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  October 9, 2008                60,000 READERS WEEKLY                                           No. 454

 3            cheers for Mazda
    Mazda presents its all-new small car to the world at the Sydney motor show
IT MIGHT not have been there in the
metal, but the new-generation Mazda3
made its ‘world debut’ in Australia this
                                                accounts for one-third of Mazda’s global
                                                sales should have a truly global reveal.”
                                                   The new Mazda3’s first in-the-metal
                                                appearance will take place on November 19
                                                                                                   van den Acker, who oversaw designers
                                                                                                   working in studios in Europe, Japan and the
                                                                                                   US. Mazda describes the new look as “bold
                                                                                                   and invigorating” and one that will stand out
morning when the first pictures of the sleek     at the Los Angeles Auto Show, where US             “in a segment cluttered with dowdy look-a-
small car were presented at the Australian      specifications – including 2.0- and 2.5-litre       likes”.
International Motor Show in Sydney.             engines – will be revealed.                           Sharing styling cues with the recently
   Embargoes around the world were                 “The rising cost of fuel is changing the        introduced Mazda6, the 3’s front-end grille
synchronised with the presentation              automotive consumer landscape not only in          treatment is similar to the MX-5 unveiled in
at Darling Harbour by Mazda Motor               Australia but around the world,” Mr Spender        Paris last week, with a large under-bumper
Corporation executive vice-president Philip     said. “That, and the increasingly high cost of     radiator air intake and what appears to be an
Spender, who flew in specifically to present      living, is driving consumers towards smaller,      air intake in a cut-out in the Mazda badge
the images of the new 3 sedan – which is        more affordable, more economical vehicles.         ahead of the bonnet. Prominent wheelarch
due in Australian showrooms around the             “As a result we’re seeing increased levels      creases lead into a sharp hipline down the
middle of next year.                            of equipment, prestige, performance and            sides of the car.
   “Today is a very important day for new-      refinement in small cars, making them even             According to Mazda, the new 3 will deliver
car buyers, both in Australia and around        greater value.                                     a “more refined and restful ride” and include
the world,” said Mr Spender. “Today is the         “We’ve developed the new-generation             “high levels of safety equipment, clever
world’s first look at the new-generation         Mazda3 to be a small-car leader around             use of emerging technology, aerodynamics
Mazda3, a compact car that will build further   the world. The Mazda3’s expressive and             improvements and greater drivetrain
on the ‘stylish, insightful and spirited’       emotional styling, heightened driving              efficiency”. The Japanese manufacturer said
foundations laid by its predecessor.            dynamics, quality and refinement will               this would improve real-world performance
   “We chose Sydney to give the world           propel it to even greater heights than the         and contribute to a reduction in fuel
its first look at the new Mazda3’s striking      very successful model it replaces.”                consumption.
design. Following that, North America will         The current Mazda3 is a crucial model for
host the world debut of the Mazda3 sedan in     Mazda’s local stable, having risen to become                 FULL STORY: CLICK HERE
late November. Shortly after that, the new-     one of the biggest-selling nameplates in the          GOAUTO DRIVES
generation Mazda3 five-door hatchback will       nation.                                               BMW’S NEW
debut on the European continent.”                  Its successor was created under the watch          7 SERIES
                                                                                                      - page 17
   “I think it’s only fitting that a car that    of Mazda design general manager Laurens

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The green Lion
Holden unveils the Volt in
Sydney, confirms AFM and
heralds EcoLine sub-brand
HOLDEN shocked the industry at the
Australian International Motor Show this
morning with the unexpected unveiling of
the Chevrolet Volt electric car.                                                                                                                 Volt
   The environmental theme did not stop
there, with Holden’s announcement of an                  Holden is working very hard to have the         the Captiva 2WD diesel (which is being
EcoLine range of alternative-fuel and new             Volt on sale in Australia sometime in 2012,        pitched as the eco choice compared to the
fuel-saving technology-equipped vehicles.             less than two years after the Chevrolet version    4WD version). While most diesel-powered
   Underlining this was the debut of Holden’s         is launched in North America in late 2010.         passenger-car models qualify for the
Active Fuel Management (AFM) cylinder                    Whether Volt arrives in Australia wearing       EcoLine badge, Holden has chosen not to
deactivation technology in V8 automatic               Holden badges remains the subject of               employ it on diesel commercial vehicles.
models, rounding out an especially green-             speculation. However, GoAuto believes this            The AFM V8-powered Commodore, Ute,
tinged display over at the red corner in              is something that Holden is striving for, in the   Sportwagon, Statesman and Caprice will
Sydney today. However, there was no sign              same manner that GM’s European affiliates           also boast EcoLine.
of the AFM-equipped versions of the locally           Vauxhall and Opel want their ‘own’ version,           AFM technology enables a V8 to operate
made V6, despite the engine being available           particularly as the Volt would represent each      automatically on four cylinders in certain
on overseas models.                                   brand’s environmental flagship.                     driving conditions, until more power is
   Leading the charge, so to speak, is the               GM hopes to sell the Volt in America            needed. Up to 1L/100km of petrol can be
Volt, a vehicle whose concept – GM hopes              for around $US40,000 ($A56,000), so the            saved, and more in constant cruising speeds.
– will catapult the corporation strongly into         Holden Astra-sized five-door hatch will not         The downside is that AFM V8s lose around
its second century.                                   come cheap when it gets here.                      three per cent of their output – or about 10kW
   The Volt’s Sydney show debut comes less               A chassis of the Volt’s internal workings is    of power – compared to the regular V8.
than a month after GM unveiled the car at its         also on display at Darling Harbour to explain         Holden said EcoLine was an instant point
100-year anniversary celebration in Detroit,          the point of difference between GM’s E-REV         of differentiation for consumers, to help
and a week since the press witnessed its              (Extended-Range Electric Vehicle) hybrid           them make their decision easier.
world motor show premiere in Paris.                   and others currently available – namely the           On the performance front, the VE
                                                      Toyota Prius and Honda Civic Hybrid.               Commodore-based Coupe 60 from the
 John Mellor's                                           The Volt’s Sydney show debut so soon            Melbourne International Motor Show
                                                      after its global unveiling reflects how vital       travelled north for the Sydney crowds,
                   GoAuto News                        such a car is for Holden.                          partly as a homage to the 10th-anniversary
 PUBLISHER: John Mellor                                  “It is a reflection of the importance of the     showing of the historic Holden Coupe
 EDITOR: Terry Martin                                 Australian market for General Motors that a        concept that wowed show-goers at the 1998
 MANAGING EDITOR: Marton Pettendy                     vehicle as significant as Volt has been provided    event, which eventually went on to become
 JOURNALISTS: David Hassall, Byron Mathioudakis,
                Philip Lord, James Stanford
                                                      for this show,” said GM Holden chairman and        the reborn Monaro in 2001.
 PRODUCTION AND GRAPHICS: Chris Harris, Luc Britten   managing director Mark Reuss. “As we move             Other models to make their motor show
 SUB-EDITOR: Katrina Webb                             forward, it will be innovative solutions such      debut on Holden’s 24-model stand this
 NEW MODEL DIARY: Lou Paolino                         as Volt that will sustain global motoring by       morning included the recently facelifted
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                                                         Meanwhile, the EcoLine sub-brand kicks          the Captiva 2WD, and the Rodeo light-truck
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Hybrid horizon
Toyota uncovers three
‘new frontiers’ and a
trio of facelifted models
             By MARTON PETTENDY
WHILE others were busy showing their
current showroom wares at the Darling
Harbour Convention Centre, Toyota used
this morning’s Australian International
                                                                                                                                    Hybrid X
Motor Show (AIMS) opening to unveil three
hybrid models it said “explore new frontiers     laps after starting from pole.                   while both the HiLux TRD and Aurion TRD
for cars of the future”.                            Toyota said the 1080kg hybrid Supra –         come in for interior colour and trim updates.
   Unveiled in Sydney on Tuesday (October        which combines a 350kW 4.5-litre V8 with            As previously reported, the nation’s top-
7) ahead of their national motor show debuts     a 150kW electric motor, two small front-         selling ute now comprises a new trapezoidal
today, the trio is led by the Hybrid X – a       wheel motors and a quick-charging capacitor      grille, new front bumper, new headlights
concept that not only previews the look of the   instead of a battery pack – provided key         with clear indicator lenses, upgraded front
next-generation Prius that will be unveiled      data on making petrol-electric drive systems     suspension damping and, for 4x2 models,
at the Detroit motor show in January but         lighter, more powerful and more efficient.        upgraded rear suspension damping, bushes
also “proposes creative solutions that will         Finally, the same (left-hand drive) US-       and double-row, roller-type axle bearings.
potentially become signature points of a         spec Camry Hybrid that was presented to             Single and dual-cab versions of the entry-
specific hybrid identity”.                        government and the media in June, when           level WorkMate are now also available with
   The four-door, four-seater Hybrid X rides     Toyota announced its plan to produce             an automatic transmission for the first time,
on a 2800mm wheelbase (longer than the           10,000 Camry Hybrids annually from               priced at $2000, bringing the number of
Camry’s) and at 4500mm long, 1850mm              2010, also took to the Toyota stand as the       HiLux 4x2 variants to 16.
wide and 1440mm high is slightly larger          car maker reiterated its intention to sell one      Headlining the 2009 HiLux technical
than the current Prius. It debuted globally      million hybrid vehicles a year globally as       upgrade are Euro IV emissions-compliant
at the Geneva motor show in March and            soon as possible after 2010. By the 2020s,       versions of the WorkMate’s 2.7-litre four
was designed by Toyota’s European design         the Japanese auto giant said it would employ     (which as a result is slightly down on both
centre in France, ED2.                           hybrid technology in all of its model lines.     power and torque at 116kW and 240Nm
   It features swivelling rear seats, drive-        Toyota has sold 1.6 million hybrids           respectively) and the 4.0-litre V6. The
by-wire steering, LED headlights, custom         worldwide to date (including almost 11,000       WorkMate now also comes standard with 15-
20-inch wheels and a futuristic, cab-forward     examples of the Prius in Australia) and          inch steel wheels as standard, allowing the
body shape dominated by a massive                estimates those vehicles have cut CO2            standard fitment of 20mm-larger (275mm)
U-shaped windscreen.                             emissions by more than seven million tonnes      front brake discs across the range.
   Also on display was the Supra HV-R, the       and saved at least 2.7 million kilolitres.          Inside, there is a 300mm-higher new shift
first and only hybrid vehicle to win a motor         GoAuto understands low-volume exports         console for all manual HiLuxes, a front
race – in this case the 2007 Tokachi 24-hour     to the Middle East will be part of the program   passenger vanity mirror cover, and new light
endurance race in Japan, which it won by 19      when Australia joins Japan, the US and           and wiper control switches.
                                                        Thailand in producing the Camry              Rounding out the HiLux tech change are
                                                        Hybrid from early 2010. It will be        new 15-inch alloy wheels for the 4x4 SR5,
                                                        produced at Toyota’s Altona factory       while all SR5s gain a chrome/grey grille
                                                        alongside the Aurion V6 and Camry         instead of the previous body-coloured item,
                                                        four – a record 98,000 of which were      plus multi-function steering wheel controls.
                                                        exported to more than 20 countries in     The SR5 Double Cab also scores standard
                                                        2007.                                     cruise control, while the Kluger’s Tidal Blue
                                                           Also announced on Tuesday and          metallic paint colour is now also offered.
                                                        revealed today were facelifted versions
                                                        of Toyota’s Yaris, RAV4 and HiLux,                 FULL STORY: CLICK HERE

