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PEUGEOT 3008 HYbrid4 Active Semi-automatic 6-speed 5dr

The New Renault Koleos Expression is the latest addition to the Koleos range. It competes in the compact SUV segment which has attracted a strong following from those that live an active lifestyle. They are looking for something more than a traditional hatch or sedan that takes them from A to B, they want a vehicle that gives them the opportunity to stand out from the crowd, express themselves and their personality.

Suzuki has lifted the benchmark for medium sized cars in Australia with the release of its exciting new Kizashi sedan. Nearly three years since the first Kizashi concept car was unveiled at Frankfurt Motor Show, the production version represents an unparalleled combination of design, performance, driving dynamics. “Kizashi – which is Japanese for ‘something good is coming’ – represents an exciting new direction for the company,” said Suzuki Australia General Manager Tony.

Proton Cars Australia has announced a raft of pricing changes effective from 1 April 2010 across its vehicle range, underlining the marque’s extreme value for money advantage, ahead of a year of new models and marketing initiatives. Already the lowest priced sedan on sale in Australia, Proton’s S16 G heads the value for money fleet with a recommended retail price of $11,990, a factor which has proved popular with economy car buyers around the country resulting in a four-week waiting list for.

Subaru Forester, Australia’s best selling compact SUV, will further boost its All-Wheel Drive appeal with the addition of an adventure-ready accessory pack. During April, Forester X models will feature extras valued at more than $2000 for no extra cost.

Both Renault F1 Team drivers visited the Sandown Motor Circuit in Melbourne on Thursday afternoon for an event hosted by Renault Australia. Robert Kubica and Vitaly Petrov were on hand to present the Clio RS (phase 2 model), which will soon be available in the Australian market, to the assembled media.

A revised Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive Subaru Impreza WRX, featuring widebody sedan and hatch, will be unveiled at the New York International Auto Show next month. The Model Year 2011 Impreza WRX will feature wider, flared wheel arches, new front and rear bumpers and grille. Front and rear track are increased too.

Both sedan and hatch variants will be launched in Australia late this year, at which time pricing and specification will be announced. Normally aspirated Impreza versions will.

The Superb is a classy, restrained design that thankfully eskews many of today’s over styled design traits such as supersized wheelarches and dramatic cutlines on every panel. The clever dual opening boot / hatch – yes, you can open just the boot or the useful large hatch, means it’s a legitimate and more than worthy competitor to the extremely fashionable SUV.

Proton’s new S16 passenger car has provided a significant boost to the Malaysian car company’s sales performance registering a 113.5 percent increase in sales volume for January compared with the same month in 2009. The result follows an even more impressive 221 percent increase in volume for December over the same month in 2008. Proton recorded 222 sales in January up from the 104 units it sold in January 09 after posting 334 sales in December.

The performance was the third highest.

Suzuki has launched a new SX4 line-up, delivering more power, more fuel efficiency, more safety and more creature comforts. An evolution of one of 2007’s groundbreaking cars, the new SX4 range adds real customer benefits including a more powerful, fuel efficient engine, a new six-speed manual transmission, new Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) and ESP® stability control across the range. “SX4 set a new vision for small crossover vehicles when it launched and the updated version.

Peugeot has begun 2010 by winning two prestigious automotive awards. The Peugeot 3008 and RCZ are both due to arrive in Australia this year, and both have just been recognised with important honours. The RCZ coupé, which will land locally early in the second half of 2010, has been named Most Beautiful Car of 2009 at the prestigious 25th International Automobile Festival.

This is a very special prize as the winner is determined by votes from the general public – it is the fourth time.

Malaysian carmaker Proton has re-signed as naming rights sponsor of NRL team the Wests Tigers continuing an association with the Sydney based club, which commenced in 2006. Proton inked the new agreement with the Wests Tigers this week and will continue as the club’s major sponsor for the season 2010 with an option for 2011. According to Proton Cars Australia managing director John Startari, the opportunity to continue to back the Wests Tigers is one that.

Proton Holdings Berhad has continued to register a positive financial performance despite the affects of the Global Financial Crisis posting a consolidated profit before tax of approximately $AUD 55 million (RM165 million) for the first six months of the Malaysian financial year up to September 30 (FY2009/10). Proton registered a profit before tax of approximately $AUD 33 million (RM101 million) for the second quarter, a significant 58 percent improvement compared to the.

Proton driver Alister McRae has been awarded second outright in the IRC Rally of Scotland following the exclusion of the winning Peugeot piloted by Irishman Kris Meeke. McRae had driven the Proton to its first ever podium finish in the Intercontinental Rally Challenge by taking third place in the Rally of Scotland and with the disqualification of the winnig car is now officially second. McRae, who now lives in Perth Western Australia, made a triumphal return to his native Perth shire in.

Proton driver Alister McRae has given Proton its first ever podium finish in the Intercontinental Rally Challenge by taking third place in the Rally of Scotland. McRae, who now lives in Perth Western Australia, made a triumphal return to his native Perth shire in Scotland to pilot the rapidly improving Satria Neo to its best result so far. Scottish hero McRae reveled in his appearance on the Rally of Scotland, just seven days after almost capturing a podium on the Rally of China in a.

Subaru has partnered with global sportswear company, Columbia, to produce a new special edition – the Forester X Columbia. Australia’s best selling SUV, the Forester, adds an extensive list of extras and is priced from just $33,990 driveaway. Forester X Columbia is ready for weekend adventures adding 16-inch alloy wheels, fog lights, roof cross bars, cargo tray and rear step panel.

Proton has launched Australia’s lowest priced new car with the arrival of the 1.6 litre Proton S16 sedan, which will go on sale December 1st with free on road costs providing a retail price of $11,990 drive away. Proton originally forecast the S16 as potentially Australia’s lowest priced sedan however with favourable currency trends the S16 will now be the lowest price new car available here. The Proton S16 is a four-door sedan powered by a 1.6 litre twin cam engine with a full suite of.

