The media preview day for this year’s Australian International Motor Show was 18 October. There were global debuts for the Holden, Hyundai, Kia, Lexus, Mazda, Nissan and Toyota brands.

Holden Colorado7: Thai-built (at Rayong) version of the Chevrolet TrailBlazer

Holden Cruze wagon: an import from GM Korea, to be launched in January

Holden Malibu: to be built in Korea but with bespoke touches, local launch in 2013

Hyundai Accent SR concept: follows importer’s Veloster SR Turbo, 103kW 1.6 turbo

Hyundai i30 SR concept: 130kW 2.0 turbo, SR to be possible new global sub-brand

Kia Rondo: local market name for redesigned Carens which debuted at Paris show

Lexus LF-LC Blue concept: AWD version of the LF-LC concept from Detroit 2012

Mazda CX-9 facelift: this crossover’s first facelift was at the NY show in 2009

Nissan Patrol: RHD debut for the seventh generation model, diesel engine to come

Nissan Pulsar: local name for the latest Sylphy/Sentra/Almera, built in Thailand

Toyota Corolla five-door: sold elsewhere as the Auris, it debuts with Corolla badges

Author: Glenn Brooks