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Fiesta’s first test
Ford Australia takes a small-car route
in Sydney with the all-new Fiesta
             By MARTON PETTENDY
FORD revealed its redesigned Fiesta light
car for the first time in Australia today at
the Australian International Motor Show in
Sydney, fresh from its launch in Europe.
  Despite the fact it will not go on sale here
until early 2009, the Blue Oval also chose to
reveal full local specifications and pricing,
including a $240 lower starting price of
                                                                available with all versions except the three-       wheels, a 3.5mm audio jack and a cap-less
$15,750 for the entry-level CL three-door
                                                                door Zetec. The 1.4 autos, which are also E10-      refuelling system.
1.6-litre manual.
                                                                compatible, return 6.9L/100km and 164g/km.             The five-door LX will add 15-inch alloy
  Unveiled in three- and five-door Zetec
                                                                   While the CL 1.6 three-door manual opens         wheels, cruise control, a leather-trimmed
and five-door LX guises, which appeared
                                                                the Fiesta’s account at $15,750, the 1.4 auto       steering wheel and the option of Bluetooth
alongside Sydney show debutantes in the
                                                                will cost $17,250, the five-door 1.6 manual          with voice activation and USB connectivity.
blue brand’s new FG Falcon, facelifted ZD
                                                                $16,490 and the five-door 1.4 auto $17,990.          The new Fiesta will be available in 11
Escape and next year’s “FG01” V8 Supercar
                                                                The five-door-only LX will be offered in 1.6         exterior paint colours.
race car, the 2009 Fiesta range will also
                                                                manual ($18,490) and 1.4 auto ($19,990)                “The all-new Fiesta will be the hottest
comprise LX (priced from $18,490) and
                                                                guises, while the Zetec will hit showrooms          property in the light-car segment,” said
Zetec (from $20,250) model grades.
                                                                in three-door 1.6 manual ($20,250), five-door        brand-new Ford Australia president Marin
  The 88kW/152Nm 1.6 with a five-speed
                                                                1.6 manual ($20,990) and five-door 1.4 auto          Burela. “(It) reinforces Ford’s driving quality
manual transmission will be standard across
                                                                ($22,490) forms.                                    leadership credentials by targeting best-in-
the Fiesta range (and returns 6.1L/100km
                                                                   Prestige paint will be a $320 option for         class dynamics, precision and ride quality.”
fuel consumption and 143g/km of CO2
                                                                all Fiestas, while an optional ($1000) safety          Also debuting in Sydney today was the
emissions), while a four-speed auto mated
                                                                pack for CL and LX versions will include            Territory SR2 limited edition, which is
to a 71kW/128Nm 1.4-litre engine will be
                                                                head/thorax side airbags, a driver’s knee           claimed to feature more than $5500 of extra
                                                                airbag, DSC stability/traction control and          equipment over the entry-level Territory TX
                                                                emergency brake assist.                             upon which it is based.
                                                                           While the top-spec Zetec will               Additional features include sports leather
                                                                             come standard with those safety        trim, cruise control, an Alpine rear DVD
                                                                               devices, along with 16-inch          system, 17-inch sports alloy wheels and
                                                                               alloys and a sports bodykit, the     body-coloured bumpers.
                                                                               most basic (CL) specification
                                                                             grade comprises ABS with                      Read more: Territory SR2 Fiesta
Territory SR2                                                              EBD, twin front airbags, 15-inch              ‘Not disheartened’ on FG - page 19

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No Audi, BMW, Benz or at least half a dozen other luxury brands did not mean the Sydney show
was a fizzer. It was a firecracker – full of Aussie firsts, even a fistful of world debuts. Read on…

HOLDEN subsidiary GM Premium Brands (GMPB) may have                      concept – which debuted at the Detroit motor show in January, was
delayed the retail release of its brash new Cadillac CTS sedan from      recently confirmed for production by General Motors chief Rick
September to early 2009, but that did not stop it from relaunching       Wagoner and has now been locked in for Australian sales from late
the 106-year-old American luxury marque in Australia at today’s          2009 – the Australian Cadillac brand launch will be spearheaded by
opening of the 2008 Australian International Motor Show in Sydney.       the four-door CTS, which appeared at Darling Harbour in Australian-
Aided by the debut Australian appearance of the two-door CTS Coupe       specification, right-hand drive guise for the first time. Pricing and
                                                                         equipment details will not be divulged until nearer to next year’s
                                                                         launch, but the rear-drive CTS sedan will come powered by a direct-
                                                                         injection variable valve timing-equipped version of the Commodore’s
                                                                         3.6-litre global V6, which in this case will deliver vastly improved
                                                                         outputs of 227kW of power and 370Nm of torque on regular unleaded
                                                                         petrol. The premium-spec petrol V6 will be mated exclusively to
                                                                         an electronically controlled Hydra-Matic 6L50 six-speed automatic
                                                                         transmission with Driver Shift Control manual mode, but there was
                                                                         no mention of GM’s cylinder-deactivating Active Fuel Management
                                                                         system, the availability of the CTS Coupe’s 2.9-litre turbo-diesel
                                                                         engine or the V8 that powers the V-Spec CTS sedan in the US. MP
                                                                                                                     FULL STORY: CLICK HERE

FERRARI staged somewhat of a coup at today’s Australian International Motor Show
(AIMS) opening by whipping the covers off its all-new California convertible exactly a
week after it made its global premiere at the Paris motor show. The California made a speedy
Australian debut in Sydney – and its first public appearance globally since being revealed
in Paris last week – direct from being previewed by potential customers in Hollywood. The
California’s AIMS appearance has another Hollywood connection in that the car is the star
of a new promotional film by the same name, which will be shown on the Ferrari stand
throughout the show. It was shot in California and directed by Michael Mann, who also
directed film classics including Miami Vice, Heat, Ali and Collateral. MP

