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December 2006 News Index



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Mini Footpath
29th December, 2006
Mini introduces a special edition Cabrio model at the 2007 Detroit Motor Show (North American International Auto Show) ..... more

Holden Efijy Concept For Motown
29th December, 2006
The Holden Efijy will make its North American public debut on 6th January, 2007, in Motown (Detroit) ..... more

Mazda Unveils Special Edition Roadster in Japan
28th December, 2006
Mazda announced, just before Christmas, the launch of a special edition Mazda Roadster for the Japanese domestic market ..... more

Diesel Sales Soar at Mercedes-Benz
28th December, 2006
Sales of diesel engine powered cars from the Mercedes-Benz range have more than doubled in 2006 with demand showing no signs of slowing ..... more

New Porsche museum takes to the air
28th December, 2006
Some 450 days after the ground-breaking ceremony, the shell of Porsche’s new museum in Stuttgart Zuffenhausen is largely completed as 2006 draws to a close ..... more

Nissan Tiida for 2007
27th December, 2006
The 2007 model year Tiida compact sedan and hatch will go on sale from 1st January, 2007, with a new recommended retail price of $17,990* ..... more

Volvo XC60 Concept - Six-Cylinder Bio-Ethanol Engine
27th December, 2006
The chosen power-train for the Volvo XC60 Concept, which will debut at the 2007 Detroit Motor Show, is a six-cylinder 3.2-litre bio-ethanol engine with all-wheel drive ..... more

Safety Warning On Vehicle LPG
27th December, 2006
Chris Pearce, the Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer, has issued a safety warning to owners of motor vehicles which had LPG conversions or who had their LPG tanks retested between mid 2003 and August 2005 ..... more

Renault prepares to develop a mobility solution using electricity
27th December, 2006
As part of "Renault Commitment 2009", the company is pursuing an ambitious plan to reduce emissions. This plan is based on three commitments ..... more

Maserati Quattroporte Goes Automatic
27th December, 2006
Maserati will launch a full automatic version of the Quattroporte sedan in 2007 ..... more

New 2007 Ford Shelby GT Begins Production
27th December, 2006
The first Ford Shelby GT has fired up its engine and driven out of the Shelby Automobiles build centre in Las Vegas (USA) in celebration of the start of production of the third model in the modern day Ford Shelby Mustang portfolio ..... more

The Frankness of EuroNCAP
24th December, 2006
Claes Tingvall, Euro NCAP Chairman, said "Manufacturers like Hyundai and Kia are now a long way behind the front-runners and it is high time that they realise that such poor results are unacceptable.” ..... more

The Dangers of Dakar
24th December, 2006
The French Ministry of Foreign Affairs has advised against the organisation of the 10th and 11th stages of the 29th running of the Dakar Rally ..... more

Holden Introduces New Turbo Diesel For Rodeo
22nd December, 2006
Holden’s Rodeo range introduces a new turbo diesel engine and significantly redesigned interior and exterior features for 2007 ..... more

Four New Jeeps in 2007
21st December, 2006
Jeep is planning a greater presence in Australia in 2007 launching four all-new vehicles that will expand the four-wheel drive brand’s stable to seven ..... more

Aston Martin Art Installation at the 2007 NAIAS
21st December, 2006
Visitors to the 2007 Detroit Motor Show will discover a new edge to Aston Martin's ongoing reinvention. The company will be displaying an art installation ..... more

Mercedes-Benz Concept Ocean Drive
21st December, 2006
Mercedes-Benz is adding to its reputation as a pioneer and design trendsetter among premium car makers with the presentation of its Concept Ocean Drive four-door convertible ..... more

All-New Cadillac CTS For 2008
21st December, 2006
The CTS is manufactured in both left and right-hand drive. Right-hand drive versions are sold in Japan and the United Kingdom ..... more

One Million Miles in a Saab? Get a New One from Saab - For Free
20th December, 2006
Saab USA is announcing that it will offer a free new Saab to any U.S. customer who covers one million miles (or more) in a Saab that he or she originally purchased new ..... more

Kia Kue concept car
20th December, 2006
Kia Motors Corporation has released a preview sketch of the all-new 'Kue' concept car, which will make its world premiere at the upcoming Detroit Motor Show ..... more

Audi RS4 Avant Arrives
20th December, 2006
New from the ground up, the RS 4 Avant is the top-of-the-range model in the A4 series. It is priced at $168,100 (RRP). The 309 kW RS 4 Avant joins the RS 4 sedan ..... more

Acura ‘Advanced Sports Car Concept’
19th December, 2006
The concept provides a glimpse at the next generation Acura sports car, a successor to the Honda (Acura) NSX ..... more

2007 BMW X3 Released
19th December, 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

Last 203 Series C-Class Sedan Rolls off Assembly Line
19th December, 2006
With only a few weeks left to go until the world premiere of the new Mercedes-Benz C-Class, the last 203 series sedan has rolled off the assembly line at the Sindelfingen plant ..... more

