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Holden Commodore for MY12
2nd September, 2011
Holden has made fuel-efficiency improvements across its V6-powered Commodore range with a model year 2012 update on-sale later this month ..... more

Audi S7 Sportback
2nd September, 2011
The Audi S7 Sportback will debut at this month's Frankfurt Motor Show. The new model Audi uses the same engine as the new S6 and S6 Avant, the new 4.0 TFSI with 309 kW and 550 Nm of torque ..... more

Jayco Swan camper trailer recall
4th September, 2011
The 240V wiring for the power inlet could be damaged, over time, by the roof winder cables ..... more

Volkswagen gains cylinder deactivation
4th September, 2011
Volkswagen’s latest efficiency technology, a cylinder shut-off system, will debut in the new 1.4-litre TSI engine from the start of 2012 ..... more

Cadillac Ciel Concept
4th September, 2011
The Ciel – pronounced “C-L,” the French translation for sky – is a four-seat convertible that opens a new chapter in Cadillac’s design and product ascent, pushing the brand’s Art & Science philosophy into a new stratum ..... more

Audi S8 for 2012
4th September, 2011
The new 4.0 TFSI in the S8 generates no less than 382 kW and delivers up to 650 Nm of torque. The result is outstanding performance ..... more

BMW 1-Series M Coupe released
4th September, 2011
Based on BMW's 1 Series Coupe, the BMW M car gains a wider stance, with trademark BMW M design motifs such as M side 'gills', quad exhausts, and sculpted, flared wheel arches ..... more

Off the line: two million Minis
5th September, 2011
The two millionth Mini is a Mini Convertible specially painted in White Silver metallic with a blue denim roof. The specification boasts a selection of bespoke interior and exterior options including special alloy wheels, a distinctive leather steering wheel and lounge leather upholstery. The car will be used in a Mini promotion campaign ..... more

Caravan industry successes
5th September, 2011
Australia’s caravan and RV industry continues to break production records, with the first half of 2011 showing a 13 per cent increase on the record figures achieved in 2010 ..... more

New Ford Ranger specs and prices announced
6th September, 2011
Australia will be the first of 180 international markets to release the all-new Ford Ranger when the first models go on sale locally in October ..... more

Volkswagen Nils concept car
6th September, 2011
Nils, a single-seat electric concept vehicle that offers a glimpse of a new form of minimalist mobility, has been unveiled ahead of its public debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show ..... more

Mitsubishi ASX for 2012
6th September, 2011
The highlight of the update is the availability of a new reversing camera to entry level variants, meaning the entire ASX range in Australia now has access to this important safety feature ..... more

BMW Z4 update
6th September, 2011
For the new Z4 sDrive20i, a turbo-charged four-cylinder engine replaces the previous naturally-aspirated six-cylinder engine in the Z4 sDrive23i ..... more

New colours for 2012 Commodore
7th September, 2011
Holden Colour and Trim’s Charlene Spiteri designed Perfect Blue using new paint and colour technologies. The result is a blue which remembers former Holden racing car driver Peter Brock (1945-2006), who was affectionately known as "Peter Perfect" ..... more

New Ford Focus released
7th September, 2011
The all-new Ford Focus range, recently released in Australia, introduces a new-look, four-tier model line-up. The range comprises entry-level Ambiente, mid-series Trend, dynamic Sport and luxury Titanium models ..... more

New Volkswagen Jetta released
7th September, 2011
The extended wheelbase of the five-seat Jetta has enabled a rear seating lay out that is appreciably more comfortable ..... more

Hyundai i30 to be revealed next week
8th September, 2011
Hyundai expects the next-generation i30 to build on the remarkable success of the current model – the company’s first car launched with the ‘i’ prefix, introducing a new nomenclature for Hyundai’s European designed vehicles and heralding a new era for Hyundai ..... more

Cub Camper trailers for 2011
9th September, 2011
For the past 43 years Cub Campers has been an Australian family-owned business designing, building and selling quality camper trailers for Australia's demanding conditions ..... more

Updated Toyota HiLux released
9th September, 2011
New styling and added features across the range plus reduced prices on many of the 35 HiLux variants have put Australia's top-selling utility in an even stronger position ..... more

Fiat Ducato recall
11th September, 2011
Three hundred and five Fiat Ducato models are being recalled in Australia because the spare wheel may become detached ..... more

Holden Cruze for 2012
11th September, 2011
Arriving in mid-November, the MY12 edition of the Holden Cruze will be available as a sedan and hatch. New colours and features are a part of the package. We have the prices too ...... more

Ford Evos Concept
13th September, 2011
“With its compelling design and innovative technology experience, this is a clear demonstration of the exciting vision we have for the Ford brand. While you will never see this car on the road, the next generation of Ford products will display many of the distinctive design ideas” ..... more

Lamborghini's extreme Gallardo
13th September, 2011
This new and most extreme top model in the Gallardo line-up is based on the successful race car from the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo, the world’s fastest single make series ..... more

Kia GT Concept
13th September, 2011
Although work on the Kia GT concept first started in November 2010, the idea of a powerful rear-wheel drive Kia saloon had been percolating in the minds of Kia’s European designers for some time ..... more

Honda Civic hatch for 2012
13th September, 2011
The designers of the new Civic wanted to keep the sporty and advanced elements of the car’s 'character' but tailor them to express the new model’s more dynamic feel ..... more

Subaru XV revealed
13th September, 2011
Drawing on the theme of “urban adventure” Fuji Heavy Industries (FHI) has focused the XV on fun, producing a lively car with stand-out and sleek design ..... more

