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Holden Barina update due October
1st July, 2011
Its striking interior and exterior design was led by Holden’s Ondrej Koromhaz while on assignment at General Motors' South Korea design centre and takes familiar design cues from its Barina Spark and Cruze models ..... more

Toyota FJ Cruiser recall
1st July, 2011
Due to an issue with airbags, the newly available Toyota FJ Cruiser is undergoing a recall ..... more

Skoda Fabia confirmed for Australia
1st July, 2011
The Skoda Fabia has now been confirmed for an Australian release later this year. The combination of low running costs, advanced powertrain technology and Skoda’s legendary value for money make the Fabia a welcome new-comer to the market ..... more

Mercedes-Benz C-Class coupe prices announced
5th July, 2011
Typical coupé features include the short front overhang, long bonnet, steeply raked windscreen and long, stretched-out roof. The 'greenhouse' extends far beyond the rear axle over the low-raked rear window to a sportily short tail end ..... more

Range Rover Evoque production begins
5th July, 2011
The new Range Rover Evoque passed an important milestone yesterday when the first production vehicle was driven off the production line at Land Rover’s Halewood manufacturing plant in Liverpool (England) ..... more

Ford "capped price" services
6th July, 2011
The programme means Ford owners will know with certainty the maximum amount they will pay from one 'log book' service to the next, no matter which participating Ford dealer they use ..... more

Night Orange edition for Smart
6th July, 2011
The Smart Fortwo “night orange” offers unique paint and trim finishes in addition to extra equipment for an additional $2,800 over the Smart Fortwo mhd. The value of the “night orange” package is $4,800 offering added customer value of $2,000 ..... more

New lower priced Jaguar XF diesel coming
6th July, 2011
Jaguar Australia has announced sharp pricing for the new 8-speed 2.2 Diesel XF Luxury which is scheduled for a local release in October, just weeks after its UK release ..... more

Audi Q3 on track for 2012 release
7th July, 2011
The Audi Q3 is being launched with a choice of three engines – one TDI and two TFSI units, with engine specifications for its Australian launch to be announced closer to the launch date. All three four-cylinder engines combine direct injection with turbocharging ..... more

Mercedes-Benz SLK prices announced
7th July, 2011
The Mercedes-Benz SLK, one of the most exciting and successful sports cars ever built is entering a new phase. The new roadster uncompromisingly takes driving pleasure and open-air enjoyment to a new level. It blends light-footed sportiness with stylish comfort, a striking sports-car design with total suitability for everyday use ..... more

New, larger VW Jetta still coming later this year
7th July, 2011
The new Volkswagen Jetta, an entirely new vehicle, remains on track for a late 2011 release in Australia. The new model impresses as an independent vehicle and makes great strides forward in both concept and styling ..... more

Land Rover Discovery 4 update due November
7th July, 2011
Land Rover Discovery Discovery 4's design and equipment levels have been given a make-over for 12MY. There are two new alloy wheel designs, two new option packs and improved audio and navigation systems based on the latest MOST Gen 2.1 electrical architecture ..... more

UK crash investigation team take Ford Galaxy
7th July, 2011
The extreme demands placed on its crash investigation vehicles have led a UK Police Force to order its third generation of Ford Galaxy in 13 years. But this time it’s combining the high performance and stability with fuel savings - by switching to diesel ..... more

Skoda Yeti price announced
8th July, 2011
Thanks to a ground clearance of 180 millimetres and a four-wheel-drive system that incorporates a fourth generation Haldex clutch, the Yeti is intended for those who want to venture a little way off the beaten track for light-duty off-roading ..... more

Holden Caprice on patrol in USA
8th July, 2011
After the vehicles’ first month on patrol, the sheriff’s office plans to replace its current fleet of approximately 175 other patrol vehicles with Caprice PPVs ..... more

Aston Martin confirms production of V12 Zagato
10th July, 2011
Based on the acclaimed V12 Vantage and sporting a beautifully handcrafted aluminium and carbon fibre body, the V12 Zagato will be produced in very limited numbers for discerning customers ..... more

FPV Concept Car
11th July, 2011
The all-black GT-based FPV concept features a number of bespoke features and design treatments not previously seen ..... more

HSV SV Black Edition
11th July, 2011
The “darkness” of this limited edition starts with the exterior, with matt black paint-outs on the front and sides combining with the “Vector” bonnet scoops and side vents to immediately communicate a unique edge ..... more

