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14th JULY, 2006

to our newsletter #64



The British International Motor Show, now relocated from Birmingham back to London, begins next week. There has already been considerable quantities of news from this particular show and there will be more next week. Curiously, though, the good folks at Chevrolet UK have drawn the world's longest bow. As you know, car companies can and do draw a long bow at times. But this time, Chevrolet UK must take the prize. They will be showing the new Daewoo sourced Captiva alongside a 1936 Chevrolet Suburban Carryall, which Chevrolet UK claim was the world's first cross-over vehicle! No further comment is required!

Even more curious is the news that both General Motors and Renault will explore prospects of expanding the successful alliance between Renault and Nissan to include the financially troubled GM. The talks are a direct result of one wealthy American investor lobbying both sides. Presumably, the motivation to suggest a GM/Renault/Nissan alliance is to improve the value of GM stock. Again, no further comment is required!

But the biggest news of all, from London, will be the highly anticipated announcement that the Chinese owners of MG will commence British production of the revived marque later this year. Of course, we'll have that and other news as promptly as we can publish it!

Locally, the big news about to break is the imminent release of the VE series Commodore sedans and wagons and the WM series Statesman and Caprice. Also very close, is the Australian release of the Volkswagen Golf R32.

Warm regards,
Stephen Walker

The Editor road testing a 
Suzuki Grand Vitara

The Editor road testing a
Suzuki Grand Vitara

Location: Martinsville NSW

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In this issue:

  • The Editor's Desk
  • Contents
  • What's Popular at Next Car
  • Rhema On The Road (check broadcast times and locations)
  • Road Test - Suzuki Grand Vitara
  • News summary
  • Editor's Pick Of The News
  • Coming Events - Australia and Overseas
  • Silly Suburban Signs - delete "Redgum Close"
  • Advertise with Next Car
  • Car Club Corner - new Motorfest 2006 (Sydney) images
  • Looking Back - 1936 Chevrolet Suburban Carryall
  • Road Test - Volkswagen Golf R32
  • Housekeeping


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In its market segment, the Grand Vitara is a stand-out winner, offering excellent value and providing a good drive, with real 4-wheel drive!

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    Hummer Racing Validate Hummer Capabilities
    30th April, 2006
    Off-road desert racing is possibly the most grueling form of motor racing in the world. Recognised around the globe by races like the Baja 1000 ..... more

    New Saab 9-5
    1st May, 2006
    The new Saab 9-5 combines bold, contemporary styling and more dynamic ride and handling, beginning a new chapter for this well established model ..... more

    BMW Announces 3-Year/Unlimited km Warranty
    1st May, 2006
    Effective today, 1st May 2006, all sales of new BMW and Mini vehicles will be covered by a new three-year/unlimited km factory warranty ..... more

    Six Speed Auto Boost for 407 HDi Models
    1st May, 2006
    A new high-tech six speed automatic transmission has been added to the latest Peugeot 407 HDi turbo diesel Sedan and Touring models ..... more

    Mitsubishi Ralliart Happy with Evo IX's Tarmac Debut in Targa Tasmania
    1st May, 2006
    Team Mitsubishi Ralliart has completed its first tarmac rally, the 2,100km Targa Tasmania, with its brand new Evolution IX Lancer displaying impressive speed and reliability ..... more

    Jayco's New Destiny
    1st May, 2006
    Jayco has again set industry benchmarks in design and quality with the recent launching of its new Destiny series of pop-top caravans ..... more

    Passat Number 14,000,000
    2nd May, 2006
    The 14th million Volkswagen Passat left the production line in Emden on Thursday 27th April, 2006 ..... more

    Citroen At England's Beaulieu
    2nd May, 2006
    A fascinating look into the world of Citroën has arrived at the Beaulieu National Motor Museum in England ..... more

    Team Mini Comes In At 24th/25th/48th In Targa
    2nd May, 2006
    Team Mini has burst onto the Australian motor sport scene securing a finish for all three cars at Targa Tasmania ..... more

    Evo IX Wins Showroom Class in Targa Tasmania
    2nd May, 2006
    A Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX has won the showroom car class at Australia's premier tarmac rally, Targa Tasmania ..... more

    Team Hummer Dominates At Terrible's Town 250
    3rd May, 2006
    In a sport where simply finishing the race is a victory, Team Hummer once again proved dominant with the Team Hummer H2 and H3 taking first-in-class finishes ..... more

    Volkswagen Beetle Art
    3rd May, 2006
    Just in case buyers thought the styling of the New Beetle and New Beetle Cabriolet wasn’t quite distinctive enough… Volkswagen in the UK has announced the introduction of a range of decals ..... more

    Audi RS 4 Unleashed on Australian Soil
    3rd May, 2006
    New from the ground up, the RS 4 is the top-of-the-range model in the A4 series, priced at $164,500 ..... more

    Ford Shelby GT500 Rated At 500 Horsepower
    3rd May, 2006
    The most powerful factory-built Mustang ever just got even more potent. Final certification testing of the Shelby GT500’s 5.4-litre supercharged V-8 shows it will produce 500 horsepower and 480 lb.-ft. of torque ..... more

    New features for the Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class
    3rd May, 2006
    The Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class will kick off model year 2007 with three newly developed engines, even better safety and a more extensive range of standard equipment ..... more

    Refined Volvo S60 With Sportier Profile
    3rd May, 2006
    The Volvo S60 is being further refined, with the sights firmly set on sharpening the sedan model’s already sporty profile ..... more

    Car Market Turns Down as Petrol Prices Bite
    3rd May, 2006
    Record petrol prices appear to be taking a toll on the new motor vehicle market according to official figures released today by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries ..... more

