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Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster pricing announced
1st November, 2011
The open-top SLS AMG accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in 3.8 seconds, reaches 200 km/h in 11.3 seconds and has a top speed of 317 km/h ..... more

Australia's most fuel efficient car now even more so
1st November, 2011
With a new combined fuel consumption rating of just 3.6 litres per 100 kilometres – an improvement of 2.7 per cent – the fuel efficiency of Fiesta ECOnetic continues to surpass all other vehicles currently on sale in Australia ..... more

Subaru BRZ Concept-STI
2nd November, 2011
The concept car is based on the Subaru BRZ, an all-new rear-wheel drive compact sports car, which is due to be unveiled in production form at Tokyo Motor Show at the end of the month ..... more

Kia at SEMA 2011
2nd November, 2011
This year’s show cars were inspired by Kia’s growing sports marketing portfolio that includes basketball, golf, motor sports and more ..... more

Peugeot 208 revealed
3rd November, 2011
Peugeot has not hesitated to rewrite the rulebook, with the desire to reinvent the principles on which the success of icons like the 205, 206 and 207 were built and to ‘re-generate’ them, to make the new Peugeot 208 ..... more

Ford at SEMA 2011
3rd November, 2011
Ford is at the SEMA trade show in Las Vegas (USA) this week with a display of customised vehicles. Featured products include Fiesta, Focus, Mustang, Explorer and F-Series. Other displays will feature several race cars from Ford's long history of involvement in motor sport. But the big news for car enthusiasts is the announcement that the first generation Ford Mustang convertible body shell is back in production (under licence) ..... more

BMW expand X3 line-up
3rd November, 2011
The new two-litre petrol model drops the entry point to the X3 range to $59,200* and is the fourth engine variant to join the BMW X3 line-up ..... more

VW Tiguan R released in Germany
7th November, 2011
The Volkswagen Tiguan is the most popular SUV on the German market. And now, the latest version is available with R-Line features ..... more

Toyota Yaris arrives
7th November, 2011
Toyota has breathed new life into Yaris with new styling, a higher level of standard features and better value for money. Most prices are unchanged for the new hatch range, including the $14,990* entry price ..... more

Volkswagen Golf cabriolet released
9th November, 2011
The soft top opens automatically in just 9.0 seconds, and this can be done while driving at speeds up to 30 km/h ..... more

Nissan GT-R for 2012
9th November, 2011
Significant improvements to the engine, chassis and transmission accentuate the pure performance potential of the GT-R are the key changes to Nissan's flagship model for 2012 ..... more

Old Ford Mustang bodies are new again
9th November, 2011
It’s a classic car enthusiast’s dream come true: Now it is possible to build a '64½, '65 or '66 Mustang convertible from the wheels up using the all-new Ford-approved and officially licenced body shell ..... more

Range Rover Evoque here now
9th November, 2011
The Range Rover Evoque will be offered in both 5-door and Coupé forms and retail deliveries will commence this month. A smooth and refined all turbocharged powertrain line-up is available with a choice of state-of-the-art diesel or petrol engines ..... more

Mitsubishi Mirage for 2012
10th November, 2011
The new Mitsubishi Mirage’s design focuses on compactness, affordability, and high fuel efficiency in order to fit the needs of emerging markets as an affordable entry-level model as well as needs of advanced markets for fuel efficiency and low-CO2 emission ..... more

Renault adds dual-clutch auto to Megane line-up
10th November, 2011
Debuting in the Megane hatch diesel will be Renault’s new six-speed EDC (Efficient Dual Clutch) automatic transmission. This new gearbox, available exclusively with the 1.5 dCi 110 diesel engine, is a landmark addition to the range ..... more

Ford Falcon FG Mk II prices announced
10th November, 2011
The most popular model in the Falcon range, the legendary sports XR6, will feature an extensive list of additional standard equipment when FG Falcon MkII launches next month, including an 8.0-inch colour touch screen multimedia centre, USB integration, 18-inch alloy wheels, side curtain airbags, reverse sensing system and projector headlamps ..... more

