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Renault Australia revealed this week it will launch its all-new Megane five-door hatch in the third quarter of 2016 with a three-engine line-up not too dissimilar to the present-day range.

Two petrol and one diesel powertrain will continue to be available, with the entry-level Megane taking a carry-over 97kW/205Nm 1.2 litre turbo petrol TCe 130 engine. A seven-speed twin-clutch auto will be offered for that motor.

Other carryover componentry also earmarked for the new model includes the current Megane's 81kW/250Nm 1.5 litre turbo diesel, continuing to serve with a twin-clutch automatic only.

One week after details of the BMW M2's pricing and specifications were leaked online, BMW Australia has confirmed that its M2 sports coupe will be priced from $89,900 in manual "M2 Pure" form - making it the most affordable M-car in the company's history.

And unlike its predecessor the 1 Series M Coupe, the M2 will also be available in automatic form.

Equipped with a seven-speed twin-clutch auto borrowed from the M3/M4, the automatic "M2" scores more standard equipment than the M2 Pure and retails from $98,900 - $1000 less than the 1 Series M Coupe cost back in 2012.

Peugeot Australia will launch its tasty 308 GTi hot hatch in February in two trims, with a 184kW "entry level" 250-badged model and a hi-po 200kW GTi 270 flagship, but if you were hanging out for an auto-equipped option you're fresh out of luck - an automatic isn't in the pipeline just yet.

And while the 308 GTi won't be alone as a manual-only hot hatch - the Megane RS and Focus ST also go without a self-shifting option - the lack of an auto may limit sales in Australia, where automatics are the transmission of choice for many.

TMR took to the track to try out the Peugeot 308 GTI this week - see the Reviews section below for more.

In other news, Mitsubishi revealed its ageing Lancer small car will be updated for 2016 with styling revisions and new interior tech.

Just in time for summer, Alfa Romeo announced the local arrival of the roofless version of its carbon-bodied 4C sports car with a starting price of $99,000 plus on-roads.

General Motors trademarked the ‘GTS-R’ name in Australia, leading to immediate speculation that the name will adorn a final all-out performance model to farewell the locally-built Commodore.

Lotus turned up the wick on its Exige sports car with the new Sport 350 model pushing the power-to-weight ratio into new territory.

Mobile speed cameras in NSW will soon be easier to spot, with the NSW Government announcing new high-visibility paint schemes and improved signage are on the way.

Suzuki Australia announced it will add a second powertrain to its Vitara small SUV line-up in the second quarter of 2016, with a 103kW/220Nm turbocharged 1.4 petrol borrowed from the European-market Vitara S set to power a high-end variant.

Renault revealed its RS ‘recipe’ will evolve, with five-door models and automatic transmissions introduced as the ‘price of progress’.

Mercedes-AMG pulled the covers from its S 65 Cabriolet, joining the S 65 sedan and Coupe at the top of the AMG S-Class range.

Volkswagen’s commercial range in Australia received a boost this week, with the arrival of both the 2016 Caddy and the T6 Transporter, Multivan and Caravelle.

Infiniti revealed details of its updated Q50 sedan for 2016, including an all-new twin-turbocharged V6 petrol engine.



In case you missed it earlier, we drove the 2016 Peugeot 308 GTI in a track test this week at Sydney Motorsport Park, Eastern Creek - check out our review.

We went to Portugal to drive the 2016 Renault Megane GT hatch, coming away thinking the new model has what it takes to charm buyers.

Also on the menu in Portugal was the 2016 Megane DCi 130, and although the diesel/manual combination we tested won’t be coming to Australia, the interior and handling mirror what we will get.

The 2016 Mercedes-Benz V 250 Avantgarde might be pricy at $85,500 plus on-roads, but we found it to be a class act that will capably move your family (or your well-heeled hotel guests) in unbridled refinement, comfort, luxury safety and style.

We found Kia’s 2016 Kia Cerato Koup to be a zingy coupe with an unbeatable warranty, but we can’t help but miss its performance sibling in the now-deleted pro_cee’d GT.

BMW’s 2016 M5 Pure may offer a lower price tag, but we found it offers nothing less in the thrills department - all yours for $185,000 plus on-road costs.

We found the 2016 Renault Master LWB was an impressive big box, offering great driveability, refinement, cabin comfort, storage, cargo volume and payload for the price.

Finally, we put the 2016 Ford Fiesta ST up against the 2016 Volkswagen Polo GTI in our ‘Little Hot-Hatch Showdown’. Who comes out on top? Check it out…

And that’s… the week that was.

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