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April 2006 News Page

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OF 2005

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2006 Volkswagen Passat
2006 Volkswagen Passat
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Hummer Racing Validate Hummer Capabilities
30th April, 2006
Off-road desert racing is possibly the most grueling form of motor racing in the world. Recognised around the globe by races like the Baja 1000 ..... more

Jaguar Recognised for Safety Innovation
28th April, 2006
Jaguar receives the 2006 World Traffic Safety Symposium's Traffic Safety Achievement Award in the Automaker Category at a ceremony in USA ..... more

Honda’s Natural Gas Civic For New York
28th April, 2006
American Honda has announced that it will begin retailing its all-new compressed natural gas (CNG) powered Civic to New York state customers ..... more

New Mitsubishi CEO Outlines Plan For Growth
27th April, 2006
New CEO Robert McEniry today outlined his strategy to grow the Mitsubishi Motors brand in Australia ..... more

Audi Targets a Win at EuroSpeedway
27th April, 2006
After clinching a second and a third place in the season opener at Hockenheim, the Audi squad has now set a clear goal for the second DTM round at Lausitz on 30th April. To win. ..... more

Australian G4 Competitor Forced to Withdraw
27th April, 2006
Australian competitor Tom Landon-Smith (36) has been forced to withdraw from the 2006 Land Rover G4 Challenge less than 48 hours before the start of the event ..... more

Nissan Reports Record Results for FY05
27th April, 2006
Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., has announced consolidated net income of 518.1 billion yen (AU $6.03 billion), for the fiscal year ended 31st March, 2006, a new record ..... more

Mazda 6 MPS and Targa Tasmania
27th April, 2006
In an exciting development for motor racing across the world, Mazda Australia is running the new Mazda 6 MPS in the 2006 Targa Tasmania Rally ..... more

Mini Tackles 2006 Targa Tasmania
27th April, 2006
Mini is returning to motor sport with a three-car team backed by Mini Australia ..... more

Kia Reaffirms Australian Ambitions
26th April, 2006
Australian Kia dealers have expressed their concerns about the dodgy payments scandal which has embroiled the Hyundai Group in South Korea ..... more

Volkswagen at Britain's CV Show
25th April, 2006
A key factor in Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles' success has been the renewal of its van range, which will be completed with arrival of the Crafter ..... more

Vauxhall Unveils The UK's All-New Astravan
25th April, 2006
Vauxhall has pulled the wraps off its new Astravan – the latest edition of the company’s most established van brand ..... more

New BMW 3 Series Coupé
24th April, 2006
Individual style now comes in a new expression: the BMW 3 Series Coupé, offering a brand-new look ..... more

Caparo Launches Advanced Vehicle Technology Group
23rd April, 2006
Caparo is to develop an advanced automotive technology and engineering design company to be called Caparo Vehicle Technologies ..... more

Ferrari Board Meeting
23rd April, 2006
The Ferrari board met on Friday to approve the 2005 financial year figures and to increase from 11 to 13 the number of members of the Board of Directors ..... more

Audi R10 to Contest American Le Mans Series
21st April, 2006
Following the Audi R10 TDI's victorious debut at the 12-hour race at Sebring, Audi has re-defined its programme for the remaining races of the 2006 American Le Mans Series ..... more

Focus XR5 Turbo Boosts Ford Performance Arsenal
21st April, 2006
Ford has revealed the latest weapon in its high performance arsenal – the Focus XR5 Turbo; engineered in Europe and boasting performance levels that will be the envy of many larger car drivers ..... more

Aston Martin’s Retail Design Programme
21st April, 2006
Aston Martin enters 2006 with 125 dealers in 27 countries around the world, the results of an ambitious expansion led by a strong brand identity, with the emphasis on design and attention to detail ..... more

Adventure Challenge Countdown
20th April, 2006
On Sunday, 23rd April, in the thriving metropolis of Bangkok, 18 competitors will eagerly await the signal announcing the start of the 2006 Land Rover G4 Challenge ..... more

Volkswagen's Worldwide Sales Record in Q1
20th April, 2006
The Volkswagen brand achieved worldwide record sales in the first quarter of 2006. A total of 795,000 vehicles were delivered ..... more

Jaguar XJ: More Than 1,000 Miles On 1 Tank
20th April, 2006
A Jaguar XJ saloon has travelled the length of the UK on just one tank of fuel – and then went on to top 1,000 miles (1,609 kms) in total ..... more

Jeep Patriot Delivers Traditional Jeep Styling
20th April, 2006
The Jeep brand has continued its expansion into untravelled territory revealing the 2007 Jeep Patriot at the New York International Motor Show ..... more

Victory for Mitsubishi in Tunisia
20th April, 2006
Repsol Mitsubishi Ralliart Team driver Stéphane Peterhansel and co-driver Jean-Paul Cottret clinched their third victory in the Optic 2000 Rally of Tunisia on Easter Monday ..... more

Mazda Marks Production of 1 Million Mazda 6s
20th April, 2006
Mazda has announced that a special commemorative model, the Mazda Atenza '23EX Brown Leather style' will be sold in Japan ..... more