    Mitsubishi 380 Improves Market Position
    4th May, 2006
    Mitsubishi Motors has maintained its market share in a tough April car market, while the 380 continued its gradual climb in the large car segment by recording a significant jump in market share from 10% to 12% during the last month ..... more

    Prince Albert unveils Caparo T1 at Monaco
    4th May, 2006
    Prince Albert II unveiled the exclusive Caparo T1 following the official opening of the prestigious Top Marques show held in Monaco, last month ..... more

    Aston Martin Reveals DBS
    4th May, 2006
    Details of the new DBS remain top secret, although Aston Martin Design Director, Marek Reichman, said: “This car encapsulates a link between our elegant DB9 road car and the powerful DBR9 race car ..... more

    Ferrari Challenge Heads to Silverstone
    5th May, 2006
    This weekend (5th, 6th and 7th May 2006) the Ferrari Challenge Trofeo Pirelli starts the European Championship at the home of British motor sport in Silverstone ..... more

    Volvo C70 - "Two in One"
    5th May, 2006
    The Volvo C70 design team, headed by Fredde Talsma, first developed the C70 as a sporty coupe before removing the roof to develop a convertible ..... more

    Ford Australia Announces Major New Projects
    5th May, 2006
    Ford Australia has announced a new strategic direction for the company, including significant investment in new projects and accompanying facilities, totalling more than $1.8 billion (AUD) over the next decade ..... more

    DKW Monza Celebrates 50 years at Mille Miglia
    5th May, 2006
    Audi Tradition’s famed DKW Monza post-war racer will make a return to the race circuit next weekend at Italy’s Mille Miglia, fifty years after it first hit the road ..... more

    Land Rover Discovery Navigates Hercules Aircraft
    5th May, 2006
    The sky's no longer the limit for Land Rover North America as an LR3 (Discovery 3 in Australia) has accomplished something no vehicle has ever done before ..... more

    Cayman S Nominated “World Performance Car”
    5th May, 2006
    The mid-engined coupe from Porsche, which was introduced to the market last November, has been nominated “World Performance Car” of 2006 ..... more

    The 365-Days-a-Year-Cabriolet - VW Eos
    6th May, 2006
    After more than one million VW convertibles - Beetle, Karmann Ghia, Golf and New Beetle series - the new Eos takes off to a flying start this month in Germany ..... more

    Britain Prepares For The Clio Renaultsport 197
    7th May, 2006
    Fans of the hot hatch faced a period of discontent when the Clio Renaultsport 182 ceased production last year to make way for the all-new Clio Renaultsport ..... more

    Pininfarina Starts Production Of Colt CZC
    7th May, 2006
    A little over a year after Mitsubishi Motors Europe B.V. (MME), and Pininfarina S.p.A. announced their agreement covering the design, development and production of a convertible version of Colt ..... more

    Alfa Romeo 159 Arrives In June
    7th May, 2006
    Alfa Romeo has announced that its all-new 159 sports sedan will be launched in Australia on 1st June 2006 ..... more

    The new generation E-Class
    7th May, 2006
    After four years in production and around a million vehicles sold, Mercedes-Benz presented the new generation of its E-Class at last month's New York Motor Show ..... more

    KYB Steers Aston Martin Racing
    8th May, 2006
    KYB is continuing to support the Aston Martin Racing team with its Electronic Power Steering (EPS) system in 2006, as part of a three year technical partner sponsorship deal ..... more

    Antonov demonstrates two speed supercharger
    8th May, 2006
    The world’s first two speed supercharger drive system to enter series production will be demonstrated by Antonov, the automotive technology company, at the Engine Expo in Stuttgart, Germany this week ..... more

    Zagato Reveal The Ferrari Villa D'Este 2006
    8th May, 2006
    Zagato, is celebrating the 50th anniversary of one of its all-time classics, the 1956 Ferrari 250 GTZ, by building a 2006 re-interpretation ..... more

    Mitsubishi Enters Transiberico Rally
    8th May, 2006
    The Mitsubishi Ralliart Team will be bidding to continue its unbeaten start to the 2006 season, when they tackle the Transiberico Rally ..... more

    Production Celebration at Volkswagen Slovakia
    8th May, 2006
    Volkswagen Slovakia, a.s. in Bratislava has produced the two hundred fifty thousandth Touareg ..... more

    Mazda Records Strong Share Despite Weakening Market
    8th May, 2006
    Mazda Australia finished April with a strong market share of 7.3 per cent according to VFACTS figures released last week ..... more

    Suzuki Australia Announces Dealer Of The Year
    9th May, 2006
    Suzuki Australia has announced the winners of the Suzuki Australia Automobile Dealer of the Year awards for 2005 ("DOTY" ?) ..... more

    Peugeot 206 - Now From $16,990 (RRP)
    9th May, 2006
    The Peugeot 206 XR 3-door variant has been added to the range, and at $16,990 (RRP) joins the five door, the 206 XR 5-door, which is priced at $17,990 (RRP) ..... more

    Rare Historic Cars Gather for ACO Centenary Races at Le Mans
    10th May, 2006
    Entries for the historic support races at this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours include some rarely seen historic gems ..... more

    Dakar 2007: Visa for adventure
    10th May, 2006
    Yesterday, the organisers of the Dakar Rally unveiled the main route of the 29th running of the event which began as the 'Paris to Dakar' ..... more

    GM Europe and Renault pursue cooperation on LCVs
    10th May, 2006
    The cooperation between General Motors Europe (GME) and Renault is taking a further step forward with the release of new van versions for the two brands ..... more

