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Holden Cruze hatch released
1st December, 2011
With its short front and rear overhangs, overall length for the CD and CDX hatch compared to the sedan equivalents has been reduced from 4,615 mm to 4,518 mm (-79 mm), while the overall length of the unique Australian-developed SRi and SRi-V hatch models is 4,542 mm (-87 mm) compared to 4,629 mm for sedan versions ..... more

Mini Coupe prices announced
2nd December, 2011
Mini Australia has announced pricing for the Mini Coupe will begin at $42,990* for the Cooper S model ..... more

Toyota Land Cruiser GX introduced
4th December, 2011
The GX has a 195 kW/650 Nm 4.5-litre V8 twin-turbo diesel engine, six-speed automatic transmission, full-time 4WD with Torsen limited-slip centre differential and two-speed transfer case ..... more

BMW's new 1-Series released
4th December, 2011
Pricing for the new, second-generation 1 Series hatch will start from $36,900* for the 116i model, offering Australian customers a more than 5 per cent reduction in the entry price-point to the BMW badge ..... more

Ford Kuga confirmed for Australia
5th December, 2011
The European-manufactured five-door SUV wears Ford's signature "kinetic" design and is expected to be a popular addition to Ford's Australian vehicle catalogue, mixing SUV practicality with sharp driving dynamics ..... more

Ford Focus ST here in a year
6th December, 2011
This performance hatch will be powered by a 2.0-litre Ford EcoBoost engine, which offers an uncompromising mix of performance and efficiency ..... more

Kia Soul updated for 2012
6th December, 2011
At the heart of the new model range is the all-new 2.0-litre MPI petrol engine from the Nu 'family' of 4-cylinder engines. The new Nu brings a sparkling 122 kW and 200 Nm to the table and takes to three the engine choices for the 2012 Kia Soul range ..... more

America's Dodge Dart
7th December, 2011
The all-new Dart is the first Chrysler Group vehicle based upon a Fiat architecture – adapted from the Alfa Romeo Giulietta ..... more

FPV FG Mark II release imminent
8th December, 2011
The new models will be in dealerships during early January 2012, with small numbers likely in some dealerships during the final week of December ..... more

All-new Toyota Camry released
11th December, 2011
Toyota Australia has released the all-new seventh-generation Camry featuring new styling with a more spacious interior and improved driving dynamics. The 2012 Toyota Camry combines a new 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine and six-speed automatic transmission that deliver better performance while cutting fuel bills and emissions ..... more

BMW's 4-door 6-Series
11th December, 2011
The presentation of the BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe sees BMW follow Mercedes-Benz and Audi into the larger premium 4-door 'coupe' market segment. The third body style in the BMW 6 Series line-up follows the Convertible and Coupe, and is the first four-door Coupe in BMW's history ..... more

Honda Odyssey updated
12th December, 2011
The stylish Honda Odyssey now receives as standard, multifunction touch-screen satellite navigation with reversing camera for driver convenience, Honda’s unique Ecological Drive Assist Programme for improved fuel economy and ..... more

Bentley Continental V8 coming in 2012
13th December, 2011
This remarkable, new Bentley V8 engine delivers maximum power of 373 kW and an extraordinary peak torque of 660 Nm, providing exhilarating performance and effortless power delivery in the Bentley tradition ..... more

Earthcruiser Blue Dog modular camper
14th December, 2011
What makes the Blue Dog camper body unique is that it is supplied as a completed module, insulated and fitted out with air conditioning and all the interior equipment necessary ..... more

Mercedes-Benz SL for 2012
15th December, 2011
The new SL has been produced for the first time almost entirely from aluminium and weighs up to 140 kilogrammes less than its predecessor. Its highly rigid all-aluminium body shell provides the basis for agile, sporty handling that has been taken to an entirely new level ..... more

BMW 3 Series sedan prices announced
22nd December, 2011
BMW's new 6th generation 3 Series sedan will offer good value  when it goes on sale locally in February 2012 with increased luxury features, fuel-efficient TwinPower Turbo engines, more advanced technology and lower prices than the outgoing model ..... more

Lexus LF-LC coupe concept
22nd December, 2011
Taking the new Lexus design direction one step further, the LF-LC 2+2 sport coupe will be unveiled next month in USA at the Detroit Motor Show ..... more

Maserati recalls
22nd December, 2011
Previous recalls for the Quattroporte and Granturismo have occurred twice in 2009, with the Quattroporte also having a recall in 2007. Now it's time for more recalls for Maserati ..... more

Mercedes-Benz E-Class Hybrids coming
22nd December, 2011
"With these two E-Class models we are now continuing our comprehensive hybrid offensive. The modular technology opens up a quick way for us to complement other model series with hybrid models", explains Professor Dr. Thomas Weber ..... more

Nissan Leaf price announced
26th December, 2011
In revealing the Manufacturer's List Price* (MLP*), Nissan Australia CEO, Dan Thompson said the Leaf hatch was priced to deliver Nissan leadership in the zero emissions segment and offered 21st century technology that would change the personal mobility landscape ..... more

Saab now bankrupt
26th December, 2011
The financially troubled Swedish car maker had been negotiating with two Chinese companies to take-over Saab Automobile. However, General Motors (the previous owner of Saab) continued to have a say on who, if anyone, could use GM technology in Saab products ..... more

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