Subaru will unveil a hybrid tourer concept car at next month’s Tokyo Motor Show. Combining environmentally friendly technology and safety, the hybrid tourer maintains Subaru’s Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive and horizontally opposed boxer engine credentials in a sporty gull wing-door design.

As Peugeot celebrates 120 years of automotive innovation, the company has used the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show to unveil the BB1 Concept. The urban-focused vehicle debuts a number of innovative Peugeot technologies designed to address the real world mobility requirements of the residents of future cities.

Peugeot has launched a new 407 in Australia, now available exclusively with the company’s renowned HDi diesel technology. Peugeot made a number of interior and exterior cosmetic improvements to fine tune the distinctive design of the 407, while standard specification has been improved across the range. The new 407 is available in two model grades, SR and ST – both featuring Peugeot’s versatile 2.0-litre HDi FAP engine.

This engine produces 100kW of power and 320Nm of torque in 6-speed.

The fifth generation Subaru Liberty is on sale in Australia this week with a sleek new look, superb safety, greater interior space and major technical advances. The larger, significantly quieter cabin offers greater comfort, with better shoulder, head and legroom. Fuel consumption is improved in every Liberty, including 11.0 per cent in automatic Liberty GT variants and 9.7 per cent in automatic 2.5i models, in the combined cycle.

The cross-country mobility, dynamics and comfort of the Octavia Scout have been preserved. The ground clearance of 180 mm and the underbody sump guard significantly enhance its off-road suitability. The four-wheel drive is controlled by the fourth generation Haldex clutch. The variable power distribution provides impressive traction capability, which ensures safe progress even on difficult roads.

The reliable and powerful 2.0 TDI /103kW (EU 4) engine with DPF filter in connection with a manual.

Suzuki Australia has welcomed the change of season with a host of sensational driveaway deals on its award-winning range of Swift, SX4 and Grand Vitara. During September, drivers can get behind the wheel of one of Australia’s most popular light cars – the Swift – from just $16,990 driveaway. The Swift Safety Pack Option – which adds side and curtain airbags – is now available from just $17,690 driveaway.

Škoda Auto will present a new model of the Superb Combi at the forthcoming Frankfurt Motor Show. The car is a logical continuation of the Superb model series and offers an ideal combination of practicality and elegance. The estate version of the company’s flagship follows on from the hatchback, the current generation of which has found more than forty-two thousand owners, approximately a year after it was launched.

Škoda Australia new-look Octavia RS models builds on the brands sporty virtues which date back over more than 100 years since Skoda’s first foray into motorsport. Its dynamic design, class leading practicality and remarkable level of standard equipment, set the Octavia RS apart from its rivals. Two high performance engines are available, a powerful 2.0 TFSI 147 kW four-cylinder petrol and the most powerful diesel engine in the Škoda range, a 2.0 TDI 125kW four-cylinder engine.

From mid-November 2009 the new smart fortwo electric drive will roll off the production line at the smart factory in Hambach, France. Unlike its predecessor, the electrically driven smart fortwo of the second generation is fitted with an innovative and highly efficient lithium-ion battery. It is housed in a space-saving position between the axles, which means that space is not compromised in any way in the intelligent two-seater vehicle.

Škoda Australia has reviewed its minimum fuel requirement for all models fitted with petrol engines. The review of the entire petrol engine range, which took into account current Australian fuel quality standards and the operating range of Škoda’s petrol engines, resulted in the reduction of the minimum fuel RON requirement on all engines.

Peugeot has unveiled the first official images of its stunning RCZ sports car ahead of its worldwide debut at the Frankurt Motor Show in mid-September. The RCZ was first unveiled as a concept car two years ago in Frankfurt – public demand compelled Peugeot to turn motoring fantasy into the real thing.

The Frankfurt Motor Show is the venue for the launch of the production version of the exciting RCZ sports car – Peugeot will also take the opportunity to unveil the RCZ concept Hybrid4. The RCZ is intended to meet the dynamic requirements of discerning drivers and the modern demands for cleaner and more efficient vehicles.

Proton has announced that its current Jumbuck model will be phased out over the next few months ahead of the launch of an all new model Jumbuck. The company introduced the current model Jumbuck as a low cost half tonne pick up in early 2003 based on the previous model Persona sedan, a car which utilised superseded Mitsubishi design and technology.

Proton Cars will now launch Australia’s lowest priced sedan in October this year along with new lower cost entry variants across its entire passenger car range. The new low-cost sedan was originally slated for early 2010 but will now be brought to market four months early as part of a cost efficiency onslaught from the Malaysian car maker.

Proton has announced special pricing on both Savvy and Persona models with added value ahead of the launch of new and updated models in the coming months. The Savvy five-door manual hatch is being offered at a special run out price of $13,990 drive away during August including dealer delivery, registration and 12 months CTP insurance along with the extensive list of standard equipment. The Savvy five-door auto is $14,990 drive away.

Suzuki has answered key customer requests with upgrades to its award-winning Swift and Grand Vitara models. The audio systems in all Swift and Grand Vitara models now feature an auxiliary input jack, enabling easy connection to a portable MP3 player such as the iPod®.

Suzuki Australia has confirmed its interest in the exciting mid-sized Kizashi sedan. Suzuki officially previewed a production version of its first ever mid-sized car to US media this week, revealing a stunning design that has stayed faithful to the concept vehicle that went on show in Australia in 2008.

Suzuki is offering customers the choice of more style and value – or increased safety – with the addition of two limited edition versions of the award-winning Swift. Inspired by Suzuki’s domination of the Junior World Rally Championship, the Swift RE4 comes complete with more than $5500 of extra features. Included in the Swift RE4 pack are new alloy wheels, keyless start, fog lamps, climate control air-conditioning, sports seats with Alcantara upholstery, side mirror indicators and rear.

Peugeot Automobiles Australia has confirmed that it will be bringing Peugeot’s exciting new sports car, the RCZ, to Australia in 2010. Unveiled to critical acclaim as a concept car at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2007, the RCZ will soon become a production reality. Peugeot’s stylists and engineers have worked to ensure that the RCZ that will hit Australian roads will be in keeping with the expectations created by the stunning design of the original concept.

