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July 2006 News Page

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All-New Triton Tough One-Tonne Ute
All-New Triton Tough One-Tonne Ute
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Peter Schreyer To Head Kia Design Teams
31st July, 2006
Kia Motors Corporation announced today that it has appointed automotive industry designer Peter Schreyer to the new position of Chief Design Officer ..... more

Mitsubishi Revises And Expands Colt Range
31st July, 2006
There's the introduction of a manual transmission across all models and the introduction of two new image products - the Colt Ralliart and the Colt Cabriolet ..... more

New Audi A4 Cabriolet Launched In Australia
31st July, 2006
The new Audi Cabriolet is priced at $83,400 (RRP) and $107,800 (RRP) for the 4-cylinder and V6 models respectively ..... more

GM's Global Sales Grow as U.S. Market Stabilises
30th July, 2006
General Motors reported second quarter global sales (April - June) of 2,400,000 vehicles ..... more

Renault Sales Slip
30th July, 2006
In first-half 2006, the Renault group's world-wide sales declined by 3.2% on first-half 2005 to 1,315,351 units ..... more

Volkswagen increases deliveries
30th July, 2006
The Volkswagen Group sold more vehicles, substantially increased sales revenue and improved earnings in the first six months of 2006 ..... more

Nissan's New Global Light Truck Platform
28th July, 2006
Nissan Motor Co., Ltd, has developed a new global platform for light duty trucks (LDTs) on which the new Cabstar will be built ..... more

Open-Air Vehicles on the Rise
28th July, 2006
Mercedes-Benz is reinforcing its position as the world's leading supplier of convertibles and roadsters in the premium and luxury segment ..... more

New Six-Speed Auto For V8 Commodores
28th July, 2006
General Motors’ electronically controlled six-speed automatic transmission will be offered in all V8 variants of the all-new VE Commodore range ..... more

Australian Off Road Championship
27th July, 2006
Although two rounds of the Australian Off Road Championship (Mildura in August and Goondiwindi in October) are still to be contested, Mitsubishi is quietly confident that a sixth Class Seven title in a row is just about a certainty ..... more

A Sinking Feeling For Mazda
27th July, 2006
Mazda has been advised that the Mitsui OSK Lines' Cougar Ace has ran into trouble off the Alaskan coast ..... more

Coventry Transport Museum News
27th July, 2006
Moving the Mail: Horses to Horsepower is the latest exhibition from The British Postal Museum & Archive (BPMA). It traces the fascinating history of road transport in the postal service in the UK ..... more

National Motor Museum News
26th July, 2006
Sunday 16th July 2006 saw the opening of a display by the Gawler Veteran, Vintage & Classic Vehicle Club at the National Motor Museum in Birdwood, SA ..... more

Porsche 911 GT3 RSR to debut at Spa
26th July, 2006
The 997-based Porsche 911 GT3 RSR will make its world motor sport debut at the famous Spa 24 Hour race this Saturday, 29th July ..... more

Volvo C30
25th July, 2006
The C30's design is definitely distinct with two doors, four individual seats, and a glass tailgate ..... more

Holden VE: Fuel Economy Figures
24th July, 2006
GM Holden today released fuel economy figures for its all-new VE series Commodore sedan range ..... more

100 Million Nissans
24th July, 2006
Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., today announced it reached a new milestone in June with the production of its 100 millionth vehicle ..... more

Two New Models for Mercedes M-Class
24th July, 2006
Mercedes-Benz has confirmed the M-Class, will be joined by the entry level V6 diesel ML 280 CDI and the range-topping ML 63 AMG in October ..... more

XC90 Sport – a new version of Volvo’s SUV
24th July, 2006
Volvo Car Corporation is expanding the XC90 range with a new variant – the Volvo XC90 Sport ..... more

Volkswagen Golf R32 Arrives In Australia
23rd July, 2006
The 184 kW Golf R32 with its individual looks and standard all-wheel drive represents Volkswagens second venture into the segment of high-power compact and midrange vehicles ..... more

Fiat 500 to enter Guinness Book of Records
23rd July, 2006
The Fiat 500 has qualified for The Guinness Book of Records, as more than 750 Cinquecentisti provided the world’s longest one model traffic jam ..... more

