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New car diary for 2004

Make: Hyundai

Model: Sonata

Released: Dec 2004

An all-new Sonata sedan is due to be released by Hyundai in late 2004, featuring the existing 2.7-litre V6 and a new 2.4-litre four-cylinder. The latter is the first in a new series of "Theta" alloy engines - which also includes 1.8 and 2.0-litre varieties - that will also go into Mitsubishi and Chrysler cars.
read more about the Hyundai Sonata

Make: Jaguar

Model: XJ - LWB

Released: Dec 2004

Based on Jaguar's new XJ large sedan is the long-wheelbase version, which debuted globally at the 2004 New York motor show. To be available Down Under from late this year on an order-only basis, the XJ LWB adds five inches to its donor car's length, 24kg of extra weight and a number of new options.
read more about the Jaguar XJ

Make: Saab

Model: 9-3 - diesel

Released: Dec 2004

Saab is the latest Australian car company to consider adding turbo-diesel power to its range. In the smaller Swede’s case, it’s a sophisticated new 1.9-litre oil burner - yet to be launched in Europe - that is expected to bolster the 9-3 compact prestige sedan's 2.0-litre turbo petrol line-up here late in 2004.
read more about the Saab 9-3

Make: Dodge

Model: Viper

Released: Dec 2004

DaimlerChryler's flagship performer and Dodge's answer to the Chev Corvette and Ford's born-again GT, the new-generation Viper will be offered Down Under by late 2004. Like the previous model, Viper will be converted to right-hand drive locally, but this time on a strictly order-only basis.
read more about the Dodge Viper

Make: Renault

Model: Megane - RS

Released: Dec 2004

The highest-performing Megane, the RS, debuted at the 2003 Frankfurt show and should go on sale Down Under just in time for Christmas 2004. A direct rival for the Focus RS, Golf R32 and Alfa 147 GTA, the three-door Megane RS packs a 168kW/300Nm 2.0-litre turbo engine and six-speed manual gearbox.
read more about the Renault Megane

Make: Jeep

Model: Cherokee

Released: Nov 2004

DaimlerChrysler has seen fit to facelift its three-year-old Cherokee medium SUV following slow sales in the US. Expected on sale in Australia during the final quarter of 2004, the updated Cherokee will herald cosmetic changes inside and out, plus a gutsier version of its current turbo-diesel engine.
read more about the Jeep Cherokee

Make: BMW

Model: 1 Series

Released: Nov 2004

BMW's first rear-drive small car since the 2002, the 1 Series five-door hatch arrives here late this year. Rivalling cars like Golf, A3 and 147, 1 Series may sell from just $35K with a 1.8 four. A two-door notchback coupe and convertible like the CS1 concept (pictured) - both dubbed 2 Series - will lob by 2006.
read more about the BMW 1 Series

Make: Honda

Model: Integra - Type S

Released: Nov 2004

Honda will abandon its Type R performance badge when it updates the Integra small car in late 2004. As part of the updated Integra range, however, will be a Type S variant offering similar performance to the outgoing Type R, plus a host of extra standard equipment.
read more about the Honda Integra

Make: BMW

Model: 5 Series - Touring

Released: Oct 2004

Due on sale here by around October 2004 after premiering at Geneva, the all-new, fifth-generation 5 Series Touring - codenamed E60/2 - should bring all of the E60 sedan's brilliance to the luxury wagon market. That means active steering, a hybrid chassis, roomier rear seating and a slightly higher pricetag.
read more about the BMW 5 Series

Make: Volkswagen

Model: Golf

Released: Oct 2004

Revealed at the 2003 Frankfurt motor show in both three and five-door hatch variants, the fifth-generation Golf is tipped to go on sale in Australia following the Sydney motor show in October 2004. Following from 2005 will be four-door Bora sedan and Golf station wagon versions, plus hi-po engine models.
read more about the Volkswagen Golf

Make: Peugeot

Model: 407

Released: Oct 2004

To debut globally at Geneva and locally at Sydney, the new 407 sedan and wagon promise improved quality, safety and dynamics, plus a Peugeot-first dual wishbone front-end. Some will get a six-speed auto and nine airbags to go with new petrol engines, while a new 2.7 V6 diesel should lob here in 2005.
read more about the Peugeot 407

