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Winnebago Diversion camper van
2nd May, 2012
Winnebago’s stylish camper van, the Diversion, is now available in two distinctly different internal lay-outs, both of which are functional and practical as well as offering superb comfort ..... more

Honda City for 2012
2nd May, 2012
The 2012 Honda City has a new look, new features and a sharp price from $19,990 drive-away for the VTi manual version with flat paint ..... more

Toyota Prius C released
3rd May, 2012
The new Toyota Prius C brings hybrid technology to the market from $23,990*, or approximately $6,000 less than any other hybrid vehicle ..... more

Mitsubishi adds "ACTiV" editions
3rd May, 2012
Mitsubishi Motors Australia Limited (MMAL) is getting active with the release of limited edition Lancer, ASX and Outlander ACTiV models. Packed with extra features these ACTiV editions offer exceptional value ..... more

Nissan Patrol Simpson 50th Anniversary Edition
4th May, 2012
Based on the Series 8 ST grade, the Simpson 50th Anniversary Edition Patrol has $8,500 of extra value but at the same MLP* of $56,990* for manual and $59,990* for auto ..... more

Renault Clio RenaultSport 200 Cup now leather-wrapped
4th May, 2012
Despite the addition of leather seats, the starting price for this most appealing of point-and-squirt fun machines remains from $36,490* ..... more

Mercedes-Benz B-Class 2nd generation released
4th May, 2012
The entire drive programme is completely new: two four-cylinder petrol engines and one diesel engine, each with direct injection and turbocharging, and standard dual clutch transmission ..... more

Infiniti G here in December
6th May, 2012
Whilst Infiniti will release two models in Australia during August this year, a third model will be available in December. Upon introduction, Nissan's luxury brand will be available in just three locations ..... more

Lexus LX 570 updated
6th May, 2012
Lexus Australia has introduced its new-look LX 570 with new features, revised model line-up and more competitive pricing than its predecessor ..... more

Rolls-Royce Ghost EWB arrives
6th May, 2012
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has released the Ghost Extended Wheelbase in Australia, following its introduction overseas last year ..... more

Ford Falcon 4-cylinder released
6th May, 2012
Ford’s global high-tech 2-litre 4-cylinder EcoBoost engine is now available on Falcon XT, G6 and G6E sedans ..... more

Toyota Aurion second-generation released
9th May, 2012
The upgraded five-model Toyota Aurion range is priced* from $36,490*. Aurion's distinctive styling and occupant comfort levels provide clear differentiation from other cars in its market segment ..... more

Honda’s all-new Civic Hatch arrives mid-June
10th May, 2012
The Civic Hatch will be available in two variants – the VTi and VTi-L. Both variants receive an improved 1.8 litre four-cylinder i-VTEC engine delivering maximum power of 104 kW at 6,500 rpm and 174 Nm of torque at 4,300 rpm .... more

Nissan Almera set for August release
15th May, 2012
Nissan Australia will introduce a new model to its passenger car range this August with the arrival of the small and spacious Almera ..... more

BMW X3 boosted by another engine choice
15th May, 2012
The X3, now boasts an entirely turbo-charged engine line-up with the arrival of the latest iteration of BMW’s new four-cylinder TwinPower Turbo two-litre petrol engine in the X3 xDrive 28i ..... more

Ferrari's global recall of 498 and California models
16th May, 2012
A hazard exists with a potential crankshaft failure which could cause an engine seizure ..... more

Remembering Carroll Shelby
17th May, 2012
Carroll Shelby (military man, chicken farmer, racing car driver, entrepreneur, car maker, heart transplant recipient) passed away last week. But why did he say his chilli would "shake the meanness out of the most ornery, leather-mouthed chilli-head that ever was born"? ..... more

Holden Commodore heading to North America
18th May, 2012
Holden has announced a new export programme, confirming today that the next model Commodore will be sold in North America from late 2013 as the Chevrolet SS ..... more

Mini John Cooper Works GP limited edition
20th May, 2012
Only once has there been anything like it, but even that wasn’t as quick. With the Mini John Cooper Works GP, the British brand, has come up with another car of exceptional talent designed to deliver extreme performance ..... more

