Australia's Easy Reading Motoring Website

12th OCTOBER, 2006

to our newsletter #65



Firstly, many thanks for your patience whilst you await this edition of our newsletter.

You will have noticed a considerable amount of activity by car makers around the world in recent months. As they jostle for what they see as their rightful position in the market place, car buyers are being tempted by an ever increasing range of irresistible offerings. This is making the lead up to our announcement of the "Top Drive of 2006" an exciting time. With so many cars on the market and with so little time, we're not even close to nominating the final few for our final deliberations. But with a car market offering plenty of brilliance (and lots of ordinary offerings), that final selection for our "Top Drive" will be highly anticipated. We've still got many contenders to sample over the coming months. Stand by for our now traditional announcement of the "Top Drive" on New Year's Eve.

We've changed the lay-out of our news and road test pages just recently. Additional changes are just around the corner as we prepare ourselves for the conclusion of our third year. When this automotive news outlet began publishing we were the lowest ranked and least read automotive news journal in the nation. But that hasn't been the case for a long, long time. Be prepared for further announcements in relation to this issue .... next year!

Warm regards,
Stephen Walker

The Editor road testing a 
Nissan 350Z

The Editor road testing a
Nissan 350Z

Location: Bolton Point NSW

Click the image for a clearer view

In this issue:

  • The Editor's Desk
  • Contents
  • Road Test - Ford Falcon XR6 (BF series)
  • Driving impressions - Volkswagen Polo
  • Rhema On The Road is now known as "Road Ramblings"
  • Road Test - Peugeot 407 HDi Touring
  • News summary
  • Editor's Pick Of The News
  • Coming Events - Australia and Overseas
  • Road Test - Holden Statesman (WL series)
  • Road Test - Mitsubishi Triton (MK series)
  • Advertise with Next Car
  • Road Test - Nissan Tiida ST-L
  • Looking Back - 1946 Volkswagen Beetle
  • Road Test - Holden Caprice (WL series)
  • Housekeeping

Ford Falcon (BF series) road test

Click the image for the road test

Ford Falcon (BF series)
road test

The BF Falcon is a pleasant car to drive and you can be sure I consider it 'normal' to drive a car such as the Falcon. The XR6, in particular, looks the part. Ford offer an exceptionally attractive range of colours to choose from. But there are many cars on the market which draw no criticism. When will we see a Falcon join that list?

Read our Ford Falcon (BF series) road test here.

Other road tests are here.


Please pass on this newsletter to family, friends and colleagues who have an interest in cars.
They are welcome to subscribe, if they wish.

Volkswagen Polo driving impressions

Click the image for our story

Volkswagen Polo
driving impressions

On the road, the Polo presents itself as a well composed car. The handling and ride is impressive. The braking and steering is superb. Performance is much as you expect.

Read our Volkswagen Polo driving impressions here.

Other road tests are here.

'Road Ramblings'


presented by Chris Goodsell, each Saturday on

94.3 Rhema FM Dubbo at 10 AM
89.7 Rhema FM Tamworth at 2 PM
106.5 Rhema FM Taree at 10AM and
101.9 Life FM Wagga Wagga at 2:30 PM

105.7 Rhema FM Mount Isa at 3 PM

And from 23/9/06
91.5 Cooloola Christian Radio Gympie Qld at 1 PM

Listen to "Road Ramblings" on the web at:

Rhema On The Road

Peugeot 407 HDi Touring road test

Click the image for the road test

Peugeot 407 HDi Touring
road test

You can be sure I enjoyed the road hugging capabilities of this particular car; it is a driver's car with family capabilities.

Read our Peugeot 407 HDi Touring road test here.

Other road tests are here.


    Mitsubishi Revises Colt Range
    16th July, 2006
    Mitsubishi has revised the Colt range with the release of a manual transmission across all models. Colt now offers exceptional value from money from just $15,990 (RRP) ..... more

    AMG styling for the new Mercedes-Benz CL-Class
    16th July, 2006
    For the new CL-Class, Mercedes-AMG has developed two AMG optional extras: an AMG bodystyling package and expressive 19-inch AMG light-alloy wheels with mixed-width tyres ..... more

    Holden Shakes Up Commodore Range
    17th July, 2006
    The all-new VE Commodore sees a realignment to Holden’s large passenger car range ..... more

    Peugeot Introduces the 407 ‘SV’ HDi
    18th July, 2006
    The 407 SV HDi, a new top-of-the-line model (available as a sedan or ‘Touring’), features the ground breaking 2.7 litre twin-turbo V6 diesel that recently debuted in the stunning 407 Coupe ..... more

    Dodge Caliber Earns top Safety Ratings
    18th July, 2006
    The Dodge Caliber, the vehicle which will launch the brand’s Australian return, has received the highest ratings for frontal-impact crash protection ..... more

    Ford Unveils Coolest Car At The London Motor Show
    18th July, 2006
    Ford today celebrates the success of the Ford Focus – the UK 's most popular car – with the unveiling of a unique new model sure to melt the hearts of show goers ..... more

    Renault Launches the New Clio Campus
    19th July, 2006
    On sale now, the Clio Campus is priced from $18,990* for the five-speed manual version and $21,490* for the automatic transmission ..... more

    Audi R10 TDI Takes On Fighter-Jet
    19th July, 2006
    To demonstrate the enormous potential of TDI Power, the Le Mans-winning R10 has gone head-to-head with the famous Harrier GR7 "Jump Jet" as part of the Goodwood Festival of Speed ..... more

    Volkswagen Joins Clean Energy Partnership
    19th July, 2006
    Volkswagen has joined the Clean Energy Partnership. The world’s most versatile hydrogen demonstration project for emission free mobility ..... more

    BMW Announces Pricing for 3 Series Coupés
    19th July, 2006
    The 3 Series Coupés will arrive in dealers in October in 325i and 335i six-cylinder guise ..... more

    Holden Announces Pricing For New Commodore
    19th July, 2006
    Holden has released pricing for the all-new wagon-less VE series Holden Commodore range ..... more

    Land Rover Reveals All-New Freelander 2
    20th July, 2006
    Land Rover's all-new Freelander 2 has made its world debut at the British International Motor Show at ExCeL in London's Docklands ..... more

    Mazda MX-5 Roadster Coupe Debuts In London
    20th July, 2006
    The MX-5 Roadster Coupe goes on sale in Australia in October and will be priced at less than $50,000 ..... more

    Jaguar Debuts Three New Models In London
    20th July, 2006
    At this week's British International Motor Show, Jaguar unveiled three new models, the XKR, the new XJ Long Wheelbase Diesel and the XJR Portfolio ..... more

    Porsche 911 range continues to expand
    21st July, 2006
    The Porsche 911 range is set to expand further with the introduction of the new 911 Targa 4 and 4S models later this year ..... more

    Mitsubishi Refreshes Grandis People-Mover
    21st July, 2006
    Mitsubishi has refreshed its Grandis people-mover line-up with the renaming of its entry model, and the introduction of a new VRX model ..... more

    Trackside With Mazda At London Motor Show
    21st July, 2006
    Throughout the fortnight of the show, visitors will be able to enjoy a unique driving experience, piloting a Mazda RX-8 PZ and Mazda MX-5 on a purpose-built Driving Dynamics Test Track ..... more

    Caparo Prepares For Market
    21st July, 2006
    Caparo Vehicle Technologies has appointed Cars International, based at Canary Wharf in the heart of London, as its first dealer ..... more