Mitsubishi Concept PX-MiEV
11th July, 2011
Powered by the new Mitsubishi Plug-in Hybrid System, which significantly extends the frequency a hybrid vehicle is driven in EV mode, the Mitsubishi Concept PX-MiEV returns fuel economy in excess of 50 km/litre ..... more

Range Rover Sport for 2012
11th July, 2011
For the first time on the Range Rover Sport, the next generation 7-inch touch-screen is included with optional Dual View technology, allowing the driver to view the navigation display whilst the passenger watches a DVD ..... more

New Mercedes-Benz B-Class for 2012
11th July, 2011
Said to be more agile and efficient, but as comfortable and spacious as ever – the new Mercedes-Benz B-Class will be released in Europe from November 2011, following its debut at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show (Germany) from 15th to 25th September 2011 ..... more

VW Caddy Maxi with 4MOTION released
12th July, 2011
The Caddy 4MOTION is available in two versions. A long wheel base panel van in the form of a TDI320 Caddy Maxi Van 4MOTION or as a people mover, the seven-seater TDI320 Caddy Maxi Life Comfortline 4MOTION ..... more

Sir Stirling gifts Aston Martin to Lady Moss
12th July, 2011
At England's prestigious Royal Automobile Club last night, international motor sport legend, Sir Stirling Moss took delivery of his newly purchased Aston Martin Cygnet; a surprise birthday present for wife, Lady Moss ..... more

Toyota HiLux update due in September
13th July, 2011
HiLux will reinforce its position as Australia's best-selling ute with the adoption of life-saving anti-skid brakes as standard across the range ..... more

Goodwood Revival set for 16th-18th September
15th July, 2011
The 2011 Revival is set to build on the success of last year’s event, when a record-breaking 134,000 people attended over the week-end. As ever, the Revival offers visitors of all ages a chance to revel in the romance and glamour of motor racing as it used to be. It is the only major sporting event in the world set entirely to a period theme and, every year, spectators and competitors take a step back in time by getting into the effervescent Goodwood spirit. The majority of visitors enter into the spirit of the event, dressing in appropriate clothing from the 1940s, ’50s and ’60s ..... more

Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport now the sole model for Bugatti
17th July, 2011
The final order for the Bugatti Veyron has been placed by a European customer, marking an end to the production run of 300 units of the super car and its even faster 'stable mate' the Super Sport ..... more

Upgrading 'oldies' with GM Performance Parts
17th July, 2011
It's a new era for American hot-rodders, with 'new' components becoming increasing available. Additionally, reproduction bodies on a modern day 'chassis' supports this new era for the popular retro look ..... more

Hummer H3 recall
17th July, 2011
In affected Hummer H3 (2007 - 2009), the front indicator lights and rear indicators (if a trailer is towed) may not warn the vehicle operator if an indicator bulb may not be operating ..... more

Sustainability seals the deal for Ford
17th July, 2011
Ford and Recycled Polymeric Materials (RPM) have found a way to put discarded tyres to good use. By combining recycled tyres with bio-renewable content, they are delivering environmentally friendly seals and gaskets for Ford's North American vehicles ..... more

Efficiency boost for Mercedes-Benz E-Class
17th July, 2011
This comprehensively improved 7-speed automatic transmission is standard equipment in the E-Class sedan range. One major feature of the latest evolutionary phase of 7G-TRONIC is a new generation torque converter with a much more dynamic response ..... more

Chevrolet Camaro "Transformers" Edition
17th July, 2011
The 2012 Transformers Special Edition will be offered as a package on 2LT and 2SS Camaro Coupes with Rally Yellow paint ..... more

Ford Mustang "Blue Angels" Edition
17th July, 2011
One-of-a-kind 2012 Ford Mustang design inspired by the acclaimed Blue Angels naval aviation demonstration team to be sold at charity auction 28th July at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh (USA) ..... more

New VW Beetle production begins
17th July, 2011
Volkswagen began production of the new Beetle in Puebla, Mexico, on Friday 15th July 2011 ..... more

Audi Q3 production begins
18th July, 2011
Around 100,000 units are expected to make their way to customers in 2012, the first full year of production ..... more

Nissan Murano update due September
18th July, 2011
The new look Nissan Murano features a new grille, front bumper and headlamp design. New, multi-spoke 18 inch alloy wheels are introduced for a more prestigious look along with new design taillights, new roof rail design and the addition of rear privacy glass ..... more

US may ban driver mobile phone use
18th July, 2011
Driving while making a phone call, texting or using apps can be as dangerous as driving drunk, and much more common ..... more

Mazda BT-50 accessories
19th July, 2011
Mazda Australia has announced that the all-new BT-50 will be available at launch with a wide range of locally-built genuine Mazda accessories including an airbag compatible bull bar ..... more

