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New car diary for 2008

Make: BMW

Model: 3 Series - Convertible

Released: Dec 2008

BMW Australia will soon widen the appeal of its new M3 coupe with the addition of the M3 convertible. Likely to carry a traditional price premium ($16,000 in E46 guise) over the new M3 coupe, it will come with the same 309kW 4.0-litre V8, mated to six-speed manual or M-DCT auto transmissions.
read more about the BMW 3 Series

Make: Porsche

Model: Cayenne - Turbo S

Released: Dec 2008

Porsche premiered its new Cayenne Turbo S at the 2008 Beijing motor show. The S version of Porsche’s super-SUV packs a host of performance enhancements including a 404kW/750Nm 4.8-litre direct-injection twin-turbo V8, making the Turbo S the most powerful Porsche available.
read more about the Porsche Cayenne

Make: BMW

Model: 3 Series

Released: Dec 2008

BMW’s facelifted 3-Series gains a relatively minor makeover. Changes include subtle headlight, bonnet, bumper and tail-light treatments. Inside higher quality cabin trim and improved iDrive system are included. The 335i Coupe and Convertible models gain BMW’s new seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
read more about the BMW 3 Series

Make: Smart

Model: ForTwo - mhd

Released: Dec 2008

The Smart ForTwo micro car will be offered with fuel-saving stop/start technology from late 2008. Dubbed micro hybrid drive (MHD), it replaces the starter motor with a generator, which also supplys the electrical system with voltage. Fuel consumption is down from 4.7L/100km to 4.4L/100km
read more about the Smart ForTwo

Make: BMW

Model: 3 Series - sedan

Released: Dec 2008

The first M3 sedan is likely to arrive in Australia by December 2008. Powered by the same 309kW 4.0-litre V8 as its coupe and cabriolet stablemates, the four-door M3 will compete head on with the likes of Mercedes-Benz's bruising new C63 AMG sedan and the Lexus IS-F sedan due here in October.
read more about the BMW 3 Series

Make: Mazda

Model: Mazda6 - MZR-CD turbo-diesel

Released: Dec 2008

Mazda will add turbo-diesel power to its Mazda6 hatch and wagon range by the end of 2008. The diesel Six's all-new 136kW/400Nm 2.2-litre common-rail direct-injection four-cylinder engine, with manual transmission only, is capable of returning 5.9L/100km. Pricing is expected to start under $40,000.
read more about the Mazda Mazda6

Make: Subaru

Model: Impreza - WRX sedan

Released: Dec 2008

Subaru will launch a new WRX sedan and upgraded hatch to its Impreza range late 2008 With more power and revised suspension tune, both four-door sedan and five-door hatchback guises, gain 26kW more power – for maximum outputs of 195kW – with better claimed fuel efficiency.
read more about the Subaru Impreza

Make: Porsche

Model: 911

Released: Dec 2008

Having released the facelifted C2/C2S 911 in September 2008, Porsche will also launch upgraded versions of its all-wheel drive 911 Carrera 4/S Coupe/Cabriolet range. The will feature the same new direct-injction enines and PDK uto transmissins as the rear-drive Carrera and Cabriolet models.
read more about the Porsche 911

Make: Citroen

Model: Berlingo

Released: Dec 2008

Citroen is expected to launch its all-new Berlingo small commercial van here in late 2008. Initially to be available as a diesel only, with a petrol variant to follow, the new Berlingo will come in both short and long-wheelbase guises and will be sold beside the smaller existing Berlingo until around mid-2009.
read more about the Citroen Berlingo

Make: Land Rover

Model: Defender

Released: Dec 2008

Land Rover will release a limited-edition Defender SVX model in the fourth quarter of 2008, commemorating the British 4WD brand’s 60th anniversary this year. Australia will take the 110 Station Wagon only, featuring unique seats, wheels, graphics, colour and minor frontal styling changes.
read more about the Land Rover Defender

Make: Rolls-Royce

Model: Phantom - Coupe

Released: Nov 2008

Rolls-Royce revealed its new Phantom coupe at the 2008 Geneva motor show as the fourth bodystyle to emerge from the BMW-developed Phantom range. The two-door mega-coupe features the same hand-made aluminium chassis and 338kW/720Nm 6.75-litre V12, and goes on sale here in late 2008.
read more about the Rolls-Royce Phantom

Make: Bentley

Model: Brooklands

Released: Nov 2008

Bentley unveiled its potent Brooklands grand touring coupe at the Geneva motor show. The four-seat luxury cruiser replaces the Continental R coupe and is expected on sale locally in late 2008. The big two-door runs the most powerful Bentley engine yet, a 395kW/1050Nm twin-turbo 6.75-litre V8.
read more about the Bentley Brooklands

Make: Lexus

Model: IS - IS-F

Released: Nov 2008

A stonking V8-powered IS sedan will mark the Toyota luxury division’s first challenge to BMW’s M, Audi's RS and Mercedes-Benz’s AMG high-performance brands. Named IS-F but also known as the IS500, it'll offer a 317kW 5.0-litre V8, mated to an eight-speed auto.
read more about the Lexus IS

