Australia

  • Honda Civic Type R police car for New South Wales, Australia

    The Australian New South Wales police force has a mighty different police car in its fleet. The department and Honda announced the Civic Type R was recruited to join the force as part of the NSW police's Eyewatch program. The Honda Civic Type R won't be used for actual patrol purposes, according to information Honda and the department released on Wednesday. Instead it will be used in numerous community outreach programs. Honda loaned the car to the force for 12 months and the department plans to take it to numerous Eyewatch events. The Eyewatch program works to connect communities with local...

  • Owning a tank infographic
    The Ins And Outs Of Owning A Tank In One Infographic

    If you ever walked onto your local used-car lot and were disappointed that none of the offerings were literally bulletproof, here's some helpful information. It turns out that (in some countries, at least) it is legal own a tank. Yup, a tracked military vehicle with armor plating and a big gun can...

  • Screencap from Automation videogame
    Become A Virtual Lee Iacocca In New 'Automation' Video Game

    Ever wanted to lead a car company? Ever looked at rows upon rows of sedans in a parking lot and said to yourself, "If I were in charge, I'd do things differently!"? A new videogame called Automation is about to let you put your virtual money where your real-world mouth is. On the pre-order website...

  • Red Bull Racing at the 2011 Formula 1 European GP
    Race Car Tech: Improving The Breed, Or Ruining The Racing?

    Carmakers love motor racing. The phrase "Win on Sunday, sell on Monday" didn't come about for no reason - racing is a great way of raising the profile of your cars and the buying public love knowing that some of the technology in their cars has filtered down from the race track. That's the theory...

  • Joss JP1 supercar prototype
    Joss JP1 Australian Supercar Prototype Revealed

    A new supercar is brewing, one fully designed and engineered in Australia. We’re of course talking about the upcoming Joss supercar, a vehicle revealed in preview form at the 2011 Australian Motor Show in Melbourne this week. These preview renderings displayed at the show reveal a fairly...

  • Joss JP-1
    Joss JP1 Australian Supercar 'Evaluation' Model To Debut In July

    The Joss JP1 has been in the works so long that we nearly forgot about it. And that's saying something because an Australian supercar is a concept that makes an impression. Having originally debuted the JP1 prototype at the 2004 Melbourne Motor Show Joss is finally ready to present...the evaluation...

  • Lamborghini Murcielago crash in Sydney

    This gruesome and saddening image is the result of a 22-year old allegedly trying to show off to passersby in a black Lamborghini Murcielago. The accident took place early on Sunday morning at an intersection on a major roadway in Sydney, Australia. It is believed that the vehicle was driving along the city's busy Parramatta Road when it crossed the median strip and collided head on with a taxi. The 51-year old female driver of the taxi had to be taken to hospital after being stuck in her wrecked car for more than an hour. The driver of the Murcielago, meanwhile, was unharmed, though his male...

  • Second-gen Aussie Ford Territory SUV
    Second-Gen Aussie Ford Territory SUV Makes Debut

    Ford Australia has taken the wraps off the second-generation of its Territory SUV, which is set to go on sale in the land down under later this year. Based on the rear-wheel drive Falcon sedan platform, the Territory comes as standard as a rear-driver but has all-wheel drive as an option. Featuring...

  • Supercharged FPV GT range
    Australia's FPV Launches Supercharged 5.0 GT Range

    Australia’s Ford Performance Vehicles (FPV) today launched its range of supercharged Falcon sedans, with the cars coming fitted with the Blue Oval’s new 5.0-liter V-8 and a custom Eaton supercharger. The engine isn’t identical to the one fitted to the Ford Mustang GT in the U.S...

  • Isabel Lucas
    Isabel Lucas: The New Girl May (Or May Not) Need A New Car

    We admit it: we're wary of celebutantes. Every time we turn around, there's another one on the cover of US Weekly or People or whatever, being hailed as the next It Girl. And for a decade, we have fallen for it: Sophie Monk, Carrie Ann Moss, Neve Campbell, the cast of The Hills: they've all let us...

  • Australia's Joss supercar prototype
    Australia’s Joss Supercar Nearing Production

    Australia is an unlikely place for the birth of a mid-engined supercar but considering the place is home to some of that fastest four-doors in the world (thank you Holden and Ford), not to mention the Mad Max series of movies, it’s easy to picture bubbling car culture down there. Yes, a company...

  • Lamborghini Gallardo crashes in Sydney
    Lamborghini Gallardo Crashes In Sydney

    A bright orange Lamborghini Gallardo has bit the dust on the rainy streets of a Sydney, Australia hotspot over the weekend. A member of FerrariChat.com has posted up images of the aftermath, which resulted after the sorry looking Lambo clipped a taxi and then crashed into another one. The accident...