Honda Accord Euro adds more value
19th July, 2011
The Accord Euro has been one of Honda Australia’s best sellers since 2003 with over 45,600 first-generation and more than 16,300 second-generation units sold ..... more

Audi A6 sedan released
20th July, 2011
All Australian-delivered 2.8 FSI quattro, 3.0 TDI quattro and 3.0 TFSI quattro A6 models come as standard with Audi’s dynamic S line exterior package including lower and deeper front and rear bumpers for a powerful and dynamic on-road stance ..... more

Citroen 2CV gathering expecting 6,000 examples
20th July, 2011
In the setting of a 60-hectare site near Salbris in central France, four pre-war prototype 2CVs will be on show alongside the contemporary Citroën REVOLTe concept ..... more

Toyota iQ going to America
21st July, 2011
The Toyota iQ concept car first debuted in 2007 at the Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) in Germany. Production of the iQ began in November 2008 at the Takaoka Plant in Japan. The Toyota iQ subsequently went on sale in Japan in November 2008 and in select European countries in early 2009 ..... more

Who owns Chrysler?
24th July, 2011
Fiat has once again increased its shareholding in Chrysler Group LLC ..... more

Chevrolet Corvette numbers for 2011
24th July, 2011
GM Corvette Assembly Plant has released statistics on 2011 year model Chevrolet Corvettes manufactured at the Bowling Green (Kentucky) facility ..... more

Performax appoints dealers for their US conversions
25th July, 2011
Independent importer of American vehicles, Performax International is appointing dealers in several states to help grow its vehicle import and conversion business ..... more

New Volkswagen Touareg released
25th July, 2011
Volkswagen has released the new Touareg. The 2011 model year version will only be with us for a short while. That's because the MY2012 is due later this year ..... more

America's new Honda CR-V
26th July, 2011
The 2012 Honda CR-V Concept provides the first official glimpse of the styling direction for the all-new, fourth-generation CR-V set to go on sale in the United States by the end of the year ..... more

BMW X6 xDrive30d added to line-up
26th July, 2011
Priced at $109,900* the BMW X6 xDrive30d becomes the new entry model to the X6 range ..... more

Hyundai Accent arrives
27th July, 2011
All-new Accent will be available with a 1.6-litre MPI petrol engine featuring continuous variable valve timing (CVVT), with the choice of five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmissions. Three trim levels will be available across the range - Active, Elite and Premium ..... more

Mercedes-Benz C 63 AMG Coupé Black Series
28th July, 2011
The new high-performance vehicle is the most powerful C-Class of all time, boasting a maximum output of 380 kW and a maximum torque of 620 newton metres. The AMG 6.2-litre V8 engine impresses with its hefty torque, tremendous pulling power and responsiveness, and ensures high-calibre performance: the C 63 AMG Coupé Black Series accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in 4.2 seconds ..... more

Citroen C5, C6 and Dispatch recall
29th July, 2011
Citroen is recalling 65 cars across 3 model lines ..... more

Lexus GS
29th July, 2011
The new Lexus GS has also been engineered to provide a more engaging and dynamic driving experience and the highest levels of refinement ..... more

New BMW X3 3 litre diesel arrives
29th July, 2011
Topping the all-new X3 engine portfolio, BMW’s six-cylinder diesel arrives in showrooms ready to entice buyers with a wide-ranging list of standard features ..... more

Renault's new Twingo
29th July, 2011
Among the changes are its front end which includes a stylistic renewal, while on the bonnet, the Renault logo has been enlarged ..... more

Henry Ford
31st July, 2011
Yesterday was the anniversary of Henry Ford's birth. So today we take a brief look at the man, his life (including his interest in aviation, car racing and country music) and the early years of the company he founded and we add in a few quotes ..... more

Henry Ford and aviation
31st July, 2011
Henry's first involvement in aviation came in 1909, just six years after the Wright brothers' first powered flight, when he helped his son Edsel and friends build a primitive monoplane powered by a Ford Model T engine ..... more

Henry Ford and car racing
31st July, 2011
Henry Ford was actively involved in car racing from 1901 to 1913. His motive for entering a race in 1901, was to promote his name and reputation, as a means of attracting investors for a car manufacturing company ..... more

Henry Ford and country music
31st July, 2011
Henry Ford’s enjoyment of music started early in his life when he began attending dances back in the 1880s. At the time, dances were a popular social activity, and it was at a dance that Henry met his future bride, Clara Bryant ..... more

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