    Ferrari Panamerican 20,000
    21st July, 2006
    After the success of last year’s “Ferrari 15,000 Red Miles” tour of China by two 612 Scagliettis driven by a team of international journalists, Ferrari has announced another challenge for this year, the Panamerican 20,000 ..... more

    Aston Martin's Project 30,000
    21st July, 2006
    Hours after a V8 Vantage completed a gruelling 24 hours at the Nürburgring, 30 Aston Martin employees marked a significant milestone for the company by taking to the wheel of another Vantage and completing 30,000 miles in 30 days ..... more

    Lotus Europa S
    21st July, 2006
    The new Lotus Europa S, a Grand Tourer (GT) inspired two-seater, will provide Lotus customers a sports car with significantly enhanced levels of touring and cruising capability ..... more

    Audi S8 for Keke Rosberg
    23rd July, 2006
    Former Formula 1 Champion Keke Rosberg used the opportunity of the Norisring race to pick up his new car in Ingolstadt ..... more

    Kia's New European Car
    23rd July, 2006
    Kia Motors Corporation issued the first photographs of its all-new European car – code named ‘ED’ – at the British International Motor Show in London ..... more

    Fiat 500 to enter Guinness Book of Records
    23rd July, 2006
    The Fiat 500 has qualified for The Guinness Book of Records, as more than 750 Cinquecentisti provided the world’s longest one model traffic jam ..... more

    Volkswagen Golf R32 Arrives In Australia
    23rd July, 2006
    The 184 kW Golf R32 with its individual looks and standard all-wheel drive represents Volkswagens second venture into the segment of high-power compact and midrange vehicles ..... more

    XC90 Sport – a new version of Volvo’s SUV
    24th July, 2006
    Volvo Car Corporation is expanding the XC90 range with a new variant – the Volvo XC90 Sport ..... more

    Two New Models for Mercedes M-Class
    24th July, 2006
    Mercedes-Benz has confirmed the M-Class, will be joined by the entry level V6 diesel ML 280 CDI and the range-topping ML 63 AMG in October ..... more

    100 Million Nissans
    24th July, 2006
    Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., today announced it reached a new milestone in June with the production of its 100 millionth vehicle ..... more

    Holden VE: Fuel Economy Figures
    24th July, 2006
    GM Holden today released fuel economy figures for its all-new VE series Commodore sedan range ..... more

    Volvo C30
    25th July, 2006
    The C30's design is definitely distinct with two doors, four individual seats, and a glass tailgate ..... more

    Porsche 911 GT3 RSR to debut at Spa
    26th July, 2006
    The 997-based Porsche 911 GT3 RSR will make its world motor sport debut at the famous Spa 24 Hour race this Saturday, 29th July ..... more

    National Motor Museum News
    26th July, 2006
    Sunday 16th July 2006 saw the opening of a display by the Gawler Veteran, Vintage & Classic Vehicle Club at the National Motor Museum in Birdwood, SA ..... more

    Moving the Royal Mail
    27th July, 2006
    Moving the Mail: Horses to Horsepower is the latest exhibition from The British Postal Museum & Archive (BPMA). It traces the fascinating history of road transport in the postal service in the UK ..... more

    A Sinking Feeling For Mazda
    27th July, 2006
    Mazda has been advised that the Mitsui OSK Lines' Cougar Ace has ran into trouble off the Alaskan coast ..... more

    Australian Off Road Championship
    27th July, 2006
    Although two rounds of the Australian Off Road Championship (Mildura in August and Goondiwindi in October) are still to be contested, Mitsubishi is quietly confident that a sixth Class Seven title in a row is just about a certainty ..... more

    New Six-Speed Auto For V8 Commodores
    28th July, 2006
    General Motors’ electronically controlled six-speed automatic transmission will be offered in all V8 variants of the all-new VE Commodore range ..... more

    Open-Air Vehicles on the Rise
    28th July, 2006
    Mercedes-Benz is reinforcing its position as the world's leading supplier of convertibles and roadsters in the premium and luxury segment ..... more

    Nissan's New Global Light Truck Platform
    28th July, 2006
    Nissan Motor Co., Ltd, has developed a new global platform for light duty trucks (LDTs) on which the new Cabstar will be built ..... more

    Volkswagen increases deliveries
    30th July, 2006
    The Volkswagen Group sold more vehicles, substantially increased sales revenue and improved earnings in the first six months of 2006 ..... more

    Renault Sales Slip
    30th July, 2006
    In first-half 2006, the Renault group's world-wide sales declined by 3.2% on first-half 2005 to 1,315,351 units ..... more

    GM's Global Sales Grow as U.S. Market Stabilises
    30th July, 2006
    General Motors reported second quarter global sales (April - June) of 2,400,000 vehicles ..... more

    New Audi A4 Cabriolet Launched In Australia
    31st July, 2006
    The new Audi Cabriolet is priced at $83,400 (RRP) and $107,800 (RRP) for the 4-cylinder and V6 models respectively ..... more

    Mitsubishi Revises And Expands Colt Range
    31st July, 2006
    There's the introduction of a manual transmission across all models and the introduction of two new image products - the Colt Ralliart and the Colt Cabriolet ..... more

    Peter Schreyer To Head Kia Design Teams
    31st July, 2006
    Kia Motors Corporation announced today that it has appointed automotive industry designer Peter Schreyer to the new position of Chief Design Officer ..... more

    Mini Powers into the Next Generation
    1st August, 2006
    The full reveal of the next generation Mini is just one month away, but Mini has provided a sneak preview of the new car’s mechanical package ..... more

    VE Commodore: More Power, More Refinement
    1st August, 2006
    More power, more torque and more refinement are simple powertrain messages emphatically delivered by the new "VE" range of Holden Commodores ..... more

    C-Class: The Most Successful Benz
    1st August, 2006
    Since production began in spring 2000, worldwide over two million C-Class vehicles have been produced ..... more

    Russia's GAZ Buys LDV Group
    2nd August, 2006
    GAZ Group, from Russia, has acquired U.K. based automotive manufacturer LDV Group ..... more

    BMW 7 Series Luminance Edition
    3rd August, 2006
    BMW expands the 7 Series line-up, next month, by adding a "Luminance Edition" ..... more

    Jeep Jamboree in Queensland
    3rd August, 2006
    Hundreds of Jeep owners and their families around Australia are gearing up for the national event involving four days of four-wheel drive adventure ..... more

    Audi Unveils the New S3
    3rd August, 2006
    The top-of-the-range Audi A3 version is now ready to go, boasting 195 kW (188kW for Australia) and quattro permanent four-wheel drive ..... more

    Suzuki Launches Grand Vitara Prestige
    3rd August, 2006
    The 'Prestige' is an extension of the Grand Vitara range launched in August 2005 and compliments the existing variants which include the sporty 3 door with 1.6 litre engine and the 5 door variants available with a 2.0L engine or a 2.7litre V6 engine ..... more

    90,000th Jayco Rolls off the Assembly Line
    3rd August, 2006
    A camper trailer recently rolled off a Dandenong assembly line as the 90,000th Jayco built ..... more

    Holden To Continue VZ Wagon & Ute Production
    3rd August, 2006
    The current VZ series utes and wagons will be manufactured alongside the all-new VE Commodore and WM Statesman and Caprice for an unspecified period of time ..... more

    Subaru Advances Forester Line-Up
    4th August, 2006
    A factory-fitted rear roof spoiler and tinted UV glass on the rear passenger, quarter and back windows have been added to all XS and XT models ..... more

