Showing posts in the category of Australian Motor Show

Australia May Host "Next-Generation" Motor Show in 2015

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Australia was taken off the world motor show map in 2013, when the event planned last year in Melbourne was cancelled, after several automakers decided not to attend and the announcement was made that it would not be followed by another one any time soon.

2013 Mazda CX-9 with New "Why so Serious" Face Makes World Premiere at Sydney Motor Show

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Mazda chose this week's Australian International Motor Show in Sydney for the first public appearance of its redesigned CX-9 crossover. The Japanese firm's seven-seater model has been with us since 2007 having received its first facelift in 2009.

For its second facelift, Mazda brings the CX-9 closer to its newer products like the "6" and the CX-5 by applying the 'KODO - Soul of Motion' design theme to front and rear ends of the mid-size crossover, while also making some minor tweaks to the interior and adding a raft of new safety features.

At least from some angles, the 2013 CX-9's new and more serious fascia that features a five-point grille with a chrome surround connected to the revamped headlamps and a brand new bumper design, looks sharper and more modern than the outgoing model.

Subaru BRZ Shows up at Sydney Motor Show Wearing a Concept STI Sport Kit

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While the BRZ Motorsport Project Car that we told you about earlier today was made purely for racing purposes, Subaru's second BRZ to be displayed at the 2012 Australian International Motor Show (AIMS) in Sydney is a street-legal model fitted with a concept sports kit from STI.

The rear-wheel drive coupe features a new range of Subaru Tecnica International (STI) performance parts and accessories, including spoilers and suspension upgrades, and which the company says will soon be available for order.

Subaru Unveils New BRZ Motorsport Project Car at Sydney Auto Show

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Subaru is targeting motorsport enthusiasts in Australia with the new track-ready BRZ coupe that was developed in partnership with New Zealand-based Possum Bourne Motorsport (PBMS).

Introduced at this week's 2012 Sydney Motor Show, the BRZ Motorsports Project was made to showcase the options that are available from PBMS. According to the company, customers can start with an entry-level price model and then add more components to suit their needs.

Ford Teases New 2014 Falcon During Sydney Motor Show Presentation [w/Video]

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Mark Twain once famously said, “The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.” The same seems to holds true about the Australian market Ford Falcon, which will live on after all, at least for another generation, despite the rumors of its death because of declining sales.

In move that took most by surprise, Ford showed a teaser video of the all-new 2014 Falcon at the Australian International Motor Show in Sydney, on Thursday morning.

Lexus LF-LC Concept gets the Blues for the 2012 Sydney Auto Show

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As it turns out, what Lexus meant to say when it announced back in August that it plans to reveal a "further development of a vehicle shown at the Detroit Auto Show earlier this year" at the Australian Auto Show in Sydney, is that it would display the LF-LC in a different shade.

Lexus tells us that the LF-LC Blue concept's new hue is inspired by the glossy base color found in the naturally occurring semi-precious opal stone of outback Australia.

Hyundai Debuts Veloster Street Concept at 2012 Australian Motor Show

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The 2012 Australian International Motor Show, held in Sydney and open to the public from October 19 to 28, will see Hyundai displaying the new Veloster Street Concept.

The very SEMA-like project car is based on the production model and has been modified from top to bottom in conjunction with local aftermarket company Concord Customs.

On the outside, the body is finished in matt grey paint with orange accents to be found on the new side-skirts, rear diffuser, front spoiler and the Tenso R V1 18-inch wheels that are shod in 215/40/18 tires.

Suzuki to Bring New Pocket-Rocket Swift Sport Concept to the Sydney Motor Show

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Even though Suzuki has already presented a spicy concept of the Swift Sport at the 2011 Geneva Salon, as well as the toned-down, final production model powered by a 1.6-liter petrol engine delivering 134hp (100kW / 136PS), the Japanese marque has prepared another study for the 2012 Australian International Motor Show in Sydney next week (October 19 to 28).

Suzuki tells us that the Swift Sport is a one-off concept designed by the brand's chief engineer Naoyuki Takeuchi.

Holden Special Vehicles Turns 25 and Celebrates with Special Edition GTS

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Australia's high-performance car manufacturer Holden Special Vehicles (HSV) continues the yearlong festivities for its 25th anniversary with the presentation of a special edition version of the GTS ahead of a world premiere at the 2012 Sydney auto show later in October.

"From day one, our mission at HSV has been to build Australia's finest performance cars. Every year, for the past 25, we have refined and evolved on what has gone before. And now, we present the newest HSV flag bearer – our 25th Anniversary GTS," said Holden's subsidiary in a statement.

In essence, the new 25th Anniversary GTS is a cosmetic and equipment package as there's no extra oomph for the special edition, which keeps the regular model's 6.2-litre V8 LS3 engine with 436Hp (325kW) and 550Nm (405.6 lb-ft).

Redesigned 2013 Mazda CX-9 Crossover Gets the 'Kodo, Soul of Motion' Styling Treatment

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Most car manufacturers will launch their new or updated models at the Paris Auto Show, which opens its doors to the public on September 29.

Mazda, however, has skipped the French capital for the unveiling of the 2013 MY version of its CX-9 crossover, opting instead for the Australian Motor Show to be held in Sydney from October 18 through 28, 2012.

