The Week That Was: AMG GLA45, Volkswagen R-Line, Range Rover Sport Photo:

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Trevor Collett | Oct, 26 2014 | 0 Comments

The 2015 Mercedes-AMG GLA 45 arrived in local showrooms this week, with the compact SUV performer priced from $79,900 plus on-roads.

The GLA joins the A 45 and CLA 45 in the local small AMG line-up, completing something of an ‘A trifecta’ for the German carmaker.

Power comes from a 2.0 litre four-cylinder turbocharged engine producing 265kW and 450Nm, sending drive to all four wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic.

Volkswagen’s Tiguan has received an update for 2015, priced from $28,990 for the entry-level 118TSI manual.

The Scirocco R also gets an update for 2015, with the model’s continuation coming largely off the back of feedback from buyers and dealers.

In a busy week for Volkswagen, the German carmaker also added the Tiguan and Golf Wagon to its R-Line range in Australia.

The Range Rover Sport will offer $7000 in extra value in 2015, thanks to new standard features for the Australian market.

Upgrades include 14/14 way powered seats, front parking aid and Auto Dimming Exterior Mirrors along with automatic xenon headlamps with LED signature, high-beam assist and power-wash.

A new TDV6 S model sees the Sport dip below the $100,000 price-barrier in 2015, now starting from $92,600 plus on-roads.

In other news, Honda confirmed its Accord Euro will not live beyond 2015, with no replacement currently on the cards.

Holden added a ‘summer’ option pack to its Barina light car range called ‘Trio’, which adds front foglights, the MyLink system and a sunroof for $1000.

Hyundai’s Genesis will soon carry the honour of being Australia’s safest new car, having achieved the highest overall score in ANCAP’s 21-year history.

Skoda updated its still-new Octavia range in Australia this week, adding a reversing camera as standard equipment to mid- and top-spec models.

Nissan continued the recent theme of ‘Black Edition’ models, adding the Midnight Edition to its Juke SUV range.

Heard a lot about capped-price servicing but not sure what it all means, or which carmakers offer it? Check out TMR’s feature guide.

Production of Ford’s FG X Falcon and SZ MkII Territory began this week, with both models due to hit showrooms on December 1.

Australia will soon have yet more choices in the SUV market, with Great Wall-owned Haval set to launch its H8 model locally by December.

The 2015 Mercedes-Benz S 63 AMG for Australia and New Zealand was unveiled at Motorclassica this week, along with a rare 1957 SL 220 prototype.

Lotus announced its Exige S will soon be available with an automatic transmission in overseas markets, with the self-shifter also under consideration for Australia.



TMR took to the wheel of the 2014 Audi S3 Cabriolet this week, impressed by its grip, torque and handling, along with its luxurious interior.

In case you missed it earlier, Volkswagen’s 2015 Tiguan is now on sale in Australia. We drove the 118TSI, 130TDI and 132TSI variants this week, along with the new 155TSI R-Line model.

We put Volkswagen's 2015 Scirroco R to the test. Besides a racy interior, it offers enormous fun on the road thanks to a cracking chassis and superb handling. Check out our review.

Finally, the Renault Twizzy is clean, green and smart and offers fantastic EV fun, plus a roof and seatbelts (unlike a scooter). You would think it's a monty for city commuters, but, thanks to some regulatory short-sightedness, we can’t have it in Australia (yet).

And that’s… the week that was.

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