Make: Ford

Model: F6 Typhoon

Released: Oct 2004

Ford's worst-kept secret was unveilled at the 2004 Melbourne show in the form of FPV's first turbocharged offering. Dubbed F6 Typhoon, it takes the XR6 Turbo to greater extremes and should slot in above Ford's flagship 260kW, $50,130 XR8 and under FPV's 290kW, $59,850 GT later in 2004.
read more about the Ford F6 Typhoon

Make: Jaguar

Model: X-Type - Estate

Released: Oct 2004

Jaguar continues its volume chase with the X-Type Estate, which goes on sale in Europe in the second quarter of 2004 and is under consideration for sale in Australia. Like the X-Type saloon, the estate can come with four-wheel drive and a choice of V6 engines, plus turbo-diesel propulsion.
read more about the Jaguar X-Type

Make: Citroen

Model: Xsara - Picasso

Released: Oct 2004

Finally arriving in Australia many months after its intended on-sale date, the facelifted Xsara-based Picasso people-mover (or monospace, as the Europeans like to call them) will lob around October 2004 with 2.0-litre petrol power. Auto will be the only transmission available and, alas, there will be no diesel either.
read more about the Citroen Xsara

Make: Holden

Model: Astra

Released: Oct 2004

Likely to premiere locally at Sydney in October, the all-new, more expensive fifth-generation AH Astra five-door will be sold alongside rebadged Astra Classic and Astra CD Classic versions of the current TS Astra. Expect three-door, four-door, Zafira people-mover and coupe-convertible versions to follow.
read more about the Holden Astra

Make: Citroen

Model: Pluriel

Released: Oct 2004

Strong demand in Europe for the C3 Pluriel means the pint-sized convertible won't go on sale here until around October 2004, in 1.6 SensoDrive guise. The three-door, four-seater - with removeable roof, full-length sunroof and tailgate - will be priced below the successful Peugeot 206CC at around $35,000.
read more about the Citroen Pluriel

Make: Renault

Model: Megane - coupe-convertible

Released: Oct 2004

Due to be unveilled locally at this year's Sydney motor show, the Megane coupe-convertible is Renault's take on Peugeot's successful 206CC and the new 307CC. Featuring a folding metal hard-top, the topless Megane will attract a price premium over its conventional-roofed siblings.
read more about the Renault Megane

Make: Proton

Model: Satria

Released: Oct 2004

Proton is likely to use the Sydney motor show to launch the second of its all-new models (following the Wira replacement in June) - the redesigned Satria small hatch. Set to spawn the successor for one of Australia's best-value hot-hatches, the next-generation Satria GTi will be a highlight of the new range.
read more about the Proton Satria

Make: Kia

Model: Sorento

Released: Oct 2004

Kia's medium off-roader, the Sorento, gets a manual transmission for its single V6 model, plus the option of a turbo-diesel engine in the third quarter of 2004. One of the first to get in on the diesel act with its well priced Sorento, Kia hopes to claim a slice of the emerging oil-burner SUV market.
read more about the Kia Sorento

Make: Kia

Model: Sportage

Released: Oct 2004

The current Sportage is out of production until an all-new, monocoque-chassis replacement is released in Korea in late 2003 and in Australia around Sydney show time. To be based on the next-generation Kia Spectra/Hyundai Elantra subcompact platform, it will feature a new four-cylinder and small V6.
read more about the Kia Sportage

Make: Audi

Model: A4 - S4 cabriolet

Released: Oct 2004

Audi revealed its first ever S4 Cabriolet at Frankfurt 2003, firing the latest shot in its battle for global performance car domination. A direct rival for BMW’s benchmark M3 convertible, the four-seater S4 cabrio joins S4 sedan and wagon on sale Down Under by around Sydney show time in October.
read more about the Audi A4

Make: Daihatsu

Model: YRV

Released: Oct 2004

Daihatsu will facelift its YRV mini people-mover in 2004. First displayed at the 2000 Birmingham motor show before being sold here from July 2001, the YRV is Daihatsu's answer to VW's Polo and Peugeot's 206. It comes in for its midlife refresh in the third quarter of 2004, when a turbo version may also lob here.
read more about the Daihatsu YRV

Make: Nissan

Model: Murano

Released: Oct 2004

Nissan Australia is developing a business case for its mid-sized luxury SUV, the Murano. Already sold in the US, Murano will be positioned upstream from the new Pathfinder - also due on sale in 2004 - with a pricetag between $50,000 and $60,000. Expect plenty of equipment, CVT trans and 180kW 3.5 V6.
read more about the Nissan Murano

