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Kia Naimo Electric Concept
1st April, 2011
The third electric vehicle design to be unveiled by Kia Motors Corporation in a year, the 3.9-metre long Naimo concept explores the practicalities of introducing a zero-emissions, five-door, four-seater city car into a future niche market ..... more

Chevrolet Mi-ray Roadster Concept
1st April, 2011
The Mi-ray was developed at the GM Advanced Design Studio in Seoul. Combining cutting-edge hybrid propulsion technology and advanced styling, it balances iconic Chevrolet design cues with a future design vision ..... more

Honda Jazz updated
1st April, 2011
The new and improved 2011 Jazz receives exterior enhancements across all models including LED tail lights and a sporty, mesh-style grille, resembling a happy face ..... more

BMW's April Fool's Day Joke
3rd April, 2011
Next Car's Editor, Stephen Walker, says BMW in the UK has 'form' when it comes to stunts on April Fool's Day ..... more
See a copy of the BMW advertisement here.

Ford's EcoLPi Falcon To Go On Sale Mid-Year
4th April, 2011
The new EcoLPi in-line six-cylinder engine is a state-of-the-art, liquid phase injection, dedicated LPG powerplant that delivers impressive fuel efficiency and reduced CO2 emissions, as well as no compromise engine performance compared to Falcon's existing petrol I6 engine ..... more

New VW Beetle debuts 18th April
5th April, 2011
The new Beetle’s exterior reinterprets the silhouette of the famous Volkswagen Beetle and combines stylistic elements borrowed from the original with the latest technology ..... more

BMW 6-Series Convertible prices announced
5th April, 2011
Pricing starts at $194,300* for the 640i six-cylinder in-line TwinPower Turbo petrol engine and $248,300* for the 650i V8 TwinPower Turbo petrol engine ..... more

Lexus LF-Gh Hybrid Concept for New York
6th April, 2011
Lexus has announced that the LF-Gh hybrid concept will make its world debut at the 2011 New York Motor Show ..... more

BMW M5 Concept for Shanghai
6th April, 2011
Twenty six years ago, BMW presented their first large sedan with the motor racing qualities of a high-performance sports car, laying the foundation stone for the brand to compete in an expanding vehicle category ..... more

New Subaru Impreza to debut this month
7th April, 2011
The frugal All-Wheel Drive Impreza sedan and hatch are totally new designs, featuring greater cabin space with major gains in interior design and refinement, plus multiple technological advances ..... more

Mercedes-Benz Concept A-Class
7th April, 2011
The technical highlights include a new, turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine, a dual clutch transmission and a radar-based collision warning system with adaptive Brake Assist ..... more

Mini's new entry-level model
10th April, 2011
The ‘Mini Ray’ becomes the new entry-point to the brand, with a manufacturer’s list price* (MLP*) of $25,500* (excluding on-road costs) ..... more

Nissan 370Z updated
10th April, 2011
For MY2011 Nissan has enhanced the 370Z’s technology, innovation and value credentials still further with a driver focussed upgrade that adds Nissan’s next generation audio and navigation system, a reversing camera, a cargo blind for the Coupe, climate controlled seats for the Roadster, wide-angle door mirrors and a new body paint colour; ‘Gun Metallic’ which is shared with the GT-R ..... more

America's Easter Jeep Safari
10th April, 2011
Each year, thousands of off-road enthusiasts descend upon Moab, Utah (USA), for the Easter Jeep Safari and a week of fun on some of the country’s best and most rugged trails ..... more

Infiniti FX for Australia
10th April, 2011
The Infiniti FX is also offered with Intelligent All-Wheel Drive (standard on FX50), double-wishbone front/multi-link rear suspension and large 4-wheel disc brakes, along with available Continuous Damping Control, Rear Active Steer, Intelligent Brake Assist and 21-inch lightweight aluminium-alloy wheels ..... more

Ford Territory: prices and more details
11th April, 2011
Ford has revealed the prices and additional details for their new SZ series Territory range, which is due for release in less than a month ..... more

Thunder returns to Holden ute
12th April, 2011
The Thunder Ute will be available with Holden’s powerful Gen IV V8 (SS model) and for the first time the special edition nameplate will also come with the company’s high-performing 3.6-litre SIDI V6 (SV6 model) ..... more

Subaru XV Concept set for Shanghai
12th April, 2011
The Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive XV concept offers genuine cross-over ability ..... more

BMW 3-Series price reduction
12th April, 2011
With the local introduction of the new Mercedes-Benz C-Class drawing near, BMW Australia has announced sharpened pricing for its 3 Series model range ..... more

Who owns Chrysler?
13th April, 2011
Further to the news item dated 25th January 2011 Chrysler Group LLC yesterday announced that Fiat's ownership in the Company has increased from 25 per cent to 30 per cent, effective 12th April 2011 ..... more

Renault Latitude released
14th April, 2011
With generous dimensions, particularly the spacious rear cabin, a large boot and torque-rich engines, the Renault Latitude meets all the requirements of the modern family car buyer ..... more

