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Peugeot 508 here next month
1st June, 2011
Buoyed by the excitement surrounding the success of the new Peugeot 508 in Europe, Peugeot Automobiles Australia has announced the new model will be released locally in mid-July ..... more

"125 years of the automobile" stamp
1st June, 2011
Germany's Federal Finance Ministry is issuing a special postage stamp and a special coin to celebrate the automobile’s 125th birthday ..... more

Mini offering cheaper Chilli
2nd June, 2011
The content of the Chilli package remains unchanged but has been reduced in price by over 75 per cent ..... more

Audi A1 1.4 TFSI Sport
5th June, 2011
The Audi A1 range is expanding in Australia as Audi introduces the new top-of-the-line version – the A1 1.4 TFSI Sport. It is the next big Audi ... in sport mode ..... more

Mazda 2 Genki arrives
5th June, 2011
The new Mazda 2 Genki, benefitting from a host of additional features and a keen price, arrived in Australian showrooms last week ..... more

Mercedes-Benz CLS prices announced
5th June, 2011
With the CLS, Mercedes-Benz welcomed the return of a vehicle category in 2003 which, like the Rover 3-Litre Coupe of the 1960s, combined the elegance and dynamism of a coupé with the comfort and functionality of a saloon ..... more

Volkswagen at GTI Meet
6th June, 2011
After revealing the new Golf GTI Edition 35, the company pulled the veils off some other secret projects of a sporty nature: Volkswagen presented the Golf R Cabriolet as a concept car with 199 kW of power ..... more

Skoda at GTI Meet
6th June, 2011
This year’s GTI-Treffen in Reifnitz, by Lake Wörthersee, attracted car tuning enthusiasts from all over Europe for the thirtieth time at the beginning of June, and Skoda once again was in the thick of the action, showcasing the Fabia RS 2000 design concept ..... more

Audi at GTI Meet
6th June, 2011
The Audi A1 clubsport quattro is a one-off vehicle built to the limits of technology for breathtaking dynamics. Audi presented the show car in Reifnitz, in the Austrian state of Kärnten, at the Wörtherseetour 2011 (aka GTI Meet) ..... more

SEAT at GTI Meet
6th June, 2011
The centre of activity was in Reifnitz on the lake’s southern bank. That was where SEAT displayed six particularly fiery versions of the Ibiza and Leon on its own open-air stand ..... more

A coupe for Mini
7th June, 2011
The two-seater Mini Coupé will indulge the keen driver with a level of agility admired in the small car segment, along with a unique body and interior concept ..... more

Vauxhall Astra GTC coupe
7th June, 2011
The third body style to come off the new Astra’s Delta platform (following the Hatch and last year’s Sports Tourer), the only elements the GTC shares with its 'siblings' are door handles and the roof aerial – even the wheelbase and tracks are different ..... more

A bunch of five for Audi
7th June, 2011
The R8 GT Spyder will be available in the second half of 2012 with just 5 to be offered in the Australian market ..... more

Aston Martin Rapide production
8th June, 2011
Aston Martin announced, yesterday, that production of the four-door sports car; Rapide will move to the company's Gaydon headquarters in Warwickshire, UK in the second half of 2012 ..... more

Aussie engineers work on GM's Malibu
8th June, 2011
Holden’s engineering team has been recruited to help fine-tune GM's new mid-sized Malibu that will go on sale in Australia late next year ..... more

Mazda BT-50 Freestyle
8th June, 2011
Utilising the revolutionary "Freestyle" door configuration, the BT-50 Freestyle Cab offers a unique combination of seating for four, an exceptionally wide pillar-less door opening, and a good carrying capacity ..... more

Mitsubishi Outlander ACTiV
8th June, 2011
With a limited release of 1,750 units, the Mitsubishi Outlander ACTiV is based on the entry-level Outlander LS and is packed with additional features, at no extra cost. Exterior enhancements include 18-inch alloy wheels, a chrome accented radiator grille with a stylish black centre, black roof rails with sporty cross bars, fog lamps, a chrome exhaust tip and ..... more

