Incoming

MARCH-APRIL 2015

Audi A3 E-tron, Audi A6 and Audi A7 facelifts; BMW i8; Citroen C4 Picasso five-seat; Kia Sorento facelift; Land Rover Discovery Sport; Mercedes-AMG C63 and CLS-Class facelift; Nissan Micra facelift; Range Rover Sport update; Skoda Octavia Scout

Nissan Micra

IT’S been an arduous wait for the fresh-faced update of Nissan’s Indian-built small-car staple, which was unveiled in September 2013 – yep, that’s no typo – at the Frankfurt motor show.

The facelifted Micra was due to arrive that same year but slow sales of the current model have blown out the fresh version’s arrival. The new look also brings a fresh interior, but there’s no word yet on the addition of a perky 72kW turbo version of the Micra’s 1.2-litre three-pot.

MAY-JUNE 2015

Audi A1 facelift; Ferrari FF M; Holden Astra GTC/VXR, Cascada and Insignia VXR; Hyundai Sonata; McLaren Sport Series; Mercedes-Benz CLA Shooting Brake; Mercedes-AMG S65; Tesla Model S P85D

Holden Astra

THE first baby step in Holden’s move from a car-maker to full-line importer is heralded by the return of Opel’s Astra line, this time wearing the lion badge. Again. Holden is initially importing the German-made Astra as the GTC coupe and hardcore VXR performance variants – a move that surely irks go-fast division HSV – as the fate of a replacement for the Adelaide-built Cruze hangs in the air. The whisper is that Holden aims to realign itself as a premium car brand once local car-making is switched off in 2017, with Astra expanding to more models beyond just the circa-$35,000 performance heroes.