The Australian international motor show returns to the harbour city in October in what is now the third year the event has alternated annually between Melbourne and Sydney.

While a number of vehicles locked in to make their global and local debuts promise to make Sydney 2012 a show to remember, the absence of some traditional eye-candy brands like Aston Martin, Audi, BMW, Citroen, Ferrari, Maserati and Mini will be disappointing for visitors.

CarAdvice will be reporting live from the Press Day on October 18 to bring you all the unveilings and all the stories as they happen.

In the meantime, here’s a quick guide to what to expect from each of the manufacturers lining up at this year’s show, which is open to the public from Friday October 19 to Sunday October 28.

Aston Martin One-77

Aston Martin

Not an official manufacturer stand as such. Instead, the sole Australian owner of the Aston Martin One-77 has decided to give motor show goers a treat by showcasing their recently acquired 559kW/750Nm 7.3-litre V12-powered super coupe in Sydney. Delivered only a few months ago, the ultra-rare (only 77 were made, and one has been written off) coupe was estimated to have set the owner back more than $2.5 million. One of the most sought-after cars on the planet, the One-77 accelerates from 0-100km/h in 3.7 seconds and can reach speeds in excess of 350km/h.



SUVs and V8s headline Ford Australia’s motor show exhibition, which will this year include an interactive outdoor display allowing punters to get hands-on with its new vehicles and technologies. The Fiesta-based Ford EcoSport and the mid-sized Ford Kuga will both debut locally ahead of their 2013 launches, while the fastest production Falcon in history, the FPV GT RSPEC, will be joined by FPR’s V8 Supercars ‘Car of the Future’ prototype in a celebration of the brand’s performance pedigree. The Fiesta Metal and Focus ST will also be on display for fans of racy hatches.

Holden Colorado 7


Holden, the local lion, will be showing off its new ute-based seven-seat Holden Colorado 7 SUV that will sit above the brand’s two existing Captiva SUVs when it reaches showrooms next year. Practicality will meet passion on the red stand as HSV celebrates a quarter of a century in the muscle car business with the launch of the 325kW/550Nm 6.2-litre V8-engined HSV GTS 25th Anniversary limited edition, along with an updated HSV line-up that includes the return of the HSV Maloo ute and HSV ClubSport sedan.

Honda CR-V


The all-new Honda CR-V and the Honda Jazz Hybrid will headline the Japanese manufacturer’s Sydney stand. Launching in mid-November, the fourth-generation CR-V promises to be the cheapest one yet, with Honda Australia introducing a front-wheel drive, entry-level model for the first time. The Jazz Hybrid, which hits showrooms early next year, will become the smallest and cheapest petrol-electric model in Honda’s range, and will take on the Toyota Prius C with a sub-$25,000 price tag.

Hyundai Veloster Turbo


Hyundai is playing its cards close to its chest ahead of the 2012 Sydney show, but insists there will be plenty of surprises on display to draw in the punters. Hyundai’s recently launched showrooms models, including the Hyundai Santa Fe SUV and the Hyundai Veloster Turbo, are also expected to make an appearance.


Australia’s newest automotive brand will head to Sydney with its full showroom line-up, including the FX luxury crossover and the M sports sedan, as well as the G37 Coupe and Convertible, which goes on sale in December. The G37 variants are equipped with a 235kW/360Nm 3.7-litre V6 petrol engine and a seven-speed automatic transmission. The Coupe will be offered with Infiniti’s four-wheel active steering system, while the Convertible features a folding hardtop roof that can be opened or closed in 25 seconds.

Jaguar F-Type Roadster-2


After its world premiere in Paris last month, the Jaguar F-Type – the British brand’s most anticipated model since its predecessor, the iconic Jaguar E-Type –will pounce into Sydney giving the public only its second ever look at the new sports car before it goes on sale in mid-2013. The updated 2013 Jaguar XF and XJ range will also bring further class and luxury to the big cat’s stand.

