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November 2006 News Page

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Duke of Edinburgh presents the Lord’s Taverners 800th Ford Transit Minibus to mark the Queen’s 80th Birthday
30th November, 2006
The Duke of Edinburgh, Patron and Twelfth Man of The Lord’s Taverners, cricket’s official charity in England, has presented the 800th Lord’s Taverners minibus to Holyport Manor School, Maidenhead at Windsor Castle ..... more

Skoda Roomster Scout
30th November, 2006
Following the international debut of the Octavia Scout at September’s Paris Motor Show, Škoda Auto has announced the Roomster Scout - a brand new version of the compact MPV ..... more

Volkswagen Tiguan Concept for LA
29th November, 2006
Volkswagen will unveil its compact 4x4, the Concept Tiguan, at the Los Angeles Motor Show later this week and has announced that the first examples of the new SUV will be delivered to customers by the end of next year ..... more

Mustang by Giugiaro
29th November, 2006
The Ford Mustang captured the hearts and minds of millions of enthusiasts and future owners when the all-new model debuted ..... more

Chrysler to show new Sebring cabrio in LA
29th November, 2006
The new Chrysler Sebring Cabrio will make its debut later today at the Los Angeles Motor Show ..... more

New Jaguar XF for 2008
28th November, 2006
Jaguar Cars today announced that a new saloon, the Jaguar XF, will make its debut next year, ahead of its general release in mid-2008 ..... more

World's most powerful chauffeur-driven saloon
27th November, 2006
Maybach, the luxury brand with an illustrious past, re-established just four years ago, is adding a fourth variant to its line-up in the shape of the newly developed 62 S model ..... more

Mahindra For Australia
27th November, 2006
TMI Pacific Pty Ltd is a newly formed company that will import and distribute Mahindra motor vehicles from early 2007 ..... more

Volkswagen Touareg Tows Jumbo Jet
27th November, 2006
In order for the Touareg V10 TDI to be able to tow the big bird, the weight of the Volkswagen had to be increased firstly. This sounds paradoxical but is absolutely necessary so that the power of the engine can be converted into propelling force ..... more

Austria's One Million Chryslers
26th November, 2006
Almost 15 years after the first Chrysler Voyager rolled off the production line in Graz, Austria, in 1991, DaimlerChrysler's Chrysler Group celebrated a milestone of one million Chrysler and Jeep vehicles "Made in Europe" ..... more

Name Mogo Zoo’s Rare White Lion Cubs
26th November, 2006
The latest additions to the growing pride of Peugeot sponsored white lions at Mogo Zoo are still unnamed and Australians are being asked to come up with names for the 9-week-old fluffy male and female cub as part of a national competition ..... more

Mitsubishi Releases All-New Outlander
26th November, 2006
Mitsubishi Australia has released the latest generation Outlander that has a choice of a four or six-cylinder engine, five and seven-seat configurations and a host of new drive-train, seating and other packaging innovations ..... more

Renault Conducts its 10,000th Crash Test
26th November, 2006
Renault made its 10,000th crash test on Saturday 18th November, 2006, at the Lardy Technical Centre in France ..... more

Suzuki Grand Vitara Wins Best Buy at North American Consumer Awards
24th November, 2006
The Suzuki Grand Vitara has beaten 20 other compact Sport Utility Vehicle models to win a major consumer award in the United States ..... more

VW Crafter Claims What Van? 'Van Of The Year' Award
24th November, 2006
Ahead of its Australian release in a few months, the Volkswagen Crafter, has claimed the top award at the prestigious What Van? Van of the Year Awards in England ..... more

Mercedes-Benz Developing Systems to Counter Driver Fatigue
23rd November, 2006
Safety experts at Mercedes-Benz are turning their attention to one of the principal causes of serious traffic accidents: driver fatigue. The objective of their work is to develop a system that is capable of recognising fatigue in time to warn the driver ..... more

Saab 9-3 Sedan Earns IIHS 2007 Top Honours
23rd November, 2006
In America, the Saab 9-3 Sedan has earned 2007 Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s Top Safety Pick Award in the mid-size car category ..... more

