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New car diary for February 2011

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: 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.
read more about the Chery J11

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.
read more about the Volkswagen Amarok

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.
read more about the Chery J1

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.
read more about the Holden Captiva

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.
read more about the Land Rover Range Rover

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.
read more about the SsangYong Korando

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.
read more about the Land Rover Freelander

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.
read more about the Audi A8

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.
read more about the Suzuki Swift

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.
read more about the Morgan Classic

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.
read more about the Mini Countryman

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.
read more about the BMW 3 Series

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.
read more about the Subaru Forester

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.
read more about the Porsche 911

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