Kia's New European Car
23rd July, 2006
Kia Motors Corporation issued the first photographs of its all-new European car – code named ‘ED’ – at the British International Motor Show in London ..... more

Audi S8 for Keke Rosberg
23rd July, 2006
Former Formula 1 Champion Keke Rosberg used the opportunity of the Norisring race to pick up his new car in Ingolstadt ..... more

Lotus Europa S
21st July, 2006
The new Lotus Europa S, a Grand Tourer (GT) inspired two-seater, will provide Lotus customers a sports car with significantly enhanced levels of touring and cruising capability ..... more

Aston Martin's Project 30,000
21st July, 2006
Hours after a V8 Vantage completed a gruelling 24 hours at the Nürburgring, 30 Aston Martin employees marked a significant milestone for the company by taking to the wheel of another Vantage and completing 30,000 miles in 30 days ..... more

Ferrari Panamerican 20,000
21st July, 2006
After the success of last year’s “Ferrari 15,000 Red Miles” tour of China by two 612 Scagliettis driven by a team of international journalists, Ferrari has announced another challenge for this year, the Panamerican 20,000 ..... more

Caparo Prepares For Market
21st July, 2006
Caparo Vehicle Technologies has appointed Cars International, based at Canary Wharf in the heart of London, as its first dealer ..... more

Touareg's little brother is called Tiguan
21st July, 2006
Although it is still 2 years away, Volkswagen has announced that it will call its new compact SUV the Tiguan. Not only the vehicle, but also the decision on the name is a brave journey into new terrain ..... more

Trackside With Mazda At London Motor Show
21st July, 2006
Throughout the fortnight of the show, visitors will be able to enjoy a unique driving experience, piloting a Mazda RX-8 PZ and Mazda MX-5 on a purpose-built Driving Dynamics Test Track ..... more

Mitsubishi Refreshes Grandis People-Mover
21st July, 2006
Mitsubishi has refreshed its Grandis people-mover line-up with the renaming of its entry model, and the introduction of a new VRX model ..... more

Porsche 911 range continues to expand
21st July, 2006
The Porsche 911 range is set to expand further with the introduction of the new 911 Targa 4 and 4S models later this year ..... more

Jaguar Debuts Three New Models In London
20th July, 2006
At this week's British International Motor Show, Jaguar unveiled three new models, the XKR, the new XJ Long Wheelbase Diesel and the XJR Portfolio ..... more

Mazda MX-5 Roadster Coupe Debuts In London
20th July, 2006
The MX-5 Roadster Coupe goes on sale in Australia in October and will be priced at less than $50,000 ..... more

Land Rover Reveals All-New Freelander 2
20th July, 2006
Land Rover's all-new Freelander 2 has made its world debut at the British International Motor Show at ExCeL in London's Docklands ..... more

Holden Announces Pricing For New Commodore
19th July, 2006
Holden has released pricing for the all-new wagon-less VE series Holden Commodore range ..... more

BMW Announces Pricing for 3 Series Coupés
19th July, 2006
The 3 Series Coupés will arrive in dealers in October in 325i and 335i six-cylinder guise ..... more

Volkswagen Joins Clean Energy Partnership
19th July, 2006
Volkswagen has joined the Clean Energy Partnership. The world’s most versatile hydrogen demonstration project for emission free mobility ..... more

Audi R10 TDI Takes On Fighter-Jet
19th July, 2006
To demonstrate the enormous potential of TDI Power, the Le Mans-winning R10 has gone head-to-head with the famous Harrier GR7 "Jump Jet" as part of the Goodwood Festival of Speed ..... more

Renault Launches the New Clio Campus
19th July, 2006
On sale now, the Clio Campus is priced from $18,990* for the five-speed manual version and $21,490* for the automatic transmission ..... more

Ford Unveils Coolest Car At The London Motor Show
18th July, 2006
Ford today celebrates the success of the Ford Focus – the UK 's most popular car – with the unveiling of a unique new model sure to melt the hearts of show goers ..... more

Dodge Caliber Earns top Safety Ratings
18th July, 2006
The Dodge Caliber, the vehicle which will launch the brand’s Australian return, has received the highest ratings for frontal-impact crash protection ..... more

