A growing international desire for premium four-door compact cars and a Kiwi fervour for petite performance rockets leaves Audi confident about the local prospects for the latest additions to the A3 line.
At around the same time as regular Drivesouth contributor Richard Bosselman was sampling the ultra-efficient three-cylinder 1.0-litre version of the Ford Fiesta in Thailand, I was enjoying time behind the wheel of a sporty version of the same car here in Otago.
No-one at Holden Australia was prepared to admit that a swath of big changes for the Colorado family - one-tonne ute and seven-seater wagon - are a reaction to the 2012 originals being found wanting when measured against a ''certain other''.
Sales are booming in the SUV segment this year, but with an array of highly capable models to choose from, new arrivals must be good to get a look in. David Thomson sees how the latest Ford Kuga shapes up.
If the Kia Sorento Premium Diesel that featured in Drivesouth a few months back held appeal, but was a little big and a little costly to fit your bill, then the flagship diesel variant of the company's smaller Sportage could just be the answer.
Does this car look in some way familiar? That's right, a white Kia Rio adorned with green wavy lines on its flanks and prominent ISG lettering at the base of the rear doors featured in Drivesouth late last year.