Make: Audi

Model: A5 - 3.0 TDI

Released: Nov 2008

Audi is expected to introduce a 3.0 TDI (turbo-diesel) quattro (all-wheel drive) variant to its A5 coupe model range in the fourth quarter of 2008. With some 176kW/500Nm driving through a standard tiptronic transmission, it will be priced at between $90,000 and $95,000 when it finally gets here.
read more about the Audi A5

Make: Bentley

Model: Continental - Flying Spur

Released: Nov 2008

Bentley has given its Continental Flying Spur sedan an extensive facelift that comprises a host of cosmetic, refinement and ride quality upgrades, and introduces a second model variant in the new 600hp Speed flagship. The improved Flying Spur range is due on sale locally from November.
read more about the Bentley Continental

Make: Audi

Model: A4 - Avant

Released: Nov 2008

Audi will add a 105kW/320Nm 2.0 TDI to the A4 Avant range line-up in late 2008. The 2.0 TDI is expected to deliver a fuel consumption of 6.0L/100km, and a C02 output of159g/km. Only one transmission - the multitronic CVT with sport program and eight speeds - will be offered.
read more about the Audi A4

Make: Audi

Model: A6 - Avant

Released: Nov 2008

Audi 2008 RS6 Audi's 426kW/650Nm twin-turbocharged direct-injection V10 RS6 wagon is expected in local showrooms in late 2008. Originally borrowed from Lamborghini's Gallardo for the S8 and S6 sedans, the force-fed V10 is Audi's answer to the M5's atmo V10.
read more about the Audi A6

Make: Peugeot

Model: 107

Released: Nov 2008

PEUGEOT’S cute 107 is firming as a potential light car challenger in the Australian market, with a possible local introduction late 2008. Co-developed with Citroen and Toyota, the 107 is available in either three-door or five-door variants. Two Engine options include a 50kW/94Nm 1.0-litre and 55kW/130Nm 1.4-litre guises.
read more about the Peugeot 107

Make: Mercedes-Benz

Model: B-Class

Released: Oct 2008

Mercedes-Benz will introduce a facelifted B-class range in October 2008. Featuring a new metallic-finish three-bar grille and lower bumper, and body coloured wing mirrors. Mechanically, the big news is that all four-cylinder engines will use up to 7 percent less fuel and produce even lower emissions.
read more about the Mercedes-Benz B-Class

Make: HSV

Model: Tourer

Released: Oct 2008

Holden Special Vehicles will produce its own version of Holden's upcoming Sportwagon, with sales commencing in October. Based on the ClubSport R8, the HSV Tourer will come powered by a 6.2-litre V8 delivering 317kW. This will be HSV's first wagon since the Holden Adventra-based Avalanche.
read more about the HSV Tourer

Make: Toyota

Model: Hilux

Released: Oct 2008

Toyota revealed its facelifted HiLux range at the 2008 Australian International Motor Show in Sydney. Apart from a new trapezoidal grille with grey bar and wider-mouthed front bumper, the upgraded Hilux includes a range of minor mechanical, safety and equipment upgrades.
read more about the Toyota Hilux

Make: Mitsubishi

Model: Lancer - Ralliart

Released: Oct 2008

MITSUBISHI’S first bona-fide WRX hunter, the turbocharged, all-wheel drive Lancer Ralliart will compete directly with Subaru’s cult-hero. It's powered by a detuned 2.0-litre DOHC MIVEC turbocharged four-cylinder, producing 177kW, mated to Mitsubishi’s Twin Clutch Sportronic Shift Transmission (TC-SST).
read more about the Mitsubishi Lancer

Make: Toyota

Model: Yaris

Released: Oct 2008

Toyota’s Yaris facelift features interior and exterior cosmetic upgrades. While existing sheetmetal is unaltered a restyled grille, larger air dam, and new headlamps complete Yaris’s new nose job. The rear incorporates new tail lights lens and a rear bumper revamp, incorporating a larger number-plate valance.
read more about the Toyota Yaris

Make: Subaru

Model: Impreza - sedan

Released: Oct 2008

Subaru will launch its all-new three-box four-door Impreza sedan late 2008. It will be powered by the same naturally aspirated 120kW 2.0-litre boxer engine as for the base hatchback variants.
read more about the Subaru Impreza

Make: Renault

Model: Megane - Renault Sport dCi

Released: Oct 2008

Renault Australia will add a higher-performance diesel variant to its Megane five-door hatch range in October. The Megane Renault Sport dCi features a 2.0-litre common-rail turbo-diesel delivering 127kW of power and 360Nm of torque, with combined cycle fuel consumption of 6.5L/100km.
read more about the Renault Megane

Make: Mercedes-Benz

Model: M-class

Released: Oct 2008

Mercedes-Benz's facelifted M-Class includes subtle front-end styling changes to the headlights and reshaped grille. At the rear tail-lights have a smoked glass look. M-class models continue with a range of five V6 and V8 diesel and petrol engines all linked to a seven-speed automatic transmission.
read more about the Mercedes-Benz M-class