    Round Australia Re-Run – On the Home Stretch!
    10th May, 2006
    The ‘Peugeot Round Australia Re-Run’ is entering it’s final stage, with the field set to finish their four week long adventure in Sydney on Sunday 21st May ..... more

    GM's Antara Targets European Growth Market
    10th May, 2006
    Following the enthusiastic reaction to the Antara GTC crossover concept car at the Frankfurt Motor Show 2005, GM launches, in Europe, later this year, the five-door production version of the new Antara ..... more

    Mansell To Make His Goodwood Debut
    11th May, 2006
    Former F1 Champion Nigel Mansell has confirmed that he will make his debut appearance at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed on 7th-9th July, at the Goodwood Circuit in England ..... more

    Volkswagen TSI Claims International Engine Of The Year Award
    11th May, 2006
    The new engine concept featuring twin-charging with a supercharger and turbocharger has impressed experts from across the globe: the new 1.4-litre TSI 170 PS engine claimed two accolades at the International Engine of the Year Awards 2006 ..... more

    Porsche Carrera GT Production Ends
    11th May, 2006
    The manufacture of the most successful super car in history came to an end on Saturday 6th May, 2006, when the final Carrera GT rolled out of the Porsche production facility in Leipzig, Germany ..... more

    Suzuki Motor Corporation Achieves Record High Net Sales
    11th May, 2006
    For the seventh consecutive year (fiscal April 05 - March 06), Suzuki Motor Corporation has recorded an increase in net sales, to achieve an impressive result of 2,746,453 million yen (approx $32.8 billion AUD) ..... more

    BMW Concept Car Unveiled At Mille Miglia
    12th May, 2006
    BMW has unveiled a brand new concept car prior to the 2006 Mille Miglia. With hints of one of BMW’s most famous racing cars, the BMW 328 ..... more

    Land Rover Celebrates The Queen's 80th At Royal Windsor
    12th May, 2006
    Starting yesterday The Royal Windsor Horse Show (11th – 14th May, 2006), in partnership with Land Rover, will be continuing the Queen's 80th birthday celebrations ..... more

    Nissan Adds Dual Airbags to Patrol Cab/Chassis Range
    12th May, 2006
    Nissan will add dual airbags to models in the Patrol Cab Chassis range from October. This additional safety feature upgrades the Patrol Cab Chassis to a specification standard its main competitors can’t match ..... more

    The new Fiat, Peugeot, Citroën vans unveiled
    12th May, 2006
    This new generation of commercial vehicles sets new standards in terms of range variety, load capacity, performance, comfort and running costs ..... more

    The New Mercedes-Benz Museum
    14th May, 2006
    The only museum in the world able to present the 120-year history of the automotive industry from day one will open its doors on Thursday 18th May, 2006 in Stuttgart ..... more

    New Boss To Drive FPV Into The Future
    14th May, 2006
    Ford Performance Vehicles has confirmed the appointment of Mr Sak Ryopponen to the position of Managing Director effective, 6th June, 2006 ..... more

    Century Of Vauxhall Heritage
    14th May, 2006
    To coincide with the Luton Festival of Transport and over 100 years of being based in the town, Vauxhall is holding its annual open day at its Heritage Centre in Luton, on Sunday 11th June 2006 ..... more

    Citroen At Madrid Motor Show
    14th May, 2006
    Citroën has chosen the Madrid Motor Show to unveil its C-Buggy off-road concept and a 173BHP HDi diesel engine for C5 and a 6-speed gearbox for the C4 ..... more

    Maserati at the 24 hours of Nürburgring
    14th May, 2006
    Maserati has announced that it will participate in the next "24 Hours of Nürburgring", which will be held on 17th June, at the legendary Nordschleife track ..... more

    Podium for Aston Martin Racing in Houston
    14th May, 2006
    Aston Martin Racing recorded a podium finish at the second round of the American Le Mans Series in Houston, Texas ..... more

    Audi R8 makes a winning comeback in USA
    15th May, 2006
    Dindo Capello (Italy) and Allan McNish (Scotland) extended their American Le Mans Series lead in their "factory” Audi R8 at the inaugural Grand Prix in Houston (Texas) ..... more

    GM Opens New European Design Centre
    15th May, 2006
    As part of General Motors’ continued focus on further strengthening product development, it, last week, opened a new European Design Centre in Rüsselsheim ..... more

    Bill Ford's Speech To Shareholders
    15th May, 2006
    When Bill Ford speaks, shareholders listen ..... and so do others. Here's his speech from last week ..... more

    All-New Jeep Commander Arrives
    16th May, 2006
    The all-new Jeep Commander has arrived in Australia, initiating the expansion of the Jeep vehicle line-up ..... more

    Evolution IX Going For Glory In WA
    16th May, 2006
    The ARC is already regarded as the premier national championship for showroom-class rally cars in the world and statistical analysis after this year's first round in Canberra points to just 14 seconds between the three main competing vehicle makes ..... more

    75th Anniversary Of Iconic ’32 Ford
    16th May, 2006
    A display of the 75 most significant ’32 Ford hot rods of all time will launch next year’s 75th anniversary of the celebrated 1932 Ford, a car known for its innovative engine and bold design ..... more

    Caterham Build For The Future With Ford Sigma
    17th May, 2006
    Caterham Cars has confirmed that the legendary Seven sports car will be powered by Ford Sigma engines from the end of 2006 ..... more

    Upgraded Defender For 2007
    17th May, 2006
    Customer demand for the iconic Defender will see Land Rover release details of a new model for 2007 later this year ..... more

    BMW Group Sets Ambitious Goals for the Future
    17th May, 2006
    The BMW Group has used its Annual General Meeting to announce the company’s strong start to the new business year ..... more

