hummer has announced, at the Chicago Motor Show, a new model called H3 X, based on the H3 Street Concept ..... more

Audi S6 V10 for Australia
19th February, 2006
The new Audi S6 is characterised by a refined flow of power in conjunction with superlative comfort and an elegantly understated appearance ..... more

Dodge At Geneva Motor Show
19th February, 2006
The introduction of the Caliber and Nitro marks the arrival of two new contenders in the competitive C- and mid-size SUV segments ..... more

Holden's First Barina Sedan
19th February, 2006
Holden’s light car line-up has a new addition - and it is made in communist China! (CORRECTION: The Barina sedan is made in South Korea) ..... more

Volkswagen's Compact AWD Concept Vehicle
17th February, 2006
Volkswagen has revealed its latest design study, the Concept A, a crossover between a sports car and a compact SUV ..... more

Ford Territory SR
17th February, 2006
Ford unveiled a special edition model of its popular award winning Territory at the Melbourne Motor Show – the Ford Territory SR ..... more

Europe's Seat Ibiza For 2006
17th February, 2006
The new Seat Ibiza has now arrived in Seat’s European dealer network. Seat's most successful model has undergone a major styling transformation ..... more

Kia Cee’d Concept Car
17th February, 2006
Kia will unveil a new concept car at the Geneva Motor Show. The show car, named Cee’d (pronounced ‘seed’) ..... more

Maserati Celebrates With A New GranSport
17th February, 2006
Maserati is celebrating its victory in the 2005 FIA GT Manufactures' Cup with a limited edition Maserati GranSport ..... more

Wraps Come Off New Mazda Tribute
16th February, 2006
Boasting a new look and a host of mechanical upgrades Mazda’s updated Tribute made its global debut at the Melbourne Motor Show ..... more

Mercedes-Benz At The Geneva Motor Show
16th February, 2006
A few new models from Mercedes-Benz will be making their debut at the Geneva Motor Show. They include the CLS 63 AMG and CLK 63 AMG ..... more

Peugeot At The Geneva Motor Show
16th February, 2006
At the 76th Geneva International Motor Show the Peugeot 207 will make its world première and is set to be the ‘star of the show’ ..... more

High Performance Maybach 57 S
16th February, 2006
The Mercedes-AMG tweaked Maybach 57 S, boasting a 6-litre V12 biturbo engine and 450 kW of power is on show for the first time in Australia ..... more

Falcon SR & New E-Gas Model Range Revealed
16th February, 2006
A new special edition Falcon was revealed at the Melbourne Motor Show, alongside an expanded range of dedicated E-Gas Falcons ..... more

Audi Launches ‘Audi Exclusive Line’
16th February, 2006
Audi has launched a new interior trim package ‘Audi exclusive line’ for the A3, A4 and A6 model range in Australia ..... more

Honda Updates Sports Models
15th February, 2006
Honda Australia has unveiled a sports variant of its Accord Euro sedan and a facelifted S2000 at the Melbourne Motor Show ..... more

Opel GT: A European Legend Returns
15th February, 2006
The new two-seat GT features an exciting design with sharply cut lines, rear-wheel drive and a potent petrol-fuelled 2-litre four-cylinder turbo engine with direct injection ..... more

Suzuki WRC Concept To Debut At Geneva
15th February, 2006
Suzuki's concept for a world rally car will be appearing at the Geneva Motor Show next month. It is based on the new SX4 ..... more

Land Rover Worldwide Sales Boom In January
15th February, 2006
Land Rover has got off to a flying start with a record breaking January. Global sales are up 22% against the same period last year at just over 15,000 units making this the best January ever for the 4x4 manufacturer ..... more

Ferrari At Brisbane Motor Show
15th February, 2006
Ferrari importers, Ateco, will display the F430 and the 612 Scaglietti at the Brisbane Motor Show in March (3rd-12th March, 2006) ..... more

