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Kia pro_cee’d GT turbo coming to Australia
4th March, 2013
Powered by Kia’s high-technology 1.6-litre GDI engine boosted by a twin-scroll turbocharger, the pro_cee’d GT puts out 150kW and 265Nm of torque. It come with a six-speed manual gearbox and is capable of a 0-100 km/h sprint in 7.7 seconds ..... more

Opel Insignia OPC released
5th March, 2013
Opel has packed the Insignia OPC with extra high-tech features. It is the first Opel in Australia to offer adaptive all-wheel drive and an electronic rear limited slip differential as standard. Its FlexRide damping system is specially tuned to give OPC drivers a more active driving experience ..... more

Hyundai i30 Tourer released
7th March, 2013
The Hyundai i30 Tourer will be available in two trim levels, Active and Elite, with a choice of petrol or diesel powertrains - the 1.6-litre Gamma GDi petrol engine, achieving 99kW @ 6,300 rpm and 163Nm @ 4,850 rpm, or the 1.6-litre U-II CRDi diesel engine, achieving 94kW @ 4,000 rpm and 260Nm @ 1,900-2,750 rpm ..... more

Bailey Unicorn caravan from UK released locally
7th March, 2013
The futuristically re-styled 2013 Bailey Unicorn Series 2 range, with its soaring panoramic front windows, even more plush interior fit-out and extended list of luxury and convenience features for long-term touring, will point the way to future Australian caravan design ..... more

Pininfarina's Sergio two-seater barchetta
7th March, 2013
The new Pininfarina concept car is called Sergio. It is an exercise that Pininfarina decided to undertake on a brand that more than any other has marked the history of Pininfarina: Ferrari ..... more

Morgan 3-Wheeler coming to Australia
8th March, 2013
Today's 3 Wheeler is a noble nod to the Morgan 3 Wheeler of long ago. Intended for enthusiasts, the new 3-Wheeler will appeal to the curious and those who have everything else. Those who want to be first should be in the queue already! ..... more

Toyota updates Land Cruiser 200 Series
8th March, 2013
The legendary Toyota Land Cruiser has now become the first vehicle in the Toyota range to adopt the added safety of trailer sway control ..... more

The sting of a Shelby GT500 Super Snake
8th March, 2013
Only 500 of these high performance American cars will be built, all at the Shelby American factory in Las Vegas (Nevada, USA) ..... more

Winnebago Australia now known as Avida Motorhomes
11th March, 2013
Winnebago Australia has announced that it began rebranding all its new motor home products from 28th February, 2013. The new brand name is called Avida ..... more

Spyker B6 Venator Concept
12th March, 2013
The Spyker B6 Venator Concept will begin production in early 2014 for key markets including Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific and India, followed by the US in late 2014 ..... more

Corvette & Silverado heading for local RHD conversion
12th March, 2013
Potential local buyers of American iron can now become curious about two new Chevys. The 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray and the big 2014 Chevrolet Silverado utility are both on the wish list for small volume importation into Australia ..... more

Chevrolet Corvette Stingray convertible debuts
12th March, 2013
The new model, C7 in enthusiast's code, features an all-new, fully electronic top that can be lowered remotely using the car’s key fob. The top can also be opened or closed on the go, at speeds of up to 50 km/h ..... more

Toyota FJ Cruiser updated
13th March, 2013
Toyota has boosted the appeal of its "go anywhere, do anything" FJ Cruiser 4x4 by more than doubling its fuel range and adding an off-road cruise control system known as CRAWL ..... more

A new Range Rover Sport is near
13th March, 2013
The all-new Range Rover Sport will make its global premiere in New York (USA) in late March 2013 with a drive through the streets of Manhattan ..... more

Volkswagen Beetle Fender Edition
13th March, 2013
Special Edition pays homage to the American Fender® guitar. The Beetle Fender Edition will be arriving locally in June 2013 ..... more

Citroen's new C3
14th March, 2013
Having made its debut at this month's Geneva Motor Show, the new Citroen C3 is set to go on sale across Europe next month. It will be coming to Australia but the date is not yet confirmed. The Next Car team predicts a late 2013 release ..... more

Toyota FT-86 Open Concept
15th March, 2013
The world premiere of the concept in Geneva is occurring at the same time as prototype engineering assessments take place ..... more

