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America's Saturn Astra is a GM import from Europe.

Saturn goes into a spin
1st October, 2009
GM, unable to take Saturn to a profitable future, will now wind-up the brand that was once trumpeted as a 'good thing' for the Detroit-based manufacturer ..... more

Chrysler PT Cruiser Special Edition released
1st October, 2009
Only available in Brilliant Black exterior paint, the Special Edition 2009 Chrysler PT Cruiser comes with a host of extras that not only add value but also differentiate the already unique appearance of the PT Cruiser ..... more

Mazda Roadster 20th Anniversary Commemorative Event Held in Japan
1st October, 2009
To celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Mazda MX-5, Mazda Motor Corporation hosted a special commemorative event on 20th September, 2009, in western Japan ..... more

Small Range Rover Confirmed For Production
1st October, 2009
Land Rover has confirmed that a production version of its LRX concept car will be built ..... more

Hyundai caught stretching it
1st October, 2009
With the comfort of passengers at the forefront of its design principle, the Equus Limousine, as it is named in Korea, offers passengers unparalleled levels of interior volume ..... more

Holden to launch two Special Editions
1st October, 2009
Holden will hit the streets with two new special edition Commodore models delivering very different approaches to Australia’s best-selling car range ..... more

BMW announce prices for new Ms
5th October, 2009
The X5 M will be priced from $172,900* when it arrives in Australia after Christmas ..... more

Hyundai opens plant in Czech Republic
5th October, 2009
With mass production started in November last year, Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Czech (HMMC), a fully-owned subsidiary of Seoul-based Hyundai Motor Company, has a current capacity to build 200,000 vehicles annually ..... more

Suzuki at Tokyo Motor Show
5th October, 2009
Combining its worldwide expertise in small-car production with the latest environmental technologies, Suzuki will have a major presence at the Tokyo Motor Show later this month ..... more

Mazda CX9 for 2010 release
5th October, 2009
Priced from $49,990* the new Mazda CX-9 range gives Australian families more choice than ever before with three models: Classic, Luxury and the all-new Grand Touring ..... more

Mercedes-Benz reveal new E-Class wagon
5th October, 2009
Just like the saloon and coupe, the new estate combines unique design with leadership in safety, comfort, quality and practicality ..... more

Holden Statesman for American Police?
5th October, 2009
GM will endeavour to sell a modified "WM" Statesman/Caprice to US law enforcement agencies as a 2011 "cruiser" ..... more

Mitsubishi release an updated Triton
6th October, 2009
The 2010 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

Lexus upgrades IS 250 range
6th October, 2009
Inspired by the range-topping, high-performance IS F sedan, and based on IS 250 Sports, the new Lexus IS 250 F-Sport gains additional design and comfort enhancements ..... more

Toyota Prado 3 door coming
6th October, 2009
Toyota's next-generation Land Cruiser Prado is out to prove that "less is more" with the introduction of sporty three-door versions for the first time in Australia ..... more

Land Rover Discovery 4 about to arrive
7th October, 2009
The class-leading breadth of capability is extended even further with dynamic improvements for both on-road and off-road driving, and Land Rover has added a host of user-friendly new technologies and features ..... more

Toyota at Tokyo Motor Show
7th October, 2009
Toyota has announced that three concept vehicles are to highlight its exhibit for the 41st Tokyo Motor Show ..... more

Mercedes' hot E-Class arrives next month
13th October, 2009
The new Mercedes-Benz E 63 AMG distinguishes itself from the regular E-Class models with the powerful AMG 6.2 litre V8 engine, the completely newly developed AMG RIDE CONTROL sports suspension with electronically controlled damping and a new front axle, and with its autonomous exterior and interior design ..... more

Mini John Cooper Works Cabrio released
13th October, 2009
On the back of solid demand for the performance Mini brand – John Cooper Works, the new Mini John Cooper Works Cabrio joins the fray in typical style ..... more

Toyota updates the HiLux
13th October, 2009
Australia's most popular ute, Toyota's HiLux, now offers even greater safety, comfort and convenience with upgrades announced last week ..... more

Kia launches the all new Sorento in Australia
25th October, 2009
The popular SUV will help re-inforce Kia's rise in popularity in Australia with it's all new design and engineering ..... more

UK based Axon Automotive unveils Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle
28th October, 2009
The vehicle combines full electric mode for local travel and uses a petrol or bioethanol powered engine for long distance travel ..... more

Volkswagen is launching a one-make Bio-CNG-powered race series
28th October, 2009
Following the successful debut of the compressed natural gas-powered Scirocco GT24-CNG at the Nürburgring 24-hour race, Volkswagen is launching a one-make Bio-CNG-powered race series in 2010 ..... more

Ferrari 2009 results show a small decline on 2008
28th October, 2009
The figures confirm the trend that emerged for the earlier part of the year with slight decreases on 2008, the most economically successful year in the Prancing Horse’s entire history ..... more

New Toyota Prius named Japan Car of the Year
28th October, 2009
The new Toyota Prius has clinched its first major award, voted Japan Car of the Year by a panel of motoring journalists and industry participants at the Tokyo Motor Show ..... more

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