New Special Edition BF Falcon XR6 Cab Chassis
14th February, 2006
Only 300 of the new special edition models will be made, to go on sale in May ..... more

America's Honda Civic Si Sedan Concept
14th February, 2006
The Civic Si Sedan Concept provides strong hints of the styling and performance for a production Civic Si Sedan scheduled to go on sale across America later this year ..... more

New Mercedes-Benz S-Class
14th February, 2006
The Mercedes-Benz S-Class has made its Australian debut at the Melbourne Motor Show and will be arriving in Mercedes-Benz dealers this month ..... more

Porsche 911 Turbo For Geneva Motor Show
13th February, 2006
Porsche is extending its current product range with the addition of a new 911 Turbo. The sixth generation of the 911 series’ top-of-the-range model will be celebrating its world premiere on 28th February, 2006 ..... more

Mazda 3 MPS To Debut At Geneva Motor Show
13th February, 2006
Mazda Motor Corporation will showcase the world premiere of the new high-performance Mazda 3 MPS, as well as present the European debut of the Kabura concept vehicle, at the 76th annual Geneva International Motor Show ..... more

Audi Quickens Heartbeats With New RS 4
13th February, 2006
The hero of the A4 range is Audi’s all-new RS4 supercar, which is displayed alongside the superlative new Audi S8 sports luxury limousine at Melbourne's Motor Show ..... more

Fiat Grande Punto For Brisbane's Motor Show
13th February, 2006
Following its Australian debut at Melbourne's Motor Show, the Fiat Grande Punto will, also, be on display at Brisbane's Motor Show in March ..... more

Thai-built Mitsubishi Truck Exports To Increase
13th February, 2006
Mitsubishi Motors Corporation announced today that the export of the new Triton trucks produced at Mitsubishi Motors (Thailand) Co., Ltd., are to move onto a full-scale footing in the second half of 2006 ..... more

Subaru B9 Tribeca: Here Within A Year
12th February, 2006
Subaru’s B9 Tribeca – which goes on sale in Australia late this year or early next year, at the latest – has been awarded top crash test ratings by America’s NHTSA ..... more

England's Freestream T1 Design Issues
12th February, 2006
As the world’s first road car to exceed 1,000bhp-per-tonne the Freestream T1 is perhaps bound to grab the headlines ..... more

Ford Territory Turbo
12th February, 2006
The all new turbo Territory models are a Ford Australia engineering innovation – it's no small task mating one of Ford's most popular engines to Australia's most successful Sports Utility Vehicle ..... more

Renault Commitment 2009
12th February, 2006
Renault's President and Chief Executive Officer Carlos Ghosn announced "Renault Commitment 2009," a growth plan whose ambition is to make and sustain Renault as the most profitable European volume car company ..... more

Legendary Caterhams go under the hammer
12th February, 2006
Never ones to follow tradition, British sports car manufacturer, Caterham, are to auction a selection of their most celebrated used Sevens ..... more

Mazda CX-7: Arriving Late 2006
12th February, 2006
The all-new CX-7 will go on sale in November, making Australia the first market outside of North America to receive the Mazda crossover SUV ..... more

NISMO 350Z at the Melbourne International Motor Show
12th February, 2006
Nissan unveils the NISMO 350Z sports coupe fitted with racing and styling parts designed by Nissan’s famed motorsport arm ..... more

Subaru’s Liberty Blitzen
12th February, 2006
Subaru unveiled the limited edition Liberty Blitzen at the 2006 Melbourne International Motor Show ..... more

Ford Focus XR5 Turbo Pricing Announced
10th February, 2006
The latest addition to Ford Australia's high performance arsenal, the new Focus XR5 Turbo, will go on sale in May with a recommended retail price of $35,990 ..... more

New Saab 9-5 Fresh Face, Bold Styling
9th February, 2006
The new Saab 9-5 made its first appearance in Australia today at the Melbourne International Motor Show ..... more