                                FULL STORY: CLICK HERE           California sold out – page 24

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                         FORD PERFORMANCE VEHICLES
                         FORD Performance Vehicles (FPV) used the Australian International Motor Show opening at Sydney’s Darling
                         Harbour this morning to unveil a limited edition that celebrates five years of production under the FPV banner. Based
                         on the GT sedan, just 200 examples of the FPV 5th Anniversary model will be produced, giving it a similar level of
                                        exclusivity as the 40th Anniversary GT and the Cobra. FPV claims its five-year commemorative special
                                               adds more than $9600 of extra features over the GT sedan yet, at $71,890, costs only $5300
                                                      more. Additional mechanical equipment includes new 19-inch multi-spoke alloy wheels
                                                                finished in Alpine Silver, plus a premium six-piston Brembo brake package, while
                                                                 specific cosmetic extras comprise a unique “FPV 5th Anniversary” decal and
                                                                  an exclusive 5th Anniversary striping package. Inside, the 5A’s sports seats
                                                                   are trimmed in Nudo leather and feature embossed 5th Anniversary logos on
                                                                   their head restraints, while an exclusive build badge number is located on the
                                                                     centre console between the unique 5th Anniversary floor mats. MP
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                                                     HOLDEN SPECIAL VEHICLES, ELFIN
                                                     HOLDEN Special Vehicles (HSV) unveiled special editions of its GTS and Senator Signature at
                                                     the Australian International Motor Show in Sydney this morning – but it was a comment about
                                                     the performance outfit’s future that created the biggest stir. No doubt conscious of the Holden
                                                     muscle-car division’s position in this new age of environmental motoring, HSV’s new managing
                                                     director Phil Harding said at the conclusion of his presentation that a number of alternative-fuel
                                                     and green powertrain prototypes were currently under evaluation. “Looking to the future, HSV
                                                     is in the initial stages of planning the next phase in this company’s evolution,” Mr Harding said.
                                                     “This will include decisions about what alternative fuels can be deployed in a performance saloon
 GTS                                                 and also alternative powertrain concepts.” TM                           FULL STORY: CLICK HERE

HONDA presented one of the few world premieres at the Australian International Motor Show this
morning in the shape of the City Concept – although in a highly unusual move, Honda has wheeled
out a ‘concept’ version of a vehicle that has entered production and which GoAuto drove in Thailand
last week. Australian sales are slated for the first quarter of next year, with the ‘proper’ production
City expected to debut at the Melbourne International Motor Show in March. The Thai-built four-
door sedan is a rebodied version of the second-generation Jazz that made its debut in Australia in early
September, and uses the larger of its two petrol engines – the 88kW 1.5-litre four-cylinder unit, mated
to a five-speed manual or five-speed automatic gearbox. Among the light-car sedan competitors the
City has in its sights are the Holden Barina, Toyota Yaris, Kia Rio and Hyundai Accent. Honda also
took the opportunity this morning to announce that all Civics from early next year would include
electronic stability control – or VSA in Honda-speak. BM                      FULL STORY: CLICK HERE

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TRUE to form, Hyundai presented a plethora of new and upgraded models at this morning’s opening of the 2008
Australian International Motor Show in Sydney.
  Headlining the rampant South Korean brand’s Darling Harbour exhibition was the first Australian appearance of the i30 CW, a stylish
five-door wagon version of the popular i30 small car that rides on a longer wheelbase to liberate more cargo space. Debuting in Sydney in
highly specified UK guise with unique-to-Australia steering and suspension tune, the i30 CW is expected to go on sale here in early 2009,
when it should be launched with a modest price premium over the i30 hatch.
  While Australian specifications for Hyundai’s upcoming small wagon have not been finalised, the Sydney show car featured 17-inch alloy
                                             wheels with 225/45-section tyres, side repeaters in its wing mirrors, USB/Aux/iPod connectivity,
                                             a six-speaker sound system with steering wheel-mounted audio controls, twin side and curtain
                                             airbags, and ESP stability/traction control. Aside from a guest appearance by new Hyundai
                                             ambassador and champion swimmer Leisel Jones, Hyundai also announced a number of 2009
                                             model year upgrades for its Getz, Accent, Elantra, Sonata and Tucson. Currently being shipped to
                                             dealers ahead of its imminent release, the 2009 Getz will feature similar upgrades to this month’s
                                             upgraded Tucson, including standard stability/traction control and Bluetooth connectivity with
                                             media streaming. The upgraded 2009 Elantra and Accent will go on sale later this month. MP

                                                 ISUZU’S D-Max utility officially went on sale this week via a brand-new Australian retail
                                                 network that will compete directly with Toyota’s top-selling HiLux and the model to which it
                                                 is mechanically identical, Holden’s Colorado. Released through 40 newly-appointed dealers
                                                 ahead of its Australian motor show debut in Sydney today, the all-diesel D-Max line-up
                                                 comprises 11 model variants including single and dual-cab body styles in both ute and cab/
                                                 chassis configurations, plus 4x2 and 4x4 drivetrains and three trim levels. The $23,300 starting
                                                 price for the entry-level SX single-cab/chassis 4x2 manual includes an ABS braking system,
                                                 air-conditioning (AC) and a limited-slip differential (LSD) – items Isuzu Ute Australia (IUA)
                                                 points out are lacking from the HiLux SR diesel, which costs $6390 more. Similarly, IUA said
                                                 the D-Max 4x2 crew-cab, at $31,800, costs $3790 less than the HiLux SR diesel, which lacks
                                                 a three-point centre rear seatbelt as well as ABS, AC and LSD. The higher-riding “4x4-look”
                                                 D-Max LS 4x2 manual is priced at $34,800 ($36,800 in four-speed auto guise). MP
                                                                                                                      FULL STORY: CLICK HERE
KIA took the wraps off its new Cerato sedan at the Australian International Motor Show
at Darling Harbour today ahead of its showroom arrival early in 2009. The work of
ex-Volkswagen designer and now Kia’s global styling chief Peter Schreyer, the Cerato is
the first model in Australia to display the distinctive new ‘H-grille’ design which the South
Korean brand has elected to use across its range of cars. According to Kia, the Cerato will
appeal to those wanting to downsize from medium-size cars, although the new model is
longer and wider than the existing Cerato sedan, with a longer wheelbase and bigger interior
and boot. To put the Cerato’s size into perspective, Kia claims it has more interior space than
the first-generation Toyota Camry sold in Australia. PL               FULL STORY: CLICK HERE

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APART from hosting an Australian debut appearance of the LF-Xh
hybrid SUV concept, with which next year’s redesigned RX luxury
SUV will share more than a passing similarity, Lexus Australia’s
biggest ever motor show exhibit was all about the Japanese luxury
brand’s entry-level IS model.
   In a second Australian premiere, the brand-new IS250C coupe-
convertible attracted plenty of attention during opening day of the
2008 Australian International Motor Show at Sydney’s Darling
Harbour today, direct from its world debut at last week’s Paris
motor show. As reported in our Paris wrap, the four-seater IS-based
convertible features a three-piece folding aluminium hard-top that
opens/closes in 21 seconds, new body panels rear of the A-pillar,
                                                                                                                                       2009 IS250
unique LED tail-lights, specific alloy wheels, (claimed) class-
leading boot and rear passenger space that is claimed to be on par     expected to be priced around $100,000.
with the (five-seater) IS250, 300mm-longer doors, 50mm of extra           It will join the facelifted IS sedan, which also made its Australian
rear overhang and a drag coefficient of 0.29Cd.                         debut in Sydney today. As part of the first upgrade since the IS was
   Lexus Australia confirmed the IS250C – which it said was tested      launched here in late 2005, the 2009 IS250 brings new bumpers,
locally for its wind, temperature, vibration, ventilation and dust     a new chrome grille surround, new wing mirrors with integrated
and water sealing performance – will join its entry-level IS range     indicators, new tail-lights, new 17-inch wheels for Sports Luxury
in the second half of 2009, when a single variant powered by a         grades and two new exterior paint colours – Molten Copper and
153kW 2.5-litre V6 (mated to a six-speed automatic transmission) is    Arctic Blue. MP                              FULL STORY: CLICK HERE

MITSUBISHI’S best chance at reeling in the hugely popular Toyota Corolla received
a big boost today at the Australian International Motor Show with the unveiling of the
Lancer Sportback and turbocharged Ralliart edition.The Sportback is a hatch version of the
successful CJ Lancer four-door sedan and the first five-door Lancer since the CC version
was discontinued in July 1996, while the latter is Mitsubishi’s answer to the Volkswagen
Golf GTI. Both cars were unveiled in Sydney this morning, just days after making their sales
debut at Paris. The French show reflects the European flavour that Mitsubishi has attempted
to instil in its global small-car contender. BM                   FULL STORY: CLICK HERE                                               Sportback

