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New car diary for October 2003

Make: Holden

Model: Adventra

Released: Oct 2003

Due on sale following the Sydney motor show in October, Holden's Commodore-based Adventra crossover wagon will beat Ford’s Territory SUV to market by as much as nine months. Initially, the permanent all-wheel drive, auto-only Adventra will be powered exclusively by the Gen III 5.7-litre V8.
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Make: Alfa Romeo

Model: 156

Released: Oct 2003

Alfa Romeo launched a facelifted version of its 156 mid-size prestige sedan and wagon at the 2003 Frankfurt motor show. To go on sale in Australia in early October, the revised 156 features an updated 2.5-litre V6 and the first substantial change to the widely praised 156 exterior since its 1997 launch.
read more about the Alfa Romeo 156

Make: Toyota

Model: Avalon

Released: Oct 2003

Toyota's locally-built Avalon large sedan comes in for its first full facelift to keep Avalon sales ticking over until an all-new model in 2006. Launched in October 2003, the improved Avalon gets new front and rear styling, interior updates and revised suspension and steering, but no engine changes.
read more about the Toyota Avalon

Make: Ford

Model: Falcon

Released: Oct 2003

Available in six-cylinder, LPG or V8 guise and developed at a cost of $2.5 million, Ford's Rugged Terrain Vehicle comes at a premium of between $4500 and $5000 in either styleside or cab-chassis form. It features 80mm more ride height, 30mm wider wheel tracks, underbody protection and a rear diff lock.
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Make: Citroen

Model: Xsara

Released: Oct 2003

Citroen's volume selling small car will come in for a facelift, to go on sale here in October. Expect new front and rear styling (pictured) - including a new front bumper with integrated fog lamps (depending on the level of trim), wider lower air intake and chromed grille - plus a revised interior.
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Make: Mitsubishi

Model: Lancer

Released: Oct 2003

Lancer CG may have only been launched here in July 2002, replacing the CE that had been around since 1996, but a facelifted CH model is already available following its September launch. In a largely cosmetic facelift, Mitsu’s popular small-medium sedan is inducted into the brand's world styling policy.
read more about the Mitsubishi Lancer

Make: Nissan

Model: 350Z - convertible

Released: Oct 2003

Nissan Australia released the 350Z Roadster in mid-October, when it became available at a $10,000 price premium over the popular coupe. The Roadster is available in one model only, with the six-speed manual Roadster costing $69,990 and the five-speed auto priced at $72,790.
read more about the Nissan 350Z

Make: BMW

Model: 5 Series

Released: Oct 2003

BMW launched the first of its all-new, E60-codenamed 5 Series sedans in October, 2003, with the 170kW 3.0-litre straight six-powered 530i - priced at $103,400 - starring at this year's Sydney motor show. Joining 530i in November 2003 will be the base 525i, while the 545i and M5 will follow in 2004.
read more about the BMW 5 Series

Make: Porsche

Model: 911 - Turbo Cabriolet

Released: Oct 2003

Porsche will release the first 911 Turbo Cabriolet in 14 years Down Under following its debut at the Sydney motor show in October. Powered by the same 309kW twin-turbo boxer as the coupe, the soft-top Turbo is differentiated from the 911 Cabriolet by wider wheel arches, intake scoops and a pop-up wing.
read more about the Porsche 911

Make: Mercedes-Benz

Model: E-class - Estate

Released: Oct 2003

Launched in October, the all-new S211 E-class Estate range comprises five models: from the $96,900 E240 Classic with 130kW 2.6-litre V6, to the $128,900 E320 Avantgarde featuring a 165kW 3.2-litre V6. A longer rear overhangs than the new E-class sedan brings cargo capacity to 1950 litres.
read more about the Mercedes-Benz E-class

Make: Toyota

Model: Kluger

Released: Oct 2003

The Japan-built, Kluger medium SUV goes on sale here on October 8. Powered by the 172kW 3.3-litre V6 and five-speed auto that is also found in the Lexus RX330, Kluger will be sold in three grades – CV, CVX and Grande – starting at just over $40,000, with seven seats standard on the top two grades.
read more about the Toyota Kluger

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