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Suzuki Kizashi revealed
2nd August, 2009
Suzuki Australia is yet to finalise its specification levels, however Suzuki US has confirmed a 2.4 litre four cylinder engine, matched to a six-speed manual or six-speed CVT transmission ..... more

Lamborghini remains profitable
2nd August, 2009
In terms of sales, the company delivered 825 cars: a reduction of 37% compared to the same period of 2008 with sales of 1.309 cars ..... more

Mazda MX-5: 20th Anniversary Edition for Japan
2nd August, 2009
Mazda has released a special edition version of its lightweight, two-seat, open-top sports car for the Japanese market ..... more

JCW coming for Mini Cabrio
4th August, 2009
The Mini John Cooper Works Cabrio is confirmed for market introduction in September this year and will join the Mini John Cooper Works and Mini John Cooper Works Clubman ..... more

Chrysler PT Cruiser production continues
4th August, 2009
With more than 1.3 million PT Cruisers sold in more than 60 countries since 2000, we’re excited to announce we’re re-energising the iconic and award-winning PT Cruiser ..... more

Germany Hosts Global Mazda Cosmo Sport Rally
5th August, 2009
A group of Cosmo Sport owners from around the world and enthusiasts of the rotary sports car will gather at an international Cosmo Sport rally in Germany, from 10th to 15th August 2009 ..... more

FPV Launches its F6 E
5th August, 2009
The F6 E will cater for the corner of the market - in particular executives - that want the performance and dynamics of the F6 with some added luxury appointments and subdued styling ..... more

Nissan Leaf: a new ZE car
6th August, 2009
Designed specifically for a lithium-ion battery-powered chassis, Nissan Leaf is a medium-size hatchback with a range of more than 160 kms ..... more

Toyota Corolla tops the sales charts
6th August, 2009
More Australian motorists bought a Toyota Corolla in July than any other vehicle, according to official sales figures released yesterday ..... more

Hyundai Moves Up to Australia's No.4
6th August, 2009
In a total market that has contracted by 15.3% (July YTD 2009 vs. July YTD 2008), Hyundai remains the only top ten brand to increase sales ..... more

Mazda MX-5 "Super Light" show car
6th August, 2009
Strictly a show car not intended for production, it takes lightweight technology to a new level ..... more

New V6 For Holden Commodore
6th August, 2009
Australia’s favourite car, the Holden Commodore, is set to slash motorists’ fuel use and running costs with two new advanced V6 engines and other technology improvements ..... more

Mercedes-Benz E-Class wagon for 2010
6th August, 2009
Like the Saloon and Coupé, the Estate combines unique design with leadership in safety, comfort, quality and practicality ..... more

White vans gain style from Ford
7th August, 2009
Frozen white paintwork, wide performance blue bonnet stripes, 18 inch alloy wheels, twin exhaust pipes and spoilers ..... more

New Porsche 911 Turbo for Frankfurt Motor Show
7th August, 2009
Far-reaching technological innovations together with fine-tuning and refinement herald the debut of the second generation 997-type Porsche 911 Turbo ..... more

Honda UK to export Civic Type R to Japan
9th August, 2009
The model will be called the Type R EURO, to distinguish it from the Japanese-spec 4-door Civic Type R saloon, and will be sold in limited numbers ..... more

Holden Cruze a Showroom Hit
9th August, 2009
Sales figures for July released by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries show 1,982 Cruzes sold, making it Australia’s eighth best-selling car for the month ..... more

Kia to share in joint focus on eco-friendly growth
9th August, 2009
Kia will be fully involved in this process with petrol and diesel hybrid vehicles set to follow the European introduction of its emission-reducing cee'd ISG models within the next two years. Kia is also working on plug-in hybrids and has some of the most advanced fuel cell vehicles operating anywhere in the world ..... more

BMW: 80 years of car production
9th August, 2009
Guests invited to BMW’s new showroom in the middle of Berlin in July 1929 were able to admire a small car bearing the model designation 3/15 PS DA 2, with the two last letters standing for “Deutsche Ausführung” ..... more

Limited edition Mercedes-Benz C 63 AMG – Edition 63 coming
9th August, 2009
German sports car maker Mercedes-AMG has enhanced its model arsenal with a more focussed version of its compact 'sledgehammer'. Its name: the C 63 AMG – Edition 63 ..... more

Mitsubishi’s 2010 Triton: More Power, Safety and Load Capacity
9th August, 2009
The 2010 Mitsubishi Triton offers a new, high powered turbo-diesel engine with class leading power, industry-leading safety standards including stability control and side and curtain airbags available on diesel dual-cab models, greater towing capacity, and an extended tray ..... more

Suzuki sounds-out upgrades for Swift and Grand Vitara
11th August, 2009
The audio systems in all Swift and Grand Vitara models now feature an auxiliary input jack, enabling easy connection to a portable MP3 player such as the iPod ..... more

