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Ending a long-running rumour, Ford Australia this week announced that it will be launching limited editions of its XR6 Turbo and XR8 performance flagships in 2016, both wearing the Sprint badge.

Key Sprint upgrades include a power increase for both engines, although at this stage Ford hasn’t revealed what those engine outputs will be, performance upgrades will likely come courtesy of FPV's former line-up.

For XR6 Turbo Sprint that means a potential 310kW tune, up from 270kW, while the supercharged XR8 Sprint could jump up to 351kW from its current 335kW if Ford uses the engine last seen in the FPV GTF - an official announcement regarding the performance upgrades will follow closer to the 2016 launch.

Kia gathered further inspiration from the X-Men to enhance another of its SUV models this week, ahead of the Australian Open tennis tournament.

Last year, the all-new Sorento SUV was given the ‘X-Car’ treatment, and the 2016 Open will see the debut of another all-new SUV with X-Car styling in the Sportage.

X-Men character Mystique was the inspiration for the new concept from the X-Men: Apocalypse film, which is due to hit cinema screens from May next year.

Australian motorists can expect better protection in the future, thanks to the introduction this week of a new side-impact protection standard as part of the Australian Design Rule set.

To take effect from November 2017, the new ADR is based upon the United Nations Global Technical Regulation 14 (GTR 14) which outlines strict minimum protection criteria for side impact strikes with narrow objects, such as poles.

The development of GTR 14 was carried out in Australia, the first time an international vehicle standard has been developed here, with side impact crashes representing a significant proportion of Australia’s road toll.

In other news, motorists in Australia will soon have access to ‘real time’ fuel prices following Federal Court proceedings involving suppliers and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC).

In the spirit of the season, Ford commissioned a survey which found more Aussies are planning domestic holidays rather than overseas, and SUVs are the holiday car of choice.

A report out of the UK suggested new Top Gear host Chris Evans may be joined by Chris Harris and Sabine Schmitz when the show returns with its new format next year.

Nissan's motorsport arm Nismo confirmed it will retire the GT-R LM Nismo prototype racer after just one season of competition, citing poor on-track performance as the reason behind its early exit from racing.

Videos? This week produced some great viewing via videos featuring Ian Callum, a Lamborghini Murcielago verses Ford Mustang GT drift shootout and the Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport tearing up the airstrip.

New laws detailed for NSW this week mean tougher fines and ID requirements for cyclists, along with new passing buffer zones for drivers.

Recalls this week include the Holden Captiva and Volkswagen Caddy, along with the Land Rover Discovery and Fiat Ducato.

Future BMW 7 Series models with V12 power were leaked this week via the online configurator, which showed ‘760Li’ and ‘M760Li’ badges.

Reports out of Europe pointed to a new Ford Fiesta RS hot hatch, planned to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Fiesta model.

Fiat’s 500X crossover has only just arrived in Australia, and now it appears an Abarth performance version might be destined for showrooms in 2017.



We drove the 2016 Jaguar XE S this week; smart and racy, it's a real contender as a premium sports sedan with brilliant steering and handling, but not quite the ‘Gran Turismo’.

The 2016 Mercedes-Benz CLA 250 4Matic Shooting Brake is as sexy as it is smart, and is all yours from $66,400 plus on-road costs.

We found the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Exceed DiD is filled with features, including seven seats, and is a more fully-resolved product over the previous generation.

The 2016 Holden VFII Commodore SV6 Sportwagon delivers a great combination of large-SUV rivalling space and practicality, mixed with the performance and dynamics of a sports sedan. We reckon it’s a great alternative.

Finally, you can't buy the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Club in Australia (well, not right now anyway), and we reckon that’s a shame. Check out our review to see why.

And that’s… the week that was.

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