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Hyundai i40 Tourer arrives
2nd October, 2011
Equipped with a high level of standard safety features across the range, including Vehicle Stability Management (VSM), Electronic Stability Control (ESC), nine airbags, LED daytime running lights and Emergency Stop Signal (ESS) ..... more

Alfa Romeo's 224 kW 1.8 litre engine for 2013
4th October, 2011
Alfa Romeo has announced that it will launch a new 1.8 litre 224 kW engine in early 2013 setting new performance, economy and emissions standards for the Italian brand ..... more

Nissan to manufacture bars locally
5th October, 2011
Nissan Australia has announced it will begin local manufacture of a range of vehicle accessories by instigating an additional production operation at its Dandenong, Victoria plant ..... more

Skoda Citigo for Europe in 2012
7th October, 2011
Skoda is continuing its growth offensive by revealing its new city car, the Citigo. The brand's new model will make its debut in its domestic market, the Czech Republic, before the end of this year ..... more

Mazda 3 updated
10th October, 2011
In addition to the new Mazda 3 featuring suspension enhancements and design upgrades to build on the dynamics and style for which it has become known, the all-new SP20 SKYACTIV model now introduces SKYACTIV Technology ..... more

Holden Commodore Equipe released
11th October, 2011
Now on sale around Australia, the Special Edition Equipe can be purchased for the drive-away price of $36,990 for the sedan and $38,900 for the Sportwagon ..... more

Kia Rio 5-door hatch released
14th October, 2011
The new Rio, which is available in S, Si and SLi trim levels, combines European flair, Australian drivability with Korean spice and starts at just $16,290*. The range topping SLi comes standard with LED daytime running lights and 17-inch alloy wheels fitted with a low profile, high performance 205/45/R17 Continental tyre as standard, making it one of the most feature packed vehicles in its class ..... more

Citroen C4 arrives
14th October, 2011
The new Citroen C4 arrives with a manufacturer's list price from $22,990* for the 1.6 litre 88 kW version with a standard automatic gearbox as well as the full range of safety features that delivery a five star safety rating, along with the comfort and convenience of standard air conditioning, central locking, front electric windows and cruise control ..... more

BMW's new 3-Series revealed
17th October, 2011
The new BMW 3 Series sedan is a car of contradictions: larger and more spacious than the model it replaces, but lighter; quicker in many cases, but more fuel-efficient; and more nimble and agile while even safer ..... more

Suzuki adds Grand Vitara Sport to line-up
19th October, 2011
And with a starting price of just $31,990 drive away, the Grand Vitara Sport personifies Suzuki’s commitment to providing outstanding value for money ..... more

Peugeot 207 recall
20th October, 2011
On the subject vehicles, the battery's negative cable may break ..... more

Volkswagen Tiguan released
21st October, 2011
The new Tiguan features an array of enhanced styling as is evident across the entire Volkswagen range. Drawing from Volkswagen’s specialised design 'DNA', the new Tiguan features dominate horizontal lines on the front grille. At the rear, new two-part light clusters ..... more

Mercedes-Benz C 63 AMG coupe released
21st October, 2011
Mercedes-Benz presents the new C 63 AMG Coupé, a stand-alone, high performance car that appeals to all the senses: unmistakable design is teamed up with a high performance drive system and dynamic handling ..... more

Motorclassica 2011
21st October, 2011
Now being conducted for the second time, Motorclassica is set to become a permanent feature amongst Australia's automotive events ..... more

Mazda BT-50 arrives
23rd October, 2011
This all-new Mazda BT-50 is intended to give performance that realises an enjoyable, confidence-inspiring, environment-friendly, and economical driving experience not previously offered by Mazda utes ..... more

Ford Ranger arrives
23rd October, 2011
The all-new Ford Ranger is arriving on the Australia market with a staged availability of variants. The five-cylinder 3.2 TDCi-powered dual cab 4x4 XL and XLT models are first to arrive with other variants to be released from early 2012 ..... more

GM's new Colorado ute production begins
23rd October, 2011
The Rayong plant is the first in the world to build the new Colorado, which will be sold in Thailand and exported. Holden will introduce the new Colorado locally in 2012 ..... more

Foton flops
24th October, 2011
Vehicle importer and distributor, WMC Group has announced that it is no longer interested in distributing Foton utility vehicles ..... more

Chery J11 recall
24th October, 2011
Chinese automotive products continue to receive bad news about the lack of reasonable crash protection with the recall of all 1,664 Chery J11 that have arrived in Australia ..... more

Volvo recall 1,217 cars in Australia
24th October, 2011
Volvo S80, XC70 and XC60 MY 2009 to MY 2010 fitted with a 2.4L diesel engine are subject to a recall ..... more

Two recalls for Mercedes-Benz CLS
24th October, 2011
The new Mercedes-Benz CLS is subject to two separate recall notices ..... more

Mazda MX-5 Black Tuned
24th October, 2011
Mazda has released the Roadster BLACK TUNED, a special edition version of its two-seat sports car for the Japanese market ..... more

Audi A6 line-up expands with 4 cylinder versions
24th October, 2011
Joining the three existing V6-engined A6 variants, both the new petrol 2.0 TFSI and diesel 2.0 TDI are clear examples of Audi’s downsizing philosophy which sees large engine capacity replaced by smart forced induction techniques to achieve good fuel consumption ..... more

Mitsubishi Pajero for 2012
24th October, 2011
Outside, Mitsubishi’s popular Pajero receives an updated look for model year 2012 with the addition of a stylish new front bumper and radiator grille to all variants along with new design 18-inch alloys on the VRX and Exceed models to complement the sleek fresh-look Pajero front ..... more

Hyundai Motor Group announces two new engines
25th October, 2011
Hyundai Motor Group has unveiled two innovative engines at the company’s annual powertrain conference held in Korea. The Gamma 1.6 T-GDI engine and Euro6 R-2.0 diesel engine represent the latest innovations ..... more

Holden Cruze hatch production begins
25th October, 2011
Designed and engineered for Australian conditions, the hatch joins Cruze sedan and Commodore variants on the assembly line at Holden Vehicle Operations in Elizabeth, South Australia ..... more

Skoda Yeti arrives
26th October, 2011
Its mix of two and four-wheel drive, diesel and petrol engines, flexible seating arrangements, high driving position and bold styling mean that, unlike its legendary namesake, Yeti is as at home conquering the urban jungle ..... more

Mitsubishi Challenger gains 2WD for MY12
27th October, 2011
The reversing camera is available for the two-wheel drive diesel automatic Challenger through the Convenience Pack which retails for $3,640 (excluding statutory charges) and also includes side and curtain airbags to improve vehicle safety ..... more

Final Mazda RX-8 due 2012
30th October, 2011
The question for Mazda to consider is whether or not the RX-8 has gained sufficient admiration over the years to warrant a "last hoorah". Next Car's prediction is that the Mazda RX-8 won't be missed in Australia and the model will just fade away without any examples of the Spirit R arriving in Australia ..... more

Mini Roadster coming in 2012
31st October, 2011
The model line-up ranges from the Mini Cooper Roadster (90 kW), via the Mini Cooper SD Roadster (105 kW) and Mini Cooper S Roadster (135 kW), to the sharpest performer of all, the 155 kW Mini John Cooper Works Roadster ..... more

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