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Trevor Collett | Nov, 30 2015 | 0 Comments

Peugeot’s 308 GTi hot hatch is set to arrive in Australia is two variants, with pre-orders kicking off from December.

A cloud of speculation surrounded the 308 GTi’s price point in the lead-up to its launch, but the range will start from $44,990.

That price is for the 184kW 308 GTi 250, while the more powerful 200kW 308 GTi 270 starts from $49,990.

Lexus’ pioneering RX SUV has now entered its fourth generation, growing in size and price, but picking up a raft of high-tech features along the way.

The new RX gains a repowered entry model, the RX 200t which shares its 2.0-litre turbo four-cylinder petrol engine with the NX small SUV, and takes the place of the previous naturally-aspirated RX 270.

The range also features a V6-powered RX 350, and V6-hybrid RX 450h. Grades include Luxury across the range, and F-sport and Sports Luxury variants available on RX 350 and RX 450h.

Sydney was the first Australian city to see the new Rolls-Royce Dawn during a launch last week, and this week it was Melbourne’s turn to sample the new luxury drophead.

For Melbourne customers, the local arrival is accompanied by news that Zagame Automotive Group will be the new point of contact through its facility in Richmond.

And those thinking about becoming Rolls-Royce Dawn customers? You’ll need at least $749,000 plus on-road costs to get into one, and that’s before any of the option boxes have been ticked.

In other news, now that both the Fiat 124 and Mazda MX-5 roadsters are out in the open, we asked the question: “what’s the difference?”.

Volkswagen’s dieselgate emissions scandal rolled on, with news that the 3.0 litre V6 engine is again in the spotlight, and the carmaker outlining its fix for the 1.6 and 2.0 litre EA189 engines.

Tesla cut the ribbon at its latest Supercharging site in Gundagai, NSW, declaring the Sydney to Melbourne corridor complete in the process. The EV-maker also recalled its Model S this week due to a potential seatbelt problem.

Citroen’s Berlingo work van has been updated for 2016, bringing extra safety and infotainment technology for just the barest of price-rises over the outgoing model.

Love the convenience of online shopping, but hate the hassle of having goods delivered to your door? Volvo created a solution this week for its European customers with a new delivery-to-car service.

Bugatti’s teased its Veyron successor, believed to be called the Chiron, in a sketch displayed to potential buyers at various, targeted overseas events.

Honda announced its CR-V SUV Series II is now available in a Limited Edition model, bringing a range of extras for a $1700 premium over the standard VTi model.

Also doing the Limited Edition thing this week was Alfa Romeo, who announced it was reviving the Sprint name for a special version of its Giulietta model.

TMR’s spy photographers managed to catch the first look at the updated Colorado 7 this week, as the SUV underwent testing in Melbourne.

The imminent arrival of Ford’s Mustang pony-car in Australia prompted Victoria’s VicRoads Custom Plates to release a new Mustang range.



We drove the 2016 MINI Clubman Cooper and Cooper S this week, declaring the compact wagons to be every bit the driver’s cars.

Ford’s 2016 Mondeo Titanium 2.0DT Wagon proved to be big, fast and smooth as silk, priced from $49,340 plus on-roads.

Nissan’s full range of NP300 Navara pickups is now available in Australia, and we drove the 2016 Single Cab, King Cab and Dual Cab models this week.

Renault’s 2015 Trafic long-wheelbase van proved to us that vans can work smarter rather than harder, offering a comfy cabin that doubles as a mobile office.

We found the 2016 Hyundai i40 Active Tourer 2.0 Litre Petrol Automatic Series II was no firecracker, but instead offered a lesson in style.

The clock is ticking if you’re after an Australian-made 21st-century muscle car for a bargain price, and we found the 2015 HSV Clubsport R8 LSA makes a compelling reason to take the plunge (before it’s too late).

In case you missed it earlier, the 2016 Lexus RX range is now on sale in Australia and we drove the RX 200t and RX 350 this week.

Kia’s 2016 Rio SLi might be showing its age, but the light car still offers a handsome, roomy and reliable package in its twilight years with an outstanding warranty.

We found the 2015 Nissan Pulsar SSS sedan good, but not quite ‘there’ as a performance model - although its $26,990 plus on-roads price-tag is hard to beat.

Audi’s 2015 A7 3.0 TDI Biturbo Quattro Tiptronic proved it can walk the walk, and with its 650Nm, also talk the torque.

We re-established why the 2016 BMW 520d secures a staggering 42 percent of all 5 Series sales, with its combination of handsome exterior styling, a lush and massive cabin, plus winning driveability.

Ford’s 2016 Ranger XLT 4x4 Dual Cab Auto is a Ford family car disguised as a 4X4 ute, with its higher-than-some price-tag bringing a comprehensive suite of safety features.

Finally, the question ‘who needs diesel?’ raised its head as we drove a camouflaged prototype of Mazda’s all-new CX-9 SUV in the US ahead of its Australian launch next year. Check out our review.

And that’s… the week that was.

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