Å koda Australian Launch Confirmed for 2007

After much speculation and with great anticipation, it is confirmed that the Å koda automotive brand is returning to Australia and will commence selling cars in the Australian Market in the latter part of 2007.


Hyundai Approves PPG For Its Refinish Programme

The Hyundai Motor Company has named PPG an approved aftermarket supplier for its new “Hyundai Global Body and Paint Programme.” As part of the agreement, PPG will provide its PPG and Nexa Autocolor refinish brands, including the popular Envirobase and Aquabase Waterborne Basecoat Systems Global, Deltron, and 2K lines, to Hyundai dealerships and their authorized repair partners.


Messe Frankfurt Launches Automechanika Roma

Automechanika Roma, Italy’s International Trade Fair for Automotive Parts, Equipment and Service Suppliers, will have its debut from 31 January to 3 February 2008. Thus, Messe Frankfurt is adding another automotive trade fair in Europe alongside the main fair in Germany as well as Automechanika Moscow, Auto+Automechanika St. Petersburg and Automechanika Istanbul.



Euro NCAP is delighted to release the results for its highest scoring car in adult occupant protection since Euro NCAP was established over 10 years ago. The Nissan Qashqai, (to be know in Australia as the Dualis) a small family car, received almost maximum points in Euro NCAP’s strict front, side impact and pole crash tests as well as a high performance score in the child occupant protection rating.


5-Star For Polo, 4-Star For Camry Hybrid & GWM SUV

While the new VW Polo scored the top ranking 5-star ANCAP rating in new results released yesterday, Australia’s newest hybrid vehicle, the Toyota Camry Hybrid, scored a 4-star safety rating as did the Great Wall Motors (GWM) X240 SUV.
ANCAP Chair, Lauchlan McIntosh, said “the 4-star result for Camry – which is the first of the environmentally-friendly vehicles to come off Toyota’s Australian production line – was the same result as the Camry tested by ANCAP in 2007”.


Rukus By Name, Rukus By Nature

Toyota Australia today announced it will launch an all-new model for Australia, to be known as “Rukus”, before the middle of the year.

New Toyota Rukus is an urban utility vehicle with head-turning styling that projects an aggressive appearance.

Toyota Australia’s marketing manager Scott Thompson said Rukus is designed to bring young, urban trend-setters to the Toyota family – especially those who have never previously considered a Toyota.

“It will be a case of ‘Rukus’ by name and ruckus by nature,” Thompson said.

“This is a car that’s designed to be different, with a boxy shape that has become iconic,” he said.

“When it’s launched late in the first half of this year, it will certainly stir up the small-car market – creating a ‘ruckus’, if you will.”

Thompson said Toyota Rukus will be offered to urban dwellers as a blank slate.

“It will be loaded with great standard features, but we expect many owners to express their individuality by making their car stand out from the pack.

“That might involve wild paint jobs, funky wheels or other ideas, limited only by the imagination of owners – and what’s legal.

“Potential customers have told us they want this style of car. We’ve listened and we’re responding.

“Rukus is designed to be different: it’s not for everyone. It’s a bit like Vegemite: it’s an acquired taste,” Thompson said.



The 80th Geneva Motor Show Opened Its Doors Today

The 80th Geneva Motor Show opened its doors to the public today, with a promise of green cars to come and plenty of optimism in a market battered by a couple of years of trifling sales boosted only by cash for clunker programmes.