                                               NISSAN took the covers off the eagerly anticipated Nissan GT-R at the Australian
                                               International Motor Show today, displaying the production version of the all-new supercar
                                               in Australia for the first time with the order book alongside it ready and waiting for buyers.
                                                  From today’s show opening, customers can officially begin ordering their GT-Rs – at the
                                               Darling Harbour stand or through a select group of 11 accredited “Nissan High Performance
                                               Centre” dealers – for an April 2009 delivery. As announced last week, the coupe will be
                                               priced from $148,800, with a Premium model starting from $152,800. PL
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PEUGEOT peeled the wraps off the Peugeot 308 CC – fresh from its world debut in Paris last
week – and a 308 XTS flagship small car at the Australian International Motor Show at Darling
Harbour this morning. Due on sale here next April, the 308 CC is the latest of Peugeot’s coupe-
cabriolet evolution, the first of which was seen with 206 CC seven years ago. As reported at
the time of its unveiling ahead of the Paris show, Peugeot engineered a number of innovative
features into the CC, such as a warm-air heating system built into the front seats. This “Airwave”
system is designed to act like a scarf by diffusing warm air adjustable for temperature, flow
and direction around the occupant’s shoulders and neck. Peugeot will also unveil a new range-
topping 308 model variant, the 308 XTS, which goes on sale today priced from $38,990. The
308 XTS is powered by the 207 GTi’s 128kW 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine, and is linked
to a new six-speed manual gearbox. The XTS has a unique lower front bumper and rear spoiler,
a reduced ride height and 18-inch alloy wheels. The XTS also has Xenon directional headlamps,
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                                                           SKODA celebrated its first year at the Australian International Motor Show this morning
                                                           with the surprise announcement of a turbo-diesel hot hatch. Joining the recently released
                                                           Renault Megane RS dCi 175 in this rarefied segment, the Octavia RS TDI will be available
                                                           in both five-door hatch and four-door wagon variations when it arrives later on in the
                                                           month. Under the bonnet is the 125kW version of the 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel,
                                                           pumping out 350Nm of torque from just 1800rpm. It is also fitted with a particulate filter.
                                                           Unlike the continuing manual-only 147kW 2.0-litre FSI turbo in the petrol-powered
                                                           Octavia RS, the TDI can be had with a six-speed DSG dual-clutch transmission. Other
                                                           RS additions include 18-inch alloy wheels wearing 225/40 R18 tyres, while the sports-
                                                           tuned suspension sees the Octavia’s ride height drop by a few millimetres. Equipment
                                                           levels run to heated front seats, an alarm system, alloy wheels, low-profile tyres, six
 Octavia RS TDI                                            airbags, electronic stability control, ABS brakes, traction control, and engine braking
                                                           control (EBC). BM                                             FULL STORY: CLICK HERE

SUBARU pulled the covers off the long-awaited MY2009 Impreza WRX sedan at the Australian
International Motor Show in Sydney this morning.
   On sale from December in both four-door sedan and five-door hatchback guise, the MY09 WRX
has 26kW more power and 23Nm more torque – for maximum outputs of 195kW at 6000rpm and
343Nm at 4000rpm – plus better claimed fuel efficiency and upgraded suspension. The improved
outputs were largely achieved as a result of a larger turbocharger and an increase in turbo boost
pressure. Claimed fuel consumption is better, too, with the combined fuel consumption cycle
down from 10.7L/100km to 10.4L/100km. CO2 emissions are also down, from 252g/km to
247g/km. Perhaps acknowledging that the new WRX was given too soft a suspension tune, the
MY2009 upgrade also gets a new suspension package to improve handling. Increased spring
and damping rates and thicker stabiliser bars are the key changes. The upgrade also introduces a
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SUZUKI topped and tailed its stand at the Australian International Motor Show this morning with
the local debut of the forthcoming entry-level sub-B Alto light car, as well as the Kizashi 3 concept
that will morph into the company’s mid-sized Camry fighter from 2010. A pair of limited editions
based on the Swift and SX4 was also wheeled out for Sydney show spectators.
   But all eyes were on the Alto, which aims to be the cheapest new car available in Australia –
unless the Chinese get there first – when it is launched in about May next year. Expect pricing to
be in the $11,000 vicinity. Like the last Alto to be sold in Australia, this new one is built in India,
and is claimed to be expressly tuned by Suzuki’s engineers in Japan for European customer tastes.
Suzuki said the four-seater five-door Alto hatch is aimed “mainly at urban people who want a small
car that offers style and enjoyment together with great environmental credentials”. BM
                                                                                FULL STORY: CLICK HERE                                                     Alto

VOLKSWAGEN had something borrowed, something blue and something hot at this morning’s
reveal at the Australian International Motor Show, with the unveiling of the Passat CC, Bluemotion
technology Polo and Passat, and keenly awaited Golf GTI Pirelli.
    Borrowing the ‘coupe sedan’ style of the highly successful Mercedes-Benz CLS, the Passat CC
made its local debut at the Sydney event ahead of the car’s launch slated at the beginning of next
year. Two V6s mated to a six-speed DSG dual-clutch gearbox will be in the offering, with the 3.0-
litre TDI turbo-diesel delivering 125kW of power and 350Nm of torque to the front wheels, while the
220kW/350Nm 3.6-litre FSI petrol version will drive the 4Motion all-wheel drive version. Both CCs
will include four heated, Napa leather-covered seats, as well as climate-control, brushed aluminium
cabin trim, power adjustable front seats, eight airbags, and front and rear proximity sensors.
‘Something Blue’ is the first appearance of Volkswagen’s Bluemotion eco badge. BM                                                                    Passat CC
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                                                           VOLVO made its presence felt at the Australian International Motor Show this morning with the
                                                           Asia-Pacific debut of its crucial – and inaugural – XC60 medium-sized SUV and two environmental-
                                                           flavoured contenders based on its C30 prestige small car. While the latter stood as a defiant
                                                           illustration that there is another Swedish brand with a strong position on alternative powertrains
                                                           – that is, clean diesel and bio-ethanol petrol engines, both under consideration for release here – the
                                                           XC60 is considered a vital cog in boosting the Ford-owned marque’s fortunes in Australia and
                                                           other SUV-consuming markets. The XC60 goes on sale here next March, and while local pricing
                                                           and specifications are still to be released, Volvo Car Australia (VCA) has confirmed that it will
                                                           be available with two engines: the familiar 210kW/400Nm T6 petrol unit and a 136kW/400Nm
                                                           2.4 turbo-diesel D5. As previously reported, the XC60 will also be fitted standard with the newly
                                                           developed ‘City Safety’ low-speed automatic braking system, which is designed to prevent – or at
                                                           least minimise – collisions at speeds below 30km/h. TM                    FULL STORY: CLICK HERE

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Although our attention has turned towards Sydney today, GoAuto was also on the ground
in Paris last week at the Mondial de l’Automobile. Here are some of the highlights…

AUDI telegraphed its plan to produce an all-new sub-A3 model dubbed the A1, which will replace the alloy-bodied A2 not sold in Australia,
when it revealed the Shooting Brake Concept way back in 2005. Then in June last year, when it revealed the three-door “Audi A1 project
quattro”, Audi announced its plan to produce the all-new entry-level model, which is likely to be based on the VW Polo platform and
                                             will become a direct rival for BMW’s Mini Cooper hatch and Alfa Romeo’s new MiTo,
                                             exclusively at its current A3 plant in Brussels, Belgium, from late 2009. Then, last week, the
                                             Volkswagen Group’s luxury division used the Paris motor show opening to present the “A1
                                             Sportback concept study”, which as the name suggests is a five-door bodystyle derivative of
                                             the upcoming A1. The five-door’s appearance adds weight to expectations the A1 will spawn
                                             an entirely new compact model family that comprises three- and five-door hatchbacks, high-
                                             performance S1 and RS1 versions thereof, and perhaps even a new baby convertible to slot in
 A1 Sportback                                beneath the new A3 Cabrio. MP                                        FULL STORY: CLICK HERE

JUST as expected, BMW has come clean with what will become the newest member of both its small 1 Series compact model range and
the X-badged family of luxury SUVs. Revealed on the eve of its global public debut at the Paris motor show on October 2, the “Concept
X1” is expected to morph virtually unchanged into a production version next year, before going on sale
in Australia in late 2009. BMW describes the X1 “design study” as a precursor to a series production
version that will translate its X model design cues into “a younger and more urban concept”, as well
as give it a presence in the compact off-roader segment for the first time. Of course, the Munich maker
also claims to be the first to produce a premium compact SUV, which is expected to eventually be
joined by an A3-based Q3 model from Audi, a similar model that may be based on the Mercedes-Benz
B-class and is expected to be known as the GLC, and a new model from Land Rover, based on the
British off-road marque’s compact LRX SUV concept. MP                          FULL STORY: CLICK HERE

THE ‘crossover’ vehicle Citroen presented at last week’s Paris motor show is the most
salacious sports model the French manufacturer has ever produced in the modern era – but,
alas, this is a crossover into a virtual world and there is little prospect of the ‘GT by Citroen’
reaching either a racetrack or a manufacturing plant. Of course, that could change if its parent
PSA Peugeot-Citroen decided to create a car to race alongside Peugeot’s Le Mans contender.
For now, however, we must dive into another world – which in this case is the digital world
and a partnership between Citroen and the Polyphony, designers of the Gran Turismo 5 driving
simulation game. Essentially a replica of a Playstation Gran Turismo racecar, ‘GT by Citroen’
is a stunningly crafted, heavily sculpted, two-seater gull-winged coupe complete with a zero-
emissions electric drivetrain and fuel cell stack. TM                    FULL STORY: CLICK HERE

                                                HYUNDAI i20
                                                HYUNDAI pulled the wraps off its all-new Getz-replacing i20 at the Paris motor show last
                                                week, but only in five-door hatchback form as the three-door version will not be ready to
                                                unveil until next January. The i20 has been designed for the European market and will go on
                                                sale there in January, undercutting the price of its main rivals, the Volkswagen Polo, Honda
                                                Jazz and Ford Fiesta. It will tackle the market-leading Toyota Yaris (which also comes in
                                                sedan form) and the Mazda2 in the growing light-car segment as Hyundai’s entry-level model
                                                in Australia some time in the first half of 2009. DH                   FULL STORY: CLICK HERE

