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Trevor Collett | Oct, 04 2015 | 0 Comments

Following an initial announcement earlier this year, Toyota’s all-new HiLux is ready to roll out of Australian showrooms.

Underpinned by an all-new, more rigid chassis, the eighth generation Hilux promises to build on the previous model’s rugged abilities, while delivering a more comfortable and quiet operating environment.

Over one million kilometres of development testing was carried out on the new models, with Toyota putting in some 650,000km in Australia alone, pinpointing how pivotal this market is.

In a presentation this week, Tesla CEO Elon Musk unveiled the new all-electric Model X SUV, with the claim it was designed to be the safest car on the road.

Tesla also showed off the Model X’s unusual Falcon doors - a roof hinged variable opening rear door that needs only 30cm of space to open and is fitted with sensors to prevent roof-strike in underground carparks.

All-wheel-drive is standard, running the same dual-motor set up as seen in the Model S sedan.

The Volkswagen ‘dieselgate’ saga remained in the headlines this week, following last week’s revelations that the carmaker was using a ‘defeat device’ in its diesel models.

Reports out of Germany suggested Volkswagen ignored warnings from Bosch that it should not use its engine management software illegally.

Later in the week, Volkswagen Australia and Audi Australia released separate statements as the company finally broke its silence over the issue for local customers.

In other news, while Tesla was busy unveiling the Model X overseas, the Australian arm was busy launching the carmaker’s new supercharging stations in Goulburn and Wodonga.

Mazda revealed its new MX-5 Global Cup racer would be priced from US$53,000 (AU$76,000) in the US, and the carmaker said it expects the model to sell out fast.

Audi’s RS 3 Sportback arrived in Australia, with the second-generation model priced from $78,900 and becoming the first RS 3 Sportback available in Australia.

BMW Australia refreshed its 2 Series two-door line-up this week, adding more standard kit and dropping the price of entry to well under the $50k mark.

A full list of pricing and the first set of specifications for the new Jaguar XF was announced before the new model goes on sale in the first quarter of 2016.

With the days numbered for the locally-built Holden Commodore and Ford Falcon, Victoria Police has taken delivery of its first Holden Cruze which will serve as a patrol car from this month.

Fiat’s upcoming 124 Spider was spotted without camouflage, ahead of its expected debut before the end of the year.

Suzuki announced it will bring three new concepts to this year’s Tokyo Motor Show, with a production-ready compact SUV and a miniature ute accompanied by a pint-sized minivan concept.

Fiat released a single teaser image for its upcoming Mitsubishi Triton-based pickup model called the Toro, ahead of a debut in Latin America early next year.

Honda detailed a production-ready hydrogen-powered vehicle dubbed the FCV ahead of the Tokyo Motor Show, following in the footsteps of the FCX Clarity which was offered to select customers in strictly limited numbers.



In case you missed it earlier, Toyota’s all-new HiLux pickup has arrived in Australia and we drove the 4WD Dual Cab models this week.

We drove the 2015 Mitsubishi ASX LS Petrol CVT 2WD, finding that while the small SUV is getting on in years, it still presents good buying.

Toyota’s 2015 Corolla Ascent CVT Hatch proved to be a small hatch ‘safe-bet’, priced from $21,790 plus on-roads.

We found the 2015 Mazda2 Maxx Sedan to be nippy and classy, fun to drive, sharply-priced and frugal at the petrol pump.

Audi’s 2016 RS 3 has a rally-bred engine, segment-topping performance and tremendous enthusiast appeal. Check out our review.

The 2015 Land Rover Defender 90 offered up a 5-star performance in the mud, but its on-road performance reminds us how good it is off-road.

Finally, we found the 2015 Skoda Fabia 81TSI DSG offered plenty of tech and plenty of poise - worth a thorough second glance if you’re shopping for a light hatch.

And that’s… the week that was.

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