Make: Volvo

Model: V50

Released: Oct 2004

Volvo's next-generation compact wagon, to be known as V50 rather than V40 like its predecessor, will go on sale a few months after the new S40 - around Sydney show time in October 2004. Slightly shorter but larger in every other respect, V50 will be five-cylinder-only and more expensive than before.
read more about the Volvo V50

Make: Chrysler

Model: Crossfire - Roadster

Released: Oct 2004

Like its coupe sibling that went on sale in January 2004, Chrysler's Crossfire Roadster - unveilled at the 2004 Detroit show - is based on the original SLK, but is even truer to its donor car's convertible origins. The Roadster adds 90kg and should be priced under $80,000 when it arrives here in late 2004.
read more about the Chrysler Crossfire

Make: Porsche

Model: 911

Released: Oct 2004

Porsche's superstar supercar, the 911, comes in for renewal in 2004. Returning to return to traditional round headlights, the 997-codenamed 911 should also get a 3.8-litre boxer six offering up to 300kW, plus manual, auto and clutchless manual six-speed gearboxes. Expect to see it at September's Paris show.
read more about the Porsche 911

Make: Land Rover

Model: Discovery

Released: Oct 2004

The all-new, third-generation Discovery launched at the 2004 New York show is due on sale here around October this year. The bigger MkIII Disco marks the arrival of a new monocoque platform, a completely redesigned body and cabin, fresh drivetrain components and high-tech electronics.
read more about the Land Rover Discovery

Make: Nissan

Model: Pulsar

Released: Oct 2004

The next Pulsar appeared at the 2003 Tokyo show as the C-Note concept car. Shown in virtual production guise, Nissan’s new C-segment small car echoes the new Renault Megane it's based on. Expect better quality, handling, ride, safety and a bigger interior when the new Pulsar arrives here late 2004.
read more about the Nissan Pulsar

Make: Renault

Model: Megane - Scenic

Released: Oct 2004

Renault will launch its all-new Megane-based Scenic II five-seater people-mover around October 2004. Replacing the popular original, the new Scenic will no longer be available in RX4 all-wheel drive form. In its place is a Megane SUV due around 2006 and the seven-seater, long-wheelbase Grand Scenic.
read more about the Renault Megane

Make: Kia

Model: Picanto

Released: Oct 2004

The replacement for Kia's entry level car debuted at the 2003 Frankfurt motor show. Picanto will replace the Pride (the previous Pride was sold in Australia as the Ford Festiva) and will go on sale here if Kia Australia can land it here under Rio price and spec at around $11,990 - which seems unlikely at this stage.
read more about the Kia Picanto

Make: Ford

Model: Falcon - BAII

Released: Oct 2004

Ford's born-again BA Falcon becomes due for its first facelift in October 2004, when it's expected to appear with less weight, updated interior and exterior cosmetics and extra standard equipment such as stability control and other Territory features. It will rival Holden's VZ Commodore and its new V6.
read more about the Ford Falcon

Make: Citroen

Model: C2

Released: Oct 2004

Citroen Australian has already imported a limited run of 25 examples of its C3-based C2 hot hatches, priced at $22,990. However, it won't become freely available until October, when the youth-oriented three-door four-seater should line up here alongside the five-door C3 in 80kW 1.6-litre Sensodrive VTR form.
read more about the Citroen C2

Make: Saab

Model: 9-2X

Released: Oct 2004

If approved for right-hand drive production, Saab's first all-wheel drive - the Subaru Impreza-based 9-2X - will go on sale here by October 2004. Built by Subaru, which is 20 per cent owned by Saab owner GM, the 9-2X five-door will be the cheapest Saab, offering 2.5 atmo and 2.0-litre turbo boxer engines.
read more about the Saab 9-2X

Make: Mitsubishi

Model: Colt

Released: Sep 2004

The ageing CE Mirage series will be replaced by the Honda Jazz-sized Colt, a five-door front-drive 1.5-litre one-box hatch. Built on the same platform as future Smart and Hyundai models, the five-door could be joined by a three-door. Mitsu Oz is likely to ditch the Mirage name for the new global Colt badge.
read more about the Mitsubishi Colt