Citroen DS4 released locally
20th May, 2012
The car’s distinctive styling blends dramatic lines with versatile hatchback functionality, together with a raised-stance ..... more

Mercedes-Benz M-Class: new generation released
20th May, 2012
The new-generation Mercedes-Benz M-Class is now available in Australia. Nine airbags and a reversing camera are standard. Prices* commence at $81,400*. An important claim to fame for the new model is the improved energy efficiency ..... more

Abarth 695 Maserati Edition
20th May, 2012
The new Abarth 695 Maserati Edition is an exclusive convertible-like car based on the Fiat 500C which blends the aggression and sportiness of a high-performance car in the Abarth tradition ..... more

Audi TT line-up reinvigorated
20th May, 2012
Previously manual-only, both the 1.8 TFSI and 2.0 TDI engines now feature the brand’s sporty S tronic transmission for lightning-fast gearshifts ..... more

Lexus GS 450h arrives in June
22nd May, 2012
Lexus Australia will launch its most efficient GS model yet - the all-new second generation GS 450h in June 2012. Featuring an advanced petrol-electric hybrid drivetrain, the all-new GS 450h will be priced* from $99,900* ..... more

Peugeot 4008 due in June
23rd May, 2012
Peugeot Australia is about to release their new small SUV, the 4008. This new model is sourced from Mitsubishi Motors who offer the model as the ASX. This is the second Mitsubishi-sourced model in the local Peugeot range ..... more

Alfa Romeo & Mazda roadsters for 2015
23rd May, 2012
The study calls for both Mazda and Alfa Romeo/Fiat to develop two differentiated, distinctly styled and brand-specific light weight, roadsters featuring rear-wheel drive ..... more

Mercedes-Benz Citan revealed
23rd May, 2012
The new small van is the result of collaboration between the Renault-Nissan Alliance and Mercedes-Benz. An Australian release is expected during 2013 ..... more

Volvo reveals "Pedestrian Airbag"
24th May, 2012
Seven sensors embedded in the front of the car transmit signals to a control unit. When the car comes into contact with an object, the signals change. The control unit evaluates the signals and, if it registers what it interprets as a human leg, the pedestrian airbag is deployed ..... more

Aston Martin Vantage for 2012
24th May, 2012
The Aston Martin Vantage range continues to evolve with a comprehensive array of improvements to the V8 Vantage aimed at enhancing the dynamic feel, style and competitive pricing of the marque’s entry-level sports car ..... more

Toyota Aurion gains 5 stars from ANCAP
24th May, 2012
The overall score was an excellent 36.59 (out of a possible 37), which is a higher score than a BMW 530d with six airbags (36.53) and Volvo S60 D3 with six airbags (36.34) ..... more

Honda Civic Hatch prices announced
25th May, 2012
The new Civic Hatch is sure to surprise and delight. It is a stylish and practical offering in the small car segment and embodies style as well as substance ..... more

Infiniti confirm global goals
27th May, 2012
At the opening of Infiniti's new global headquarters in Hong Kong, Nissan's luxury brand has confirmed it is aiming for worldwide sales of 500,000 units annually by 2016 ..... more

Peugeot model names reconfigured
27th May, 2012
The central "0" will continue but in its internationalisation strategy, Peugeot has chosen a final digit of "1" for its new conquest models and permanently fixes the names of the models with a final digit "8" for future renewals ..... more

Ferrari's one-off 458 Italia
28th May, 2012
Ferrari has put together a one-off version of the 458 Italia for an owner who sought memories of the Ferrari 512 BB ..... more

Jaguar introducing new petrol engines
29th May, 2012
Jaguar will introduce two additional forced-induction petrol engines to its range for the 2013MY; the new 3.0-litre V6 Supercharged Petrol, and the four-cylinder 2.0-litre I4 Turbocharged Petrol ..... more

Audi A5 updated
31st May, 2012
The design has been comprehensively refreshed. Two new four cylinder engines have been added to the range including a 1.8 TFSI with 125 kW and a 2.0 TDI with 130 kW ..... more

GM's small SUV for 2013
31st May, 2012
Holden have not yet confirmed the Trax will come to Australia. However, the Next Car team believes we will, indeed, see Trax wearing a Holden badge ..... more

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