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The Week That Was: Audi S1, Ford Falcon And Territory, Infiniti Q50 Photo:
 
 
Trevor Collett | Sep, 28 2014 | 0 Comments

The 2014 Audi S1 is now on sale in Australia, with the smallest of Audi’s S performers priced from $49,990 plus on-roads.

Powered by a 2.0 litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine producing 170kW and 370Nm matched exclusively with a six-speed manual and quattro all-wheel-drive, the S1 can hit 100km/h from rest in 5.9 seconds.

Three option packs are available for those wishing to up-spec their S1, with the most expensive being the S Performance Pack at $4990.


Ford’s FG X Falcon line-up is taking shape, with Ford filling in the blanks on pricing across the range this week.

The last-ever Territory has also been tagged by the pricing gun, with the big news being price cuts across the range of between $3000 and $6500.

Falcon Ute pricing was among the figures revealed, with prices ranging from $29,390 for the entry-level model to $37,710 for the XR6 Turbo; plus on-roads.


The 2014 Infiniti Q50 line-up in Australia has been bolstered this week, with the arrival of the 2.0 litre turbocharged petrol range.

Officially on sale from October 1, the Q50 2.0T arrives with a starting price of $50,900 plus on-road costs; or $55,900 drive-away.

Globally, the Mercedes-developed 2.0 litre turbo - producing 155kW and 350Nm - replaces the now discontinued 2.5 litre V6 model that was not offered in Australia.


In other news, Renault’s powered-up Megane RS 275 landed in Australia this week, priced from $52,990 plus on-roads.


Holden released a ‘Black Edition’ pack for the 2014 crew-cab Colorado, as part of its alliance with the Deniliquin Ute Muster.


Mercedes-AMG had a busy week, unveiling the C 63 before immediately announcing a limited ‘Edition 1’ version.


The Toyota Yaris has received an update for 2015 including a stiffer body and retuned suspension, but the three-door model is no longer available.


Ferrari unveiled its most powerful Spider model ever, in the form of the 445kW/540Nm 458 Speciale A.


Subaru revealed its updated-for-2015 Impreza hatch and sedan this week, with revised front styling and additional interior features now standard in overseas markets.


Fiat’s 2015 Doblo small van was revealed, with an Australian debut confirmed for December or January.


Volkswagen unveiled its Golf Alltrack small wagon this week, destined to join the Passat Alltrack in Australian showrooms in the first half of next year.


David Brabham revealed a push to return the Brabham team name to world motorsport, using a unique ‘crowd funding’ method offering a new level of involvement for fans.


Following updates announced for the petrol range last week, Ford’s Kuga diesel range will be more powerful and less thirsty from January next year.

 

REVIEWS

One of the parking spaces in the TMR Garages was filled by the 2014 BMW X3 xDrive20d this week. We found the X3 to be a crisp handler with a roomy interior, and one of the best midsize luxury SUVs around.


We found the 2014 Honda Jazz VTi-L CVT Automatic offered a brilliant functional interior and an easy-to-drive nature, but the overall package is perhaps a little pricey.


In case you missed it earlier, the 2014 Audi S1 is now on sale in Australia and we put the new arrival through its paces around the streets of Hobart and Baskerville raceway. Check out our review.


Finally, a car that wasn’t in the TMR Garages this week, as TMR travelled to Spain to drive the 2015 Peugeot 508.

We found the stylish facelift fell into the "it should have always looked this way" category, and puts the 508 back on large sedan and wagon buyer’s shopping lists.


And that’s… the week that was.

 
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