Chrysler Group Concepts For Detroit Motor Show
23rd November, 2006
Chrysler Group will unveil two concept vehicles in January 2007 at the Detroit Motor Show — the Chrysler Nassau Concept and the Jeep Trailhawk Concept ..... more

VW Neeza concept car
22nd November, 2006
Shanghai Volkswagen (SVW) is presenting the Neeza concept car as a world premiere at the Beijing International Automotive Exhibition. The self-assured mid-size model – conceptually a coupé and station wagon crossover ..... more

Australians Boost BMW V10 to Record Highs
22nd November, 2006
The BMW home of ultra-high performance cars, BMW M GmbH, is firing on all ten cylinders thanks to demand for its jewel ..... more

UK taxi drivers hail the new TX4
22nd November, 2006
Hundreds of eager cabbies have been inundating LTI dealers, wanting to see the latest edition of the world-famous vehicle and sign up for a test drive ..... more

200,000th Boxster rolls off the line
21st November, 2006
The 200,000th Boxster has just rolled off the production line at its partner Valmet Automotive in Uusikaupunki in Finland ..... more

Honda Shows Off Hydrogen-Powered FCX Concept
21st November, 2006
American Honda has shown off its next-generation hydrogen-powered FCX concept car with a demonstration drive at the Laguna Seca Raceway in Monterey, California ..... more

Saab Collects Top Design Trophy
21st November, 2006
The stunning Saab Aero X Concept has been crowned 'Concept Car of the Year' by Autocar, Britain's longest-established car magazine ..... more

Caterham's Golden Jubilee
20th November, 2006
The Caterham 7 celebrates its 50th birthday in 2007 and to commemorate its landmark year Caterham Cars is to host a Golden Jubilee weekend of Caterham racing action at Donington Park (UK) next June ..... more

Mitsubishi "i" takes RJC Car of the Year 2007
20th November, 2006
Mitsubishi Motors Corporation has announced that the "i" has been awarded the "RJC Car of the Year 2007" by the Automotive Researchers' & Journalists' Conference of Japan (RJC) ..... more

VW Passat R36 for 2007
19th November, 2006
Volkswagen is set to release its most potent ‘R’ model yet – the Passat R36.  Joining the Golf R32 and only the second model in the VW line-up to carry the ‘R’ badge ..... more

Sir Alec Issigonis - Centenary of Birth
18th November, 2006
Born on 18th November, 1906, his most famous idea was destined to leave its stamp on the development of the automobile for decades to come: the Austin/Morris Mini ..... more

Soichiro Honda - Centenary of Birth
17th November, 2006
Born on 17th November, 1906, the son of a blacksmith and a weaver, Soichiro Honda was fascinated by machines and how they worked ..... more

Mercedes-Benz: 25 million passenger cars
17th November, 2006
The brand has delivered 25 million passenger cars to customers worldwide since 1945. The milestone vehicle – a new generation E-Class – was handed over to the owner of a Munich taxi company at the Mercedes-Benz Customer Centre in Sindelfingen ..... more

New Audi TT Coupé
17th November, 2006
Right from the day it made its debut, in 1998, the Audi TT took the sports coupé segment by storm. And it sharpened the brand's profile in the process. Now the second generation of this successful model is making its debut in Australia ..... more

France's Retromobile 2007
17th November, 2006
For this 32nd show, Retromobile is offering an exhibition as new and original as it is prestigious: a dozen automobiles from the personal collection of Nick Mason ..... more

Jeep Wrangler Earns Trio of Awards
16th November, 2006
The 2007 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon and Wrangler Unlimited, due for Australian launch in March 2007, have notched a trio of prestigious awards in the United States ..... more

BMW's new Nürburgring home
16th November, 2006
After a three year renovation and expansion project, BMW has a new home at the famous Nürburgring Nordschleife race circuit ..... more

Mazda Nagare Concept Car for Los Angeles Motor Show
15th November, 2006
Mazda Motor Corporation today announced the global reveal of an all-new concept car, Nagare (pronounced na-gah-reh), at the Greater Los Angeles International Auto Show ..... more

Aston Martin Launches the V8 Vantage Roadster
15th November, 2006
Aston Martin will unveil one of the most eagerly anticipated convertibles of the year when the V8 Vantage Roadster is revealed to the media at the 2006 Los Angeles Motor Show on Wednesday 29th November, 2006 ..... more

