The Week That Was - RIP In 2015 Subaru And Mugen Honda Tokyo Auto Salon Photo:

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Trevor Collett | Jan, 04 2016 | 2 Comments

The local market said farewell to more than a few models during 2015 (including the Kia pro_cee'd GT, killed off, but pictured above), and this week, we took a look back over that long list of "ex-parrots".

Subaru announced this week that its stand at next month’s Tokyo Auto Salon will feature seven cars - three of which are new concepts.

All of the new concepts have been given the STI treatment, and all are based on current Subaru models.

Such models include the BRZ coupe, XV SUV, the Levorg and the WRX.

Not to be outdone by Subaru, long-time Honda tuner Mugen will once again turn its attention to the Honda range for the 2016 Tokyo Auto Salon.

Naturally, it's the sportier variants in Honda’s range that will get the Mugen treatment with the S660 Roadster scoring not one, but two enhancement packs.

The first is a little low key, featuring lightweight alloy wheels, a redesigned Mugen grille, a twin-tipped centre outlet exhaust, and red leather Mugen seats.

In other news, Saab announced it had secured a major supply deal from a Chinese company for its 9-3 EV and that four new models are on the way over the next few years.

TVR released a teaser image for a new British V8 coupe, ahead of an expected launch in 2017.

Reports out of Europe suggested Fiat is developing a new micro city car to sit below the 500, and the new project may revive the Topolino name.

Since its unveiling in 2012, BMW’s i8 Spyder has been on the radar of sports car fans and now it appears the German carmaker is finally scheduling its production.

Ford is the hot tip for the major carmaker set to partner with tech giant Google, and the partnership could see new autonomous tech fast-tracked for the Blue Oval.

Hyundai installed Lamborghini's former Director of Brand and Design, Manfred Fitzgerald, as the Senior Vice President of its nascent Genesis sub-brand.

Ford came up with a solution that may take the pain out of getting to and from the office or at least provide a bit of comic relief to commuters on the way, with its new electric unicycle that utilises a car’s rear wheel.

Honda announced its new Odyssey Hybrid people-mover is scheduled for a launch next month, but Japan is the only market that will see the new variant for now.

Word out of Europe pointed to a more aggressive electric vehicle program from Mercedes-Benz, which is reportedly planning four new models to tackle the might of Tesla.

Audi confirmed plans to "enter a new market segment" with the long-rumoured Audi Q2 compact SUV, with the smaller companion to the Audi Q3 slated to make its debut this year - most likely at the Geneva Motor Show.



Santa wouldn’t let us test drive his sleigh, so we drove the 2016 BMW 740i instead. Turns out the 740i probably trumps the sleigh in almost every area, as we declared it a new benchmark in high-end luxury.

No four-wheel-drive? No worries! That’s the impression the 2016 Ford Ranger XLT Hi-Rider left on us this week, as we put the dual-cab pickup through its paces.

We found the 2016 Volkswagen Touareg V6 TDI was pushing the value envelope at $82k, but the model mostly justifies the surcharge over other large SUVs.

While we’re resigned to the fact that the 2016 Mercedes-AMG C 63 S Estate will likely continue living in the shadow of its sedan brother, we found it more than worthy of the attention of the speed-loving and "money-having" motorists of Australia.

Finally, the 2016 Audi SQ 5 remains a great-looking performance SUV and we found it roomy, practical and comfortable with a brilliant balance of speed and economy.

And that’s… the week that was.

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