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New car diary for 2011

Make: BMW

Model: Z4 - sDrive20i and sDrive28i

Released: Dec 2011

BMW’S Z4 roadster will become the first model in Australia to come with the brand’s new N20 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo-petrol engine, replacing the old straight-six and mated with an eight-speed automatic transmission to yield slightly better performance and significant fuel and CO2 savings.
read more about the BMW Z4

Make: Volvo

Model: S60 - Performance Project

Released: Dec 2011

The Hot S60 is based on the standard T6 AWD R-Design sedan and fitted with a number of locally fitted performance tweaks including an engine software upgrade from Volvo’s motorsport partner Polestar, increasing power and torque to 242kW (up 18kW) and 480Nm (up 40Nm). German tuning house Heico supplies unique 19-inch alloy wheels and a sports exhaust system.
read more about the Volvo S60

Make: Land Rover

Model: Defender - 2.2 Diesel

Released: Dec 2011

The venerable Land Rover Defender will get a new 2.2-litre turbo-diesel engine, upgraded brakes, interior tweaks and additional option packs as part of a MY2012 update. The smaller engine has the same power, torque, fuel consumption and CO2 emissions statistics as the outgoing 2.4 but can be made Euro 5 compliant with the addition of a particulate filter.
read more about the Land Rover Defender

Make: Toyota

Model: Camry

Released: Dec 2011

The next-generation Camry will debut in Australian showrooms in the second half of 2011, with a fuel economy improvement of 4.5 per cent from the new locally made ‘AR’ 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine and a hybrid to follow in 2012.
read more about the Toyota Camry

Make: Ford

Model: Falcon

Released: Dec 2011

The facelifted FG Falcon MkII is hoped to revive Falcon sales, which have slumped to less than half the volume achieved by the rival Holden Commodore. A fresh look across the nose echoing the SZ Territory and an eight-inch touch-screen and standard rear parking sensors on sedans are major highlights, along with improved refinement and quietness.
read more about the Ford Falcon

Make: BMW

Model: 6 Series

Released: Dec 2011

BMW's all-new 6 Series coupe will lose the Bangle styling and, in usual BMW fashion, offer high technology and a rewarding drive.
read more about the BMW 6 Series

Make: Honda

Model: CR-Z

Released: Nov 2011

Honda's CR-Z coupe has been confirmed as the world’s first hybrid vehicle to come with a six-speed manual transmission. It will be mated to a derivation of the Insight’s mild-hybrid drive system, which combines a 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol engine with an electric motor.
read more about the Honda CR-Z

Make: Citroen

Model: C4

Released: Nov 2011

Citroen’s conservatively redesigned small car is 50mm longer, 20mm wider and 30mm taller than the boldly-styled outgoing model. Featuring the French maker’s automatic transmission substitute, the Electronic Gearbox System (EGS), the new C4 will be powered by Citroen’s new ‘micro-hybrid e-HDi’ powertrains, which incorporate an idle-stop system to reduce CO2 emissions.
read more about the Citroen C4

Make: Volkswagen

Model: Golf - Cabriolet

Released: Nov 2011

The convertible version of the Mk6 Golf is set to return to the VW range for the first time since 2002. The cabriolet will feature a folding canvas roof which will differentiate it from the brand’s flagship Eos range. A local release in late 2011 is likely.
read more about the Volkswagen Golf

Make: Renault

Model: Koleos

Released: Nov 2011

The facelifted Koleos represents the first significant update for Renault’s inaugural compact SUV since it was released. A revised interior and a new-look front-end that take styling cues from the brand's new Latitude flagship sedan.
read more about the Renault Koleos

Make: Land Rover

Model: Range Rover Evoque

Released: Nov 2011

Land Rover's Evoque will be a smaller, more fuel-efficient entry-level SUV model based on three-door LRX concept, targeting BMW's X1 and Audi’s proposed three-door Q3. It will emerge in late 2011 with a choice of three or five doors, powered by petrol, diesel and eventually, diesel-electric plug-in hybrid drivetrains.
read more about the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque

Make: Kia

Model: Soul

Released: Nov 2011

Australia’s version of the facelifted Soul will do without the new LED lighting and – instead of a new direct-injection engine – will be powered by a new 2.0-litre ‘Nu’ MPI petrol engine producing 119kW and 194Nm. The new look includes updated headlights, bonnet, front and rear bumpers, trim and enhanced interior features for a more premium feel.
read more about the Kia Soul

Make: Chery

Model: J3

Released: Nov 2011

After launching its J1 and J11 models, Chery will continue ramping up model variations with a continuously variable automatic transmission developed in-house for its J3 model range. Powered by a 1.6 litre petrol unit, the J3 comes with four airbags and ESC in China.
read more about the Chery J3