Detroit's Big 3 Meet US President George W. Bush
15th November, 2006
Joint statement attributable to Chrysler Group president and CEO Tom LaSorda, Ford Motor Company president and CEO Alan Mulally, and General Motors chairman and CEO Rick Wagoner regarding the meeting between President George W. Bush and the CEOs of America's domestic automotive industry ..... more

Holden Recall - VE/WM
15th November, 2006
The recall is in relation to a potential issue regarding rear seat belt buckles ..... more

Mitsubishi Lancer For 2007 To Debut in Detroit
14th November, 2006
Ninety years after starting car production (with the 1917 Model-A), Mitsubishi has embarked upon its most ambitious automotive project ever through the launch of its first global platform ..... more

New Ford Ranger Unveiled
14th November, 2006
Ford Australia unveiled the vehicle that will replace Courier and spearhead its light commercial vehicle line-up in 2007 at the recent Sydney Motor Show – the all-new Ford Ranger ..... more

Mercedes-Benz GL-Class voted “SUV of the year 2007”
14th November, 2006
A leading U.S. motoring magazine, MOTOR TREND, has named the Mercedes-Benz GL 450 the best SUV of the year 2007 ..... more

Mazda BT-50 For December Release
13th November, 2006
The B Series commercial range has been Mazda’s long time workhorse. From December B Series makes way for the BT-50, Mazda’s new truck ..... more

New Kia Carnival
13th November, 2006
The new Kia Carnival is smaller than the Kia Grand Carnival, which was launched earlier this year ..... more

Volkswagen Eos Awarded “2006 Best of What’s New” Prize
13th November, 2006
The 2007 Volkswagen Eos has been awarded a “2006 Best of What’s New” award from Popular Science magazine in the automotive category ..... more

New Smart Fort Wo for 2007
13th November, 2006
To be launched in Europe in mid-2007, the new Smart Fortwo is said to be more comfortable, more agile and more ecological than its predecessor ..... more

Mitsubishi's TMR 380 Concept Vehicle
12th November, 2006
The award winning Mitsubishi 380 provides a unique combination of power, performance, space and agile road handling that breaks new ground in the Australian large car market ..... more

Mattias Vöcks' classic Volvo
12th November, 2006
Believe it or not, young Swedes grow up dreaming of modifying their Swedish cars; taking a few inches out of the ride height and dropping in a late-model drivetrain ..... more

Mercedes-Benz SLK Special "Edition 10"
12th November, 2006
The "Edition 10" show car with which Mercedes-Benz marked ten years of the SLK-Class at the 2006 Paris Motor Show is available to European customers from January 2007 ..... more

Lotus Launches New Elise S
9th November, 2006
Lotus has re-introduced a new entry level model to its Elise range with the launch of the new Elise S, which was unveiled at the Sydney International Motor Show ..... more

Chrysler Group at SEMA 2006
9th November, 2006
The annual Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) trade show held in Las Vegas, United States, last week has witnessed the debut of a number of vehicles from the Chrysler Group’s SkunkWerks team ..... more

Saab 96 to Compete in 2006 La Carrera Panamericana
9th November, 2006
A classic 1960 Saab 96 rally car has left its homeland, Sweden, headed for Southern Mexico to compete in the grueling 19th La Carrera Panamericana (The Mexican Road Race) ..... more

Mazda CX-9 Heading For Australia
8th November, 2006
Mazda will add the CX-9, a three-row, seven-seat, crossover SUV, to its Australian line-up from early 2008 ..... more

Kia Sportage Diesel for 2007
8th November, 2006
Kia Motors Australia previewed a diesel version of its Sportage compact SUV at the Australian International Motor Show in Sydney, ahead of a planned introduction in mid-2007 ..... more

Volkswagen Opens Cold and Climate Test Centre
8th November, 2006
Volkswagen inaugurated the new cold and climate test centre at its Wolfsburg plant on Monday ..... more

Britain's Bristol Fighter T
8th November, 2006
Bristol, the exclusive car manufacturer, has been operating in England for 60 years. An expansion of their product line-up is planned for late next year when they introduce a new version of the high performance Fighter model ..... more

