Un­der the skin

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WHATIS IT? Opel As­tra CC

Why the fuss? It might come

to Aus­tralia

When is it here? Not

con­firmed

How­much? Es­ti­mated

$40,000 WHEN Opel opens in Aus­tralia next year, on its own and not as part of the GM Holden fam­ily, it will need some im­pact cars to draw cus­tomers. The As­tra is a long-term favourite and there will be sev­eral mod­els, most likely in­clud­ing the CC shown here in Carparazzi scoop pic­tures. The new Cabrio is un­der­go­ing its first tests in Ger­many and is set for sum­mer 2012 in Europe, so could eas­ily be com­ing to Aus­tralia late next year or early in 2013.

SPY PIC

Opel As­tra CC

VOLKSWAGENPASSAT CC The classy Pas­sat CC will have a mid-life up­date on the Volk­swa­gen stand at the Frank­furt Mo­tor Show in Septem­ber. The key change is the new fam­ily look of the nose, and this Carparazzi pic­ture points to new wheels and re­shaped lights as well.

BENT­LEY CON­TI­NEN­TAL GT Up­dated nose and tail work will iden­tify the 2012 ver­sion of the Bent­ley Con­ti­nen­tal GT Con­vert­ible, out for tests now in Europe. Even the rear-view mir­rors have been cleaned up in a mi­nor re­work to go pub­lic next month — per­haps with a turbo diesel V8 op­tion.

AUDI S7 Big wheels and en­larged air in­takes in the nose point to a go-faster ver­sion of the Audi A7 Sport­back. The Ger­man coupe has been do­ing well glob­ally and Audi is nearly ready with the S7, de­signed to sit above the A7 and be­low the V10-pow­ered RS7.

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