The Week That Was: Alfa Romeo Giulia, Ford Ranger, Holden’s Future Photo:
Trevor Collett | Jun, 28 2015 | 0 Comments

Alfa Romeo unveiled its new Giulia sedan this week, showcasing the sedan in its top-shelf Quadrifoglio Verde form at a special event in Milan.

As revealed in a pair of leaked spy shots, the new Giulia boasts muscular proportions, matched to understated styling and that bold Alfa red finish. Yes, this is a traditional Italian sports sedan.

The carmaker announced the Giulia will be heading to Australia, but exact timing is still to be confirmed.

Ford Australia has handed down final pricing for its refreshed Ranger line-up, due here in September.

When it lands, just one month before the new HiLux, the PX MkII range will kick off at $27,390 plus on-road costs.

That marks a $3000 increase over the current cost of entry into the outgoing range, while stepping into the most affordable up-spec XLT brings a $2450 increase over the cheapest XLT in the current line-up.

Three fresh Holden products will be introduced in a seamless transition to replace the Commodore in 2017.

The three - an SUV, a sedan and a large dual-cab ute - form part of plans by Holden to regain the Number One sales position in Australia.

The move also reflects Holden’s new approach to the Australian market and a confirmation that the company’s long-standing large-car tenet is dead.

In other news, Hyundai’s new Santa Fe flagship model, the sports-tuned SR, is now on sale in Australia.

Sticking with Hyundai, the carmaker has given its i30 Tourer wagon an update for 2015, introducing the Series II to the Australian market with new features and mechanical improvements.

LDV expanded its range of commercial vans in Australia, with the addition of the 165kW/330Nm G10 to its local line-up.

Citroen slapped a ‘Finale’ badge and a $59,990 drive-away price tag on the large C5 sedan as it prepares to call it a day on the powerful 2.2 litre diesel model.

The NSW Government announced record spending and a forecast of surpluses spanning four years, as the Treasurer handed down a bumper state budget for infrastructure.

MINI’s new Clubman was officially unveiled ahead of the Frankfurt Motor Show, with the new model set to arrive in Australia in the fourth quarter of 2015.

BMW Australia’s new 2 Series Convertible line now has its range-topper, with the M235i hero landing this week.

GM’s new 2016 Cruze was revealed this week, but it is yet unclear when or even if we will see a Holden badge on the new sedan.

The Suzuki Celerio is Australia’s cheapest new car to buy and run, according to the RACV and RACQ, with running costs dipping below $100 per week.

The Aston Martin DB9 GT was revealed at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, packing a 402kW punch from its 5.9 litre V12 petrol engine - and it’s coming to Australia.



We hit the road in the 2015 Bentley Continental GTC V8 S Convertible this week, impressed with its fabulous powertrain and sound, excellent ride and sumptuous quality.

Finally, we took the 2015 Holden Insignia VRX for a spin in New Zealand.

Rather than enjoy the countryside at a leisurely pace, we hit the frozen skidpan for some sideways snow action - check it out.

And that’s… the week that was.

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