Ford Ready To Claim 30 Years Leadership in UK
7th November, 2006
Ford is racing towards 30 successive years as Britain's top selling car brand, helped by an October share of the total vehicle market of almost 17 per cent ..... more

Record Prices For Australian Muscle Cars
7th November, 2006
The 2006 Australian International Motor Show has ended on a high note with a price-smashing auction of classic cars, motorcycles and automotive memorabilia ..... more

New Generation Outlander Shown in Sydney
7th November, 2006
Mitsubishi's soon-to-be-released new-generation Outlander SUV broke cover at the Australian International Motor Show in Sydney, as part of the Company's "4WD Revolution" campaign ..... more

Sun Shines on 2006 Brighton Run
7th November, 2006
The sun shone and the crowds flocked to watch the 110th Anniversary London to Brighton Veteran Car Run, lining the 60-mile route to cheer and clap the 492 participants from all over the world ..... more

Audi heading for new record figures in 2006
7th November, 2006
Audi sold 757,700 vehicles worldwide in the first ten months of this year, an increase of 8.7 percent compared with the same period of last year ..... more

New Lotus Europa S Previewed in Sydney
6th November, 2006
The Europa S will provide Lotus customers a spectacular sports machine with significantly enhanced levels of touring and cruising capability as well as higher levels of practicality and refinement to complement the simplicity of the Elise and Exige models ..... more

Motor Vehicle Market Rebounds in October
6th November, 2006
Motor vehicle sales in Australia have rebounded over the last month thanks to surging demand for light cars and encouraging sales of family sedans and sports utility vehicles (SUVs) ..... more

Holden Special Vehicles Grange
5th November, 2006
Combining an elegant, individual sense of style with traditional HSV hard edged performance cues, the WM Grange debuted at the Sydney Motor Show ahead of its wider Australian release in 2007 ..... more

Tribeca is Subaru’s Space Ace
3rd November, 2006
The Subaru range is taking on a new dimension with the introduction of the brand’s largest vehicle, the All-Wheel Drive Tribeca ..... more

Chrysler Confirms Sebring for Australia
3rd November, 2006
It may not be the most attractive of designs, but the mid-size Chrysler Sebring sedan is coming to Australia for a mid-2007 release ..... more

Holden Efijy Named ‘Hot Rod of the Year’ in USA
3rd November, 2006
Holden’s stunning Efijy show car has celebrated its first birthday being named Hot Rod of the Year by the influential enthusiast magazine, HOT ROD, in the United States ..... more

Back to the future or "Samba Americano"
2nd November, 2006
The packaging is a familiar face from the 60s: the Samba-Bus. But although the bus is based on the classic version of the first VW Transporter from the 1950s, the similarities are only skin-deep. On the inside it features values going far into the future ..... more

Ford Dedicates New R&D Centre in Geelong
2nd November, 2006
Ford Motor Company Executive Chairman Bill Ford joined with Victorian State Premier, Steve Bracks and Federal Minister for Industry, Tourism & Resources, Ian Macfarlane last Friday to officially dedicate the new Research & Development Centre currently under construction by Ford in Geelong ..... more

New BMW single-seater for Australia
2nd November, 2006
BMW will next month introduce a look-alike version of the M6 convertible in which you won’t lose your driving licence or ever get a speeding ticket. Guaranteed ..... more

Vatanen and Sainz Driving for Volkswagen
2nd November, 2006
Heat, high dunes and the desert are awaiting the Volkswagen factory team in its dress rehearsal for the start of the Dakar Rally ..... more

Record month for HSV
2nd November, 2006
More than 490 retail deliveries were registered in Australia and New Zealand in October, well above the previous monthly record of 436 ..... more

Jaguar XKR GT3 by Apex Motorsport
2nd November, 2006
Apex Motorsport, led by Richard Lloyd, has revealed the first images of the recently announced Jaguar XKR GT3 race car ..... more

Mitsubishi Colt Cabriolet
1st November, 2006
The sporty Colt Cabriolet is a collaboration between Mitsubishi and the legendary Italian coachbuilder Pininfarina and is based on the CZ2 concept car that was originally shown at the Geneva Motor Show in 2003 ..... more

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