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Holden Barina sedan arrives
2nd February, 2012
Holden’s Barina has been boosted by the introduction of an all-new sedan variant to sit alongside the existing hatch model, expanding the appeal of the South Korean manufactured small car ..... more

Hyundai Veloster arriving locally
3rd February, 2012
The Veloster’s commanding exterior is echoed with a powerful and poised interior environment. Inside, the centre stack fascia and controls resemble a sport bike fuel tank with air vents inspired by motorcycle tailpipes and a floor console mirroring the seat of a bike ..... more

Ferrari F1 drivers get a 'real' car
3rd February, 2012
The two, uniquely customised Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 models are based on the new high-performance model of the Jeep flagship SUV which is already available in North America. European and Australian markets will see the new Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 starting in May 2012 ..... more

Honda Civic sedan prices announced
6th February, 2012
This ninth-generation Civic has undergone significant engineering development, with increased fuel efficiency, smoother handling, improved driving dynamics, a smarter cockpit and Honda’s ECO assist system ..... more

Volkswagen Tiguan Pacific edition released
6th February, 2012
Priced at $5,000* more than the base model, the Tiguan 132TSI Pacific features auto dimming rear view mirror, dual zone climate control, vanity mirror with lighting for driver and passenger, automatic headlight sensors, coming-and-leaving home function, rain sensing wipers, front fog lights and Park Assist 2 ..... more

New small delivery van for Mercedes-Benz
6th February, 2012
Whereas the small vans segment was still a niche market in the mid-1990s, it has now grown to around 700,000 units per annum in Europe ..... more

Subaru BRZ due for March release in Japan
8th February, 2012
Next Car reveals all seven colour choices for the new Subaru BRZ sports car which will be released on the Japanese domestic market in three trim levels in March ..... more

Toyota 86 sports car due for April release in Japan
8th February, 2012
Toyota will launch the "86" compact rear-wheel-drive sports car, which was exhibited at the 42nd Tokyo Motor Show 2011 as a production prototype, on 6th April throughout Japan ..... more

Hyundai Elantra coupe debuts in USA
10th February, 2012
The new Hyundai Elantra coupe will compete against two slightly smaller coupes in North America, namely the Honda Civic coupe and the Kia Cerato (Forte) Koup coupe. ..... more

Maserati GranTurismo S MC-Shift updated
10th February, 2012
The 2012 Maserati GranTurismo S MC-Shift comes with more power, which translates into improved mid-range performance, but at the same time the coupe uses up to six per cent less fuel and there is no change in price ..... more

Opel Astra GTC confirmed for Australia
10th February, 2012
As expected, Opel Australia has confirmed that the Astra GTC three-door sports coupe will be coming to Australia to complete the launch line-up ..... more

Fiat Ducato updated for 2012
10th February, 2012
The Fiat Ducato, the medium and large vans and the base vehicle for eight Australian motor home converters, gains a new range of engines for 2012 all of which meet Euro V emissions standard as well cutting fuel consumption by up to 15 per cent ..... more

Holden Cruze wagon on the way
10th February, 2012
The new wagon, at 4,675 mm, is slightly longer than the hatch (4,510 mm) and sedan (4,597 mm) models ..... more

Mitsubishi Outlander: the new generation
10th February, 2012
In addition to its fuel efficiency and CO2 emission levels, other features distinguishing the new Outlander include enhanced levels of occupant protection from the adoption of advanced safety technologies and a user-friendly interior that reflects pure quality ..... more

Summer Edition for Renault Megane Coupe-Cabriolet
13th February, 2012
For a limited time, the striking Megane Coupe-Cabriolet will come standard with charcoal leather seats and 18-inch alloy wheels. The Renault Megane Coupe-Cabriolet Summer Edition retains the highly competitive price* of $45,990* ..... more

Kia Rio gains 3 & 4 door variants
16th February, 2012
Tasked with the job of improving upon the international success of the previous generation, Kia’s engineers and designers have designed a new Rio in three body styles, combining European flair and Australian drivability priced from $15,290* ..... more

Nissan Navara updated
16th February, 2012
A key change to the D40 range is the increased availability of Nissan’s class-leading 550 Nm/170 kW V6 turbo-diesel engine in more models at adjusted, more attractive prices ..... more

