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We may have known it was coming, but that didn’t make it any easier to hear…

Holden has announced its intentions to cease manufacturing in Australia, with 2017 being the carmaker’s final year on home soil.

So with Ford and now Holden pulling the pin, what can we make of the productivity commission’s report into the local automotive industry? Check out the response of TMR Managing Editor Tim O’Brien.


With Holden out, the focus now turns to Toyota, which is destined to become the sole-remaining local carmaker.

But Toyota Australia has sounded its own alarm bells, saying that a new workplace agreement and “urgent changes” were necessary to remain viable.

This week, the Federal Court struck a blow to Toyota’s plans for the immediate future, ruling that the carmaker had breached the Fair Work Australia Act with its new workplace agreement.

While Holden was announcing that the end of its local manufacturing is nigh, GM was making changes of a different kind at HQ.

Mary Barra will not only become GM’s first woman CEO in 2014, but also the first woman to sit at the head of the table for any major global carmaker.

Current CEO, Dan Akerson, has announced plans for an early retirement in 2014, with news that his wife is suffering from an advanced stage of cancer.

In other news, features and specifications for the new BMW M3 and M4 performance twins were finally made official, with BMW confirming a turbocharged six-cylinder engine.


The 2014 Audi S3 Sportback arrived in Australia this week, with the 206kW hotbox carrying the appealing price of $59,990 plus on-roads.


Sticking with hot hatches, Renault’s new Clio RS 200 also arrived in Australia this week and is set to stir up the Polo GTI, Ford Fiesta ST and Peugeot 208 GTI market, priced from $28,790 plus on-roads.


Volvo gave us a preview of its future SUV styling, unveiling the XC Coupe Concept this week.


Lexus released a teaser image of its RC F Coupe, ahead of the new model’s appearance at the Detroit Auto Show.


Australian Chris Atkinson officially stepped-up from test driver to competition driver, signing with Hyundai for the 2014 World Rally Championship.


Queensland is set to undertake its first major speed limit review since 1997, with higher speed limits being considered for some of the state’s major roads.


Hyundai will reveal its Intrado SUV concept at next year's Geneva Motor Show, which previews new construction technologies and an evolved new look.


 

REVIEWS

It was a ‘Proton-athon’ in the TMR garages this week, as we drove the 2013 Preve sedan and Suprima S hatch along with the sharply-priced 2013 Exora people-mover.


We also drove the 2014 Renault Clio RS 200, which brings a 147kW 1.6 litre turbocharged engine to the table, along with an $8000 price-cut over the outgoing model.


Finally, 2014 Audi S3 Sportback arrived bringing exceptional interior quality, a broad torque band and a surprise on the sticker price: we think it's good value for money. Check out our review.

And that’s… the week that was.

 
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