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Motorclassica 2010

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Motorclassica returning in 2011
1st December, 2010
Motorclassica, the Australian International Concours d’Elegance and Classic Motor Show, will return to Melbourne’s Royal Exhibition Building next year, with the event scheduled for 21st to 23rd October, 2011 ..... more

Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet: more details
1st December, 2010
With its never seen before design and custom boutique style, the Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet is unlike anything on the road – blending all of the things people enjoy in a cross-over with the open air enjoyment of a convertible ..... more

McLaren for Australia
1st December, 2010
This positions McLaren's new high-performance sports car, the MP4-12C, for an Australian release in late 2011 ..... more

Mercedes-Benz R-Class updated
2nd December, 2010
The interior of the new R-Class complements the fresh exterior, combining as it does the good use of space found in the latest SUV models with the comfort, high-class appeal and prestige of classic Mercedes-Benz luxury-class saloons ..... more

Fast Charger for Mitsubishi
2nd December, 2010
The Fast Charger charges the i-MiEV’s Lithium-ion battery to 80 per cent capacity in just 30 minutes and a 50 per cent charge is completed in under 12 minutes ..... more

Hybrids for Audi
2nd December, 2010
Audi intends to bring two hybrid models to market in the near future. The first will be the Q5 Hybrid quattro during the first half of 2011, followed sometime later by the A6 Hybrid ..... more

Kia Optima Hybrid
2nd December, 2010
Arriving in Kia dealer showrooms in the United States early next year, the 2011 Optima Hybrid is the brand’s first-ever hybrid for North America and uses a “full parallel hybrid system” to deliver a unique blend of performance ..... more

Ford's black & whites say "cop that"
3rd December, 2010
Ford’s Taurus-based Police Interceptor all-wheel drive sedan, equipped with a 3.5-litre V6 EcoBoost engine, delivered an impressive zero-to-96 km/h (60 mph) time of 5.8 seconds and the fastest lap time – trumping all V8 competition from Chevrolet (Holden) and Dodge ..... more

Nissan Ellure Concept
5th December, 2010
With lines that gain energy as they move through the exterior, an interior that is as engaging as it is inviting, and effortless technology embedded with intuitive intelligence, Ellure stands as Nissan’s latest expression of innovation for design ..... more

Audi A1 released locally
5th December, 2010
The Audi A1 condenses all of the virtues of the German brand – a progressive design, uncompromising quality and groundbreaking efficiency – into a fresh new premium compact package. Its engine and the agile chassis make it one of the sportiest car in the segment ..... more

Ferrari 458 Challenge
5th December, 2010
The Ferrari 458 Challenge, the race track version of Ferrari’s newest super car, is making its debut at the Bologna Motor Show (4th-12th December 2010), the unique motor sport and motoring event held just down the autostrada from Ferrari’s home in Maranello ..... more

Mitsubishi’s Limited Edition Pajero RX
5th December, 2010
The RX model is based on the Pajero GLX with a host of safety, function and style-enhancing upgrades, showcasing the Pajero’s legendary performance in a sleek package ..... more

LPG option for Holden Colorado 4x2
7th December, 2010
On sale across the country now, the Colorado 4x2 Single Cab Chassis and Crew Cab utility models (both LX and LT-R) are now available with Holden’s Australian-built, dual-fuel LPG Alloytec V6 engine, designed to slash motorists’ fuel bills ..... more

Volkswagen Caddy update released locally
7th December, 2010
With new TDI and TSI four-cylinder engines and gearbox variations and the potential for reduced running costs make the new Caddy one of the most innovative compact vans available ..... more

Kia's all-new Picanto
7th December, 2010
It will compete in Europe's crowded "A" segment and, following recent Kia trends, the new model is designed to stand out from the crowd! ..... more

Volvo S60 released locally
8th December, 2010
On the road, the S60 is the sportiest Volvo sedan yet made. "The ride is firmer and yet it is much better controlled. I would say comfort has actually been increased," says Egbert Bakker ..... more

Steam Cars on the way to Australia
9th December, 2010
A couple of unique cars, visiting Australia at the time, will be participating in the rally. There will be the 1909 Stanley Steam car and the ex-Howard Hughes 1925 Doble Steam car ..... more

Renault Megane coupe/cabrio released
9th December, 2010
The highly-sophisticated folding hardtop four-seater is sure to be a hit with sun-lovers around the country, with its new, more spacious interior, distinctive glazed black roof and light filled cabin ..... more