Peugeot has just launched the new 308 CC in Australia, delivering a compelling blend of form and function in a four-seat convertible. The introduction of Peugeot’s most evolved CC yet marks the 75th anniversary of the company’s invention of the Coupé Cabriolet when the 401 Eclipse was launched in 1934. Peugeot has refined this technology to the point where the new model’s steel roof opens or closes in just 20 seconds.

Renault raises the temperature this summer launching hot special edition versions of New Clio and New Megane. Due to be unveiled at the World Series by Renault spectacular at Silverstone on the weekend of 4th and 5th July, the World Series by Renault special editions exude style and panache in an insurance-friendly package. World Series by Renault will light up the 3.2-mile Silverstone Grand Prix circuit as Renault’s free festival of motorsport is expected to draw a crowd of over 100,000 as.

Although new to Australia, the Škoda Superb has a long history – there has been a Superb in the Škoda line up at one stage or another, since the 1930s. It is not only the most luxurious car Škoda has ever built, it is one that sets new standards for quality, practicality, design and value. Sitting at the top of the Škoda product range, it demonstrates that through bold design and engineering innovation, Škoda has created one of the most desirable cars in its segment.

Its arrival.

Following successful trials in the UK, the iconic, zero-emission, smart fortwo electric drive is ready for small series production. Reaction from customers taking part in the UK trial, including the Metropolitan Police, universities, local councils, architects and energy companies, has proved so encouraging that smart’s parent company, Daimler AG, can confirm that the smart electric drive will go into small series production, with cars coming to the UK in early 2010. The second generation.

With the 5008, Peugeot has created a new interpretation of the compact people carrier. This new model combines all the manufacturer’s key values but also builds further on the benefits expected by customers in this segment without any adverse effect on the vehicle’s road holding. The 5008 also introduces a range of cutting edge technologies to further enhance comfort, convenience and driving safety.

As a result, the 5008 aims to set new benchmarks in the market for compact people carriers.

New Renault Mégane Estate is the fifth model in the New Mégane family to be launched after the Hatchback, Coupé, Grand Scénic and Scénic versions. Due for release at the end of this month, New Renault Mégane Estate not only features elegant, dynamic styling but is also extremely practical, with plenty of carrying capacity. It is manufactured at Renault’s Palencia plant on the same lines as the Hatchback and Coupé versions and consequently benefits from all the production-related improvements.

Renault have moved against industry pricing trends by lowering the recommended retail price of the entire Laguna range to co-incide with the launch of the new Laguna Estate and petrol-powered models. The Laguna warranty has also been increased from 3-years/150,000 kilometres to 3-years/unlimited kilometers. (This increase also applies to the Koleos range.) “In addition to extremely high standards of safety and excellent equipment levels the Laguna range now offers even more value for.

The much-anticipated new generation Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive Subaru Liberty and Outback have been unveiled in Japan. Australian versions, to be launched in September, will be based on the Japanese market cars, including Liberty sedan and wagon variants. Packed with technologies new to Subaru, Liberty and Outback cabins are wider and longer, producing a more spacious environment.

The first Skoda Yeti rolled off the assembly line at Skoda’s Kvasiny, Czech Republic plant on Tuesday 12 May 2009. With the start of series production, Skoda has officially introduced its fifth model line and entered the crossover segment. The very first Yeti spotted leaving the production hall was an Aqua Blue, four-wheel drive model, fitted with a 1.8 TSI engine. Skoda has designed Yeti as it does all its models – for the way people use cars.

Clever solutions include the flexible and.

The new 407 continues to improve following new features introduced last July on both the 407 Saloon and SW, to its style, robustness and high quality. These combined enhancements to interior comfort and equipment (front parking assistance, new Peugeot Connect (RNEG) navigation and Connect Media (RT5) navigation systems) included the arrival of the latest 2.0-litre HDi FAP Euro 5 specification engine, capable of 50.4mpg, 150g/km of CO2 with power increased to 140bhp. Latest versions of 407 now.

SEAT is wowing the crowds at this week’s Barcelona International Motor Show with the debut of a road-ready version of its stunning Seat Ibiza Bocanegra. Staying remarkably true to the headline-grabbing Bocanegra concept car unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show a little over 12 months ago, the production version is today making its world debut at SEAT’s ‘home’ show. Boasting several unique, and dramatic, black styling elements at its nose – hence the Bocanegra name which translates as ‘black.

Renault Kangoo be bop Z.E. is derived from the production version of Renault Kangoo be bop and is instantly recognisable by its ‘Energy Blue’ body color, while the Renault logos on the grille and wheels are picked out in satin-finish blue-hued chrome. Inside, the satin-finish chrome and metallic acid green trim ensure a unique ambience, further expressed by the specific gray velour upholstery and embroidered ‘printed circuit’ motifs. Like the Z.E.

Concept car which was unveiled at the 2008.

Competitive pricing has never been more topical, and the good news for Saab customers is the much-awaited new 9-3X has stormed the crossover sector with an entry price of just £24,995 for the 1.9TTiD model. The newcomer, revealed at the Geneva Motorshow earlier this year to rave reviews will arrive at Saab dealers in August 2009. The 9-3X is available with a choice of two engines: the punchy 1.9TTiD diesel engine produces 180PS and 400Nm of torque, or the 2.0-litre petrol turbocharged.

Following the introduction of the wildly successful PPI R8 RAZOR at last year’s Essen Motor Show, PPI Automotive Design GmbH have used all its knowledge from the past year in competition, closed road races, open road races, and research and development in the wind channel, autobahn and track testing, to create a truly inspired production car. The Audi specialist turned its focus on optimising the power-to-weight ratio of the Audi R8 while simultaneously strengthening the motor, increasing.

