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On the same day the Holden VF Commodore launched, it was announced that the Ford FG Falcon would be the nameplate’s last generation, ceasing to exist when the Australian factory closes in October 2016.
In this final decades-old showdown, new Commodore takes on the still-excellent Falcon in an epic cross-country 1000km blast. We measure up the large locals for size, assessing each car’s performance, economy, driving dynamics, refinement, ride quality and level of technology and interior ambience, before arriving at a verdict.
We also review the Holden VF Commodore Evoke and find that the new base model is far from a basic proposition. In fact, it’s now a very appealing entry-level model.
At the other end of the VF range, we provide the full run-down on the HSV Gen-F models, including the supercharged V8 GTS monster.
Our massive eight-car small hatch comparison test makes its magazine debut, with the new Volkswagen Golf taking on the Toyota Corolla, Mazda 3, Ford Focus, Holden Cruze, Honda Civic, Hyundai i30 and Opel Astra.
Turning the wick up on small hatchbacks, a hot hatch duel also features between the defending champion Renault Megane RS265 and the newly launched Opel Astra OPC.
Speaking of hot hatches, we drive the Peugeot 208 GTi, which is soon to arrive on local shores, then stay in France for a steer of the Renault Captur sub-compact SUV.
We then head to the States to drive the production version of the Nissan’s V8 Supercar, the Nissan Altima, which is set to arrive locally next month.
Turning the wick up to an actual V8 (and a supercharged V6), we head back to Europe to drive the Jaguar F-Type, before adding a couple of extra cylinders and harnessing up in an Aston Martin Rapide S.
Full local road tests of the Audi SQ5, Ford Kuga and Kia Cerato also feature.
With a full range of news, including spy shots of the new Mazda 3 and Subaru WRX, a how-it-works feature on variable valve timing, and a launch calendar of future model debuts, the June issue is packed with content.
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