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New car diary for 2012

Make: Mazda

Model: CX-9

Released: Dec 2012

Mazda’s facelifted CX-9 will arrive in late 2012 with a new nose based on the ‘Kodo’ design language to carry the model through for at least another three years. The updated seven-seat SUV will feature minor changes to the interior and a refreshed rear end. The 2013 CX-9 won’t get Mazda’s fuel-saving Skyactiv drivetrain but that will no doubt appear in the next generation.
read more about the Mazda CX-9

Make: Lexus

Model: LS

Released: Dec 2012

Lexus wheeled out the new-look LS range globally in August 2012 with the now-familiar spindle grille and a more aggressive stance to reposition the brand as more sporting and less conservative. Essentially a mid-life update of the fourth generation LS that launched in 2007, the new model has over 3000 new or changed parts over the existing model.
read more about the Lexus LS

Make: Mazda

Model: Mazda6

Released: Dec 2012

The third-generation Mazda6 will hit the market in late 2012, in both sedan and wagon bodystyles powered by SkyActiv petrol or diesel engines. All models will feature a host of new green technology, including i-Eloop regenerative braking.
read more about the Mazda Mazda6

Make: Audi

Model: Q5

Released: Dec 2012

Audi’s popular Q5 SUV receives a mid-life update in early 2013, but don’t expect to notice a huge difference in styling. Changes will be mainly under the skin, with all five engines being fine-tuned to improve power and fuel efficiency. Audi has also announced that it will sell a hybrid variant of the Q5 in 2013.
read more about the Audi Q5

Make: Infiniti

Model: G

Released: Dec 2012

Infiniti's high-tech luxury coupe range offers rear-drive thrills and is powered by a 3.7-litre V6, with a hybrid version on the cards. A rip-snorting IPL performance version with more power and sharper handling tops the range, which Nissan Australia is relaunching here in 2012.
read more about the Infiniti G

Make: Infiniti

Model: G

Released: Dec 2012

With a folding hard-top and 242kW, Infiniti has BMW's 335i Convertible on missile lock. High-tech features including a Bose Open Air sound system and adaptive climate-control will make this a tempting choice for Australian sun worshippers when the Infiniti brand is relaunched here in 2012.
read more about the Infiniti G

Make: Foton

Model: Tunland

Released: Nov 2012

Foton's big utility – 120mm wider and 180mm longer than Toyota's HiLux will offer Euro 5 compliance and a probable four-star safety rating. It will be bedded-down on the Australian market for six months before hitting its main target market, North America. The Tunland will be powered by a 2.8-litre four-cylinder Cummins diesel.
read more about the Foton Tunland

Make: Mitsubishi

Model: Outlander

Released: Nov 2012

Previewed by the plug-in hybrid PX-MiEV and PX-MiEV II concepts, the next Outlander will debut a new front-end design theme that will eventually roll out across Mitsubishi's SUV, ute and crossover ranges. Petrol variants will be powered by a version of its 2.0-litre SOHC four-cylinder ‘MIVEC’ engine, complete with an all-new valve train.
read more about the Mitsubishi Outlander

Make: BMW

Model: 6 Series - M6

Released: Nov 2012

The M6 coupe and convertible twins will become BMW’s fastest-ever two-door cars, with the coupe capable of laying down a 0-100km/h time of just 4.2 seconds – one tenth of a second quicker than the M5. Powered by the same twin-turbo 4.4-litre V8 as the M5, the new M6 kick out 412kW of power at 6000rpm and 680Nm of torque at 1500-5750rpm.
read more about the BMW 6 Series

Make: Mercedes-Benz

Model: CLS-class - Shooting Brake

Released: Nov 2012

Mercedes-Benz has announced that from 2012 it will produce a sleek wagon version of its pioneering CLS four-door coupe, said to be inspired by the first motorised Shooting Brakes that appeared in the UK during the 1960s and 1970s as luxurious, coach-built two-door wagons.
read more about the Mercedes-Benz CLS-class

Make: Honda

Model: CR-V

Released: Nov 2012

The first all-new Honda CR-V since 2006 will feature a bolder front end that takes on a more aggressive demeanour than its predecessor. Honda says it will offer more space than before, along with a lower floor in the rear storage area. Expect more efficient engines, including a diesel. It will also be the first CR-V to offer a front-wheel-drive variant.
read more about the Honda CR-V

Make: Holden

Model: Colorado 7

Released: Nov 2012

Based on the workhorse of the same name, the Colorado 7 SUV will fill a gap in Holden’s line-up that has existed since the demise of the Jackaroo in 2004. The seven-seat Colorado 7 will be bigger than the Captiva 7 and will feature a third row, making it a genuine seven-seater. Expect the big SUV to arrive in 4x4 guise only, using the same range of transmissions as its ute sibling.
read more about the Holden Colorado 7

Make: Audi

Model: A4 - Allroad

Released: Oct 2012

The facelifted Audi A4 will gain a psuedo-SUV wagon variant dubbed Allroad will join its larger A6 Allroad sibling in Australian showrooms for the first time, offering a jacked up, rugged version of the A4 Avant wagon for cashed-up country folk.
read more about the Audi A4

Make: Audi

Model: A6 - S6

Released: Oct 2012

Like its BMW M5 rival the high-po Audi S6 will be powered by a turbocharged V8, hoofing out 309kW and 550Nm while making a 25 per cent fuel-economy gains over the old V10. A seven-speed dual-clutch transmission will do the talking between the engine and the Quattro all-wheel drive system, resulting in 0-100km/h in 4.8 seconds.
read more about the Audi A6

