The Week That Was - Mitsubishi Pajero Sport BMW 7 Series Tokyo Motor Show Photo:
Trevor Collett | Nov, 01 2015 | 0 Comments

Mitsubishi this week released its sub-Pajero Toyota Fortuner competitor, the Pajero Sport, with a preview drive for Australian media in Japan.

The first move is a name change: Challenger is out, and Pajero Sport is in. However the new model - like the one it replaces - is derived from the Triton ute platform and drivetrain and not the Pajero as the name suggests.

Unlike the previous Challenger, however, the new Pajero Sport promises vastly more refined on-road and off-road performance, an up-spec interior feel and a longer feature list.

BMW announced pricing for its new luxury 7 Series ahead of its arrival in Australia next month.

To step into one of the all-new sixth-generation sedans, buyers will need at least $217,500 in their back pocket, plus on-road costs.

That amount will get you the entry-level and sole diesel option in the 730d variant, while the rest of the range is comprised of four petrol-powered models in both standard- and long-wheelbase.

Dominating the headlines this week was the new models and concepts at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show.

From Mazda’s rotary-powered RX-Vision to the Yamaha Sports Ride, the Tokyo show delivered.

And you can read all about it at our Tokyo Motor Show tag page, including a preview drive of Honda’s new NSX supercar.

In other news, Walkinshaw Performance released its W547 kit for GMs 6.2 litre LS3 V8 engine which lifts power and torque to 547kW and 880Nm.

PSA Peugeot Citroen announced it will move to publish ‘real world’ fuel figures in the wake of the Volkswagen ‘dieselgate’ fiasco.

Datsun revealed its GO-Cross concept in Tokyo this week, as the budget carmaker looks to expand its GO line-up with an SUV-based model.

The updated DS Automobiles DS5 arrived in Australia this week, with pricing for the single D Sport model starting from $56,990.

Mitsubishi Motors President Mr Tetsuro Aikawa told TMR this week that the DNA of the outgoing Evolution model as we know it will not disappear, but there will be no direct successor to the Lancer Evolution.

Staying with Mitsubishi, and the Japanese carmaker revealed the driving range for the Outlander PHEV could soon be extended, while the rumoured Mitsubishi And Fiat Chrysler Automobiles partnership is firming.

A busy week for Hyundai, with the Korean carmaker teasing its TJIN Edition Genesis for the SEMA show, previewing the ‘petrol half’ of its new hybrid drivetrain and watching its i20 WRC world rally car collect a podium finish to set up a thrilling final round for the WRC Manufacturer’s Title.

Volvo announced a new development program which will take place in Australia, as the Swedish carmaker looks to tackle the uniquely-Australian problem of kangaroos on our roads.

Porsche announced the new Macan GTS model this week, designed to slot in between the Macan S and the Macan Turbo.

Images of the new Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class were leaked online this week ahead of its official unveiling at the LA Auto Show.



In case you missed it earlier, TMR travelled to Japan this week to drive the all-new 2016 Mitsubishi Pajero Sport in one of its natural habitats - off-road.

We found the 2015 Toyota Prius V wagon was certainly low on thirst thanks to its hybrid powertrain, but perhaps a little low on appeal as well.

Staying with the wagons, and the 2015 Hyundai i40 Tourer Premium Series II proved to be well equipped for its $44K ask, impressively roomy, decently refined and very economical.

We found the 2016 Peugeot 208 to be a massive improvement, with a great new 1.2 turbo automatic powertrain and some attractive new price-tags.

BMW packs plenty of luxury features into its 2015 535i Exclusive M Sport, with a comfortable and spacious package that adds just the right amount of subtle visual menace. Check out our review.

As mentioned earlier, TMR’s Japan trip included a preview drive of the 2016 Honda NSX supercar - a car which needs no further introduction.

Staying with Honda, and we also took to the wheel of the cutely cool 2016 S660 roadster, only to come away wishing it was available in Australia.

We found the 2015 Hyundai Accent SR is a small hatch that’s repositioned, repriced, and ready to rumble at $16,990 plus on-roads - $2000 less than last year.

DS Automobiles’ 2015 DS5 D Sport is the intriguing luxury alternative, as DS steps out of the shadow of Citroen and moves its ‘5’ model upmarket in this latest update.

We found Hyundai’s 2015 i30 Active X feels a lot less ‘fleet special’ than the base i30 Active - worthy of the name with the just the right amount of X factor.

The Fiat Abarth 695 BiPosto is stupidly expensive, ridiculously small, and absolutely bonkers to drive - and we think you should buy one.

Finally, it was a clash of the titans this week in our Small Hatch Showdown, with the Toyota Corolla ZR taking on the Mazda 3 SP25. Check it out to see who came out on top.

And that’s… the week that was.

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