    Audi’s RS 4 Family is Now Complete
    17th May, 2006
    AUDI AG is this week launching, in Europe, its new RS 4 Avant and Cabriolet models, the latest high-performance products from quattro GmbH ..... more

    DRIF6 Confirmed for Competition
    17th May, 2006
    Ford Performance Vehicles has today confirmed it will support the competitive debut of its DRIF6 concept car in the opening round of the Drift Australia national championship ..... more

    Summary of Honda's CEO Mid-Year Speech
    17th May, 2006
    Honda announced specific plans and initiatives which will enable Honda to accelerate its efforts to strengthen the core characteristics that make Honda unique ..... more

    Specification Upgrade for Viano
    18th May, 2006
    The Mercedes-Benz Viano, which was first released in Australia mid last year, is now equipped with additional standard features ..... more

    Europe's Corsa Uncovered!
    18th May, 2006
    The new Corsa is slightly longer and wider than the current car (which was sold in Australia as the Holden Barina until late last year) ..... more

    Mazda Opens New Proving Ground
    18th May, 2006
    Mazda held an opening ceremony today to mark the start of operations of its new vehicle testing ground - named the Mine Proving Ground ..... more

    Special Edition Falcon Utes Loaded With Value
    19th May, 2006
    Four special edition Falcon Utes go on sale this month, each loaded with a range of additional features ..... more

    New Mercedes-Benz SL Ready
    19th May, 2006
    Four years on from its launch in Australia, the Mercedes-Benz SL-Class, has undergone a number of enhancements ..... more

    Jaguar S-TYPE Diesel
    19th May, 2006
    The arrival of the twin-turbo AJD-V6 engine means that, for the first time, S-TYPE buyers will be able to choose diesel power as an alternative to the existing petrol 3.0 V6, 4.2 V8 and 4.2 V8 supercharged engine options ..... more

    Audi's 117th Annual General Meeting
    19th May, 2006
    “International competition in the car industry is tough and we car manufacturers have to live according to the principle of ‘push them out before you get pushed out yourself.’ The fact that Audi is so well positioned is the result of a product and brand strategy geared to the long term,” ..... more

    Mitsubishi Re-Positioning Has Desired Effect
    19th May, 2006
    Mitsubishi's range re-positioning has had the desired effect, with a reported increase in showroom traffic, and industry expert Redbook revising residuals upwards for two of the marque's volume products ..... more

    Pole position for Aston Martin at Mid-Ohio
    19th May, 2006
    Tomas Enge has pole position in the GT1 class for today's third round of the American Le Mans Series at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio ..... more

    Audi extends American Le Mans Series lead
    22nd May, 2006
    Audi will return to American Le Mans Series action in six weeks time leading the LM P1 class following a third consecutive maximum score ..... more

    Aston Martin Takes 3rd & 4th in Mid-Ohio
    22nd May, 2006
    Two safety car periods fell unkindly for Aston Martin Racing at the third round of the American Le Mans Series at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course ..... more

    Porsche to build Panamera in Leipzig
    22nd May, 2006
    The Panamera, which is under development and scheduled for release in 2009, involves significant further investment and expansion to the Leipzig facility ..... more

    Lancer Evo IX Takes A Third At Forest Rally
    22nd May, 2006
    The Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX driven by Pedder with Weston won two of the seven stages in the second heat around Nannup and was second in three others ..... more

    Jaguar's Ian Callum Wins Jim Clark Award
    23rd May, 2006
    Jaguar Director of Design Ian Callum has been honoured with the Jim Clark Memorial Award ..... more

    Porsche to launch 2.7-litre Cayman
    23rd May, 2006
    Following the successful introduction of the Cayman S, Porsche will soon introduce to Australia a new version of the sports coupe, simply called Cayman ..... more

    BMW 1 Series Diesel
    24th May, 2006
    The 2.0-litre fitted in the 120d is the first four-cylinder diesel BMW has offered in Australia ..... more

    New Audi Q5 Confirmed For 2008
    24th May, 2006
    The new Q5 will start rolling off the Ingolstadt production line in 2008 ..... more

    New Director For Saab Australia and New Zealand
    24th May, 2006
    Saab has announced the appointment of Parveen Batish to the role of Director – Saab Australia and New Zealand ..... more

    Jeep Celebrate 65th Anniversary
    24th May, 2006
    Jeep is celebrating 65 years with a 65 day sale, offering free GPS navigation across its range and special pricing on selected models ..... more

    Peugeot Round Australia Re-Run Won By Brian Ward
    24th May, 2006
    The Peugeot Round Australia Re-Run finished in Sydney on Sunday, with the entire field of over 60 classic cars completing the one-month journey, that saw them drive some 12,000 kms around Australia ..... more

    Vauxhall's Astra TwinTop Released In England
    28th May, 2006
    The right hand drive version of this new model was released in England last Friday ..... more

    2007 Range Rover Gets A New V8 Diesel
    28th May, 2006
    The Range Rover gets an all-new V8 diesel engine and a series of other significant enhancements for the 2007 model year ..... more

    Fiat Truckster & New Ducato
    28th May, 2006
    Fiat Auto has taken the wraps off its new Fiat Ducato at the Madrid Motor Show and has also revealed the Truckster ..... more

    The Opening of Mercedes-Benz World
    28th May, 2006
    Günther H. Oettinger and Dieter Zetsche opened Mercedes-Benz World on Friday 19th May, 2006 ..... more

    New Kia Carens Makes Debut In Spain
    28th May, 2006
    The all-new Kia Carens compact MPV made its world premiere at the Madrid Motor Show on Friday ..... more