Make: Jeep

Model: Grand Cherokee - SRT8

Released: Oct 2012

Understood to be benchmarked against BMW’s X6 M for both engine performance and chassis dynamics, a high-performance and aggressive-looking SRT8 variant of the Grand Cherokee will pack a stonking 6.4-litre Hemi V8 punching out 347kW and 630Nm.
read more about the Jeep Grand Cherokee

Make: Kia

Model: Sorento

Released: Oct 2012

The only notable change to Australia’s medium SUV landscape in 2012 is a Hyundai Santa Fe-based chassis revision for Kia’s Sorento, due to hit showrooms in August.
read more about the Kia Sorento

Make: Audi

Model: A6 - Allroad

Released: Oct 2012

A 60mm higher ride height than the A6 Avant, chunky black wheel arches, roof rails and stainless steel underbody protection will mark out the ruggedised A6 Allroad from its road-only wagon sibling when it arrives in Australia.
read more about the Audi A6

Make: Toyota

Model: Corolla

Released: Oct 2012

The next-generation Toyota Corolla hatch will feature an edgier design and improved interior quality to take the fight to its traditional rivals, the Mazda3 and Ford Focus. The top-selling Corolla has never had it so tough in the small-car market and Toyota will be using the latest technology and a variety of powertrains to maintain its status as king of the small cars.
read more about the Toyota Corolla

Make: Audi

Model: A7 - S7

Released: Oct 2012

A fire-breathing S7 coupe will join Audi's A7 range, motivated by a new 4.0-litre V8 engine force-fed by twin turbochargers to develop 309kW and 550Nm. Despite the monstorous power and torque, consideration to the environment is ensured by the inclusion of cylinder deactivation technology, which enables the mighty mill to run on four cylinders while cruising.
read more about the Audi A7

Make: Proton

Model: Exora

Released: Oct 2012

Malaysian marque Proton is gearing up to launch its compact Exora people-mover - a first for the brand's Australian subsidiary. Mixing fertility with frugality courtesy of a small four-cylinder engine, the Exora will likely undercut the cheapest MPVs currently on-sale when it launches in October.
read more about the Proton Exora

Make: Audi

Model: A8 - S8

Released: Oct 2012

Packing 382kW and 650Nm from its twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8, the Audi S8 will serve as a high-performance flagship to Audi's sedan range. Downsizing from the old Lamborghini-derived 5.2-litre V10 will yield claimed fuel economy gains of up to 3 litres per 100km.
read more about the Audi A8

Make: Joylong

Model: Van

Released: Oct 2012

The first product from Chinese brand Joylong will be an as-yet-unnamed high-roof van powered by a Euro 5-compliant Cummins diesel engine and expected to be similar in dimensions to the high-roof variants of the Ford Transit and Mercedes-Benz Sprinter.
read more about the Joylong Van

Make: Jaguar

Model: XF - Sportbrake

Released: Oct 2012

The much-fancied Jaguar XF will get a sleek new wagon variant when the Sportbrake launches locally in late 2012, available by special order only. The stylish Sportbrake isn’t just eye candy, with Jaguar claiming the load area is wide enough to carry a set of golf clubs sideways.
read more about the Jaguar XF

Make: Ford

Model: Focus - ST

Released: Oct 2012

XR is out, ST is in where the new performance variant of Ford's third-generation Focus is concerned. The Focus ST is expected to replace the Volvo-based five-cylinder unit of the outgoing model with a 184kW/360Nm version of the 2.0-litre turbocharged EcoBoost petrol four-cylinder.
read more about the Ford Focus

Make: ZX

Model: GrandTiger

Released: Oct 2012

ZX Auto will become Australia's seventh Chinese brand with its GrandTiger ute range. Powered by the same 2.4-litre Mitsubishi four-cylinder engine as Great Wall's range, it has received Australian Design Rule (ADR) certification in single-cab, dual-cab and cab-chassis layouts with 4x4 and 4x2 powertrains. Sales will commence in Perth from October.
read more about the ZX GrandTiger

Make: Volkswagen

Model: Up!

Released: Sep 2012

Volkswagen’s 3540mm-long city car is based on Volkswagen’s new transverse modular platform and debuts international debut at the 2011 Frankfurt show. A new-generation 1.0-litre, three-cylinder petrol engine in 44kW and 55kW tune will be available from launch with a target price of less than $15,000.
read more about the Volkswagen Up!

Make: Peugeot

Model: 208

Released: Sep 2012

Peugeot Australia will launch its all-new 208 light car in September. Smaller, lighter and more frugal than the 207 it replaces, the mini car is also likely to start from under $20k.
read more about the Peugeot 208

Make: Hyundai

Model: Santa Fe

Released: Sep 2012

The next generation Hyundai Santa Fe is due in local showrooms in late 2012, but Australian buyers may miss out on the long wheelbase version, which is slated for left-hand drive markets only. The Korean car-maker is promising better fuel efficiency and a lower kerb weight.
read more about the Hyundai Santa Fe

Make: Holden

Model: Volt

Released: Aug 2012

General Motors has confirmed the Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid car will be sold in Australia. The vehicle known as a “Prius-buster” will be introduced in the US in 2010, with Australian sales one or two years later. The Volt will be a four-passenger vehicle using a lithium-ion battery pack.
read more about the Holden Volt

Make: Opel

Model: Astra - GTC

Released: Aug 2012

The high performance GTC coupe is confirmed to headline the Astra range, when the nameplate returns to our shores in 2012 courtesy of Opel.
read more about the Opel Astra