    C4 Picasso: Citroen's new MPV
    4th August, 2006
    Citroën will unveil the C4 Picasso in a world-premiere appearance at the 2006 Paris Motor Show. This new, innovative and compact seven-seater MPV is the natural extension of the marque's range ..... more

    Ford Takes On a Fuel Challenge
    4th August, 2006
    How much would it cost to drive a family sedan around mainland Australia? Ford Australia believes it can be done for approximately $1,000 in fuel costs ..... more

    Peugeot 207 Super 2000 Breaks Cover
    4th August, 2006
    The Peugeot 207 ‘R Cup’ Concept Car presented at the Geneva Motor Show in March gave clues to the future 207 Super 2000 ..... more

    England's Fourth Historic Motor Sport Show 2007
    6th August, 2006
    Europe's premier winter show for historic motor sport is back, at the same venue – Stoneleigh Park, near Coventry – but with a new date: 23rd-25th March, 2007 ..... more

    Hummer's Happy Meals!
    6th August, 2006
    It’s time to rev up the fun as Hummer rolls into McDonald’s American restaurants for a pint-sized promotion ..... more

    2007 British International Motor Show
    6th August, 2006
    Here's a round-up of the stories which related to last month's London Motor Show ..... more

    Fuel Prices And Model Changes Shape Car Market
    7th August, 2006
    Australian motor vehicle sales in July were down just 1.4 per cent despite record fuel prices ..... more

    Best July Sales in 9 Years for Chrysler Group
    7th August, 2006
    With 838 retails in July, sales were up 52 per cent over last year’s respective monthly result ..... more

    Subaru Sets July Sales Record
    7th August, 2006
    Subaru achieved record July sales of 2,763 vehicles, according to official VFACTS figures ..... more

    Honda Posts New Record
    7th August, 2006
    The record result sees Honda’s monthly market share climb to 7.2 per cent and year-to-date market share rise to 5.7 per cent ..... more

    July Result Signals New Product Push for Mazda
    7th August, 2006
    Mazda achieved record sales for the "2" in July whilst maintaining its Year-to-Date market share of 6.7 per cent according to the latest VFACTS figures ..... more

    Holden Delivers Its Smartest Commodore Yet
    8th August, 2006
    The 2006 Holden VE Commodore range will offer smart new technology which people want and will find easy to use ..... more

    Ford: Germany Restarts WRC Action
    8th August, 2006
    Following a two-month summer break, BP-Ford World Rally Team returns to competitive action on next week's Rallye Deutschland ..... more

    IIHS and NHTSA Recognise Volkswagen's Safety
    8th August, 2006
    Volkswagen of America, Inc. has announced that the four-door 2006 Rabbit (Golf) has been named a "Top Safety Pick-Silver" by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) ..... more

    Mitsubishi Continues To Beat Its Objectives
    8th August, 2006
    Mitsubishi Motors has continued to improve its business position, as well as exceed many of its business targets during July ..... more

    Lamborghini On Track For Best Year Ever
    9th August, 2006
    Worldwide sales increased during the first six months from 655 to 952 vehicles, 45% more than in the same period last year ..... more

    Subaru Confirms SI-Drive
    9th August, 2006
    Subaru has confirmed that premium versions of its 2007 Liberty and Outback models will feature the revolutionary SI-Drive system ..... more

    BMW's all-new X5
    9th August, 2006
    And now the new BMW X5 sets another benchmark for driving excellence with powerful eight- and six-cylinder engines, unique suspension ..... more

    Pebble Beach 2006
    10th August, 2006
    More than six decades after it faded from view after World War II, an icon of French racing has been rediscovered and will be unveiled at the 2006 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elégance ..... more

    Volkswagen 'Individual'
    10th August, 2006
    The most exclusive cars of Volkswagen Individual GmbH can be recognised by its own logo starting in the fourth quarter of 2006 ..... more

    Mazda to offer iPod adapter
    10th August, 2006
    Mazda has announced that it will introduce an iPod connection adapter. This is the first of its kind for any volume-selling model ..... more

    Ford Confirms Shelby GT As Part Of Product-Led Turnaround
    10th August, 2006
    New Shelby GT to go on sale in January across America as the newest member of the Mustang performance car stable ..... more

    Impreza WRX Club Spec 9 Lives
    10th August, 2006
    Subaru will release the special edition Impreza WRX Club Spec 9 in late August as the newest addition to its performance stable ..... more

    GM Will Build An All-New Chevrolet Camaro
    11th August, 2006
    GM chief Rick Wagoner announced overnight that GM will build an all-new version of the Chevrolet Camaro sport coupe for 2009 ..... more

    Nissan's Campaign for Fully Loaded Tiida
    11th August, 2006
    With savings of up to $2,250, the retail campaign makes all Tiida hatch and sedan variants outstanding value propositions ..... more

    Ford Announces New BF Falcon MkII
    11th August, 2006
    Ford Australia President Tom Gorman today announced details of the new BF Falcon MkII range, which will go on sale in October ..... more

    MRT Develops More Oomph for Evo IX
    11th August, 2006
    Well known for putting more sizzle into Subarus, MRT is now responding to the enquiries of EVO IX owners ..... more

    VE Commodore: Safety The Priority
    13th August, 2006
    Real world crash situations were considered at every phase of design, development and testing to ensure the new VE Commodore range was the safest Commodore yet ..... more

    Morgan To Unveil US Aero 8 at Pebble Beach
    13th August, 2006
    It will be unveiled, next weekend, during the Pebble Beach Concours and the Monterey Historic race meeting in California ..... more

    Suzuki Makes A Splash In Paris
    14th August, 2006
    Suzuki’s exhibit at the 2006 Paris Motor Show (28th September to 15th October) will include the following: the Swift Sport (European Specification) and the Splash concept car ..... more

    Honda Launches All-New Legend
    14th August, 2006
    Honda Australia has launched the new, fourth-generation, Legend sedan with the most powerful road-going Honda engine ever ..... more

    Peugeot 908 RC Set to Steal the Limelight
    14th August, 2006
    Peugeot always shines at the Paris Motor Show and with the unveiling of the 908 RC, Peugeot will certainly have the star of the show gracing its Motor Show stand in September ..... more

    Who’s Driving What at the Goodwood Revival 2006
    14th August, 2006
    The Goodwood Revival, set to take place this year on 1st-3rd September, relives the glory days of Goodwood Motor Circuit, which – along with Silverstone – was Britain’s leading racing venue during its active years between 1948 and 1966 ..... more

    New Initiative Makes Ford Dedicated LPG Vehicles an Even More Attractive Proposition
    15th August, 2006
    The Federal Government's contribution of $1,000 towards the purchase cost of a new factory-fitted LPG powered vehicle for private use has made Ford's range of dedicated LPG models an even more attractive proposition ..... more

    The New Mini
    15th August, 2006
    After building 800,000 examples, the entire car has been redesigned, yet Mini retains and authentically updates its key characteristic: its instantly recognisable style ..... more

    Change in Design Chief at Land Rover
    15th August, 2006
    Land Rover announced, yesterday, that its highly regarded Design Director, Geoff Upex, is to retire from the company at the end of 2006 after 23 years service ..... more

    Honda Australia 2005/06 Financial Results
    16th August, 2006
    Honda Australia has recorded a consolidated profit of $81 million after tax on revenue of $1.6 billion for the financial year ended 31st March, 2006 ..... more

    Audi Faces Tough Task Ahead In ALMS
    16th August, 2006
    Will the International Motor Sports Association drive Audi out of the American Le Mans Series? ..... more

