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Honda Civic 9th Gen released
1st March, 2012
The all-new Honda Civic has been refined. It features enhancements to performance, ride and interior packaging along with increased fuel economy and the addition of interactive technologies ..... more

Volkswagen Golf GTI cabriolet coming
1st March, 2012
The convertible exhibits typical visual trademarks of the GTI. On the exterior, they are the red framing at the top and bottom of the radiator grille with its honeycomb structure and GTI signature ..... more

Ferrari F12 Berlinetta revealed
1st March, 2012
This is the most powerful Ferrari road car ever launched thanks to the efficient engine – in terms of mechanical, combustion and fluid-dynamics efficiency – which, together with advanced vehicle architecture, aerodynamics, components and electronic controls ..... more

Nissan Patrol for 2012
1st March, 2012
Vehicle safety has been enhanced with the fitting of Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) on all series 8 Patrol Wagons. The system can be de-activated via a console switch for specific conditions, for example deep sand ..... more

BMW's new 3-Series sedan released
4th March, 2012
The new lighter, larger 3 Series Sedan offers a new design aesthetic, an all TwinPower Turbo line-up of petrol and diesel engines, improved driving dynamics and a vast array of technology at lower prices than its predecessor ..... more

Alfa Romeo Giulietta updated for 2012
5th March, 2012
The 2012 Alfa Romeo Giulietta has arrived in Australia with the TCT twin clutch automatic gearbox and a new Turbo Diesel engine that maintains the Giulietta’s spirited performance but cuts fuel consumption ..... more

First Mercedes-Benz C 63 AMG Black Series arrives
6th March, 2012
Performing a number of duties at this year's Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix, the GT3 series inspired AMG is the first of 32 to arrive in Australia. Each of the 32 are already sold ..... more

Rolls-Royce Phantom Series II revealed
6th March, 2012
Every part of the Phantom experience should be effortless, so new driver assistance technologies and a modern user interface with re-designed multi-media controller have been introduced for Phantom Series II ..... more

Porsche's new Boxster
6th March, 2012
The base model’s new engine delivers 195 kW from a 2.7 litre displacement – up seven kilowatts over its predecessor despite a reduction in capacity. The 3.4 litre Boxster S now delivers 232 kW – up four kilowatts ..... more

Jeep Wrangler updated
7th March, 2012
Wrangler’s adoption of the efficient new Pentastar 3.6-litre V6 produces much greater power and torque than the previous 3.8-litre engine, giving improved performance and fuel economy as well as lower exhaust emissions – not to mention greatly enhanced driving pleasure ..... more

Mini Coupe released
7th March, 2012
The Coupe's distinctive, sporty characteristics are also reflected in a low-slung silhouette and expressively styled roof ..... more

Mini Roadster released
7th March, 2012
The Mini Roadster is the sixth model in the BMW-owned British car maker’s line-up and the first open-top two-seater in the brand’s history ..... more

Bentley EXP 9 F Concept
8th March, 2012
Above all, Bentley will be listening carefully to the reaction of potential customers throughout the world, prior to making any definitive commitment to production ..... more

Nissan Invitation Concept
9th March, 2012
Nissan has debuted a head-turning hatchback concept car which previews the company's next generation compact car, a mainstream B-segment contender to be sold in Europe ..... more

Toyota LandCruiser 200 Series updated
9th March, 2012
Off-road technology has advanced across the range with a new multi-terrain anti-skid braking system that detects and automatically adapts to off-road conditions, supplementing the standard vehicle stability control and active traction control ..... more

Lotus Exige S Roadster
11th March, 2012
With a targeted weight of just under 1,100 kg, this is one of the lightest six-cylinder roadsters on the market by some margin ..... more

Porsche Cayenne recall
11th March, 2012
Some 1,459 Porsche Cayennes from 2011 and 2012 are being recalled due to a possible dodgy fitment of the headlight module ..... more

Citroen DS3 for 2012
11th March, 2012
The Citroen DS3, the French marque’s compact hatch, offers more features, a new engine and a new gearbox for 2012, but at prices lower than at the car’s launch ..... more

RV production continues upward
12th March, 2012
Traditional caravans continued to dominate production, with 47 per cent of the total, followed by pop-tops at 25 per cent and camper trailers at 20 per cent, with motorised units accounting for the remaining 8 per cent ..... more

Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse
12th March, 2012
City cycle fuel consumption for the new Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse is estimated at 37.2 l/100 km! ..... more

Jaguar XF Sportbrake
12th March, 2012
Beneath the car there are extensive changes to the rear suspension. Self-levelling air suspension aids driving dynamics and means the Sportbrake can serve as an accomplished tow vehicle ..... more

Hyundai Santa Fe for 2013
13th March, 2012
The all-new Hyundai Santa Fe will arrive in Australia before the end of the year ..... more

Atalanta brand revival
13th March, 2012
In reviving the Atalanta, modern technology has been used to enhance performance and safety while the 1930s English sports car style has been retained; as have tall, narrow tyres (for good driver 'feel' and ride comfort) ..... more

Kia finds satnav
15th March, 2012
Kia is joining many other brands by offering Satellite Navigation ..... more

Jayco Conquest for 2012
15th March, 2012
The Conquest now boasts a new fibreglass nose which provides the motor home with improved aerodynamics and more storage space ..... more

