CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for December 9, 2016

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Welcome to the CarAdvice.com News Desk, a regular video wrap of the latest happenings in the automotive world and Australia’s new-car market.

Keeping you in the loop, Tegan Lawson presents a weekly video from the CarAdvice Garage, with everything you need to know about the week in news and reviews.

What happened in the week ending December 9, 2016? Catch our video above, and links to the full stories below.

THE WEEK IN NEWS:

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The 2018 Holden Commodore has been revealed. Official images have been released showing what our first fully-imported Commodore will look like.

MORE: 2018 Holden Commodore revealed officially

But…

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…Just hours before the official release, the 2018 Holden Commodore liftback and wagon were snapped with barely any camouflage while shooting a promotional video.

MORE: 2018 Holden Commodore liftback and wagon revealed in photoshoot slip-up

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The 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia has touched down in Australia. It’s the first rear-wheel drive Alfa since 1992 and, in top-shelf trim, packs a twin-turbo V6.

MORE: 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia initial details revealed ahead of February launch

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The Toyota HiLux and Ford Ranger claimed the top two spots in the November sales race, followed by the Toyota Corolla.

MORE: Toyota HiLux and Ford Ranger top November sales charts ahead of Corolla

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The new Honda Civic sedan is making its mark for the Japanese brand, with strong sales since its arrival in Australia in July.

MORE: Honda Civic sedan selling up a storm, hatch and Type R waiting in the wings

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Mercedes-AMG had a big sales month in November too, up 18 per cent.

MORE: Mercedes-AMG sales at record levels, 4600 year-to-date

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The Volkswagen Tiguan was the star for VW, the medium SUV recording its highest ever monthly sales result in November.

MORE: Volkswagen Tiguan beats its sales record, pre-orders for hotted-up 162TSI soar

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Meantime, Volkswagen Group Australia will begin a voluntary recall of more than 60,000 Volkswagen and Skoda models caught up in the emissions test cheating scandal.

MORE: Volkswagen Group Australia announces voluntary recall of 61,000 vehicles for diesel software fix

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Mitsubishi has been forced to recall almost 75,000 ASX, Pajero Sport and Challenger SUVs from various model years due to a potential tailgate corrosion issue.

MORE: Mitsubishi ASX, Pajero Sport, Challenger recalled for tailgate corrosion fix, 74,900 vehicles affected

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The CEO of Mazda says the company is not working on a sports car larger than the MX-5, dashing hopes for an RX-7 successor.

MORE: Mazda not working on sports car larger than the MX-5

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The Mayors of Paris, Madrid, Athens and Mexico City have pledged to ban diesel vehicles by 2025.

MORE: Paris, Mexico City, Madrid and Athens pledge to ban diesels

PASSION – MISSION TO MOON Audi lunar quattro

Audi has teamed up with Part Time Scientist and plans to send the Audi Lunar Quattro to the moon at the end of next year.

MORE: Audi Lunar Quattro heading to the moon next year

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And Lexus has created a spectacular one-off car for a music video. The IS was covered in 41,999 LED lights for Dua Lipa’s ‘Be The One’ video.

MORE: Lexus IS covered in 41,999 responsive LEDs for music video

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