Make: Hyundai

Model: i40

Released: Nov 2011

Hyundai's stylish and sporty alternative to the Mazda6 wagon could be priced a little above the slightly larger i45 with which it shares a platform and drivetrain components.
read more about the Hyundai i40

Make: Aston Martin

Model: One-77

Released: Oct 2011

The Aston Martin One-77 is claimed to be the most expensive car in the world – costing approximately $4 million. Only 77 examples will be built. All body panels are sculpted by hand from aluminium sheet and the interior tailored for each of its 77 owners. Power is by a 7.0-litre 522kW V12 engine.
read more about the Aston Martin One-77

Make: Skoda

Model: Yeti

Released: Oct 2011

The Yeti compact SUV is expected to be Skoda’s key model for sales volume. To be priced in the high-$20,000s against rivals such as the Toyota RAV4, the Volkswagen Tiguan-based Yeti will include 77TSI 2WD petrol and 103TDI AWD diesel versions, when it arrives in the third quarter of 2010, with a petrol AWD variant on the wish-list for local arrival in 2012.
read more about the Skoda Yeti

Make: Chrysler

Model: Voyager

Released: Oct 2011

The 2011 Voyager gets new front-end styling and an upgraded cabin. A new 210kW/350Nm 3.6-litre Pentastar V6 replaces the current 3.8-litre V6 and will be matched exclusively with a six-speed automatic transmission. The current 2.8-litre turbo-diesel option should continue alongside.
read more about the Chrysler Voyager

Make: Audi

Model: A1 - Diesel

Released: Oct 2011

Audi Australia has also locked in its first A1 diesel for launch in about October, and is still considering an entry-level 1.2-litre petrol version.
read more about the Audi A1

Make: Mazda

Model: BT-50

Released: Oct 2011

Larger than the current BT-50, the next generation model is aimed more at the family/lifestyle market compared to its sister product, the new Ford Ranger, which it is being developed with and will be built alongside at the joint-venture AutoAlliance factory in Thailand.
read more about the Mazda BT-50

Make: Porsche

Model: Panamera - Turbo S

Released: Oct 2011

At $440,200 the Panamera Turbo S represents a $68,000 price premium over the all-wheel drive Panamera Turbo on which it is based. That buys the most powerful version ever seen of Porsche's 4.8-litre petrol V8, producing 410kW and 750Nm outputs (increasing to 800Nm for short bursts in ‘overboost’ mode). The result is a sprint to 100km/h in 3.8 seconds.
read more about the Porsche Panamera

Make: Jaguar

Model: XF

Released: Oct 2011

A scowling new face and other cosmetic exterior and interior tweaks will be the most obvious changes to Jaguar's 5 Series rival. Refinement will be improved and a new four-cylinder diesel engine producing 140kW of power and 450Nm of torque will combine with a ZF eight-speed automatic transmission in Jaguar's eco-XF. Revised XFR flagship to appear as well.
read more about the Jaguar XF

Make: BMW

Model: 1 Series

Released: Oct 2011

BMW's bigger and more upmarket – but still rear-wheel drive – 1 Series hatchback will go on sale in Australia in October with an all-turbo engine range mated to an optional first-in-class ZF eight-speed automatic option for the three models available from launch. A raft of high tech fuel-saving measures are also set to be included.
read more about the BMW 1 Series

Make: Volkswagen

Model: Tiguan

Released: Oct 2011

Revamped compact-SUV arrives less than three years after the release of the current first generation model. Styling has been updated to match the rest of the VW range, with pricing and spec details yet to be announced.
read more about the Volkswagen Tiguan

Make: Toyota

Model: Yaris

Released: Oct 2011

Production delays mean that Toyota's crucial bigger and more efficient new third-generation Yaris will not arrive here until October. An efficient 1.3-litre engine with optional Super CVT-i geabox is the most likely powerplant. The new Yaris sedan, which is yet to appear, will follow the two new Yaris hatch models into showrooms some time next year.
read more about the Toyota Yaris

Make: Holden

Model: Barina

Released: Sep 2011

The redesigned Barina hatch and sedan will go on sale here around the same time, featuring quality interior materials. Confirmed for the European version (called Chevrolet Aveo) are 52 and 64kW 1.2-litre, 75kW 1.4-litre and 86kW 1.6-litre petrol engines, with the latter two available with a six-speed automatic transmission.
read more about the Holden Barina

Make: Kia

Model: Rio

Released: Sep 2011

Expect Schreyer styling and even more economical engines, possibly including a hybrid, for the third generation of Kia's light car. First to arrive will be a five-door hatch with a sedan variants to follow in Q1 2012, with a three-door price leader following the sedan by mid-2012.
read more about the Kia Rio