Make: Proton

Model: Waja - 1.8 auto

Released: Aug 2004

Proton's Waja small car will benefit from the addition of a 1.8-litre automatic variant in August. Replacing the 1.6-litre auto currently available, the self-shifting 1.8 version will be sold alongside a manual-transmission 1.6.
read more about the Proton Waja

Make: Volkswagen

Model: Caravelle

Released: Aug 2004

VW's fifth-generation Caravelle - in eight, seven and luxury six-seater configurations - introduces 3.2-litre V6 power as well as two torquey new 2.5-litre turbo-diesels. An all-new body and chassis promises improved comfort and driveability. All feature six-speed auto and manual gearboxes.
read more about the Volkswagen Caravelle

Make: Renault

Model: Master

Released: Aug 2004

Renault will launch its biggest light commercial vehicle, the front-drive Master large van and cab-chassis, during the third quarter of 2004. In Europe gross weights range from 2.8 to 3.5-tonne and payloads from 1046 to 1735kg, while engine choices include 1.9, 2.2 and 2.5-litre common-rail turbo-diesels.
read more about the Renault Master

Make: Subaru

Model: Liberty - GT manual

Released: Aug 2004

Subaru will probably wait until the MY05 Liberty/Outback series appears in August before offering a five-speed manual gearbox on the 180kW 2.0-litre turbocharged Liberty GT models. The MY05 series should include a number of minor trim changes that should also spill into the Outback series.
read more about the Subaru Liberty

Make: Audi

Model: A3 - V6

Released: Aug 2004

The top-spec three-door A3, complete with 184kW/320Nm 3.2-litre V6 quattro and six-speed "double clutch" Direct Shift Gearbox, debuted at Sydney 03 and goes on sale here for under $70,000 in August. An all-new S3 performance flagship will follow, as will the five-door Sportback in early 2005.
read more about the Audi A3

Make: Renault

Model: Kangoo

Released: Aug 2004

Also due around August 2004 is the Renault Kangoo, a direct rival for car-based light commercial vehicles like the Holden Combo and Citroen Berlingo. The compact mini-van features sliding side doors and is popular in Europe, outselling Berlingo and the Peugeot Partner combined.
read more about the Renault Kangoo

Make: Daewoo

Model: Lacetti - hatch

Released: Aug 2004

While the all-new, J200-series, Pininfarina-designed Lacetti sedan went on sale here in September 2003, the ItalDesign-styled hatch appeared in prototype form at the 2003 Frankfurt show and will go on sale Down Under in August 2004. It replaces the top selling Nubira small-medium car.
read more about the Daewoo Lacetti

Make: Mitsubishi

Model: Magna - VR-X AWD

Released: Aug 2004

Mitsubishi will deliver what's supposed to be Australia's first homegrown all-wheel drive sports sedan (discounting HSV's limited-build Coupe4 two-door due on sale in July) when it launches the Magna VR-X AWD. Priced at $42,490, it lacks the 2WD VR-X's manual gearbox, 17-inch wheels and 163kW.
read more about the Mitsubishi Magna

Make: Holden

Model: Commodore - VZ

Released: Aug 2004

Commodore will get the multi-valve, overhead-cam alloy V6 and five-speed sequential auto it has long needed when the VZ goes on sale around August - complete with 190kW 3.6-litre DOHC power. VZ will be the last major change to the current, VT-based Commodore before the all-new VE arrives in 2006.
read more about the Holden Commodore

Make: Alfa Romeo

Model: GT

Released: Jul 2004

Making its public debut at the 2003 Frankfurt show, Alfa Romeo's stylish new GT coupe will go on sale locally in July. Based on the 156 Sportwagon platform and featuring a 176kW 3.2 V6, the Bertone-designed GT will effectively replace the 156 GTA and eventually the GTV, at $79,990.
read more about the Alfa Romeo GT

Make: Honda

Model: Odyssey

Released: Jul 2004

Honda revealed an all-new Odyssey at the 2003 Tokyo show, and it’s due on sale here in mid-2004. The third-generation Odyssey has an 80mm-lower roof, 5mm greater headroom and a lower centre of gravity. Expect a 118kW/220Nm 2.4-litre i-VTEC base engine with seven-speed CVT gearbox, for under $50,000.
read more about the Honda Odyssey

