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NEWS INDEX:   August 2013

Kia Sportage Series II released
1st August, 2013
The Sportage Series II, on sale now, adds HID headlamps, static cornering lamps, aero blade front wipers, partial leather seat trims, rear seat warmer, front wiper de-icer and an Active ECO mode on the diesel automatic ..... more

Jaguar F-TYPE arrives
1st August, 2013
Pick your F-TYPE: choose from 0 - 100 km/h in 5.3 seconds or 0 - 100 km/h in 4.9 seconds or 0 - 100 km/h in 4.3 seconds ..... more

Audi RS 6 Avant price announced
2nd August, 2013
Boasting massive power of 412 kW and 700 Nm of torque, this car is available in Avant-body style only and joins the Audi RS 4 Avant as one of the company’s most aspirational products ..... more

Opel Australia shut shop
4th August, 2013
Wheels fall off GM's Opel brand as the local operation calls it quits after just one year ..... more

Out the door: 10,000 units from Avida (Winnebago)
4th August, 2013
For Michael and Lucy, this is their first motor home and they are looking forward to travelling in their new Esperance C7934SL to experience the lifestyle. "The honour of owning the 10,000th Avida motor home was unexpected" they said ..... more

BMW's updated 5-Series arrives late September
5th August, 2013
The mid-lifecycle update for the BMW 5 Series range brings with it refreshed exterior styling along with some interior refinements ..... more

Shelby GT350 coming to the end of the line
5th August, 2013
Beginning with the 5.0 litre Ford Mustang GT as its base, every aspect of the car is enhanced or replaced to make the ultimate performance pony car that is true to the spirit of the 1960’s era Shelby GT350 ..... more

Citroen Grand C4 Picasso here in 2014
6th August, 2013
New seven-seater Grand C4 Picasso is a uniquely styled car that stands apart from the five-seat model in terms of design. It features a pioneering balance between interior space and engaging exterior styling ..... more

Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 Squadra Corse
6th August, 2013
It sprints from 0 to 100 km/h in a mere 3.4 seconds ..... more

Ford announce new Fiesta prices
7th August, 2013
The new Fiesta, from $15,825*, delivers a bold new exterior; new interior fabrics; and brings new technology with the introduction of SYNC™ across the entire Fiesta range ..... more

Audi A4 and A5 Sport Editions released
7th August, 2013
The A4 and A5 Sport Editions are available with either the 1.8 TFSI or 2.0 TDI powerplants. The multitronic continuously variable transmission delivers power to the front wheels ..... more

Mini Cooper next-gen to debut in November
7th August, 2013
The new Mini is expected to be unveiled on 18th November 2013, 107 years to the day since the birth of the man who started an automobile revolution, Sir Alec Issigonis. Mini Plant Oxford will host the world premiere ..... more

Suzuki engine for new entry level Caterham Seven
8th August, 2013
Caterham chief said: “It is not engine size that matters, it is the grin factor that is our barometer and we believe we have got the formula for our new entry-level vehicle just right” ..... more

Fiat Punto returns
9th August, 2013
Available in a five-door hatchback body style across three specification levels – Pop, Easy and Lounge – the Punto offers customers Italian style that is affordable, practical and safe ..... more

VW adding Tiguan 2WD DSG to line-up
11th August, 2013
Pricing* for the Tiguan 118TSI front-wheel drive with automatic transmission (DSG) start at $30,990* ..... more

Opel Monza Concept
11th August, 2013
The visionary concept car shows what people can expect from Opel in the future. Efficiency and connectivity are the two major themes on top of the priority list for development of the next generation of Opel models ..... more

BMW 4-Series prices announced
12th August, 2013
The very first 4 Series model will arrive a little earlier than first expected, priced from $73,200*. The coupe is longer, wider and lower than the predecessor 3-Series coupe ..... more

MG 6 rated at 4 stars ahead of local release
13th August, 2013
Because there is little reason to respect Chinese made vehicles, it should be anticipated that a cheap price is likely to be the only attraction in favour of the MG 6 ..... more

Over 6,000 Toyota 86s sold in Australia
13th August, 2013
Australia is the world's third largest market for the 86, claiming a podium position with Japan and the United States ..... more

Ford Ecosport here in December
13th August, 2013
The Ford EcoSport is based on Ford’s global B-segment platform that underpins the Ford Fiesta hatch and combines small car practicality with the flexibility and spaciousness of a small SUV ..... more

Holden Trax to be launched with 5-star safety rating
15th August, 2013
To be released next month, the new Trax boasts numerous standard safety features across the range including six airbags, a rear view camera and rear parking sensors and Electronic Stability Control ..... more

Jaguar XJR confirmed for Australia
15th August, 2013
With a 5.0-litre supercharged V8 engine delivering 404kW and 680Nm the XJR capable of sprinting from zero to 100km/h in a mere 4.6 seconds ..... more

Hyundai Veloster Street Limited Edition
16th August, 2013
Unique to the Australian market; Exclusive sonic silver metallic exterior paint and red leather interior upholstery; Priced from $24,990* (MLP*) ..... more