Updated Lexus IS F released
12th December, 2010
Performance revisions extend to the IS F's suspension, where significant re-tuning work improves ride comfort and high-speed stability under all driving conditions ..... more

Nissan GT-R resets 0-100 km/h time to 3 seconds
12th December, 2010
A 2011 Model Year Nissan GT-R has set a new acceleration benchmark, taking just a tiny fraction over three seconds to sprint from 0-100 km/h ..... more

Ford expand Fiesta line-up
12th December, 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

Mazda i-stop for local testing
13th December, 2010
The i-stop system reduces fuel consumption by automatically shutting down the engine when the vehicle comes to a standstill, such as a drive-through restaurant, rail crossings, traffic lights and the like ..... more

Hyundai expand ix35 line-up
13th December, 2010
Already available in the mid-trim ix35 Elite AWD model, the new 2.4-litre petrol Highlander expands the current line-up in the Hyundai 5-star ANCAP safety rated ix35 range. The rapid success of ix35 has seen it move to third best selling compact SUV in Australia in November ..... more

Tom Walkinshaw Passes Away
13th December, 2010
Tom Walkinshaw made an incredible contribution to the landscape of Australian Motor Racing and automobile industry over many years and he will be sadly missed by many in the industry ..... more

Mitsubishi's new "Global Small" car
13th December, 2010
The "global small" to be produced at the new factory will be a new vehicle based on a completely new platform currently being developed by MMC with "compact," "affordability," and "fuel efficiency" as the basic concepts for the vehicle ..... more

New Renault Kangoo released
14th December, 2010
The new Renault Kangoo is priced from $25,990 drive away for either the punchy 1.6-litre petrol version matched to a four-speed automatic transmission, or the clean and efficient 1.5-litre turbo-diesel version fitted with a five-speed manual gearbox ..... more

New Suzuki Swift: more details
14th December, 2010
The new Swift will be powered by an all-new 1.4-litre engine offering excellent performance and excellent economy ..... more

First look at new Ford Territory
14th December, 2010
The new-look Ford Territory is set for release next year. It is just one part of Ford's unprecedented new-model onslaught planned for 2011 ..... more

Audi A1 earns Five Stars from EuroNCAP
16th December, 2010
The Euro NCAP consortium tested the passive crash safety of the new Audi A1 and awarded it the top score of five stars ..... more

Dual clutch auto for Alfa Romeo MiTo
16th December, 2010
Alfa Romeo’s small car, the MiTo, is now available in Australia with the all-new twin clutch gearbox that combines all the advantages of manual and automatic gearboxes and eliminates the disadvantages ..... more

Ford Explorer for 2011
16th December, 2010
Earlier this month the 'reinvented' 2011 Ford Explorer began rolling off the production line at Ford’s Chicago Assembly Plant, marking a new beginning for both the historic factory and the popular SUV ..... more

Honda's new Civic
17th December, 2010
The styling direction of the next-generation Honda Civic will debut at the 2011 Detroit Motor Show in January ..... more

Mini Paceman
19th December, 2010
Following the launch of the Mini Countryman and the forthcoming launches of the Mini Coupe and Roadster, the Paceman Concept shows once again not only the innovative spirit and adventure among its design team, but also the potential breadth of the Mini brand as it grows and develops ..... more

Ford picks Lycra for fashion statement
20th December, 2010
Stretchy Lycra is not just the material of choice for cycling enthusiasts! It is the must-have material to help keep the prying eyes away from Ford Australia's new vehicles being developed by the company's prototype team ..... more

New Nissan Pulsar
20th December, 2010
Ever since the introduction of the Nissan Tiida, local Nissan dealers have been calling for the return of the highly regarded "Pulsar" name. This car, the new Sunny, is likely to be it! ..... more

New 1750 engine for Alfa Romeo 159
21st December, 2010
Replacing the 2.2 litre JTS power unit, the new 1750 TBi engine, with a capacity of 1,742 cc, is lighter, smaller and more compact ..... more

Out the door: 1,000 AMGs this year in Australia
21st December, 2010
This morning Mercedes-Benz Australia/Pacific sold the 1,000th AMG vehicle for 2010 when the purchaser of the SLS “Blackbird”, the unique show car from the 2010 Sydney Motor Show, signed on the dotted line at a Sydney dealership ..... more

