Fiat will be hoping to spread the success of its 500 micro car across more market segments, with the arrival this week of the retro-inspired 500X SUV.
While the 500X falls into the compact SUV category, it takes the dimensions of the 500 to a new level, packing in five doors and five seats in the process.
The model range incorporates four trim-levels, split evenly between front and all-wheel-drive, all powered by a 1.4 litre four-cylinder turbo engine, but in two different states of tune.
Lexus introduced three 2016 updates for the Australian market this week, kicking off with the new RC 200t variant.
Like the RC range, the GS line-up is now headed by a turbocharged entry-level model in the form of the GS 200t.
Automotive digital business 112 Pty Ltd and Fairfax Media’s Drive.com.au this week announced the formation of a powerful 50:50 joint venture in the online new car sector.
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In other news, VFACTS new car sales for November showed a strong month from Toyota with three of its models topping 3000 sales.
Volkswagen announced plans to slash options and variants in its range to the tune of €1.9 billion as the fallout from the ‘dieselgate’ emissions scandal continues.
The first Ford Mustangs arrived in Australia this week, with the carmaker announcing that its entire local allocation for 2016 has already sold out.
Renault’s limited edition Clio RS 220 Trophy is now on sale in Australia, with the 164kW hot hatch limited to just 220 units.
Audi announced the initial model line-up for its all-new 2016 A4 midsizer with pricing to match ahead of its local arrival in February next year.
Holden gave the ageing Captiva another facelift for 2016, with the square-set Captiva 5 bodystyle dropped from the range and the softer Captiva 7 body continuing on in five and seven-seat versions.
The 2016 Formula 1 season drew to a close this week, with Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg making it a hat-trick of wins at the Abu Dhabi round.
Volvo unveiled its long-awaited S90 luxury sedan, and confirmed that the new model will be heading to Australia next year.
Porsche’s 2016 911 Turbo and 911 Turbo S will make their official debut at the Detroit Auto Show next month, with both receiving a performance boost and the S hitting 100km/h from rest in 2.9 seconds.
Bugatti confirmed that its Veyron replacement will wear the ‘Chiron’ name, and the new model will make its official debut at the Geneva Motor Show.
Another new arrival was the 2016 Fiat 500X SUV, and we drove Pop Star and Lounge variants this week.
Mazda’s 2016 MX-5 range has now been bolstered by the arrival of the 2.0 litre variant, and we found the powered-up roadster makes for a tough choice between it and the 1.5 litre models.
We found the 2016 Jaguar XE 25t Portfolio offers a few hits and misses, but is, overall, a sharp sports sedan and worth consideration.
Finally, the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC might be fashionably late to the midsized SUV party, but the knockout interior and efficient yet punchy engines make this car one to put on your shopping list.
And that’s… the week that was.
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