Kia Track'ster Concept


The Kia Track’ster concept will inject some attitude to the Korean manufacturer’s 2012 Sydney motor show stand. Kia has been testing the water with the 186kW bulldog-inspired three-door around the world, and will monitor the local crowd’s reaction to the Soul-based model as it continues to mull a production version. The 2013 Kia Rondo MPV will also make its local debut ahead of the all-new compact seven-seater’s local launch around April.

Lamborghini Concept - Exhaust


Lamborghini is one of the few true supercar manufacturers to feature at this year’s motor show and with a stand that will include a car driven by Batman himself, a V10-powered performance car concept never before seen in Australia and a couple of other highlights from the Raging Bull, the Italian marque will be sure to do what it does best and draw crowds.

New Range Rover

Land Rover/Range Rover

Land Rover fans’ attention will be focused on the all-new fourth-generation Range Rover SUV with the latest iteration of the leader and pioneer of luxury four-wheel driving bringing with it not only heritage and well-known capabilities but also the British brand’s first-ever hybrid powertrain.

Lexus LF-LC II Concept


Australia will be the first country in the world to experience the 370kW hybrid- powered all-wheel drive Lexus LF-LC II concept, a car the Japanese luxury manufacturer describes as an evolution of the dramatic Lexus LF-LC coupe that first broke cover at the 2012 Detroit motor show in January.

Mazda CX-9


The world premiere of the new-look Mazda CX-9 will headline the Japanese manufacturer’s display in Sydney, with the seven-seater embracing the brand’s new ‘Kodo’ design theme ahead of its launch later this year. Australia will also get its first look at the all-new Mazda6 sedan and wagon, with the third-generation medium car launching locally in the first quarter of 2013. A total of 17 cars will fill a packed stand for Mazda, including the updated Mazda MX-5 roadster coupe.

Mercedes-Benz - AMG


Three top-secret AMG vehicles built specifically for the Sydney motor show promise to attract big crowds to the Mercedes-Benz stand. Mercedes is keeping its cards close to its chest for now, but has revealed the three models will be similar in concept to the red and black SLS AMG and the bright orange C63 AMG Concept 358 that were unveiled at the 2010 edition of the Sydney show. The all-new Mercedes-Benz A-Class will also make its local debut at Sydney, where the German manufacturer will reveal pricing details ahead of the small hatchback’s early 2013 launch.

Mitsubishi Mirage


The Mitsubishi Mirage nameplate will return to Australia in January in the form of the Japanese manufacturer’s new global city car, which will make its local debut in Sydney. The new Mirage will be smaller, cheaper and more fuel efficient than the discontinued Colt, giving the brand a competitive player at the budget end of the market. Joining it will be the all-new third-generation Mitsubishi Outlander, which for the first time will be available with a diesel engine option from December, ahead of the launch of the innovative plug-in hybrid variant in the second quarter of 2013.

Nissan Pulsar


Seven years after being replaced by the unloved Tiida, the Nissan Pulsar returns to Australia in 2013 to take on the ultra-competitive small-car market. On display in Sydney, the Pulsar sedan will hit showrooms in January, while the high-volume hatch will arrive around April. At the other end of the spectrum, the all-new 298kW/560Nm 5.6-litre V8 Nissan Patrol will also take to the stand, giving local off-road enthusiasts their first look at the brand’s more luxurious, high-tech flagship 4WD.

Opel Astra OPC


The Opel Astra OPC will headline the recently introduced German brand’s first Australian motor show stand ahead of its local showroom debut in early 2013. The Astra OPC is powered by a 206kW/400Nm 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine, which propels the three-door hot-hatch from 0-100km/h in 6.0 seconds. Tipped to be priced around $40,000, the front-wheel drive German pocket rocket should provide strong competition for the likes of the Ford Focus ST, Renault Megane RS265 and the Volkswagen Scirocco R.

Peugeot RCZ


Following its own hometown motor show in September, the French brand will give local fans a good look at the fresh-faced 2013 Peugeot RCZ coupe, showing off its new hexagonal grille and LED daytime running lights for the first time on Australia soil. The new Peugeot 208 city car, which launched locally last month, will also make an appearance on the Peugeot stand.

