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Trevor Collett | Mar, 15 2015 | 0 Comments

Toyota’s popular 86 sports coupe has been given a key update for the 2015 model year, while also benefiting from savings passed on through Australia’s new free-trade agreement with Japan.

For the new model year, the entry-level 86 GT now packs a reversing camera and touchscreen display as standard equipment.

A full-size spare is also now a no-cost option with the GT manual, as an alternative to the tyre-repair kit that was previously standard.

Nissan announced this week that its updated 2015 Juke, unveiled around this time last year, will make its Australian appearance in late March.

The refreshed 2015 Juke range picks up a handful of subtle styling tweaks, new features and a small new turbo engine. Nissan has also dropped the mid-spec ST-S models from the line-up for 2015.

These updates make the Juke a more expensive prospect for buyers, however, with the price of entry rising from $21,990 to $23,490 before on-road costs.

Holden fans were asked to come up with a name for the local carmaker’s latest special edition Commodore, and this week we learnt that ‘Lightning’ was the winner.

Available in SV6 Ute and Sedan form, with manual and auto transmissions, the new specials kick off from $37,490 plus on-roads.

Enhancements for the Lightning models include 20-inch forged alloys, along with a gloss black finish to the grille frame and fender vents.

In other news, pricing and features for the new MINI Cooper John Cooper Works were revealed, ahead of an Australian arrival in the third quarter of this year.

Tesla Australia announced a new guaranteed buyback scheme for its Model S, available to lease customers between months 36 and 37.

Audi’s updated A6 and S6 models for 2015 are now on sale in Australia, with new front and rear styling, new engines and more standard features.

Mercedes-Benz Australia confirmed a $295,000 starting price for its hero AMG GT coupe, with the order books opening this week.

Sticking with Mercedes, and the German carmaker announced the wagonised version of Mercedes-Benz’s CLA sedan, the ‘Shooting Brake’, will hit Australian showrooms in July with a $52,400 starting price.

It was a busy week for NSW Premier Mike Baird, announcing plans to bid for a future Formula 1 race in Sydney and the potential scrapping of plastic licence cards.

The 2016 Holden Barina Spark was teased this week, with GM releasing a single image of the new model ahead of the New York Auto Show.

The updated Morgan Aero 8 was unveiled in Geneva, as the carmaker confirmed the new model will be coming to Australia next year.

The BBC announced Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson had been sinbinned due to a “fracas”, with later reports suggesting the broadcaster has canned the remaining episodes of the show’s 22nd season.

The Borgward brand was relaunched in Geneva after a 50-year hiatus, with the born-again carmaker announcing big plans for the future.



In the TMR Garages this week was the 2015 Mazda6 Atenza diesel sedan, and we found the updated midsizer offers a new-found refinement and slick auto transmission, along with swift and silky on-road manners.

We found the 2015 Lexus RC 350 F Sport offered a potent V6, agile handling and eye-searing looks at a bargain price among premium coupes.

The 2015 BMW X6 M Sport offers exceptional performance, a pearler V8 engine and a surprising degree of practicality; priced from $151,600 plus on-roads. Check out our review.

Finally, we found the 2015 Renault Megane RS 275 Trophy Limited Edition possesses prodigious ability to get power to the road and exceptional handling in a genuine driving enthusiast's car.

And that’s… the week that was.

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