Make: Toyota

Model: Hilux

Released: Sep 2011

All-new bodywork from the A-pillar forward, including a revised front bumper, grille, fresh bonnet and new front quarter panels mark out the revised HiLux. No changes wil be made to the outputs of petrol and turbo-diesel engine range but Australia’s top-selling utility range will be fitted as standard with anti-lock braking and electronic stability control (ESC) technologies.
read more about the Toyota Hilux

Make: Ford

Model: Ranger

Released: Sep 2011

Shown on Ford’s stand at the 2010 Australian International Motor Show in Sydney and featuring bold styling mated to high technology, the new-generation, Australian-developed one-tonne Ranger utility will be sold in 160 countries world-wide.
read more about the Ford Ranger

Make: Lamborghini

Model: Aventador

Released: Sep 2011

Lamborghini's thundering new Aventador LP700-4 flagship - the replacement for the Murcielago - will be priced from $754,600 when it launches here in September. In line with Lamborghini tradition, the Aventador is named after a fighting bull, while its 515kW V12 engine helps it gallop to 100km/h in a mind-bending 2.9 seconds.
read more about the Lamborghini Aventador

Make: Renault

Model: Megane - Diesel

Released: Sep 2011

Renault Australia is set to launch dCi turbo-diesel versions of its Megane small-car to help the French marque better compete with European rivals like the Golf and 308.
read more about the Renault Megane

Make: Skoda

Model: Fabia

Released: Sep 2011

Opening the Aussie Fabia range will be a two 77kW variants including a sporty Monte Carlo, which adds a number of styling links to the higher-performance Fabia vRS. The real 132kW vRS, automatic transmissions and diesels will arrive later.
read more about the Skoda Fabia

Make: Mazda

Model: Mazda3

Released: Sep 2011

The facelifted Mazda3 could be one of the first vehicles to go on sale in Australia with the Japanese car-maker’s groundbreaking new Sky engine technology, coupled with the company’s new ‘Sky Drive’ six-speed automatic transmission.
read more about the Mazda Mazda3

Make: Volkswagen

Model: Golf - GTI Edition 35

Released: Sep 2011

200 examples of the 35th anniversary Golf GTI will make it to Oz. Peak power and torque of 173kW/300Nm are 18kW and 20Nm up on the standard GTI, reducing the 0-100 run from 6.9 seconds to 6.6. Bi-Xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights, dark-tinted tail-lights, '35' badges, unique 18-inch alloys and more aggressive side skirts mark out the special GTI.
read more about the Volkswagen Golf

Make: Volkswagen

Model: Jetta

Released: Aug 2011

The new longer, roomier Jetta will be sourced from VW’s North American plant in Puebla, Mexico. Similar engine and transmission packages to the Golf on which it is based are likely although VW is keen to distance the Jetta from being just a Golf sedan – it claims that the design has shifted so far from Golf that the new Jetta is “just as independent as a CC or Tiguan”.
read more about the Volkswagen Jetta

Make: Ford

Model: Focus

Released: Aug 2011

The third-generation Focus will be sleeker, more upmarket and packed with technology. Three four-cylinder engines will be on offer from launch, with 1.6-litre and 2.0-litre petrol units plus a 2.0-litre TDCi four-cylinder turbo-diesel available across Ambiente, Trend, Sport and Titanium trim levels.
read more about the Ford Focus

Make: Mercedes-Benz

Model: SLK-class

Released: Aug 2011

Mercedes-Benz claims it will establish new safety standards for open-top sports cars with its third-generation SLK. The styling is understood to be inspired by the gullwing-bodied SLS supercoupe. Driver assistance systems will include the standard fitment of drowsiness detection and the optional availability of accident prevention systems that can apply the brakes autonomously.
read more about the Mercedes-Benz SLK-class

Make: BMW

Model: 1 Series - M Coupe

Released: Aug 2011

The 1 Series M Coupe will provide a high level of standard equipment as well as improved dynamics, including an an extra 25kW of power and 50Nm of torque over the 135i Sport’s acclaimed 3.0-litre turbo six. The six-speed manual-equipped 1 Series M Coupe will accelerate from 0-100km/h in 4.9 seconds – the same as the manual M3 sedan.
read more about the BMW 1 Series

Make: Peugeot

Model: 308

Released: Aug 2011

Updated styling and the French brand’s fuel-saving ‘e-HDI’ idle-stop and regenerative braking technology, a 25kg weight loss and ultra-low rolling resistance tyres, the hatch, wagon and coupe-convertible 308 range will also gain more technology to help keep it competitive. The coupe-convertible will arrive a couple of months after the hatch and wagon.
read more about the Peugeot 308

