TMR kicked off 2014 with a look back at 2013, starting with Australia’s major new passenger car launches.
We also had a look at the major new performance and lifestyle cars of 2013, along with our readers’ top-ten reviews for last year.
Finally, we had a detailed look at the big new models for 2014. It’s going to be a big year.
The week began with disturbing news about seven-time Formula 1 world champion, Michael Schumacher.
After learning the F1 ace had been involved in a skiing accident, the news quickly turned for the worse, with confirmation Schumacher was in a "life-threatening" condition in an induced coma.
As we prepared to celebrate the New Year, Schumacher’s condition remained “critical” before his long-time manager, Sabine Kehm, announced no further updates would be provided until his condition had changed significantly; for better or worse.
Renault joined the autonomous club this week, when the French carmaker revealed its new Advanced Urban Mobility Platform (AUMP) self-parking car.
Rather than go ‘all-out’ with a fully-autonomous car, Renault’s Fluence Z.E.-based prototype only offers autonomous valet parking, with the driver in control at all other times.
No word from Renault on when its new technology may become available to the public, but offering it in ‘bite-size’ pieces to begin with – such as autonomous parking only - could prove to be a good move.
In other news, Audi announced it will invest around $34 billion in new technology and new models before the end of 2018.
Fiat secured the final 41.46 percent stake in Chrysler at a cost of US$3.65 billion to complete its takeover bid.
BMW and Toyota reportedly confirmed plans for a new sports car platform, sharing existing systems and the development of new technologies for future models.
US performance tuners Hennessey released a video demonstrating a new electronic tolling device… oh, and its new Chevrolet SS (Holden Commodore) creation hitting 260km/h.
Kia teased its new GT4 Stinger ahead of the concept’s appearance at the Detroit Auto Show. Could this be a new Genesis Coupe platform mate, bound for production?
Volkswagen teased its new Gran Turismo Vision concept, possibly previewing the next Scirocco.
Infiniti revealed its new Q50 Eau Rouge performance special, with current F1 champion Sebastian Vettel assisting with development.
Ford revealed a new solar-powered version of its C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid, ahead of the concept’s appearance at the Consumer Electronics Show.
Just before the new year, Tony drove the 2013 Mercedes-Benz CLA 200 and found Benz’s most affordable sedan has plenty of panache, and is great fun to drive.
At $461,315 drive-away, we found the 2013 Bentley Flying Spur is the quintessential British car for those who’ve really ‘made it’.
Our 2013 Volkswagen Golf GTI DSG Auto Review found the newest version of the iconic hot-hatch is a tough act to beat.
Finally, the 2014 Hyundai Elantra Series 2 offers a new locally-tuned suspension and steering along with a revised interior, priced from $20,990 plus on-roads.
And that’s… the week that was.