Make: Infiniti

Model: M

Released: Aug 2012

The Infiniti M luxury sedan will be one of the founding members of the Infiniti range in the brand's second coming to Australia, made possible because of the right-hand drive engineering for the UK market. V6 diesel and petrol engines plus V8 petrol and hybrid powerplants are on the cards as Nissan Australia intends to go full speed ahead against Mercedes, BMW, Audi, and Lexus.
read more about the Infiniti M

Make: Mitsubishi

Model: ASX

Released: Aug 2012

Mitsubishi’s ASX baby SUV is getting a minor facelift to bring it into line with the Japanese maker’s new look, previewed on the upcoming Outlander. Only trainspotters will notice the subtle changes when the updated model arrives on our shores in August 2012.
read more about the Mitsubishi ASX

Make: Hyundai

Model: Veloster - Turbo

Released: Aug 2012

Hyundai is poised to add heat to its quirky Veloster coupe with the addition of a 155kW/265Nm Turbo version, priced around $35k and pitched against rivals like the Toyota 86, Honda CR-Z and Volkswagen Golf GTI.
read more about the Hyundai Veloster

Make: Opel

Model: Astra

Released: Aug 2012

The Astra nameplate is set to return to our shores when it adorns the front of Opel's small-sized player from the second half of 2012. Pitched more upmarket and as an alternative to the likes of the Volkswagen Golf, it should be available on both five-door hatch and, probably, new Sports Tourer body styles and priced from around $25,000.
read more about the Opel Astra

Make: Proton

Model: Preve

Released: Aug 2012

A stylish small sedan is the latest model to be added to Malaysian brand Proton’s Australian line-up when it arrives in August 2012. The Prevé will feature a choice of naturally aspirated and turbocharged 1.6 litre 4-cylinder engines.
read more about the Proton Preve

Make: Opel

Model: Insignia

Released: Aug 2012

The Insignia will top Opel's Australian model range when GM's German brand is launched in the second half of 2012. The mid-sized model range is likely to include both sedan and wagon body styles and a selection of small-capacity turbo engines.
read more about the Opel Insignia

Make: Renault

Model: Megane - RS265

Released: Aug 2012

Renault will give its scorching Megane RS hot hatch even more poke courtesy of an upgraded 2.0-litre turbocharged engine with 198kW (up 14kW) and360Nm of torque (up 20Nm). Reflecting the higher output, the car will now be known as the RS265, rather than the RS250.
read more about the Renault Megane

Make: Nissan

Model: Almera

Released: Aug 2012

Nissan's small global small sedan is based on the company's global 'V' platform which underpins the latest Micra, and was revealed in production form at the 2011 Guangzhou motor show in China. It stretches the Micra's platform to the size of the current Tiida and will be sold in Australia alongside the Micra.
read more about the Nissan Almera

Make: Opel

Model: Corsa

Released: Aug 2012

The Corse light-sized car will open the the premium GM brand's line-up when it is launched here in the second half of 2012. Pictured on the Australian Opel website only in three-door form, it will be priced at the premium end of the segment and go up against Euro rivals like the VW Polo, Peugeot 207 and Skoda Fabia.
read more about the Opel Corsa

Make: Infiniti

Model: FX

Released: Aug 2012

Arguably the most important model at launch for Infiniti in Australia, the BMW X5-sized Infiniti FX crossover will be sold here with three engine options, including two Euro 5 emissions-compliant petrol engines – a The 175kW/550Nm 3.0-litre diesel, a 247kW 3.7-litre DOHC V6 and a 290kW 5.0-litre V8.
read more about the Infiniti FX

Make: Volkswagen

Model: Amarok - SingleCab

Released: Jul 2012

Volkswagen will add a single cab variant to its Amarok ute range in mid-2012, featuring the same engine and transmission line-up as its dual cab sibling. A 2.0-litre petrol engine and an eight-speed automatic will also join the range by mid-year.
read more about the Volkswagen Amarok

Make: Bentley

Model: Continental - V8

Released: Jul 2012

Bespoke British marque Bentley will 'downsize' to a twin-turbo V8 for its Continental GT coupe and GTC cabriolet, which will slot beneath the existing 6.0-litre W12 powertrain. The Audi-sourced engine will produce 373kW and a thumping 660Nm of torque.
read more about the Bentley Continental

Make: Citroen

Model: C4 Aircross

Released: Jul 2012

Citroen's all-new city-SUV is based on Mitsubishi's ASX, rather than the C4 hatchback and will be the French brand's first SUV in Australia. Petrol and diesel models with a choice of front-drive or all-wheel-drive will be available in Europe, although Australian specifications are not yet clear.
read more about the Citroen C4 Aircross

Make: Chrysler

Model: 300C

Released: Jul 2012

The successor to the previously-popular Chrysler 300C is, at least cosmetically, more evolution than revolution. Chrysler designers attempted to achieve a more “tailored appearance” via more attention to detail across in terms of body sculpting and practical elements such as aerodynamics and driver visibility. A hi-po SRT8 variant will pack a 6.4-litre Hemi V8 producing 347kW and 630Nm.
read more about the Chrysler 300C

Make: BMW

Model: 6 Series - Gran Coupe

Released: Jul 2012

BMW will release a four-door version of its 6 Series coupe, designed to target niche segment product such as the Audi A7 and Mercedes-Benz CLS-class. The car differentiates itself in the BMW line-up by offering more practicality than the existing 6 Series cars and sleeker styling than the top-shelf 7 Series limousine.
read more about the BMW 6 Series