    Hotting-up the Porsche Cayenne Turbo
    16th August, 2006
    The visually arresting TechArt Magnum is proof that 4x4s can outgun super cars in the power stakes ..... more

    Suzuki To Expand Production
    16th August, 2006
    Suzuki has announced that it will add a new manufacturing plant – with a capacity of 240,000 compact vehicles – to its Sagara facility at Makinohara-City, Shizuoka, Japan ..... more

    Chrysler's new American PT Cruiser Edition
    16th August, 2006
    Chrysler kicked off its participation in Detroit's annual Woodward Dream Cruise yesterday, making a splash with the introduction of the new Chrysler PT Street Cruiser Pacific Coast Highway Edition ..... more

    Mazda RX-8 Enters 24 hour Britcars Race
    17th August, 2006
    Mazda has taken the challenge to put three production Mazda RX-8 s through their paces with the second Silverstone Britcar 24 Hour Endurance Race in September ..... more

    Touareg V10 TDI Pushes New Diesel Trend in USA
    17th August, 2006
    The Touareg V10 TDI, a series production off-road vehicle, has reached the summit of Pikes Peak at 4,300 metres for the first time in the history of the legendary "Race to the Clouds" ..... more

    Ford Celebrates 75th Anniversary of Hot Rod
    17th August, 2006
    The year was 1932. The United States was reeling from the Great Depression. War loomed in Europe. Famine ravaged Russia. Yet hope and innovation were dawning ..... more

    Woodward Dream Cruise: General Motors
    17th August, 2006
    Milestone GM vehicles from every era, including the future, will be on display and on the road Saturday, 19th August, at America's 2006 Woodward Dream Cruise ..... more

    C-Class: In a Class of its Own for Value
    17th August, 2006
    Mercedes-Benz have announced with immediate effect the addition of $6,480 worth of equipment for $1,500 ..... more

    Cadillac CTS Reaches New Milestone
    18th August, 2006
    Taking home a new Cadillac is a special occasion for Americans (if not the rest of the world) and this was especially true last week for the Luyber family ..... more

    America's Saab Enthusiasts Head for the Adirondacks
    18th August, 2006
    Saab owners and enthusiasts will gather to celebrate their passion for their cars and the Saab brand at the 24th annual North American Saab Owners Convention ..... more

    Woodward Dream Cruise: Ford
    18th August, 2006
    At this year’s Woodward Dream Cruise, one of America's great motoring events, Ford Motor Company is celebrating the 75th anniversary of the quintessential hot rod, the ’32 Ford, also known as the "Deuce" ..... more

    Gordon Murray joins Caparo as Advanced Concepts Director
    18th August, 2006
    Vehicle light-weighting expert Gordon Murray has been appointed director of advanced concepts at Caparo Vehicle Products ..... more

    Caliber Signals the Return of Dodge
    18th August, 2006
    Dodge will attempt, with its return to Australia, to again secure a place in the nation's automotive industry by releasing the Dodge Caliber ..... more

    VW Eos Highway 1 Debuts At Pebble Beach
    20th August, 2006
    The Volkswagen Eos Highway 1 design study debuted, this weekend, at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance ..... more

    New cone laying machine
    21st August, 2006
    A new machine to improve safety and reduce congestion at road works on high-speed roads was unveiled, in England ..... more

    LPG Challenge on Track to Achieve $1,000 around Australia Target
    21st August, 2006
    Ford's LPG Challenge arrived in Brisbane yesterday (Sunday 20th August) after covering more than 11,700 kilometres and spending only $851.95 on fuel ..... more

    BMW 335i sedan coming in December
    21st August, 2006
    BMW is to bring the new twin turbo 335i sedan to Australia ..... more

    Honda and London Police in Hybrid Deal
    21st August, 2006
    Honda has teamed up with London’s Police in the country’s biggest ever hybrid car fleet deal ..... more

    Disappointment for Aston Martin Racing at Road America
    21st August, 2006
    Aston Martin Racing finished third and fourth in the GT1 class in the American Le Mans Series race at Road America, yesterday ..... more

    Fifth victory for the Audi R10 TDI
    21st August, 2006
    In the 7th round of the American Le Mans Series at Road America Biela and Pirro clinched their 3rd victory of the season – including the Le Mans 24 Hours ..... more

    Team Hummer Looks to Continue Winning Streak
    22nd August, 2006
    Team Hummer, one of off-road racing's most successful teams, looks to continue their 13-race streak of placing a Hummer on the podium ..... more

    Subaru Prepares For Tribeca's Arrival
    22nd August, 2006
    The largest vehicle in the Subaru line-up will be on sale in Australia from early November, following its display at the Sydney Motor Show ..... more

    Jayco Unveils EuroEdition Motorhome
    22nd August, 2006
    The idea behind the Euro Edition is to offer a luxury model that makes it very much the motorhome owners’ motorhome of choice, yet its price remains at under $100,000 ..... more

    Subaru Impreza WRX Club Spec 9
    22nd August, 2006
    Priced at $44,490 recommended retail price, the comprehensive package includes chassis, driveline, exterior and interior upgrades ..... more

    VW supply 200 T5s to the UK's AA
    22nd August, 2006
    The UK’s largest breakdown organisation, the AA, has strengthened its roadside recovery fleet with an order for 200 Volkswagen Transporters ..... more

    Saab Icon celebrates 20 Years
    24th August, 2006
    The iconic Saab convertible turns 20 this year and to celebrate Saab is launching a limited edition 20th Anniversary Convertible ..... more

    BMW Refurbishes Munich HQ
    24th August, 2006
    An architectural legend is set to shine again as the world famous headquarters of the BMW Group in Munich, known as the "Four Cylinders" building, prepares to reopen ..... more

    Volkswagen Iroc concept car
    25th August, 2006
    The largest car maker in Europe showed the reinterpretation of the successful Scirocco idea in a world premiere in Berlin last night – the Iroc concept ..... more

    Around Australia for Under $1,000!
    27th August, 2006
    Ford's LPG Challenge returned to Melbourne at 3:15pm on Friday 25th August after driving more than 13,950kms around Australia and spending only $997.55 on fuel by filling up solely on LPG ..... more

    Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT-8
    27th August, 2006
    Jeep has released a Street and Racing Technology (SRT) version of its Grand Cherokee, boasting 313 kW, 569 Nm and a 0-100 km/h time in the under six second range ..... more

    Honda Begins Vehicle Operations in Vietnam
    27th August, 2006
    Honda Vietnam Co., Ltd. (HVN), Honda’s Vietnamese subsidiary, has opened a new motor vehicle plant in the suburbs of Hanoi ..... more

    CLK-Class Revisions
    28th August, 2006
    The Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class model range will soon serve up more sports car driving pleasure with the introduction of the new V8 CLK 500 and range topping CLK 63 AMG, ..... more

    Dual Airbags for the Nissan Patrol DX wagon
    28th August, 2006
    Nissan Australia has announced another safety upgrade for its rugged Patrol four-wheel drive range – the addition of standard dual airbags to the Patrol DX wagon - available from October 2006 ..... more

    PM Visits Holden
    28th August, 2006
    The Prime Minister, John Howard, today commemorated the completion of a $532 million upgrade to the Holden Vehicle Operations (HVO) plant in Elizabeth, South Australia ..... more

    Audi RS 4 Cabriolet for Australia
    29th August, 2006
    Audi has confirmed that its new RS 4 Cabriolet will go on sale in Australia, completing the company’s ultimate super car family ..... more

