Trevor Collett | Mar 7, 2016

After two boldly-styled concept precursors, the 2017 Toyota C-HR arrived at the Geneva Motor Show this week wearing its production bodywork.

While Toyota has incorporated some of the styling themes from its concept versions, the end result is dramatically different, with a taller roof line to properly accommodate rear-seat passengers and sitting on much smaller wheels.

Shortly after the C-HR was unveiled, Toyota Australia confirmed the new model is headed our way - with a turbocharged engine.

The 2016 Geneva Motor Show is now well underway, and this week saw the usual smorgasbord of new models and concepts.

Many of the unveilings preview new models for the Australian market, while the concepts give a foretaste of models that may eventually be heading our way.

To catch up on all the Geneva news, check out our Geneva Motor Show tag page.

After a mixed bag for the first month of the year, Australia’s new car sales figures settled into a familiar rhythm in February with the Toyota Corolla topping the tables as the nation’s best-selling car.

VFACTS figures released this week revealed that while passenger car sales are down overall, with some segments in freefall, the Corolla verses Mazda3 battle to be Number One will be on again in 2016.

While Mazda enjoyed something of a summer holiday in January, Corolla outsold the ‘3’ by 101 units last month - but is still 863 sales behind for the year-to-date.

In other news, the battle of the hypercars was on at the Geneva Motor Show and Round One went to the new Bugatti Chiron.

Not to be outdone, however, Koenigsegg soon hit back with its new Regera, boasting a 0-400km/h time of 20 seconds.

Tesla rolled out its latest update (version 7.1.1) for the Model S luxury electric sedan, bringing a new feature allowing owners to park their EVs remotely.

Lamborghini pulled the covers from its new Centenario model, built to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the birth of the company’s founder, Ferruccio Lamborghini.

Volkswagen Australia began the voluntary recall program aimed at correcting the mess visited upon it by the now-infamous emissions scandal this week, with the Amarok ute being first cab off the rank.

Alfa Romeo finally completed its Giulia puzzle, showcasing the two models that will sit beneath the performance oriented Giulia Quadrifoglio Verde that was revealed last year.

Honda revealed the third bodystyle in its revitalised Civic family, with the Civic Hatch prototype making its world debut at the Geneva Motor Show.

The next generation of James Bond’s preferred car arrived in the shape of the new Aston Martin DB11, finally revealed at the Geneva Motor Show.

The covers finally came off Audi’s new compact SUV - the Q2 - following a teaser campaign in which Audi said the new model was “un[hash]taggable”.

Porsche showed us its new 911 R model at the Geneva Motor Show, built with the enthusiast in mind as a no-nonsense performance car with a proper manual transmission.



This week we drove the 2016 Volkswagen Passat Alltrack, finding the AWD wagon now offers more ground clearance, more underbody protection and more class.

We found the 2016 BMW M2 is a car for anyone who is a genuine driving enthusiast and has $90,000-odd to spend - it’s that simple.

BMW’s 2016 750i large luxury offering impressed us with its opulence, performance and driving pleasure - a model worthy of five shining stars.

We found the 2016 Mazda2 Maxx Auto Sedan is quite possibly the most enjoyable car to drive in its class with superb dynamics, a comfortable interior and a quality feel.

The 2016 BMW X4 xDrive35d proved to be more than superbly-balanced in the power department, with a user-friendly interior and unique styling.

It was a Battle Of The 4x4 Behemoths this week as the 2016 Lexus LX 570 took on the 2016 Infiniti QX80 in our Comparison Review. Check out our review to see who wins.

Finally, a Comparison Review with a difference as the Ford Mustang GT faced the Holden SS V Redline Ute in our V8 'Coupe' Showdown - check it out.

And that’s… the week that was.

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