The SEAT Ibiza ECOMOTIVE is undisputedly the most ecological vehicle in its segment after proving its driving efficiency by covering no less than a distance of 1,562 km on a single tank of fuel, resulting in an average consumption figure of 2.9 l/100 km. This incredible feat was carried out magnificently by Austrian Gerhard Plattner, a well-known champion of fuel-saving tests, who got the most out of the Ibiza ECOMOTIVE’s qualities. Gerhard Plattner drove out of the Martorell facilities near.

Since 2000, the successive variants of Clio Renaultsport have resulted in it becoming the most popular hot hatch of its class, with over 70,000 worldwide sales. The Renaultsport version of the brand’s best-selling model has been unanimously praised by enthusiastic owners as one of the market’s best hot hatches, and also one of the most fun to drive. The challenge faced by the engineers from Renault Sport Technologies was to build on the existing qualities of Clio Renaultsport 197 and take its.

SEAT is celebrating the 25th anniversary of its most popular model, the Ibiza, at the Barcelona International Motor Show. The Spanish brand will be highlighting a special version that pays tribute to the first car developed by SEAT as an independent company – an absolute best-seller since its unveiling at the Paris Motor Show in 1984. The Ibiza is now into its fourth generation, and each one can be characterized by its youthful sporty spirit, excellent cost-effectiveness and brilliant.

Subaru of America, Inc. today announced pricing for the all-new 2010 Subaru Legacy(R) sedan. Pricing will start at $19,995 — $800 lower than the previous generation Legacy sedan — which set a sales record in 2008. The new Subaru Legacy provides for a bolder design language in a larger midsize package.

Piecha Design combines the best of two worlds. With the SL-Roadster (R230), the Mercedes specialist from Rottweil in Baden Württemberg, Germany brings the classic four-eyed face with the double headlights and the fresh design of the 2008 facelift together. Thereby, the Avalange RS with an own character originates. At the Tuning World Bodensee in Friedrichshafen, the new model celebrates its world premiere at the exhibition booth of Eurotuner’s Best (hall B3, stand 204).

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The Scout range is an established and popular part of Skoda’s portfolio, and the new Octavia Scout is the flagship of the line. Since its introduction in 2007, more than 22,000 customers have bought the Octavia Scout. The new Scout has a redesigned front grille, bold headlamps and body-colored side moldings. The front fog lights can be fitted with the optional cornering function and the large front bumper emphasizes the car’s rugged appearance.

A new metallic paint, Rosso Brunello, is.

Following the launch of the new Octavia late last year, the vRS and Scout have been updated to bring them into line with the current range and family face of Skoda. The sporty Octavia vRS has proved extremely popular since it was launched in 2000. More than 60,000 have been sold, 70 per cent of which were the estate version.

The facelifted vRS has a redesigned front grille featuring the vRS logo and bold headlamps, which for the first time can be fitted with xenon headlights combined.

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has announced the name for its new model series which until now has been known as RR4. The name was announced by CEO, Tom Purves at a press conference held at the Shanghai motor show. The new car will be called the Rolls-Royce Ghost and production will begin at the company’s Goodwood manufacturing facility on the south coast of England later in 2009.

On the occasion of the Shanghai Motor Show, a life-size model of the RD concept car, the winning project in the 5th Peugeot design competition, will be presented to the Chinese public. The subject for this latest edition of the competition was Imagine the Peugeot in the Worldwide Megalopolis of tomorrow, and it was a resounding success with over 2 500 projects submitted from candidates of 95 different nationalities.

SEAT will be one of the main attractions at the upcoming Barcelona International Motor Show, which is taking place from 9 to 17 May, where two of the Spanish brand’s sportiest models will be making their world debut – the new Ibiza FR, which combines design and sporty character with top-notch performance; and the new León CUPRA 2009, distinguished by increasingly imposing looks and significant changes on both the interior and exterior.

An upgraded version of Subaru’s Plug-in STELLA electric car will be launched in Japan mid-year. Power is increased by seven Kilowatts to 47 kW, torque is up 20 Newtonmetres to 170 Nm and the body is 50 kilograms lighter. The sophisticated lithium ion battery pack is smaller and the energy output management refined.

The instrument panel and interior have also been changed.

For those wishing to increase the performance of an already stellar platform, RDSport offers the RS35 Biturbo. The first impression you get of the car is its lower, more aggressive stance courtesy of a Chassis Kit consisting of new custom-valved Bilstein struts, stiffer springs and anti-roll bars. The vehicle now sits 25 mm lower in the front and 20mm lower in the rear with a decidedly more stable ride.

Filling the fenders are lightweight, 20 RD2 Monoblock wheels or the optional.

Renault continues the renewal of its compact car range with the introduction of the latest generation Clio Campus, the production of which was recently split between the firm’s factories in Flins (France) and Novo Mesto (Slovenia).

Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. (FHI), the manufacturer of Subaru automobiles, today announced the world premiere of the all-2010 Subaru Outback (U.S. specifications) at the New York International Auto Show (press days on April 8 and 9, open to the public from April 10 through 19). The 2010 Subaru Outback will be introduced in the U.S. market as the 2010 Subaru Outback. Since its debut in the U.S. in 1994, the Outback has earned a solid reputation as a unique crossover vehicle that blends the.

At the New York Auto Show today, Scion unveiled a special concept version of the iQ micro-subcompact car designed to meet the transportation needs of young urban trendsetters. Scion’s iQ concept is a new urban vehicle with a revolutionary package that is just over 10 feet in length and accommodates three plus luggage. As more and more urban centers are revitalized with a new sense of purpose, energy, and creativity, young people are moving in from the suburbs to embrace new urbanism and are.

The world debut of the Porsche Panamera is just around the corner: At 11:30 am on 20 April, Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, Stuttgart, will be presenting the Company’s four-seater Gran Turismo to the international public at Auto Shanghai in China. “The Panamera will thrill aficionados of exclusive, sporting cars the world over”, states Porsche’s President and Chief Executive Officer Dr.

Wendelin Wiedeking, adding that through this presentation in Shanghai the Company is sending a powerful message.

