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Ford released details on model line-up and features this week for its 2015 FG X Falcon, as the final model edges closer to a showroom debut.

Details of the updated Territory SUV were also revealed, as Australia was introduced to a new audio guide with a local accent by the name of ‘Karen’.

Ford also showed us the 2015 Falcon Utility XR6, carrying the same new face as the sedan but retaining the current ‘styleside’ tray.


Jaguar’s all-new XE sedan was unveiled in the UK this week, after nearly a year of teasers and spy photos.

While full specifications are yet to be confirmed, four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines are expected to form part of the range, along with a supercharged V6 and perhaps even a 5.0 litre V8.

A second unveiling is planned for the Paris Motor Show next month, so expect further details to emerge then.


Entering its ninth year on the world market, the current generation but updated-for-2015 Mitsubishi Pajero is now on sale in Australia.

The 2015 model offers a simplified line-up with four variants instead of six, while also bringing price-cuts in the mid- and top-range models.

All models are again powered exclusively by a 147kW/441Nm 3.2 litre diesel engine, with fuel consumption listed at 8.4 l/100km in manual form and 9.0 l/100km for automatic models.


In other news, Ford’s all-new Transit range is now on sale in Australia, priced from $47,680 plus on-road costs.


Sticking with Ford, the carmaker says 13,000 would-be buyers in Australia have already registered their interest in the 2015 Mustang which isn’t expected to arrive until late next year.


Following the resignation of Luca di Montezemolo, Fiat (and now Ferrari) boss Sergio Marchionne announced a change in direction potentially leading to a boost in annual production.


HSV revealed its 430kW GTS Maloo ute this week, with the production run of just 250 units set to begin in November.


If the HSV GTS Maloo isn’t enough, Walkinshaw Performance’s new supercharger pack announced this week can boost power and torque to 550kW and 980Nm.


Buyers of Holden’s Commodore SS V Redline can now opt for the Craig Lowndes Special Edition, featuring some exterior add-ons, a framed certificate and V8 Supercar tickets.


The Subaru BRZ is also now available in Australia as a Special Edition, featuring a range of STI-inspired goodies for a $3500 premium.


The 2015 MG MG6 update was revealed overseas this week, but no word at this stage on when we might see it in Australia.


Nissan called on governments in Australian to offer more support for electric vehicles, especially in the field of charging infrastructure.


Two of Australia’s more-affordable pickup ranges were bolstered this week, with the arrival of the updated Tata Xenon and the return of the Foton Tunland Single Cab.

 

REVIEWS

We drove the 2014 BMW X4 xDrive35i this week, finding the half-coupe, half-SUV looks cool, handles great and goes like stink.


The 2014 Kia Sportage Si Premium offers value for money, good handling and performance and a smart interior. Check out our review.


Finally, we found the 2014 Honda Jazz VTi CVT Automatic offered a flexible interior, was easy to drive and is well equipped for the price.

And that’s… the week that was.

 
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