    New High-Performance Lotus Coming in 2008
    28th May, 2006
    This car, which is expected to enter production in mid-2008 will be positioned at the higher end of the Lotus range and will occupy the sector vacated by the Lotus Esprit ..... more

    VW's Golf GTI Edition 30 Study
    29th May, 2006
    A week ago, Volkswagen introduced the Golf GTI Edition 30, a new study to mark the 30th anniversary of the GTI at the Golf Record Day in the Veltins Arena in Schalke ..... more

    Professional Package For BMW 5-Series
    29th May, 2006
    BMW continues to expand its offerings with the announcement of an additional option package for the six-cylinder and V8-powered range of 5 Series cars ..... more

    The new Porsche 911 GT3 RS
    30th May, 2006
    The GT3 RS promises to provide the most “race car-like” experience of the three high-horsepower 911 models when it goes on sale in Australia in 2007 priced at $299,900 ..... more

    Kombi Beach
    30th May, 2006
    The very word 'Kombi' represents, by perception, freedom, style, travel adventures and old-fashioned fun with family and friends ..... more

    Suzuki's New Grand Vitara Trekker
    8th June, 2006
    Suzuki Australia has launched an exciting new limited edition Grand Vitara Trekker, which combines stylish design and the vehicle's all round 4 x 4 performance with an extensive list of features as standard ..... more

    B 180 CDI Joins The B-Class Line-Up
    8th June, 2006
    Mercedes-Benz’ first compact diesel, the new B 180 CDI, has now arrived in dealerships across Australia to help increase demand for the B-Class ..... more

    Ford Delivers a New Way to Escape
    8th June, 2006
    Ford Australia has pulled back the covers on the new ZC series Escape SUV, boasting fresh exterior styling, a more luxurious and convenient interior package and upgraded powertrains for improved driving quality ..... more

    The 300C Diesel Is Now Available In Australia
    9th June, 2006
    Chrysler has bolstered its engine lineup for the 300C with the introduction of an all-new diesel power unit ..... more

    Volkswagen Caddy Life
    9th June, 2006
    New Caddy Life is the ingenious people mover built on Volkswagen's acclaimed Caddy platform. Caddy Life can seat up to seven adults comfortably with ample headroom ..... more

    Holden EFIJY Meets The Originals!
    9th June, 2006
    The 21st Century hot rod re-invention of Australia’s historic car icons today met its ancestors outside Holden’s Port Melbourne headquarters ..... more

    Blitzen Pricing Revealed
    11th June, 2006
    Subaru has announced pricing of the limited edition Liberty Blitzen, the 3.0 litre special edition now on sale ..... more

    Revisions for Honda Accord
    11th June, 2006
    The Honda Accord has received some styling changes and equipment upgrades ..... more

    BMW Z4 Coupé Priced to Thrill
    11th June, 2006
    BMW Group Australia will endeavour to set the Coupé market alight with its new Z4 3.0si and M Coupé models when they arrive late in the third quarter of 2006 ..... more

    Changes For Mitsubishi Outlander
    12th June, 2006
    Mitsubishi's Outlander compact AWD wagon has had some specification revisions as part of its final upgrade before the new model arrives later in the year ..... more

    Suzuki APV Receives Significant Upgrade
    12th June, 2006
    Suzuki's APV has received an upgrade further contributing to the versatility and appeal of the commercial van, making it an ideal choice for small business ..... more

    Alfa Romeo 159: Now in Australia
    12th June, 2006
    The Alfa Romeo 159 is now on sale in Australia. It heralds the arrival of a range of new cars that will arrive here over the next six months ..... more

    Maserati MC12 Corsa
    13th June, 2006
    The MC12 Corsa has been developed from the MC12 GT1 type which won the 2005 FIA GT Manufacturers Cup. It will be used exclusively on track during private test sessions ..... more

    Special Series of the Mercedes SLK 55 AMG
    13th June, 2006
    The two-seater is now even sportier: Mercedes AMG has developed an exclusive and distinctly puristic special series which sets new standards in driving dynamics ..... more

    Jaguar's Supercharged XKR To Debut Next Month
    13th June, 2006
    Jaguar's new supercharged sports car will make its global debut in the UK at the British International Motor Show, next month ..... more

    Production Begins of New Audi TT Today
    14th June, 2006
    Audi Hungaria is continuing its success story as the start of production commenced for the second generation Audi TT Coupé ..... more

    Peugeot 907 At Goodwood Festival Of Speed
    15th June, 2006
    The Peugeot 907 – a V12 GT coupé concept, which made its debut at the 2004 Paris Motor Show – is making its UK debut at the prestigious Goodwood Festival of Speed ..... more

    Britain's Astra Gains Panoramic Windscreen
    15th June, 2006
    In the UK, the Astra Sport Hatch is now available with a Panoramic windscreen ..... more

    Aston Martin's Weekend of Endurance Racing
    15th June, 2006
    Aston Martin will be celebrating a weekend of endurance racing when the marque contests both the 24-hour Nurbringring race and the 24 Heures du Mans ..... more

    Astra SRi Turbo Roars Back Down Under
    16th June, 2006
    The new generation of Holden’s four-cylinder performance hero, the Astra SRi Turbo coupe, will roar into Australian showrooms later this month ..... more

    PT Cruiser Cabrio Arrives In Australia
    16th June, 2006
    Chrysler has expanded the appeal of one of motoring’s coolest cars launching, in Australia, the 4-seat PT Cruiser Cabrio ..... more

    Ford Confirms Mexican Investment
    18th June, 2006
    Ford Motor Company confirmed, on Friday 16th June, 2006, an intent to invest in and strengthen its 81-year-old manufacturing presence in Mexico as part of the company’s North American Way Forward plan ..... more