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IT STARTED two weeks ago with a picture of its exhaust outlets
and continued with the release of four further detail images and a
sketch, but not even a slow-reveal campaign could prepare the world
for Lamborghini’s first sedan. You read it correctly: Italy’s hard-core
Raging Bull brand has confirmed it is about to do the unthinkable by
unveiling a brand-new four-door concept dubbed the Estoque at the
Paris motor show last week.
   Lamborghini described the Estoque as a study or concept created
specifically for Paris, conceding only that it “represents one of
several possibilities for a third model series within the Lamborghini
product line-up”. “At this point in time, no decisions have been taken
in respect of either a third model series of any kind or of the Estoque      Not that Lamborghini is alone among its supercar peers in producing
concept in particular,” it said. But anything other than a production     a four-door “coupe” that delivers supercar-style statistics, nor is the
future would be an embarrassment for Lamborghini after its high-          Estoque Lamborghini’s first four-seater, but it has been three decades
profile drip-feed reveal campaign that hailed the Estoque as “a new        since Lamborghini last sold one – the front-mounted V12-powered
world” and which now claims it creates a new vehicle segment as a         Espada, built between 1968 and 1978. MP
“super sports sedan”.                                                                                                  FULL STORY: CLICK HERE

SITTING incongruously alongside a brace of clunky Lada Nivas that appear to have
remained blissfully unchanged since the 1970s, Russian car-maker Avtovaz appropriately
provided one of the few concept sportscars at the otherwise green-dominated Paris
motor show. Though not quite a supercar, the all-wheel drive Lada Revolution 3 sat as
inconspicuously as possible in one of the more remote corners of the sprawling Paris Expo,
but nevertheless caught our enthusiast’s eye as a welcome relief from the apparently endless
parade of hybrids and electric city cars. Lada was effectively taken over by Renault earlier
this year with the French car-maker taking a vital stake in the increasingly important and
booming Russian market by purchasing a 25 per cent share in the long-running brand, so it
came as no surprise to see the Revolution 3 powered by a Renault engine. DH
                                                                    FULL STORY: CLICK HERE

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LEXUS unveiled the much-anticipated convertible version of its IS
series at the Mondial de l’Automobile in Paris last week, complete with
a folding aluminium roof that comes with a claim of the fastest opening
time – 20 seconds – for a three-part roof design. As GoAuto reported in
August, the IS250C 2+2 is due on sale in Australia late next year and is
expected as a single model variant priced around $100,000.
   With no news at this stage of a high-performance F-branded
version, the IS coupe-cabrio will arrive, as expected, with the
regular sedan’s 2.5-litre V6 engine and six-speed automatic gearbox
combination. And it should be a wonderful addition to the Toyota
luxury division’s stable, if all the claims being made in Paris last
week hold true.
   These include “uncompromised driving dynamics”. Noise,
vibration and harshness (NVH) performance that is “on a par with
that of the IS saloon”. And “a large boot space, together with easy
rear-seat access and generous accommodation for rear passengers”.          series of covers on the underside of the vehicle.
   The latter owes much to the compact packaging of the three-part            According to Lexus, the only body panels shared with the IS sedan
roof, which is made entirely of aluminium, has full electric operation     are the bonnet, headlights, doorhandles and mirrors. The remainder
and includes a unique “roof brake” safety device which during the          have been redesigned to harmonise with the roof, such as the rising
closing stages slows the roof down as it approaches the top edge of        belt line that kicks up towards the rear of the car when viewed
the windscreen.                                                            from the side profile. The front double wishbone and multi-link
   Lexus designers have managed to keep the drag coefficient to             rear suspension continues, although “significant chassis revisions”
0.29Cd (measured with the roof in place), which is well within sight       – details of which are still to be released – were made to ensure
of the sedan’s 0.27Cd and illustrates some extensive work that has         a ride comfort “suitable for a convertible” and also a “consistent
gone into minimising wind turbulence when the roof is lowered.             dynamic performance”. Lexus claims that extensive temperature,
Points to note include the steep-angled windscreen, smooth cabin           vibration and shaking tests were carried out to ensure the changes
profile, aero-oriented “duck tail” rear styling (which gives an “air        to the bodyshell and chassis maintained NVH characteristics akin to
kick” effect), a redesigned tail-light cluster (with LEDs), and a          the IS sedan. TM                           FULL STORY: CLICK HERE

AS EXPECTED, Mitsubishi unveiled its new-look European Colt hatchback at the Paris
motor show last week, complete with a sharper new design and a Lancer-like ‘jet fighter’
grille. To be launched in Europe in October, although still to be confirmed for Australia (which
gets a different Japanese-built model for all but the coupe-cabriolet), this Euro-designed and
Dutch-built model has all-new body panels forward of the A-pillar, redesigned ‘samurai-like’
headlamps, black sash foils on the C- and (in the case of the five-door) D-pillars, blacked-
out sills, a revised rear lamp cluster, a more elaborate bumper and new wheel designs. The
sportier orientation continues with some mechanical tweaks, such as a thicker front stabiliser
bar for the Ralliart Colt, while a range of measures to reduce noise, vibration and harshness
(NVH) were also introduced. TM                                        FULL STORY: CLICK HERE

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RENAULT aims to launch the new-generation Megane small car in
Australia with a more competitive starting price of $20,990 – some
$4000 less than the current model and in line with the segment-
leading Toyota Corolla.
   While the entry-level Megane will be a low-spec offering like its
rivals, Renault Australia is determined it will not compromise on
safety and intends fitting electronic stability control and a full array
of airbags as standard. It will be launched in Australia in late 2009
or (more likely) early 2010 as a five-door hatchback with an 81kW
1.6-litre petrol engine and a six-speed manual gearbox.                                                                                    Coupe
   The third-generation Megane, which made its global debut at the           size of the new Megane made it ideal for the Australian market and
Paris motor show late last week in five-door hatch and three-door             would help the company reach a volume level that will finally secure its
coupe bodystyles, has been widely praised as one of the stars of             place in this country – between 5000 and 7000 units.
the show. Although the Spanish- and French-built Megane will go                 Although Renault has been running at only about 3000 sales
onto the European market in November, the cheaper “international”            annually, the recently launched Koleos compact SUV will add
version that is coming to Australia – which will be sourced from             significant volumes, while the new Megane is expected to build on
Turkey, South Korea or South America – will not go into production           the current rate (1116 units last year). In addition to the obvious
until around the second quarter of 2009.                                     advantage of a much lower entry price for the next model, Mr
   Having lost its alienating large rump, the bigger new Megane              di-Perna believes that a new 77kW 1.5-litre turbo-diesel model
is now distinctive without being polarising and promises to be the           (available with six-speed manual and automatic transmissions) will
breakthrough small car that Renault Australia has lacked in recent years.    appeal to economy-conscious small-car buyers.
Renault Australia’s product planning chief Christophe di-Perna, who is          As well as the 1.6-litre petrol and 1.5-litre diesel models, the new
negotiating supply and pricing for Megane and had further discussions        Megane will also be available with a pair of 2.0-litre petrol and
with head office in Paris last week, told GoAuto that he is keen to get       diesel units – the diesel only with an automatic transmission while
the car to Australia as soon as possible. Mr di-Perna said that the larger   the petrol will come with either a manual or CVT (continuously
                                                                             variable transmission).
                                                                                There will ultimately be a total of six Megane variants launched
                                                                             in Europe over the next two years, with the three-door hatchback,
                                                                             wagon, convertible and Scenic to join the five-door hatch and three-
                                                                             door coupe versions rolled out in Paris.
                                                                                The coupe will come to Australia as a well-equipped sports
                                                                             model. At 4.3 metres in length, the five-door Megane is about 90mm
                                                                             longer than the current model and rides on a 2640mm wheelbase (up
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DETERMINED to flex some environmental muscle and a vision of the future at its home
show in Paris last week, Renault took the covers off a ZE (Zero Emission) concept based
on the Kangoo light commercial vehicle. While the brand’s Australian arm is still sticking
to older versions of the conventional Kangoo light van here, having determined not to
introduce the all-new model now available overseas, the French manufacturer has used the
new model to demonstrate its commitment a more efficient world and the mass production
of electric vehicles from 2011. The ZE is a full-electric EV, using lithium-ion batteries and
a 70kW electric motor that delivers 70kW of power and 226Nm of torque. TM
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SKODA took the covers off a facelifted
version of its Octavia medium-sized sedan
and wagon range at the Paris motor show
last week.
   Due in Australia next year, the best-selling
model for the Volkswagen-owned Czech
brand worldwide has a number of cosmetic
changes including “bolder” headlights, a
“more robust” grille and a one-piece front
bumper, while the rear end includes a new
tail-light cluster and a refashioned bumper,
the latter now with integrated reflectors.
   Inside, there are new cloth trims, a revised
steering wheel, white backlit instrument            A wider application of the Volkswagen        board member responsible for technological
cluster, redesigned air-conditioning controls     Group’s seven-speed twin-clutch automatic      development Eckhard Scholz. TM
and different decorative strips on the centre     DSG transmission has also been made,
console and doors. Anti-whiplash front            including 1.4- and 1.8-litre turbocharged                Nissan Nuvu – page 22
head restraints have been installed across        petrol engines. “(Octavia) has gone through
all model lines, while adaptive Xenon             a complete transformation that is apparent
headlamps have become available on select         in the new interior and exterior, as well as            More reports – page 24
model variants.                                   the applied technology,” said Skoda Auto’s

