Australia has been responsible for many innovations in the automobile industry, such as the invention of the ute; and the production of some of the fastest cars ever made. Examples include the Ford Falcon GTHO and several HSVs.
The Toyota Aurion(pronounced or-ree-on) is a mid-size car produced by Toyota in Australia and parts of Asia since 2006. The Aurion is essentially a sixth generation Toyota Camry with revised front- and rear-end treatment, along with changes to the interior. The Camry-based Aurion is also sold in the majority of East and Southeast Asia as the Toyota Camry, with the original version of the Camry sold alongside the Aurion in the Middle East and Australasia (Australasia being Australia and New Zealand). In the previous two markets, the car replaces the Avalon model, which can trace its roots back to the early 1990s.
In the Middle Eastern and Australasian regions, to further differentiate the Aurion from its Camry sibling, Toyota equips the former exclusively with a 3.5 litre V6 engine. With the Toyota Camry however, only the 2.4 litre four-cylinder model is offered. Previously in these markets, prior to the introduction of the sixth generation Camry, Toyota had offered both four- and a six-cylinder powerplants. Along with the naturally-aspirated Aurion, Toyota also produces an Australia-only superchargedTRD variant, claimed to be the world's most powerful front-wheel drive car. (more...)
Peter Geoffrey BrockAM (26 February 1945 – 8 September 2006) otherwise known as Peter Perfect, The King of the Mountain or simply as Brocky was one of Australia's best-known and most successful motor racing drivers. Brock was most often associated with Holden for almost 40 years, although he raced vehicles of other manufacturers including BMW, Ford, Volvo, Porsche and Peugeot. He won the Bathurst 1000 endurance race nine times, the Sandown 500 touring car race nine times and the Australian Touring Car Championship three times. Brock's business activities included the Holden Dealer Team (HDT) that produced Brock's racing machines as well as a number of modified high-performance road versions of his racing cars. (more...)
The NSW Government are trialling new speed detection systems in GPS units that can override a vehicle's acceleration if breaking the speeding limit; in hope that the units will decrease road fatalities. The device has every speed limit of every road in the region, and has the ability to slow down a vehicle when breaking the speed limit.
The trial is part of a million dollar project established by the NSW Government last year. Speeding is a known factor in 40% of all fatal crashes in NSW, and took the lives of 139 people last year. The Police Minister David Campbell has said that "Aside from lowering the risk of a speeding-related crash, the other direct benefit of the technology is helping motorists avoid speeding fines."
Last year 445 people died on NSW roads, which is 10% less than the previous year. The reduction has been credited to better quality roads, increased safety features in vehicles such as ABS and air bags, and other reasons.