Jayco Sterling caravan updated for 2012
16th February, 2012
As well as the electric slide out bed and lounge feature which is available in a number of lay outs, caravanners will also be impressed with additions to the Sterling’s interior which include a new curved kitchen design ..... more

Porsche Macan due here in 2014
17th February, 2012
The SUV will start coming off the production lines in Leipzig (Germany) in 2013. An Australian release is planned for 2014 ..... more

Holden Colorado details emerge
19th February, 2012
The new Holden Colorado range will be offered in three body styles – single cab, space cab and crew cab – and a choice between two all-new engines (2.5-litre and 2.8-litre DOHC in-line 4-cylinder turbo diesels) ..... more

Mini Clubvan Concept
19th February, 2012
The Clubvan concept opens the door to a completely new market for Mini, small businesses who want to combine sharp driving dynamics with low cost of ownership, while also making a style statement with their company van ..... more

BMW X6 update
19th February, 2012
Whilst still possessing a unique combination of dynamics and versatility, an updated BMW X6 will debut at next month's Geneva Motor Show ahead of its mid-2012 European release ..... more

Suzuki Swift Sport released
21st February, 2012
Almost every element of the car has been redesigned, with an evolutionary and aggressive new look, an upgraded handling package, dramatic powertrain revisions and five-star safety ..... more

Renault Master arrives
21st February, 2012
The new Master is distinguished by its bold exterior styling and a redesigned cabin that offers the comfort and the practicality of a mobile office for customers who need to be able to work on the move ..... more

Peugeot 4008: more details
22nd February, 2012
Automobiles Peugeot has released details and specifications of the all-new 4008 SUV ahead of its world premiere at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show in March ..... more

Audi RS 4 Avant returning
22nd February, 2012
The 4.2-litre V8 produces 331 kW; the seven-speed S tronic and quattro permanent all-wheel drive transfers that power to the road ..... more

Winnebago Birdsville motor home
23rd February, 2012
Built on the Fiat Ducato chassis with its new EuroV 130 kW 3.0 litre engine, the 2012 Birdsville range offers six attractive living plans accommodating two to eight people in comfortable sleeping positions using permanent and temporary bedding as required ..... more

Toyota Prius c here next month
23rd February, 2012
Toyota expects to have the most affordable hybrid car on the Australian market when it launches the "Prius c" hatch late next month ..... more

Hyundai i30 wagon revealed
24th February, 2012
The wagon’s overall length is increased by 185 mm over its five-door 'sibling' to 4,485 mm, making it one of the most accommodating vehicles in the small segment, and 10 mm longer than the original i30 wagon ..... more

Subaru Impreza MY12 arrives
27th February, 2012
Inside, soft touch surfaces, high-grade switchgear and generous occupant space distinguish Impreza, which also offers the option of a premium Multi-Function Display, with a vast array of information at the driver’s fingertips ..... more

Holden LPG models commence production
28th February, 2012
LPG requires a larger tank than petrol in order to achieve a similar range, so to keep mass contained, Holden’s safety engineers developed a lightweight, 84-litre aluminium tank – which Holden believe is the only mass-produced, OEM-equipped, aluminium fuel tank anywhere in the world ..... more

Grand Prix Edition for Renault Megane RS 250
28th February, 2012
Only 50 Renault Megane RenaultSport AGP will be sold in Australia and each will feature and individual plaque. The Megane RenaultSport 250 AGP has a price* of $49,990* ..... more

Volvo V40 debuts in March
28th February, 2012
The engine range includes a diesel with CO2 emissions of just 94 g/km to the turbocharged T5 petrol engine with 254 hp and acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.7 seconds ..... more

Jayco recall
29th February, 2012
Jayco models fitted with a 2,000 kg axle and 12 inch brake drums with chassis numbers between N12174 and P70111 are the subject of a "recall" ..... more

Lexus GS prices announced
29th February, 2012
Set to arrive in April, Lexus' new GS 250 and GS 350 models will feature sharp pricing across three variants, starting from $77,900* for the GS 250 Luxury model ..... more

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