Peugeot Introduces the 407 ‘SV’ HDi
18th July, 2006
The 407 SV HDi, a new top-of-the-line model (available as a sedan or ‘Touring’), features the ground breaking 2.7 litre twin-turbo V6 diesel that recently debuted in the stunning 407 Coupe ..... more

Holden Shakes Up Commodore Range
17th July, 2006
The all-new VE Commodore sees a realignment to Holden’s large passenger car range ..... more

AMG styling for the new Mercedes-Benz CL-Class
16th July, 2006
For the new CL-Class, Mercedes-AMG has developed two AMG optional extras: an AMG bodystyling package and expressive 19-inch AMG light-alloy wheels with mixed-width tyres ..... more

Mitsubishi Revises Colt Range
16th July, 2006
Mitsubishi has revised the Colt range with the release of a manual transmission across all models. Colt now offers exceptional value from money from just $15,990 (RRP) ..... more

Subaru Liberty GT To Return
14th July, 2006
Subaru has confirmed the return of the all-wheel drive Liberty GT as part of its 2007 line-up ..... more

Taking the Holiday Road to Family Fun
14th July, 2006
Camper trailers for decades have been the first choice entry into recreational vehicles both because they offer a relatively low-cost ownership option and just as importantly families love them because they provide variable sleeping arrangements ..... more

Nissan to Introduce New Family of Global Cars
14th July, 2006
Nissan has announced it would release a new family of global cars over the next two years with sales of the first variant to start in China in late 2006 ..... more

Safety And Security In New Volvo S80
14th July, 2006
Volvo introduces leading-edge personal security features in the all-new S80 luxury sedan ..... more

Audi A4 3.0 TDI Quattro Tiptronic
13th July, 2006
A very sporty 3.0 TDI is now being offered for the Audi A4 sedan in Australia ..... more

Rolls-Royce Phantom Black
13th July, 2006
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has hand built 25 Bespoke cars called Phantom Black ..... more

One Millionth Ford Focus For London Motor Show
13th July, 2006
Sales of Britain's top-selling car have broken seven figures, with car number 1,000,000 scheduled for display at the London Motor Show next week ..... more

One Million Renault Scenic IIs
13th July, 2006
The one millionth Scénic II has rolled off of the production line in Douai, France – less than three years since its launch ..... more

Smart Goes Electric
13th July, 2006
The Smart For Two (not the Smart Fort Wo as some may suspect) will be available as an electric version in the UK, it was announced yesterday ..... more

New Mazda 3
12th July, 2006
Mazda’s 3 sedan and hatch, has been upgraded, offering more safety and more refinement ..... more

Audi A8 4.2 TDI Quattro Tiptronic
12th July, 2006
Priced at $210,000 (RRP), the A8 4.2 TDI quattro boasts 240kW and 650Nm and is a clear demonstration of how the Audi brand utilises its sporting technology for its road cars ..... more

Jaguar XKR
12th July, 2006
Jaguar will unveil its new supercharged sports car – the Jaguar XKR - next week, at the London Motor Show ..... more

Aston Martin Racing Prepares For Salt Lake
12th July, 2006
The Aston Martin Racing team are returning to the US to compete in the fifth round of the ALMS series to be held at Salt Lake City, Utah on 15th July ..... more

Caparo T1 For London Motor Show
12th July, 2006
The Caparo T1 will join a showcase of exotic vehicles in a ‘Super Car Paddock’ feature area at the British International Motor Show in London later this month ..... more

London rules with world's fastest car
11th July, 2006
Currently priced at Euro 1.1m plus tax, the world's fastest car is powered by a W-16 1001 hp engine, it is capable of more than 250mph ..... more

Record Sales for Chrysler Group
10th July, 2006
The Chrysler Group have posted another record performance in June, achieving combined sales of 880 units - its best monthly sales result in over eight years ..... more

Growing Line-up Extends Mercedes Appeal
10th July, 2006
Mercedes-Benz has recorded sales growth for the first half of this year ..... more

Mitsubishi Continues To Improve Its Market Position
10th July, 2006
Mitsubishi Motors has continued to improve its market position, with the release of the June sales results showing a 35% sales increase over the previous month ..... more