Make: Mercedes-Benz

Model: C-Class - Coupe

Released: Aug 2011

Mercedes-Benz will replace the ageing CLC in Australia with a sexy new C-class coupe. The new car is expected to be a more premium product and therefore cost more but Mercedes insists that it will be attractively priced. The new coupe will be introduced at the same time as a mid-life facelift for the C-class range.
read more about the Mercedes-Benz C-Class

Make: Hyundai

Model: Accent

Released: Aug 2011

Featuring the ‘fluidic sculpture’ design language that debuted with the ix35 SUV and i45 mid-size sedan, the Accent sedan will form a more upmarket sibling to Hyundai's i20 hatch in the light-car segment. Hyundai pulled a surprise at AIMS by announcing a hatch variant would sell alongside the sedan model as well.
read more about the Hyundai Accent

Make: Citroen

Model: C5

Released: Aug 2011

The upgraded C5 represents a midlife makeover for the French brand’s mid-size sedan and wagon range. Citroen will stick with 2.0-litre four-cylinder and 3.0-litre V6 turbo-diesel variants for both the C5 sedan and Tourer in Australia.
read more about the Citroen C5

Make: Porsche

Model: Panamera - Hybrid

Released: Aug 2011

The Panamera Hybrid is likely to come with the same hybrid drive system as the current Cayenne Hybrid - which runs Audi’s 245kW/440Nm supercharged 3.0-litre petrol V6, assisted by a 37kW/300Nm electric motor, fuelled by a 288-volt nickel-metal hydride battery under the floor of the cargo area.
read more about the Porsche Panamera

Make: Audi

Model: A6

Released: Jul 2011

Audi claims fuel consumption has been cut 19 per cent across its new A6 range, trimming fat with increased aluminium content and more efficient powertrains including a petrol-electric hybrid from 2013. It will be packed full of safety, comfort and convenience-enhancing technology.
read more about the Audi A6

Make: Volkswagen

Model: Touareg

Released: Jul 2011

Volkswagen's redesigned 2011 Touareg will carry more safety, refinement, technology and features, but significantly less weight for improved efficiency and better driveability. It will also receive a new eight-speed automatic transmissionand be powered by an all-V6 selection of petrol and diesel powerplants that promise efficiency gains of up to 20 per cent.
read more about the Volkswagen Touareg

Make: Peugeot

Model: 508

Released: Jul 2011

Peugeot's new large sedan and wagon will replace both the 407 mid-sizer and the larger 607. The range will launch with 2.0-litre and 2.2-litre diesel engines. 1.6-litre turbo-petrol and super-frugal e-HDI variants with idle-stop are scheduled to arrive before the end of 2011.
read more about the Peugeot 508

Make: Ford

Model: Falcon - EcoLPi

Released: Jul 2011

Ford’s new LPG powertrain will be available on an expanded range of Falcon sedan and ute models differentiated by new ‘EcoLPi’ badging. Ford's state-of-the-art EcoLPi engine will be produced alongside the 4.0-litre inline petrol sixes at Geelong and employs advanced injection technology to eliminate the loss of performance associated with LPG power.
read more about the Ford Falcon

Make: Audi

Model: A1 - Sport

Released: Jun 2011

Audi have beefed-up the chic and stylish A1 range with the addition of the Sport hatchback. The Ingolstadt manufacturer has shoehorned a tuned version of the VW Polo GTi’s turbo-four that produces 136kW and 250Nm of torque from 1500rpm.
read more about the Audi A1

Make: Hyundai

Model: Santa Fe

Released: Jun 2011

Hyundai’s mid-sized SUV gets two-wheel drive and petrol options, lowering the starting price of the range to $36,990. The drivetrain/engine combination is available in three all-auto specification grades. All are powered by a new 204kW, 3.5-litre V6 petrol.
read more about the Hyundai Santa Fe

Make: Mercedes-Benz

Model: CLS-class

Released: Jun 2011

The new CLS presents a new design direction for the German luxury brand. Compared to the outgoing model, the styling is more agressive, with sharper body creases, more heavily flared wheel-arches, beefy rear side haunches and a new front-end treatment that, like the SLS AMG supercar, features a prominent separate grille dominated by a large three-pointed star badge.
read more about the Mercedes-Benz CLS-class

Make: Kia

Model: Sportage

Released: Jun 2011

The Kia Sportage gets an upgrade just eight months after its local launch, with an across-the-board price increase of $230 balanced out by more standard equipment including (depending on the variant) standard rubber mats, new seat trim and bigger brake discs.
read more about the Kia Sportage

