The Week That Was – Mazda MX-5 Retractable Fastback | Mitsubishi Mirage | New York Auto Show – The Motor Report

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Mazda lifted the lid on the new hard-top MX-5 Retractable Fastback this week, the successor to the previous NC-generation MX-5 Power Retractable Hard Top but with a significant stylistic twist.

Rather than being a hard-roofed version of the Mazda MX-5 soft top, the Retractable Fastback sports a unique silhouette thanks to the extended buttresses that stretch, Testarossa-like, around the boot-lid.

Roof closed, it has the profile of a conventional fastback coupe (albeit with false quarter windows). Lower it, and only the top panels are stowed. The buttresses return to their position and the MX-5 RF becomes a Targa-roofed convertible.

Mitsubishi’s Mirage has been updated for the 2016 model year, bringing refreshed styling, improved on-road dynamics and new interior tech.

Both the micro-sized hatch and light-sedan have received the makeover, which includes a new front grille with chrome accents, new front and rear bumpers, a reshaped bonnet and new wheel designs (alloys for the LS variant, wheel covers for the ES).

Two new paint finishes join the colour palate: Sunrise Orange and Wine Red.

The New York Auto Show is in full swing, bringing new models, updates and concepts from the world’s carmakers.

While it isn’t the biggest event on the calendar, models such as the MX-5 RF (see above) and the new Subaru Impreza means it’s no minnow either.

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In other news, Mercedes-Benz lifted the lid on its new GLC Coupe this week, as Benz throws it hat into the midsized four-door coupe SUV market.

The 2017 Nissan GT-R was revealed, with the annual update bringing refreshed styling, a new interior and more power.

The Toyota Prius Prime plug-in hybrid was unveiled in New York, but Toyota has already declared that the Prius PHEV won’t be coming to Australia.

Staying with Toyota, and the carmaker previewed its updated Corolla sedan this week ahead of a local arrival next year.

The first Formula 1 race of the 2016 season was run and won in Melbourne, with the Mercedes team picking up where it left off last year results-wise.

Staying with motorsport, and the Australian Motorsport Hall Of Fame was launched this week with the announcement of the first 30 inductees.

Genesis gave us the creatively-titled New York Concept in New York, previewing a likely BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class rival.

As mentioned, the all-new 2017 Subaru Impreza range took centre stage at Subaru’s New York Auto Show stand this week. Check it out.

Tesla announced that buyers keen to reserve a new Model 3 in Australia can soon lay down a $1500 deposit.

Audi’s next R8 Spyder was unveiled at the New York Auto Show ahead of a local arrival in 2017, with the big news being a 50 percent improvement to torsional rigidity over the outgoing model.


A pair of performance heroes graced the TMR Garages this week, and the first of those to face the TMR test was the 2016 Mercedes-AMG A 45.

We found that while the A 45 isn’t exactly the ideal family truckster, it’s one of the hottest of hot hatches that can be driven every day.

Next in line was the 2016 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo Final Edition. While it may not have changed much since 2008, this Final Edition model carries the torch for the Evo legend and is worthy of your attention.

We found Audi’s 2016 Q7 3.0 TDI 200kW was generously luxurious and generous proportioned, with the kind of qualities that the sumptuous and very impressive A8 limo embodies.

Finally, the 2016 BMW 320i Sport Line is a supreme compact sports sedan with a nice cabin and a responsive yet frugal drivetrain, wrapped in a chassis that offers stellar handling and sweet ride comfort. All yours for $61,900 plus on-roads.

And that’s… the week that was.

The Week That Was – Mazda MX-5 Retractable Fastback | Mitsubishi Mirage | New York Auto Show – The Motor Report