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Trevor Collett | Apr, 18 2016 | 0 Comments

The awaited Tesla Model S facelift was officially unveiled to minimal fanfare this week, with a casual reveal on the automaker’s website.

As expected the updated Model S receives only minor running changes, bringing styling and specifications into line with the Model X SUV.

Like the Model X, the Model S features a front bumper that ditches the large black applique of the previous model, with a much slimmer T-frame grille surrounding the Tesla badge.

Citroen’s now stand-alone DS brand announced this week that it is bringing its DS 4 Crossback to Australia as a limited edition model.

Based on the regular DS 4, the Crossback transforms the small hatch into a high-riding hatch/SUV composite, along the sames lines as Volvo’s V40 Cross Country.

But customers who like the sound of the recipe will need to act fast, as just 25 units have been secured for the Australian market.

Holden introduced three limited edition models: Trax Active, Colorado Storm, and Colorado 7 Trailblazer, tailored to the needs of "active buyers".

The value-added models feature appearance and practicality upgrades, with a range of style-focussed additions.

Starting with the Trax Active, Holden’s Compact SUV gains 17-inch alloy wheels, roof racks, chrome exterior door handles, a powered sunroof, and Active badging on top of the standard Trax LS.

In other news, refreshed styling wasn’t the only news for Tesla’s Model S, as a new P100D variant is about to join the range.

ANCAP released its latest safety ratings for four cars in Australia, with the Holden Spark, Jaguar XF, Skoda Superb and Kia Sportage all earning the maximum 5-Star rating.

Ford outlined the rather involved process its fans will have to tackle in order to be considered for ownership of the new GT supercar.

Staying with Ford, and the carmaker revealed its 2016 updates for the Mustang Shelby GT350 for the US market.

Audi’s RS 3 Sedan has now firmed, with news the go-fast small sedan could appear as early as this month’s Beijing Auto Show.

Mercedes-AMG is reportedly working on a juiced-up version of the AMG GT boasting, among other enhancements, a generous 50kW more power and 100Nm more torque from its 4.0 litre twin-turbo V8.

Nissan could expand its range of all-electric vehicles to include a sports car and a crossover, according to the Japanese automaker’s senior vice president Shiro Nakamura.

Hennessey's Venom GT Spyder smashed the world record for "world's fastest convertible" previously held by the megadollar Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse.

Nippon Ceramic emerged this week as one of the key companies driving the development of autonomous vehicle technologies with its ‘$1 chip’.

Infiniti began teasing its latest QX Sport Inspiration concept, ahead of the car’s official Beijing Motor Show debut.



We had a pair of pickups in the TMR Garages this week, and the first to slide under TMR's addled eye was Nissan’s 2016 Navara King Cab ST-X.

Next up, we asked ‘do you really need 4WD?’ for the worksite when you could instead consider Toyota’s 2016 HiLux Workmate Double Cab. You be the judge.

We took to the Phillip Island circuit in Victoria for a blast in Audi’s 2016 SQ 5 Plus, S8 Plus, RS 6 Avant and RS 7 Performance - check it out.

The 2016 Land Rover Discovery Sport SE Si4 has got the chops for tackling off-road driving, but we questioned the value-for-money factor when compared to some other SUV rivals.

We felt the 2016 Jaguar XF S 35t has the goods to worry Germany’s ‘big three’ - sharp at the wheel, but sumptuously comfortable and with a feel all its own.

Ford’s 2016 Mustang GT Convertible lacks nothing for passion or the open-top pony car experience, but we felt the overall execution falls short.

Nissan’s 2016 Patrol V8 Ti won’t be setting any records for lap times or fuel frugality, but accepting it for what it is will see you in spacious and luxurious surroundings while packing the immense reserves of a powerful V8 under the bonnet.

The 2016 Lexus RX 350 F Sport will have you scratching out one hundred grand by the time you get it one road, but if you’re a fan of the soft and compliant ride favoured by the North Americans, it’s worth a look.

Finally, we compared the 2016 Hyundai Elantra Elite at $26,490 (plus orc), the 2016 Mazda3 Touring from $26,790 (plus orc) and the $30,990 (plus orc) 2016 Toyota Corolla ZR - all sedans - with a simple goal: find out which is best.

And that’s… the week that was.

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