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Kia's fourth-generation Sportage has landed in Australia, bringing with it a bold new look, more technology, improved refinement, better handling and a more spacious interior.

Prices have jumped markedly though. While the previous-generation 2WD Sportage Si petrol retailed at $25,990, its all-new replacement starts at $28,990.

That's not all. A range restructure sees all petrol Si and SLi models become strictly FWD-only machines, while a base model Sportage Si Diesel gets added to the range. The Platinum petrol also scores an engine upgrade, ditching its 2.0 litre four for a 2.4 litre direct-injected unit.

After an intriguing teaser campaign, the covers have come off the Opel GT coupe, and a Vauxhall badged version along with a slew of details ahead of the sportscar’s Geneva Motor Show debut.

Initially suspected to be based off the Astra, the GT instead remains true to its RWD roots, with a front-mid mounted engine and rear wheel drive.

Like the original Opel Experimental GT of 1965 the new concept also sports conjoined dual central exhaust outlets, a long bonnet, and no boot lid.

As we countdown to TMR’s Best Buy for 2016, we took a closer look at some of Australia’s Best Buys within popular vehicle segments.

We tackled small, medium and large SUVs, along with the best light cars, small cars and 4X4 utes.

Performance car buys also went under the microscope, as we considered cars both under and over the $50,000-mark.

In other news, Toyota announced that new Corolla Hybrid model will join the local range from around the middle of 2016.

Kia revealed that a new Cerato GT model may be in the works, as the local HQ seeks a replacement for the now-deleted pro_cee’d GT.

Holden tweaked its Cruze small car range for 2016 with the introduction of the Z-Series and SRI-Z variants in place of the CDX and SRi-V respectively.

Land Rover’s Defender as we know it is now a memory after 68 years, with the final car rolling down the production line at the Solihull factory.

BMW Australia revealed that its new M2 pint-sized performer is almost completely sold-out two months ahead of the local launch.

The 2016 Bathurst 12-Hour is less than a week away. Check out our preview.

Mazda’s new mystery SUV was exposed again in spy photos out of China, showing what could become the CX-4 or CX-6.

The new stand-alone DS brand revealed its updated DS 3 ahead of a local arrival around the end of this year.

Safety news included an overall ‘win’ for Volvo’s XC90 SUV with the highest score for all testing conducted by Euro NCAP during 2015. Also this week, the Lexus RX, Jaguar XE and Mercedes-Benz GLC were awarded 5-stars by ANCAP in Australia.



We drove the 2016 Toyota Fortuner GXL this week; we're impressed with this family 4X4 designed for ‘getting places’, great off-road, and civilised enough on it (and it does a whole lot of things softer seven-seat SUVs cannot do).

Staying with Toyota, and we found the 2016 HiLux SR Dual Cab 4x4 Manual to be tough, capable and ready to work, priced from $46,490 plus on-road costs.

In case you missed it earlier, the all-new 2016 Kia Sportage has now arrived in Australia ahead of its on-sale date and we drove the new midsized SUV this week.

We also drove a larger SUV from Kia in form of the 2016 Sorento SLi Diesel, declaring that this package may just be the best in the Sorento range.

While the 2016 BMW X4 xDrive35d might sprint like an athlete, we reckon it looks like a clam. However, that’s about all we can fault with it.

We found the 2016 Mercedes-Benz A-Class is now not only better value, it’s a better drive. Check out our review.

The 2016 Peugeot 208 GTi feels lavish inside, it corners with all the excitement of a bull at Pamplona, it’s unique, thrilling, bucket-loads of fun - and more.

Finally, we’ve waited a long time to see it on home soil, but our drive of the 2016 Ford Mustang confirmed why there’s a waiting list stretching well beyond 12 months. “I am Mustang, heart, spirit and soul.”

And that’s… the week that was.

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