Make: Mitsubishi

Model: Lancer - Sportback

Released: Oct 2008

Mitsubishi Motors Australia unveiled its all-new Lancer Sportback hatch at the Australian International Motor Show. The Sportback joins the acclaimed Lancer sedan line-up, with similar specification and powertrain options, including a 2.0-litre, 2.4-litre and turbo-charged 2.0-litre Ralliart configuration.
read more about the Mitsubishi Lancer

Make: Mercedes-Benz

Model: A-class

Released: Oct 2008

Mercedes-Benz has taken the covers off its facelifted A-class. With significant mechanical upgrades, such as the adoption of a new 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel. The compact car picks up revised front and rear lighting, front bumpers and a reworked grille.
read more about the Mercedes-Benz A-class

Make: Lexus

Model: IS

Released: Oct 2008

Lexus is expected to launch its upgraded IS250 range locally in the last quarter of 2008. With minor cosmetic changes to the front and rear fascia’s, ie headlamp, grille, and bumper areas. Mechanical upgrades to its 2.5 litre engine will be minimal.
read more about the Lexus IS

Make: Audi

Model: A4

Released: Oct 2008

The redesigned A4 sedan will adopt additional three new drivetrains to its range, by late 2008. A 2.0 TFSI with multitronic or quattro with manual transmissions, and a 3.0 TDI turbo Diesel with Tiptronic transmission only. The B8-series A4 sedan represents Audi's best chance to emulate BMW's successful 3 Series sedan.
read more about the Audi A4

Make: Hyundai

Model: Grandeur

Released: Oct 2008

Hyundai Australia has given its struggling Grandeur large car a minor upgrade and also added a new turbo-diesel engine to the range. Joining the 3.8-litre petrol V6, the 2.2-litre turbo-diesel delivers 114kW/343Nm and is mated to a five-speed automatic. Fuel consumption is rated at 7.9L/100km.
read more about the Hyundai Grandeur

Make: Audi

Model: A4 - Avant

Released: Sep 2008

Audi’s new A4 Avant is larger and lighter than the model it replaces. Based on the same platform as the sedan, it benefits from a new five-link front axle and longer wheelbase, giving the Avant a class leading 1430 litres luggage capacity. The Avant will be available in a range of petrol and turbo diesel engines.
read more about the Audi A4

Make: Peugeot

Model: 308 - Touring

Released: Sep 2008

Peugeot Automobiles Australia scored a major coup with the global public debut of the 308 Touring at the 2008 Melbourne show. The 308 Touring features a standard panoramic glass roof that is 27 per cent larger than its 307 wagon predecessor's, extending beyond the second row.
read more about the Peugeot 308

Make: Mini

Model: Cooper - JCW Hardtop and Clubman

Released: Sep 2008

Billed as the most powerful production Mini ever built, the latest John Cooper Works (JCW) version of the iconic Cooper S will be priced from $48,800. Featuring a 155kW iteration of the BMW Group’s 1.6-litre twin-scroll turbo four, the JCW Cooper will be available in both hatchback and Clubman wagon guise.
read more about the Mini Cooper

Make: Mercedes-Benz

Model: C-Class - Estate

Released: Sep 2008

The C63 AMG Estate will be gunning for the iconic Audi RS4 Avant when released locally mid-2008. Powered by the same highly-strung 336kW/600Nm 6.2-litre V8 as the C63 sedan and driving the rear wheels via Mercedes’ 7GTronic auto, expect a sub-five-second 0-100km/h sprint time.
read more about the Mercedes-Benz C-Class

Make: Dodge

Model: Journey

Released: Sep 2008

CHRYSLER is embarking on a two-model people-mover assault with the launch of the Journey. Dubbed a CUV Crossover Utility Vehicle, the Journey is based on Chrysler’s mid-sized Sebring platform. With a sub-$50,000 presence in the seven seater SUV segment, will allow the Grand Voyager to edge upmarket.
read more about the Dodge Journey

Make: Holden

Model: Barina

Released: Sep 2008

GM Holden’s updated Barina hatch is expected here in late-2008. Far from all-new, the exterior brings a new front-end with a split grille, curved clear-lens headlights similar to the Epica medium sedan, clear-lens tail-lights and a revised interior. Barina currently offers a 77kW 1.6-litre four-cylinder.
read more about the Holden Barina

Make: Porsche

Model: 911 - C2/C2S/C4/C4S coupe and cabrio

Released: Sep 2008

Porsche's facelifted 911 range should adopt direct-injection engines and a new 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. All-wheel-drive models will come fitted with a standard limited-slip differential. The exterior gains restyled front and rear bumpers, LED daytime running lights and redesigned tail-lights.
read more about the Porsche 911

Make: Renault

Model: Koleos

Released: Sep 2008

Renault Oz will release the compact Koleos crossover, which was unveiled at the 2006 Paris motor show as the French brand's first SUV, in Australia in September. Designed at the Renault Samsung Motors Design Centre in South Korea, it shares the same part-time 4WD platform as Nissan's MkII X-Trail.
read more about the Renault Koleos

