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Ford Focus RS confirmed for Australia
2nd August, 2010
Powered by a turbocharged Duratec RS 2.5 litre engine delivering 224 kW of power and peak torque of 440 Nm from just 2,300 rpm, the Focus RS is equipped with an arsenal of high-tech, high-performance components to match its exclusivity ..... more

Land Rover Freelander 2 update due in December
11th August, 2010
Land Rover is upgrading the 2011 Freelander 2 with a new 2.2-litre turbo diesel engine, sharper exterior looks and a smarter cabin ..... more

New Kia Sportage released
11th August, 2010
Longer, wider and lower than the previous model, the all-new design successfully retains the key SUV features – the command drive position, heightened sense of security and powerful road presence – which made the outgoing second generation Kia Sportage so popular ..... more

New Jaguar XJ released
11th August, 2010
Sleek, sporting and sophisticated, the all-new Jaguar XJ brings a daring new spirit to automotive luxury - it offers an appealing mix of striking design, breathtaking performance and engineering without compromise ..... more

Honda Civic Type R staying 'down under'
12th August, 2010
Honda’s hot hatch, the Civic Type R, will continue in Australia despite the announcement by Honda that the Type R will be dropped in some areas of Europe at the end of 2010 ..... more

Nissan Dualis+2 released
12th August, 2010
The SUV-influenced styling, ‘command’ seating position and driving enjoyment are all carried over from the standard Dualis, but the greater length is aimed squarely at busy families seeking practicality without sacrificing style ..... more

Citroen C4 Picasso now priced under $40,000
12th August, 2010
Citroen's people mover is now under $40,000 on the road, with the C4 Picasso now priced at $39,990 Driveaway, a saving of more than $6,000 ..... more

Hyundai i30 ‘Trophy’ Special Edition
13th August, 2010
Building on the i30’s success in Australian showrooms, Hyundai is further enhancing the model’s appeal and value by adding a special edition ‘Trophy’ model to the line-up ..... more

Ford is to expand the Fiesta range
15th August, 2010
Ford's popular Fiesta is undergoing a variety of enhancements, giving it even more to boast about – including an expanded diesel power option, the introduction of sedan models, and an all-new six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission ..... more

Peugeot Australia continues support for white lions
15th August, 2010
Back in September 2006 Peugeot Australia announced their commitment to support the first white lions ever born in Australia at Mogo Zoo on the south coast of New South Wales. And now Peugeot Australia has announced that the commitment continues ..... more

Jaguar XJ75 Platinum show car
16th August, 2010
Dominated by a striking white and black contrast theme that suggests precious platinum metal, the XJ75 Platinum Concept is a high-performance 470-hp 2011 Jaguar XJL Supercharged equipped with new ground-hugging front, rear and side sills. Painted a lustrous Satin Matte Pearlescent White, exterior chrome elements have been revised to either a dark chrome or gloss black ..... more

More details: Lexus CT 200h
16th August, 2010
Far from being a standard hybrid, the new CT 200h - the first Lexus for the luxury small car market - has been the subject of innovative, detailed chassis engineering to ensure the CT 200h is a true driver's car ..... more

Earls Court returns to Goodwood again
16th August, 2010
The Earls Court Motor Show takes its inspiration from the celebrated London Motor Shows of the 1950s and 60s, with an Art Deco frontage reminiscent of the glory days of exhibitions of the past ..... more

‘The Major and the Beetle’
16th August, 2010
The unveiling of the ‘The Major and the Beetle’ exhibition in England is celebrated with a historic Volkswagen car show and a ‘meet up’ for Volkswagen enthusiasts, all dedicated to the memory of Major Ivan Hirst, REME ..... more

Bentley at Pebble Beach
17th August, 2010
Bentley Motors displayed the company’s new limited-edition Continental GTC and GTC Speed 80-11 models, designed exclusively for the North American market, on the Concept Lawn at the 60th Annual Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance ..... more

Morgan Eva GT revealed
17th August, 2010
Its existence marks a departure for the 101-year old family owned Morgan Motor Company, in that it is the first time in the long history of the company that it has built a 4-seater coupe ..... more

Peugeot Launches Special Edition 207
18th August, 2010
Following recent price reductions across the 207 range and the introduction of standard Electronic Stability Programme (ESP) in January, Peugeot Australia has announced the introduction of a new special edition 5-door hatch model: the 207 Sportium ..... more

Suzuki Grand Vitara Urban
18th August, 2010
Standard equipment on the Grand Vitara Urban includes Bluetooth hands-free technology, rear park assist and stylish alloy wheels ..... more

Mahindra look at SsangYong acquisition
18th August, 2010
Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. (M&M) emerged as the preferred bidder for the acquisition of a majority stake in Ssangyong Motor Company (SYMC). The preferred bidder status would require it to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with SYMC, followed by a detailed due diligence process ..... more

Jaguar XJ Sentinel
18th August, 2010
The new XJ Sentinel offers the ultimate in discreet protection, being virtually indistinguishable from the standard XJ model, yet featuring a state-of-the-art armouring package which provides occupants with up to B7 levels of ballistic protection ..... more

Out the door: 100,000 VW Sciroccos
19th August, 2010
At the VW Autoeuropa - Automóveis Ltda. plant in Portugal, just two years after its market launch, the hundred-thousandth third-generation Scirocco rolled off the production line ..... more