Porsche 911 Carrera 4


Two of the latest model variants to spawn from the new Porsche 991-series 911 base car, the Porsche 911 Carrera 4 and Carrera 4S, will both be at this year’s motor show giving the public a look at the brand’s all-new, all-paw coupes. The 294kW/440Nm 3.8-litre 911 Carrera 4S and 257kW/390Nm 3.4-litre 911 Carrera 4 will be sure to continue the German marque’s habit of impressing all with naturally aspirated in-line six-cylinder engines.

Proton Preve


The Proton Preve will become the most advanced model in the brand’s history when the all-new small sedan launches in Sydney. Pronounced ‘pre-VAY’, the compact Malaysian will come standard with six airbags and stability control and the option of either a five-speed manual or continuously variable transmission, with a starting price below $20,000 driveaway. The Proton Preve will be joined at the show by the seven-seat Exora, which will reach local showrooms by the middle of next year.

Skoda Rapid


The Volkswagen-owned Czech budget brand, Skoda, will be hoping its new Skoda Rapid small liftback can impress the Australian public ahead of the four-door’s showroom debut in early 2013. Offering large interior space but small exterior dimensions, once on sale the Rapid will sit between the Fabia city car and the medium-sized Octavia.

Subaru Tacho


Joining the recent Subaru line-up additions of the rear-wheel drive BRZ sports car, Liberty Exiga wagon and high-riding Liberty X, an exciting STI-related BRZ vehicle is also set to highlight the Japanese manufacturer’s stand at this week’s motor show in Sydney.

Suzuki Swift Sport Concept


A one-off Suzuki Swift Sport made by program chief engineer Naoyuki Takeuchi, seen earlier this year at the Tokyo Auto Salon will take pride of place on the Suzuki stand. With a unique paint job, body kit, 18-inch wheels, sports brakes and a specced-up interior featuring Recaro bucket seats, the bespoke Swift will sit alongside the updated Suzuki SX4 and Grand Vitara ranges and a selection of the Japanese brand’s motorcycle and marine products. Unfortunately, Suzuki Australia couldn’t get the Suzuki S-Cross concept here in time for the show, following the compact crossover’s international premiere at last month’s Paris motor show.

Toyota Corolla


The Toyota stand will be an exciting place at this year’s motor show with the all-new 11th-generation 2013 Toyota Corolla being joined by the Nurburgring-conquering Gazoo Racing 86 and a vintage Toyota 2000GT. With sharper, sportier looks and the promise of a more exciting drive, the new Corolla will be looking to continue the car’s 45-year streak as an Australian favourite.

Volkswagen Passat Alltrack


Volkswagen will be appealing to buyers after the versatility of an SUV but the style and practicality of a conventional passenger car with the Volkswagen Passat Alltrack. With 30mm greater ground clearance than the standard Passat wagon and the benefits of the Haldex all-wheel drive system used in the Volkswagen Tiguan crossover and Golf R hot-hatch, the Passat Alltrack presents an affordable Volkswagen Group option beneath the limited edition Audi A4 Allroad and larger A6 Allroad.


Brands not attending the 2012 Sydney motor show: Alfa Romeo, Audi, Bentley, BMW, Chery, Chrysler, Citroen, Dodge, Ferrari, Fiat, Great Wall, Lotus, Maserati, McLaren, Mini, Renault, Rolls-Royce, Ssangyong, Volvo.

  • Tex

    I’m pretty certain that Infiniti will be there too…?

    • Showtime

       Infiniti will be there as my friend is working at the stand for them!

  • Chevrons

    It’s a shame that some big names will be missing this year. I note this is not the first time some of the names listed have been absent.

  • Pauly

    Will VW be showing off the new Beetle? Thats meant to be here in late 2012.

    Will Holden be showing off the Volt? Thats meant to be here next month.

    • 1234235625

      Dw about the Volt, everyone already knows about it, Holden should be hypeing the VF Commodore

  • Zaccy16

    i wish i could go!

  • Pauly

    Holden also needs to show off the Malibu, as thats launches soon.

    • Zaccy16

      lets hope its better than the horrible fail the epica was!

  • Pauly

    Honda should also be showing off the MY13 CR-Z with the upgraded powertrain and exterior and interior looks. Maybe a much needed price drop?