Mitsubishi adds "ACTiV" Special Edition to Outlander range
11th August, 2009
The ACTiV features a unique chrome radiator grille, front alloy nudge bar, roof rail cross bars, ACTiV badging, fog lamps and privacy glass as standard ..... more

Toyota RAV4 gains an "Edge"
11th August, 2009
Consumers will pay just $750 extra for the added features that include 17-inch alloy wheels (including the spare wheel), reverse-parking sonar sensors, roof rails and privacy glass for the rear, rear-quarter and rear-door windows ..... more

Audi R8 5.2 FSI quattro released
13th August, 2009
With quattro permanent all-wheel drive, Audi Space Frame ASF light weight technology, mid-ship engine mounting and the innovative all-LED lights propel the new Audi model right into a competitive field ..... more

‘Race cars for the road’ for the Earls Court Motor Show at Goodwood Revival
13th August, 2009
The effect simulates going back the past to visualise the future, offering other-worldly futuristic new cars to see, right up to and including manufacturers’ latest products ..... more

Kia at Frankfurt Motor Show
13th August, 2009
With sales continually rising, Kia heads to the Frankfurt Motor Show full of confidence. In keeping with the Kia tradition, a surprise is sure to be a component of their stand at Germany's largest motor show ..... more

Ford's North American production to increase
14th August, 2009
While increasing production, Ford also is reprioritising vehicle shipments to ensure that vehicles in high demand, such as the Focus, Escape and Fusion, arrive at dealerships quickly ..... more

BMW's new ActiveHybrid 7
14th August, 2009
Based on the BMW 7 Series, this unique car will compete with the already established Lexus LS 600hL hybrid luxury car ..... more

Revised Nissan Dualis line-up released
14th August, 2009
Nissan extends the appeal of the Dualis model range, adding a new 2WD version and simplifying the Dualis AWD line-up. Standard specifications improve and prices now start at a highly competitive $24,990 ..... more

Kia Soul earns another safety accolade
14th August, 2009
Kia's affordable car now adds a 2009 ‘Top Safety Pick’ from America's highly respected Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) to its list of accomplishments ..... more

Record sales as new Toyota Prius launches
14th August, 2009
The launch of all-new third-generation Toyota Prius has helped propel the world's best-selling hybrid car to an all-time sales record in Australia ..... more

Bentley Mulsanne Debuts
17th August, 2009
Yesterday, Bentley Motors unveiled the new Mulsanne, the company’s all-new flagship grand tourer, at the prestigious Pebble Beach Concours D’Elegance in Monterey, California, USA ..... more

Audi launches new A5 Cabriolet in Australia
17th August, 2009
Joining the A5 Coupe, this brand new four-seater convertible with classic fabric roof combines its distinctly sporty character with the added benefit of open-top driving, high levels of comfort and everyday versatility ..... more

Extra value with Limited Edition Kia Cerato
17th August, 2009
Kia has announced a Limited Edition Cerato with features valued at $1,200 being offered to customers at no extra cost for a limited time only ..... more

Five Stars for Mercedes-Benz Vito
19th August, 2009
The Australasian New Car Assessment Programme (ANCAP) has announced the first Australian 5-star rating for a light commercial van. The vehicle: the Mercedes-Benz Vito ..... more

Australia's first Porsche Panameras arrive
20th August, 2009
Porsche’s first four-door sedan will be shown to the public from 1st September with a 17,000 km full lap of mainland Australia, completing the journey on 3rd October to coincide with the Panamera’s on sale date ..... more

Hyundai ix35 to succeed Tuscon
21st August, 2009
The ix35 represents a major step forward for Hyundai. It is the first Hyundai SUV to be conceived and engineered in Europe, at the company’s Frankfurt-based design and technical centres ..... more

BMW to revise 1 Series diesel models
23rd August, 2009
Each new model will be equipped the latest in fuel saving technology, including Auto Start/Stop Function, Optimum Shift Indicator, Electric Power Steering and Brake Energy Regeneration ..... more

Mazda CX-7 Update Coming
23rd August, 2009
On sale in November, the refreshed CX-7 range will 'adopt' the 2.5 litre naturally-aspirated and 2.2 litre turbo-diesel engines already used in the Mazda 6 ..... more

Stirling Moss about to turn 80
23rd August, 2009
In just one month’s time Goodwood will be swaying to the strains of ‘Happy Birthday’ when the 120,000+ visitors to the Goodwood Revival sing in harmony (?) to wish Sir Stirling Moss their heart-felt best wishes ..... more

Volkswagen updates T5
23rd August, 2009
A few weeks after the Multivan and California are premiered at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2009, the new version of Volkswagen’s successful models will 'hit' European roads ..... more