Audi TT RS Plus released locally
15th March, 2013
The scorching Audi TT RS plus has arrived in Australia, with an MLP* of $139,900*. Its five-cylinder turbo delivers 265 kW, sufficient for a top speed of 280 km/h ..... more

EarthCruiser adding Iveco chassis to range
15th March, 2013
Psst, just quietly, Earthcruiser is about to introduce an Iveco chassis to its range of motor homes ..... more

Mini Paceman released
15th March, 2013
Built on the compact SUV platform originally designed for the Mini Countryman, the Paceman is the seventh model in the Mini line-up, and presents an individual character which is evident from any angle ..... more

AMG's 6x6 G-Class show vehicle
17th March, 2013
Superior 6x6 all-wheel drive technology, AMG V8 biturbo power and looks that leave no room for any doubt: the Mercedes-Benz G 63 AMG 6x6 near-series show vehicle is an off-roader which represents the final word in forward-thrusting power far from the beaten track ..... more

Volkswagen's new Golf wagon debuts
17th March, 2013
The new Volkswagen Golf Estate, which like the 7th generation Golf hatchback is based on the MQB platform, is up to 105 kg lighter than its predecessor ..... more

Honda Civic wagon concept
17th March, 2013
The production version of the Civic Tourer will be in UK dealerships in early 2014 and will be built alongside the hatchback model in Honda’s production facility in Swindon ..... more

Suzuki's new SX4 debuts
17th March, 2013
While moving into the C-segment with its increased size, the new model inherits the “SX4” emblem to show that Suzuki (represented by the letter “S”) is a pioneer of both cross-over and four-wheel drive (indicated by the “X” and “4” respectively) ..... more

Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk Limited Edition
18th March, 2013
Only 160 Trailhawk models will be available to Australia buyers, all of which feature Jeep’s powerful 3.0-litre V6 turbo diesel engine, Quadra‐Drive II four-wheel drive system, Quadra‐Lift air suspension, under-body protection plates, 18-inch all-terrain tyres as well as a host of visual and functional enhancements unique to the Trailhawk model ..... more

Renault expands Kangoo line-up with a Maxi
18th March, 2013
Renault Australia is providing even more value for light commercial van buyers with the debut of the long wheelbase Maxi model. A new short wheelbase manual transmission petrol model joins the Kangoo range, bringing the entry pricing down to $20,990* ..... more

All-new Ford Kuga set for May release
20th March, 2013
A novel feature is the hands-free automatic tailgate which allows people to open or close the rear tailgate by simply sweeping a foot under the rear bumper ..... more

Rolls-Royce exhibition at BMW Museum
20th March, 2013
The exhibition, entitled ‘Strive for Perfection’, celebrates the tenth year of the Rolls-Royce marque under BMW Group ownership and the 150th anniversary of the birth of Sir Henry Royce ..... more

Hyundai expand ix35 line-up with 2.0 diesel SE
20th March, 2013
The 2.0L R-series CRDi turbo engine is one of the most powerful diesel engines in its class with 135kW @ 4,000 rpm while delivering 392Nm @ 1,800-2,500 rpm, providing sporty acceleration and agility with combined fuel economy rating of just 7.5 L/100km ..... more

Audi TT Coupé S line Competition Package released
21st March, 2013
In total, the combination of interior and exterior S line enhancements is valued separately at over $8,500. However, in the S line Competition package, these features are offered together as a package option for 2.0 TFSI models. The option price for the S line Competition package is an exceptional $1,800 ..... more

Alfa Romeo 4C Launch Edition
21st March, 2013
Just a small number of 4C Launch Editions will make it to Australia ..... more

Hyundai HND-9 coupe concept preview
21st March, 2013
Hyundai has chosen the Seoul Motor Show as the venue to show the concept car that will form the basis for the upcoming Hyundai Genesis coupe ..... more

Audi update the R8
22nd March, 2013
The new R8 is the fastest production car Audi has ever launched, and it has arrived in Australia. An all-new range-topping model – the R8 V10 plus – is powered by a hand-built 5.2-litre V10 that demolishes 100 km/h in just 3.5 seconds ..... more

Infiniti Q50 taking on C-Class, A4, 3-Series
22nd March, 2013
The first of a new-generation of premium Infiniti models, the Q50 is Infiniti’s most significant car yet for numerous markets. Marking the debut of the new Infiniti Q naming structure, the Q50 is designed, engineered, equipped and built to compete at the highest level in the European premium D-segment ..... more