This is the world premiere of the PPI RAZOR GTR in production form, at the TOP MARQUES show in Monaco. The car is based on the Audi R8 and has had an extensive makeover using Carbon Fiber, Aluminum, and Titanium wherever possible. The car is a widebody version of the original car and includes all our knowledge from the past year in competition, closed road races, open road races, and research and development in the wind channel, autobahn and track testing, to create a truly inspired production.

Following the success encountered in France by the Black Edition limited editions of New Laguna Hatch and Estate, Renault has decided to extend this attractive series with the introduction of a coupé version. In addition to its distinctive looks, Renault Laguna Coupé Black Edition features a comprehensive equipment package which represents a saving to the customer of €4,250:

SsangYong’s new C200 model has been shown at the Seoul Motor Show in two versions and with three choices of power. The car is scheduled for production later this year and should reach the UK inside 12 months. The C200 is smaller and lighter than current SsangYong models, promising much improved fuel economy and lower CO2 emissions.

Dubbed a compact urban vehicle (CUV), the C200 Eco uses diesel hybrid power and the Aero version has a choice of a high torque 2.0 diesel or turbocharged 1.8.

In the week the new Exeo saloon and ST officially launch in UK showrooms, ambitious Spanish motor maker SEAT is underlining its intention to compete in other new sectors of the car market with first details of an exciting addition to the Ibiza line-up. The forthcoming Ibiza ST, illustrated here with a concept design sketch, is destined for UK showrooms next year and becomes the third distinct body style in the Ibiza model family — joining established big sellers the practical Ibiza 5dr and.

Hot on the heels of its exciting new solar sunroof technology, debuting in the SEAT Exeo saloon which goes on sale here officially tomorrow (2 April), the inventive Spanish brand is today unveiling another exciting innovation. While the Exeo’s optional sunroof uses small solar panels to generate electricity and power the car’s ventilation system on hot days – drawing ambient air into an otherwise hot cabin when the vehicle is parked with the engine off – the new device adapts wind turbine.

The North American version of the new generation Subaru Legacy will be unveiled at the New York International Auto Show on April 9. Known as Liberty in Australia, the refined Legacy version revealed today will be exclusively available in the United States and Canada, and will go on sale around June in those markets. Other markets, including Australia, will share a different version of the car, based on the Japanese domestic specification vehicles. The major difference between the U.S.

Porsche is expanding the successful Cayenne range with the Cayenne GTS Porsche Design Edition 3, which will be limited to just one thousand numbered units worldwide. This new Cayenne model features styling cues that underline the V8-powered, high-performance personality of this Porsche and it will be available to special customer order from May. The clear imprint of the Porsche Design Studio, based in Zell am See, Austria, which is one of the world leaders in industrial and product design.

Prindiville Prestige specialises in creating one-off, bespoke cars to an individual client’s precise specifications. Handcrafted bodywork to your own design? Just show us the sketches.

Interior retrimmed in ostrich hide? Simply tell us what colour you’d like it dyed. The very latest entertainment and communications technologies? We can easily source whatever you require.

Meet one of our latest creations. Murciélago by Prindiville. It’s daringly designed, stylishly aggressive. and one of a.

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has confirmed further details about the production version of 200EX, the experimental car shown at the Geneva motor show early in March 2009. Rolls-Royce CEO, Tom Purves announced the details at a press conference in New York where 200EX is currently being shown to potential customers on the first leg of a world tour. Speaking at the event, Mr Purves said, There has been a great deal of interest in this car since we first talked about producing a new model.

Suzuki Australia is marking the 100th anniversary of Suzuki with the launch of a limited edition version of the award-winning Swift. Based on the top-selling version of its championship winning light car, the Swift Limited Edition has been designed for customers looking for creature comforts and the unique value of an anniversary model. The Swift LE comes complete with 15 inch alloy wheels, keyless start, climate control air-conditioning, Alcantara interior trim, fog lamps, side.

Subaru’s turbocharged Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive Liberty GT spec.B is now available for a strictly limited time with a striking ochre leather trim interior. Just 50 of the black exterior sedans and wagons, officially tagged Liberty GT spec.B R, are available with a choice of six-speed manual or five-speed SPORTSHIFT automatic transmission. The special edition cars also have a black honeycomb grille, which distinguishes them externally from the standard versions.

Ochre door trims and.

In the Volkswagen Group consolidation, the SEAT brand reported an operating result for fiscal year 2008 of €-78 million (2007: €+8 million). The SEAT brand comprises SEAT S.A. subsidiaries in the Province of Barcelona and sales companies in Spain, Portugal and Germany. Based on Spanish financial reporting rules, SEAT, S.A. posted an operating result for 2008 of €-141 million (2007: €+44 million).

Taking into account other income and taxes, the operating result was €+44 million (2007: €+170.

The ROUSH 2010 427R Mustang will be the first in the lineup of new ROUSH 2010 Mustangs to have a ROUSHcharger installed which boosts the horsepower to 435 and offers 400 lb.-ft. of torque. This is the first time that ROUSH has been able to offer a supercharged vehicle at the launch of a new body style. Under the hood customers will see many differences in the ROUSH 2010 427R Mustang compared to previous years.

One of the biggest changes is that the long air induction tube that wrapped around.

SsangYong will be showing an almost production-ready example of its new C200 crossover utility car at the Seoul Motor Show in South Korea, opening on April 2. The company says that the C200 unveiled at the show will closely resemble the production C200 scheduled to be launched later this year. SsangYong will also show a new diesel hybrid version of the Kyron. The C200 concept was first unveiled at the Paris show last October and is the first new model in the broadening of the SsangYong.

Australia’s best-selling sports utility vehicle this year is about to get even better, thanks to a limited edition Subaru Forester X that includes extra features worth $1500 for a price premium of just $500. Just 550 Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive Forester X limited editions are available, with the choice of either manual or SPORTSHIFT automatic transmissions.

The Škoda Octavia RS 2.0 TSI launched in October 2007, is now available with a 6-speed DSG transmission. The Octavia RS is the performance flagship of the Octavia range, combining ultimate driver engagement with practicality and available in both liftback and wagon models. Initially available with the TSI 2.0-litre engine at launch, the range was expanded with the arrival of the diesel 2.0 TDI 125kW four-cylinder engine in October 2008 which was available with both the 6-speed manual and.