Toyota updates the Land Cruiser 70 Series
24th August, 2009
Toyota has beefed up its Land Cruiser 70 Series 'work horses' with improved passive safety, comfort and features ..... more

Mini anniversary models for Australia
25th August, 2009
Mini has announced the introduction of two new models for the Australian market, the Mini 50 Mayfair and Mini 50 Camden. This confirms the news that Next Car revealed back on the 9th August that Mini was preparing for two new models to be unveiled at next month's Frankfurt Motor Show ..... more

Maserati GranCabrio to debut in Frankfurt
25th August, 2009
Maserati’s first ever four seat convertible, the Maserati GranCabrio, will make its public debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September ..... more

Skoda releases new Octavia RS
25th August, 2009
Although local sales have never achieved targets, Skoda Australia's new-look Octavia RS models is set for release in coming days ..... more

BMW increase 3 Series diesel line-up
26th August, 2009
BMW is set to expand its diesel range even further, introducing the first ever diesel powered 3 Series Coupe, Convertible and Touring to the Australian market ..... more

Kia's new Venga
26th August, 2009
Kia’s stylish and uniquely spacious new premium B-segment contender will be named ‘Venga’ when it goes on sale across Europe later this year and in the UK early in 2010 ..... more

Top Euro Safety Rating for New Subaru Liberty
27th August, 2009
The European specification new generation Subaru Legacy, known in Australia as Liberty, has achieved a top five-star crash worthiness rating ..... more

Mini Celebrated its 50th Birthday Yesterday
27th August, 2009
Fifty years ago to the day, the British Motor Corporation (BMC) unveiled the result of its quest to design a new and revolutionary compact car ..... more

Euro NCAP: Five Stars for Skoda Yeti
27th August, 2009
The Skoda Yeti's top-class safety test results include those of a “whiplash test”, a new category established this year to assess the stability of the seats and the degree of protection of the occupants from cervical spine injuries in rear impacts ..... more

Smart "Electric Drive" goes into production
27th August, 2009
Unlike its predecessor, the electrically driven Smart Fortwo of the second generation is fitted with an innovative and highly efficient lithium-ion battery ..... more

Euro NCAP: Five Stars for Kia Sorento
27th August, 2009
The all-new Kia Sorento, due in Australia in early 2010, has been awarded the maximum 5-star safety rating in the latest Euro NCAP crash test results, placing the Sorento amongst the safest SUVs on the road ..... more

New Saab 9-5 Sedan
27th August, 2009
Sleek, sophisticated and unmistakably Saab, it combines stand-out looks with advanced technologies and will bring a fresh alternative choice to the premium sedan segment when sales start in 2010 ..... more

Porsche's most sporting road-going 911 of all
28th August, 2009
The uncompromising 911 GT3 RS uses the new 3.8-litre naturally-aspirated engine of its 'junior' brother, the GT3 ..... more

Volvo XC60 gets the R-Design treatment
28th August, 2009
The new dynamic driving properties of the Volvo XC60 R-Design have been possible with the introduction of a stiffer chassis and stiffer damping ..... more

Five star safety for Holden's locally built passenger cars
28th August, 2009
For the first time ever, Holden’s entire range of locally manufactured passenger cars have been awarded the maximum five-star Australasian New Car Assessment Programme (ANCAP) rating ..... more

Suzuki rivals turn green with envy
28th August, 2009
With a combined fuel economy of just 4.8 litres per 100 kilometres, a greenhouse gas rating of 8.5 out of 10 and a similar air pollution rating, the Suzuki Alto joins a select group of cars to score a prestigious five-star efficiency rating ..... more

Mini Coupé Concept
28th August, 2009
Its design and the use of high-performance drivetrain technology, the Mini  Coupé Concept offers ideal conditions as a compact sports car ..... more

Holden Cruze - Top crash rating for under $25,000 cars
28th August, 2009
The all-new Holden Cruze is the safest car under $25,000 according to a report released by the NSW Minister for Roads, Michael Daley, and NSW's Roads and Traffic Authority ..... more

Subaru’s Safety Status Sustained
30th August, 2009
Both new Liberty and Outback were awarded 34.8 out of a possible 37 points, gaining a five-star rating for occupant safety ..... more

Additional Ferrari 458 details revealed
30th August, 2009
The 458 Italia will offer a new design of controls and steering wheel that uses experience gained in Formula One with main commands grouped on the steering wheel, the secondary commands are set in two satellite pods either side of the dash ..... more

Hyundai Launches ix35 Compact SUV in Korea
30th August, 2009
The ix35 is launched with either a 2.0 litre all-new Diesel R engine or 2.0 litre Theta-II petrol engine and is fitted with Hyundai’s all-new six-speed automatic transmission.  The diesel engine achieves 6.5 litres per 100 km fuel economy with maximum power output of 137 kW ..... more


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