    Mini Gains Stamp of Approval
    29th August, 2006
    The Australia Post “Driving Through the Years” special issue features the Morris 850 among a clutch of cars (including 1917 Ford T truck, 1956 Holden FE and 1976 Holden Sandman HX) that made motoring folklore ..... more

    Saab Diesel Confirmed for Australia
    31st August, 2006
    Saab is expanding its product offering in Australia with the addition of the diesel range of 9-3 TiD vehicles ..... more

    Infiniti Heads To Russia
    31st August, 2006
    Infiniti, the luxury division of Nissan, celebrated its official launch in Russia yesterday at the Moscow Motor Show ..... more

    Ford Looks At Selling Aston Martin
    1st September, 2006
    Ford Motor Company announced overnight it has begun the process of exploring strategic options for Aston Martin, with particular emphasis on a potential sale of all or a portion of the unit ..... more

    Honda's All-New CR-V For 2007
    1st September, 2006
    An entirely-new CR-V is just around the corner (so to speak). It promises improved equipment levels and Honda’s safety technology ..... more

    Mini Cabrio Chilli: C’Mon Summer!
    1st September, 2006
    Mini springs into summer with a hot new model. The high-specification Chilli model is now available in the Cabrio ..... more

    More Lancer Evolution IXs for Japan
    3rd September, 2006
    Mitsubishi has announced that the Lancer Evolution IX MR high-performance 4WD sports sedan (GSR/RS) and the MR high-performance 4WD sports wagon (GT/GT-A) are now on sale in Japan ..... more

    Europcar Signs up for Subaru
    4th September, 2006
    Subaru Australia has signed its biggest ever fleet deal, to supply 1,500 vehicles to the Europcar Asia Pacific rental company ..... more

    Mazda MX-5 Roadster Coupe
    4th September, 2006
    Mazda has added a new dimension to the MX-5 roadster, a powered retractable hardtop model that boosts the MX-5's practical appeal ..... more

    Bentley begins production of the Continental GTC
    5th September, 2006
    Following on closely from the first deliveries to customers of its new Azure, Bentley Motors has now commenced production of the Continental GTC ..... more

    Big plans for Saab BioPower in Australia
    5th September, 2006
    Saab BioPower, the best selling environmentally friendly vehicle in Sweden, is on its way to Australia to promote the benefits of ethanol, a renewable alternative fuel ..... more

    Audi hits all-time record in Australia
    5th September, 2006
    Closing the month with 479 vehicle sales, Audi is now 12 percent, or 375 units ahead of its August 2005 year-to-date result ..... more

    New Ford Transit Has It All
    7th September, 2006
    Ford's most successful global commercial vehicle range, Transit, enters a new era in its long and accomplished life with a series of extensive improvements ..... more

    Motor Vehicle Sales Dip in August
    7th September, 2006
    Australian vehicle sales dipped slightly in August as the effects of high fuel prices and rising interest rates combined to discourage some buyers from car showrooms ..... more

    New Peugeot 307 XSE HDi 6-Speed Automatic
    8th September, 2006
    With many customers looking at their choice of vehicle in a new light, whether it be for fuel economy without sacrificing drivability, or even from an environmental perspective, the 307 is providing many with the answer, especially in its diesel guise ..... more

    Peter Brock

    Peter Brock
    1945 - 2006

    Peter Brock (1945 - 2006)
    10th September, 2006
    Australian motor sport legend Peter Brock, 61, died around midday (local time) on Friday 8th September, 2006, in a car crash in Gidgegannup, Western Australia ..... more

    Mitsubishi Wins Second Targa West
    11th September, 2006
    Mitsubishi has won Targa West for the second successive year, beating a class field that comprised many exotic marques ..... more

    World Premiere of Nissan Qashqai
    11th September, 2006
    Inspired by the concept car of the same name that was presented at the 2004 Geneva Motor Show, the Qashqai is a new vehicle for Nissan in Europe ..... more

    Mazda Manufactures One Millionth Mazda 3
    11th September, 2006
    Mazda Motor Corporation has announced that total production of the Mazda 3 has reached the one million unit milestone at the end of August 2006 ..... more

    Apex To Develop Jaguar XKR For FIA GT3
    11th September, 2006
    Richard Lloyd's Apex Motorsport has announced that it will develop Jaguar's new XKR Coupe for use in the FIA GT3 Euro Series from 2007 ..... more

    Holden Launches WM Statesman And Caprice
    12th September, 2006
    Holden has launched its top-of-the-range WM Statesman and Caprice models, offering more differentiation from their short wheelbase siblings than ever before ..... more

    Subaru Liberty MY07
    12th September, 2006
    A comprehensive list of refinements to Subaru’s 2007 Liberty range includes the debut of the revolutionary Subaru Intelligent Drive (SI-Drive) system ..... more

    Nepta: A Prestige Cabriolet Concept from Renault
    12th September, 2006
    Renault is unveiling its new Nepta concept car, a four-seater cabriolet with fluid lines and a thoroughbred profile, at the 2006 Paris Motor Show ..... more

    Peugeot 207 EPURE concept car
    13th September, 2006
    At the Paris Motor Show later this month Peugeot will reveal the “207 EPURE” concept car – a glimpse of a future 207 model with a futuristic power plant ..... more

    World Premiere for the new Mitsubishi Pajero
    13th September, 2006
    Debuting at the Paris Motor Show, this Pajero is the fourth generation Pajero. The latest Pajero offers reliability forged in the crucible of grueling competition and use under the harshest conditions to be found on the planet ..... more

    Victoria Police Take a Chrysler 300C
    14th September, 2006
    Victoria Police has boosted their vehicle fleet and injected some ‘cool’ with the addition of a Chrysler 300C ..... more

    Audi Q7: The performance SUV
    15th September, 2006
    The Q7 is priced at $85,700 for the 3.0 TDI quattro and $116,800 for the 4.2 FSI quattro version ..... more

    Ten years of the SLK-Class
    15th September, 2006
    It was ten years ago that the Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class made its debut in European showrooms ..... more

    BMW 3 Series Coupés Arrive Next Month
    17th September, 2006
    The BMW 3 Series Coupés will arrive in dealerships around Australia in October in both 325i and 335i six-cylinder guise ..... more

    Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione
    18th September, 2006
    Alfa Romeo will take the wraps of the production version of the 8C Competizione, a 336 kW super car, at the 2006 Paris Motor Show ..... more

    Holden To Offer Four Models In Captiva Range
    18th September, 2006
    Holden has announced it would offer four models across the range of its new Captiva sports utility vehicle, all powered by the Australian-built 3.2 litre Alloytec engine ..... more

    Volvo XC90 V8
    19th September, 2006
    The Volvo XC90 with V8 power under the bonnet puts added performance on the tarmac when compared to the standard XC90 - but will it be enough to sharpen Volvo's performance in the tough premium SUV segment? ..... more

    The New Generation E-Class
    19th September, 2006
    After four years in production and with around a million vehicles sold worldwide, Mercedes-Benz has announced the new generation of its E-Class has arrived in Australia ..... more

    Porsche Museum cars for Australia
    20th September, 2006
    A priceless collection of racing cars from the Porsche Museum in Germany will come to Australia for two of the country’s historic racing events in the coming months ..... more

    Subaru Outback MY07
    20th September, 2006
    Subaru’s 2007 All-Wheel Drive Outback range adds value, practicality and features, including the Subaru Intelligent-Drive system in 3.0 litre models ..... more

    Bentley Arnage For 2007
    21st September, 2006
    Bentley Motors continues the intensive development of its flagship Arnage range with the introduction of a major programme of powertrain and chassis enhancements for 2007 ..... more