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                        Amazing grace

 BMW has completely transformed its 7 Series flagship, as GoAuto’s first drive reveals
By BYRON MATHIOUDAKIS in GERMANY                uses more aluminium than ever, is an all-       rear seats and restriction-free internet
CALM in, rather than calm before, the storm     new rear-wheel drive platform boasting          connectivity, among other innovations.
succinctly sums up BMW’s fifth-generation        out-of-the-box engines, the first BMW               This 7 Series is in many ways the most
7 Series.                                       sedan application of a double wishbone          radically changed in 30 years.
   The flagship luxury sedan surfaced last       front suspension, the implementation of            Development commenced in late 2003,
week at the same Paris motor show where         class-first driver-assistance aids such as       while mass production kicked off on
Renault boss Carlos Ghosn described the         (optional) active rear-wheel steering, and      September 1. The latest version is longer,
stormy current economic situation as the        the availability of high-tech comfort and       wider and lower, thanks to a lengthened
most complete financial meltdown since           convenience features.                           wheelbase that sees both variants outstretch
1929. Not the most ideal time or place to          BMW’s engineers set themselves often-        all current rivals’ efforts, with the LWB
launch a plutocrat express, then.               conflicting goals to make the new 7 the          adding 140mm to the standard 3070mm
   But the mood was upbeat at BMW as it         segment leader. These included: retaining the   wheelbase.
presented what is claimed to be the calmest,    strong visual presence of the outgoing (and        This enabled Quebecois stylist Karim
smoothest, comfiest and most dynamic             best-ever-selling) model while introducing      Habib (responsible for the BMW CS
version since the original 7 debuted in 1977.   elegance and subtlety; fixing ride comfort but   Concept show car and owner of a 1964 Alfa
   Buyers can reserve one now, at prices yet    improving sportiness and dynamics; upping       Romeo Giulia 1600 coupe) to fashion a
to be revealed, with deliveries commencing      performance while lowering consumption          more coupe-like silhouette out of the classic
in March next year in 740i and 750i regular,    and emissions; and subtracting mass in the      three-box, long-bonnet/short boot cab-
and 740iL and 750iL long-wheelbase (LWB)        face of added equipment levels.                 backward design.
guises.                                            Yet owners of pre-E65-era editions              Key stylistic features include a blocky
   All will be petrol-powered, but the long-    may welcome the return of the old BMW           nose ensconcing a pair of BMW ‘kidney
anticipated diesel, the 730d, should be         trademark driver-angled dashboard, centre       grille’ nostrils that assist in engine cooling;
ushered in from the middle of 2009, while       console-sited gearlever, (iDrive-enhancing)     daytime driving lights with an illuminated
the electric-hybrid V8 ‘ActiveHybrid’ as        buttons on the fascia, and classically          upper ‘eyebrow’; a curvy bonnet bulge; a
previewed in Paris materialises to take on      presented (though in fact completely ‘black     high-rising door sill line; a strong shoulder
the Lexus LS 600hL some time from 2010          panel’ screen) instrumentation.                 line; a wide stance; and tear-drop shaped all-
at the earliest.                                   Meanwhile, no previous version has offered   LED tail-lights.
   Known as either the F01 (or F02 for the      a heads-up display, a real-time traffic-sign        BMW director of design Adrian van
LWB cars), the latest 7 Series replaces the     speed-limit display, 3D satellite-navigation    Hooydonk told GoAuto that his team
enormously controversial E65/6 range            mapping, a night-vision screen with             wheeled out cars from the company museum
released in Australia in early 2002, and is     individual-person detection, lane-change and    for inspiration, and found it in models such
completely fresh from the wheels up.            lane-departure warning systems, driver-assist   as the 1986 to 1994 E32 7 Series.
   Underneath the redesigned body, which        cameras around the car’s perimeter, ‘climate’               Continued next page

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Amazing grace
          Continued from previous page
   About 14 per cent of the body is made
of aluminium (namely the roof, bonnet
and – as a first for a BMW sedan – all four
doors), with high-tensile steel making up
another 55 per cent. The net result, helped
by a slew of weight-saving materials such
as full-aluminium suspension components,
is a 35-55kg weight saving (adjusted for
equipment levels) over equivalent variants
in the outgoing series.
   Yet body stiffness soars by 60 per cent
while the body shell’s torsional stiffness
increases by some 20 per cent, while a 7kg-
lighter roof and 22kg weight saving in the
doors systematically help lower the latest,       and/or multi-directional impact forces for        are fitted, and are supported by the DSC,
1870kg-plus 7’s centre of gravity to benefit       greater dynamic and ride-comfort control,         which (by the way) includes ABS brakes,
driving dynamics. More mass is banished           while providing an additional buffer to noise     ASC Automatic Stability Control, Trailer
through the use of the aluminium double           and vibration elements.                           Stability Control, and CBC Cornering Brake
wishbone front suspension, which actually            BMW calls its new electronic dampers           Control, as well as the DBC Dynamic Brake
shares nothing with the conceptually similar      ‘cutting edge’ due to their ability to adjust     Control which not only maximises brake
set-up found in the current X5 and X6 SUV.        to both driving style and road conditions. A      pressure when sensing an emergency stop
   This helps the double-arm front axle           world-first here is that they adjust both the      but compensates for heat-related pressure
separate wheel guidance and damping               inbound and rebound stage in a continuous         losses to cut brake-fading dramatically.
functions, meaning that there are less            process independently of one another. The            There is also a hill-start function, a
corruptive forces on the way the 7 steers,        upshot? Suppleness and comfort in a set-up        DSC-activated braking device working in
rides and is controlled. The design also allows   tuned for sportier responses.                     conjunction with the cruise control set-up,
for optimum adjustment of wheel camber to            Further suspension adjustability comes         to maintain the desired speed regardless of
the road, thus improving tyre-to-road contact     via ultra-fast computing processes as part        gradients etc, and an Auto-Hold function
significantly, resulting in higher lateral         of BMW’s FlexRay data transmission                as part of a trick parking brake that cannot
acceleration and better stability properties      technology linked to a central control unit,      be unintentionally deactivated. It operates
through corners and when braking.                 to ensure optimum comfort and control. For        either electromechanically or hydraulically,
   Aluminium is also employed in the              instance, ride height varies instantaneously      depending on whether the engine is running
Integral-V multi-link rear axle, featuring        to counteract body movement according to          or not.
swinging arms with ‘elastokinematic’              speed and road conditions.                           Still on brakes, all models come with
mounts that precisely counteract conflicting          Dynamic Driving Control allows the             Brake Energy Regeneration (BER), which
                                                        driver to select Comfort or Sport           converts the heat from braking to charge the
                                                        from the regular Normal suspension          car’s battery without consuming any engine
                                                        setting, influencing both the damper         power, thus saving fuel.
                                                        settings and the threshold of the DSC          Fourth-generation run-flat (or ‘safety’)
                                                        Dynamic Stability Control. One sub-         tyres with improved ride qualities make their
                                                        setting even switches it off for tail-out   BMW debut in the new 7, encasing 17-inch
                                                        antics.                                     light alloy wheels on the 245/55 R17-shod
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‘Not disheartened’ on FG
Burela says Ford needs
to better communicate
the virtues of Falcon
FORD Australia’s new president and CEO
Marin Burela is confident that improved
sales and marketing can help pull the FG
Falcon and soon-to-be-updated Territory out
of their respective sales troughs.
   He also believes that Ford Australia’s
strength in making class-leading as well
as globally competitive vehicles means
that it “is very much part of the (global) small, large and medium cars. So … I think                The ‘One Ford’ ethos is also likely to
requirements” and has a firm place in the we have to be realistic.                                 benefit Mr Burela and his team, as Ford takes
Ford manufacturing world in the future.            “There has been a change in the Australian     a more systematic approach to developing
   Speaking to GoAuto at the Paris motor industry… but let’s just take it one step at a           vehicle lines with worldwide appeal.
show last week, Mr Burela said Ford time.                                                            “Now, as (new models) are being developed
Australia must better communicate the              “I think what we need to do is go back         and designed, Australia is very much part of
world-standard virtues of its vehicles in and say: the things that we do we need to be            the requirements, and that is a significant
order to motivate consumers into buying good at what we do – I think we have a great              shift from what we may have done once upon
cars like the Falcon, Ute and Territory.         product portfolio in Australia (by the way) –    a time, going back into the past.
   He said he had faith that new-car buyers but what I think we need to do is make sure              “If you look at the Fiesta, there is
will purchase once they become                            that our consumers understand and       absolutely nothing about that vehicle that
aware of the competitiveness of the                       see the value (of the cars we build),   would ever tell you that this was not in
latest model Fords.                                       and I think we will (then) be able to   the minds of the designers when they were
   Mr Burela also said he was not                         move forward as a result of that.       designing it, with respect to Australia.
convinced the global downturn will                           “I am not disheartened. I think         “This is a ‘big’ small car, with a level of
eventually sound the death knell                          we have a job to do and I think we      craftsmanship, quality, appointments, and
for the large cars that Ford makes                        have to get on with doing it.”          ambience … that makes you believe that you
at its Broadmeadows plant.                                   Mr Burela is also counting           are in a bigger vehicle than you actually are.
   His comments came after Ford                           heavily on the upcoming all-new            “We are very, very excited about it. And
Motor Company CEO Alan Mulally            Marin Burela Fiesta making a big splash in the          we are very happy with what we have done.”
stated in Paris that the Blue Oval marque – light-car scene in the next few months, along            Asked whether this means Australia is
under the banner “One Ford” – must play to its with the facelifted LV Focus range.                likely to see a wider selection of overseas
strengths in a global industry that is basically   “I head back in time for the Sydney motor      models such as the lauded S-Max people-
divided into 60 per cent small cars, 25 per cent show, and I am really looking forward to that    mover, Mr Burela stated that getting better
medium cars and 15 per cent large vehicles.      because we will be revealing in Australia for    results in every model from the Fiesta to the
   Europe, ‘The Americas’ and the Asia- the first time the new Fiesta,” he said.                   Territory was the most urgent task at hand.
Pacific region each account for roughly 30          “It’s going to be a debut for the Australian      “Well, it is too early to talk about what the
per cent of the total volume.                    market, and I think it is going to be a          future will bring,” he said.
   “When you look at what Alan said, and fantastic event, and once again, it is a great              “I think our first priority is to make sure
he was quite right, you have to look at The product for Australia. We are building a              that we deliver success with what we’ve got,
Americas, and that is a heavily skewed great portfolio of products for Australia.                 and then start to look at how do we move
large-car market,” Mr Burela said.                 “And the advantage Australia has, quite        forward with what is on offer within the
   “When you start to swing that back to frankly, is that it now has adequate global              (global) Ford portfolio.”
medium and small cars, it then starts to product that may have previously not quite
immediately influence the distribution of worked out for Australia in the past.”                         Up Close on Personnel – page 23