Make: Citroen

Model: C5

Released: Sep 2008

Citroen will unveil the all-new C5 internationally at the 2008 Paris motor show. Rumoured to be roomier, it should come with stylistic elements from Citroen’s well-received C-SportLounge concept car. The MkII C5 will be offered in five-door hatchback (dubbed sedan) and wagon guises.
read more about the Citroen C5

Make: Mercedes-Benz

Model: CLC-Class

Released: Aug 2008

Mercedes-Benz has added a new acronym to its model range with the introduction of the CLC – the replacement for the C-class Sports Coupe. Incorporating a wedge-shaped styling clearly linking the C-class front-end. Likely to include diesel, supercharged four-cylinder petrol and even V6 options.
read more about the Mercedes-Benz CLC-Class

Make: Holden

Model: Colorado

Released: Aug 2008

Holden will relaunch its Rodeo range as the Colorado in July via a cosmetically facelifted model that is now on sale in Thailand as the Chevrolet Colorado. Featuring a new front bumper and interior trim, it will swap the Chev bow-tie logo on its grille for Holden’s lion mascot.
read more about the Holden Colorado

Make: Renault

Model: Clio - RenaultSport

Released: Aug 2008

Renault used the 2005 Geneva motor show to take the covers off its new Clio RenaultSport hatch. Due on sale in Australia mid 2008, the hot Clio is powered by a 147kW/215Nm 2.0-litre 16-valve four-cylinder. In close-ratio six-speed manual guise it races to 100km/h in a claimed 6.9 seconds.
read more about the Renault Clio

Make: Holden

Model: Epica - Diesel

Released: Aug 2008

Holden is expected to launch a diesel-powered Epica by late 2008. The mid-sized sedan's 2.0-litre common-rail diesel is also used in the Captiva SUV. Developed jointly by GM Daewoo and GM Powertrain, it delivers 110kW/320Nm.
read more about the Holden Epica

Make: Honda

Model: Jazz

Released: Aug 2008

Evolution, not revolution, is the theme for the second-generation Jazz five-door hatch launched at the 2007 Tokyo Motor Show. Featuring a completely new body and interior, the Jazz is likely to be offered with revised 1.3 and 1.5-litre engines. Australian sales are expected to commence in late 2008.
read more about the Honda Jazz

Make: Volkswagen

Model: Passat - R36

Released: Aug 2008

Volkswagen has taken the wraps off its most potent ‘R’ model yet – the Passat R36. Tipped to go on sale in both sedan and wagon form here in the third quarter of 2007, the R36 employs a new 225kW 3.6-litre FSI V6, paired with a six-speed DSG gearbox channelling drive to all four wheels.
read more about the Volkswagen Passat

Make: Suzuki

Model: Grand Vitara

Released: Aug 2008

SUZUKI will launch a facelifted Grand Vitara range in August 2008. Changes will include revised headlamps, tail lamps, grille, bumper and wheels. Power will be via upgraded Petrol and Diesel engines.
read more about the Suzuki Grand Vitara

Make: Audi

Model: TT - TTS

Released: Aug 2008

The TTS Roadster and coupe are the first S-badged TT models to be released by Audi. With standard quattro all-wheel drive, a 200kW/350Nm 2.0 TSFI engine with the choice of S tronic or manual transmissions, and stainless steel design details. Expect the TTS here by mid-2008 in both coupe and roadster guises.
read more about the Audi TT

Make: Mitsubishi

Model: Lancer - Evolution X

Released: Jul 2008

The new Evo X Lancer will feature an improved high-performance 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine with a close-ratio six-speed manual or an Audi DSG-style dual-clutch automatic. Expect the same length as the current car but with a longer wheelbase, plus the Sportback concept's aggressive front-end design.
read more about the Mitsubishi Lancer

Make: Audi

Model: A3 - Cabriolet

Released: Jul 2008

The new Audi A3 Cabriolet boasts a semi-automatic lightweight soft-top which opens in just nine seconds. The car will be available in several engine variants including a 1.6-litre manual, 1.8 TFSI S tronic and 2.0 TFSI manual and S tronic variants. The Audi A3 Cabriolet should be launched third quarter-2008.
read more about the Audi A3

Make: Mercedes-Benz

Model: SL-class - SL63 AMG

Released: Jul 2008

Mercedes Benz-AMG division launched two models that will top the revised SL range. The SL65 AMG and SL63 AMG both feature new front masks. The SL63 AMG replaces the S55K and offers 386kW/630Nm, while the range-topping SL65 AMG continues with a 450kW/1000Nm twin-turbocharged V12.
read more about the Mercedes-Benz SL-class

Make: BMW

Model: X6

Released: Jul 2008

BMW’s new E71-coded X6 "crossover" will incorporate sedan, coupe and SUV bodystyles, all in one. BMW refers to it as a Sports Activity Coupe. Based on the second-generation X5, it will be built alongside the luxury SUV in the US. A hybrid version, called the E72, is also expected within 18 months.
read more about the BMW X6