    Kia Pro_Ceed Concept Car
    21st September, 2006
    Kia has revealed the first image of its latest concept car that is scheduled to debut at the Paris Motor Show next week ..... more

    Dodge Avenger Concept
    21st September, 2006
    Dodge is looking to produce a new D-segment sedan with the all-new Dodge Avenger concept ..... more

    Gympie Gets Goodsell
    21st September, 2006
    Well known Christian broadcaster, Chris Goodsell, presents his radio programme "Road Ramblings" on numerous radio stations throughout New South Wales and Queensland ..... more

    VW's 2007 Touran To Debut in Paris
    22nd September, 2006
    Europe's VW Touran is coming with a new look, new technologies and a new top TSI engine for 2007. The next generation of the bestseller will be presented at the Paris Motor Show next week ..... more

    Holden's First VE and WM Export To Middle East
    22nd September, 2006
    GM Holden has despatched its first shipment of the all-new generation export versions of Commodore, Statesman and Caprice from Adelaide’s AAT Port to its largest export market, the Middle East ..... more

    VW's New Touareg To Debut in Paris
    22nd September, 2006
    Sporting a new ‘face’, revised rear styling, updated interior and seats as well as the Dynaudio sound system as an option, the new Touareg will come to Australia in early 2007 ..... more

    New Mitsubishi Pajero Evolution Tested in Africa
    24th September, 2006
    Team Repsol Mitsubishi Ralliart has now completed a pair of two-week shakedown and development tests of its new Mitsubishi Pajero Evolution in North Africa ..... more

    Paris Preview For Europe's All-New Ford Mondeo
    24th September, 2006
    Europe's all-new Ford Mondeo makes its world debut at the 2006 Paris Motor Show between 30th September and 15th October, 2006 ..... more

    Audi A6 now available with 2.0 TFSI Engine
    24th September, 2006
    Audi Australia has added a new variant to its A6 range. The A6 is now available with a 2.0 TFSI engine, in both sedan and Avant variants ..... more

    Jaguar First in German Quality Survey
    24th September, 2006
    German motoring magazine Auto Zeitung has published its 2006 Quality Report and Jaguar has come out on top over strong competition from luxury car makers ..... more

    Porsche posts another new record in Germany
    25th September, 2006
    Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, Stuttgart, again posted a new registration record in Germany in the financial year 2005/06 ..... more

    Mini Production Links Three Modern UK Plants
    25th September, 2006
    The start of series production of the new Mini also signals the start of a new production network for Mini comprising three BMW Group manufacturing facilities in the UK ..... more

    Nissan to Test Intelligent Transportation System
    25th September, 2006
    Nissan has announced it would begin testing a newly developed intelligent transportation system which allows vehicle-to-infrastructure communication to help reduce traffic accidents and ease congestion ..... more

    Fourth Peugeot Design Competition
    25th September, 2006
    At the 2006 Paris Motor Show, Peugeot is set to launch its fourth Design Competition. This will invite Internet users around the world to submit designs for a new Peugeot based around a set theme ..... more

    Team Mitsubishi Ralliart Victorious in Victoria
    25th September, 2006
    Team Mitsubishi Ralliart has ended the NEC Australian Rally Championship on a high, with its Lancer Evolution IX driven by Scott Pedder and Glen Weston winning the final round - the NGK Rally of Melbourne ..... more

    Mazda at the Sydney Motor Show
    26th September, 2006
    Mazda Australia has announced they will showcase the Kabura concept car at this year's Australian International Motor Show (Sydney Motor Show) ..... more

    Honda Unveils New Technologies
    26th September, 2006
    Honda Motor Co has unveiled a range of next-generation engine technologies as part of its global initiative to reduce CO2 emissions ..... more

    Jeep Wrangler Unlimited For Paris
    26th September, 2006
    Featuring a one-of-a-kind, four-door open-air design, the all-new Jeep Wrangler Unlimited expands the Jeep experience to new dimensions ..... more

    The new Porsche Museum is taking shape
    26th September, 2006
    Construction of the new museum of Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, Stuttgart, is running at full speed ..... more

    Ford Transit Is International Van of the Year 2007
    26th September, 2006
    The new Ford Transit that was recently launched in Australia has been awarded the prestigious title of 'International Van of the Year 2007' at an award ceremony in Germany ..... more

    Suzuki Swift Goes Sporty
    27th September, 2006
    Suzuki Australia has launched the follow up to the original "pocket rocket" and expanded the current Swift model range, with the unveiling of the new Suzuki Swift Sport ..... more

    Mini Races Back to Bathurst
    27th September, 2006
    Some 40 years on from its win at the Bathurst 500 race at Mount Panorama, Mini returns to Bathurst to lap the famous track on Sunday 8th October 2006 ..... more

    Nissan Adds Patrol Ti 3.0-Litre Turbo Diesel to Its Range
    27th September, 2006
    Nissan Australia has announced a new addition to the legendary Patrol range – the Patrol Ti 3.0-litre turbo diesel featuring an all-new satellite navigation and reversing camera system – available from October 2006 ..... more

    Volvo D5 Engine For XC90
    28th September, 2006
    Volvo Car Australia is, this month, introducing the D5 (136 kW, 400 Nm) five-cylinder engine in the XC90 D5 ..... more

    Mitsubishi Pajero To Debut in Paris Tonight
    28th September, 2006
    Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) will complete its renewed 4x4 line-up with the world premiere of the next evolution of Pajero* at the 2006 Paris Motor Show ..... more

    Audi R8 - World Premiere in Paris
    28th September, 2006
    On the eve of the 2006 Paris Motor Show, Audi has unveiled its R8 super car ..... more

    Citroën C-Métisse Concept for Paris Motor Show
    28th September, 2006
    C-Métisse is a coupé of character, boasting a high level of on-board comfort and performance, while also respecting the environment ..... more

    Volkswagen CrossGolf to debut in Paris
    28th September, 2006
    Volkswagen is celebrating the world premiere of the new CrossGolf at the Paris Motor Show. It merges the can-do qualities of a compact SUV with the versatility of a small MPV ..... more

    Aston Martin V8 Vantage: New Sportshift Transmission
    29th September, 2006
    At the 2006 Paris Motor Show Aston Martin debuts a new automated manual transmission option for the V8 Vantage – Sportshift ..... more

    Volvo Reveals Production C30 in Paris
    29th September, 2006
    Compact and dynamic, the C30 is the smallest car in Volvo’s model range ..... more

    Holden Designers Join Global Team For Paris Show Car
    29th September, 2006
    GM Holden designers will be part of a global team taking centre stage at the Paris Motor Show with the world premiere of the Chevrolet World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) Ultra Concept Car ..... more

    Renault Unveils Koleos Concept Car
    29th September, 2006
    This show car foreshadows a 4WD vehicle that Renault is due to market in the first half of 2008 ..... more

    Ford Australia Reports 2005 Profit
    1st October, 2006
    Ford Motor Company of Australia Limited* reported a net profit after tax of $148.2 million for calendar year 2005 ..... more

    Mitsubishi Pajero for 2007
    1st October, 2006
    Popular 4WDs have been in Australia for over 20 years. And that is largely due to Mitsubishi's Pajero. It was this vehicle that popularised four-wheel driving in Australia when the first generation was launched in the early 1980s ..... more

    Honda Announces New Limited-Edition Accord
    1st October, 2006
    Honda is offering even better value on its four-cylinder Accord VTi with a new limited-edition variant ..... more