Make: BMW

Model: X5 - 4.8is

Released: Jul 2004

BMW's range-topping X5 4.8is is due to arrive on sale Down Under in July as the successor to the 4.6is. Expected to deliver sub-six-second 0-100km/h pace, the new X5 flagship will carry a pricetag to match. It will also feature the facelifted X5's new AWD drivetrain and six-speed auto, plus 20-inch wheels!
read more about the BMW X5

Make: Alfa Romeo

Model: 166

Released: Jul 2004

An update of the 166 luxury car was featured at the 2003 Frankfurt motor show and will go on sale in Australia in July. The update, performed by Alfa’s styling centre, includes a new shield grille, headlights, bonnet and bumpers, plus extensive changes to interior materials, colours and trims.
read more about the Alfa Romeo 166

Make: MG

Model: ZT - 220S

Released: Jul 2004

MG Rover Australia is set to expand the MG ZT model range with the addition of the MG ZT220S in July. Powered by a supercharged version of the Rover Group 2.5 V6, power and torque are about 20 per cent up at 165kW and 288Nm in either manual or automatic. The kit adds $9900 to the cost of the ZT.
read more about the MG ZT

Make: Audi

Model: A3

Released: Jun 2004

Longer, lower and wider, Audi's second-generation A3 three-door hatch will go on sale here in 1.6 and 2.0-litre direct injection guise from June. While a 3.2 V6 quattro version is expected to go on sale in August (the five-door is due in early 2005), three-door pricing should open under $40,000.
read more about the Audi A3

Make: Ford

Model: Territory

Released: Jun 2004

Ford's answer to the Commodore wagon-based Holden Adventra is the $500 million Territory all-wheel drive wagon. Based on the BA Falcon but 60 per cent new, Territory goes on sale June 1, though test drives can be had from May. TX and Ghia variants will be available from launch, with a mid-spec TS version to be added late in the year. At $38,990, the rear-drive TX is just $2455 above the base Falcon XT wagon. AWD and seven seats cost extra.
read more about the Ford Territory

Make: Holden

Model: Monaro - CV8-R

Released: Jun 2004

Officially on sale from May 31, the limited-edition Monaro CV8-R makes its second appearance, this time exclusively in Pulse Red paint. CV8-R offers a 245kW 5.7-litre Gen III V8, 18-inch alloys, sunroof and many cosmetic touches. Both manual and auto versions will be $60,990. Just 320 will be built.
read more about the Holden Monaro

Make: Proton

Model: WRM

Released: Jun 2004

Malaysian maker Proton will use an all-new Wira, codenamed Wira Replacement Model, to revitalise its flagging range around June 2004. As this spy pic shows, Wira's successor will offer more style via a Hyundai Coupe-like tail and two-tone dash. Expect 1.6 and 1.8-litre engines.
read more about the Proton WRM

Make: Mitsubishi

Model: Grandis

Released: Jun 2004

The ageing Nimbus gets the chop for the stylish Grandis, a seven-seat people-mover in the mould of the more expensive Honda Odyssey. Boasting Mitsubishi's new corporate styling, the front-drive Grandis will be powered by a new 121kW 2.4-litre four-cylinder engine. Expect prices to start from $45,000.
read more about the Mitsubishi Grandis

Make: Ferrari

Model: 612 - Scaglietti

Released: Jun 2004

Ferrari revealed the replacement for its oldest model, the 456M, at the 2004 Detroit motor show - and it's called the 612 Scaglietti. The Pininfarina-penned 612 features an all-aluminium chassis and bodywork, making it 60kg lighter and 60 per cent more rigid than its current 2+2, plus a 402kW 5.7-litre V12.
read more about the Ferrari 612

Make: Maserati

Model: Quattroporte

Released: Jun 2004

Maserati's answer to the German luxury saloon domination is the Quattroporte. The Pininfarina-shaped four-door premiered at the 2003 Frankfurt show and is expected to sell here from June, 2004, at around $300,000. Australia will get just 30 examples of the 298kW V8, most of which are already sold.
read more about the Maserati Quattroporte

Make: HSV

Model: GTS

Released: May 2004

The latest iterations of HSV's flagship coupe and sedan models debuted at the 2004 Melbourne show - six months after the facelifted Y Series 2 range went on sale. Deliveries begin in May. Expect Ohlins shocks, new steering, the same 300kW V8 and pricing of $97,500 (GTS sedan) and $98,500 (GTS Coupe).
read more about the HSV GTS