Mazda Scraps 4,703 New Cars
19th December, 2006
Mazda Motor Corporation has announced that all of the US and Canada-bound Mazda vehicles from the car-carrying vessel, Cougar Ace, which nearly capsized off the Aleutian Islands in late July, would be scrapped ..... more

20 Years of ABS at Volkswagen
19th December, 2006
Volkswagen is celebrating the 20th anniversary of ABS, a trend-setting safety system. In 1986 the Volkswagen anti-lock brake system was implemented first in the Passat and then, later in the year, in the Golf ..... more

Aston Martin V8 Vantage Storms to Bahrain Finish
18th December, 2006
Aston Martin’s V8 Vantage has achieved an overall eighth place finish in the inaugural 24-hour race of Bahrain, competing in a field consisting of largely motor sport homologated cars ..... more

Elfin Set To Accelerate Under Walkinshaw Power
18th December, 2006
Australia’s iconic sports car maker, Elfin, will be backed by the power of Australia’s largest and most successful performance car group under new ownership arrangements announced in Melbourne today ..... more

Experimental Lotus Exige
18th December, 2006
Lotus has developed a prototype version of its Exige S which is not only the most environmentally friendly, but also the most powerful rendition of the lightweight sports car produced so far ..... more

Mitsubishi Project X concept car
18th December, 2006
Mitsubishi will unveil the Prototype X concept for a next-generation high-performance 4WD sport sedan at the 2007 Detroit Motor Show ..... more

Chrysler 300C SRT8 Touring Arrives
18th December, 2006
Chrysler will launch a high performance Street and Racing Technology (SRT) version of its 300C Touring in Australia ..... more

Volvo XC60 Concept
17th December, 2006
The XC60 Concept offers the world a preview of the next XC model to come from Volvo Cars ..... more

Audi S8 – the luxury-class sports model
17th December, 2006
Audi is now unveiling in Australia, a sporty top model of the very highest calibre: the Audi S8 stands for exceptional dynamism, as expressed by its engine, transmission, suspension and design, as well as for exclusiveness and luxury ..... more

Caprice Wins Best Luxury Car At Middle East Car Of The Year Awards
17th December, 2006
GM Holden’s export vehicle, the Australian-built Chevrolet Caprice, has won the Best Luxury Car Award at the 2006 Autocar Middle East Awards ..... more

Hong Kong Hotel Takes 14 Rolls Royce Phantoms
17th December, 2006
The Peninsula Hong Kong has unveiled a fleet of 14 new Rolls-Royce Phantoms – the largest single order ever for this car ..... more

Aston Martin Rushes To Russia
14th December, 2006
The expansion of Aston Martin’s global dealership network is all set to move into Russia for the first time in the company’s 94-year history ..... more

Mazda to Debut Ryuga Concept Car in Detroit
13th December, 2006
Mazda will unveil an all-new concept car, the Ryuga, and its all-new Tribute Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV) at the 2007 Detroit Motor Show ..... more

Audi to invest billions in new models
12th December, 2006
The Audi brand intends to extend its range of vehicle models from the existing 22 to a total of 40 by the year 2015 ..... more

Mercedes-Benz S 420 CDI: the flagship diesel
12th December, 2006
Mercedes-Benz is extending its European S-Class range with another diesel variant, the S 420 CDI. The new eight-cylinder model is powered by a state-of-the-art V8 CDI engine developing 235 kW and (wait for it) 730 newton metres of peak torque ..... more

Škoda Fabia For 2007
12th December, 2006
Meet Europe's new Škoda Fabia, not only does it have a modern, youthful look that reflects Škoda’s unique design direction, but the new Fabia is also one of the most practical and spacious vehicles in its class ..... more

Le Mans Legend 2007
12th December, 2006
On Saturday 16th June 2007, a few hours before the start of the world famous endurance race, a grid of 61 Le Mans cars from 1956 to 1968 will take to the La Sarthe circuit for a one-hour, two-driver support race ..... more

Volkswagen Wins At Australia’s Best Car Awards
11th December, 2006
Having had the outstanding Volkswagen Golf GTI named as the "Top Drive of 2005" late last year by Next Car, Volkswagen has now won three awards at the prestigious ‘Australia’s Best Car Awards’ for 2006 ..... more

New Lancer Sedan To Debut At 2007 Detroit Motor Show
11th December, 2006
Mitsubishi will give the new North American market specification Lancer compact sport sedan its global premiere at the 2007 Detroit Motor Show ..... more

Mercedes-Benz M-Class Comes Out on Top in US Safety Testing
11th December, 2006
The US Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has named the Mercedes-Benz M-Class its Top Safety Pick 2007 – the best buy when it comes to safety ..... more

Astra Heads To North America
11th December, 2006
Saturn has confirmed that it will add the Astra to its line-up in late 2007, marking an important stage in its product revitalisation plan ..... more

Maserati Launches MC12 Versione Corse
11th December, 2006
Maserati has used the Bologna Motor Show (Italy) to unveil one of the most extreme super cars now available – the MC12 Versione Corse ..... more

