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Volvo unveiled the Coupe Concept this week, matching sleek style with the company's new 298kW petrol-electric hybrid system.

Watch this space, because Volvo tells us that the Coupe Concept is a sign of things to come - and the first of three new concepts. (The new XC90 SUV is likely to be the next one.)

Peugeot was also in concept mode this week, unveiling its new 308 R hot hatch. We can expect a 1.6 litre engine developing 199kW and 330Nm and a six-speed manual transmission.

The French carmaker isn’t talking production yet, but we think the 308 R should be more than a match for the Volkswagen Golf GTi and Ford’s Focus ST.

Sticking with Peugeot, the updated 5008, 3008 and new 208 Hybrid FE are all set to appear at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

The refreshed 5008 and 3008 models are due to hit Australia before the middle of next year.

In other news, the Kia Niro concept was unveiled this week, evolving the Korean carmaker's styling language and promising an “innovative new powertrain”.

Infiniti revealed its new Q30 small car concept ahead of a Frankfurt Motor Show debut next month.

The 2014 Ford Fiesta range is due in showrooms soon, priced from $15,825. The much anticipated Fiesta ST starts at $25,990.

Volvo’s V40 Cross Country went on sale this week, reviving the Cross Country badge in Australia and offering all-wheel-drive with the petrol-powered T5.

The Proton Suprima hatch will join the brand's Australian line-up soon, sitting alongside the Preve sedan in the small car segment.

Subaru’s new WRX isn’t far away, with the cult performance car expected to appear at the Los Angeles Auto Show; in sedan form only.

There were rumours this week of the possible demise of the Toyota FJ Cruiser, with reports out of the US suggesting 2014 could be its final year.



It was another busy week in the TMR garages, with some hotly anticipated models arriving on the local scene.

We drove the new BMW Z4 sDrive20i, 28i and 35is; a range starting at $80k and each the modern embodiment of the sports roadster.

Ford’s new Fiesta ST offered up a fun factor off the scale, with its beautiful 1.6 litre turbo-charged engine.

We declared the Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG to be the best hot-hatch in the world, bar none. Check out our review to see why this car is so special.

A welcome return of the Cross Country name plate for Volvo, with the V40 Cross Country T5 AWD we drove this week. We found it happy on tarmac or gravel.

We also put the Hyundai i30 Tourer Elite Diesel under TMR's addled eye. It offers plenty of space, style, practicality and ride comfort, and is priced from $31,390.

Volkswagen’s Golf 103TSI Highline DSG also graced the TMR garages this week; VW would seem to have a monopoly on beautiful interiors - and this one also comes at a nice price.

And finally, “big” is how we would describe the Mercedes-Benz GL 500 BlueEfficiency; big engine, big car, but a big thirst for fuel too.

And that’s... the week that was.

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