Make: Ford

Model: Mondeo - EcoBoost

Released: Jun 2011

The Mondeo's 118kW 2.3-litre four-cylinder engine will be replaced in mid-spec Zetec and luxury Titanium hatch variants for a 149kW/300Nm version of Ford’s new EcoBoost 2.0-litre direct-injection turbo-petrol four. Combined with a dual-clutch six-speed Powershift gearbox the new drivetrain is claimed to improve average fuel consumption by 16 per cent to eight litres per 100km.
read more about the Ford Mondeo

Make: BMW

Model: 1 Series

Released: Jun 2011

The facelifted 1 Series coupe and convertible range features subtle tweaks to the exterior, as well as new colours and wheel options, priced from $47,400 (in 120i Coupe form).
read more about the BMW 1 Series

Make: Kia

Model: Carnival

Released: Jun 2011

Kia’s top-selling people mover gets a freshen-up with equipment upgrades, a muscular new 2.2-litre turbo-diesel and small price increases. The company has also axed the 2.7-litre V6-powered short-wheelbase S model from the range.
read more about the Kia Carnival

Make: Hyundai

Model: Elantra

Released: Jun 2011

Hyundai’s new Elantra small sedan will go on sale here in the third quarter of 2011, with styling based on the larger i45 sedan's fresh ‘fluidic sculpture’ design language. Also expect a new 1.6-litre direct-injection petrol four, with six-speed transmissions.
read more about the Hyundai Elantra

Make: Jeep

Model: Grand Cherokee - CRD

Released: Jun 2011

3.0-litre V6 turbo CRD to join Grand Cherokee range here in June. Produces 177kW and 550Nm, while consuming a combined-cycle 8.3L/100km and emitting 218g/km of CO2. Pricing is yet to be finalised but the diesel engine option is expected to cost around the same as the Hemi V8, which costs $60,000 in Limited guise.
read more about the Jeep Grand Cherokee

Make: Volkswagen

Model: Eos

Released: May 2011

Updated Eos will bring the styling into line with the rest of the 2011 VW range. The four-seater folding hardtop will feature drive-trains and interior components from the Mk6 Golf, as well as hill start assist. Prices are unchanged, starting at $46 990 for the 103TDI and $48 990 for the 155TSI. It is scheduled for a mid-2011 release.
read more about the Volkswagen Eos

Make: Mercedes-Benz

Model: C-Class

Released: May 2011

Top-selling mid-sized sedan and wagon will feature new driver assistance systems, including an undated telematics platform with internet access. New engines with idle-stop technology and an improved 7G Automatic transmission will improve fuel consumption by up to 31 percent. There will also be subtle styling changes and a newly-designed interior. Arrival is scheduled for mid-2011.
read more about the Mercedes-Benz C-Class

Make: Volkswagen

Model: Golf - BlueMotion

Released: May 2011

Volkswagen has had a change of heart and decided that the Golf BlueMotion will now be coming to Australia. It promises to be the most economical vehicle of its size in Australia, edging out the latest Toyota Prius in the combined fuel consumption average stakes by the smallest of margins – 3.8L/100km against the petrol-electric hybrid’s 3.9L/100km figure.
read more about the Volkswagen Golf

Make: McLaren

Model: MP4-12C

Released: May 2011

McLaren is preparing to launch a smaller, lighter and more nimble successor for its F1 supercar launched in the early 1990s. The McLaren MP4-12C will be V8-powered, aimed directly at Ferrai's new 458 and the Mercedes-AMG SLS super-coupe.
read more about the McLaren MP4-12C

Make: Bentley

Model: Continental - GT

Released: May 2011

Retaining its familiar silhouette, the revised GT will be wider and some body panels will be created in one piece of aluminium using a high-tech 'super-forming' process that eliminate seams and welding.

Expect more power and torque from the big 6.0-litre twin-turbo W12 plus an all-new 4.0-litre V8 to join the range later.
read more about the Bentley Continental

Make: Maserati

Model: GranTurismo - MC Stradale

Released: May 2011

The racetrack-ready GranTurismo MC Stradale will be more expensive than the $318,500 GranTurismo S coupe upon which it is based. Lighter in weight and offering a more powerful 336kW version of the 4.7-litre Ferrari-derived V8 that powers the standard GranTurismo, the MC is likely to complete the 0-100km/h sprint in 4.5 seconds, easily making it the quickest Maserati production car.
read more about the Maserati GranTurismo

Make: Volkswagen

Model: Passat

Released: Apr 2011

Volkswagen is going high-tech with the redesigned Passat and offering trickle-down luxuries from its higher models plus safety gadgets such as automatic emergency braking and fatigue detection. The BlueMotion model will consume a hybrid-like 4.2L/100km, emit just 109g/km of CO2 and have a theoretical tank range of more than 1600km.
read more about the Volkswagen Passat