Make: Audi

Model: A4 - Avant

Released: May 2004

Based on the $129,500 S4 sedan, the $132,500 Avant wagon will be available here from May. While the S4 Cabriolet won't appear until the 2004 Sydney motor show in October, the high-performance V8 Avant offers a point of difference from BMW's M3 range, which does not comprise a wagon variant.
read more about the Audi A4

Make: BMW

Model: 6 Series - convertible

Released: May 2004

To join the 645Ci coupe on sale here from May 2004, the 645Ci convertible features the same cutting-edge BMW technology and blistering 245kW V8. While the all-new 6 Series coupe was first revealed at Frankfurt 03, the convertible debuted at Detroit 04 and will attract an "appropriate premium".
read more about the BMW 6 Series

Make: BMW

Model: 6 Series - coupe

Released: May 2004

BMW's born-again 6 Series coupe debuted at the 2003 Frankfurt show and the single-model 645Ci will be joined on sale in Australia in May 2004 by the 645Ci convertible, which premiered at the 2004 Detroit show. The E63 645Ci will be available in limited numbers, priced at $203,000.
read more about the BMW 6 Series

Make: Jaguar

Model: XJ - XJ6

Released: May 2004

Jaguar Australia will revive the historic XJ6 nameplate when it adds a six-cylinder variant to its XJ large sedan range in May. Featuring similar standard equipment to its V8 siblings - including satellite-navigation, television and telephone - the XJ6 will command a smaller $150,000 pricetag.
read more about the Jaguar XJ

Make: Audi

Model: A3

Released: May 2004

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read more about the Audi A3

Make: Bugatti

Model: Veyron

Released: Apr 2004

First deliveries of the 406km/h AWD supercar from born-again VW brand Bugatti have been delayed until April 2004, because it was deemed too racecar-like. No wonder, given the left-hand drive-only Veyron 16/4's 750kW 1250Nm 8.0-litre W16 good for 0-100km/h in 2.9 sec. Just 300 will be built.
read more about the Bugatti Veyron

Make: Ford

Model: Fiesta

Released: Apr 2004

Ford has confirmed April as the on-sale date for its long-awaited light car, the Fiesta. The all-new, Euro-built hatch range will comprise a three or five-door Fiesta LX, a three-door Fiesta Zetec and five-door Fiesta Ghia, each with a 74kW 1.6. Pricing opens at $14,490, but air adds $2000 and auto $3000.
read more about the Ford Fiesta

Make: Mazda

Model: MX-5 - SE

Released: Apr 2004

It won't be as sweet as Mazda Australia's locally developed MX-5 SP turbo was, but the first factory MX-5 turbo's 121kW/206Nm will still be a fitting swansong for the world's top-selling sportscar, which is due for replacement in 2005. On sale from late March or April at $45,490, it will be known as MX-5 SE here.
read more about the Mazda MX-5

Make: BMW

Model: 5 Series - 545i

Released: Mar 2004

BMW will add V8 power to its all-new, fifth-generation 5 Series in March, when the 545i joins the 525i and 530i on sale Down Under. Priced at $149,900 and featuring a 245kW Valvetronic 4.4-litre V8, the 545i will feature Head-Up display, satellite-navigation and bi-Xenon adaptive headlights as standard.
read more about the BMW 5 Series

Make: Mitsubishi

Model: Lancer - Evolution VIII

Released: Mar 2004

The hot new AWD turbo Lancer Evolution VIII MR, on sale soon, will feature Active Yaw Control, Recaro seats and a viscous centre diff. Aimed at the Subaru STi, Mitsubishi will import the 100 Euro-spec Evo VIIIs under the Specialist and Enthusiasts Vehicle Scheme, at well below the 2001 CE Evo VI's $80K ask.
read more about the Mitsubishi Lancer

Make: Saab

Model: 9-3 - Aero convertible

Released: Mar 2004

Saab added the final piece of its 9-3 puzzle when it launched the Aero convertible at the Brisbane motor show. Priced at $89,900 for the six-speed manual and $92,400 for the five-speed auto, the topless Aero matches the sedan range-topper's 155kW output and higher standard equipment levels.
read more about the Saab 9-3