Saab 9-5 released
15th April, 2011
Now available in Australia, the new Saab 9-5 signals the commencement of a new era for the Saab brand. Sleek, sophisticated and, dare we say it, unmistakably Saab. The new model combines stand-out looks with advanced technologies and brings a fresh alternative choice to the premium sedan segment ..... more

SsangYong KEV2 concept
17th April, 2011
The KEV2 presents the future vision of SsangYong's electric car technology and follows SsangYong's Korando C EV launched at the 2010 Busan Motor Show and recently shown at Switzerland's 2011 Geneva Motor Show ..... more

Honda Odyssey updated
17th April, 2011
Although not nearly as popular as the Kia Carnival/Grand Carnival, the Odyssey has sold 15,648 units since its debut in the Australian market in late 1994 ..... more

Hyundai iMax and iLoad updated
17th April, 2011
Equipped with an array of active and passive safety enhancements and standard features, both models across the range now come with Bluetooth™ Connectivity and full iPod Integration, while the Hyundai iMax range also sees the introduction of Electronic Stability Control ..... more

Jaguar E Type at the UK's Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb
17th April, 2011
A fabulous collection of Jaguars, not only E Types but all their road and racing models, right up to the present day, and in fact into the future, will feature at the unique Shelsley Walsh hill climb on 4th-5th June 2011 ..... more

Ford test the new Ranger off-road
17th April, 2011
Ford suggest their latest global compact utility is as calm and composed off the beaten track as on sealed roads thanks to an all-new chassis frame, front and rear suspension and steering system ..... more

Peugeot SXC Concept
17th April, 2011
Athletic, powerful, elegant, the "SXC", a Concept Car from the Peugeot Style Studios of the China Tech Centre in Shanghai, explores the world of an exclusive and modern Cross-over ..... more

MG 6 production begins
17th April, 2011
Customer car number 1 came off the final assembly line in the Car Assembly Building at the firm’s plant in Birmingham on Wednesday 13th April 2011 ..... more

Mini Inspired by Goodwood
18th April, 2011
The special edition of the three-door Mini was built under the guidance of the Rolls-Royce Motor Cars design team and transfers the unmistakable style of the British luxury car manufacturer to the equally unique Mini ..... more

Audi Q3 for 2012
18th April, 2011
This compact SUV by Audi will roll off the assembly line at the SEAT factory in Spain, with three different four-cylinder engines on offer: one TDI and two TFSI units. All three will combine direct injection with turbocharging ..... more

Subaru XV Concept
19th April, 2011
Subaru today unveiled their XV Concept cross-over car at the 2011 Shanghai Motor Show (China) ..... more

Kia K2 for China
19th April, 2011
Kia Motors and its Chinese joint venture, Dongfeng Yueda Kia, unveiled the K2 B-segment sedan today at the 2011 Shanghai Motor Show in China. Based on the platform of the all-new Rio ..... more

GM unveil the Malibu
19th April, 2011
As reported by Next Car on 31st March 2011 Holden’s new medium sedan, the Malibu will replace the Epica. The new car, in Chevrolet guise, has made its debut at China's Shanghai Motor Show ..... more

Mazda CX-5 coming
20th April, 2011
Ford Motor Company has made no secret of the upcoming North American release of the new Ford Escape. However, Mazda has been somewhat quiet about their variant ..... more

New Volkswagen Beetle revealed
20th April, 2011
The car not only has a lower profile; it is also substantially wider, the front bonnet is longer, the front windscreen is shifted further back and has a much steeper incline ..... more

New Subaru Impreza unveiled
22nd April, 2011
New Impreza offers improved cabin space – cleverly designed within the same exterior dimensions as the superseded car. It has a longer wheelbase, but shorter overhangs ..... more

Volvo Concept Universe
24th April, 2011
The Volvo Concept Universe is a large sedan with a new design language that Volvo suggest recalls the lines of classic Volvo models ..... more

Kia Rio sedan revealed
24th April, 2011
Kia Motors America (KMA) has celebrated the world premiere of the all-new 2012 Rio sub-compact sedan at the New York Motor Show ..... more

Nissan Tiida for 2012
24th April, 2011
The all-new Nissan Tiida is targeted toward young families who value quality life. With appeal points such as 'premium and agile styling' and 'class leading comfort' the new model will continue to be a strong competitor in the Australian small car market ..... more

Lexus CT200h released
26th April, 2011
Starting at $39,990*, CT 200h will open up the Lexus brand to a host of new and existing customers - those wanting to enter the luxury market, those wanting to downsize to a stylish and sporty hatchback, and those who wish to take advantage of the CT 200h's unique hybrid driveline ..... more

Would You Buy A Car From This Man?
29th April, 2011
Des West sold the Holden 48/215 on the 17th June 1949 to Allan Bell and family ..... more

William drives bride in dad's Aston Martin
30th April, 2011
Following the reception, the groom drove his bride in one of his father's car. The Prince of Wales' Aston Martin DB6 Volante Mk II convertible displayed an "L" plate upfront ..... more

BMW fool hundreds with April Fool's Day joke
30th April, 2011
Within days of the advertisements appearing BMW had received e-mails and had taken calls from folks who didn't recognise that Ms Yorlegg was also a code for "pulling your leg"! ..... more

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