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Toyota Corolla - Australia's best selling car in 2013
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NEWS INDEX:   January 2014

Over 1.1 million vehicles sold in 2013
7th January, 2014
Australians acquired a record number of 1,136,227 motor vehicles in 2013. The total sales figure is 2.2 per cent higher than the 2012 sales result of 1,112,032 vehicles ..... more

Caterham Seven 485 arrives
7th January, 2014
Caterham Seven is priced from $69,990* and the new Seven 485 is priced from $108,990* ..... more

Mercedes-Benz GLA 45 AMG
8th January, 2014
The combination of distinctive design, exclusive appointments as well as superior engine power and driving performance is unique: the most powerful series-production four-cylinder engine in the world puts 265 kW (360 hp) of power and 450 Newton metres of torque on the road ..... more

Volvo Concept XC Coupé
9th January, 2014
The two-door, four-seater Volvo Concept XC Coupé has a strong connection with last year's Volvo Concept Coupé. However, the larger 21-inch wheels, the more accentuated wheel-arches and the taller roofline all contribute to a more robust impression and a fuller, capable look ..... more

Toyota Prado upgraded
12th January, 2014
Toyota has further developed functions that provide driver guidance and technical support, ensuring maximum precision and control for negotiating obstacles as well as more intuitive controls for on and off-road systems ..... more

Ford Ecosport arrives
12th January, 2014
Ford’s newest urban sports utility vehicle, the EcoSport, is now available in Australia. Designed in Brazil, made in India, the little front-wheel drive Ecosport is priced from $20,790* ..... more

BMW 5-Series updated
13th January, 2014
The mid-life cycle update for the BMW 5 Series range brings with it refreshed exterior styling along with some interior refinements ..... more

Infiniti Q50 prices announced
14th January, 2014
All-new sports sedan model - stylish design, dynamic performance and innovative technology; Exceptional performance and efficiency - choice of two powertrains; Leading-edge technologies - Direct Adaptive Steering, Infiniti InTouch™, Back-up Collision Intervention and more; Compelling value - generous inclusions; All-new Infiniti Q50 2.2d priced from $51,900* (MLP*) ..... more

Skoda's new Octavia released
15th January, 2014
The new Octavia improves Skoda's entrant in the small to mid-size segment. The Skoda Octavia, now in its third generation, was recently released in Australia. The new model features new design, high functionality, innovative safety and comfort systems and the typical Skoda price-value ratio ..... more

Alfa Romeo MiTo line-up revised
17th January, 2014
Alfa Romeo has revitalised its little MiTo coupe with a competitively priced range, updated styling, and new features. MiTo Series 2 is headlined by the introduction of the new entry level model featuring the turbocharged, 875cc, twin-cylinder TwinAir engine ..... more

Hyundai Genesis sedan confirmed for Australia
19th January, 2014
Here in July; High-tech rear-drive four-door; Genesis sedan will feature Hyundai's highest levels of quality, technology and dynamic ability ..... more

Audi A3 sedan prices announced
19th January, 2014
All-new Audi A3 Sedan release imminent, priced* from $39,800*; compact sedan body, with stylish design; Three sporty, yet efficient engine variants at launch ..... more

BMW 2-Series coupe prices announced
19th January, 2014
First model to wear the 2 Series designation; Clear differentiation from the 1 Series models - increased size; Premiere of the newest and most powerful petrol powered BMW M Performance Automobile, the BMW M235i coupe; 220i, 220d and M235i available from launch; Available from March 2014 ..... more

Kia Optima updated
20th January, 2014
Refining the Optima’s sculpted appearance, Kia’s Frankfurt-based design team improved the vehicle’s front and rear fascia and the brand’s signature tabbed grille. The vehicle’s bold stance and aerodynamic shape are further accentuated by updated rear diffusers and a sweeping boot lid ..... more

Honda CR-V diesel arrives
20th January, 2014
The high-anticipated Honda CR-V Diesel has landed in Australia, offering the best of the admired CR-V’s packaging combined with outstanding fuel efficiency; Priced from $38,290* ..... more

Toyota's new Kluger here in March
21st January, 2014
Vehicle engineers have taken advantage of developments, including a new double-wishbone rear suspension system, to provide a more dynamic driving experience. The platform, suspension and electric power steering have been fine-tuned ..... more

Porsche 911 Targa debuts
21st January, 2014
The newest model in the 911 line-up features the characteristic wide bar in place of the B-pillars, a movable roof section and a wraparound rear window. But unlike the classic models, the roof section on the new Targa can be opened and closed at the push of a button ..... more

BMW's 3rd gen X5 release underway
23rd January, 2014
When it was first released in 1999, the BMW X5 joined the four-wheel drive Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) segment which feature vehicles from Land Rover, Mercedes-Benz, Range Rover and various American brands. In late 2013, the new X5 improved the standard of the BMW entrant in the large SUV segment, presenting a faster, more efficient, more intelligent and more highly specified vehicle ..... more

Nissan commence production of 2nd generation Qashqai
23rd January, 2014
The new Nissan Qashqai is built on Sunderland’s Line 1, which has been running on 24-hour operations since 2010 to meet global demand ..... more

Toyota RAV4 updated for 2014
24th January, 2014
The latest changes also mean every RAV4 is now fitted with a reversing camera, which is new for GX variants; All models are specified with multimedia audio units with a 6.1-inch full-colour display screen and switches on the steering-wheel hub ..... more

Who owns Chrysler?
28th January, 2014
Fiat funded the U.S.$1,750 million payment from available cash on hand. Chrysler Group funded the special distribution from available cash on hand ..... more

Shelby Cobra 289 FIA Anniversary Edition
28th January, 2014
Each will be painted “Viking Blue” with FIA stripes and roundels, feature a black FIA interior, special billet anniversary badges, original style wheels and a variety of additional options ..... more

Mazda 3 prices announced
28th January, 2014
Offered in sedan or hatch, it comes with a 2.0 litre petrol or 2.5 litre petrol engine and with the choice of two transmission types, the 6-speed automatic and 6-speed manual ..... more

BMW 4 Series convertible prices announced
28th January, 2014
At the entry point to the range, the 420d Convertible is equipped with a TwinPower turbo four-cylinder diesel engine producing 135kW of power and 380 Nm of torque. The 420d accelerates to 100km/h in an exhausting 8.2 seconds ..... more

Toyota HiLux updated
29th January, 2014
The latest updates to the Double Cabs are particularly significant because all 4x4 HiLux variants now attract the maximum five-star ANCAP safety rating ..... more

Jeep Wrangler Freedom Edition
31st January, 2014
Featuring military vehicle styling effects with interior and exterior enhancements; Available in two and four-door variants; Priced from $35,000* ..... more

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