Make: Subaru

Model: BRZ

Released: Jul 2012

Subaru named its all-new rear-drive sportscar BRZ. Subaru, which developed the new 2+2 sports coupe in cahoots with Toyota, contributed mainly to the rear-drive drivetrain and chassis, which is shared with Toyota for its 86.
read more about the Subaru BRZ

Make: Volkswagen

Model: CC

Released: Jul 2012

Volkswagen will introduce its facelifted four-door coupe to the local market in 2012 with a new nose and tail but minus the 'Passat' badge carried by the previous model. By simply calling it CC, the German brand will hope to dinstinguish the car from its more humble siblings in the Passat family.
read more about the Volkswagen CC

Make: Land Rover

Model: Range Rover Evoque - eD4

Released: Jul 2012

Range Rover will launch entry-level, front-drive eD4 variants of its uber-stylish evoque compact SUV in July, starting from under $50k. The 110kW oil-burning engine returns fuel consumption figures of fewer than 50L/100km in two-foor guise.
read more about the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque

Make: Peugeot

Model: 4008

Released: Jun 2012

The Japanese-built 4008 will be based on Mitsubishi's ASX but despite the higher model number will be priced lower, from less than $30,000. Peugeot says it will be produced in both FWD and AWD configurations. Engine choices will include a 2.0-litre petrol engine, Mitsubishi and Peugeot-sourced diesel engines with manual and CVT gearbox options.
read more about the Peugeot 4008

Make: Citroen

Model: DS5

Released: Jun 2012

Similar in concept to the higher-riding DS4 hatch, the DS5 is even more adventurous in comparison to its donor model, featuring complex body-side surfacing and a high, sweeping roofline. Citroen says the DS5 will offer five seats, a driving position “worthy of a gran turismo coupé” and “all the access and modularity of a hatchback.
read more about the Citroen DS5

Make: Lexus

Model: RX

Released: Jun 2012

Japanese luxury specialist Lexus will facelift its RX SUV to reflect the 'spindle grille' design language initiated by the new GS sedan, while adding a macho F-Sport variant.
read more about the Lexus RX

Make: Holden

Model: Colorado

Released: Jun 2012

GM is readying its own new-generation, Thai-built Chevrolet pick-up to replace the Isuzu D-Max-based Colorado. The new one-tonne utility is likely to end up with Holden badges and could be powered by 2.5 and 2.8-litre Thai-built engines co-developed with Italian diesel specialist VM Motori.
read more about the Holden Colorado

Make: Hyundai

Model: i30

Released: Jun 2012

A second-generation of Hyundai's i30 hatch range will have an upmarket looking cabin and more distinctive and aggressive look than its predecessor, in line with the brand's Fluidic Sculpture design philosophy. A choice of low-emissions four-cylinder 1.4-litre and 1.6-litre petrol and diesel engines will be offered.
read more about the Hyundai i30

Make: Nissan

Model: Leaf

Released: Jun 2012

NISSAN is leading the race to bring a mass-produced zero-emissions electric vehicle to Australian new-car showrooms. The Japanese company announced it will have a plug-in EV electric family car on sale here in 2012. It will be a five-seater with an electric range of more than 160km.
read more about the Nissan Leaf

Make: BMW

Model: 5 Series - ActiveHybrid 5

Released: Jun 2012

BMW will be first of the big three German luxury brands to unleash a hybrid onto the Australian market. A turbocharged petrol straight-six with a 40kW electric motor sandwiched between it and the eight-speed ZF automatic will produce a combined 250kW and 450Nm. The hybrid 5 Series will hit 100km/h in 5.9s but return fuel consumption of 6.4L/100km.
read more about the BMW 5 Series

Make: Ferrari

Model: California

Released: Jun 2012

Ferrari is to update its California with mild styling tweaks and a more powerful engine, expected to boost power by 22kw to 360kW. Performance should be further enchanced by a weight reduction and suspension upgrades, while the cabin is likely to be packed with more technology such as smartphone integration.
read more about the Ferrari California

Make: Audi

Model: A1 - Sportback

Released: Jun 2012

Adding practicality to Audi’s light-car line-up, the five-door A1 Sportback should also provide extra head and shoulder room for rear occupants due to a slightly enlarged height. A 25kg weight gain should not trouble what is likely to be a carryover engine line-up.
read more about the Audi A1

Make: Audi

Model: A6 - Avant

Released: Jun 2012

Audi Australia managing director Uwe Hagen indicated that the company would give the new and sportier A6 Avant wagon a try Down Under, despite a patchy sales record in this country.
read more about the Audi A6

Make: Ferrari

Model: 458 - Spider

Released: Jun 2012

FERRARI'S 458 Spider will feature a patented 25kg aluminium retractable hard-top that tucks away between its engine and the two-seat cockpit and can deploy in 14 seconds. Despite a 50kg weight gain, Ferrari claims a 3.4-second 0-100km/h acceleration time. The Prancing Horse guarantees the Spider to have identical levels of structural rigidity as the coupe.
read more about the Ferrari 458

Make: Isuzu

Model: D-Max - Ute

Released: Jun 2012

Compared with the Holden Colorado with which it shares much mechanically, the Isuzu D-Max will get different sheet metal forward of the A pillars and rear of the cabin – including more macho wheel arch flares. Single, space and crew-cab body styles will be available, all powered by the carryover 3.0-litre, 130kW/380Nm four-cylinder diesel engine.
read more about the Isuzu D-Max

Make: Honda

Model: Civic - hatch

Released: Jun 2012

Honda's next-gen, British-built Civic hatch is likely to retain the current model's angular design when it launches here shortly after the sedan version (sourced from Thailand). Honda says the car has been designed with particular focus on ride and handling, reduced CO2 emissions and interior quality, while keeping its class-leading cabin and boot space.
read more about the Honda Civic

