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Trevor Collett | Feb 29, 2016

Holden signalled to its fans that the end of local manufacturing is nigh, by announcing this week that the locally-built Cruze will be no more come October.

Around 125,000 examples of the small car will have floated down the production line in Elizabeth by the time October rolls around, but its demise means around 400 jobs are likely to go as well.

The announcement also spelt the end for the Punch Corporation’s Elizabeth buy-out plans, with both the Belgian company and Holden claiming the business venture was not viable.


The 2016 Hyundai Elantra is ready to roll out of Australian showrooms, arriving with a simplified range that adds key new features like Apple CarPlay and a reversing camera, as well as a larger and more powerful new engine.

Ready to go into battle against competitors like the Toyota Corolla and Mazda3, the new Elantra sedan continues Hyundai's two-car small range, with the existing i30 remaining for hatchback buyers.

As well as a stylish new look that borrows from the Sonata, Hyundai Australia has once again tuned the suspension and handling to local conditions, to provide the Elantra with the kind of on-road feel Aussie customers prefer.


Subaru gave its local fans a triple treat this week, with the arrival of three updated models.

The midsized Forester SUV and Liberty models were two that received some attention from the Japanese carmaker, while the third was the larger Outback SUV.

Depending on the model, some of the new goodies for 2016 include Subaru’s Vision Assist, suspension refinements, infotainment upgrades and even new paint finishes.


In other news, the 2016 Lotus Evora 400 is now on sale in Australia, with prices starting from $184,990 plus on-roads.


Volvo’s 2017 V40 and V40 Cross Country models received an update to bring them into line with the carmaker’s new styling direction.


Details of Hyundai’s green Ioniq trio are now out in the open, with the carmaker specifying power outputs and electric-only ranges for its new model.


The arrival this week of the new McLaren 570GT showed a more practical side of the supercar-maker, with the GT receiving a ‘Touring Deck’ luggage compartment over its coupe cousin.


Rolls-Royce announced that production for its Phantom model is coming to an end, with the final models to be built later in 2016 after a 13-year innings.


Subaru Australia announced that it will return to the local rallying scene after an absence stretching more than a decade, with Molly Taylor locked-in as lead driver.


Ford announced new performance parts from UK company Mountune will soon be available in Australia with support from the factory, offering significant power boosts for the Fiesta ST and Focus ST models.


We took a look at the fast-approaching 2016 Formula 1 season this week, including newcomers Haas F1 Team.


BMW’s new M6 GT3 racer was driven in anger for the first time on Australian soil, with BMW Team SRM completing a test session at Winton in Victoria.


The 2016 Lexus GS F launched locally this week, marking the Japanese marque's first shot at a large sports sedan and the third car from the its high-performance F division to hit the showrooms.

 

REVIEWS

We drove the 2016 Volkswagen Golf 92TSI Comfortline this week, impressed by the small hatch’s pricing, ride quality, refinement and upmarket feel.


BMW’s 2016 BMW X1 sDrive20i showed us that you can’t argue with progress, as the small SUV ticks plenty of boxes and is priced from $51,600 plus on-roads.


In case you missed it earlier, the 2016 Lexus GS F has now arrived in Australia and we drove the new large performance sedan this week.


Despite first debuting in 2007, we found the 2016 Fiat 500 and 500C is still fresh, fun, and frolicsome - able to successfully blend twee retro cues with iconic styling like few others have managed.


Hyundai’s new 2016 Elantra proved to be yet another great example of how Hyundai’s products have matured, with a settled and secured driving experience which is just a little bit luxurious.


The midsized luxury segment may well have a new king, with the arrival this week of Audi’s all-new 2016 A4. Check out our review.


Subaru’s 2016 Outback crossover keeps getting better and better, with the updated SUV wagon proving to be a refined, well-built and spacious package.


Another newcomer from Subaru this week was the updated 2016 Liberty, and we found the sum of the incremental changes make the midsizer a smarter car.


Finally, we found the 2016 Tesla Model S P90D is an impressive snapshot of the continual improvements dished out by Tesla to its owners. How impressive? Five shining stars.


And that’s… the week that was.

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