Two-tone for Rolls-Royce Ghost
15th March, 2012
The bespoke option is offered for the first time this year, complementing the popularity of two-tone Phantom models ..... more

Revisions for BMW 3-Series convertible and coupe
15th March, 2012
BMW Australia has announced a host of changes to the 3 Series Coupé and Convertible models, which include enhanced specification and pricing revisions from March production ..... more

Volvo Ocean Race Special Editions
15th March, 2012
Based on the Volvo V60 T5 Teknik, XC60 D5 Teknik and XC70 D5 Teknik, the Volvo Ocean Race Editions add sport 18" Argus alloy wheels, aluminium inlays to the centre stack, Volvo Ocean Race-branded tread plates and load covers, cross-stitched leather upholstery embossed with the Volvo Ocean Race logo, and a choice of Ocean Race Blue II or Electric Silver metallic paint finishes ..... more

Audi's new A6 allroad
16th March, 2012
The body of the new A6 allroad quattro sits six centimetres higher than that of the A6 Avant. Setting it apart are, in particular, the trim strips on the side sills, the more widely flared guards and the single-frame grille with vertical slats ..... more

Jet Pack Man vs Renault Megane RS 250 GP
16th March, 2012
Who wins when the "jet pack man" races Renault's hot hatch? ..... more

Fiat 500 goes down to 2-cylinders
16th March, 2012
The Fiat 500 Twin air, which is now on sale in Australia, is Fiat's local leader for low emissions and fuel economy as it has just two-cylinders ..... more

Lamborghini Aventador J
18th March, 2012
There is only one of them, no prototypes and no others for the Lamborghini Museum. The buyer can look forward to a truly unique, street-legal work of art ..... more

Ferrari 458 Spider debuts locally
18th March, 2012
The Ferrari 458 Spider has made its Australian public debut at the 2012 Melbourne Grand Prix leading a parade of Ferraris old and new to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of Ferrari’s 1952 arrival in Australia ..... more

Cheap vans from China - Part 1: JAC
19th March, 2012
Next Car is not aware of any crash testing programme for JAC. Hence, very low prices will be our expectation ..... more

Cheap vans from China - Part 2: Maxus
19th March, 2012
WMC claim Maxus vans meet European crash and safety standards. Although, I could find no evidence that any Maxus vans have ever been tested by the respected EuroNCAP organisation ..... more

Subaru BRZ and Toyota 86 production commences
20th March, 2012
Both the Subaru BRZ and Toyota 86 will be sold in Australia, with sales commencing later this year ..... more

SsangYong release new Actyon ute
21st March, 2012
The Tradie and SX models are available in 2WD or 4WD versions with a choice of the 6-speed manual or the 6-speed automatic. The SPR is available as a 4WD automatic only ..... more

Mercedes-Benz SL 65 AMG revealed
22nd March, 2012
The "twin blade" radiator grille and lower cross strut are the two complementary styling elements which underline the new AMG brand face – a look which will be picked up by the styling of future AMG models and so further increase the recognition value of the AMG performance brand ..... more

Nissan GT-R arrives
22nd March, 2012
The 2012 Nissan GT-R, which goes on sale in Australia next week, offers significant enhancements in efficiency, performance, handling and driver comfort, combined with a increased equipment level ..... more

Toyota Prado Altitude released
23rd March, 2012
Prices for the LandCruiser Prado Altitude start from $68,490* for the petrol V6 model and $69,490* for the diesel ..... more

"Top Safety Pick" for Mitsubishi ASX
25th March, 2012
This is not the first time Mitsubishi’s compact cross-over has been recognised for its outstanding safety ..... more

The new Toyota Camry Hybrid released
25th March, 2012
The newly released Toyota Camry Hybrid has scored an impressive motoring trifecta with boosts to power, economy and value when compared to the previous model ..... more

Ford Kuga arrives
27th March, 2012
The Ford Kuga is based on Ford’s C-car architecture – already proven in the Ford Focus. With Ford Kuga, the designers and engineers have integrated key driver and passenger requirements for a compact SUV into the distinctive design ..... more

Mercedes-Benz Valente released
29th March, 2012
Available in one highly specified level, the Valente comes with a host of standard equipment and has a MLP* of $54,490* ..... more

Dodge Journey updated for 2012
29th March, 2012
Standard equipment in the new Journey R/T includes not just the Pentastar V6, but also leather seats, 8.4-inch touch-screen satellite navigation, second-row overhead video with wireless headphones, a reversing camera, heated front seats and 19-inch alloy wheels ..... more

Audi Q3 released locally
30th March, 2012
Every aspect of the Spanish-manufactured Q3 showcases Audi technology: the body, the drivetrain, the chassis and the assistance and multimedia systems ..... more

Jayco Starcraft updated
30th March, 2012
Building on its 2011 aesthetics, the 2012 range features newly styled cupboard door handles, comfortable Enduro foam furniture and fashionable curved finishes to the caravan’s Eurostyle cupboards and doors ..... more

Kia Cerato eXtra limited edition
30th March, 2012
The Kia Cerato eXtra 6-speed manual is priced at $21,490* while the 6-speed automatic is $23,490*. That represents a premium of just $1,250 over the comparative Si model hatch and $1,500 for the sedan ..... more

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles Oldtimers
30th March, 2012
Restoring old Volkswagen "Kombis" has become a successful venture for the Hannover-based works restoration team ..... more

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