Make: Toyota

Model: 86

Released: Jun 2012

Toyota will finally get back into the sportscar business with a circa-$35K rear-drive coupe developed in conjunction with Subaru. The successor to Celica was styled by Toyota and built on a new "Impreza-inspired" platform, driving only the rear wheels and powered by a Subaru flat-four engine featuring Toyota-developed direct injection.
read more about the Toyota 86

Make: Mercedes-Benz

Model: M-class

Released: May 2012

The redesigned Mercedes-Benz M-class will be roomier, quicker and 25 per cent more efficient than the outgoing model. Range is likely to kick off with a 2.1-litre turbo-diesel variant that is as fuel-efficient as a hybrid Toyota Camry - the first M-class to get four-pot propulsion.
read more about the Mercedes-Benz M-class

Make: Lexus

Model: GS - Hybrid

Released: May 2012

Promising 18 per cent better fuel economy and CO2 output than the previous hybrid GS (sipping 6.3L/100km and emitting 145g/km) the new GS450h will get a revised 213kW 3.5-litre direct-injected Atkinson cycle V6 mated with the latest hybrid drive system for a combined 252kW of power and 345Nm of torque.
read more about the Lexus GS

Make: BMW

Model: 3 Series - 318d

Released: May 2012

BMW will introduce two entry-level versions of its volume-selling 3 Series sedan range - the $56,400 318d diesel and $57,600 320i petrol - to complement the existing three variant line-up.
read more about the BMW 3 Series

Make: Toyota

Model: Prius - V

Released: May 2012

A new mid-sized Prius family wagon, the seven-seat Prius V will join Toyota's petrol-electric line-up in 2012 alongside the standard hatch and 'C' light car. The Prius V was shown in concept form at the 2011 Melbourne show.
read more about the Toyota Prius

Make: Mercedes-Benz

Model: B-Class

Released: Apr 2012

Benz's premium compact B-class will continue to have the tall layout of the existing car but is otherwise significantly changed. Efficient new four-cylinder engines and an all-new seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmissions provide propulsion and the luxurious new interior promises S-class beating rear legroom thanks to a longer, wider body.
read more about the Mercedes-Benz B-Class

Make: Ford

Model: Falcon - EcoBoost

Released: Apr 2012

The release of the EcoBoost turbo-four Falcon has been held back due to a bottleneck of projects, and will now be released in early-2012.
read more about the Ford Falcon

Make: Lexus

Model: GS

Released: Apr 2012

Lexus will launch its BMW 5 Series-rivalling GS line-up in April 2012, with the 3.5-litre V6-powered GS350 and GS350 F Sport the first two variants to hit market.
read more about the Lexus GS

Make: Audi

Model: A4

Released: Apr 2012

Audi will facelift its A4 executive range in order to counter the launch of an all-new BMW 3 Series, bringing cosmetic redesigns both outside and in, as well as an efficient new 1.8-litre turbo engine option.
read more about the Audi A4

Make: Mahindra

Model: XUV500

Released: Apr 2012

The Indian designed and built XUV500 SUV could go head-to-head with the Chinese Great Wall X240 in terms of price but offers a third row of seats and plenty of high-tech and luxury features. Independent suspension tuned by Lotus and a 103kW/330Nm diesel engine further the Mahindra's cause as a serious contender in the marketplace.
read more about the Mahindra XUV500

Make: Porsche

Model: 911 - Cabriolet

Released: Apr 2012

Porsche will lob the soft-top version of its all-new 911, priced from $255,100. The car features a trick magnesium-framed fabric roof that - for the first time in the model's long history - gives it the same roofline as the coupe.
read more about the Porsche 911

Make: Toyota

Model: Aurion

Released: Apr 2012

The next-generation Toyota Aurion will get a more upmarket interior and power and torque output from the 3.5-litre petrol V6 will remain at 200kW/336Nm. But a 50kg weight saving and improved engine efficiency will reduce fuel consumption to 9.3L/100km.
read more about the Toyota Aurion

Make: Jeep

Model: Wrangler

Released: Mar 2012

Jeep's 2012 Wrangler will be updated with a new 3.6-litre Pentastar V6 engine, producing 212kW of power and 352Nm of torque. Out with the old engine goes the four-speed automatic transmission, replaced with a five-speed unit.
read more about the Jeep Wrangler

Make: Skoda

Model: Roomster

Released: Mar 2012

Skoda's Roomster will be back in 2012 to bolster Skoda's line-up alongside the Fabia, Yeti, Octavia and Superb. For about $25,000 it will offer revised styling, a 1.2 TSI four-cylinder turbo petrol engine and DSG dual-clutch transmission as standard.
read more about the Skoda Roomster

Make: Mazda

Model: CX-5

Released: Mar 2012

The production-ready CX-5 crossover will resemble the slinky Minagi SUV concept, from the 2011 Geneva show, displaying Mazda’s energetic new Kodo design theme. It will be Mazda's first model to combine the company’s SkyActiv powertrain and chassis technologies. Engine choices will include a 113kW/191Nm petrol and a new 2.2-litre diesel producing up to 136kW/420Nm.
read more about the Mazda CX-5

Make: Lexus

Model: LX - 570

Released: Mar 2012

Lexus will facelift its gargantuan, Toyota Landcruiser 200 Series-based LX570 luxury SUV in March, adding more cabin technologies and tweaking the frontal styling.
read more about the Lexus LX