Make: Renault

Model: Latitude

Released: Apr 2011

Renault's new flagship will replace the slow-selling Laguna. Possibly built in South Korea alongside the third-generation Samsung SM5 sedan on which it is based, it is expected to come with many comfort features including dual-mode air ioniser with fragrance diffuser, triple-zone climate-control, a massaging driver’s seat, Bose premium audio and hands-free phone connectivity.
read more about the Renault Latitude

Make: Ford

Model: Territory

Released: Apr 2011

Ford's Australia's next-generation Territory will be built using a development of the existing vehicle’s Falcon-based platform. It will be engineered with a range of powertrains ranging from Ford's venerable straight-six, plus an imported V6 turbo-diesel.
read more about the Ford Territory

Make: Saab

Model: 9-5

Released: Apr 2011

Now under Spyker control, Saab will be back in Australia with its all-new 9-5 large sedan leading the charge. Powering the most technically advanced Saab ever made will be a range of petrol, diesel and E85-compatible engines with outputs ranging from 118kW to 221kW.
read more about the Saab 9-5

Make: Honda

Model: Jazz

Released: Apr 2011

The facelifted Jazz could be released here with 1.2-litre and 1.4-litre four-cylinder engines, the latter available with an optional continuously variable transmission (CVT). The top-spec Jazz is likely to be offered with optional leather upholstery and a number of other premium touches like chromed ings for the air-vents, instruments, climate controls and dashboard.
read more about the Honda Jazz

Make: Nissan

Model: GT-R

Released: Mar 2011

The MY2011 GT-R will represent a traditional midlife makeover to boost the relevance of Nissan's flagship sportscar. It will feature an engine upgrade to produce 33kW and 24Nm more than the outgoing model plus even more technology to further improve handling plus a reduction in fuel consumption.
read more about the Nissan GT-R

Make: Skoda

Model: Octavia

Released: Mar 2011

The Octavia Scout TDI with a DSG dual-clutch automatic gearbox should compare favorably alongside rivals like the Subaru Outback and other jacked-up, wagon-based quasi-SUVs.
read more about the Skoda Octavia

Make: Volvo

Model: V60

Released: Mar 2011

The V60 will be a technical tour-de-force featuring numerous safety features such as Volvo’s low-speed crash avoidance system, City Safe, as standard equipment plus groundbreaking pedestrian avoidance technology as part of an optional safety pack.
read more about the Volvo V60

Make: Lexus

Model: CT - 200h

Released: Mar 2011

LEXUS has confirmed its first compact hatchback, the hybrid-only CT200h, will be priced from under $50,000 when it goes on sale in Australia. It will be powered exclusively by a modified version of Toyota’s 1.8-litre petrol-electric drive system from the Prius.
read more about the Lexus CT

Make: Audi

Model: A7 - Sportback

Released: Mar 2011

Filling the gap between A6 and A8, the A7 range will kick off with the Sportback as its most affordable iteration. It will feature lightweight aluminium chassis components and a choice of 3.0 TDI, 2.8 FSI and 3.0 TFSI engines with Quattro all-wheel drive. To come later are hot S7 and RS7 versions to compete with the likes of Porsche's Panamera and Aston Martin's Rapide.
read more about the Audi A7

Make: Holden

Model: Cruze

Released: Mar 2011

To coincide with the start of local production, Holden will facelift its popular Cruze sedan and upgrade to new-generation 1.4-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol and 2.0-litre turbodiesel engines. A hotly-anticipated hatch version will debut in Q3 of 2011.
read more about the Holden Cruze

Make: Volvo

Model: XC60 - T5

Released: Mar 2011

Volvo’s excellent XC60 compact SUV lineup is to grow, with the addition of a T5 engine taken from its S60 stablemate. The comfortable, modern and spacious entry-level model is likely to be priced under $50,000.
read more about the Volvo XC60

Make: Mercedes-Benz

Model: G-Class - 350 BlueTec

Released: Mar 2011

The diesel G350 is the first vehicle to be launched in Australia with Mercedes’ emissions-slashing BlueTec system. This system injects a urea compound to cut nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions by up to 80 per cent, and is used on several Mercedes models overseas. Powered by the 155kW/540Nm 3.5-litre CDI diesel engine and priced at $159,900.
read more about the Mercedes-Benz G-Class

Make: Fiat

Model: 500 - Abarth

Released: Mar 2011

The flagship of the 500 model lineup features a turbocharged 1.4-litre engine, producing 118 kW and 230 Nm in ‘sports mode’. The first Abarth- badged Fiat to be sold on our shores is priced around $35,000.
read more about the Fiat 500

