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Subaru’s 2015 Impreza range, which picked up a subtle styling update late last year, is now on sale in Australia.

For the new model year, Subaru has cut prices on a number of models, with the new savings joining an earlier $500 brought about by the new Free Trade Agreement with Japan.

The mid-spec 2.0i-L has been renamed ‘2.0i Premium’, with key features including leather trim interior and steering wheel, reverse camera, fog lights, and new 16-inch alloy wheels.

Though the future of local manufacturing is bleak for Holden, Ford and Toyota, one carmaker remains committed to making things in Australia: Nissan.

At a presentation to the media at the company’s casting plant in Victoria this week, Peter Jones, Managing Director of Nissan Casting Australia, said that Nissan’s local manufacturing operation has been “quietly flourishing”.

The carmaker also outlined challenges it has faced in the passenger car market, which has not matched the SUV or commercial segments for Nissan over the past few years.

The new Mazda2 sedan, revealed in November, will make its way to Australia later this year.

Not seen in Australia since early 2011 after local sourcing of the previous Mazda2 briefly switched to Thailand in 2010, a move back to the Kingdom for this new generation has opened the door for a sedan return.

But, while the previous sedan managed little more than 10 percent of overall Mazda2 sales during its short stint, the brand’s local arm believes this new model can do much better.

In other news, McLaren launched its new entry-level model in the new 540C at the Shanghai Auto Show.

Australian supercar hopeful Joss announced an end to a proposed business deal that would have finally seen its JP1 model built - but Joss isn’t giving up.

Citroen announced its C3 light car will be withdrawn from the Australian market, owing to uncompetitive pricing.

Holden confirmed the new Volt range-extended EV will not replace the current model in Australia, and all but one of the current Volt stocks have been sold.

Staying with Holden, the carmaker unveiled a new special edition ‘X’ model for its light Barina hatch range, bringing $2500 in extra features for a $1250 premium.

Chinese carmaker (and offshoot of Great Wall) Haval announced its first models, the H2 and H9 SUVs, will arrive in Australia in June.

James May revealed he has no intention of fronting a reborn Top Gear without Jeremy Clarkson, as the BBC plans to finally air remaining episodes from Season 22.

The concepts and new models came thick and fast at the 2015 Shanghai Auto Show - check out our Shanghai tag page for all the coverage.

Western Australia’s RAC announced a new ‘Electric Highway’ for the state’s south-west, incorporating 12 EV fast chargers between Perth and Augusta.

Toyota’s new HiLux pickup was revealed again, this time slipping through the net in the form of a glossy new marketing photo.



The 2015 Subaru Outback 3.6 R Premium was in the TMR Garages this week, and we were impressed with its car-like on-road characteristics and spacious, high-quality interior.

We compared the 2015 Mazda CX-3 Akari AWD Petrol and Diesel models to answer the question - ‘which is for you?’

We found Nissan’s 2015 Juke SUV offers a sweet new 1.2 litre turbocharged engine, a long feature list and an element of young fun; priced from $23,790 plus on-roads.

Audi’s 2015 TT Quattro S-tronic Sport is the TT that ‘mans up’, with a beautiful interior, rorty engine and AWD grip. Check out our review.

Finally, Nissan’s updated 2015 Micra is still cheap, still cheerful, and has a lot to offer those looking for a capable light city-hatch.

And that’s… the week that was.

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