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Kia’s first ever sub-compact, the 2016 Kia Picanto arrived in Australia this week.

This comes after a prolonged "battle" to get the car’s price and specification right for Australia - some five years after the car’s international debut.

Kia promises the Picanto will deliver a “substantial-feeling” car, priced from $14,990 drive-away in a single specification.


Holden announced the arrival of a new set of performance-oriented special editions for the Holden Commodore family this week, with the Commodore Black joining the range with V6 or V8 power and in three different bodystyles.

The Commodore Black can be had in either SV6 or SS form, and as a ute, Sportwagon or sedan.

The cost? A mere $1000 more than a regular SV6 or SS. The price of entry for the Black SV6 Sportwagon comes in at $42,490, while the SV6 sedan and ute have special drive-away pricing of $38,990 and $34,990 respectively.


The all-new 2016 Honda Civic is set to arrive in Australia from June, bringing with it bold new styling, a new turbocharged powertrain, and a push into more upmarket pricing.

The range includes five models, VTi, VTi-S, VTi-L, and the newly added RS and VTi-LX, with the initial sedan-only range is set to be joined by a five-door hatch from early next year.

The opening price for the Civic VTi is set at $22,390, marking a $3900 price rise compared to current pricing for the outgoing Civic Vi range-opener. Unlike the current Civic however, the new model comes standard with an automatic transmission, accounting for some of the price rise.


In other news, Mitsubishi admitted to deliberately rigging fuel consumption results for a number of its own models, and also for two models it manufactures for Nissan, marketed under the Nissan badge.


Ford announced its popular Mustang pony car is now available to rent through Hertz in Australia.


Nissan revealed its Y61 Patrol, Micra city car and Pulsar hatch are all in runout from the Australian market, and the carmaker is considering its future in the V8 Supercars series.


Jaguar’s F-Type Project 7, a hand-built bespoke roadster created by Jaguar’s Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) division and its most powerful production car ever, arrived on Australian shores this week in strictly limited numbers.


Mazda Director and Senior Managing Executive Officer Yuji Nakamine revealed that the carmaker was still open to the idea of reintroducing performance-focused MPS or Mazdaspeed models.


Honda and Toyota both announced a temporary halt to production following the earthquakes in Japan, with Nissan also experiencing minor disruptions.


Haval revealed its H7 SUV is heading to the Beijing Auto Show, with the new model earmarked as a possible starter in Australia.


Suzuki Australia expanded its Vitara small SUV range with the addition of the Vitara S Turbo, which replaces the previous range-topping Vitara RT-X and introduces a new 103kW/220Nm 1.4 litre turbo engine.


Koleos is back as the name of Renault’s mainstay SUV, with the French automaker confirming that its next-generation family SUV will continue to wear the Koleos nameplate.


Fiat Chrysler announced it will recall more than 1.1 million cars worldwide over ‘roll-away’ concerns caused by drivers failing to engage ‘park’ before departing.

 

REVIEWS

In case you missed it earlier, Kia’s 2016 Picanto Si is now on sale in Australia, and we drove the new-to-Australia city car this week.


MINI’s 2016 Convertible showed why it is equally appealing to both men and women, with a new package that’s both better and cheaper than the model it replaces.


The 2016 Mazda CX-5 Maxx proved the wares of all-wheel-drive, offering the feel of a more complete car when compared to FWD models. Check out our review.


Staying with Mazda, and we found the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Automatic GT 2.0 might not be as good as the manual, but it’s still a sweet-handling little roadster that’s huge fun to drive.


Jaguar’s flagship 2016 F-TYPE R AWD Coupe is sensational for all its own reasons - we loved the sound it makes, the raw machismo at the wheel and the excellent dynamics.


Finally, ‘pure, exhilarating and balanced’ is how we described the 2016 BMW M2, which takes the best bits of the larger M4 and rolls it down into a smaller package.

And that’s…the week that was.

 
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