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Trevor Collett | Oct, 05 2014 | 1 Comment

Suzuki dished up a triple-treat of SUVs this week, including news of the updated-for-2015 Grand Vitara with an introductory drive-away price tag.

The ‘Grand’ will soon be joined in Australia by a new little Vitara, and Suzuki outlined specs for the new model with its unveiling at the Paris Motor Show.

Finally, the legions of fans for the Jimny Sierra will be delighted to learn that the little 4WD is back in Suzuki showrooms and now comes equipped with electronic stability control.

The VFACTS new-car sales for September were released this week, with news that the Mazda3 has topped the charts for the first time since February.

After six months of Toyota Corolla dominance, the 3 has closed the gap for overall sales in 2014 to just 23 units - with three surveys remaining.

Further down the list, the Hyundai ix35 become the first small SUV to crack the top-ten in 2014; indicative of a strong month for the segment.

It was a very busy week for Kia, with the unveiling of its 2015 Rio light car and Optima T Hybrid Diesel.

Kia then boosted the appeal of its Pro_Cee’d GT in the local market, answering the call for many potential buyers by adding satellite navigation to the features list.

The Korean carmaker also set a new benchmark for new-car warranties in Australia, announcing a new seven-year, unlimited kilometre program.

In other news, the ‘black label’ utes are coming thick and fast it seems, with the Volkswagen Amarok Dark Label and the Toyota HiLux Black joining the Holden Colorado Black Edition from last week.

Mitsubishi’s sub-light Mirage hatch picked up a handful of new features for 2015, and the entry-level ES model is now $1500 cheaper.

The 2015 Honda CR-V was unveiled at the Paris Motor Show, with the updated SUV due to arrive in Australia in the coming months.

The Lamborghini Asterion LPI 910-4 hybrid supercar emerged this week, with its 5.2 litre V10 and a trio of electric motors packing a combined 679kW punch.

Skoda pulled the covers from its 2015 Fabia wagon, revealing a longer, wider and lower new model that’s also 55kg lighter than its predecessor.

BMW’s M4 Convertible is now on sale in Australia just ahead of summer, with prices for the open-topped performer starting at $178,430 plus on-roads.

Specifications for the 2015 Land Rover Discovery Sport in the Australian market were revealed, including one petrol and two diesel engine options along with six-speed manual and nine-speed automatic transmissions.

Ford’s born-again Falcon XR8 now has a price tag, with Ford revealing the V8 sedan will start from $52,490 plus on-roads.

Holden revealed that the incoming Astra, Cascada and Insignia models from Opel could be joined by plenty of others, with more than one third of its future line-up to be Opel-sourced.

Citroen revealed its new stand-alone DS brand will see its range double by 2020, with six new models to be introduced over five years.



We followed up our Peugeot 508 drive in Spain last week with a drive of the 2014 Peugeot 308 in France. We found the small hatch and wagon offered a sublime chassis and a beautiful interior - a stellar car worthy of attention when it arrives here.

The 2014 Infiniti Q50 is now available in Australia with a 2.0 litre turbocharged engine, and we drove the GT, S and S Premium variants this week. Check out our review.

Finally, we found the 2014 BMW X4 xDrive30d xLine Automatic offered tidy handling in a surprisingly practical package, with enough torque to pull a train.

And that’s… the week that was.

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