1967 Ford XR Falcon ZERO'D with 600hp V8 Diesel is Even Greener Than it Looks

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Joining the local introductions and even some world premieres like the Lexus LF-LC II at the 2012 Australian International Motor Show in Sydney this October will be a unique muscle car build from the Land Down Under.

Australia is known for its love of muscle cars and has a long tradition in the category with vehicles such as the classic 1970s Ford Falcon GTHO Phase III, Holden Monaro and Torana V8s, and Valliant Charger R/Ts (Chrysler Group), as well as the contemporary offerings from Holden's HSV and Ford's FPV performance divisions.

Now, an Australian has come up with a green muscle car build – and we're not referring to its beautiful, rich exterior shade.

New Nissan Pulsar Sedan and 2013 Patrol to Debut at Australian Motor Show

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The compact sedan we first came to know as the new Sylphy for Asia before Nissan told us that it will be named Sentra in North America, will be marketed as the new Pulsar in Australia, where it will debut at the 2012 Australian International Motor Show in Sydney from October 19 to 28.

Lexus Teases New LF-LC II Concept with AWD and Around 500HP Ahead of Sydney Motor Show Debut

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We knew that Lexus is seriously considering a production version of its well-received LF-LC concept, first displayed at the Detroit Auto Show in January, and it looks like the company is nearing a decision.

On Monday, Lexus announced that it will debut a further development of the hybrid sports coupe, this time complete with a powertrain, as a world premiere at the Australian International Motor Show that takes place in Sydney from October 19 to 28.

"The Lexus concept is an absolutely stunning vehicle and is set to be one of the drawcards of the show," commented Lexus Australia Chief Executive Tony Cramb. "The concept will highlight Lexus' design and engineering expertise - marrying design with function to deliver a glimpse into the future of supercars," he added.

2011 Australian International Motor Show Photo Galore

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Even though it’s not as famous as its Frankfurt, Paris, Tokyo or Detroit counterparts, this year’s edition of the Australian Motor Show, which takes place in Melbourne from July 1 to 10, has some interesting debuts including the Mad Max Concepts pictured above as well as a number of new production and prototype models from the local divisions of General Motors (aka Holden) and Ford.

You can take a look at all the vehicles in our comprehensive photo gallery right after the break. For those of you interested in learning more about the Ford-badged Mad Max Interceptor prototypes, check out our previous post here.

Volvo Unveils S60 Performance Concept with 330HP

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Volvo’s Australian arm has pulled the wraps off a conceptual performance version of its S60 sedan. Based on the S60 T6 R Design, the S60 Performance Concept is an Australian initiative and utilizes two partnerships within the Volvo family - Polestar and Heico - for some very discreet upgrades.

New Toyota Yaris Wears a Sport Kit for its Australian Debut at the Melbourne Motor Show

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After its world premiere in Japan last December as the Vitz, Toyota is gradually introducing the new generation of the Yaris in other markets around the world. Now, with the European version out of the way, it’s time for the Yaris to make its first appearance in Melbourne at this week’s 2011 Australian International Motor Show (AIMS).

Revealed in show car form, the Yaris is fitted with a TRD-like sports kit comprising of a honeycomb grille, a restyled front bumper with larger openings and a chrome trim around the lower grille, side skirts, chunky alloy wheels and a new rear bumper with a diffuser plus a roof spoiler.

FPV’s Murdered-Out Falcon GT Concept with Supercharged Boss 5.0 V8 Debuts in Melbourne

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Not to be outdone by rival Holden Special Vehicles (HSV), Ford Performance Vehicles (FPV) unleashed its first-ever concept car at the 2011 Australian International Motor Show in Melbourne.

Unlike HSV and its Black Edition Clubsport and Maloo R8s, FPV went for an all-blacked out look for its bespoke GT muscle car, which is based on the local market, rear-wheel drive Falcon sedan.

2011 AIMS: New HSV Black Edition Versions of Commodore Based Sedan, Station and Ute Models

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General Motor’s Holden Special Vehicles unit in Australia is following in the footsteps of Mercedes-Benz’s AMG division as well as more recently, Porsche, with the presentation of a black-themed and named special edition series based on the E Series 3 range launched last September.

Making its world debut at the 2011 Australian motorshow in Melbourne, the SV Black Edition package is offered in the ClubSport R8, Maloo R8 and ClubSport R8 Tourer, which are the sports versions of the Commodore sedan, ute, and station wagon models respectively.

GM’s Holden Readies Rebadged Chevys for 2011 Melbourne Auto Show

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It’s a global economy we live in and as such, it doesn’t come to much of a surprise when we see the same vehicles launched under different brands and names in various parts of the world.

Of course, it would be somewhat unfair to Holden if we didn’t mention that it has played a key role in the development and design of several GM products including the 5-door Cruze that will be show in pre-production trim at the 2011 Australian International Motor Show (AIMS), which takes place in Melbourne from July to 10.

Mazda to Debut New BT-50 Freestyle with RX-8-esque Door Configuration at Melbourne Auto Show

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Just shy of 8 months ago, Mazda unwrapped its all-new BT-50 compact pickup truck in double-cab form at the 2010 Australian International Motor Show (AIMS) in Sydney. Now, the Japanese automaker is preparing the next addition to its BT-50 family, the Freestyle Cab version featuring a similar door configuration to the firm’s four-door RX-8 coupe, which will also make its world premiere on Australian soil at the 2011 AIMS to be held in Melbourne from July 1 to 10.