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BMW M3 Pickup


Following the BMW M3 Coupe, BMW M3 Convertible and BMW M3 Sedan, a fourth body variant of this globally successful high-performance sports car was unveiled on April 1.

In what BMW has dubbed as the world's first high-performance "pickup" - ute for you and me - with 309 kW under the bonnet and a rear-axle load capacity of up to 450 kilos, this unique vehicle has already completed extensive test and set-up drives on the Nurburgring's Nordschleife.


BMW M3 pickup


The kerb weight of the world's fastest pickup undercuts that of the BMW M3 Convertible by around 50 kilograms. Removing the Targa roof shaves off a further 20 kg while at the same time lowering the car's centre of gravity. This most unusual experience of top-down driving pleasure in a BMW M3 thus goes hand in hand with further optimised dynamic handling.

The practical features of the BMW M3 Pickup are no less impressive. Maximum load capacity has been raised to 450 kilograms. The load bed of the BMW M3 Pickup is clad in high-grade structured aluminium sheeting and provides the biggest cargo capacity ever offered on a BMW M vehicle. In terms of the unit of measurement generally applied to premium automobiles, that gives the loading area of the BMW M3 Pickup the capacity to carry up to 20 standard 46-inch golf bags. What's more, the BMW M3 Pickup is the first BMW M3 variant in the 25-year-plus history of this model range to come with a trailer tow hitch.

Notwithstanding these unquestionable stand-out qualities, the BMW M3 Pickup will not be heading for the golf course or series development, but will retain its status as an exclusive one-off. It is earmarked for use as a workshop transport vehicle for BMW M GmbH. With this in mind, the current BMW M3 Pickup – unlike a similar predecessor built back in the 1980s – has gone through the requisite procedures to earn its road certification. Which makes it officially a truck – but one that puts a whole new spin on the meaning of the word.

BMW M3 Pickup interior





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2011 HSV E Series 3 Range

September 13th 2010 18:00
2011 HSV GTS E Series 3
2011 HSV E Series 3 GTS


Hot on the heels of the 2011 Holden Commodore VE Series II launch last month, Australia’s high performance car manufacturer Holden Special Vehicles (HSV) has launched its new E Series 3, featuring a host of Australian production car firsts, and interior upgrades to the HSV range.

The E Series 3 update focuses on technical and interior upgrades including HSV’s new Enhanced Driver Interface (EDI), which streams vehicle performance data directly to the new touch screen display.

2011 HSV GTS E Series 3


Other unique features specific to the HSV E Series 3 includes reverse camera with rear park assist, sat-nav and touchscreen radio with iPod connectivity as standard.

The update range's engine line-up remains largely unchanged with only the Grange getting more power (325 kW) while the entry-level ClubSport R8 sedan and wagon and Maloo R8 ute stick with the 317 kW version of the Corvette-sourced 6.2-litre V8.

All models in the HSV family except for the ClubSport R8 Tourer are now available with a Liquid Propane Injection (LPI) system (an extra $5990 and not available for the Clubsport R8 Tourer) that allows the engine to operate on both LPG and regular unleaded petrol.

2011 HSV GTS E Series 3 interior


HSV has added a significant set of unique interior updates to the E Series 3, including:

- New ‘Oracle’ dash

- New model specific stainless steel ID plate on the centre console

- New twin-stitch seat trims on GTS and Senator Signature, as well as a new leather colour in Turismo Rosso.

- New binnacle gauges

- Piano black trim on the centre console and steering wheel

HSV’s Managing Director, Phil Harding, believes the new E3 range has reached a new level of sophistication and continues the company’s long history of innovation.

“Our E3 range is an example of HSV’s passion for innovation, and determination to bring world leading technology to vehicles,” he said.

“You only have to look at EDI, LPI, and SBZA to know HSV is passionate about creating and building great all-round performance cars.

“More and more of our customers are showing greater interest in new technology, and have expressed a desire for unique points of difference in their vehicles.

“The combination of new technologies, stylish interior improvements, and a continued focus on all-round performance further strengthens HSV’s position as the ultimate in Australian-made performance cars.”
he added.