    Subaru's Diesel Plans Turbocharged
    1st October, 2006
    Subaru has confirmed that the development of the world’s first horizontally opposed diesel engine, the Subaru Boxer Turbo Diesel, is almost complete ..... more

    British Car Industry Accelerates
    1st October, 2006
    Three good news stories show it's not all doom and gloom in British manufacturing. Nissan, Mini and Honda announced investment in the UK, bringing an additional 2,000 jobs in car making ..... more

    Hottest September on Record for Mazda
    3rd October, 2006
    Mazda Australia has achieved its best ever September result recording 5,764 sales ..... more

    Saab Sonett Celebrates 50 Years
    3rd October, 2006
    The Saab Sonett sports car was originally named after the Swedish expression “så nätt”, meaning “so neat”. Now, half a century after the launch of the first generation, the Sonett is known the world over as Saab’s quintessential two-seat sport car ..... more

    Caparo completes build of first T1 prototype
    3rd October, 2006
    Caparo Vehicle Technologies, a company formed earlier this year, has completed the build of the first of two Caparo T1 prototypes ..... more

    Peugeot 908 V12 HDi – The Fastest Peugeot Diesel Car Ever!
    3rd October, 2006
    It was on the 14th June, 2005 that Peugeot announced its decision to accept a new technological challenge: to win one of the world’s most prestigious and demanding motor races, the Le Mans 24 Hours, with a car powered by an HDi diesel engine equipped with a diesel particulate filter system (DPFS) ..... more

    Mégane F1 Team R26 on The Front Row
    3rd October, 2006
    Renault has taken advantage of the 2006 Paris Show to introduce Mégane F1 Team R26. Derived from Mégane Renault Sport Cup, the latest version features a limited slip differential for even crisper handling whether driven on open roads or round a circuit ..... more

    New Pajero Stays True To Heritage
    3rd October, 2006
    Mitsubishi has just released its NS Pajero 7-seat SUV with a complete make-over for the exterior design, a new modern interior, two new engines that are Euro 4 compatible and re-introduced two 3-door models to inject additional excitement into the model range ..... more

    Mercedes-Benz S 65 AMG Now Available in Australia
    4th October, 2006
    The Mercedes-Benz S 65 AMG, is now on sale in Australia. Based upon the new Mercedes-Benz S-Class, which was released in Australia in February this year, the new top-of-the-line S 65 AMG is priced from $450,000 RRP ..... more

    Jaguar Signs Company's Biggest Fleet Deal In The Middle East
    4th October, 2006
    Jaguar has announced the company's biggest single fleet deal in the Middle East with The Transport Company in Qatar to provide 100 XJ LWB models ..... more

    Europe's Saab 9-3 Range for 2007
    4th October, 2006
    The view from the driver's seat is the main focus of the 2007 model year enhancements to the Saab 9-3 Sport Sedan, SportCombi and Convertible ranges ..... more

    Hummer’s Global Success Story Continues
    4th October, 2006
    Starting in October 2006, the Hummer H3 will be assembled at the General Motors plant in Struandale, South Africa. The additional volume is scheduled for markets in Europe, Asia Pacific, the Middle East and Africa ..... more

    Audi Reaches All-Time Sales Record in Australia
    4th October, 2006
    In September, German luxury car maker, Audi, hit an all-time sales high in Australia with 520 units retailed ..... more

    Renault, Nissan and GM terminate Alliance Discussions
    5th October, 2006
    General Motors, Renault and Nissan announced overnight that they had agreed to terminate discussions regarding a proposed alliance among the three companies ..... more

    Subaru's Sizzling September
    5th October, 2006
    Subaru achieved its best ever September with sales of 3,350 vehicles according to the official VFACTS figures which were released yesterday ..... more

    Chrysler Returns to Bathurst
    5th October, 2006
    Chrysler will extend its relationship with the V8 Supercar Championship Series for a further two years as the official safety car provider ..... more

    Mercedes-Benz Sales in Australia Increase by 7 per cent
    5th October, 2006
    The luxury car manufacturer saw sales of its passenger car and SUV range in Australia reach a year-to-date total of 10,577 units at the end of September, up from 9,815 units the same time last year ..... more

    New Ford All-Rounder Hits a Six
    5th October, 2006
    The dynamic world of Australian limited overs cricket has a new sponsor – the new Ford Ranger ..... more

    Peugeot Spider 207
    5th October, 2006
    The Peugeot Spider 207 which has just debuted at the Paris Motor Show, was developed from the ‘20Cup’ concept car but features a more conventional 4-wheel architecture and a rear transverse engine ..... more

    Audi R8 Confirmed for Sydney Motor Show
    5th October, 2006
    Audi’s stunning new R8 sports car will be unveiled at the Sydney Motor Show this month, following its worldwide debut at the Paris Motor Show in late September ..... more

    Honda Sets Yet Another Sales Record
    6th October, 2006
    Honda Australia has smashed yet another sales record with the company posting its best ever September result ..... more

    Mitsubishi Strengthens
    6th October, 2006
    Mitsubishi Motors recorded improved sales for the month of September continuing its steady growth from previous months. The figures just released show a modest but positive growth for the month ..... more

    Small Car Boom Softens in September
    6th October, 2006
    The long-running boom in small car and total car sales is showing the first signs of slowing according official motor industry figures released this week ..... more

    Who wins ... and who loses!
    6th October, 2006
    In analysing the September sales figures, it seems some drops in volume are big and some are real big. For example, Lexus is down 16.7% ..... more

    Peugeot’s Best Ever Monthly Result
    6th October, 2006
    For the second consecutive month, Peugeot Automobiles Australia has recorded its best ever monthly sales result, with 782 Peugeots registered in September. This eclipses the previous record of 780 sales, set in August of this year ..... more

    BMW's Limited Edition Individual M6 Convertible
    6th October, 2006
    The luxury convertible comes dressed to impress with a custom Ruby Black exterior combined with Piano Black interior trim, power sport seats wrapped in supple custom made Gold Brown BMW Individual Merino leather ..... more

    Chevy HHR Panel will deliver style
    8th October, 2006
    America's 2007 Chevrolet HHR Panel, designed for a myriad of commercial and private uses, adds a new dimension of functionality to the popular HHR’s lineup of stylish, efficient vehicles ..... more

    Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano for Sydney Motor Show
    9th October, 2006
    The Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano will be on display at the 2006 Sydney Motor Show from 26th October, 2006 ..... more

    Ford Wins Bathurst!
    9th October, 2006
    Craig Lowndes and Jamie Whincup have won Australia's biggest motor race, the 1,000 km endurance race at Bathurst in a Ford Falcon ..... more

    Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione for Sydney Motor Show
    10th October, 2006
    Just weeks after it is revealed at the Paris Motor Show, Alfa Romeo’s new 8C Competizione, will be displayed in Sydney at the Sydney Motor Show from (Thursday 26th October 2006) ..... more

    New Mercedes-Benz Sprinter
    10th October, 2006
    Eleven years and approximately 1.3 million units after making its debut, the European market leader in the 3.5 t GVW van sector, the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, now has a successor ..... more

    Purr and Joe
    Meet Purr and Joe
    Purr and Joe .... do you get it? .... more

    Peugeot Announces Corporate Sponsorship to Ensure White Lions Programme’s Survival
    10th October, 2006
    Recognised around the globe as the ‘Lion brand’, Peugeot yesterday celebrated the milestone release of the 10-week-old female and male cubs, Purr and Joe, with the public announcement of a three-year sponsorship of Mogo Zoo’s white lions ..... more