New Toyota Yaris due Q4
8th June, 2011
The new hatch features a completely redesigned exterior and a substantial increase in cabin space ..... more

EcoBoost engine for Ford Mondeo
9th June, 2011
Mondeo will spearhead the local launch of this new generation, high-performance yet fuel-saving engine technology, which uses direct injection and turbocharging to deliver more power and performance from a lower displacement powerplant, while still delivering impressive fuel economy ..... more

Volkswagen Passat CC with "BlueMotion"
10th June, 2011
Volkswagen has updated the model in an endeavour to keep it competitive in its class, especially with the Ford Mondeo becoming more economical and with the new Peugeot 508 about to arrive in Australia ..... more

GM rushing in Russia
10th June, 2011
Over the next five years, GM will increase the production capacity at its wholly owned plant in St. Petersburg to 230,000 vehicles per year. In addition, the GM-AVTOVAZ joint venture in Togliatti will also increase production ..... more

Ferrari now in India
10th June, 2011
Ferrari has opened its first Indian dealership in New Delhi, making India the 58th market in which Ferrari’s cars are available ..... more

Aston Martin now in India
10th June, 2011
Aston Martin has opened the doors to its first dealership in India, bringing the British marque's luxury sports cars to the city of Mumbai ..... more

Land Rover Freelander for India
10th June, 2011
The facility at Pune in the Maharashtra region of India, will assemble Land Rover Freelander 2 vehicles supplied in Complete Knock Down (CKD) form from Jaguar Land Rover's Halewood manufacturing plant in Liverpool, UK ..... more

Tata Nano goes international
12th June
Sri Lanka has become the first international market for the Tata Nano, with the "people's car" being commercially launched in the country a fortnight ago. The introduction of the Tata Nano in international markets comes on the Golden Jubilee of Tata Motors' international business which, too, began with Sri Lanka in 1961 ..... more

Hyundai Elantra arriving
14th June, 2011
Designed at Hyundai's North American Design Centre in Irvine California, Elantra exemplifies Hyundai’s ‘Fluidic Sculpture’ design philosophy. Making the illusion of constant motion, flowing lines with a strong undercut feature ..... more

Mazda CX-9 range set to expand
14th June, 2011
Available in Classic and Luxury grades, the new front-wheel-drive models will offer increased choice for customers who require the flexibility of seating for up to seven but without the need for all-wheel-drive ..... more

Mercedes-Benz Guard: licenced to protect
15th June, 2011
With its Guard models, Mercedes-Benz offers the world's widest ex-factory range of special protection vehicles. The range comprising E-Guard, S-Guard and G-Guard features tailor-made protection to European standards. A high level of protection is provided by armour made from state-of-the-art materials such as glass/plastic composites and high-strength special steel ..... more

Massive recall of Mazda 3
16th June, 2011
Recalls continue for the Mazda 3 ..... more

Woodward Dream Cruise for 2011
16th June, 2011
Chevrolet will be the presenting sponsor for the 2011 Woodward Dream Cruise, a grassroots event that each August draws some 1.5 million car enthusiasts to Michigan’s legendary Woodward Avenue in suburban Detroit (USA) ..... more

VW & GAZ for Russian collaboration
16th June, 2011
Volkswagen and the GAZ Group have, on 14th June 2011, signed an agreement to assemble Volkswagen and Škoda models under contract at the GAZ plant in Nizhny Novgorod (Russia) ..... more

Mitsubishi Pajero RX returns
21st June, 2011
For an additional $1,350 above the MLP* of the GLX, the Pajero RX makes a statement with exclusive features such as the RX chrome grille, chrome highlighted bumper protector, fog lamps with chrome insets, exclusive RX badging and more ..... more

Fiat to buy out 'Feds' share of Chrysler
21st June, 2011
Fiat recently notified the United States Department of Treasury (“UST”) of Fiat’s intent to exercise its option to purchase the interest held in Chrysler by UST, equal to 6% of Chrysler’s equity ..... more

Volkswagen Scirocco R finally set for Australia
22nd June, 2011
The Scirocco R is a performance package with a powerful engine, unique looks and exclusive features. Advantages of boosted TSI engine available in the Scirocco R are very high power and torque values ..... more