Holden's trailblazing SUV for 2013
10th November, 2011
Due in Australia in the first quarter of 2013, the Colorado 7 will bear a close resemblance to the imposing show car when it enters production next year ..... more

EarthCruiser motor home goes anywhere!
11th November, 2011
Designed and built in Queensland, the EarthCruiser is made to travel the world with a totally independent lifestyle. The EarthCruiser design is a complete module with a powered elevating roof that contains sleeping and accommodation for two or four travellers ..... more

Citroen C4 Aircross revealed
13th November, 2011
Citroen has announced another Mitsubishi sourced model will join their line-up next year. The Mitsubishi ASX based Citroen C4 Aircross will be the second Mitsubishi sourced model in the French marque's line-up ..... more

Peugeot 4008 unveiled
13th November, 2011
It’s the type of SUV that the world is seeking, and it’s coming to Australia. With its distinctive, stylish appearance and its 4x4 capabilities, the Peugeot 4008 is the modern response to the needs of all-terrain vehicle customers from Vaucluse to Vladivostok ..... more

Volvo C70 Inscription convertible
14th November, 2011
The C70 Inscription blends distinctive exterior details such as the painted grille and black 18-inch wheels with exclusive interior features, including Sovereign Hide upholstery and a leather-covered dashboard ..... more

Volkswagen's new CC for 2012
14th November, 2011
With new front and rear styling, the new improved Volkswagen CC (rather than Passat CC) makes an even bolder move towards the automotive luxury class. Its extended range of standard features has become more exclusive ..... more

Abarth 500C Esseesse released
14th November, 2011
The new Abarth 500C Esseesse an all out, no holds-barred, uncompromising, high performance pocket rocket with an engine that delivers performance, a race-bred chassis that enables it to be fully utilised across a broad breadth of road conditions complete with the familiar Fiat 500 styling ..... more

New Mercedes-Benz E 63 AMG sedan & wagon prices announced
15th November, 2011
Both variants of the E 63 AMG achieve exceptional performance: acceleration from zero to 100 km/h takes 4.3 and 4.2 seconds respectively (Estate: 4.4 and 4.3 seconds), and the top speed is 250 km/h (electronically limited) ..... more

Nissan Maxima for 2012
15th November, 2011
Nissan Maxima 350 Ti introduces a unique Side View Camera on the passenger side mirror that allows the driver to see the front left side of the vehicle – a common blindspot – through the car’s Satellite Navigation monitor ..... more

BMW X5 Performance Edition
16th November, 2011
Priced from $99,900* drive away for the X5 xDrive 30d, just 200 examples of the BMW X5 Performance Edition will be available to customers in Australia ..... more

Hyundai powers up new Genesis Coupe
16th November, 2011
Although the face-lifted Genesis Coupe will not be sold in Australia, Hyundai Motor Company Australia has confirmed that the next all-new generation of Genesis Coupe will be introduced locally ..... more

Holden Volt testing under way
16th November, 2011
This first Holden Volt vehicle arrived into Australia from the United States and is a left-hand drive model that has been adapted for use by the engineering team to begin in-country validation and verification ..... more

Ford Mustang for 2013
16th November, 2011
Ford Mustang – the icon of American performance and style – gets even more 'street cred' with a new design and a list of smart features that signal even more technology in the popular 'pony' car ..... more

Subaru BRZ Concept-STI unveiled
17th November, 2011
An STI-made lower front spoiler and rear wing magnify down-force and aerodynamic performance, while aiding stable straight driving and excellent handling at high speeds ..... more

New Isuzu D-MAX launched in Thailand
18th November, 2011
As a production model, the design and specifications are indicative of what will be on offer when the product reaches Australian shores next year ..... more

Audi A1 gains a 5 door version
18th November, 2011
The Audi A1 Sportback, which will arrive in Australia in mid-2012, is the five-door compact Audi for a young, urban public. The close relationship with the three-door version is evident in the design, the structure of the lightweight body ..... more

Porsche Panamera GTS
18th November, 2011
The standard specification includes a 4.8-litre V8 engine developing 316 kW; Porsche Traction Management with active all-wheel drive; seven-speed PDK; adaptive air suspension; 0–100 km/h in 4.5 seconds ..... more