Make: SsangYong

Model: Actyon Sports

Released: Mar 2012

The SUT1 – standing for Sports Utility Truck – is expected to replace the Actyon Sports in Australian showrooms in the first quarter of 2012. The dual-cab five-seater retains the rugged body-on-frame construction of the Actyon Sports but gain the Korando’s new 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine and six-speed manual and automatic transmissions.
read more about the SsangYong Actyon Sports

Make: Toyota

Model: Prius

Released: Mar 2012

The facelifted Prius will gain no mechanical changes but will be subjected to cosmetic upgrades including updated headlights, tail-lights, a new grille, front bumper and LED daytime running lights while some variants are likely to get extra standard features.
read more about the Toyota Prius

Make: Skoda

Model: Citigo

Released: Mar 2012

The VW Up has spawned a mechanically identical Skoda version that is a lock for Australia. The Czech company says the Citigo will present a unique opportunity for the company to seize young car buyers.
read more about the Skoda Citigo

Make: Toyota

Model: LandCruiser 200

Released: Mar 2012

Toyota is set to massage its LandCruiser full-size SUV with a series of modifications that include a minor facelift front and rear, better safety and more comfort. The facelift debuted at the Detroit show in January 2012 and will be in local showrooms in March.
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Make: Toyota

Model: Prius - C

Released: Mar 2012

Smaller and cheaper to buy and run than the standard Prius hatch, the light-sized Prius C was confirmed for Australian release after being shown at the 2011 Melbourne show.
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Make: Lotus

Model: Elise

Released: Mar 2012

The supercharged Lotus Elise SC will be renamed S to bring it into line with its force-fed Evora and Exige brethren while gaining a more efficient and torquier 1.8-litre supercharged engine. The naturally-aspirated 1.6-litre Elise will gain the option of an automatic transmission dubbed Serial Precision Shift (SPS).
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Make: Audi

Model: Q3

Released: Mar 2012

Audi's Q3 compact luxury SUV is similar in size to the brand’s five-door A3 Sportback and parent company VW Group’s Tiguan SUV. It promises to offer low weight, decent fuel economy and practicality, despite its stylish raked tailgate. Available in front or all-wheel drive it will be powered by a choice of 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines ranging from 103kW to 155kW.
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Make: Toyota

Model: Camry - Hybrid

Released: Mar 2012

Toyota Australia has signalled its long-term confidence in the Camry Hybrid by planning to source as much as half of the hybrid drivetrain for the second-generation model from local suppliers, including a new $331m engine plant at Altona.
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Make: Honda

Model: Civic

Released: Mar 2012

The new UK-built Civic hatch promises class-leading occupant and cargo space, and dramatic increases in comfort and quality while the Thai-built sedan will be released in 1.8 and 2.0-litre petrol and hybrid variants.
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Make: Rolls-Royce

Model: Ghost - Extended wheelbase

Released: Mar 2012

Providing more than twice the knee-room of the standard Ghost – afforded by an extra 170mm of length, bringing the car’s total length to 5569mm – the Ghost Extended Wheelbase also features a panoramic sunroof, which Rolls-Royce claims “sets new standards for interior ambience and light".
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Make: Holden

Model: Barina - Sedan

Released: Mar 2012

Holden is set to release a sedan version of its recently-released Barina hatchback, with claimed class-leading boot capacity and high levels of safety.
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Make: Proton

Model: S16

Released: Mar 2012

One of Australia’s cheapest new cars will finally be fitted with electronic stability control, new front and rear-end styling and a new continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) which is claimed to reduce fuel consumption by up to 10 per cent.
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Make: BMW

Model: 3 Series - 318d and 320i

Released: Mar 2012

Entry-level 318d and 320i variants of the new BMW 3 Series will go on sale in March, with first deliveries arriving from the South African factory by June. The 318d, powered by a 105kW/320Nm) turbo-diesel from the 1 Series consumes just 4.5L/100km while the 320i employs BMW's new N20 turbo four in 135kW/270Nm tune, returning 6.2L/100km.
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Make: Skoda

Model: Fabia - DSG, wagon, RS 132 TSI

Released: Mar 2012

DSG, wagon and RS 132 TSI performance versions of the Fabia should help the VW Polo-based baby fulfil its potential as a versatile and interesting light-car contender.
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Make: Skoda

Model: Yeti

Released: Mar 2012

The Yeti compact SUV will receive a mid-spec 118kW petrol-powered all-wheel-drive variant to plug the $9400 price gap between the petrol front-drive base model and the four-paw diesel range-topper.
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Make: Mini

Model: Coupe

Released: Mar 2012

Described by its designer as a “pocket Porsche” the two-seater Coupe is expected to be about 100kg lighter than the standard Mini whilst increasing luggage capacity from 160 litres to 250 over the hatch. It will go up against the likes of the Audi TT and Peugeot RCZ when launched.
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Make: Mini

Model: Roadster

Released: Mar 2012

BMW’S Roadster is expected to go into production alongside the Coupe in early 2012. Just as the pre-revealed Coupe has done, the Roadster has an unmistakable Mini flavour to its design and a sporting character with its fabric roof. The Roadster relies on the 128kW/240Nm Cooper S engine.
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Make: Jaguar

Model: XK - S

Released: Mar 2012

The XKR-S, with its 405kW of power and 680Nm of torque on tap, will race to 100km/h in just 4.4 seconds and is likely to crash through the $300,000 barrier when it arrives Down Under. Top speed for the fastest series production Jaguar ever is listed at 300km/h, which is 50km/h faster than the XKR.
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Make: Renault