Make: Toyota

Model: FJ Cruiser

Released: Mar 2011

Inspired by the 50-year-old FJ40 LandCruiser and designed to compete with the rugged Jeep Wrangler, the Prado-based FJ Cruiser ides on a sturdy ladder-frame chassis and will be powered by a 4.0-litre petrol V6 matched with a full-time 4WD system with dual-range transmission.
read more about the Toyota FJ Cruiser

Make: Mercedes-Benz

Model: G-Class - G55 AMG

Released: Mar 2011

The supercharged G55 AMG has 373kW of power and 700Nm of torque. Australian dealers have already taken deposits for 10 of the flagship G-wagens, which take just 5.5 seconds to 0/100kmh. Based on the tough-as-nails ladder-chassis G-class used by the Australian Defence Force.
read more about the Mercedes-Benz G-Class

Make: Porsche

Model: Cayman - R

Released: Mar 2011

Porsche says ‘R’ stands for responsive, refined and racy. The Cayman R's chassis sits 20mm lower and the bodywork has a distinctive fixed rear spoiler compared with the Cayman S. The R also benefits from unique lightweight components, chassis tweaks and an extra 8kW, bringing the maximum output of its 3.4-litre direct-injection six-cylinder boxer engine to 243kW.
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Make: BMW

Model: X3

Released: Feb 2011

The second-generation X3 will be larger, more sharply styled and thoroughly re-engineered, with the headline act being the xDrive35i, featuring a 3.0-litre direct-injection turbocharged inline-six petrol engine, producing 225kW at 5800rpm and 400Nm.
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Make: Volkswagen

Model: Amarok

Released: Feb 2011

Volkswagen's first twin-cab ute, the Amarok (the official support vehicle for the 2010 Dakar Rally) will be built in Argentina. The launch engine is likely to be a 120kW/400Nm twin-turbo 2.0-litre TDI unit, with petrol, automatic and single-cab variants to arrive late in 2011.
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Make: Chery

Model: J11

Released: Feb 2011

Chery's J11 compact crossover wagon will have a 2.0-litre engine with both five-speed manual and four-speed automatic transmissions. Available as a front-wheel drive only, it should come with twin airbags, ABS, ESC, air-conditioning and alloy wheels.
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Make: Chery

Model: J1

Released: Feb 2011

The front-drive five-door Chery J1 hatch, styled by Italian design house Bertone, is powered by two iterations of its SQR-series four-cylinder 16-valve DOHC petrol engine. The J1 will be a key export model for China's largest independent car-maker.
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Make: Holden

Model: Captiva

Released: Feb 2011

This will be the first major upgrade of the Korean-built mid-size SUV since it was launched here four years ago. Along with improvements to handling and ride quality, it is likely to come with a new 2.4-litre petrol engine producing 127kW – up from the 103kW output of the petrol four in the front- and all-wheel-drive ‘Captiva 5’ currently on sale in Australia.
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Make: Land Rover

Model: Range Rover

Released: Feb 2011

The 2011 Range Rover Vogue will receive a bigger, greener 230kW/700Nm 4.4-litre V8 twin-turbo diesel engine married with an advanced ZF eight-speed automatic transmission. A combined-cycle average of 9.4L/100km fuel will make this the most economical Range Rover ever built.
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Make: SsangYong

Model: Korando

Released: Feb 2011

SsangYong’s first monocoque-bodied SUV will have a 2.0-litre turbo-diesel with an Australian-made Drive Systems International six-speed auto or manual transmission plus a choice of all-wheel drive or front-wheel drive variants. A 1.8-litre turbo petrol engine is also in development.
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Make: Audi

Model: A8 - Diesel

Released: Feb 2011

Audi's S-Class rival includes a 3.0-litre TDI producing 184 kW and 550 Nm, AWD and an eight-speed ZF automatic. Fuel economy is miniscule for a car of this size, at 6.6 l/100kms. Comes with all the features you would expect from a $200 000+ limousine, although the firm suspension can struggle on harsh Australian roads and the styling lacks presence.
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Make: Land Rover

Model: Freelander

Released: Feb 2011

Refinement is the name of the game for the Freelander facelift. There will be improvements to power and fuel economy too but the fuel-saving 2WD variant won't be coming here unless there is enough Australian demand.
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Make: Suzuki

Model: Swift

Released: Feb 2011

Australia’s next-generation Swift hatchback is likely to be released exclusively as a five-door once again, powered by a 1.4 or 1.5-litre petrol engine that is both more powerful and efficient that the current model’s. Suzuki Australia is hopeful of also bringing here a revised 190Nm 1.3-litre turbo-diesel with average fuel consumption of 4.2L/100km and CO2 emissions of 109g/km.
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Make: Morgan