Make: Mazda

Model: RX-8

Released: Jul 2008

Revealed at the 2008 Detroit show, the facelifted RX-8 sports restyled front and rear bumpers, a bolder grille, upgraded front and rear lights, and new five-spoke alloy wheels. The more aggressive styled RX-8 also gains a new six-speed automatic transmission for the first time.
read more about the Mazda RX-8

Make: Nissan

Model: X-Trail - Diesel

Released: Jul 2008

Nissan will offer a diesel-powered X-Trail in late July. Developed with Renault. The 2.0-litre turbo-diesel engine will be available in two specifications: an entry-level 110kW/320Nm engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, and a more powerful 127kW/360Nm iteration matched to a six-speed manual.
read more about the Nissan X-Trail

Make: Holden

Model: Commodore - Sportwagon

Released: Jul 2008

Holden's Commodore wagon will be the last of the VT-based Commodore range to be replaced with a VE version, following the short-wheelbase sedans and long-wheelbase (Statesman/Caprice) sedans launched in 2006, and the utes in 2007. Expect sharp pricing, stying and big space.
read more about the Holden Commodore

Make: HSV

Model: W427 - Supercar

Released: Jul 2008

HSV revealed at the 2008 Melbourne International Motor Show what it said could be the fastest road-registrable vehicle ever built in Australia: the W427 Supercar. So-called due to its employment of the Corvette’s 7.0-litre (427 cubic-inch) LS7 V8, developing in excess of 370kW/640Nm.
read more about the HSV W427

Make: Hyundai

Model: Sonata

Released: Jun 2008

Hyundai hopes to shake up the medium-sized sedan segment with a revised Sonata range due mid-year. Featuring fresh exterior and interior styling updates, the range will include a new 2.0-litre turbo-diesel engine generating 110kW and 305Nm and achieving fuel economy of 6.0L/100km.
read more about the Hyundai Sonata

Make: Honda

Model: Accord Euro

Released: Jun 2008

Honda's new-generation Accord Euro was launched at the Geneva motor show in both sedan and wagon forms. Complete with evolutionary styling, it is significantly wider and lower than its predecessor. Power is via a revised 2.4-litre 147kW/233Nm petrol engine.
read more about the Honda Accord Euro

Make: Ferrari

Model: F430 - Scuderia

Released: Jun 2008

Ferrari's fastest-ever production car, the F430 Scuderia, will finally land mid 2008, with a provisional price of $550,000. Powered by a 375kW 4.3-litre, naturally aspirated V8, and linked to the F1-SuperFast2 automated manual gearbox, the Scuderia peels away from rest to 100km/h in 3.6 seconds.
read more about the Ferrari F430

Make: Jaguar

Model: X-Type

Released: Jun 2008

Seven years after it first emerged, Jaguar's compact X-Type won't be replaced but given a facelift involving 500 new components. Due here mid-year, the MY09 X sedan's base (2.1 LE) pricing remains unchanged at $53,990, the 2.2D LE costs $55,490 and V6 AWD prices start at $70,000.
read more about the Jaguar X-Type

Make: Renault

Model: Clio

Released: Jun 2008

Renault will introduce entry-level and up-spec versions of its latest, X85-series Clio light car range into Australia after all, to replace the discontinued X65 Clio models. Both petrol and dCi turbo-diesel are expected to be offered. A wagon version will also be on the agenda .
read more about the Renault Clio

Make: Renault

Model: Laguna

Released: Jun 2008

In the first half of 2008 Renault Australia is expected to launch the all-new third-generation Laguna, which will return here as a full model range after being reintroduced tentatively with a single turbo-diesel hatchback variant only last November.
read more about the Renault Laguna

Make: FPV

Model: FG range

Released: Jun 2008

Previewed at the 2008 Melbourne International Motor Show were the performance-enhanced FPV versions of the Blue Oval’s vital new homegrown large-car, the FG Falcon - in new GT, F6 and Super Pursuit Ute guises. All-important performance figures won't be divulged until closer to launch in June.
read more about the FPV FG range

Make: Saab

Model: 9-3

Released: Jun 2008

Saab will introduce all-wheel drive variants of its 9-3 range by mid 2008, for its V6 Turbo sedan and wagon models. Powered initially by a 206kW/400Nm V6 model called Turbo XWD (cross-wheel drive). Saab claims that its Haldex AWD system will put Saab at the cutting edge of AWD technology.
read more about the Saab 9-3

Make: Mercedes-Benz

Model: SLK-class

Released: Jun 2008

Mercedes-Benz is set to launch a facelifted SLK range in June, featuring standard heated seats, rain-sensing windscreen wipers and Parktronic parking sensors on all SLK models, plus the option of factory-fitted manual lumbar adjustment. Lowered sports suspension will be a no-cost option.
read more about the Mercedes-Benz SLK-class

