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The range of Isuzu Ute models available in Australia expanded this week with the addition of three new 4x2 variants split across the D-Max ute and MU-X SUV ranges.

D-Max picks up a 4x2 Space Cab High-Ride Ute, and 4x2 Crew Cab High-Ride Cab Chassis, both available in workhorse SX specification and coupled to a five-speed automatic only.

The new variants bring the total D-Max line-up to 25 variants. So far in 2015, D-Max 4x2 variants have more than doubled the sales set in 2014, with a resurgence of interest from both fleet and private buyers.

A new high-end variant of BMW’s fastback X4 SUV has arrived in Australia, standing in as the interim performance flagship until the X4 M40i arrives.

Wearing the xDrive35d nametag, the new model features a 3.0 litre turbo diesel engine that out-grunts the existing xDrive35i petrol version.

Power is rated at 230kW, 5kW above the petrol version, while torque peaks at a massive 630Nm, some 230Nm beyond its petrol counterpart.

The advent of autonomous vehicles in Australia could be closer than we think, according to the managing Director of Volvo Car Australia, Kevin McCann.

Speaking this week at the first Australian trial of an autonomous Volvo XC90 as part of the International Driverless Cars Conference held in Adelaide, Mr McCann urged state and territory governments to keep pace with autonomous vehicle technology.

Also taking part in the Adelaide conference this week was Australian technology firm, Cohda Wireless, which displayed its new 360-degree radar system.

In other news, as Isuzu Ute Australia was announcing a new range of 4X2 models the updated Isuzu D-Max emerged overseas with a new diesel engine.

The aftermath of Volkswagen’s dieselgate emissions saga continued with claims the carmaker’s 3.0 litre V6 turbo-diesel may also have used a ‘defeat device’.

Furthermore, the legal eagles are circling with Bannister Law, as well as Maurice Blackburn, announcing class action suits against Volkswagen, Bannister Law claiming that owners may be entitled to a full refund.

VFACTS new car sales figures for October showed a very good month forToyota. Its all-new HiLux took pole position as sales leader last month, followed closely by the Corolla range.

October sales figures also placed Hyundai in second place with 9003 units, representing an increase of 7.2 percent compared to the same month last year.

From the Tokyo Motor Show, Honda revealed a new plug-in hybrid electric model will arrive in 2017.

Staying with Honda, and TMR drove both the Clarity fuel-cell model and the new 1.0 litre, turbocharged Civic this week.

The Mercedes-Benz S-Class of the SUV kingdom made its official debut this week with the unveiling of the new GLS-Class, replacing the GL that came before it.

Hyundai announced its Genesis nameplate will soon be a stand-along luxury brand, with a six-model line-up planned between now and 2020.

Around a month since BMW officially pulled the covers from its M2 pocket-rocket, the carmaker revealed a new range of M Performance parts to go on display at the SEMA show.



We drove the 2015 Hyundai Sonata Premium this week, finding its zest (from a willing 2.0 litre turbocharged engine), restrained quality and comfort give it a lot of appeal.

Mitsubishi’s 2015 Mirage ES hatch is left behind by better rivals somewhat, and the $2000 price-hike for the automatic pushes it into the light hatch price segment. But is it the best micro car for the money?

Finally, we found the 2015 Holden VFII Calais V Sportwagon offers both the power and the glory, with its mix of luxury appointments and the new-to-Calais 6.2 litre V8 offering an intriguing alternative to the SS-V Sportwagon.

And that’s… the week that was.

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