VW Bids For Maiden Diesel Dakar Rally Win
10th December, 2006
The Volkswagen works rally team next month embarks on its most ambitious challenge yet – to become the first to win the legendary Dakar Rally with a diesel powered vehicle ..... more

Aston Martin N24 V8 Vantage to compete at Bahrain 24-hour
8th December, 2006
Aston Martin’s factory prepared, production standard, N24 V8 Vantage is to take to the race track again at the 24-hour race of Bahrain, 15th-16th December, 2006 ..... more

Honda Accord Coupe Concept For Detroit
7th December, 2006
A new look for the next generation Honda Accord Coupe will be unveiled at Detroit’s North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), in January ..... more

Peugeot 207 CC for 2007
7th December, 2006
It was in the 1930s that Peugeot started the innovative concept of the Coupé Cabriolet, with the 401, 601 and 402 “Eclipse”. This concept was to become one of Peugeot’s trademark features and today’s cars, the 206 CC and 307 CC have made the marque the No1 seller of Coupé Cabriolets ..... more

Car-2-X Communication From DaimlerChrysler
7th December, 2006
In future, motorists will be able to detect danger even if the danger spot lies around the next bend or over the horizon ..... more

GM Opens State-of-the-Art Roll-Over Crash Testing Facility
7th December, 2006
General Motors opened a state-of-the-art roll-over crash test facility on Tuesday, becoming the first North American car maker to integrate in-house testing for the infrequent but potentially deadly roll-over crashes that claim 10,000 lives a year ..... more

Nissan Qashqai Coming To Australia
6th December, 2006
Around 80% of Qashqai (pronounced ‘Cash-Kai’) production will be exported, the majority for sale within Europe. The car will also be shipped to numerous overseas markets such as the Middle East, Australia, South Africa as well as Japan ..... more

Mitsubishi Reclaims Market Share
6th December, 2006
Three months of positive growth has reinforced that Mitsubishi Motors' sales are steadily growing month on month, underpinned by one of the most complete ranges of quality, value for money vehicles ..... more

Audi is on the rise in Australia
6th December, 2006
Audi Australia has achieved another record for the month of November – this time breaking through the 600 units per month barrier ..... more

Queensland Premier Trials Australia’s First Ethanol Car
6th December, 2006
Saab Australia this week welcomed the Queensland Government’s commitment to trial Australia’s first ethanol production car, Saab BioPower, with the vehicle joining QFleet in January ..... more

New Porsche Cayenne For 2007
4th December, 2006
The Cayenne is starting a new chapter in its story: four years after the model’s launch Porsche is presenting the second generation of its SUV ..... more

Honda Remix Concept in LA
4th December, 2006
The Honda Remix small sport concept vehicle made its world debut at the Los Angeles Motor Show last week. The Remix explores the shape and design of a two-seat sports car ..... more

Mercedes-Benz B-Class Top-Scores in Latest ANCAP Testing
4th December, 2006
The Australasian New Car Assessment Programme has rated the Mercedes-Benz B-class with its highest five star rating for occupant protection in its latest round of crash tests ..... more

The Rolls Royce of bird boxes!
3rd December, 2006
A custom-made owl box was unveiled on Friday in the 42 acre grounds of the Rolls-Royce plant at Goodwood (England) ..... more

BMW Hydrogen 7 Debuts in LA
3rd December, 2006
The world’s first hydrogen-drive luxury automobile – the BMW Hydrogen 7 – has celebrated its world premiere at the Los Angeles Motor Show with the Governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger, congratulating the hydrogen initiative ..... more

Safety Package For Ford Territory
1st December, 2006
Ford has announced details of two new safety packages which will be available on Territory TX rear-wheel drive and Territory TS rear-wheel drive from today ..... more

Mazda Nagare Concept
1st December, 2006
Nagare: (pronounced “na-ga-reh”) Japanese for ‘flow’ and the embodiment of motion. Under the direction of Mazda’s new global design director, Laurens van den Acker, the challenge given to the team was to invent a novel means of registering motion in vehicles whether they’re moving or still ..... more

V8 Vantage gets a performance advantage
1st December, 2006
Prodrive has launched a range of parts, in England, for the Aston Martin V8 Vantage, which improves the car’s performance and enhances its driving dynamics. The range includes: a performance pack for the engine; new driver-adjustable suspension; unique forged wheels; and a discreet aero package ..... more

Another record month of sales for HSV
1st December, 2006
Building on the best month of sales in the history of Holden Special Vehicles, Managing Director Phil Harding today confirmed November sales had eclipsed October – with 515 retail deliveries into Australia and New Zealand ..... more

Volvo Presents Collision Avoidance System
1st December, 2006
Volvo has announced more innovative safety technology – a unique ‘City Safety’ system that could help drivers avoid 50 per cent of all rear-end, low speed accidents that often happen in urban environments or slow moving traffic ..... more

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