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Trevor Collett | Sep, 20 2015 | 1 Comment

Volkswagen unveiled its long-awaited second generation Tiguan SUV this week at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

Described by Volkswagen as a “revolution instead of evolution” the new Tiguan adopts a crisp new style in place of the softer forms that defined the original.

Built atop the modular MQB platform of the Volkswagen group, the new Tiguan’s body is 50kg lighter than its predecessor and 60mm longer at 4486mm. Wheelbase and width have also grown, while height has dropped.

Honda revealed its all-new Civic sedan in North-American guise this week, announcing that its staple small sedan will be available for the first time with a turbocharged engine, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and a suite of active electronic safety aids.

Measuring some 50mm wider, 25mm lower and with a 30mm longer wheelbase than the current model, the new Civic features a shorter front overhang, more interior space and a larger boot.

The front seat hip point has been dropped by roughly 25mm to improve headroom and impart a sportier feel to the driving position, while an acoustically-insulated windscreen, triple-sealed door apertures and more sound dampening materials reduce cabin noise.

This week’s news was naturally dominated by the new models and concepts coming out of the Frankfurt Motor Show.

From Nissan’s Gripz concept to the new Suzuki Baleno, Frankfurt delivered a preview for the future as only Frankfurt can.

To see all the news, check out our Frankfurt tag page.

In other news, Renault’s 2016 Megane is now out in the open and the French carmaker revealed specs and features for its new model this week.

Suzuki Australia declared it would love to add a 4WD pickup to its local line-up, but the carmaker can’t see a suitable model from the available options on the horizon.

Infiniti’s premium compact Q30 made its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show, becoming the first Infiniti model to be built in Europe.

Porsche unveiled its all-electric Mission E concept at Frankfurt, following months of speculation that the German carmaker has Tesla’s Model S in its sights.

An NRMA study found Sydney’s back street ‘rat runs’ are not only slower than the major motorways, they’re less fuel efficient as well.

Volkswagen was accused of installing software into its new diesel models in the US with a special ‘defeat device’ designed to trick official emissions testers.

Jaguar’s first-ever crossover, the F-Pace, made its official debut at Frankfurt with the British carmaker detailing a 280kW supercharged V6 flagship for the range.

Audi pulled the covers from its Q6 E-Tron Quattro concept at the Frankfurt Motor Show, boasting an all-electric drivetrain with up to 370kW and an ultra-low 0.25 drag coefficient.

Fiat announced the Punto light hatch has been dropped from its local line-up, following the of decision to cut the Panda model just six weeks earlier.

General Motors reached a US$900 million (AU$1.25 billion) settlement with the US Government and civil plaintiffs over claims the company neglected to act on safety issues with ignition switches in some of its US-market models.



We drove the 2015 Peugeot 308 Allure Auto this week, finding it to be a ‘left-field’ surprise for its capability and appeal.

Volkswagen’s 2015 Polo GTI Manual proved to be a hot hatch in a white bread wrapper, offering a sizable dose of micro-performance for under $30,000.

The 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander XLS 4WD is ripe for family duties, with sharp styling and under-the-skin improvements over its predecessor that you can feel. Check out our review.

Finally, we found the 2015 Toyota Corolla ZR CVT Hatch offers a range of incremental improvements to go with its fresh face, and a price cut to sharpen its value.

And that’s… the week that was.

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