Make: Mercedes-Benz

Model: 7G-Tronic

Released: Mar 2004

Mercedes-Benz has announced the availability of the world's first seven-speed automatic transmission. Claimed to reduce fuel consumption by up to 0.6L/100km and to shave 0.3 seconds off 0-100km/h times, 7G-Tronic replaces the five-speed auto as standard in E500, CL500, SL500, S500 and S430.
read more about the Mercedes-Benz 7G-Tronic

Make: Land Rover

Model: Freelander

Released: Mar 2004

Due on sale in Europe and Australia during the first quarter of 2004, the Freelander facelift offers a new interior (including seats) and exterior including Rangie-style headlights. Pricing will start at $39,950 (five-door) and top out with a $45,450 three-door, all with an 82kW/260Nm 2.0-litre turbo-diesel.
read more about the Land Rover Freelander

Make: Honda

Model: Civic - sedan

Released: Mar 2004

Honda will launch a facelifted Civic sedan in March, including a new petrol-electric hybrid version for the first time. All Civic sedans receive new lighting, bumpers and bonnet, while the hybrid combines a 1.3-litre engine with an electric motor to produce 69kW/157Nm with 35 per cent better fuel economy.
read more about the Honda Civic

Make: Suzuki

Model: Liana

Released: Mar 2004

Suzuki's offbeat Liana small car goes under the knife inside and out. Two new engines - a 1.5 and 1.8 - lead the changes, which also include a new nose, taillights and redesigned dashboard. Improved performance and refinement are the aims. An AWD Liana variant may also arrive here during 2004.
read more about the Suzuki Liana

Make: Porsche

Model: 911 - GT3 RS

Released: Mar 2004

Porsche has revived the legendary Renn Sport name, the first time it has been seen on a 996 generation 911. Just 15 examples of the 911 GT3 RS are due in Australia by March 2004 - all of them spoken for - after its makes its world debut at the Frankfurt motor show, priced at around $290,000.
read more about the Porsche 911

Make: Audi

Model: A4 - S4

Released: Feb 2004

Originally due on sale here in November 2003, the new V8-powered S4 quattro sedan's Australian on-sale date is now some time during the first quater of 2004. A 253kW/410Nm 4.2-litre V8 will propel it into BMW M3 and Mercedes-Benz C32 territory, but pricing of $129,500 and $132,500 (auto) won't.
read more about the Audi A4

Make: Ford

Model: Escape

Released: Feb 2004

Ford will unveil a mildly facelifted Escape in early February 2004, when the mid-sized crossover range will also comprise a sub-$30,000 four-cylinder variant for the first time. The 2.3-litre engine to be launched in the ZB Escape XLS is already sold here in Mazda6, but will be detuned from 122kW to 108kW.
read more about the Ford Escape

Make: Mazda

Model: Tribute

Released: Feb 2004

The base Tribute 4WD loses the breathless old 97kW 2.0-litre for a 108kW/201Nm 2.3 'four' similar to the Mazda 6's unit but minus the SVT variable valve timing device. The auto-only 2004 range also sees improved brakes, new cabin trim, more standard features and revised instrumentation.
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Make: Audi

Model: Allroad - V8

Released: Feb 2004

A 4.2-litre V8 will be added to Audi's Allroad range, but it's arrival here has been delayed until February, when it will join the 2.7-litre turbo V6 petrol and 2.5-litre V6 turbo-diesel models. To be priced at $108,900, it will be a niche car with niche sales expected - just five or so per month.
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Make: Audi

Model: A4 - S Line

Released: Feb 2004

Audi's new A4 S Line, revealed at the 2003 Sydney show, creates a bridge between A4 and S4. It features a 140kW 1.8-litre four-cylinder turbo engine (plus 20kW), quattro all-wheel drive, six-speed manual gearbox, a bodykit and 17-inch wheels. The sedan costs $69,500, while the Avant is $73,100.
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Make: Peugeot

Model: 307 - CC

Released: Jan 2004

Billed as Australia's first full four-seat cabriolet to feature a metal-folding roof, the long-awaited 307CC will finally be offered in 102kW 2.0-litre form (like 206CC and GTi) from $49,990, while the top-spec, auto-only 307CC Sport (with the GTi 180's uprated 130kW engine) will retail for $56,990.
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Make: Lamborghini

Model: Gallardo

Released: Jan 2004

The 373kW AWD Gallardo was shown at the 2003 Sydney show, where it was also priced at $399,000 for the six-speed manual and $424,500 for the E-Gear model. At that stage there were already 27 deposits for Murcielago's little brother - a rival for Ferrari's 360M - which goes on sale in January.
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Make: Holden