    Jeep Compass To Grow Brand in a New Direction
    18th June, 2006
    Compass will be the Jeep brand's first front-wheel-drive-based product with a fully independent suspension for comfortable on-road ride and handling and fun-to-drive characteristics ..... more

    Peugeot Announces V12 Diesel for the 908
    19th June, 2006
    Peugeot has announced its decision to take up a new technological challenge in 2007: to win one of the most prestigious and most demanding motor races in the world, the Le Mans 24 Hours, with a car powered by an diesel engine, equipped with a diesel particulate filter system ..... more

    Audi R10 Diesel Triumphs at Le Mans
    19th June, 2006
    AUDI has written an important chapter in the history of motor racing with its historic triumph in the Le Mans 24 Hour race. The new Audi R10 TDI was the first diesel car to win, arguably, the toughest car race in the world ..... more

    Holden Astra Diesel Arrives
    19th June, 2006
    Australia ’s biggest-selling European imported car, the Holden Astra, is now available in two turbocharged diesel five-door hatches ..... more

    Top 10 Finish For Aussie Porsche At Nurburgring
    20th June, 2006
    A top 10 finish on debut by a private Porsche entry from Australia was one of the standout performances in this year’s running of the famous Nurburgring 24 hour endurance race in Germany for production-based race cars ..... more

    Honda Recalls Odyssey
    20th June, 2006
    Honda Motor Co has issued a safety recall for Odyssey, CR-V and Step Wagon models manufactured between October 1994 and May 1997 ..... more

    Mazda MX-5 with Retractable Hard Top
    21st June, 2006
    Mazda Motor Corporation will use the 2006 British International Motor Show for its global reveal of the new Mazda MX-5, now equipped with a power retractable hard top roof ..... more

    ESP Standard For New Holden VE & WM Sedans
    21st June, 2006
    The next generation of Australia ’s best selling car, the Holden Commodore, will be the first locally built range with the acclaimed safety technology Electronic Stability Programme (ESP) as standard ..... more

    New BMW M6 Convertible
    21st June, 2006
    The world-famous division of BMW, M GmbH follows its tradition of producing ultra-performance luxury vehicles by introducing its latest variant - the new BMW M6 Convertible ..... more

    New Ford Territory Turbo
    21st June, 2006
    "The Territory turbo range of vehicles continues the innovation and groundbreaking development associated with the original Territory programme," said Ford Australia President, Tom Gorman ..... more

    Mitsubishi 380 Tops Its Class
    21st June, 2006
    Mitsubishi's sporty and agile 380 sedan has topped its class in the two topics of most interest to today's motorists - safety and economical running - in the last two days ..... more

    Jaguar XK Awarded Auto Express COTY
    22nd June, 2006
    Jaguar's new XK sports car has claimed the 'Car of the Year' award at the 2006 Auto Express New Car Honours ..... more

    Citroen C5 To Go Twin Turbo
    22nd June, 2006
    Citroen has released the first details of a new twin turbo diesel engine that will join its Australian range in early 2007 ..... more

    More Power For Porsche Boxster
    22nd June, 2006
    The Porsche Boxster and Boxster S will be given more power and torque for the 2007 model year ..... more

    Subaru Unveils RV Special
    23rd June, 2006
    Subaru Australia has added even more variety to the Impreza range, launching a special edition Impreza RV ..... more

    Now It's A BMW 3-Series Diesel
    23rd June, 2006
    Following the immense success of Audi and Peugeot diesel powered models in Australia, BMW now brings its turbo-diesel 3 Series sedans to the local market with the introduction of the 320d ..... more

    Chrysler Launches 300C Touring
    23rd June, 2006
    Chrysler has launched the wagon version of its 300C, with prices starting from $56,990 (RRP) ..... more

    Discovery 3 Honours Continue
    23rd June, 2006
    Land Rover Discovery 3 has scooped an Auto Express New Car Honour - in the 4x4 Off-Roader category - for the second year running, beating off tougher competition than ever ..... more

    Holden At The Sydney 4x4 Show
    23rd June, 2006
    The striking S3X concept car, a preview to Holden’s new Captiva set for Australia later this year, will be on display at the Sydney 4x4 Show commencing Friday 23rd June ..... more

    Peugeot 307 Hybride HDi Diesel
    23rd June, 2006
    Peugeot has extended its diesel hybrid technology programme, applying it to the popular, stylish and versatile 307 CC Hybride HDi, unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in February ..... more

    Land Rover's All-New Freelander 2
    25th June, 2006
    The all-new Land Rover Freelander 2, due for release in the UK later this year, redefines the compact premium 4x4 class. New from the ground up, Freelander 2 delivers outstanding on-road performance as well as the class-leading off-road ability of a Land Rover ..... more

    Survey Finds Civic Hybrid Cheapest to Run
    26th June, 2006
    The RACV’s 2006 Vehicle Operating Costs survey shows the cost of running a Honda Civic Hybrid is $169.34 a week, $24.57 less than the Toyota Prius ..... more

    Safety, Value Boost for New Mazda Tribute
    26th June, 2006
    Boasting a fresh look and a host of safety and mechanical upgrades Mazda’s new Tribute goes on sale next month priced from $31,990 ..... more

    The New BMW 3 Series Touring
    26th June, 2006
    The new BMW wagon offers a combination of driving dynamics, safety, passenger comfort and versatility in a car that is larger than its predecessor in every way, yet weighs less ..... more

    The 2007 Mercedes-Benz CL-Class
    27th June, 2006
    The launch of the new CL-Class in the northern autumn of 2006 will be the culmination of a Mercedes-Benz coupé tradition going back over 50 years ..... more