Volkswagen Amarok Single Cab released in Germany
18th November, 2011
The Amarok SingleCab features a load bed that has been extended to 2,205 millimetres with the same vehicle length and wheelbase as compared with the four-door double cab Amarok ..... more

Jaguar XKR-S convertible revealed
20th November, 2011
The XKR-S Convertible embodies all the characteristics that have always defined legendary Jaguar GTs - explosive performance, involving handling, relaxed comfort and discreet luxury - while taking Jaguar into a new performance echelon ..... more

2013 Ford Mustang Boss 302
21st November, 2011
The Ford Mustang Boss 302 is all about performance, and a nod to heritage comes standard with new paint options and design details for 2013 ..... more

C 63 AMG Coupe Black Series arrives in April
21st November, 2011
Thirty two examples will be imported to Australia. The 6.2 litre V8 develops 380 kW of power and 620 Nm of torque which will produce a 0-100 km/h time of 4.2 seconds ..... more

There's a new Mercedes-Benz SL coming
22nd November, 2011
Before the year is out, Mercedes-Benz will present a completely redeveloped SL Roadster. It will be made, for the first time, almost entirely from aluminium ..... more

Holden Captiva (diesel) recall
23rd November, 2011
The 2.0 litre diesel Holden Captiva (Series 1) is subject to a recall. Some 16,181 vehicles are involved ..... more

Ford Shelby GT500 for 2013
23rd November, 2011
The 5.8-litre V8 aluminium-block engine produces 650 horsepower and 600 lb.-ft. of torque, making it America's most powerful production V8. Oddly enough, despite the power, the 3,850-pound car is apparently exempt from America's gas-guzzler tax ..... more

Volkswagen Passat Alltrack revealed
23rd November, 2011
Volkswagen's rationale suggests many car drivers who use their car as a towing vehicle for light trailers or in light off-road situations will seek a versatile, sporty and roomy passenger car that has rugged qualities ..... more

Citroen DS5 arrives mid-2012
25th November, 2011
The Citroen DS5, a full-size luxury five-seater, five-door car with a diesel/electric hybrid powertrain, four wheel drive and with bold styling, arrives in Australia in the middle of next year ..... more

Mercedes-Benz M-Class recall
27th November, 2011
Some 7,489 Mercedes-Benz M-Class vehicles, manufactured between August 1999 and June 2004, are subject to a recall ..... more

Honda Civic Type R recall
27th November, 2011
Apparently, the wire harness was not routed in the correct location and, as such, the wire harness sheath may be damaged and in the worst case scenario cause a short circuit ..... more

Toyota unveils new "86" sports car
28th November, 2011
The engine is installed front mid-ship to provide an ultra-low centre of gravity and low inertia. It is the world's only horizontally opposed engine and rear-wheel-drive package ..... more

Honda CR-Z released
28th November, 2011
The revolutionary CR-Z is in a class of its own. According to Honda, it will ignite your senses and change your perception of hybrids ..... more

New diesel for Ford Transit
29th November, 2011
This new 2.2 TDCi turbo-diesel engine will be fitted to the 2012 Transit range in two states of tune: 92 kW/330 Nm (front-wheel drive) and 114 kW/385 Nm (rear-wheel drive, where it will replace the current 2.4-litre power unit) ..... more

Renault Koleos update arrives
29th November, 2011
Adding satellite navigation as standard to all models, and black leather upholstery with contrast stitching to the volume selling mid-specification Dynamique model, gives adventuresome families two practical and enjoyable luxury features ..... more

Subaru BRZ revealed
30th November, 2011
The high-revving 2.0 litre normally aspirated four-cylinder Boxer produces 147 kW of power and 205 Nm of torque using Toyota’s D-4S direct injection and port technology ..... more

Hyundai Sante Fe updated for 2012
30th November, 2011
In addition to a suite of design focused enhancements, the Santa Fe now offers Down-Hill Brake Control (DBC) on all versions except the entry SLX manual. DBC assists the driver maintain vehicle control on steep downhill descents ..... more

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