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Price cheque for GT-R
Nissan Oz settles on a
$148,800 starting price for
its long-awaited supercar
                 By PHILIP LORD
NISSAN Australia last week publicly
locked in details on pricing, specification
and availability for its long-awaited hero
car, the R35 GT-R.
  The GT-R goes on sale through less than
a dozen handpicked Nissan dealers in April,
priced from $148,800, making it the most
expensive Nissan ever sold in Australia at
almost double the price of the current Nissan
flagship – the $76,990 Nissan Patrol Ti.           and Wangara), two in Victoria (Ferntree
  Even though Nissan has been taking              Gully and Werribee) and one each in SA
expressions of interest on its website for        (Nailsworth) and Tasmania (Hobart).
months, the company will only begin to take          As reported by Go Auto in August, Nissan
committed orders (what it describes as a ‘pre-    was beaten by local low-volume import
sell program’) from this week after it unveiled   garages that obtained federal approval to        Porsche rejects GT-R’s
the GT-R at the Australian International          import up to 25 GT-Rs each, eight months
Motor Show in Sydney this morning.                ahead of the official Nissan imports. The      ‘record’ Nurburgring times
  The GT-R will be sold through 11 selected       right to import these ‘grey’ imports ceases          By BYRON MATHIOUDAKIS
Nissan dealers, each annotated with the           once Nissan begins to certify its GT-Rs.      PORSCHE has cast doubts over Nissan’s
name “Nissan High Performance Centre”.               Nissan Australia marketing manager Ross    record lap claims for its GT-R supercar
Nissan said that each GT-R dealer will make       Booth told GoAuto he believed that the        at the Nurburgring, revealing that the
available one salesperson and one technician      number of grey imports already landed was     Germans could not get within 25 seconds
exclusively to handle the GT-R and the            “a very small volume” of up to seven cars,    of the Japanese-set times.
dealer will commit to specific technical           which would not take anything away from          Speaking at the launch of the latest 911
service monitors to communicate with the          the official imports.                          Targa in Italy last week, the person in
GT-R data recorder, and to stock nitrogen to         “Grey imports are not really a concern,”   charge of the 911, Mr August Achleitner,
maintain tyres.                                   he said, adding that as soon as Nissan can    told GoAuto that Porsche could not even
  Of the 11 dealers, there are three in           homologate its GT-R, which it expects to do   get close to approaching Nissan’s claimed
Queensland (Moorooka, Southport and               within weeks, the grey imports will cease.    lap times for the GT-R.
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Sales remain soft                                                                                                             VFACTS

New-vehicle sales reflect
slowing economy but are
expected to pass 1 million
                 By PHILIP LORD
AUSTRALIA’S new-vehicle sales results
in September depicted the car industry’s
arrival at the final quarter of the year as
an exhausted marathon runner staggering
towards the finish line ribbon.
                                                                                                                      Toyota LandCruiser
   If annual sales do make a record in 2008,
it will be by the narrowest of margins, with    with 99,600 units (12.7 per cent share) and    or 2.1 per cent) and light cars (up 2900 or
the industry clearly lacking the strength it    Ford with 81,416 units (10.4 per cent).        3.1 per cent).
had during the first half of the year.              Mazda is next at 62,202 (7.9 per cent          Of those to fall in YTD figures, large cars
   The industry is heading towards an annual    market share), then Mitsubishi at 47,884       are down 15,870 (-14.9 per cent); the upper-
result of 1.04 million as it enters the final    units (6.1 per cent) Nissan at 45,635 units    large segment is down 2558 (-35.7 per cent);
quarter, and is running ahead of the 2007       (5.8 per cent), Honda at 41,243 units (5.3     the people-mover segment is down 2429
year-to-date (YTD) figure, according to the      per cent), Hyundai at 34,923 units (4.4 per    (-19.6 per cent); the medium-car segment is
Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries        cent), Subaru at 29,905 units (3.8 per cent)   down 1051 (-1.5 per cent) and the sportscar
(FCAI), by the slimmest of margins – 0.3        and Volkswagen rounding off the top 10         segment is down 376 (-2.7 per cent).
per cent.                                       with 24,019 units (3.1 per cent.)                 With the exception of the compact-SUV
   YTD sales to September of 784,932               The sales segments have not been            segment, down 989 units (-1.5 per cent),
vehicles represent a 2570-unit increase         consistent in performance and reflect           SUV sales are relatively strong YTD, with
over the same period in 2007. Of the top 10     current economic conditions and changing       the medium-SUV segment up 5138 (9.4 per
vehicle manufacturers in market share YTD,      consumer tastes.                               cent), large SUVs up 2872 (30.9 per cent)
Toyota, Mazda, Subaru and Volkswagen               Despite the passenger-car market            and luxury SUVs up 310 (2.1 per cent).
have increased share while Holden, Ford,        declining by 15,694 units (3.3 per cent)          Thanks to growth in all but the 2.5-tonne
Mitsubishi, Nissan, Honda and Hyundai           YTD, the SUV segment is up by 7,331            trucks (down 128 vehicles, or -12.1 per cent),
have reduced market share.                      vehicles (5.0 per cent), light trucks are up   light trucks have accumulated 142,828 units
   Toyota has continued its strong sales lead   by 10,154 vehicles (7.7 per cent) and heavy    – 10,154 vehicles (7.7 per cent) ahead of the
into September with YTD sales at the end of     trucks are up by 779 units or 3.0 per cent.    same period last year.
the month of 183,806 units (representing a         The only passenger segments to show
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ALMOST every manufacturer presented
at least one new electric or at least hybrid
car at the Paris motor show – most with a
2010 introduction date because that is when
the lithium-ion batteries will be ready for
production – and Nissan was no exception.
   The weird-looking Nuvu is just 3.0 metres        than a dozen small solar panels on the roof       99 percent of the time they will be in it on
long and was created by Nissan’s maverick           that are shaped like leaves on a branch and       their own,” he said. “It is our job to provide
design group called Creative Box – an               help to feed the battery – which otherwise        personal transportation that is better suited to
independent group that operates from the            takes three to four hours to fully charge at      people’s needs and to what the environment –
funky Harajuku area of Tokyo – away from            home (or between 10 and 20 minutes from           in all senses – can cope with.
the constraints of Nissan’s corporate HQ.           empty to full with a quick-charge function). It      “We did a great deal of research into how
   While it may not be intended for                 has a driving range of only 125km and, while      people use their cars in the city. We found
production in this form, under the skin is          no output figures were provided for the rear-      that for 90 per cent of the time, the driver
the drivetrain that Nissan will use when it         mounted motor, the car has a stated top speed     was alone. For five per cent of the time
launches a production electric car in Japan         of 120km/h and the batteries have a capacity      there was one passenger and for four per
and the US in 2010 and the rest of the world        of 140Wh/kg (watt-hours per kilogram).            cent of the time there were two passengers.
two years later.                                       Nissan developed its laminated lithium-        You can do the math to find out how often
   The car’s unusual name came about                ion batteries with NEC and claims they have       four or more people were in the car.
because the car represents Nissan’s “new            fewer components and produce 1.5 times               “We gave the second seat much more
view” into the automotive future, which             more power than conventional lithium-             room than normal because when you take
involves many more city cars that will be           ion batteries while being half the size. The      one passenger in your car it is usually
necessary if the world’s cities are to survive      company also claims improved cooling              someone you love and you want to make
and for mankind to retain the level of              efficiency and longer life while the compact       sure he or she is being carried in outstanding
personal mobility it currently enjoys.              size allows the batteries to be mounted under     comfort.”
   The Nuvu is, of course, electric-powered         the seats and the vehicle’s flat floor, keeping        Cabin layout places the regular passenger
and one of its party tricks is a batch of more      the centre of gravity as low as possible.         seat beside but largely behind the driver’s
                                                       But Nissan’s chief of exploratory and          seat, allowing the passenger to stretch out.
                                                    advance planning Francois Bancon said that        Ahead of this seat is a third occasional
                                                     th Nuvu’s interior is also very significant       hammock-style chair which, when not in
                                                           because it features unusual materials      use, is folded away into the dash. Most of
                                                            and a 2+1 seating arrangement.            the interior materials are natural, organic
                                                              “There is a new generation coming       or recycled and the driver controls are
                                                               u who, finally, are questioning         as simple as possible, with all the major
                                                               w we do the things we do. They         functions – steering, braking, transmission
                                                               are asking themselves, for example,    and throttle – operated ‘By-Wire’.
                                                                     w they are buying a large
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GMH small car bid
 Holden investigates building a small car in Australia
                 By JOHN MELLOR                         With Commodore sales in Australia under
LEAKS from union sources that Holden is              pressure it would make sense for Holden
planning to build a small car at the Elizabeth       to spread the risk of its manufacturing                                                         Cruze
plant in Adelaide have sparked speculation           operations into another market segment and
as wide apart as a return of the Torana to the       offer Australians an alterative sized car from                That simply leaves too little money on the
installation of the successor of the Astra/Viva      its plant. Such a move would help guarantee                table to make it financially viable.
to take on an Australian-made Ford Focus.            the future of Holden manufacturing in                         Holden would most likely steer clear of a
   The latter, which would be based on the           Australia if Commodore volume is further                   Vectra-sized car given that the medium-car
Chevrolet Cruze shown in Paris last week, has        affected both locally and in export markets.               market is such hard work.
more legs because it has been revealed that the         But what car?                                              The fact that Holden only ever sold a
Holden design centre in Australia – along with          The poster boy for the Holden tribe would               maximum of 9500 Vectras a year (both
design centres in the US, Europe and Korea –         be a compact VE Commodore – the Torana.                    locally made and imported) during the
were co-operatively engineering the car.                Such a car is known to be favoured by GM                heyday of its local production of the car
   News of the car came as GM Holden                 product chief Bob Lutz as it would certainly               indicates a certain reluctance would set in
was negotiating an enterprise bargaining             appeal in the US market, where downsizing                  around the boardroom table if that one was
agreement with the AMWU. It appears that             will remain a focus. And with the Australian               ever floated again.
Holden outlined to the union the potential           dollar returning to more exporter-friendly                    More likely, Holden would favour the
business case for building a smaller car than        levels, it could make a lot of sense in the US             Delta platform on which the Cruze, the next
the Commodore in Adelaide.                           and in the Middle East.                                    Astra and the next Viva are based. Astra had
   Unable to contain their excitement, union            The global V6 engine can be run at                      a very good track record in Australia, selling
leaders leaked the news to Adelaide media.           2.8 litres, GM knows how to do cylinder                    between 26,000 and 33,000 Astras a year
   But GoAuto understands that building              deactivation and Alfa Romeo sells a                        between 2001 and 2005.
a smaller second car in Adelaide is a mere           turbocharged version of the engine which is                   With the local market swinging to smaller
glimmer in the eye of some planners at this          made in Australia.                                         cars and Ford moving to make the Focus
point and has many hurdles to clear before              But there is a catch. For a start, if they              here, Holden would have a foot in that
it is seriously presented to GM regional             tried to build a smaller car off the Zeta                  market and also have Ford’s measure.
headquarters in Shanghai.                            architecture it would not be small enough.                    There is also increased export potential
   Nevertheless, Holden is uniquely placed              In addition, the cost of making a compact               for Holden in the region. New Zealand is
to build a second car line because it still has      Commodore would not be much less than                      obviously in the mix. But the sleepers could
the Vectra assembly line in place from the           making a full-sized Commodore. Yet, if                     be South Africa and especially Thailand.
ill-fated venture to sell locally made Vectras       the car was going to compete in a lower
in the late 1990s. So Holden can physically          segment, it would have to sell for roughly                          FULL STORY: CLICK HERE
make a second car.                                   $10,000 less than a Commodore.                                    ‘Aussie’ Orlando - next page