Model: Classic

Released: Feb 2011

ADR technical issues have now been solved and Morgan has confirmed the return of its Classic Morgan line-up, which will be all-Ford powered and include the 165kW V6-powered Morgan Roadster Sport and Roadster, the Morgan Plus 4 (powered by a 106kW 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine) and the entry-level Morgan 4/4 Sport, powered by an 82kW 1.6-litre inline four.
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Make: Mini

Model: Countryman

Released: Feb 2011

Mini's Austrian-built Countryman crossover will be the largest vehicle ever to wear the Mini moniker. Parent company BMW has confirmed that Australian-delivered Countrymen will be available with diesel power, all-wheel drive and a starting price to top the Mini range from around $45,000.
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Make: Porsche

Model: 911 - Speedster

Released: Feb 2011

The limited-edition 911 Speedster will be sold in Australia in strictly limited numbers, as only 356 will be built. The 300kW 3.8-litre flat-six from the GTS provides power and the wide-bodied, rear-wheel drive Speedster has several exclusive features including a 60mm-lower windscreen and 'double-bubble' hard cover for when the soft-top is stowed.
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Make: Subaru

Model: Forester - S-Edition

Released: Feb 2011

Subaru is planning an STI-style version of the Forester, to be powered by a variation of the Impreza STI’s turbocharged 2.5-litre petrol engine, tuned to deliver 193kW of power and 347Nm of torque, linked to a five-speed gearbox wqith paddle-shifts.
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Make: BMW

Model: 3 Series - Pure Edition

Released: Feb 2011

Just 50 coupe and 50 convertible Pure M3s will come to Australia. There are no changes to the legendary 309kW/400Nm 4.0-litre V8 but gloss black 19-inch M double-spoke alloy wheels and gloss black air intake plus dark chrome grille, side gills and exhaust tips should heighten the Pure's appeal to performance enthusiasts.
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Make: Jeep

Model: Grand Cherokee

Released: Jan 2011

Chrysler's redesigned 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee scores a new monocoque chassis, a spacious new interior with more premium soft-touch materials and three Vee engines: a new 209kW 3.6-litre petrol V6 and revised 268kW 5.7-litre HEMI petrol V8.
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Make: BMW

Model: 5 Series - Touring

Released: Jan 2011

The 520d sedan and wagon and the 535d sedan should further increase the popularity of BMW's diesel models. The straight-six 535d diesel will deliver 220kW and 600Nm of torque to propel the 5 Series to 100km/h in under six seconds. Meanwhile, the M Sport package will preview the look of the upcoming all-new M5 performance sedan.
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Make: Alfa Romeo

Model: Spider - 1750 TBi

Released: Jan 2011

Italian coupe and roadster models’ swansong features the addition of the Fiat group’s punchy 1742cc petrol engine.
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Make: Kia

Model: Optima

Released: Jan 2011

As successor to the Magentis, the "car people will simply not expect from Kia" promises luxury, a rewarding drive and will launch in Platinum spec powered by a 2.4-litre petrol engine. Later in the year, Kia may introduce lower-specification Si and SLi variants fitted with a 2.0-litre petrol engine, followed by a hybrid in late 2012.
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Make: Geely

Model: MK

Released: Jan 2011

China’s Geely Automobile will open for business in Australia by launching a 1.5-litre Corolla-sized Geely MK sedan and five-door hatch small car in Western Australia only, early in 2011. Powered by a 1.5-litre petrol engine mated to either a four-speed automatic or five-speed manual transmission, it will be priced competitively with Korean small cars.
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Make: Porsche

Model: 911 - GTS

Released: Jan 2011

The 911 Carrera GTS will be available in both coupe and cabriolet body styles and come engine and chassis upgrades compared to the Carrera S on which it is based. The GTS also runs a more powerful (300kW) version of the 283kW 3.8-litre direct-injection flat six from the latest Carrera S, making it almost as powerful as the GT3, which has 320kW.
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Make: Nissan

Model: Navara - ST-X 550

Released: Jan 2011

The range-topping Navara ST-X 550 will bring class-leading performance to the Nissan stable thanks to the new V9X engine, which comes as a result of Nissan’s alliance with Renault and offers 170kW of power at 3750rpm and 550Nm of torque from just 1750rpm.
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Make: Nissan

Model: X-Trail

Released: Jan 2011

Nissan revealed a simpler, lighter and more economical 2WD X-Trail variant at the 2010 Sydney motor show, priced well below $30,000 to compete in the growing front-drive compact SUV sector.
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