Comparisons between Porsche’s turbocharged 997 and Nissan’s newest GTR have kept the automotive press pretty busy in recent months — with the general consensus being that the GTR stacks up against Stuttgart’s performance icon pretty well, thank you very much. Now, however — a year after the GTR’s debut — the first tuner GTRs are starting to reach customers. which seems to beg the question: how do these tuned GTRs stack up against tuned Porsches? Back in January, the thousand horsepower.

Porsche has confirmed UK prices for its forthcoming four seat Panamera gran turismo, which goes on sale on 12 September 2009. The four door performance car will be priced from £72,266 for the Panamera S, £77,269 for the Panamera 4S and £95,298 for the top of the range Panamera Turbo. The Porsche Panamera will be available with powerful and efficient V8 power units, the choice of rear or four-wheel drive, and an interior design with a uniquely luxurious and high technology ambience.

Premier4509 has announced a new update package for the Bentley GT. Premier4509 has worked to update the asthetics of the six year old car with an aggressive stance. 300 limited edition packages will be available worldwide and includes a new front bumper, side skirts, rear bumper, six piece grill set, rear deck spoiler and exhaust tips.

The design is similar to our exclusive wide body package launched in 2008, said company president, H. Yokomaku. The response to the wide.

With a performance of more than 550hp, the SP 550mc goes out hunting in the territory of its fellow super cars. Thanks to Sportec’s sporty understatement, the 997 Turbo has become nothing less than a cheetah in a tailored suit – with significantly reduced CO2 emissions. In spite of the new CO2-reduced natural gas technology, the turbo performance could be considerably improved.

Consequently, also the meanclean version of the SP 550 delivers breathtaking performance and torque values.

Not only the wishes of Porsche Drivers are fulfilled at Sportec from Hori — also Audi Driver can help themselves out of the program of the this noble high-tech forge. Sportec offers from now on a complete refining program for Audi RS6. The main point consists in the increased performance of the 5.0 liter V10 Biturbo aggregate.

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For that purpose the Swiss specialists exchange the original catalysts by high-performance catalysts with higher flow rate.

Pininfarina and Bollore set up a 50-50 joint venture at the beginning of 2008 with the purpose of designing, developing, manufacturing and distributing an electric car with revolutionary technical features and formal qualities. The Pininfarina BLUECAR, on show at the Geneva Motor Show on the Vehicules Electriques Pininfarina-Bollore stand, is therefore not a mere concept car but a forerunner of the vehicle which will go into production in Italy at Pininfarina starting from 2010 with the first.

Alongside six other world debuts from French marque Renault, this year’s Geneva motor show also witnessed the unveiling of the latest member of the New Megane family, with the arrival of the Sport Tourer version. New Megane Sport Tourer boasts vast carrying capacity and could hardly be more driver-friendly, while its dynamic, elegant lines give it undeniable sporting appeal. The newcomer boasts a raft of high-tech equipment, too, including Carminat TomTom®, a new, fully-integrated satnav.

The Geneva Motor Show sees Renault take the wraps off the latest Hatch and Sport Tourer versions of the best-selling Clio. Clio 2009’s styling, comfort, versatility, safety credentials and equipment, which form a package worthy of that of models from the next segment up, are sure to appeal to a large, loyal customer base worldwide. At the same time, its excellent build quality makes it one of the most reliable cars of its class.

For several years, the Renaultsport version of the brand’s best-selling hatchback has been unanimously acclaimed by enthusiasts as one of the best performance hatches in its class, and definitely one of the most fun to drive. Building on this success, Renault has chosen the 2009 Geneva Motor Show to reveal the New Clio Renaultsport 200.

The research organization of Siemens (Corporate Technology) is working intensively on the topic of electro mobility, which could become part of its environment portfolio, with 19 billion Euros already contributing a mere 25% of total revenue. The demands made on the electric vehicle and the design of the power network infrastructure play a decisive role. Topics being investigated include, among others, energy generation and distribution, traffic and energy management, smart metering, power.

The High Luxury SUV built by RUF is named Dakara and is based on the Porsche Cayenne. The exterior and interior is able to embrace the most ambitious wishes. Because of the 911-headlights, the Dakara affects like a sports car.

Four 22 inch- five spoke wheels and the broadened fenders demonstrate pure power. The bodykit fits to every Cayenne.

Following the launches of New Megane Hatch and Coupe, Renault will further extend the Megane line-up this spring with the introduction of New Grand Scenic, followed by the release of New Scenic. Building on the success of Scenic I and Scenic II, and benefiting from its unrivalled expertise when it comes to user-friendly interiors, cabin space and travelling comfort, Renault is poised to renew the compact MPV segment’s standard-setting model with the launch of New Grand Scenic (with seven.

Spyker Cars, manufacturer of exclusive premium sports cars since 2000, today proudly introduces the production version of its all-new second-generation sports car: the 2009 Spyker C8 Aileron, the prototype of which was shown at Geneva in 2008. Victor R. Muller, Spyker Cars’ founder and Chief Executive Officer said on the occasion of the unveiling: “When we unveiled the C8 Aileron prototype here last year, we wanted to make a clear statement to the industry that Spyker was about to take the.

As the latest in a long line of Renault performance models, New Megane Renaultsport 250 stands out through its exhilarating performance and handling. The fusion of its extra 25hp with unmistakable sporting coupe credentials and choice of two chassis settings (sport and Cup, the latter with a limited slip differential) is clear evidence that New Megane Renaultsport has been honed to delight enthusiasts. Coming after Megane F1 Team R26 and Megane R26.R, New Megane Renaultsport 250 profits.

Basically, a Mercedes Benz SLK never lacks elegant looks. Especially since it underwent a facelift last year, the roadster has an extremely classy appearance. Everyone who is now willing to take the extra step from quality to excellence, has come to the right place: the Mercedes refiner Piecha Design.

