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Trevor Collett | May 16, 2016

The Mercedes-AMG C 63 S sedan now has a two-door partner in crime, with the C 63 S Coupe now available for order in Australia.

Priced at $162,400, the C63 S Coupe costs $12,500 more than its main rival the BMW M4 and $17,290 more than the most expensive version of the Lexus RC F - the RC F Carbon.

However with 375kW of power and 700Nm of torque surging from its 4.0 litre twin-turbo V8, the C63 S Coupe outguns both when it comes to the power war.


BMW’s range of M Division 3 Series and 4 Series stormers is set for a boost this month, with the local arrival of the new M3 and M4 Competition models.

All body-styles will be available in M Competition guise except the 3 Series wagon, but including the M3 sedan along with the M4 Coupe and Convertible.

BMW says the new Competition models lift the range of available M3s and M4s to six, but considering all are available with manual or automatic transmissions - including the new Competitions - the range is effectively doubled to 12.


Speculation about a merger or acquisition between Nissan and Mitsubishi Motors reached fever-pitch this week, with speculation that Mitsubishi’s recent fuel economy misreporting scandal had rocked the company to its core.

That speculation came to an end with an announcement from Nissan which outlined a strategic alliance between the two companies.

Nissan and Mitsubishi Motors have signed a Basic Agreement to kick off the alliance between the two while terms for a far-reaching strategic alliance are worked out.


In other news, Ford reserved its prized, first production-run XR8 Sprint for a charity auction, with proceeds to help suffers of type-1 diabetes.


Skoda confirmed that its new three-row, seven-seat SUV will wear the Kodiaq name, debuting in overseas markets in the second half of 2016.


Mahindra announced that its XUV500 SUV will soon be available in Australia with a six-speed automatic transmission, increasing the appeal to buyers for a model that is currently manual-only.


To commemorate the very first original Mini that rolled off British production lines in 1959, MINI this week released the limited edition Seven range.


Ford Australia sharpened the value equation for its entry-level midsize SUV, the Kuga Ambiente, which from this week arrived in showrooms with an upgraded infotainment system.


The first shipment of the all-new Mazda CX-9 arrived port-side in Australia ahead of the car’s official July launch, as pre-sales interest hits record levels for the brand.


Citroen updated its family-friendly C4 models for 2017, with new styling and features for its C4 Picasso and Grand C4 Picasso.


Toyota prepared to farewell its rugged FJ Cruiser 4WD later this year, with confirmation this week that production for the modern icon will end in August.


Fiat’s performance arm, Abarth, revealed an update for its version of the funky 500; the Abarth 595.


ANCAP handed down maximum 5-star safety ratings for the Ford Transit Custom along with the Mercedes V-Class and Valente models, but some Vito models received a (temporary) 4-star rating.

 

REVIEWS

In case you missed it earlier, the 2016 Mercedes-AMG C 63 S Coupe is now in Australia, and we drove the new AMG monster at Sydney Motorsport Park this week.


We drove the 2016 Peugeot 208 Access Automatic, finding it offers good value for money with drive-away deals and a decent on-road experience, but it also faces stiff competition in the light car class.


Stepping up to the small-car class, and undergoing the TMR test this week was the 2016 Hyundai Elantra Elite. We found it offered all-round value in a smart package, priced from $26,490 plus on-road costs.


It may have been left-hand-drive, but we previewed the all-new 2016 Renault Megane this week. We think the well-crafted interior, that puts luxury and comfort ahead of cost-cutting, should woo plenty of buyers by the time the new Megane arrives.


We found the 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Highlander was neither brilliant, nor lacking, but slotted instead into the ‘just right’ category. Check out our review.


Finally, we put four models - the Audi A4, BMW 3 Series, Jaguar XE and Mercedes-Benz C-Class to the test in our Executive Sedan Showdown comparison review. See which one came out on top.


And that’s… the week that was.

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