Chrysler 300C SRT8 Unleashed in Australia
19th April, 2006
Priced at $71,990, the Chrysler 300C SRT8 is the first SRT vehicle to be powered by a 6.1-litre V8 ..... more

Peugeot Round Australia Re-Run
19th April, 2006
The ‘Peugeot Round Australia Re-Run’ will start from Sydney on Sunday, 23rd April and chart a course that will take in the route from several of the original Ampol Trials ..... more

VW Crafter Makes Its World Debut Next Week
19th April, 2006
This year’s Commercial Vehicle Show at Birmingham’s NEC, in England, will see the worldwide public debut of Volkswagen’s latest model, the Crafter ..... more

New Ford Transit To Be Unveiled Next Week
19th April, 2006
The Ford stand at this year's Commercial Vehicle Show in England (26th-27th April), will be an array of new models for the commercial vehicle world ..... more

Caterham Unleashes Its New Superlight R400
19th April, 2006
British sportscar maker, Caterham, has revealed details of its latest racing-bred road car, the Superlight R400 ..... more

Start of Assembly of Hummer H3 in Russia
18th April, 2006
GM and Avtotor celebrated the start of production of the Hummer H3 in Russia at a ceremony at the Avtotor plant in Kaliningrad earlier this month ..... more

Jeep Unveils Four-Door Wrangler
18th April, 2006
Jeep has unveiled the first-ever four-door Wrangler at the New York International Motor Show ..... more

Mazda CX-9: Zoom-Zoom With Room-Room
18th April, 2006
Mazda debuted the 2007 Mazda CX-9 seven-passenger crossover sport-utility vehicle (SUV) at the New York International Motor Show ..... more

General Motors Opens "The Drive"
16th April, 2006
“The Drive” a unique, hands-on driving facility offers a first-of-its-kind “autotainment” experience within the United States ..... more

Growth for Smart In Australia
16th April, 2006
Sales of Smart cars continued to grow faster than the industry average in the light car and small car segments last month ..... more

Aston Martin V8 Vantage Voted Best Design
16th April, 2006
Aston Martin’s V8 Vantage and DB9 have taken first and third places in a high profile poll of automotive design professionals ..... more

16th April, 2006
This year marks the 40th Anniversary of the BMW 02 Series ..... more

All-New Suzuki XL7 Makes World Debut
14th April, 2006
Suzuki debuted the all-new Suzuki XL7 at the 2006 New York Motor Show. With the introduction of the new model, Suzuki is moving forward to the next chapter in its ongoing SUV success story ..... more

All-New Kia Carens
14th April, 2006
Kia Motors Corporation yesterday issued the first official photos of its all-new Carens compact MPV ..... more

Bentley Continental GTC
13th April, 2006
The Continental GTC, Bentley Motors new luxury 2+2 convertible, will be unveiled at the New York International Automobile Show this week ..... more

Volvo Car Announces C70 Pricing
12th April, 2006
Volvo Car has planned a 3rd quarter arrival of its second-generation C70 in Australian showrooms ..... more

Honda’s New Jazz
12th April, 2006
In one of the strangest moves by a marketing department I have ever seen, Honda has 'aired' a television commercial featuring an animated Honda Jazz ..... more

Eight Year High For Chrysler Jeep
12th April, 2006
The arrival of the 300C has helped lift combined Chrysler Jeep sales to an eight year high ..... more

Nissan Pathfinder Ti Now With Diesel Option
12th April, 2006
Nissan has broadened its Pathfinder range with the addition of a luxury Pathfinder Ti diesel ..... more

Ford Posts Strong Small Car Sales In March
12th April, 2006
Fiesta registered 517 sales for the month, while Focus sales of 1,311 vehicles saw it record its best first quarter result ..... more

The New BMW Z4 Roadster
12th April, 2006
Toting 252 kW and 365 Nm of torque, the 3.2-litre BMW M Roadster arrives in unison with new 2.5si and 3.0si Z4 models that rewrite the rules ..... more

General Motors to Sell Equity Stake in Isuzu Motors Ltd
11th April, 2006
General Motors today announced it would sell its 7.9 percent equity stake in Isuzu Motors Ltd.  The commercial partnership between GM and Isuzu will continue ..... more

Record Demand for Mercedes-Benz Cars
11th April, 2006
Australians bought more Mercedes-Benz cars in the first three months of this year than ever before, the company reported last week ..... more

Reversing Sensor for Caravans
11th April, 2006
Reversing, the bane of every novice caravanner, has now just got easier ..... more

New Volvo XC90 For New York Motor Show
10th April, 2006
The Volvo XC90 rolled onto the scene with a range of innovations that elevated the segment into an entirely new dimension ..... more

Great March Closes Mazda’s Record Financial Year
10th April, 2006
Mazda Australia has closed the 2005/2006 financial year strongly, retailing a near record 5,706 vehicles last month, according to VFACTS figures ..... more

Aston Martin Rolls Bentley and Ferrari
10th April, 2006
Last month, Aston Martin rolled the competition by delivering 14 cars in Australia ..... more

