2012 Australian International Motor Show: What To Watch For

Mike Stevens | Oct 17, 2012

The Australian International Motor Show rolls around again this week, with Sydney taking a turn in its biennial twin-city partnership with Melbourne. What can we expect this year?

Last year's event, held in Melbourne, saw the local debut of a record number of new model releases, along with a handful of international firsts.

Then, Mazda's Shinari concept made its first Australian appearance, offering an early preview of the new Mazda6 range that will debut in Sydney this week.

Other concepts on show last year included previews of Holden's new Colorado pickup and the Australian-designed Cruze Hatch, along with Toyota's FT-86 II coupe. Production versions of all three cars are now available in Australia.

We also saw Honda's new CR-Z and Hyundai's Veloster sports cars, while commuter-focused launches included the new Kia Rio, Ford's new Focus and the Skoda Yeti.

Top-end unveilings included the Lamborghini Aventador, BMW's Vision ED concept, and Audi's electric R8 e-tron supercoupe.

This year will offer more of the same, with a flood of new models and concepts bound for Sydney's Convention Centre.

What's due? Check out our list below, and click through to each one for more information.

Production Models


A number of other new models and concepts are also expected, but for now, you'll just have to wait and see...

The 2012 AIMS is open to the public from 19-28 October, but keep an eye on TMR for all the news from the exclusive media day on Thursday.

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  • Pauly says,
    3 years ago
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    Any chance we will be seeing these?

    - Holden Volt
    - Holden Malibu
    - Honda CR-Z (2013 Refresh)
    - VW Beetle
    - VW Passat All Track
    - Hyundai's SR Range (the one they teased with the Veloster SR Turbo launch)
    - New Range Rover
    - Mercedes A Class
    - Opel Astra OPC
    - Skoda Rapid
    • Mike Stevens
      Mike Stevens [TMR] says,
      3 years ago
      Hi Pauly,

      The list is growing - we've just added Colorado 7, Cruze wagon, Malibu and Volt, along with the A-Class and CLS Shooting Brake.

      We'll continue to add more models to the list as new details become available, so keep checking back.


      Mike Stevens
      TMR News Editor
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