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12th March, 2004

to our newsletter #5



The Melbourne Motor Show concluded on Monday. What a great event. New cars and concept cars galore. What were the highlights though? For me the opportunity to admire the new BMW 6-series (coupe and convertible) and the new Elfin Clubman and Streamliner rated tops. But with other great cars nearby, the decision making process was tested. For example, the Ford Territory which will be in showrooms in a couple of months or so were available for close inspection. For the first time, the public were able to climb onboard and experience the Territory for themselves. Previously, the Territory was a look but don't touch proposition. This product will have a great impact when it arrives in early June.

Warm regards,
Stephen Walker

The Four-Wheelin' Editor
Stephen Walker - Editor
road testing the Suzuki XL-7
last weekend near
Aireys Inlet, Victoria

In this issue:

  • The Editor's Desk
  • Contents
  • Road Test - Suzuki XL-7
  • What's coming OR IS IT What's not coming!
  • Looking back - NSU Ro80
  • This week's news     (it's been a quiet week!)
  • Housekeeping

  • Suzuki XL-7 
near Aireys Inlet, Victoria
    Suzuki XL-7
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    We said the big Suzuki is great value and we claim the car has wonderful manners ...... how did we come to this conclusion? ...... Read the road test here!

    What's coming?
    OR IS IT
    What's not coming!

    Renault Clio Renaultsport 182

    Next Car is pleased to say we were wrong!

    The Clio Renaultsport 182 with it's Renault 8 Gordini look-alike colour scheme will be available in Australia later this year.

    2004 Renault Clio Renaultsport 182

    NSU Ro80

    NSU Ro80
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    NSU Ro80

    NSU Motorenwerke of Germany were famous for their small cars. But during the early to mid 1960's they planned a new car which was to take them in a new direction. It was to be their first large car and it was to be powered by a Wankel rotary engine.

    The engine, which was invented by Felix Wankel, was developed by NSU for use in the Ro80. The engine was a twin-rotor with a capacity of 497.5 cc each. The wedge shaped car featured a prominent passenger compartment, a smallish radiator grille and a large flat bonnet. Introduced in 1967, the car was a little larger than a HK/HT/HG series Holden. Whilst the first production models had numerous problems, the car was to become highly regarded in the early 1970's due to it's continuous development. But a tarnished record diminished it's prospects for success.

    NSU was taken over by Volkswagen in 1969.

    Copyright 2004


    • Renault Clio Renaultsport 182
      6th March, 2004
      A hot hatch in the image of the classic 1965 Renault 8 Gordini is now available in Europe ..... more

    • Chrysler Car Show, Geelong
      7th March, 2004
      Here's 25 pictures from the Annual Chrysler Car Show organised by Bay City Chrysler Car Club ..... more

    • Citroen C5
      12th March, 2004
      The 2004 Citroen C5 just became an even better proposition ..... more


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