Chevrolet at Woodward Dream Cruise
16th August, 2013
Chevrolet Performance is back at Woodward this week-end at Memorial Park in Royal Oak (Detroit, USA) , where it will display a collection of performance vehicles together with parts and accessories ..... more

Ford at Woodward Dream Cruise
18th August, 2013
More than 800 classic and modern Mustang models from 1964 through the present day were displayed at the annual Woodward Dream Cruise - which is the world’s largest single day classic car event, although the festivities tend to be spread across the week-end ..... more

Chrysler at Woodward Dream Cruise
18th August, 2013
Chrysler Group LLC brought more than 70 vehicles to this year’s Woodward Dream Cruise where each brand — Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram Truck, FIAT, SRT and Mopar — wheeled in some of their latest production and buzz models, along with a collection of iconic, classic cars from America’s past ..... more

Peugeot 208 GTi released
19th August, 2013
1.6-litre (147kW) turbocharged petrol engine; 0-100km/h in 6.8 secs; Fuel economy of just 5.9L/100km; Red highlights inside and out; Recalibrated shock absorbers; Anti-rollbar ..... more

Volkswagen end Kombi production
19th August, 2013
Manufactured in Brazil since 2nd September 1957; Final edition special series featuring two-tone paint and exclusive design features; A limited production run of 600 units ..... more

Renault launches Master 4.5t RWD cab/chassis range
20th August, 2013
Renault is expanding its reach into the upper end of the LCV market with the introduction of 3 new 4.5-tonne cab/chassis Master variants. These will be rear-wheel drive and available in Single Cab and Dual Cab guises. Holders of a regular passenger car driver’s licences can drive them all ..... more

BMW to update 3-Series sedans & wagons
20th August, 2013
A combination of increased specification levels, reduced option pricing and several feature updates enhance the comfort, convenience and safety of every version of these vehicles ..... more

Hyundai releases sporty i30 SR
20th August, 2013
SR is the first i30 in the world to be fitted with Hyundai’s 2.0 litre direct injection petrol engine; i30 SR has unique suspension tune; i30 SR features sports-oriented enhancements inside and out ..... more

Ford Mustang confirmed for Australia
21st August, 2013
Our Editor speculates about the next generation Mustang, which is coming to Australia. And he looks back, briefly, at the debut of the original Mustang in 1964 ..... more

Motoring theme on postage stamps
21st August, 2013
The 60c stamps take a light-hearted approach to travelling to some of Australia's key urban centres - Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Canberra and the Gold Coast ..... more

Audi's new A8 & S8 unveiled
21st August, 2013
The new Audi A8 will arrive in Australia in Q2 2014. Both the 3.0 TDI and 4.2 TDI diesel models will be available. The new S8 will arrive at the same time ..... more

Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 10th Anniversary Edition
22nd August, 2013
Named after America’s most demanding off-road trail; offers an even greater level of capability, including additional ground clearance and new rock rails; ‘Anniversary Red’ leather interior ..... more

Ferrari 458 Speciale
23rd August, 2013
Powertrain, aerodynamics and vehicle dynamics advances that transform the 458 Italia into a car worthy of the “Speciale” moniker; 0 to 100 km/h in 3.0 seconds ..... more

Junior edition Cobra ride-on for small kids
23rd August, 2013
The perfectly proportioned 427 Cobra spec chrome wheels, side exhaust pipes, fuel cap, famous roll bar and badging make this a true miniature version of a real-life Shelby Cobra ..... more

Honda's racing machine, the NSX CONCEPT-GT
23rd August, 2013
NSX CONCEPT-GT is a dedicated racing vehicle based on the NSX Concept, the next-generation super sports model that made its debut in January 2012 ..... more

Ram Rumble Bee truck
23rd August, 2013
Ten years ago, there was the Rumble Bee, a popular model inspired by the Super Bee muscle car of the late ‘60s. Last week-end, Ram unveiled a new HEMI-powered Ram 1500 Rumble Bee concept ..... more

Ford's new Transit range due Q1 2014
26th August, 2013
The newest Ford Transit Custom and Ford Transit Cargo are the latest in a long line of Transits vans and trucks, which have sold 7 million vehicles since the first model was introduced in 1965 ..... more

Hyundai Elantra update on the way
26th August, 2013
Facelifted Elantra to come with refreshed design and upgraded features; 1.6 diesel engine with ISG (Idle Stop & Go) system added to line-up ..... more

Toyota's updated Prado due in November
26th August, 2013
Look for improved safety features, better third-row seat access and higher interior and exterior specification ..... more

BMW Z4 updated
27th August, 2013
Enhanced specification levels; Eight-speed Sport automatic transmission now standard on sDrive20i and sDrive28i models; Subtle interior and exterior design enhancements ..... more

Volvo V40 Cross Country released
29th August, 2013
Rugged and stylish luxury addition to the premium small car sector; IntelliSafe – safety beyond star ratings thanks to class-leading, intuitive, technologies; all-wheel drive on T5 version ..... more

Ram Trucks for Australia
30th August, 2013
In the rear compartment, cowboy-style saddle bags complete with buckle replace the traditional seat-back pockets on the Laramie LongHorn..... more

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