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The Week That Was - Mazda2 Sedan, Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe, Audi Sport Photo:
 
 
Trevor Collett | Aug, 23 2015 | 0 Comments

The 2016 Mazda2 Sedan arrived in Australia this week, joining the hatch model in showrooms with the latter gaining a few small specification changes as part of a 2016 model-year update.

Specification rises slightly across the board, with reverse sensors now standard on the entire range, while midgrade Maxx models now boast a standard reversing camera.

At the top of the range, the Genki hatch also picks up new headlights with LED running lights and an optional S-Pack interior.


After plenty of spy pics and speculation, the covers have finally come off the new Mercedes-Benz C-Class coupe ahead of its Frankfurt Motor Show debut.

As forecast by the S-Class range, the C-Class coupe offers a sleeker take on its four-door counterpart, while still paying tribute to the bigger coupe’s styling.

A more aggressive stance is helped out by a new set of proportions. Overall, the new coupe is 95mm longer than the outgoing one, with an 80mm longer wheelbase.


Audi Australia officially launched the Audi Sport performance sub-brand in Australia, uniting its high-performance road cars with its corporate and customer motorsport arms under the one banner for the first time.

The RS and R8 models now sit under the Audi Sport brand, having previously been the property of Audi’s quattro GmbH subsidiary and separate from Audi's racing and driver training activities.

The German carmaker also announced its second generation RS 3 will land in Australia with a starting price of $78,900.


In other news, Daniel Ricciardo was confirmed to appear at the 2015 Perth Speed Fest, to be held at the Perth Motorplex in December.


ANCAP and the AMA combined to launch a road safety program, aimed at forcing carmakers to fit safety technology to new models.


Toyota announced it will pursue legal action against parties accused of supplying counterfeit airbag parts for fitment to some of its vehicles.


The McLaren 675LT is now on sale in Australia, and is all yours for $657,000 (if you can secure one).


Australia’s motoring census showed motorcycles are the fastest growing class of vehicle registered in Australia, with Western Australians and Tasmanians buying more than most.


Crash safety body ANCAP bemoaned the poor safety standards of cheap commercial vehicles, after local testing of the Chinese LDV V80 commercial van returned an overall two- out of five-star safety rating.


Toyota announced its evergreen LandCruiser 200 Series is set to get a makeover this October with a new face, more safety gear and more power.


Citroen announced that it will show a new concept at the Frankfurt Motor Show, inspired by the bare-bones open-topped Méhari 'utility' and based on the C4 Cactus.


The problem of silent electric vehicles roaming the streets in the future was in focus this week, with the launch of the eVADER pedestrian safety warning system.


Hyundai took the knife to pricing for the Accent, in the process fettling the model range to better fill the hole left by the departing i20 hatch.

 

REVIEWS

We drove Nissan’s 2015 NP300 Navara RX Dual-Cab this week, declaring it to be a 4WD with the right kind of identity crisis.


The 2016 Mercedes-AMG GT S has a long, long bonnet, a 4.0 litre bi-turbo V8 and crushing performance - the baddest boy in town.


We found the 2015 Mitsubishi Triton Exceed Double Cab 4x4 successfully makes the transition from steel-capped boots to tuxedo thanks to generous equipment levels and pleasant on-road manners.


Adventure comes standard with Land Rover’s 2015 Discovery Sport SD4 SE Auto, which steps in for the blocky Freelander as a plusher, softer, and more technically advanced model inside and underneath.


While BMW’s small-car future may be spelled out in front-wheel-drive, we found the 2015 M135i Auto will help assuage the fears of BMW performance purists.


In case you missed it earlier, the 2016 Mazda2 Sedan is now on sale in Australia and we drove the new light Mazda model this week. Check out our review.


Finally, we declared the 2016 Ford Ranger is still the benchmark for pick-ups on the Australian market, with the best-in-segment model now better again.


And that’s… the week that was.

 
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