Model: Master

Released: Feb 2012

Renault has rounded off its revitalised light commercial range in Australia with the cavernous new-generation Master van, which will square off with bigger-selling Euros like the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter and Volkswagen Crafter.
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Make: Nissan

Model: Navara

Released: Feb 2012

Nissan has refreshed its big-selling D40 Navara line-up with improved safety and price re-alignments. The big news is the addition of the whopping 550Nm turbo-diesel V6 engine into the more affordable ST-X variant.
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Make: Ferrari

Model: FF

Released: Feb 2012

A radical new look for Ferrari’s 612 Scaglietti replacement, but the big changes are under the skin. The car’s AWD system- a first for the marque- weighs half as much as a conventional system, while the new direct-injection 6.3 V12 pumps out 485kW and 683Nm. It manages 0/100km/h in just 3.7 seconds and will go on sale in 2012.
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Make: Porsche

Model: 911

Released: Feb 2012

Porsche says its '991' designated sportscar, featuring a significantly longer wheelbase and a sleek new body, will be the first completely new 911 in 48 years. Although priced between three and four per cent higher than the 997, Porsche promises double-digit efficiency improvements, quicker acceleration and enhanced dynamics.
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Make: Alfa Romeo

Model: Giulietta - Diesel, TCT

Released: Feb 2012

Alfa Romeo's 147-replacing hatchback will gain 2.0-litre JTDM diesel and TCT (automatic) variants in January, which are expected to comprise 80 per cent of the Italian small car’s sales.
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Make: Citroen

Model: DS4

Released: Feb 2012

Citroen's Audi A3 competitor will be an all-turbo line-up in Australia, starting with a 115kW/240Nm 1.6-litre petrol engine – codenamed THP 115 and shared with the C4 donor car – before stepping up to the high-performance THP 200, with 147kW and 275NM.
read more about the Citroen DS4

Make: Suzuki

Model: Swift - Sport

Released: Feb 2012

The next Sport version of Suzuki's light-car staple will pack a 100kW/160Nm 1.6-litre inline four-cylinder mated to a six-speed manual or an auto with paddle shifters on the wheel. The production version losessome of the pumped-up body features from the Swift S-Concept that debuted at the 2011 Geneva show.
read more about the Suzuki Swift

Make: Subaru

Model: Impreza

Released: Feb 2012

Improved fuel consumption was Subaru's main focus in the development of the fourth-generation Impreza small car. Also promised is significantly more rear seat space, improved interior quality better driveability. A completely redesigned naturally aspirated 2.0-litre boxer engine, electric steering and redesigned front-end structure lower weight and increase safety.
read more about the Subaru Impreza

Make: Bentley

Model: Continental - GTC

Released: Feb 2012

Bentley will commence deliveries of its stunning Continental GTC cabriolet in the first half of 2012. Features the same underpinnings on the Conti GT coupe on which it is based, including a stroked twin-turbo W12 engine with 423kW. Even has specially-designed neck warmers for use if Sir should wish to take a sojourn through cold climes with the roof down.
read more about the Bentley Continental

Make: Mazda

Model: BT-50 - Single cab

Released: Feb 2012

Mazda will launch a single cab version of its impressive new BT-50 ute, which up until now has only been available in a dual cab bodystyle.
read more about the Mazda BT-50

Make: Hyundai

Model: Veloster

Released: Feb 2012

Hyundai's Veloster show car has morphed from concept to reality and, will go on sale as a belated replacement for the Tiburon coupe. Smaller than its predecessor, the front-wheel drive Veloster will have a unique asymmetrical three-door configuration and come with Hyundai’s latest 1.6-litre GDI direct-injection four-cylinder petrol engine.
read more about the Hyundai Veloster

Make: Citroen

Model: C5 - 1.6 Turbo

Released: Feb 2012

A new sub-$37,000 1.6-litre turbo-petrol version of Citroen’s C5 medium-sized sedan will hit the market as part of a shake up of the French marque's local line-up.
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Make: BMW

Model: 5 Series - 520i

Released: Feb 2012

BMW will introduce two new petrol variants of its 5 Series mid-size sedan, both powered by the same 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine in different states of tune. The price-leading 520i will have 135kW or power, while the 528i version will have 180kW on tap.
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Make: Kia

Model: Rio - sedan

Released: Feb 2012

A sleek four-door sedan variant of the redesigned Rio was unveiled at the 2011 New York show promising sophistication and features to mix it with the best in its class. It will complement the three-door variant, which is expected to be the price leader.
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Make: Kia

Model: Rio - three-door

Released: Feb 2012

Australia’s first Rio three-door will undercut the cheapest version of the redesigned Rio five-door that went on sale here in September 2011. Expected to be priced from as low as $14,990 plus ORCs, it will be Kia Motors Australia’s lowest-priced model until the Picanto five-door arrives in early 2013.
read more about the Kia Rio

Make: Citroen

Model: C4 Picasso

Released: Feb 2012

January will see an update to the Citroen C4 Picasso, which will receive a $2000 price drop when it gets a refreshed front-end and a 20kW boost (up from 100kW) for its economical four-cylinder diesel engine.
read more about the Citroen C4 Picasso

Make: Varley

Model: evR

Released: Feb 2012

Small Australian company Varley has created a zero emissions EV supercar that is said to rival the Porsche 911 Turbo for pace. The top spec evR-450 is said to produce 310kW and a staggering 1225Nm and can sprint from zero to 100km/h in just 3.8 seconds.
read more about the Varley evR

