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The new-car sales ‘pre-season’ is officially over, with the arrival this week of the new Toyota Corolla Sedan.

The gloves are now off for Toyota and Mazda with the new Corolla Sedan joining the hatch to take on the new Mazda3.

Among the Corolla Sedan's new features is a ‘seven-speed’ CVT transmission, which is one of the best we’ve experienced to date. Check out our review.

Volkswagen’s new Golf Wagon also arrived in Australia this week, priced from $25,540 plus on-roads.

Engine choices include a 1.4 litre turbo-petrol or a 2.0 litre turbo-diesel unit, both matched to a DSG automatic transmission (no manual available).

Rear storage has grown 100 litres to offer a sizeable 605 litres with the rear seats upright, while ‘seats-down’ capacity has risen to 1620 litres - up from 1495 in the old model.

A big week for Audi this week, that kicked off with the new S3 Cabriolet unveiling, ahead of a local arrival later this year.

No such wait for the Audi RS 7, however, with the sports flagship available now in Australia for $238,500 plus on-roads.

The RS 7 was launched simultaneously with the RS Q3 this week, with the hot SUV becoming Audi’s first RS model priced below $100k in Australia.

In other news, Land Rover wheeled out two new option packs for its Defender 4WD, along with the limited edition 25th anniversary Discovery XXV.

The updated-for-2014 Nissan Murano arrived in Australia, with special drive-away pricing until March 31.

Mazda’s next Mazda2 was previewed in the Hazumi concept this week, with the Japanese carmaker releasing a shadowy teaser image.

Lotus’ first attempt at building a motorcycle - the limited edition C-01 - has finally emerged from under the covers. It was worth the wait.

Toyota quietly submitted an application with the US Patent And Trademark office this week, with the aim of registering the ‘Supra’ name once again.

Lexus announced this week that its new RC F Sport will debut at next month’s Geneva Motor Show.

And Volkswagen detailed its 2014 Scirocco, with a host of interior and exterior updates.

Hyundai’s next-generation i20 light hatch was spied during cold weather testing this week, giving us a decent preview of the all-new model.

The Skoda Roomster is no more in Australia, with the Czech carmaker pulling the pin for the second (and surely last) time. In better news for Skoda, a new capped-price servicing scheme is now included with all models sold in Australia.



In a case of “are the TMR garages big enough” (they are, by the way), we packed plenty of kilometres into plenty of cars this week, starting with the all-new 2014 Kia Soul.

We drove the 2014 BMW 535i Touring, with the optional M Sport kit thrown in for good measure.

We found the 2014 Honda Odyssey VTi offered remarkable interior space, improved access over its predecessor and a smart CVT.

Following our SP25 GT drive last week, we went for the other end of the scale, with the entry-level 2014 Mazda3 Neo Automatic Sedan. Check out our review.

In case you missed it earlier, Toyota’s new Corolla Sedan arrived in Australia this week, so naturally, we put it through its paces.

Want a car that can pretty much do it all? We drove a strong contender for that crown this week, in the 2014 Range Rover Sport V8 Supercharged Petrol HSE.

Finally, we had a first drive of the $238,500 plus on-roads 2014 Audi RS 7 Sportback. Check it out.

And that’s… the week that was.

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