Make: BMW

Model: 3 Series - M-DCT

Released: Jun 2008

BMW is expected to debut its long-awaited M Double-Clutch Transmission (M-DCT) automated manual gearbox on its M3 Coupe by mid-2008. Quicker and more frugal than the manual, with claimed 0-100km/h acceleration dropping two-tenths, it also slashes average fuel consumption by half a litre per 100km.
read more about the BMW 3 Series

Make: BMW

Model: 1 Series - Coupe

Released: May 2008

BMW is expected to reveal its new 1 Series coupe derivative at the 2007 Frankfurt motor show in October. Codenamed "Snowflake", the two-door 1 Series notchback will enter production next year and, unlike the three-door 1 Series hatch, is a certainty for release in Australia next year.
read more about the BMW 1 Series

Make: Ford

Model: Falcon

Released: May 2008

The next all-new Falcon is due in early 2008 - 18 months after Holden's all-new VE Commodore appears. Based on an improved version of the current homegrown platform, the next Falcon will feature new styling, a six-speed auto, heavily revised and more economical engines and, hopefully, less weight.
read more about the Ford Falcon

Make: BMW

Model: 1 Series - convertible

Released: May 2008

Filling yet another market niche for the prestige German brand, the 1 Series Convertible will be launched alongside the coupe model range. Featuring a fabric roof that takes 22 seconds to open and close and stores away under a solid cover, the 1 Series Convertible offers 280 litres of luggage space.
read more about the BMW 1 Series

Make: Volkswagen

Model: Tiguan

Released: May 2008

Volkswagen’s Golf-based Tiguan compact SUV arrives in May. The 2.0-litre turbo-diesel 103TDI will be priced at $35,990 (plus $2300 for a six-speed auto) and the 2.0-litre petrol-engined 147TSI auto at $42,990. In the third quarter comes the detuned petrol 125TSI, priced from $33,990 ($36,290 auto).
read more about the Volkswagen Tiguan

Make: Proton

Model: Persona

Released: May 2008

Proton’s new Persona small car is built on a unique platform, but remains essentially a sedan version of the Gen.2. Similar in size to the Mazda3 sedan and with a big 430-litre boot, it will come with dual airbags, ABS, power windows and parking sensors as standard. Expect it here mid 2008.
read more about the Proton Persona

Make: Mazda

Model: Mazda2 - 3-dr hatch

Released: May 2008

Mazda Australia is expected to launch its three-door Mazda2 in mid-2008. The three-door will give Mazda a chance to offer a lower entry-level price for its Mazda2 range, which currently kicks-off in Australia $16,500. Power is by the same 76kW 1.5-litre four-cylinder as the popular five-door.
read more about the Mazda Mazda2

Make: Alfa Romeo

Model: 8C - Competizione

Released: May 2008

Five examples of the Alfa Romeo 8C coupe, unveiled at Frankfurt in 2003 and built as a left-hand drive only, are due to arrive in Australia mid 2008. Designed by Giugiaro, the Porsche 911 rival is powered by a 330kW 4.2-litre blown V8, offering 0-100km/h acceleration in 4.5 seconds.
read more about the Alfa Romeo 8C

Make: Kia

Model: Rondo

Released: May 2008

KIA revealed the car it hopes will re-invigorate the mini-MPV market at the Australian International Motor Show, called the Rondo. The compact seven-seat wagon replaces the Carens. Available with a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine with a choice of a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic.
read more about the Kia Rondo

Make: Audi

Model: A3 - Sportback 1.9TDi e

Released: May 2008

Audi Australia will unveil a new generation of super fuel efficient ‘e’ for low emission to its A3 range in May. The A3 Sportback 1.9 e is the latest generation fuel efficient diesel developing 77kW/ 250Nm, with fuel economy of 4.5 L/100km and a reduction of CO2 emissions by 10 g/km or 8 percent compared to the standard version.
read more about the Audi A3

Make: Jaguar

Model: XF

Released: May 2008

Jaguar’s all-new XF luxury sedan replaces the S-Type and is due on sale in May, with an opening price of $105,500 for both the 2.7-litre diesel V6 Luxury and the 3.0-litre petrol V6 Luxury. The XF 4.2-litre petrol V8 Premium Luxury will cost $130,500, with the flagship XF 4.2-litre SV8 at $166,700.
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Make: Hyundai

Model: i30

Released: May 2008

Hyundai will introduce a four-speed automatic transmission to its popular i30 diesel range by May 2008. The 1.6-litre turbo-diesel engine generates 85kW and 255Nm while achieving a fuel economy figure of 6.0L/100km. The diesel-auto i30 was revealed at the Melbourne motor show in March.
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Make: Mercedes-Benz

Model: C-Class - Estate

Released: Apr 2008

Mercedes-Benz will extend its fourth-generation W204 C-class sedan range with an all-new wagon at the 2007 Frankfurt motor show. Australian buyers will have to wait until mid-2008. The wagon will be a significantly more involving to drive than its predecessor, yet boasts greater cargo capacity.
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Make: Toyota