Jaguar's very hot XFR-S
24th March, 2013
Using the same high performance 550PS 5.0-litre supercharged V8 engine as the XKR-S, the new sports saloon is capable of reaching 100 km/h in an amazing 4.6 seconds from a standing start and can go on to an impressive top speed on a race track of 300 km/h ..... more

Mini Paceman JCW here in May
25th March, 2013
Mini Australia has confirmed pricing details for its high performance addition to the newly launched Mini Paceman range, the Mini John Cooper Works Paceman, which is scheduled to arrive in Australian showrooms from May ..... more

Mazda 6 recall
26th March, 2013
A total of approximately 15,000 Mazda 6s globally are subject to the recall including 1,531 in Australia ..... more

Out the door: 200,000 Toyota Prados in Australia
26th March, 2013
Mr Callachor said Prado has grown in popularity over the years. It took Toyota just over 10 years to reach 100,000 Prado sales and only seven more years to double the tally ..... more

All-new Range Rover Sport debuts
27th March, 2013
Sport's all-new, first-in-class aluminium architecture achieves a weight saving of up to 420kg. This transforms the vehicle's dynamic performance, enabling it to blend agile handling with exceptional comfort, offering a unique mix of sporting luxury and a dynamic, connected driving experience ..... more

All-new Jeep Cherokee debuts
28th March, 2013
With an all-new look, Jeep is set on raising the bar with legendary capability, world-class on-road dynamics, fuel economy improvements of more the 45 per cent over the out-going model. The revolutionary Jeep design is claimed to feature world-class craftsmanship inside and out, and an array of advanced safety and technology features ..... more

Rolls-Royce Wraith debuts
29th March, 2013
At its heart lie hallmark Rolls-Royce attributes of luxury, refinement and hand-craftsmanship ..... more

Ford Ranger XLS expands the range
31st March, 2013
This new XLS comes equipped with locking rear differential, 16-inch alloy wheels, front foglights, carpeted floor coverings and additional exterior trim highlights ..... more

BMW 6 Series Gran Coupé gains 640d variant
31st March, 2013
The 3-litre all-aluminium engine has a maximum power output of 230 kW and delivers its maximum torque of 630 Nm from as low as 1,500 rpm. This power translates to a 0-100 km/h sprint time of 5.4 seconds ..... more

Subaru WRX concept debuts
31st March, 2013
A prominent classic Subaru hexagonal grille has a three dimensional mesh pattern, in keeping with WRX’s sporty nature, together with the 'hawk-eye' headlights ..... more

Kia CUB concept debuts in Seoul
31st March, 2013
The exterior styling of the Kia CUB highlights that it is both sleek and small, with a cheerful 'face' and a daring 'character'. Design features instigated by Peter Schreyer for the 2007 Kia Kee 2+2 concept are revisited in a new form ..... more

Audi A3 sedan for 2014
31st March, 2013
The Audi A3 Sedan has a sporty stance on the road, and it is precise and highly expressive in every detail. The “tornado line” design element forms a distinct light-refracting edge that runs over the entire side ..... more

2014 Toyota Kluger revealed
31st March, 2013
Due in Australia in the first half of next year, the third-generation Kluger's new exterior design conveys refinement and strength that complements a new, more spacious interior with an array of comfort, convenience and technology ..... more

Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG debuts
31st March, 2013
Turbocharged engine, all-wheel drive and the AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 7-speed sports transmission - the CLA 45 AMG features the same drive system that is already powering the A 45 AMG to deliver highly dynamic and efficient performance. The 0-100 km/h time for the new CLA 45 AMG is just 4.6 seconds! ..... more

BMW 3-Series Touring released locally
31st March, 2013
Nearly all interior dimensions have grown in the new BMW 3 Series Touring. Compared to its predecessor, the new model offers more cabin space and a larger cargo area whilst rear passengers will appreciate the additional rear legroom and improved access ..... more

Hyundai HND-9 points way to upcoming Genesis coupe
31st March, 2013
Equipped with 3.3 litre turbo GDi engine matched to an 8-speed automatic transmission, HND-9 delivers a maximum output of 270 kW, while its exterior design exudes a befitting image of the powerful performance ..... more

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