Their extensive program gives the SLK the finishing touch for perfection Piecha Design enhances the already very sportive appearance of the aerodynamics package with an additional front.

Compact, attractively styled and full of surprises: Škoda Auto will celebrate the extension of its model range to five with the introduction of Yeti at Geneva. The 4.2 metre long, five-door vehicle bears the well-known features of the brand. An impressive front end with a ribbed grille and friendly looking headlamps confidently demonstrate Yeti’s relationship with the Škoda family.

Sturdy flanks and distinct wings give Yeti its robust and solid look on 17 inch wheels, without coming across as.

Subaru confirmed the innovative and versatile EXIGA All-Wheel Drive wagon will join its Australian line-up later this year. Unveiling a Japanese domestic-specification EXIGA at Melbourne International Motor Show, Subaru Managing Director, Nick Senior, said the six-seater family wagon will go on sale around November. It will feature automatic transmission as standard and be powered by a normally aspirated four cylinder 2.5 litre horizontally opposed Boxer engine.

Mr Senior said: “The.

Subaru is showcasing an innovative plug-in vehicle, the STELLA, at Melbourne International Motor Show from 27 February. The four-seat STELLA mini car can be recharged to 80 per cent of its 80 kilometre range in just 15 minutes. It will soon go into limited production for sale on the Japanese domestic market later this year.

Amazingly, STELLA costs just 93 cents per 100 kilometres to run, if charged at off-peak rates, and $1.88 at peak rates – less than a reverse cycle air conditioner^.

Škoda Australia is revealing its exciting new Octavia model range at the 2009 Melbourne International Motor Show. Designers and engineers approached the job of transforming the Škoda Octavia with great care, aware of the fact that improving such a well-engineered car would pose quite a challenge. An almost fundamental revision of the Octavia’s appearance brings the current model up-to-date with Škoda Auto’s modern design philosophy.

When looking from the front, the key enhancements to the.

The all-new Škoda Superb will be making its Australian debut at the 2009 Melbourne International Motor Show. Although new on these shores, this model has a long history – there has been a Superb in Škoda’s line-up, on and off, since the 1930s. When it was re-launched in 2001, the first modern Superb represented a new start, a re-entry into a market which had long been neglected.

This latest Superb, however, is a pivotal car, a flagship model that links the company’s illustrious past with.

Suzuki Australia today unveiled the all-new Alto – which will join the Suzuki line-up later this year – at the Melbourne International Motor Show. The fifth and smallest member of Suzuki’s acclaimed range of world strategic models, the new Alto combines eye-catching style and easy urban mobility with great performance in terms of fuel efficiency and CO2 emissions. Already on sale in Europe, the Alto has returned fuel economy figures of just 4.4 L/100 km and CO2 emissions of just 103 grams.

Suzuki is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2009 by showering its customers with a brace of limited edition models packed with free features. Selected SX4, Jimny Sierra and Grand Vitara models will go on sale in March with between $1000 and $2000 worth of accessories added at no extra cost. All SX4 and Grand Vitara 100th Anniversary models will come complete with fog lamps, anniversary badging and an integrated Bluetooth mobile phone kit.

Bluetooth technology offers numerous.

Saab Australia will become the first car manufacturer in Australia to offer its full model range as E85 capable from mid this year. The announcement further enhances Saab’s flex-fuel industry leadership position and means that all new Saabs will offer a flex-fuel/petrol engine as standard. Saab Australia became the first car maker to produce a renewable, ethanol-powered car for the Australian market and continues to be the only brand in Australia offering vehicles that run on E85#- a mix.

Saab’s widely-acclaimed all-wheel-drive system – Saab XWD (cross wheel drive) – is given broader appeal and is now available in the latest 9-3 Aero Sport Sedan and SportCombi models. Premiering at the Melbourne International Motor Show later this month, these new models feature the cutting-edge XWD system which has been specifically tuned for the Saab 9-3 chassis and fully exploits the power of an upgraded 2.8-litre V6 turbo engine delivering 206kW* (increased from 188kW*) and an impressive.

Protoscar unveils the unique features of LAMPO: the electric sporty showcar powered by renewable energy. Protoscar SA will unveil LAMPO — a full size sport cabriolet — at the next Geneva Motor Show on March 2nd, 2009 (stand 5141 in the e-mobile area). LAMPO is powered by two BRUSA electric motors (one rear and one front), optimized for maximizing acceleration and regenerative braking respectively. They deliver a total output of 268 HP and a torque of over 440 Nm.

The lightweight.

A special edition of the smart fortwo will be celebrating its world premiere at the 79th Geneva Motor Show. The edition limited three boasts exclusive, elegant paintwork and a spring-like fresh interior design concept. Thanks to mhd technology as standard, the cult two-seater car combines a chic appearance with outstanding environmental friendliness. The smart fortwo edition limited three will be produced as a limited series. smart is welcoming the spring with a.

What is this? It is round, small and cuddly, has eyes to fall in love with, a … behind — and on demand 60 or 160 hp as necessary. It is Rinspeed’s answer to the fast changing requirements of the market and sociopolitical perception about the tuning industry.’ Rinspeed boss Frank M. Rinderknecht hits the nail on the head: “Just like the auto industry has to adjust to the demands of a new era, tuners have to look for new ways to do business as well.” The Swiss automobile visionary.

Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. (FHI), the maker of Subaru automobiles, today launches Subaru Impreza WRX A-Line which is a new addition to the current WRX STI model. The model goes on sale nationwide through Subaru dealerships today in Japan. Based on the Impreza WRX STI, the WRX STI A-Line model was developed to offer its distinctive driving performance to a wider range of customers by integrating 2.5-litre turbocharged Boxer engine and 5 Speed Automatic Transmission with.

The 79th International Motor Show in Geneva is kicking off a sluggish year for the automotive industry. Following on the heels of high oil prices, limited access to credit and the consequences of the financial crisis on purchasing power are today penalizing the automotive industry. The development of new gasoline engines will be essential to revive the industry since these engines will continue to represent over 80% of the market for the next 20 to 30 years.