Model: Hilux - TRD

Released: Apr 2008

Toyota will aim at the likes of Commodore SS and Falcon XR utes with the HiLux TRD, which will be powered by a version of the Aurion TRD’s 240kW-plus blown V6. Expected to debut mid 2008 as the second TRD-tuned model from Toyota.
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Make: Ford

Model: Escape

Released: Apr 2008

Ford's 2008 Escape gains only minor exterior and interior updates. There will be an upgraded 2.3-litre four-cylinder engine only, with the V6 option being discontinued. Expect an Australian on-sale by mid-2008.
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Make: Audi

Model: A5

Released: Apr 2008

An A5 price-leader in the form of the 1.8T will be launched in April 2008, powered by a turbocharged 125kW-1.8-litre FSI four-cylinder engine driving through a multitronic CVT, and priced from $70,000 to $75,000. A Tiptronic semi-automatic will add $4000 to the price.
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Make: Chrysler

Model: Voyager

Released: Apr 2008

The 2007 Detroit motor show previewed the new Chrysler Voyager people-mover, which arrives here early in May 2008 with a range of petrol and turbo-diesel engines. Expect the redesigned luxury MPV to offer more safety features and better value.
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Make: Lexus

Model: LX

Released: Apr 2008

Expect the 2007 Detroit show to host the debut of a redesigned LX luxury SUV flagship, based on the all-new 200-Series LandCruiser but offering greater differentiation than the current LX470 does. It's due on sale here by April 2008, powered by a bigger new V8.
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Make: Subaru

Model: Forester

Released: Apr 2008

Subaru will launch the third generation of its top-selling model, the compact Forester SUV. This model could benefit from input by Toyota, which bought an 8.7 per cent stake in Subaru's parent company Fuji Heavy Industries last year, when General Motors sold its 20 per cent share.
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Make: Subaru

Model: Liberty - GT Spec B

Released: Apr 2008

Subaru revealed a limited-edition Liberty GT Spec B, tuned by STi, available as a sedan or wagon and with a manual or automatic transmission, at the 2008 Melbourne International Motor show. The cars have 194kW and 350Nm, 18-inch Enkei alloy wheels, sports suspension and an STi body kit.
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Make: Citroen

Model: C4 Picasso

Released: Mar 2008

A five-seat version of the C4 Picasso is under consideration, although Australian importer Ateco plans to assess the new seven-seater’s sales performance in Australia before a decision is made. If the five-seater C4 Picasso gets the green light, we could see it by about March 2008.
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Make: Maserati

Model: GranTurismo

Released: Mar 2008

MASERATI has revealed its rejuvenated Italian brand’s all-new flagship model, the GranTurismo coupe. Due to make its global public premiere at the Geneva motor show, with an Australian on sale timing early 2008. The GranTurismo is a full-sized four-seater grand touring coupe motivated by a 303kW 4.2-litre V8, mated to an adaptive automatic transmission.
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Make: Chrysler

Model: Sebring - Convertible

Released: Mar 2008

Chrysler's four-seater Sebring convertible will be launched in Australia first quarter 2008, comprising a choice of three engines (a 124kW/220Nm 2.4-litre four with four-speed auto, a 140kW/259Nm 2.7-litre V6 and a 103kW/310Nm 2.0-litre turbo-diesel.
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Make: Citroen

Model: C4 - HDi

Released: Mar 2008

Citroen is not ignoring its volume-selling C4 hatchback model and plans to adopt the C4 Picasso’s 2.0-litre HDi turbo-diesel engine and six-speed automatic gearbox to consolidate sales of the existing C4 1.6 HDi. A local release is expected in the final quarter of 2007.
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Make: Subaru

Model: WRX - STI

Released: Mar 2008

Subaru will launch its new Impreza STi range in 2008. With pumped-out wheel-arches and a wider track, only the bonnet, front doors, roof and rear hatch are carried over from the regular WRX. Powered by a revised 221kW/407Nm 2.5-litre turbo boxer engine. Two different versions will be offered.
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Make: Fiat

Model: Ritmo

Released: Mar 2008

The Bravo hatch will be Fiat's second car model to arrive here since the Italian brand's relaunch in 2006 with the Punto - but the Stilo replacement will be called Ritmo here. Expect 78kW and 90kW versions of a new 1.6-litre JTD turbo-diesel, plus a new 132kW 1.9 JTD and 1.4-litre petrol engines.
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Make: Honda

Model: Accord

Released: Mar 2008

A replacement for Honda's larger "American" Accord is expected to appear at the 2008 Detroit motor show in January. A confirmed two-pronged Accord strategy will continue here and in New Zealand. As is the case now, the Accord and Euro models will be separate in size, appearance and price.
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Make: Jeep

Model: Cherokee

Released: Mar 2008

Jeep's mid-sized Cherokee rock-hopper will be replaced for 2008, and will follow the Grand Cherokee flagship - which was replaced in 2005 - upwards in size. Known as Liberty in the US and renewed for Australia in January 2003, the Cherokee enters its third generation as the KK-series.
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Make: Mini

