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Trevor Collett | Dec, 14 2015 | 0 Comments

Toyota’s busy 2015 isn’t quite over yet, with an updated RAV4 squeezing in before the end of the year, joining updated versions of the Camry, Corolla hatch, Prius C, Prius V, Aurion, HiAce, Prado, LandCruiser 200 and an all-new Hilux.

For 2016, Toyota’s medium SUV features a restyled front and rear, with new LED-intensive light-clusters, new alloy wheel designs and improved driver assistance technologies.

Despite the changes, Toyota has been able to hold the price of petrol automatic variants, and in some cases reduce them slightly, manual versions go up by $500 while diesel versions, now equipped with a particulate filter, rise between $1000 and $2000.

Jaguar Australia announced pricing for its first-ever crossover model, confirming that the Jaguar F-Pace range in Australia will start at $74,340 for the entry-spec F-Pace 20d Prestige and top out at $120,700 for the flagship 280kW supercharged F-Pace First Edition.

That broad price-bracket puts the F-Pace up against rivals like the Porsche Macan and Audi Q5, with BMW's X3/X4 duo and Mercedes-Benz's GLC also providing competition at the lower end of the range.

Besides the limited-run First Edition models, four model grades will be offered with the choice of two petrol and two diesel engines. Twelve variants will be offered in total, though deliveries aren't expected to begin until midway through 2016.

Mercedes-Benz has announced pricing and specs for its updated 2016 flagship SUV range in Australia, including a new name.

The switch to ‘GL’ models will soon be complete for local Benz dealers, as they welcome the 2016 GLS to replace the current model which descended from the ‘original’ GL.

The GLS, which was revealed last month, joins the GLC, GLE and compact GLA in Mercedes’ SUV range.

In other news, and staying with Mercedes-Benz, the German carmaker locked in pricing and specifications this week for its updated A-Class range ahead of the arrival of 2016 models early next year.

Toyota unveiled a new ‘racing’ version of its S-FR concept ahead of its debut at the 2016 Tokyo Auto Salon.

Leaked pricing information for the smallest member of the BMW M family, the 2016 BMW M2, pointed to a starting price below $90,000 for Australia.

Ford’s 2016 Mustang has only just arrived in Australia, but the lead-in time between its announcement and arrival has seen prices increase. The carmaker is also auctioning one its new pony cars for charity.

Audi demonstrated some key technologies set to appear in its all-new A4 midsizer when the model arrives in Australia in March.

Hyundai confirmed that Ioniq will be the nameplate to take it into battle against Toyota’s hybrid poster-child, the Prius, with a choice of three electric powertrains.

Staying with Hyundai, a month after announcing the impending roll-out of six new models under its newly-minted Genesis luxury sub-brand the carmaker unveiled its new Genesis G90.

Porsche announced this week that its Mission E concept, unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show, will be heading down the production line.

BMW Australia announced that it will throw its hat back into the ring of domestic motorsport, but rather than aim for glory in the V8 Supercars series the German marque has set its sights on the Australian GT Championship.

Ford Australia’s 930 hectare You Yangs Proving Ground had its 50th birthday this week, with Ford marking the occasion by putting its newest arrival (Mustang) on show and around the track.



The 2016 Subaru Impreza 2.0i-S may be getting on in years, but we found the small hatch is still good buying priced from $27,400 plus on-roads.

BMW’s 2016 X1 xDrive20d offers a big car feeling in a compact SUV body, is user friendly for daily use and has a large and versatile interior.

We found Mitsubishi ‘got it right’ with the 2016 Mitsubishi Pajero Sport, which offers a rugged yet refined off-roading alternative to ‘soft-roader’ SUVs.

Holden’s 2015 Cascada drop-top may be more about show than go, but we found it’s a fashionable cruiser that looks good with the top up or down, and which is quite an enjoyable drive.

As part of Ford’s 50th birthday celebrations for the You Yangs Proving Ground, we took the 2016 Ford Mustang 2.3T EcoBoost Fastback for a quick blat - check out our review.

We found the 2016 BMW 330i Sport Line offers a beautiful on-road feel and for the sporting soul that lurks beneath, the 330i maintains its place at the top of the segment.

The refreshed 2016 Lexus LX 570 SUV brings true off-road luxe to the segment for $140,500 plus on-road costs, but that 270kW/530Nm 5.7-litre V8 petrol engine can get a little thirsty.

Finally, Holden’s 2016 Cruze Equipe 1.8 Automatic is no flash Harry but it does offer honest value-for-money motoring with affordable servicing, decent cabin space, muted road noise and pleasing dynamics thrown in for good measure.

And that’s… the week that was.

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