    Range Rover 2007: World-First System Prevents Mis-Fuelling
    10th October, 2006
    The world's most complete luxury 4x4 just got smarter, with the 2007 model year Range Rover TDV8, on sale this week in the UK, pioneering an innovative world-first technical solution – the petrol fuel guard system ..... more

    Citroen C4 Picasso Completes EuroNCap Test
    10th October, 2006
    The Citroën C4 Picasso has obtained excellent results in EuroNCAP impact tests, scoring five stars in occupant protection ..... more

    Hummer Kicks-Off H3 Assembly in South Africa
    11th October, 2006
    General Motors yesterday celebrated the start of production of the Hummer H3 at its Struandale Assembly Facility in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. The occasion represents an important step in the global expansion of Hummer by providing increased capacity and a global version of the H3 ..... more

    Outback’s 50,000 Australian Sales
    11th October, 2006
    Subaru’s All-Wheel Drive Outback passed the 50,000 Australian sales milestone this month ..... more

    Holden Captiva SUV Range Hits The Road
    11th October, 2006
    Holden has launched its all new Daewoo sourced Captiva sports utility vehicle range. It is priced from $35,990 (RRP) ..... more

    Jaguar Leaps to September Sales Success in UK
    12th October, 2006
    Jaguar's UK sales took a leap forward in September, thanks to strong performances by the XJ saloon and XK sports car ..... more

    Cadillac Brand Launched in South Africa
    12th October, 2006
    Whilst there is still no confirmation regarding an Australian release, Cadillac opened another chapter in its global expansion yesterday by announcing the brand will be available in South Africa in early 2007 ..... more

All these stories and the previous news stories can be accessed
from our NEWS PAGE.
Simply click on the link above.

The Editor's Pick Of The News

After reading the news, which story did you enjoy the most?

Back in the old days of the 1970s and 1980s the Volkswagen Scirocco, an affordable coupe based on the Golf, never made it to Australia. But the new model, based on the Iroc concept car, will be manufactured and it will be coming to Australia. Those Aussies who have been exposed to the old Scirocco in foreign markets probably cannot wait for the new coupe ..... nor can I.

Read the story ..... here.

Stephen Walker

Volkswagen Iroc Concept

Click the image for the story



  • Sydney Motor Show
    (Australian International Motor Show)
    Sydney, NSW
    Thursday 26th October to
    Sunday 5th November, 2006
    Sydney Exhibition Centre, Darling Harbour

  • Classic Adelaide
    Adelaide, SA
    Wednesday 15th November to
    Sunday 19th November, 2006
    Adelaide and environs


  • Paris Motor Show
    (Mondial de L’Automobile)
    Paris, France
    Saturday 30th September to
    Sunday 15th October, 2006
    PARIS EXPO, Place de la Porte de Versailles

  • New York Motor Show
    (New York International Auto Show)
    New York, NY, USA
    Friday 6th April to
    Sunday 15th April, 2007
    Jacob K. Javits Convention Centre

All events and dates are subject to change without notice.

Holden Statesman (WL series) road test

Click the image for the road test

Holden Statesman (WL series)
road test

So roominess and comfort are two obvious attributes. But there is more. The quality of the fittings and the easiness of the controls all contribute to the uncomplicated feeling of well being in this car.

Read our Holden Statesman (WL series) road test here.

Other road tests are here.


Shop on-line at Optical and Hearing
Shop on-line at Optical and Hearing for
contact lenses • lenses • frames •  sunglasses •  hearing aids

Click here to shop on-line at Optical and Hearing

Mitsubishi Triton GLX-R (MK series) road test

Click the image for the road test

Mitsubishi Triton GLX-R (MK series)
road test

The ride on the tarmac was good. The gear change mechanism, the brakes and steering all performed as required. Thus it was easy to understand that the overall drive experience was quite enjoyable. Yes, over 1,800 kms in a week and not one complaint. Not all vehicles offer such an experience.

Read our Mitsubishi Triton GLX-R (MK series) road test here.

Other road tests are here.

Advertise with Next Car

To advertise with Next Car, contact us by e-mail from here.

Nissan Tiida ST-L road test

Click the image for the road test

Nissan Tiida ST-L
road test

Tiida sure is a funny name, but it is a nice package. Very pleasant to experience and quite predictable with its driving mannerisms

Read our Nissan Tiida ST-L road test here.

Other road tests are here.


1946 Volkswagen Beetle

It's a historic anniversary for Volkswagen as the company remembers the first Beetle deliveries: some 60 years ago the car dealers Gottfried Schultz in Essen and Raffay & Co. in Hamburg took delivery of nine Volkswagen saloons.

The Beetle's great market success began on a tiny scale: eight Volkswagen saloons were sent to the dealer Gottfried Schultz in Essen on 17th and 23rd July 1946; one saloon was delivered to Hamburg-Altona where Raffay & Co. had their dealership on 22nd July 1946. In the aftermath of world war II with the economy dogged by shortages the beginning was more than difficult.

Between 1945 and 1949 the Volkswagen Company was in the trusteeship of the British military government who gave the badly damaged factory its first production order in August 1945 for 20,000 saloons. After completion of the first run of 55 vehicles in December 1945, the Volkswagen factory initially delivered vehicles exclusively to the allied authorities. The British "Highway and Highway Transport Branch’ appointed the company Gottfried Schultz in Essen as "Main Distributor for the "North Rhine Province" on 11th June 1946; Raffay & Co. received the same function for the Hanseatic City of Hamburg.

In October 1946 the British military government approved the setting up of a dealer organisation in their zone of occupation. This initially comprised 10 main distributors and 28 dealerships. As demand grew rapidly following the currency reform, the organisation was expanded and by 1st January 1949 in the western zones of Germany customers were being served by 16 general agents, 31 wholesalers, 103 dealerships and 812 authorised workshops. Sales in Germany stood at 38,666 Volkswagen saloons.

Today the 2,500 Volkswagen dealerships and service workshops in Germany constitute a dense network forming the most important point of contact between the customer and the manufacturer. In 2005 more than 644,000 Volkswagen passenger cars and commercial vehicles were delivered in Germany.

Gottfried-Schultz Group and Raffay are still among the largest Volkswagen dealerships in Germany today.

1946 Volkswagen Beetle

1946 Volkswagen Beetle

1946 Volkswagen Beetle Service Bulletin

1946 Volkswagen Beetle
Service Bulletin

Holden Caprice (WL series) road test

Click the image for the road test

Holden Caprice (WL series)
road test

When behind the wheel, it is quite apparent that the Caprice has appeal. Sure it looks big and cumbersome. But it is so gentle to drive and it has such roominess that the comfort level provides such a peaceful atmosphere that driving this big car is a pleasure.

Read our Holden Caprice (WL series) road test here.

Other road tests are here.


If you enjoy our site and/or newsletter, please recommend it to others.
They can subscribe to our newsletter from this link: NEWSLETTER


To subscribe,
simply send a blank e-mail from HERE for automatic subscription lodgement.

To unsubscribe,
simply send a blank e-mail from HERE to automatically cancel your subscription.
Such an e-mail MUST be sent from the subscription mailing address
to enable recognition of the subscription address.
Returned mail (twice in 4 weeks) will automatically cancel a subscription.

Your privacy:
We do not pass on your personal particulars, unless you have authorised us to do so.

That's it for now!


Click the logo for our home page

Did you miss our last newsletter? It's here.

E-mail Us

Next Car Pty Ltd   (ABN 47106248033)
Copyright © 2006. All rights reserved.