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Trevor Collett | Jun, 15 2015 | 1 Comment

Toyota’s refreshed Corolla hatch is now on sale in Australia, arriving this week with new looks, new technologies, new model levels, improved fuel figures and revised pricing.

The entire range has been given a styling makeover, gaining re-sculpted headlights, a new face with a wing-like chrome grille garnish and a restyled bumper, and updated tail lamps at the rear.

Depending on the model, there is also new LED lighting at both ends, including dual-LED headlights on the range-topping ZR model.

The first model in Jaguar Land Rover’s new Special Vehicle Operations line, the Range Rover Sport SVR, is now on sale in Australia.

Buyers looking to step up to the hero SUV will be greeted by 405kW of power and a $218,500 price tag, plus on-roads.

By comparison, sliding into a 386kW AMG ML 63 will lighten your wallet by $182,900 before on-roads, while the less premium and less powerful 344kW Grand Cherokee SRT can be had from a mere $77,000.

BMW Australia has rounded out its updated 6 Series range this week, with the launch of the refreshed M6 trio.

Available in $292,600 Coupe, $299,600 Gran Coupe and $308,600 Convertible form, the revised M6 range brings a small price rise, but there’s been a handy upgrade thrown into the equation for 2015.

For the new model year, all three Australian-delivered M6 models will be equipped with the Competition Pack as standard, boosting power and adding a handful of performance extras.

In other news, Skoda announced its new Fabia will feature standard autonomous emergency braking when it arrives in Australia later this year.

Ford detailed line-up and features for its 2016 Ranger pickup ahead of the new model’s local arrival, including ‘ten features not found in a HiLux’.

Mazda joined the growing list of Takata airbag recalls in Australia, issuing a recall for around 80,000 cars.

Renault used this week’s 24 Hours of Le Mans event to unveil the second concept for its reborn Alpine brand, called the Celebration.

News ahead of the 2015 Le Mans 24-Hour also included confirmation from Ford that the all-new GT will race in the event next year.

Speaking of Ford, a trademark application revealed this week that the Sprint badge may return to the Falcon range as a special edition ahead of the model’s retirement in 2016.

Peugeot added a new styling pack to the bottom end of its revised 308 hatch range, dubbed ‘Ligne S’, with a price premium of $2300.

Mazda promised a treat for rotary fans at this year’s Goodwood Festival, as the carmaker announced a selection of its favourite racing cars will be on display.

Fiat confirmed a ‘new’ 500 model will be unveiled in July, but reports overseas suggest we’ll see an update to the current model instead.

A preview of the final Top Gear to feature Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May revealed an extended episode that brings the unused footage from Season 22 together.



We drove the 2015 Audi Q3 this week, impressed by its dynamic handling and a package just right for the modern urban family.

BMW’s updated 2015 1 Series arrived in Australia this week, and we drove the 118i, 120i, 125i and M135i variants. Check out our review.

We found the 2015 Citroen DS3 DSport offered style, fun, a perky engine, and all the charm of a MINI without the retro baggage.

Finally, we found the 2015 Mercedes-Benz CLA Shooting Brake was practical and pretty in the one package, while the AMG version is a winner.

And that’s… the week that was.

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