These new engines must be able to.

Subaru has the perfect answer for belt-tightening motorists wishing to downsize but not down-spec. Diminutive delight, the Justy 1.0R is now available as a much sportier little number: the Justy 1.0 Twin Cam Special Edition. Restricted to just 100 vehicles (50 in Black Mica, 50 in Shining Red), the extra equipment comprises rear roof spoiler; twin exhaust system; over roof ‘viper stripes’ and side decals; leather and alloy gear knob and rear privacy glass – creating the perfect blend of.

Porsche AG, the Stuttgart, Germany-based high-performance car and SUV manufacturer, shared more information about its Cayenne S Hybrid, which will debut next year. Using a parallel full hybrid design with the electric motor between the combustion engine and the transmission, Porsche engineers have been able to drive at speeds up to 86 mph without at all using the combustion engine. This engineering achievement allows the Cayenne S Hybrid to roll freely — or ‘coast’ — at highway speeds.

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars will unveil its latest experimental car, called 200EX, at the Geneva Motor Show on 3 March 2009. 200EX is a design study for a contemporary four-door saloon and shows the direction for RR4, a new model series from Rolls-Royce due for production in 2010.

The Clio Renault Sport F1 Team R27 will be the star of the Renault stand at this years’ Melbourne International Motorshow. The Clio Renault Sport 197 has been hailed as the benchmark hot-hatch chassis, but Renault’s performance arm has sought to move the game onto the next level with the launch of the Clio Renault Sport F1 Team R27. Built at the Renault Sport factory in Dieppe, the Limited Edition Clio Renault Sport R27 is inspired by the FIA World Championship winning-Renault F1 Team.

Two world debuts mark the highlights from Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, Stuttgart, at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show: the 911 GT3 and the Cayenne Diesel. Presented for the first time to the public, these two models impressively symbolise the particular fortes of Porsche’s model range focusing on both tradition and the future – dynamic performance and superior economy.

The new 911 GT3 is once again more powerful, faster, crisper and more dynamic than its predecessor, improving above all in its two.

Skoda has unveiled the first official photographs of the Fabia Scout. The new addition to the Scout family will make its world debut at this year’s Geneva Motor Show. The design of the brand new Scout includes distinct features and attractive protective elements, giving this functional and economical car, new emotional dimensions. A uniquely-shaped bumper and plastic cladding give this new version of Skoda’s popular estate enhanced, robust features.

In addition, protective elements on the.

Škoda has announced the launch of its new Superb GreenLine. Available in January, the Superb GreenLine is powered by a 1.9-litre TDI PD DPF which produces 105 bhp and is capable of 55.4mpg on the combined cycle and produces only 136g/km of CO2. This means the Superb GreenLine sits in VED band C and attracts an annual road fund licence of just £120 a year.

The Swiss auto powerhouse Rinspeed presents the ‘iChange,’ the world’s first car whose body adapts to the number of passengers on board. For Rinspeed boss Rinderknecht the vehicle is more than just a clever concept car. “The „iChange“ is a symbol for the fundamental changes the auto industry undergoes worldwide. And it is clear that only those companies will survive that have innovative answers for the demands of a new automotive era.” The visionary Rinderknecht is convinced that the days of.

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars is pleased to announce details of a product update to the 2009 model year Phantom and Phantom Extended Wheelbase. Building on a successful sales year in 2008, the phased introduction of a number of subtle model year enhancements will reinforce Phantom’s position as the pinnacle product of the super luxury segment. Harmonising the front appearance of the car with that of the Phantom Drophead Coupe and Phantom Coupe, a new streamlined front bumper has been designed and.

Škoda Auto will present the new Yeti at this year’s International Motor Show in Geneva. The new model is based on the design study of the same name that was introduced in 2005. Yeti is designed for both urban and leisure driving and features state-of-the-art technology that ensures excellent behaviour on the road and great riding qualities off-road.

It is a smart and practical solution for customers who want a compact car that is robust, safe and has universal appeal.

Today, Porsche AG for the first time presents its Panamera four-door gran turismo interior concept. The much-anticipated addition to Porsche’s performance lineup will make its U.S. market debut on Oct. 17, 2009. With a continuous center console that extends from the dashboard to the rear seating area, the Panamera offers a new spatial concept for the driver and passengers featuring optimal ergonomic seating with individual cockpit-like spaces for all.

Its deep seating position and a sport.

At the Geneva motor show in March, Saab will introduce the 9-3X — a new addition to the 9-3 range available as of Model Year 2010. The Saab 9-3X is a rugged all-round car designed to take active individualists to the start of their adventure. With distinctive looks, a versatile SportCombi body, higher stance and advanced all-wheel drive technology, the 9-3X offers fuel efficiency and functional storage without limiting the kinds of roads that need to be driven.

It is the ideal alternative.

Subaru of America, Inc. will show a one-of-a-kind Subaru Impreza WRX STI designed for its factory rally driver Travis Pastrana at the Chicago Auto Show, February 13-22 in McCormick Place. Subaru worked with Pastrana to create a brilliant yellow 199 liveried WRX STI to commemorate his third consecutive Rally America National Championship. Pastrana is scheduled to appear at the Chicago Auto Show to sign autographs in the Subaru booth February 14th and 15th.

Having unveiled the SEAT Exeo at the Paris Motor Show last October, the company’s sporty sedan is going on sale in the Spanish market, and is positioned as one of the most technologically advanced models of its category with an extremely competitive price range. Coinciding with a return to the B segment, the Spanish brand is also presenting a family size version of the new model, with both examples combining luxury, comfort and roominess with the traditional sporty philosophy that.

Scion, of Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. Inc. announced today that the only limited-production tC for 2009, the tC Release Series 5.0 (tC RS 5.0), will have a Toyota Racing Development (TRD) theme and be available at dealer showrooms in March. The 2009 tC RS 5.0 will be on display in the Scion space at the Chicago Auto Show, February 11-22, for media and public days.

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