Nissan X-TRAIL arrives in 2WD now
23rd December, 2010
Nissan is throwing down the gauntlet to rivals in the hotly-contested 2WD Compact SUV market, with an outstanding value proposition for customers with the launch of the X-TRAIL Series 4 ..... more

Mercedes-Benz C-Class update for 2011
23rd December, 2010
The new Mercedes-Benz C-Class to be launched in the northern spring 2011 is a comprehensive modernisation. The front and rear sections of this best selling model have a more striking design. Together with the optional, high-resolution colour display in the instrument cluster, the new dashboard with its elegant, grained surface and prominent decorative trim emphasises the premium character of the interior ..... more

Hyundai i40 for Europe
24th December, 2010
The all-new i40 will also become Hyundai’s most innovative model on sale in Europe, combining the four elements which have become core Hyundai values: practicality, performance, efficiency, and styling ..... more

Preview: Kia KV7 Concept
24th December, 2010
For the past several years Kia Motors’ design-led transformation has been delivering production vehicles – such as the Soul, Cerato Koup and Sportage – that bear a very close resemblance to the original concept designs that preceded them ..... more

Jingle Bells ring at Next Car
24th December, 2010
All I want for Christmas ..... Next Car looks at what is popular and what matches the title of some popular Christmas Carols and songs. We pick four inspiring automotive winners from our interpretation of our reader's feedback and from our own perception of another great year of motoring. So what's ringing your bells? We pick a car that is a joy to the world, one for the faithful, one for a silent night and one for what I want for Christmas. Will one of these four cars be on your Christmas "wish list"? ..... more

Toyota FJ Cruiser here in March
24th December, 2010
The Toyota FJ Cruiser, due for launch in March 2011, pays homage to the Land Cruiser FJ40 of the 1960s with an interior that is functional and flexible without resorting to gimmicks ..... more

The new Audi A6
26th December, 2010
The new A6 will arrive at European dealerships in early 2011 and during H2 in Australia. The new executive sedan features solutions in many areas of technology ..... more

Ssangyong Motor and Mahindra Sign Definitive Agreement
26th December, 2010
Ssangyong Motor Company Limited (SYMC) and India’s Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. (M&M) its preferred bidder, has announced the signing of a definitive agreement in Seoul. The agreement which was signed by Mr. Yooil Lee and Mr. Youngtae Park, Joint Receivers of SYMC and Dr. Pawan Goenka, President, Automotive & Farm Equipment Sectors, M&M ..... more

Hyundai Verna
27th December, 2010
The new Verna will be offered with a choice of two state-of-the-art Gamma petrol engines. The 1.4-litre model will deliver a peak power output of 78.7 kW and a maximum torque of 135.4 Nm, while the 1.6-litre model will produce 90.4 kW of peak power and maximum torque of 155 Nm ..... more

Retromobile 2011
27th December, 2010
Retromobile is breaking new ground. The inclusion of motorcycles and the arrival in force of the "youngtimer" vehicles from the 1970s and 1980s, together with the diversity of items on show and the car/motorcycle automobilia auction will generate even more interest and will secure Retromobile’s reputation as the leading international exhibition in its field ..... more

Mercedes-Benz Museum: success in 2010
28th December, 2010
With 2010 drawing to a close, the Mercedes-Benz Museum has announced 650,000 visitors came through their doors this year. Since its inauguration in May 2006, well over 3.4 million people have experienced 125 years of the automobile in the Mercedes-Benz Museum ..... more

Ford: more than just cars
28th December, 2010
While perfecting the Model T, one of the difficulties Henry Ford faced was procuring components of consistent quality. His solution was to control the entire manufacturing process from raw materials to final assembly ..... more

Chrysler 300 for 2011
28th December, 2010
With its rear-wheel drive configuration and sculptured bodyside, the new 2011 Chrysler 300 delivers the distinction, innovation and large sedan features at a legendary value, while setting a new course for the American brand ..... more

New BMW X3 here in March
30th December, 2010
Two engine variants will be available in Australia from launch in March 2011. The entry-level price point for the new, second generation BMW X3 Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) will remain $62,200* for the BMW X3 xDrive20d ..... more

First new MG in 15 years is close
31st December, 2010
The MG 6 is the first all-new MG for the UK market in 15 years and will lead the way to a whole new range of MG models in the coming years from MG Motor UK in Birmingham ..... more

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