Model: Barina

Released: Jan 2004

A new 1.4 "Twinport" engine for base manual models, the standard addition of Brake Assist, headlights-off delay and a split-folding rear seat, plus styling changes both inside and out are part of a midlife facelift for Holden's light car in January. The base SXi three-door also gets a price drop, to $15,990.
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Make: Mazda

Model: Mazda3

Released: Jan 2004

Fresh from its Frankfurt world debut in September 2003 and its Oz premiere a month later, the all-new Mazda3 sedan and hatch range goes on sale here from January 2004, replacing 323. Pricing should start at $22,500 for the 2.0-litre Neo, rising to $27,000 for the Maxx and $30,000 for the 2.3-litre SP23.
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Make: Volvo

Model: S80

Released: Jan 2004

Volvo will launch an updated S80 luxury flagship in January 2004, headlined by a square mesh grille, new lower bumper, bi-Xenons, sportier instruments and real woodgrain trim. The twin-turbo 200kW T6 will be the only S80 sold here, priced at the same $98,950 and available with S60 R's active Four-C chassis.
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Make: Mercedes-Benz

Model: McLaren SLR

Released: Jan 2004

Mercedes-Benz released the first official pictures of its finished SLR McLaren supercar prior to its 2003 Frankfurt motor show debut. The SLR will be available Down Under in limited numbers in 2004, with a number of Australian buyers on the order book despite the expected $1 million pricetag.
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Make: HSV

Model: Avalanche

Released: Jan 2004

Avalanche is HSV's take on Holden's AWD Adventra. The Commodore wagon-based Avalanche debuted at the 2003 Sydney motor show but has been delayed from showrooms until January. It will feature a 270kW 5.7-litre V8, 0-100km/h acceleration in 6.3 seconds and $75,000-plus pricing.
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Make: Chrysler

Model: Crossfire

Released: Jan 2004

Due on sale here in January 2004, the Chrysler Crossfire coupe will be priced at $69,990. Only 150 examples of the Mercedes Benz-based two-seat, rear-wheel drive coupe will be initially made available - complete with 160kW 3.2-litre V6 and either a six-speed manual or five-speed AutoStick automatic.
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Make: Mazda

Model: Mazda2

Released: Jan 2004

Just over a year after launch, the Mazda2 gets a minor specification shuffle, which will bring six airbags and ABS as standard to the Genki range-topper, and an additional four airbags and ABS as a $1200 option for Neo and Maxx models. There will also be new paint colours and minor trim changes.
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Make: Holden

Model: Barina

Released: Jan 2004

A new 1.4 "Twinport" engine for base manual models, the standard addition of Brake Assist, headlights-off delay and a split-folding rear seat, plus styling changes both inside and out are part of a midlife facelift for Holden's light car in January. The base SXi three-door also gets a $1000 price drop, to $15,990.
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Make: Holden

Model: Crewman - Cross8

Released: Jan 2004

Originally due on sale in December, the AWD version of Holden's dual-cab ute - dubbed Crewman Cross8 - has hit production delays that won't see it reach showrooms until January. Priced around $53,000 and due to gain 2000 annual sales, the V8/auto Cross8 is available in a single SS-style spec.
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Make: Bentley

Model: Continental - GT

Released: Jan 2004

THE born-again British brand used the Sydney show to show its Continental GT four-seater grand tourer for the first time publicly in the Asia-Pacific region. At last count, an amazing 230 Aussies had already signed up for the 411kW, $379,990 Conti, which will begin arriving locally from January 2004.
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Make: BMW

Model: X5

Released: Jan 2004

Debuting at the 2003 Frankfurt motor show, the facelifted 2004 X5 goes on sale in Europe and Australia in January, 2004. Along with styling borrowed from its smaller X3 sibling – due on sale here in mid-2004 - the revised X5 gets a new 235kW V8 and new 150kW/480Nm turbo-diesel engine, from $84,000.
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Make: Mercedes-Benz

Model: E-class - E55 Estate

Released: Jan 2004

Mercedes-Benz Australia is investigating the possibility of importing a limited number of the world’s most powerful production estate, following the European reveal of the new E55 AMG Estate. Special order-only, it packs the same 350kW/700Nm supercharged 5.5-litre V8 as the E55 AMG sedan.
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