    Holden Leads With Ethanol Labelling
    28th June, 2006
    In a first for an Australian car manufacturer, GM Holden yesterday announced it would begin applying an "E10 suitable" label to its imported petrol-engined vehicles from 1st July, 2006 ..... more

    Petty To Drive ’72 Dodge Charger At Goodwood
    28th June, 2006
    Former NASCAR driver Richard Petty will drive a restored 1972 Dodge Charger race car on the famous hillclimb course at the Goodwood Festival of Speed ..... more

    Porsche Seeks An Increased Stake In VW
    28th June, 2006
    Porsche AG, Stuttgart, is intending to acquire a further 3.9 per cent of the ordinary shares of Volkswagen ..... more

    New Ford Focus Coupé-Cabriolet
    29th June, 2006
    The new Ford Focus Coupé-Cabriolet combines open air motoring with the comfort, stability and all-round practicality already associated with the Focus range ..... more

    Smart Stacker Celebrates its 21st
    29th June, 2006
    When the team assembling the Smart stacker had finished moving it into Henry Dean Plaza in Sydney last week, it was cause for celebration ..... more

    Hummer At British International Motor Show
    29th June, 2006
    Hummer will make its UK debut at the British International Motor Show at London’s ExCeL with a display featuring the legendary Hummer H2 and the new, midsize, Hummer H3 which is due to become available with right-hand drive during 2007 ..... more

    Honda Announces Civic Type S For Europe
    29th June, 2006
    Honda Motor Europe has announced the new Civic Type S, a 3-door hatchback which is the latest model in the transformation of Honda’s C-segment brand into a individual, sporty range ..... more

    Nissan’s Weekend Warrior
    30th June, 2006
    A small team of British Nissan development engineers working in their spare time have transformed a 350Z into a highly tuned ‘Saturday Special’. Called the GT-S, the supercharged super coupé is a performance-focused version of Nissan’s acclaimed ‘Z-‘car’ ..... more

    Rolls-Royce Expands Representation
    30th June, 2006
    Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has recently expanded its worldwide dealer network reflecting the continued success of the Phantom ..... more

    Chrysler Sebring For World Markets
    30th June, 2006
    The 2007 Chrysler Sebring is not the world's most attractive car, but it will be built in RHD which indicates it is likely to come to Australia ..... more

    Morgan AeroMax For Production
    30th June, 2006
    It is planned to produce a limited run of just 100 individually numbered cars, with production starting in January 2008 ..... more

    Dodge Challenger is a 'Go'
    2nd July, 2006
    America's Dodge Challenger will return to production after a nearly 35-year hiatus. The new Dodge Challenger will be launched in North America in 2008 ..... more

    Audi's New TT Coupé Just Launched
    2nd July, 2006
    Audi's latest generation TT Coupe sports car has just been launched in Europe. This brand new design and performance icon is expected to be launched in Australia in November 2006, priced from around $70,000 ..... more

    All-New Triton Tough One-Tonne Ute
    3rd July, 2006
    Mitsubishi Motors has released its all-new Triton four-wheel drive utility onto the Australian market with the promise that it retains all the attributes that the brand has been known for over the last 27 years - toughness, reliability, and the ability to "get the job done" ..... more

    New Look for Honda Odyssey
    3rd July, 2006
    Honda’s Odyssey family wagon receives a new look thanks to a mid-life facelift ..... more

    Fourth of July Celebrations for Chrysler Group
    3rd July, 2006
    The Chrysler Group will celebrate the 4th July having posted its 79,000th sale in Australia ..... more

    Land Rover To Make A Splash At Goodwood
    4th July, 2006
    Land Rover is to take part in the Goodwood Festival of Speed for the first time in the 4x4 manufacturer's 59 year history and is set to make a big impression on festival goers with a dramatic display of off-road action ..... more

    Mégane Phase II: Safety for All
    4th July, 2006
    Renault has released the latest generation of its Mégane range in a choice of three body types - Hatch, Sedan and Coupé-Cabriolet, plus the high performance Mégane Renault Sport versions - all of which feature a distinctive, individual personality and an increased level of safety equipment ..... more

    1.4 Million Km Wait For New Holden Diesel
    5th July, 2006
    The launch of Holden's new Astra turbo diesel cars lured a Queenslander out of the woodwork to upgrade his 22-year-old Holden Gemini diesel boasting a staggering 1.4 million kilometre life ..... more

    Mazda 3 MPS
    6th July, 2006
    With 190 kilowatts and 380 Newton meters of torque, the Mazda 3 MPS is ready to battle for a share of hot hatch market, which is lead by the brilliant Volkswagen Golf GTI ..... more

    BMW X3: Fresh Face, New Engines for 2007
    6th July, 2006
    BMW has re-invigorated its X3 range, with improved ergonomics, revised cabin and dashboard functions, as well as offering new magnesium aluminium VALVETRONIC six-cylinder petrol engines ..... more

    Mercedes-Benz GL-Class For November Release
    6th July, 2006
    Mercedes-Benz has confirmed that the GL-Class, their all new off-roader, will arrive in Australia in November. The V6 diesel GL 320 CDI and petrol GL 500 will be available at market launch with the GL 450 following in 2007 ..... more

    Commitment to Diesel a Priority for Audi
    7th July, 2006
    Following the launch this week of two new TDI models in Australia, German luxury carmaker, Audi, has announced that it will offer a diesel variant as part of its full 4-door model range ..... more

    Small Cars Drive Half Yearly Vehicle Sales
    10th July, 2006
    Strong sales of small cars have helped the automotive industry to an encouraging sales result in the first half of 2006 ..... more