Volvo C30 Electric
22nd June, 2011
Initial deliveries to leasing customers, mainly companies, authorities and governmental bodies, will take place from August, 2011 ..... more

Diesel for Jeep Grand Cherokee
22nd June, 2011
The multi-award winning 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee is now available in Australia with a new 3.0-litre turbo diesel engine. The new engine is more powerful, more fuel efficient and produces lower emissions than its predecessor, while being able to tow up to 3,500 kg ..... more

Another cheap Chinese ute on the way
22nd June, 2011
The price of Foton will only be 15 to 20 per cent lower than established quality products from Japanese brands. This suggests to the Next Car team that Foton will be overpriced just like Great Wall utes ..... more

Renault electric car here in 2012
23rd June, 2011
The Renault Fluence Z.E. (Zero Emission) is visually similar to the petrol-powered Fluence sedan launched in Australia late last year, and shares an identical interior architecture, but under the bonnet it is very different ..... more

Volkswagen Multivan Edition 25
23rd June, 2011
The model can be recognised above all by its matt black roof and black 18-inch alloy wheels. Further features include: black handles on driver and front passenger doors; a black B-pillar; black decal trim on the back of the vehicle and the side sills; and matt black paintwork on the bottom part of the front bumper ..... more

GM's new Colorado in show truck form
23rd June, 2011
At the Buenos Aires Motor Show, General Motors revealed the Colorado Rally with Chevrolet branding. This is the second show truck version of GM's next generation global mid-size utility truck ..... more

2012 Renault Koleos revealed
23rd June, 2011
The major changes concern the model’s exterior styling and interior trim, plus appreciable CO2 and fuel consumption savings with its diesel engines ..... more

Bentley Continental GT Mulliner Styling Specification
26th June, 2011
Acclaimed for its crisp, sculpted design, the new Bentley Continental GT is poised to make a further stir with the new Mulliner Styling Specification, a range of Bentley-designed styling options reaffirming its potent road presence ..... more

Ferrari FF due locally early 2012
26th June, 2011
With the early 2012 local release of the new FF, Ferrari finally joins Audi, Bentley, Lamborghini, Nissan and others who offer super cars with all-wheel drive ..... more

Goodwood's Festival of Speed next week-end
26th June, 2011
One of the world's great motor sport events is set to take place next week-end in England ..... more

Hulme CanAm Spyder
26th June, 2011
The Hulme CanAm Spyder recently had its New Zealand launch before leaving for Britain's Goodwood Festival of Speed ..... more

70th Anniversary models for Jeep
27th June, 2011
Jeep is celebrating its 70th anniversary in 2011. To mark the occasion, the Jeep brand has released distinctive, unique 70th Anniversary Edition models of each vehicle in its line-up ..... more

Lexus Landaulet for Prince Albert II of Monaco
27th June, 2011
A unique, full hybrid Lexus LS 600h L Landaulet fitted with a one-piece transparent polycarbonate roof will serve as the royal wedding car when Prince Albert II of Monaco marries Carlene Wittstock in Monte Carlo on 2nd July ..... more

Volvo C30 recall
28th June, 2011
Volvo Cars will recall certain C30 models to repair an engine component which may effect the car's braking ability ..... more

Hyundai Elantra: more details
28th June, 2011
Although the all-new Hyundai Elantra competes in the small segment, it offers interior space and amenities comparable with many larger sedans, generating authority and distinction with a sporty and dynamic presence ..... more

Sir Stirling Moss retires (again)
29th June, 2011
But, after finally hanging up his crash helmet this month, the 81-year-old Moss has admitted he’s not as fast as he used to be ..... more

Vic to trial Nissan Leaf
30th June, 2011
The 16 LEAF zero-emission electric hatchbacks, built at Nissan’s plant in Oppama, Japan, join the Government’s real-time evaluation of electric vehicles and their application in Victorian cities ..... more

Jaguar E-Type sculpture for Goodwood
30th June, 2011
A striking iteration of the Jaguar E-type, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, will be the centrepiece at this week-end's Goodwood Festival of Speed in England ..... more

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