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The Week That Was: Audi A4 & A6 Allroad, Renault Trafic, Holden Insignia Photo:
 
 
Trevor Collett | May, 10 2015 | 0 Comments

Audi’s 2015 A4 Allroad arrived in Australia this week, on sale now as a stand-alone variant and priced from $70,500 plus on-roads.

The A4’s larger sibling in the A6 Allroad also arrived in local showrooms, bringing a generous price cut, more equipment and sharpened styling.

It’s scheduled to be a big year for the Volkswagen Group’s all-wheel-drive models, with the new Skoda Octavia Scout already launching in Australia and news that the Golf Alltrack will follow later in the year.


Renault’s all-new Trafic load-hauler is now on sale in Australia, priced from $33,490 plus on-road costs.

For 2015, the Trafic is available in two lengths with the choice of two diesel engines, but with only one height and one transmission on offer.

The dCi 90 is the entry-level powerplant, producing 66kW and 260Nm from its 1.6 litre, four-cylinder turbocharged layout, while the more powerful dCi 140 is good for 103kW/340Nm.


Holden’s next rebadged Opel the Insignia VXR is set to arrive next month, and the local carmaker this week revealed what we can expect.

The midsized model returns as an all-wheel-drive twin-turbocharged sports sedan, priced from $51,990 plus on-roads.

For that amount, Holden is throwing in ‘everything’ - including autonomous emergency braking - with metallic paint being the only option.


In other news, Subaru’s updated XV line-up followed the Impreza range with reduced pricing and new features across the range.


Peugeot announced its European Car Of The Year Award-winning 308 range now has a new $21,990 drive-away starting price in Australia.


Australia’s new car sales figures for April were released, showing SUVs in all categories are on a roll while passenger cars are perhaps falling from favour.


Jaguar outlined details of its new XE sedan for the Australian market, ahead of an expected arrival in August.


Renault announced that its Fluence sedan range will exit the Australian market, following a grand total of 1434 sales since its local launch in 2010.


Holden’s SV6 and SS Commodore variants are now available in Storm special edition guise again, priced at $500 above the regular ute, sedan and Sportwagon models.


Honda announced it will drop the diesel-powered Civic hatch from its Australian line-up, with the model accounting for just three percent of sales.


Updates for BMW’s 3 Series and M3 performer were announced this week, ahead of an Australian arrival (for the 3 Series at least) later in the year.


Ethan Automotive forged ahead with its intention to become Australia’s next local carmaker, by announcing the appointment of its first Chief Operating Officer.


The 2015 Mercedes-Maybach S600 now has a price for the Australian market - all yours for $449,000 plus on-road costs.

 

REVIEWS

As the compact SUV segment continues to grow in Australia, we subjected the Mazda CX-3, Honda HR-V and Renault Captur to our Compact SUV Showdown. Check it out.


In case you missed it earlier, the 2015 Audi A4 and A6 Allroads have arrived in Australia and we drove both new models in the Top End this week.


We found Renault’s all-new 2015 Trafic offers a practical cabin, strong twin-turbo engine and surprisingly agility, priced from $33,490 plus on-roads.


Finally, we drove Ford’s updated 2015 Focus ST, impressed with its fabulous grip, hot-hatch performance, on-road comfort and superb seats.


And that’s… the week that was.

 
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