The Week That Was: 2015 Commodore, X-Trail Diesel, Porsche 911 GTS Photo:

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Trevor Collett | Oct, 12 2014 | 0 Comments

Holden’s VF Commodore has been updated for the 2015 model year, bringing minor cosmetic tweaks and new features to the large car range.

The updated model also features revised steering, and the SS V Redline performer gets steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters with the automatic transmission.

Pricing remains steady across the range, aside from a $300 increase for the Calais V.

Nissan’s X-Trail SUV is now available with a diesel engine in Australia, priced from $35,380 plus on-roads.

The X-Trail Diesel offers both manual and CVT automatic transmissions, in 4WD-only for the former and 2WD-only for the latter.

Power comes from the smaller Qashqai SUV’s 96kW/320Nm 1.6 litre four-cylinder engine, replacing the 2.0 litre unit from the outgoing model.

Porsche announced its 2015 911 GTS is heading to Australia in February, priced from $268,700 plus on-roads.

Power comes from Porsche’s 3.8 litre direct-injection in-line six-cylinder engine, producing 316kW and an as-yet unknown amount of torque.

Buyers can choose from seven-speed manual or PDK dual-clutch automatic transmissions, with the automatic coupe model being the fastest to 100km/h from rest with a time of 4.0 seconds.

In other news, Tesla CEO Elon Musk unveiled the new all-wheel-drive Model S ‘P85D’ this week, along with new safety tech including auto lane-change.

Peugeot announced its 30th Anniversary 208 GTi will arrive in Australia in around February next year, with prices potentially starting under $39,990.

Ford released technical data for its new Falcon and Territory ranges, showing improved handling for the Falcon and improved fuel figures for both models.

Ten cashed-up Ferrari customers in the US are the proud new owners of the F60 America, with the Italian carmaker this week showing the rest of the world what we missed on.

Citroen announced its C4 Cactus is set to arrive in Australia during 2015, while its C4 Picasso will also be heading our way to join the larger C4 Grand Picasso in the local line-up.

An eagle-eyed TMR reader spotted a lightly-camouflaged Geely GC9 testing on the streets of Melbourne this week, suggesting an expanded local presence is on the cards.

Toyota’s hybrid Prius range is set for an update in 2015, and the first refreshed variant to be unveiled was the Prius V wagon.

Nissan announced its arrival at Mount Panorama for this week’s Bathurst 1000 with the unveiling of the Pulsar SSS Heritage Edition, limited to just 40 units.

Staying with Nissan, the Japanese carmaker’s Nissan Y61 Patrol Titanium model is now on sale in Australia, priced from $57,390 drive-away.

Ford announced its AppLink and MyKey tech will soon be available in more models in Australia, with further expansion planned for 2015.



Another busy week in the TMR garages, which included the 2014 Audi S3 Sedan. We were impressed with the interior quality, Quattro AWD grip and 'rally car' handling.

Following our 2.0 litre turbocharged Infiniti Q50 drive last week, we put the Q50 Hybrid S Premium AWD model to the test and found it’s a bit of a ‘sleeper’; performance without the thirst.

Rather than wait 12 months for the 2015 Volkswagen Passat to arrive in Australia, TMR travelled to Germany to preview the new model on home soil. Check out our review.

We found the 2014 BMW M4 Automatic Coupe offered intoxicating performance, brilliant handling, a sumptuous interior and menacing style, priced from $166,430 plus on-roads.

Finally, for the ultimate power-mod to your VE or VF V8 Commodore, we were blown away by the gut-busting power and torque of the 2014 Walkinshaw Supercharged V8 twins.

And that’s… the week that was.

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