New Line-Up for Land Rover Discovery 3
10th April, 2006
Land Rover is rationalising the Discovery 3 line-up adding as standard, leather interiors and automatic climate control on all models in the new range ..... more

Open Top Alfas Head For Home!
10th April, 2006
There will be only one place for the owners of open top Alfa Romeos on 27th May, when the legendary Italian car maker holds a parade of its open top cars ..... more

Mercedes-Benz R-Series Arrives Next Month
10th April, 2006
The R-Class range, which starts from $82,900 builds on the strengths of established vehicle categories such as the E-Class Estate and M-Class ..... more

Ford Designs And Builds New V8 Diesel Engine
10th April, 2006
The launch of a new V8 diesel engine at Ford's Dagenham Diesel Centre has further strengthened the site's role as the company's global centre for diesel engineering and manufacturing ..... more

Holden Hot Rod To Thrill At Adelaide Motor Show
7th April, 2006
South Australians get their chance to see first hand the wild-style hot rod that reinvents the classic FJ Holden, EFIJY, at this weekend's Adelaide Motor Show ..... more

The New Audi TT Coupe
7th April, 2006
The TT, launched in 1998 – sharpened the profile of the Audi brand. Now the second generation of this model is making its debut. The new TT Coupé is even more dynamic than its predecessor ..... more

Civic Paves Way for Honda’s March Result
6th April, 2006
Honda Australia has set a new March sales record of 4,611 units, up 543 over March 2005 ..... more

Subaru Marches On
6th April, 2006
Subaru achieved record March sales of 3,607 units, up 14.5 per cent over the same month last year ..... more

The New Passat - Full of Unexpected Pleasures
6th April, 2006
What happens when designers interpret a clear, logical, intuitively perceivable style with even more power, muscle and passion than ever before can be seen in the new Volkswagen Passat ..... more

Mercedes-Benz At Techno Classica 2006
5th April, 2006
About a month before its official inauguration, the new Mercedes-Benz Museum will be the central theme at the Techno Classica in Essen ..... more

Lance Armstrong To Drive Corvette Pace Car
5th April, 2006
Two racing icons will unite when Lance Armstrong of Tour de France fame, drives the Chevrolet Corvette Z06 pace car in America's Indianapolis 500 ..... more

All-New Mazda CX-9 For New York Motor Show
5th April, 2006
Mazda has announced that it will showcase the new 3.5 litre V6 Mazda CX-9 seven-passenger crossover SUV at the New York Motor Show ..... more

Holden Displays New Engines in Brisbane
5th April, 2006
Holden’s new flagship performance engine and the Aussie-built V6 for Rodeo will be on display at the Brisbane 4x4 Show, commencing 7th April ..... more

Morgan 4-seater Returns
4th April, 2006
The new Morgan 4-seater models that made their debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2006 are now available for sale in Australia ..... more

Auto Union Type C For Techno Classica 2006
4th April, 2006
The 'Techno Classica' international classic car exhibition in Essen will host Audi Tradition's stunning Auto Union Type C racing car from 1936 ..... more

Volvo's Sensational Sensor
4th April, 2006
In 1976 Volvo presented a world first in the environmental area - the three-way catalytic converter with Lambda sensor for exhaust emission control ..... more

World Premiere Of All-New Suzuki XL-7
4th April, 2006
The New York Motor Show (NYIAS) is the venue for the global debut of Suzuki's next head-turning vehicle, the all-new 3.6 litre V6 XL-7 ..... more

Trofeo Audemars Piguet Maserati Europa
4th April, 2006
Italian Alberto Cerrai, current champion of the Trofeo Maserati, won the first race of the 2006 Trofeo Audemars Piguet Maserati Europa on Sunday ..... more

New Smart ‘Super Stacker’ In Melbourne
4th April, 2006
Not content with the towering success of the previous Smart stacker that has been appearing around Australia, Smart has gone one better ..... more

Ambrose Scores First NASCAR Points
3rd April, 2006
Former V8 Supercar driver, Marcos Ambrose has made an impressive, but ultimately tough debut in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series at Martinsville in Virginia (USA) yesterday ..... more

Travelling Australia: A Conquest of Discovery
3rd April, 2006
Responding to the demand for motorised RVs has seen Jayco become recognised as one of the country’s premier builders of motorhomes ..... more

New V6-powered Outlander for NY Motor Show
3rd April, 2006
The North American Mitsubishi Outlander will be powered by a new high performance 3-litre V6 MIVEC engine to deliver outstanding acceleration and high-speed cruising performance ..... more

Saab BioPower Hybrid Concept
3rd April, 2006
The innovative Saab BioPower Hybrid Concept, making its world premiere at the Stockholm Motor Show (30th March - 9th April, 2006), delivers zero fossil CO2 emissions ..... more

Jeep Commander Earns High Safety Rating
3rd April, 2006
The Jeep Commander has received the highest rating for frontal-impact crash protection from America's NHTSA ..... more

Kia To Unveil New Carens In Madrid
3rd April, 2006
Kia Motors has announced its all-new Carens compact MPV will make its world premiere at the forthcoming Madrid Motor Show ..... more

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