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Trevor Collett | Feb, 02 2014 | 0 Comments

Mazda’s all-new Mazda3 finally arrived in Australian showrooms this week, with six variants available from launch.

Two petrol engines are available in 2.0 litre or 2.5 litre four-cylinder capacities, matched to either a six-speed manual of six-speed automatic transmission.

TMR was at the launch for a first drive of the new Mazda3 on home soil. This is one very good car. Check out our review.

Volkswagen unveiled its updated light Polo range this week, with subtle styling tweaks, new features and upgraded engines for 2014.

European customers will get six engine options including two three-cylinder diesel units, while the Polo GTI will be given a power boost - and reportedly a manual transmission - for 2015.

The rest of the updated Polo range is due to hit Australian showrooms in the second half of this year.

BMW's new 4 Series Gran Coupe surfaced online over the weekend, revealing a sleek alternative to the 3 Series - without sacrificing the practicality of a four-door arrangement.

Full details are still to come, but expect the new Gran Coupe variant to share the same engines avaiable with the Coupe and Convertible models.

Watch for a Geneva Motor Show debut.

Mercedes-Benz revealed its V-Class people-mover, ahead of an Australian arrival next year.

A 2.1 litre four-cylinder diesel engine is the only option initially, available with three levels of power and matched with a six-speed manual or Benz’s 7G-tronic dual-clutch automatic.

The V-Class can accommodate up to eight people, depending on the variant and seating configuration.

In other news, the 2015 Subaru Liberty is set to debut at next week’s Chicago Auto Show.

The 2015 Holden Cruze was spied during cold-weather testing, with the test car suggesting more coupe-like styling for the new model.

Also in this week, Mercedes-Benz introduced special CLS and ML models for Australia.

Not to be outdone in the 'gee-whiz stakes', Nissan detailed its new 40kg, 400 HP (298kW) engine this week, with the pint-sized power plant set to power its ZEOD RC Le Mans racer.

Ford teased a new global compact concept, ahead of the car’s appearance at the Delhi Auto Expo.

Renault will also be in Delhi, with the French carmaker also teasing a new concept this week.

BMW outlined a new form of in-car advertising, using the ConnectedDrive infotainment system.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles was officially born this week, with the company unveiling its new logo.

Peugeot teased a new concept, ahead of an expected April unveiling at the Beijing Auto Show.

With the 2014 Super Bowl almost upon us, carmakers were rolling out their new advertisements for the big game. Check out our roundup.



In case you missed it earlier, Mazda launched its most important car for 2014 in Australia this week. Check out our first Australian drive of the all-new Mazda3.

We also drove the 2014 Nissan Pathfinder ST-L 2WD, keen to see how the new-to-Pathfinder 3.5 litre V6 petrol engine performed.

The 2014 Maserati Quattroporte GTS V8 is all yours for $319,800 plus on-roads. Check out our review.

We again put the 2014 Audi A3 1.4 TFSI Sedan under the TMR addled eye, with the well-priced sedan likely to be a major threat to the Mercedes-Benz CLA 200.

Karl put Fiat's little Panda through its pace. The result? If you want chic style, go for the 500. If you need something light but with a little more practicality, the Panda should be on your list.

Finally, we found the competent (but a little flawed) 2014 Nissan Juke ST CVT to be the most ‘attention-grabbing’ small SUV out there, but worth a look.

And that’s… the week that was.

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