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