Honda Sets All-Time Record
10th July, 2006
Honda smashed sales records in June, powering past 5,000 units for the first time to finish with an all-time record of 5,762 sales ..... more

BMW Achieves Record First-Half Sales
10th July, 2006
BMW vehicles continue to win over customers in Australia, industry figures released last week show ..... more

Falcon & Territory Head Ford June Sales
10th July, 2006
Sales of Ford's locally manufactured large car family – Falcon, Territory and Falcon Ute – have performed strongly during June, heading up a solid finish to the second quarter for Ford Australia ..... more

Subaru Sales Records
10th July, 2006
Subaru achieved all-time record sales of 3,901 vehicles in June ..... more

Suzuki Grand Vitara Sales Break Record
10th July, 2006
Suzuki vehicles continue to experience unprecedented growth as the popular Japanese manufacturer and its latest model line-up win over Australian motorists ..... more

Saab Record Sales Result - Locally and Globally
10th July, 2006
Saab has become the fastest growing premium car brand in Australia this year ..... more

Small Cars Drive Half Yearly Vehicle Sales
10th July, 2006
Strong sales of small cars have helped the automotive industry to an encouraging sales result in the first half of 2006 ..... more

Commitment to Diesel a Priority for Audi
7th July, 2006
Following the launch this week of two new TDI models in Australia, German luxury carmaker, Audi, has announced that it will offer a diesel variant as part of its full 4-door model range ..... more

Mercedes-Benz GL-Class For November Release
6th July, 2006
Mercedes-Benz has confirmed that the GL-Class, their all new off-roader, will arrive in Australia in November. The V6 diesel GL 320 CDI and petrol GL 500 will be available at market launch with the GL 450 following in 2007 ..... more

BMW X3: Fresh Face, New Engines for 2007
6th July, 2006
BMW has re-invigorated its X3 range, with improved ergonomics, revised cabin and dashboard functions, as well as offering new magnesium aluminium VALVETRONIC six-cylinder petrol engines ..... more

Mazda 3 MPS
th July, 2006
With 190 kilowatts and 380 Newton meters of torque, the Mazda 3 MPS is ready to battle for a share of hot hatch market, which is lead by the brilliant Volkswagen Golf GTI ..... more

1.4 Million Km Wait For New Holden Diesel
5th July, 2006
The launch of Holden's new Astra turbo diesel cars lured a Queenslander out of the woodwork to upgrade his 22-year-old Holden Gemini diesel boasting a staggering 1.4 million kilometre life ..... more

Mégane Phase II: Safety for All
4th July, 2006
Renault has released the latest generation of its Mégane range in a choice of three body types - Hatch, Sedan and Coupé-Cabriolet, plus the high performance Mégane Renault Sport versions - all of which feature a distinctive, individual personality and an increased level of safety equipment ..... more

Land Rover To Make A Splash At Goodwood
4th July, 2006
Land Rover is to take part in the Goodwood Festival of Speed for the first time in the 4x4 manufacturer's 59 year history and is set to make a big impression on festival goers with a dramatic display of off-road action ..... more

Fourth of July Celebrations for Chrysler Group
3rd July, 2006
The Chrysler Group will celebrate the 4th July having posted its 79,000th sale in Australia ..... more

New Look for Honda Odyssey
3rd July, 2006
Honda’s Odyssey family wagon receives a new look thanks to a mid-life facelift ..... more

All-New Triton Tough One-Tonne Ute
3rd July, 2006
Mitsubishi Motors has released its all-new Triton four-wheel drive utility onto the Australian market with the promise that it retains all the attributes that the brand has been known for over the last 27 years - toughness, reliability, and the ability to "get the job done" ..... more

Audi's New TT Coupé Just Launched
2nd July, 2006
Audi's latest generation TT Coupe sports car has just been launched in Europe. This brand new design and performance icon is expected to be launched in Australia in November 2006, priced from around $70,000 ..... more

Dodge Challenger is a 'Go'
2nd July, 2006
America's Dodge Challenger will return to production after a nearly 35-year hiatus. The new Dodge Challenger will be launched in North America in 2008 ..... more

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