    Saab Record Sales Result - Locally and Globally
    10th July, 2006
    Saab has become the fastest growing premium car brand in Australia this year ..... more

    Suzuki Grand Vitara Sales Break Record
    10th July, 2006
    Suzuki vehicles continue to experience unprecedented growth as the popular Japanese manufacturer and its latest model line-up win over Australian motorists ..... more

    Subaru Sales Records
    10th July, 2006
    Subaru achieved all-time record sales of 3,901 vehicles in June ..... more

    Falcon & Territory Head Ford June Sales
    10th July, 2006
    Sales of Ford's locally manufactured large car family – Falcon, Territory and Falcon Ute – have performed strongly during June, heading up a solid finish to the second quarter for Ford Australia ..... more

    Honda Sets All-Time Record
    10th July, 2006
    Honda smashed sales records in June, powering past 5,000 units for the first time to finish with an all-time record of 5,762 sales ..... more

    Mitsubishi Continues To Improve Its Market Position
    10th July, 2006
    Mitsubishi Motors has continued to improve its market position, with the release of the June sales results showing a 35% sales increase over the previous month ..... more

    Growing Line-up Extends Mercedes Appeal
    10th July, 2006
    Mercedes-Benz has recorded sales growth for the first half of this year ..... more

    Record Sales for Chrysler Group
    10th July, 2006
    The Chrysler Group have posted another record performance in June, achieving combined sales of 880 units - its best monthly sales result in over eight years ..... more

    London rules with world's fastest car
    11th July, 2006
    Currently priced at Euro 1.1m plus tax, the world's fastest car is powered by a W-16 1001 hp engine, it is capable of more than 250mph ..... more

    Caparo T1 For London Motor Show
    12th July, 2006
    The Caparo T1 will join a showcase of exotic vehicles in a ‘Super Car Paddock’ feature area at the British International Motor Show in London later this month ..... more

    Aston Martin Racing Prepares For Salt Lake
    12th July, 2006
    The Aston Martin Racing team are returning to the US to compete in the fifth round of the ALMS series to be held at Salt Lake City, Utah on 15th July ..... more

    Jaguar XKR
    12th July, 2006
    Jaguar will unveil its new supercharged sports car – the Jaguar XKR - next week, at the London Motor Show ..... more

    Audi A8 4.2 TDI Quattro Tiptronic
    12th July, 2006
    Priced at $210,000 (RRP), the A8 4.2 TDI quattro boasts 240kW and 650Nm and is a clear demonstration of how the Audi brand utilises its sporting technology for its road cars ..... more

    New Mazda 3
    12th July, 2006
    Mazda’s 3 sedan and hatch, has been upgraded, offering more safety and more refinement ..... more

    Smart Goes Electric
    13th July, 2006
    The Smart For Two (not the Smart Fort Wo as some may suspect) will be available as an electric version in the UK, it was announced yesterday ..... more

    One Million Renault Scenic IIs
    13th July, 2006
    The one millionth Scénic II has rolled off of the production line in Douai, France – less than three years since its launch ..... more

    One Millionth Ford Focus For London Motor Show
    13th July, 2006
    Sales of Britain's top-selling car have broken seven figures, with car number 1,000,000 scheduled for display at the London Motor Show next week ..... more

    Rolls-Royce Phantom Black
    13th July, 2006
    Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has hand built 25 Bespoke cars called Phantom Black ..... more

    Audi A4 3.0 TDI Quattro Tiptronic
    13th July, 2006
    A very sporty 3.0 TDI is now being offered for the Audi A4 sedan in Australia ..... more

    Safety And Security In New Volvo S80
    14th July, 2006
    Volvo introduces leading-edge personal security features in the all-new S80 luxury sedan ..... more

    Nissan to Introduce New Family of Global Cars
    14th July, 2006
    Nissan has announced it would release a new family of global cars over the next two years with sales of the first variant to start in China in late 2006 ..... more

    Taking the Holiday Road to Family Fun
    14th July, 2006
    Camper trailers for decades have been the first choice entry into recreational vehicles both because they offer a relatively low-cost ownership option and just as importantly families love them because they provide variable sleeping arrangements ..... more

    Subaru Liberty GT To Return
    14th July, 2006
    Subaru has confirmed the return of the all-wheel drive Liberty GT as part of its 2007 line-up ..... more

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The current Land Rover Freelander impresses me greatly, especially when fitted with automatic transmission. The news that the new model will debut in London next week, ahead of the British release later in the year confirms what we all already know. This top-seller (in the UK) has been around for awhile now and the successor will be well worthy of close scutiny.

Read the story ..... here.

Stephen Walker

Land Rover's All-New Freelander 2

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1936 Chevrolet Suburban Carryall

When the Chevrolet Suburban Carryall debuted, it brought with it a name that remains in the Chevrolet range even today (in the USA, Suburban was still a top seller in 2005) and it also introduced new ways of thinking to the motoring public.

Previously, a Station Wagon was a car built on a separate car or van chassis, with the rear bodywork usually constructed out of wood – but the Carryall was different. Capable of carrying eight passengers and their luggage, it featured an integral pressed steel body built on a rugged commercial vehicle chassis, making it ideal for carrying people in warmth and comfort through many different driving conditions.

Power came from a 3.3-litre straight six engine, fed to the rear wheels via a three-speed manual transmission with full syncromesh.

Originally targeted at taxi companies, or as hotel courtesy vehicles, the Suburban soon developed an identity of its own, as the world’s most versatile family car.

1936 Chevrolet Suburban Carryall

1936 Chevrolet Suburban Carryall

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