Holden History And Future Unveiled At Melbourne
9th February, 2006
Holden pays homage to an Australian icon at the 2006 Melbourne International Motor Show with a specially customised Monaro, while the T2X concept, with its compact SUV style and bold coupe lines, point to possible future design cues ..... more

S8 Tops Audi’s Melbourne Motor Show Line-Up
9th February, 2006
Audi’s race-bred S8 supercar heads up an impressive display of performance cars at this year’s Melbourne International Motor Show ..... more

Chrysler To Expand Model Range
9th February, 2006
Chrysler yesterday confirmed the pending arrival of four new vehicles including a diesel within six months ..... more

Jeep To Expand Model Range
8th February, 2006
Jeep is planning a greater presence in Australia this year with the company confirming two new models for 2006; the Grand Cherokee SRT-8 and the Commander ..... more

Europe's New Chevrolet Epica From Daewoo
8th February, 2006
Europe's new Chevrolet Epica, sourced from Daewoo, is the brand’s first mid-size model to be launched in Europe and will come with a choice of two transversely mounted engines ..... more

Porsche Cayman For Melbourne Motor Show
8th February, 2006
Porsche is back at the Melbourne Motor Show for 2006 with its brand new Cayman S coupe, which will be the centrepiece of the Porsche show stand ..... more

All Time Record Sales for Honda
7th February, 2006
After recording its third year of record sales of 28% in 2005, Honda has started 2006 recording its highest ever monthly sales of 4,751 units ..... more

Subaru's new Impreza 2.0i Luxury
7th February, 2006
Subaru has launched a special edition Impreza 2.0i Luxury that offers more than $6,300-worth of extras for a price premium of just $2,000 (RRP) above the entry level Impreza 2.0i ..... more

Ford Reveals a Stylish New Escape
7th February, 2006
"The Melbourne International Motor Show marks the first time this new vehicle is being shown before going on sale throughout Asia Pacific later this year," said Ford Australia President Tom Gorman ..... more

‘Auto Motor Und Sport’ Readers Vote Audi Models Top
7th February, 2006
Audi was victorious three times in the recent "auto motor und sport" (ams) readers' poll ..... more

Dodge Introduces All-new 2007 Dodge Nitro
7th February, 2006
The Dodge brand — which is coming to Australia — is spicing up the American mid-size SUV segment with the 2007 Dodge Nitro ..... more

Freestream T1: Britain's new sports car
7th February, 2006
Developed for road and track, the ultra lightweight British 2-seater will offer a near Formula One performance experience ..... more

Focus Claims Ford's 50th World Rally Win
6th February, 2006
Marcus Grönholm and Timo Rautiainen scored Ford's 50th world rally victory when they won the Swedish Rally in a Ford Focus RS World Rally Car at the weekend ..... more

The Very Last Monaro
6th February, 2006
The last VZ Monaro coupe built by Holden has been painted with a custom colour and modified by Holden's Design and Engineering departments to reflect its iconic place in Australian automotive history ..... more

Smallest Cars Biggest Winners in January Sales
6th February, 2006
Sales of the smallest passenger cars boomed in January as the Australian motor vehicle market continued on its record-setting way ..... more

New from Mercedes-AMG: SL 55 AMG and SL 65 AMG
6th February, 2006
The SL 55 AMG and SL 65 AMG are now even more sporty and exclusive. Both high-performance AMG Roadsters have made further gains in terms of technology, design and appointments ..... more

Kia at Geneva Motor Show
6th February, 2006
Kia Motors Corporation will reveal three new vehicles when the 76th Salon de l’Automobiles, one of Europe’s most prestigious motor shows ..... more

Boost to Porsche Carrera Cup in UK
6th February, 2006
Competitors in the 2006 Porsche Carrera Cup GB Championship, will not only enjoy the thrill of racing the new Type 997 911 GT3 Cup but will also be racing for longer and for bigger cash prizes ..... more

