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Trevor Collett | Apr 4, 2016

Tesla CEO Elon Musk revealed the all-electric brand’s Model 3 midsize sedan this week - the fourth vehicle to wear the Tesla badge and the model that’s expected to bring high sales volumes to the still-young automaker.

Touted as the vehicle that will catapult Tesla from being “niche” to “mainstream”, the Model 3 will be Tesla’s most affordable car to date with a starting price in the United States of US$35,000 (AU$45,750).

But don’t expect to be able to walk into a Tesla showroom and drive off in one anytime soon; over 115,000 Model 3 pre-orders had already been placed before Elon Musk even took to the stage.

Vehicle certification documents submitted to the Australian Government this week confirmed two things about Subaru's incoming Levorg wagon:

It will feature the same 197kW/350Nm 2.0 litre turbo flat four as the WRX, but will only be available with a CVT automatic.

If you were hoping for a manual-equipped, wagon-bodied alternative to the WRX, you're fresh out of luck. The news is no great surprise, however.

The US Federal Trade Commission filed a lawsuit against Volkswagen Group Of America, claiming that Volkswagen’s ‘clean diesel’ advertising claims were misleading.

The lawsuit, filed by the Federal Trade Commission in the District Court of San Francisco refutes claims made by Volkswagen that its vehicles were “were low-emission, environmentally friendly, met emissions standards and would maintain a high resale value”.

Using Volkswagen’s high-profile advertising campaigns, which ran from 2009 until as recently as last year, the Federal Trade Commission seeks to prove that Volkswagen continued to mislead consumers, even as evidence that its vehicles weren’t as clean as claimed began to mount.

In other news, the first reports of the inevitable Audi RS Q2 emerged out of Europe, suggesting the performance version of Audi’s new SUV will have 224kW.

Range Rover is expected to expand its family of luxury off-roaders with the addition of a fast-backed "coupe" based on the all-alloy chassis of the Jaguar F-Pace.

The Renault Megane RS might make the switch to all-wheel-drive in its next-generation, according to company insiders.

For patient Nissan fans, it appears the carmaker has once again confirmed that it will not be building a small, rear-wheel-drive sports car anytime soon.

Ferrari will launch a second entry-level GT model to complement the California T, and it could be the long-rumoured Dino coupe.

While the light commercial van ranges of both Peugeot and Citroen may have only made a small impact in Australia, that could soon be about to change if the French duo embark on plans to introduce a 4x4 ute.

Mercedes-Benz indicated that it was open to the idea of a future GLC Cabriolet, but GLC Chief Engineer, Michael Kelz, said the model would have to replace another in Benz’s range.

The inaugural running of the Bathurst 6-Hour took place, with Chaz Mostert teaming up with Nathan Morcom in a BMW 335i to take line-honours by almost a lap.

If you’d hoped that Honda’s 2015 Concept D SUV concept was nothing more than a bad memory, we’ve got bad news for you - the Honda UR-V is on its way, taking its styling cues from last year’s Shanghai Auto Show concept.

Recalls this week included Mitsubishi’s Triton and Pajero Sport models, fitted with the genuine towbar, and Volkswagen’s Passat Wagon.



In the TMR Garages this week was the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC 250d, which really impressed us. In this, it is much like C-Class (from which this SUV springs), only cheaper and handier.

Volkswagen’s 2016 Polo is still best of the bantam-weights, particularly the 81TSI Comfortline which can be if you are enticed by very reasonable $20,990 plus on-roads.

We found the 2016 Toyota Aurion Sportivo to be a great dynamic achievement, and a surprise for a family model that isn’t renowned for offering driver entertainment.

Audi’s all-new 2016 A4 2.0 TDI Quattro Sedan is more than a little special, earning 4.5 stars in our review. Check it out.

We found Fiat’s 2016 500X Pop Star to be a cheery little thing with plenty of on-road presence, better than we thought it might be, but the price squeezes the value equation.

‘Are diesel micro SUVs worth the extra spend?’, we asked, as we examined the 2016 Mazda CX-3 sTouring Diesel AWD. Check out our review.

The stripped-back ‘pure’ 2016 Range Rover Evoque TD4 150 Pure has a brilliant chassis, but we found it to be a compelling reason to step-up to a higher-grade model in the Evoque range - if your budget allows.

Finally, in terms of styling, technology and interior comfort, there’s no doubt the all-new 2016 Toyota HiLux SR5 Double Cab delivers the goods. But is it better than the Ford Ranger Wildtrack?

And that’s… the week that was.

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