HSV’s new E Series 3 will arrive in showrooms at the end of this month.


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2011 Holden Commodore VE Series II

August 31st 2010 18:00
2011 Holden Commodore VE Series II


One of Australia's favourite cars, the Holden Commodore, has received a mid-life upgrade for the 2011 model year. The refreshed Commodore VE Series II range receives a raft of updates including engines that are capable of running on bio-ethanol fuel


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2011 Volkswagen Amarok

December 9th 2009 18:00
2011 Volkswagen Amarok


Volkswagen has unveiled the Amarok ute as part of its Commercial Vehicles fleet with an Australian launch slated for the second half of 2010. Alongside South America and South Africa, Volkswagen has identified Australia as a key market for this ute - no doubt, aware of our love for recreational and commercial vehicles


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2010 HSV E-Series 2

September 13th 2009 18:00
2010 HSV E-Series 2


The all-new 2010 HSV E-Series 2 range has been launched to reassert its reputation as one of Australia's most popular and affordable performance car ranges. Having undergone a mid-life upgrade, the HSV E2 features more aggressive styling that sets it even further apart from its Holden cousins


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2010 Holden Commodore SV6 SIDI


Holden has unveiled the MY2010 Commodore with state-of-the-art Spark Ignition Direct Injection (SIDI) technology on all petrol V6 models promising fuel economy that not only outstrips any V6 in its class, but also beats some 4-cylinder cars


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Land Rover Defender 110 Crew Cab Pick Up


From July 2009 onwards, an expanded Land Rover Defender model range of eight variants will be available from Australian showrooms. Previously available in just two models, the rugged off-roader will now be available in five 110 wheelbase and three 130 wheelbase variants for both lifestyle and commercial buyers


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2009 Holden Commodore Omega


Holden's much loved Commodore range which recently celebrated its 30th birthday has received a welcoming upgrade for the 2009 model year. The Omega and Berlina models featuring an Alloytec V6 engine boasts improved fuel efficiency of up to 0.4 litres per 100 kilometres for petrol models and 1.3 litres per 100 kilometres for LPG variants


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AIMS preview: 2009 Isuzu D-MAX

September 29th 2008 04:45
2009 Isuzu D-MAX


The Holden Rodeo will make a comeback in the form of an Isuzu at the upcoming Australian International Motor Show this October. The new D-MAX range is the latest version of the Isuzu-designed one-tonne ute range that has been sold in Australia as the Holden Rodeo for the last 28 years


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2009 Mazda BT-50

September 19th 2008 05:30
Mazda BT-50


The 2009 Mazda BT-50 is the most powerful, comfortable Mazda pick-up truck ever and went on sale in Australia this month with 29 models across five drivetrains and three bodystyles, all boasting significant mechanical and styling upgrades, and improvements to interior comfort and ergonomics


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Mitsubishi GLX Triton Diesel

May 16th 2008 00:15
Mitsubishi GLX Triton


Mitsubishi has added a 2.5-litre Common Rail Direct Injection Diesel engine GLX Triton model to its popular two-wheel drive Triton utility range


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2008 Toyota TRD HiLux

May 1st 2008 05:30
TRD HiLux 4000S
TRD HiLux 4000S model


Toyota's motorsport arm, Toyota Racing Development (TRD) has tweaked the tough-as-nails HiLux working vehicle with a growling, supercharged 4.0-litre V6 engine, and 225 kW of power at 5,400 rpm


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Ford 'FG' Falcon unveiled!

February 18th 2008 05:34
Ford FG Falcon range


The highly anticipated new generation Ford Falcon has been revealed at a glittering ceremony in Melbourne yesterday


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Ford F-150 Super Bowl commercial

February 5th 2008 10:30
Ford F-150 pickup


In the most outrageous of publicity stunts, Ford USA hooked up an F-150 pick-up to a centrifuge by its two closed front 'looped' tow hooks and spun it around at a force of six Gs in a commercial that aired at the recent Super Bowl


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