Make: Holden

Model: Commodore - LPG

Released: Feb 2012

Holden is gearing up to respond to the challenge set by the Ford Falcon EcoLPi with a newly-developed dedicated-gas version of the Commodore. The car is tipped to have a tank tucked away under the back of the car - thereby lessening boot space intrusion - and to have more than the 175kW/318Nm found in the current dual-fuel version.
read more about the Holden Commodore

Make: Lotus

Model: Evora - S IPS

Released: Feb 2012

The flagship Evora will receive a 257kW supercharged version of its Toyota-sourced 3.5-litre V6, as well as a six-speed automatic transmission option for the standard normally aspirated 206kW V6 model. A new ‘sport’ mode will sharpen the car's reflexes by raising the rev limit, activating an exhaust bypass, honing the throttle response and adjusting the ESC settings.
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Make: Ford

Model: Kuga

Released: Feb 2012

Ford’s first compact SUV, the Kuga, will replace the ancient Escape. It will be available in Australia with only the top-spec five-cylinder petrol engine driving all four wheels via a five-speed automatic transmission.
read more about the Ford Kuga

Make: Mercedes-Benz

Model: SLK-class

Released: Feb 2012

Mercedes will round off its SLK retractable hard top range with the release of two new engine variants - the mid-range 150kW/310Nm SLK250 ($91,900) and storming AMG flagship ($155,000). Thanks to cylinder deactivation technology, the AMG's 310kW/540Nm V8 uses just 8.5L/100km of fuel.
read more about the Mercedes-Benz SLK-class

Make: BMW

Model: 5 Series - M5

Released: Feb 2012

The M5's replacement has been confirmed to receive a development of the twin-turbo 4.4-litre direct-injection V8 in BMW’s M-badged SUVs. With an output of at 412kW/680Nm, this is well up on the 300kW/600Nm of the outgoing model.
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Make: Fiat

Model: 500 - TwinAir

Released: Feb 2012

Fiat will introduce the low-emissions 875cc turbocharged two-cylinder petrol engine to its 500 city car from February as the only engine variant, replacing the current 1.4-litre model.
read more about the Fiat 500

Make: BMW

Model: 3 Series

Released: Feb 2012

BMW will launch its larger all-new 3 Series executive express in February with three powertrain options - 320d, 328i and 335i - and a bigger list of standard features.
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Make: Audi

Model: A5 - Sportback

Released: Feb 2012

Audi's new super-efficient 1.8-litre turbo petrol engine will make its Australian debut in the mid-range A5 Sportback. The four-cylinder 1.8 TFSI generates as much torque as Audi’s current 2.0-litre turbo engine while slashing fuel consumption by more than 20 per cent over the existing 1.8-litre turbo.
read more about the Audi A5

Make: Maserati

Model: GranCabrio - Sport

Released: Jan 2012

More powerful version of the GranTurismo-based GranCabrio cabriolet to surface in early 2012 in Australia with tuned Ferrari-derived 4.7-litre V8 and F1 inspired exterior details.
read more about the Maserati GranCabrio

Make: Jeep

Model: Compass

Released: Jan 2012

The redesigned Compass, which made its world debut at the 2011 Detroit show, is more clearly positioned above the closely-related Patriot – with higher equipment levels and front-end styling resembling that of the recently revised Grand Cherokee flagship.
read more about the Jeep Compass

Make: Lamborghini

Model: Gallardo - LP570-4 Super Trofeo Stradale

Released: Jan 2012

The latest and probably last of a long line of limited-edition Gallardos, the Super Trofeo Stradale is claimed to be the most extreme Gallardo ever and based on the lightweight Superleggera. It features race-bred aerodynamics and carbon-fibre additions that celebrate the one-make Lamborghini Blancpain Sper Trofeo race series in Europe.
read more about the Lamborghini Gallardo

Make: Volkswagen

Model: Scirocco - R

Released: Jan 2012

VW Australia has given the green light to the most powerful version of Volkswagen’s sleek three-door ‘coupe’, the Scirocco R. Powered by a 188kW 2.0-litre turbo four-cylinder engine but with front-drive and weighing less than the four-paw Golf R, it should make for an exciting drive.
read more about the Volkswagen Scirocco

Make: Mercedes-Benz

Model: SLS AMG - Roadster

Released: Jan 2012

Mercedes-Benz will launch a cabriolet version of its SLS AMG supercar priced from $487,500 - 19k more than its hardtop sibling. The roadster is based on the same lightweight aluminium spaceframe chassis and, with the same hand-built 420kW/650Nm 6.2-litre normally aspirated V8 engine, has equivalent 0-100km/h acceleration of 3.8 seconds and governed 317km/h v-max.
read more about the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG

Make: Kia

Model: Optima

Released: Jan 2012

Kia Australia will finally get its hands on an entry-level version of the head-turning Optima, which will join the existing single variant line-up. The Si will be powered by the same 2.4-litre petrol engine as its sibling, and will be priced around the $30,000 mark.
read more about the Kia Optima

Make: Subaru

Model: XV

Released: Jan 2012

The new Impreza-based XV, which was revealed in concept form at the 2011 Shanghai motor show. The XV Concept shares the same high-riding stance and hardy black plastic wheel-arch mouldings and side skirts of the current Impreza XV and is designed to fit below the Forester, with which it shares a platform.
read more about the Subaru XV

Make: Hyundai

Model: Accent

Released: Jan 2012

Hyundai will release its first diesel light-car and what it bills as Australia’s most affordable oil-burner in the form of the Accent CRDi. Its 1.6-litre engine delivers 94kW and 265Nm of torque while consuming just 4.4L/100km of fuel.
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