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Ford gave us an early preview of its 2015 Ranger pickup this week, following the world debut of its Everest SUV earlier this month.

As expected, the Everest’s front styling has carried over to the updated Ranger, but the latter will wear its own three-bar grille design.

Technical details are still to come, but Ford boasted a "smarter, safer, smoother, stronger" Ranger for 2015 in a video teaser.

Lexus’ all-new RC 350 coupe has arrived in Australia, wearing the sharp price tag of $66,000 plus on-road costs.

Power comes from a 3.5 litre naturally-aspirated V6 producing 233kW and 378Nm, matched exclusively to an eight-speed ‘Sports Direct Shift’ auto.

Despite a hefty 1740kg to lug around, the 0-100km/h sprint is over in 6.3 seconds and the RC 350’s fuel figure is 9.4 l/100km.

Mercedes-Benz gave us a preview of how the autonomous car of the future may look, with a new interior design study.

The interior features four swivelling ‘chairs’ instead of traditional car seats, and each occupant is treated to their own set of virtual reality goggles.

The design study is due to be unveiled at January’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, and now it appears there’ll be a new self-driven concept to go with it.

In other news, Toyota revealed its limited-edition Corolla RZ hatch, bringing $2000 worth of sporty exterior and interior extras for a $1000 premium.

BMW rounded-out its 2 Series Coupe range in Australia this week with the arrival of the 228i, priced from $64,400 plus on-roads.

Lotus chief Jean-Marc Gales said the carmaker would lift production from 2000 to 3000 cars in 2015 and beyond, as part of his “logic-based” recovery plan.

Mercedes-Benz detailed its new CLA Shooting Brake and CLA 45 AMG Shooting Brake, ahead of a production debut in January next year.

Lewis Hamilton not only took out the Abu Dhabi Formula 1 Grand Prix this week, but clinched his second world driver’s championship in the process.

SsangYong’s long-awaited compact SUV (due in Australia late next year) was unveiled in concept form this week, with confirmation the new model will wear the “Tivoli” name.

Mazda topped a J. D. Power customer satisfaction survey in Australia this week, followed by Subaru, Toyota, Holden and Hyundai.

Skoda revealed its new rally racing machine in concept form, with the Fabia R 5 unveiled at the Essen Motor Show.

Victoria’s RACV called for a ban on trucks using the right lane on roads with three or more lanes in each direction, in the lead up to Victoria’s state election.

Holden celebrated its 100,000th locally-manufactured Cruze small car, as a ‘red hot’ SRi Z-Series hatch rolled down the production line in Elizabeth.



In case you missed it earlier, the 2015 Lexus RC 350 is now available in Australia. We drove the new coupe this week, impressed by its head-turning styling, willing V6 engine and exceptional value.

Ford’s 2015 FG X Falcon is finally here, and we drove the born-again XR8 performer this week.

We also took to the wheel of the LPG-powered LPi, the G6E EcoBoost and the G6E Turbo. Check out our reviews.

Renault’s 2014 Megane RS 275 Trophy Edition offers high-precision cornering and handling, a 5-year unlimited kilometre warranty and a rewarding experience for genuine driving enthusiasts - priced from $52,990.

Finally, we found the 2014 Hyundai i20 Active Five-Door Automatic offers a roomy interior and good, honest, fuss-free city motoring - with no surprises.

And that’s… the week that was.

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