Model: Clubman

Released: Mar 2008

Mini confirmed production plans for a five-door wagon bodystyle at the 2007 Geneva motor show. The Clubman is an elongated version of the Mini with side-hinged rear barn doors. The Mini Clubman goes on sale in Europe late this year, but Australian customers will have to wait until 2008.
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Make: Audi

Model: A5

Released: Mar 2008

Audi will offer a 3.2 V6 FSI quattro version to its A5 coupe model, which will come with a Tiptronic transmission as well as four-wheel drive, for an extra $5000. It will join the A5 turbo-four and S5 V8 coupe models launched here in late 2007 in the first quarter of 2008.
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Make: Mercedes-Benz

Model: C-Class - C63 AMG

Released: Mar 2008

Mercedes' performance arm AMG is expected to launch its new C-class range in 2008, powered by a new 6.2-litre V8 producing about 370kW/630Nm. The AMG C63 range features revised suspension, high-performance brakes, better aerodynamics, plus interior and exterior design elements.
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Make: BMW

Model: X5

Released: Feb 2008

BMW will launch its most powerful diesel model ever in Australia – the twin-turbocharged X5 3.0sd – in the first quarter of 2008, priced from $102,800. The mighty 3.0-litre all-aluminium six-cylinder turbo-diesel engine pumps out a whopping 200kW at 4400rpm and 565Nm at 2000rpm.
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Make: Smart

Model: ForTwo

Released: Feb 2008

In early 2008, the new ForTwo takes to the streets. The two-seater is brand new but looks similar to the popular model that launched Smart to the world. The new car gets a better-quality interior with a new Mitsubishi-joint-developed 62kW 1.0-litre turbo-petrol as well as a rumoured 33kW CDi turbo-diesel.
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Make: Mazda

Model: Mazda6

Released: Feb 2008

The 'second-generation' Mazda6 is expected to be unveiled at September's Frankfurt motor show. Speculation suggests the new Six will grow in size and offer more luxury, using the same platform as the all-new Mondeo. Local release timing should be in the first quarter of 2008.
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Make: FPV

Model: F6 - X

Released: Feb 2008

FPV’s ballistic new Territory-based F6 X is due for release early in 2008. Powered by the same 270kW/550Nm turbocharged 4.0-litre DOHC inline six that powers the F6 Typhoon sedan and F6 Tornado ute. Drive will be to all four wheels via the ZF six-speed automatic transmission.
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Make: Suzuki

Model: Grand Vitara - TDi

Released: Feb 2008

SUZUKI will launch a diesel-powered Grand Vitara powered by a Renault 1.9-litre common-rail turbo engine, early in 2008. Delivering 95kW and 300Nm, and linked to a five-speed manual gearbox only. Standard equipment will include cruise control and stability control.
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Make: Peugeot

Model: 308

Released: Feb 2008

Peugeot’s new 308 will be revealed at the 2007 IAA in Frankfurt in September, powered by the same 90kW 1.6-litre unit from the new 207. A 1.6-litre turbo unit co-developed with BMW and a 2.2-litre turbo-diesel will also be offered. Wagon and CC versions will also join the line-up.
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Make: Peugeot

Model: 207 - wagon

Released: Feb 2008

Peugeot Australia will add an SW-badged wagon to its 207 compact-car range early in 2008. Set to become Australia’s first premium light-car wagon, the 207 SW will be slightly smaller than the previous Toyota Corolla wagon. although significantly larger and roomier inside than the 206 SW it replaces.
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Make: Mazda

Model: CX-9

Released: Jan 2008

Mazda is expected to launch its new CX-9 seven-seater SUV here in early 2008, powered by a joint Mazda/Ford 3.5-litre V6 delivering 186kW/325Nm, and mated to an Aisin six-speed automatic. The CX-9 will be a true competitor to vehicles such as the Subaru Tribeca and Ford Territory.
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Make: Nissan

Model: Dualis

Released: Jan 2008

Nissan 2007 Dualis The X-Trail-based Dualis (which runs a smaller 102kW/198Nm 2.0-litre engine) will kick off at $28,990 for the ST and climb to $33,990 for the Ti from December. A CVT auto on both will add $2000, while Dualis will offer a $2000 ST option pack with ESC, side and curtain airbags and 16-inch alloy.
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Make: Lexus

Model: GS

Released: Jan 2008

To keep the GS range fresh, a minor facelift is expected in 2008. The LS460’s 4.6-litre V8, complete with its world-first eight-speed automatic, will be slotted into the current GS. The new GS460’s expected 280kW/493Nm powerplant should give the V8 a performance edge over the hybrid GS.
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Make: Subaru

Model: Tribeca

Released: Jan 2008

Subaru’s revised Tribeca Series II, shown at the New York show in April, is a departure from the model barely six months old in Australia. With a squared-off nose and tidier tail, the US-built Tribeca has a new 3.6-litre six-cylinder boxer engine, revised suspension, and improved third-row seat access.
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