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                                              Kia Sorento CRDi EX-L five-door wagon
                                THERE are but few traditional, separate-chassis 4WD wagons with part-time 4WD left on the market, so in a
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HONDA has finally confirmed that it will
                                                                                                            CEO Tim Tozer told GoAuto at the Paris motor
relaunch the mainstream Civic hatch in             OCTOBER:
                                                                                                            show last week that the forthcoming mid-sized
Australia. Likely to be dubbed Civic Euro,         Audi A5 3.0 TDI
                                                                                                            sedan based on the ZT concept is not dead,
the English-built five-door model is due to         Isuzu D-Max utility
                                                                                                            despite reports that it had been canned.
arrive by next June, joining the Civic sedan       HSV ClubSport R8 Tourer          ClubSport R8 Tourer
                                                                                                               “It’s still very much under review,” he
and Type R three-door hot hatch released in        Land Rover Defender
                                                   Lexus IS facelift
                                                                                                            said. “What we do with a concept is see the
Australia during 2006 and 2007 respectively.                                                                reaction, and some markets … like North
   Honda Australia managing director               Lexus IS-F
                                                   Mercedes-Benz A-class facelift
                                                                                                     IS-F   America and Australia … may well want a
Yasuhide Mizuno made the announcement                                                                       car like that. (But) in Europe we would not
at the Paris motor show last week, ending          Mercedes-Benz B-class facelift
                                                   Toyota Yaris facelift                                    need a four-door, Audi A6-sized passenger
months of speculation as to when the                                                                        car – we just wouldn’t want it or need it.
                                                   Toyota RAV4 facelift
radically styled European hatch would                                                            B-class
                                                                                                               “So while there are no immediate plans for
arrive. “We will introduce (the Civic               New model diary: CLICK HERE
                                                                                                            a global successor (to the US Galant), that
hatchback) in Australia, maybe before June                                                                  car we showed at Tokyo is being reviewed,
next year,” Mr Mizuno said. More details          VOLVO SAFE: MULALLY
                                                                                                            is being considered, and if the business case
are likely to emerge closer to the release        THE Ford Motor Co does not intend to                      works, I am sure we will do it.”
date. An example is expected to be presented      sell its struggling Swedish brand Volvo,                          Read more: ZT still hits the spot
at Honda’s stand at the 2009 Melbourne            according to chief executive Alan Mulally.
International Motor Show in March.                   When asked at the Paris motor show last                MINI ‘MAXI’ BY NAME?
          FULL STORY: CLICK HERE                  week to confirm that Ford has no plans
                                                  to sell Volvo, Mr Mulally said: “Right.”                  BMW’s global sales and marketing chief
                                                                                                            Ian Robertson revealed to GoAuto at the
‘AUSSIE’ ORLANDO                                  Automotive News reported that Mr Mulally
                                                                                                            Paris motor show last week that the Mini
                                                  said Ford’s plan was to “focus on improving
THE Chevrolet Orlando MPV-cum-SUV                                                                           Crossman will have a different badge when
                                                  the business performance of Volvo”. “If we
concept unveiled at the Paris motor show                                                                    it makes production inside the next two
                                                  wanted to do something different we would
last week was built at GM Holden’s technical                                                                years.
                                                  be doing it,” he said. “The most important
centre in Port Melbourne. The Cruze-based                                                                      “I can assure you it won’t be known by
                                                  thing at Volvo is to keep improving the brand
seven-seat wagon was designed at GM’s                                                                       that name,” Mr Robertson said.
                                                  and move it up in the premium category.”
styling centre in Bupyeong, South Korea,                                                                       However, he refused to confirm (or deny)
                                                            FULL STORY: CLICK HERE
before being brought to life in Australia ahead                                                             that the ‘Maxi’ name – used by British
of its debut last week in the French capital.                                                               Leyland for an Alec Issigonis-devised
   “With concepts such as Efijy and Coupe          CALIFORNIA SOLD OUT                                       Austin five-door hatch of 1969 that shared
60 receiving fantastic international coverage,    FERRARI has announced that its first front-                many features with the original ADO15
we have gained a strong reputation in this        engine V8 has sold out until 2011. The                    Mini project – might be a contender.
area,” said Holden design director Tony           California seems to have defied the global                    GoAuto has also learned that a front-wheel
Stolfo. “It’s a testament to the expertise        financial crisis with a bulging order book that            drive ‘Estate’ version of the production car
found here in Australia that we were asked        extends well into the next decade, according              will follow the 4x4 version sometime in
to be part of this global collaboration.”         to Ferrari boss Luca di Montezemolo.                      2011.
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