Kia Sportage named “2010 Top Safety Pick” by IIHS
19th August, 2010
Arriving in Kia showrooms in the U.S. now, Sportage received the organisation’s top honour by earning “Good” ratings – the highest achievable – in frontal, side, rear and rollover impact crash safety tests ..... more

Toyota FJ Cruiser coming to Australia
19th August, 2010
With looks like no other SUV, FJ Cruiser comes to Australia with a pedigree that stretches back 50 years to the legendary FJ40 LandCruiser. The modern vehicle captures this heritage with its body-on-frame structure, short wheelbase, stocky appearance and the arrangement of its headlights and grille ..... more

BMW Z4 sDrive35is arrives
20th August, 2010
The BMW Z4 sDrive35is features a modified straight-six, Twin Turbo engine, coupled with BMW’s seven speed automatic transmission with double clutch operation. A unique M Sports Package including adaptive M Suspension, completes the high performance offering ..... more

A new Mercedes-Benz CLS
23rd August, 2010
With the original CLS, Mercedes-Benz revived a vehicle category in 2003 which combined the elegance and dynamism of a coupé with the comfort and functionality of a saloon similar to what existed in the 1960s with the Rover 3-litre Coupé. Buyers were delighted with the CLS-Class, the competition astounded when the style icon arrived. In recent years the CLS has endured as the only four-door coupé in its class, and since October 2004 it has been the car of choice for around 170,000 buyers worldwide ..... more

Peugeot 3008 HYbrid4
24th August, 2010
By launching the world’s first diesel full hybrid vehicle - the 3008 HYbrid 4 - Peugeot will be writing a new chapter in motoring history. The combination of a fuel efficient 2.0 litre 120 kW HDi diesel engine and a 27 kW electric motor is the optimal combination for a hybrid vehicle. Unlike previous hybrid vehicles which use a less fuel efficient petrol engine, the Peugeot 3008 HYbrid4’s diesel engine provides superior Combined Drive Cycle fuel consumption of 3.8 litres/100 km (74.4 mpg), and CO2 emissions of 99 g/km ..... more

AWD for Suzuki Kizashi
25th August, 2010
Boasting a sophisticated all-wheel drive system and new styling cues, the Suzuki Kizashi Sport AWD lifts the high dynamic driving ability of its mid-sized car to new levels. “The Kizashi Sport AWD represents the ultimate version of our vision of design, performance and driving dynamics,” said Suzuki Australia General Manager Tony Devers ..... more

Coming soon from Jeep: new version of the iconic Wrangler
25th August, 2010
Jeep continues to refine the successful Wrangler formula by combining its legendary, benchmark capability with an all-new interior that delivers rich styling with significantly upgraded touch surfaces, occupant comfort and versatility ..... more

M Sport Package now available on BMW 5 Series
26th August, 2010
Developed by BMW M GmbH, the package comprises components that have been specifically adapted to match the suspension, aerodynamics, and exterior and interior design of the BMW 5 Series range ..... more

Lexus SC 430 production concludes
26th August, 2010
Lexus has ended production of the SC 430 after almost a decade. The SC 430 was Lexus' first two-door hard-top coupe-convertible. It paved the way for the evolution of Lexus' design philosophy which culminated in the L-finesse inspired vehicles of today ..... more

Peugeot Offers Lowest CO2 Levels
26th August, 2010
Current Peugeot models offer an average of just 171 grammes of CO2 per kilometre (based on a volume weighted average of all Peugeot vehicles sold in Jan-July 2010) ..... more

Revised engine line-up for Skoda Octavia
26th August, 2010
Skoda is introducing the 90TSI engine to the Octavia line-up in Australia adding a new entry point to the Škoda range at $24,990* ..... more

Sir Stirling Moss to visit Melbourne
26th August, 2010
Motor racing legend Sir Stirling Moss will be a guest judge at Motorclassica, the Australian International Concours d’Elegance & Classic Motor Show ..... more

Ford Fiesta Earns 2010 Top Safety Pick
27th August, 2010
The 2011 Ford Fiesta is America's first mini-car to earn a Top Safety Pick from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) since the introduction of a new roof strength test ..... more

Renault Megane release coming soon
29th August, 2010
Renault has announced a major transformation of its Australian line-up. "It’s time to change" has never signalled a clearer statement of intent than it will over the coming weeks with the progressive release of new models ..... more

Citroen DS4 for Paris Motor Show
30th August, 2010
An alluring mixture of design codes and a bold approach to automotive styling - with an emphasis on driving pleasure and advanced vehicle architecture - DS4 is a model with a multitude of talents, effortlessly responding to a broad range of owner needs, while enhancing the appeal and vitality of the motoring experience ..... more

New Holden Commodore: future friendly
31st August, 2010
With the new range, Holden has finessed the formula that has made Commodore the nation’s top selling car for 14 years straight, introducing smart multimedia technology, improved fuel economy and the capacity to run on environmentally friendly bio-ethanol ..... more

Holden Caprice revisions
31st August, 2010
The introduction of an updated WM Series II range in late September will mark the debut of the Holden Caprice V ..... more

New Holden Commodore: E85 fuel
31st August, 2010
In a major step towards providing a cleaner Australian fuel landscape, Series II models powered by Holden’s 3.0 litre SIDI V6 and 6.0 litre V8 engines will have flex-fuel capability, allowing them to run on bio-ethanol, E10, unleaded, premium or any combination in between ..... more

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