Automatic for VW Amarok (finally)
13th September, 2011
It will feature an 8-speed automatic gearbox which will be available as an option from the latter part of 2012 ..... more

Mazda CX-5 revealed
13th September, 2011
The CX-5 will be available with both petrol and diesel engines featuring record-breaking compression ratios which are coupled to the new SKYACTIV-DRIVE six-speed automatic or the new SKYACTIV-MT six-speed manual ..... more

Two Concepts for Land Rover Defender
14th September, 2011
Both concepts capture the adventurous, daring, indomitable spirit of Land Rover. This spirit was established in 1948 by the Series 1, the first mass-produced civilian 4x4, which swiftly earned a global reputation for itself, for British engineering and for the Land Rover name ..... more

Jayco Swift camper trailer
14th September, 2011
Available in Touring and Outback models, the lightweight Jayco Swift Camper Trailer has been designed with small car owners in mind ..... more

New look for Ford Falcon
15th September, 2011
Ford Australia has previewed the new FG Falcon MkII range, featuring the latest smart technologies, an enhanced safety package, new exterior design appointments and improved vehicle refinement, while also confirming the introduction timing of the first application of Ford's 2 litre 4-cylinder EcoBoost engine technology in a rear-wheel drive vehicle ..... more

Kia Optima Hybrid gains Guinness World Record
16th September, 2011
Drivers Wayne Gerdes and Chris Bernius successfully drove a factory-standard 2011 Kia Optima Hybrid sedan through a 7,899 mile route across America and achieved an incredible average fuel consumption of 3.64 l/100 km ..... more

Volkswagen Beetle R Concept
16th September, 2011
In a debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show, Volkswagen is now showing a third variation of the "R" theme: the Beetle R Concept, which is more of a show car rather than a true concept car ..... more

Maserati Kubang revealed
16th September, 2011
Today synergies with the Chrysler Group's Jeep brand are an important catalyst for Maserati’s own interpretation of a sport luxury SUV ..... more

Bolwell Edge caravan gains awards
18th September, 2011
Not only has it won an Automotive Engineering Excellence Award from the Society of Automotive Engineers – Australasia (SAE-A), but it has earned a Good Design™ award in the Australian International Design Awards ..... more

Lotus Evora upgraded
18th September, 2011
The range is now topped by the Evora S, which is fitted with a new supercharged engine that boosts engine performance from 206 to 257.5 kW, endowing the Evora with super car performance. Sitting in the middle of the new range, the Lotus Evora IPS offers a new automatic gearbox ..... more

Ute-opia for Holden ute enthusiasts
19th September, 2011
Holden is celebrating the 60th anniversary of the original Holden ute with a documentary about the passion and pride associated with the famous Aussie 'workhorse' ..... more

Volvo Concept You
20th September, 2011
The Concept You combines a sleek exterior with a high-tech interior that keeps the driver in command via intuitive smart pad technology ..... more

Giddy up ... Volkswagen Buggy Up concept
20th September, 2011
The VW Up has a presence at the Frankfurt Motor Show in numerous formats, including the Buggy Up Concept ..... more

Jayco Optimum motor home
20th September, 2011
New to the Optimum range in 2011 is the innovative double slide out model, available in the 26 foot Fiat Ducato FA26.2 lay out. Both the bed and the dinette can expand or contract, providing extra room to move when required ..... more

Jensen Interceptor revival plans
20th September, 2011
The new Jensen Interceptor – echoing the four-seat grand tourer lay out of the highly admired original built between 1966 and 1976 – is based on an all-new aluminium chassis and hand-crafted aluminium body ..... more

Holden Barina prices announced
21st September, 2011
Holden Barina hatch is launching with a driveaway price of $16,990 with a manual transmission. The new generation Holden Barina will go on sale across Australia in November ..... more

Skoda Fabia released
21st September, 2011
The Skoda Fabia is now on Australian shores. The combination of low running costs, advanced powertrain technology and Skoda’s traditional value for money makes Fabia a welcome newcomer to the expansive Australian new car market ..... more

Mini Coupe here in 2012
26th September, 2011
The new model, which is due in Australia in early 2012, further increases the variety within the brand’s vehicle line-up. The fifth model of the new Mini generation to wear the British brand’s badge represents a reinterpretation of the super-compact sports car category ..... more

Subaru XV here in January
27th September, 2011
As Next Car predicted on 10th August, Subaru Australia has announced its XV sub-compact Sports Utility Vehicle will go on sale in Australia ..... more

Volkswagen Scirocco R prices announced
27th September, 2011
The Scirocco R is an impressive performance package with a brilliant engine and chassis, unique looks, exclusive features and shares a power plant with the Golf R, a four-cylinder in-line turbo direct-injection petrol engine ..... more

Nissan to celebrate first Simpson Desert vehicle crossing in 2012
30th September, 2011
The first vehicle crossing of the Simpson Desert will be celebrated on its 50th anniversary in September 2012 with a re-enactment of the historic event featuring two of the original participants, months ahead of the local release of the new Nissan Patrol ..... more

Honda Accord updated
30th September, 2011
The Accord range offers buyers a choice of engines; a powerful 202 kW V6 with Variable Cylinder Management (VCM) that allows the engine to operate on either six, four or three cylinders for maximum fuel and emission efficiency; and a 133 kW 2.4 litre four-cylinder engine that sips 8.7 litres/100 kms (combined) ..... more

Peugeot 4007 price drop
30th September, 2011
The strong Australian dollar has helped Peugeot Automobiles Australia significantly reposition one of its models, the 4007 sports utility vehicle. Buyers can now drive away in a stylish new 4007 for just $37,990, or $133 a week to approved business use buyers ..... more

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