Mitsubishi and Proton sign memorandum
5th February, 2006
Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) and Proton Holdings Berhad (Proton) have signed a memorandum of understanding for wider areas of corporation ..... more

Five Awards For The Maserati Quattroporte
5th February, 2006
The Maserati Quattroporte has won five automotive awards in the first four weeks of 2006 ..... more

Audi Continues 2005 Success
5th February, 2006
Audi Australia has recorded an all-time sales high for the month of January 2006, up 40% on its January 2005 sales result ..... more

Renault Altica Concept Car
5th February, 2006
Renault has taken the wraps off its new concept car, Altica, a sporty estate that combines flowing lines with a spacious interior. Its dynamic stance is underpinned by a long bonnet and curved forms ..... more

Honda Launches All-New Civic Range
5th February, 2006
Honda Australia has launched the eighth-generation Civic with new levels of power, fuel economy, refinement and comfort ..... more

Volkswagen Jetta Arrives In Australia
5th February, 2006
This dynamic new sports sedan is an important addition to the Volkswagen model range in Australia and will be a significant sales volume contributor ..... more

Mitsubishi At The Geneva Motor Show
2nd February, 2006
Mitsubishi Motors Europe unveils two radical new concept cars – Concept-EZ MIEV and Concept-X – as well as the striking new Colt CZC convertible at the Geneva Motor Show ..... more

Volvo Reveals Details Of All New S80
2nd February, 2006
Volvo has released the first details of its all new S80 saloon prior to its world debut at the 76th International Motor Show in Geneva (2nd - 12th March, 2006) ..... more

London's Design Museum Chooses The Citroen C6
2nd February, 2006
The Design Museum has already played host to a display dedicated to the Citroen DS and its influences on a wide range of car designs and now its successor, the Citroen C6 ..... more

Nissan At The Geneva Motor Show
2nd February, 2006
The Geneva Motor Show represents the world premiere of the Nissan Terranaut, a 4x4 vehicle which is intended for explorers and those customers with a spirit of adventure who want to travel to the extreme corners of the globe ..... more

Porsche 911 and Carrera GT are Germany's Best Sports Cars
2nd February, 2006
The "best sports cars" are Porsches again this year. Readers of "auto motor und sport" magazine voted the 911 (type 997) and the Carrera GT in the top two positions of "the best cars" in the "sports cars" category ..... more

Audi R10 Clocks Fastest Time
1st February, 2006
The new Audi R10 has proven successful after three days of extensive Winter Testing at Sebring, Florida, making AUDI AG’s ambitious target of taking victory at the Le Mans 24 Hour Race with a diesel-powered sports car all the more promising ..... more

Flagships star in GM Holden's export record
1st February, 2006
GM Holden has set a new vehicle export record for the company, breaking through the 60,000-vehicle barrier for the first time in 2005 ..... more

Citroen C4 Goes Diesel Hybrid
1st February, 2006
Citroen has released details of the Citroën C4 Diesel Hybrid, which adds remarkable fuel economy and low emissions to the Citroën C4's catalogue of technical advances ..... more

Mazda 3 Leads Strong Mazda Sales
1st February, 2006
Strong sales of the Mazda 3 sedan and hatch ensured a buoyant start to the new year for Mazda, with the importer achieving 5,384 sales last month ..... more

Peugeot Unveils Diesel Hybrid Technology
1st February, 2006
Peugeot has unveiled a 307 concept vehicle, featuring a diesel-electric hybrid power train, the Peugeot 307 ‘Hybride’ HDi ..... more

Saab 9-3 SportCombi Arrives
1st February, 2006
Saab is hoping to attract new customers from the traditional SUV segment with the launch of its European sport wagon, the all new 9-3 SportCombi ..... more

LOOKING BACK - 1946 Volkswagen Beetle
1st February, 2006
Production numbers were tiny by comparison when the incredible story of Volkswagen’s success began 60 years ago ..... more

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