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Trevor Collett | Aug, 03 2015 | 0 Comments

Mitsubishi's all-new Challenger SUV saw light of day this week, revealed at the 2015 Bangkok International Grand Motor Sale.

The third generation of the rugged 4X4 family wagon continues the formula of the old.

And while there are no surprises on the styling front, the new Challenger borrows heavily from the new Outlander for its frontal styling, but the rear may be a 'challenge' for some.

BMW gave its performance hot-shots in the M3 sedan and M4 coupe and convertible an update this week, tweaking prices and specifications in the process.

As part of the ‘life-cycle update’ of the broader 3 Series range, the M3 features new LED front and rear lights and additional chrome highlights in the interior.

M3 and M4 models also gain tyre pressure monitoring, head up display, adaptive LED headlights, ConnectedDrive Freedom, internet connectivity, lane change warning and Driving Assistant as standard.

Tesla Australia confirmed this week it is taking deposits for its Model X SUV as the carmaker prepares to pull the covers off its new creation in the weeks ahead.

A fully-refundable $6000 deposit is required to secure a Model X, with local deliveries expected to begin around this time next year.

Beyond the $6000, Tesla’s Heath Walker said pricing would be competitive against Tesla’s main rivals in the Model X’s large SUV class.

In other news, Subaru updated its WRX and WRX STI models this week, bringing new tech, new safety features and price changes to some variants.

One of the more interesting F1 races this year took place in Hungry, with Sebastian Vettel finishing ahead of Daniil Kvyat and Australia’s Daniel Ricciardo as the F1 world paused to remember Jules Bianchi.

Borgward teased its comeback SUV model after more than five decades out of the game, with the covers set to officially come off at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

Morgan celebrated 65 years of its Plus 4 with a special edition model featuring an engine tuned by Cosworth, called the AR Plus 4.

Fiat Australia axed the Panda light car from its line-up after less than two years on the market, saying the car didn’t connect with local buyers.

Hyundai announced the first details of Hyundai Shield this week, which is a new leasing option available for buyers incorporating Hyundai’s first ‘guaranteed future value’ program.

The Volkswagen Group officially knocked Toyota from the top of the world sales perch for the first half of 2015, having delivered over 5.04 million cars against the 5.02 million recorded by Toyota.

German carmaker Startech unveiled its limited-edition Sixty8 model, as its final farewell to Land Rover’s iconic Defender 4WD.

Bathurst 12-Hour organisers announced that the 2016 event and beyond will be promoted by Supercars Events, which also promotes key V8 Supercar rounds.

Hyundai’s Santa Cruz pickup may become more than a concept soon, with the Korean carmaker said to have this week given the green light for a production version.



We drove Hyundai’s new Tucson medium SUV this week, impressed with its rewarding drive, strong standard features list and wide range of variants.

Toyota’s 2015 Aurion AT-X sedan showed us the carmaker’s last ‘big Aussie six’ will keep fleets and families happy, with its no-frills approach to getting the job done.

We found the 2015 Nissan Navara NP300 ST 4x2 Auto offered a well-presented layout with comfort to spare and plenty of grunt, combining very compelling options as either a full-time workhorse or as a super-handy part-time family car.

Finally, TMR went to Thailand to drive the all-new 2016 Ford Everest 4WD ahead of its Australian arrival and came away suitably impressed. Check out our review.

And that’s… the week that was.

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