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Trevor Collett | Mar, 01 2015 | 0 Comments

The all-new 2015 Kia Carnival has finally arrived in local showrooms, with prices starting from $41,490 plus on-roads.

Available in four variants, the new Carnival can be had with either V6 petrol or four-cylinder turbo-diesel engines across the range.

The carmaker is expecting a 4-star safety rating from ANCAP when the Carnival faces crash testing next month, but an immediate update will bring it up to 5-stars by midyear.

Peugeot’s new 308 range is now complete for the Australian market, with the arrival this week of two new variants.

Headlining the local range is a pair of GT models, available with both turbo-petrol and turbo-diesel engines matched with manual and automatic transmissions respectively.

New versions of the Allure variant have also arrived, available in both Hatch and Touring (wagon) body-styles.

Pricing and specifications for BMW’s big new performance SUVs, the X5 M and X6 M, were revealed this week.

Due here in the second quarter, the X5 M and X6 M will kick off from $185,900 and $194,700 respectively.

The new models will round out ranges that landed in 2013 and as recently as last month, and both replace the M-badged ‘super SUVs’ that first appeared in 2009.

In other news, Toyota added the limited edition Altitude model to its Prado line-up, priced from $65,990 plus on-roads and aimed squarely at city buyers.

Volkswagen unveiled its updated Touareg SUV for 2015, bringing new standard features and a streamlined options list but also adding $4000 to the price.

Skoda turned up the heat on its Octavia RS, unveiling the RS 230 model ahead of a Geneva Motor Show debut.

Toyota confirmed its one-make pro-am 86 racing series will kick off in Australia next year, giving wannabe race drivers the chance to compete from just $100,000 per year.

Holden announced a new capped-price servicing program covering every model in the carmaker’s history, along with an extension of its existing program for new models.

Kia Australia’s product boss, Jeff Shafer, told TMR this week that the carmaker is holding back on building a case for hybrid and electric vehicles in Australia until government gets on board.

After an initial setback, Suzuki announced its Celerio city car will arrive in Australian showrooms next month, priced from $13,990 drive-away for the auto-equipped model.

Audi raised some eyebrows when the covers came off its Prologue Avant wagon concept for the Geneva Motor Show, with power coming from a plug-in hybrid system that includes a 335kW 3.0 litre diesel V6.

Staying with Audi, the German carmaker’s new R8 supercar was officially revealed this week, following leaked images which surfaced online.

The ACCC is set to point the finger at some carmakers in the Australian market over capped-price servicing plans, and Kia was the first to be singled out this week.



Among the fleet in the TMR Garages this week was the 2015 BMW 228i Sport Line Coupe, and we found it offered plenty of go hidden in a small footprint with brilliant handling.

We found the 2015 Tata Xenon 4x2 Dual Cab Manual offers a reasonable 2.2 litre diesel with ample low-down torque for a reasonable price, but interior quality is sub-par and the tub is a little small.

In case you missed it earlier, the 2015 Peugeot 308 GT is now on sale in Australia, priced from $41,990 for the petrol model and $42,990 for the diesel. Check out our review.

The 2015 Kia Carnival has also arrived in Australia, and we drove both V6 petrol and four-cylinder diesel-powered models this week. We think it could well be the new segment leader.

We declared the 2015 Honda HR-V to be the best model the carmaker has produced in a while, impressed by its super-flexible ‘magic seats' system and attention-grabbing styling.

Finally, the 2015 Mercedes-AMG C 63 S is a serious track-spec Q car with big back seats, a boot, and an immense sound - check it out. And that’s… the week that was.

And that’s… the week that was.

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