  • Katie Holmes

    No injuries were reported, but alleged film star and stunt spouse Katie Holmes is one lucky bit player today after an on-set accident involving a car. A part of a car, actually. The daughter of a divorce lawyer, the Toledo native escaped serious injury after the battery in a car used on the set of her latest movie blew up. Smoke and fumes filled the car, RadarOnline says, before it eventually caught fire. The new film, Don't Be Afraid of the Dark, is in production in Australia. It's a redo of a 1973 flick about a woman hunted down by evil gnomes. While his wife evaded evil gnomes on one...

  • Audi R8
    Audi and Lamborghini predicting market turnaround

    Accurate crystal balls were in short supply a year ago, but this year predictions of recovery are flying. The latest to join the side of the optimists are Audi and Lamborghini, predicting the market to reach its lowest point this year and start recovery in 2010. The Volkswagen Group's luxury and...

  • 2008 Holden HSV W427
    HSV working on high-performance LPG system

    Even V8 performance groups like Holden Special Vehicles (HSV) cannot afford to ignore the new spate of environmental consciousness that’s sweeping the globe. Whether it’s a case of consumers griping about how much they have to pay for fuel, or a genuine desire for greener performance...

  • 2011 Chevrolet Cruze
    Holden designing Cruze-based hatch for global markets

    From the onset Chevrolet’s new Cruze compact sedan was designed as a global model. Today it’s already on sale in Asia, Europe and Australia and eventually it will be gracing showrooms here in the U.S., though there is still a wait of more than a year until that happens. As a global...

  • GM Zeta RWD plaform
    Holden engineering lighter and more fuel-efficient RWD Zeta platform

    General Motors’ RWD Zeta platform was pioneered in Australia for the locally built Holden Commodore sedan but right from the start Detroit had global intentions for the design. Today, Zeta running gear can be found in models sold in China, South Korea, the UK, and in North America, but GM has...

  • The Supercar Sensation lineup
    New company aims to make supercar clubs affordable

    The idea of pooling resources to get access to a wide range of the most exotic four-wheeled machinery available isn't new, though it is still rather exclusive. Groups like P1 International in the UK and The Supercar Club in Australia have built the genre over the past few years, while newcomers...

  • Better Place battery switch station at work

    Shai Agassi's ambitious Better Place project has been rolling out plans for test-market EVs around the world for over a year now, and today the project took a huge leap forward with the demonstration of its first automated battery swapping station. The proof-of-concept facility was demonstrated in Yokohama, Japan. Using a modified Nissan Dualis (Qashqai) to demonstrate the battery swap, Better Place showed how electric car owners can quickly and easily fill up with a full charge - without ever leaving their cars. It takes about a minute in all, shuttling a new battery up into the vehicle and...

  • Lewis Hamilton
    Hamilton stripped of Australian GP points for "misleading" stewards

    Stewards earlier today declared that Lewis Hamilton and McLaren offered "deliberately misleading" evidence that resulted in Jarno Trulli losing his podium in a post-race inquiry at the Australian GP last Sunday. The reconvened investigation in Malaysia resulted in Hamilton, the reigning world...

  • 2009 Holden Commodore SS-V
    GM’s RWD Zeta platform will live on, but in smaller cars

    General Motors’ RWD Zeta platform was pioneered in Australia for the locally built Holden Commodore sedan but right from the start Detroit had global intentions for the design. Today, Zeta running gear can be found in models sold in China, South Korea, the UK, and in North America - in cars...

  • Brawn GP F1 race car
    One-two finish for Brawn GP in F1 season opener

    The 2009 championship opener today lived up to its pre-season hype, with Jenson Button leading an eventful Brawn one-two at Albert Park. The Briton, after two awful seasons for the Brackley-based team's previous guise Honda, crossed the line less than a second ahead of his teammate Rubens...

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    BMW to pit 135i against F1 car, V8 Supercar at Australian GP

    While the main event at any Formula 1 calendar stop is invariably the focus of most media attention, there are often some truly brilliant side shows and feature races put on alongside them to make for even more entertainment for the crowd. The first event of the 2009 season, the Australian GP, will...

  • 2009 Holden Cruze sedan
    Cruze global sedan launches in Australia, U.S. debut more than a year away

    Holden has given us a preview of its future small car plans with the unveiling of its own version of the Cruze compact sedan at the Melbourne Motor Show today. As most of you would know, the Cruze is General Motors’ new global small car and has already been launched in South Korea. The Aussie...

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