    • Zaccy16

      or maybe just one model with the same features of the top of the range for the bottom of the ranges price

  • Neil_Way

    I thought the initial idea of a single Australian Motor Show across Melbourne and Sydney was to reduce the complexity and costs of having two separate programs within the one calendar year. Yet we continue to see some automakers shun the event regardless.

    For two relatively wealthy brands such as Audi and BMW, it makes little sense as to why they are unable to participate.

    • LN

      BMW if I remembered correctly have had their Z4s for the motor show stolen several years ago,

    • Al

      The absence of those brands sure is disappointing. It gives the impression that they don’t take the Australian market all that seriously.

      • Birty_B

        Its the Australian arms of the company that decide to go or not

        • Al

          I doubt that the decision is solely in the hands of the Australian arms of the companies, considering that some companies are having world premieres of concept or new models at the show – I hardly believe that the Australian arms could pull this off without the backing or perhaps the direction of the head company.

      • Golfmother

        Maybe the millions it costs is better spent on selected consumers, with various advertising mediums ,with the cash , not just tyre kickers .

        • Legnab

          I guess brands like Mercedes, Lexus, Jaguar, Toyota, VW, Mazda, Lamborghini, etc. are all idiots then…

          • Golfmother

            AS i said fake boy, it costs millions BMW and AUDI customers are well travelled and have probably been to paris or geneva car shows  already this year .

          • Legnab

            Ugh, I don’t need to be dealing with trolls.

          • Golfmother

            Fake legnab , so twitchy , trolling is your speciality .

        • F1orce

          You come off as one of the most ignorant snobbish sh**t head around here..

    • Zaccy16

      yeah doesn’t make much sense of all! i wish that they had a melbourne motor show as well! oh well i’ll have to wait for next year


    audi and bmw are doing it tough. I guess their sales are not that great. The new mercedes line up must be really affecting them :)

    • Luke Brinsmead

      Not likely, the new 3 series is a better car. Audi wont participate as they don’t have many new cars except the Q3 and Allroads – which are way overpriced.

      • Pauly

        Doesnt Audi have the new S6/S7?

        The Q3

        The all new Audi A3 could have also been shown as a teaser?

  • Sakdjfhlajdhfladfladf

    No doubt the Jaguar Will be one of the stars. By the way, our Corolla will be the Japanese built model right?

  • Wgd

    Pretty sure Porsche will use a horizontally opposed engine.

  • Anthony Mindel

    The Corolla hatch is being launched now,the all new sedan is a year away still

  • Shak

    CA any news on whether the Malibu will be making an appearance at the Holden stand? Also, if Ford is having the giant interactive display, are they still going to have an indoor stand?

    • Vti07

      Where will the Sydney motor show be held in future years with the impending Darling Harbour redevelopment?

      • Shak

        From what i’ve read, and just through general common sense, Olympic Park seems like the most likely option.

  • Jack

    I really want to see the new Kia Sorento, as I am probably going to buy one as a replacement for my 09 one!!

  • Venu

    Shame about some of the manufacturers, really how can the likes of BMW, Audi & Ferrari don’t want to participate is really surprising.

    Oh well, I am keen on the A Class 250 & being a potential future buyer, that’s an advantage MB will have over the other two. 

    • Don Quay

      Who cares about Audi, BMW and Ferrari. The real tragedy is no Chery or Great Wall models on display. What are we going to laugh at now? I guess it will have to be the Hyundai styling again.

      • Zaccy16

        or maybe that new proton as well as hyundai!

  • Sumpguard

    Damn that CR-V is awful!

    • $29896495

      You don’t need  a finger down the throat when the CRV is around. More “tasteful” US design for you from the declining Honda. 

      That OPC looks good in amongst that collection of pictures. Shows what a good job they Opel did on that.

  • $29896495

    Really, a new (?) Porsche – looks the same to me.  An “in line 6′ is that a scoop Car Advice has, that nobody else, even Porsche knew nothing about? Pretty incredible!!

  • moonie

    What no Chery ?

    The Proton Perve (snigger)….