The Week That Was: August Sales Dip, Renault Clio Arrives, Frankfurt Heats Up Photo:

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Trevor Collett | Sep, 08 2013 | 0 Comments

Australian new-car sales fell 0.2 percent in August, believed to be a result of uncertainty over the federal election and Fringe Benefits Tax changes.

Still, the industry managed to find new homes for 93,336 cars, with the Mazda3 taking top spot. Toyota continued its dominance in overall sales, followed by Holden, Mazda and Hyundai.

Renault’s all-new Clio hatch arrived in Australia this week, priced from $16,790 plus on-roads.

Engine options include a 0.9 litre three-cylinder, a 1.2 litre four-cylinder and a 147kW turbocharged unit for the Clio RS - although that one isn't due here until next year.

TMR drove the full range of new Clios this week, check out our review.

It seemed inevitable and this week it became reality; Infiniti Australia has taken the knife to its pricing across the board to inspire interest among buyers.

Prices on the FX range have been cut by between $7500 and $10,000, while the M range sees cuts of between $9500 and $11,500.

Infiniti sold 37 cars in August, for a year-to-date total of just 207. The company will be hoping for a much better result this month.

In other news, the 2014 BMW X5 arrived in Australia this week, priced from $99,900 plus on-roads.

Suzuki unveiled its updated Kizashi this week, cutting the price to $29,900 drive-away for the entry-level manual.

Mazda has refreshed its Mazda2 range, as a final update before the new model arrives.

The 2014 Mitsubishi ASX arrived in Australia this week, bringing with it some modest price drops and improvements to fuel economy.

Sticking with Mitsubishi, if you thought its Mirage light hatch was cheap before, it’s even more affordable now with three CVT and two manual models receiving price cuts.



The words “concept revealed” got a workout this week, as carmakers gave us a sample of what we can expect at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Here’s a taste of what’s out there already:

Audi’s Sport Quattro Concept and the Transformer-like Lexus LF-NX SUV Concept.

Jaguar also revealed an SUV concept; the C-X17. Smart released its Fourjoy Concept, and Citroen’s Cactus Concept appeared in the Russian press this week.

And finally, Toyota gave us a taste of a desirable future direction for hybrids, with its Yaris Hybrid-R Concept.

Moving away from Frankfurt, Proton unveiled its future plans in Australia, starting with three new models before the end of this year.

Perhaps the worst kept secret in Formula One was confirmed, with news that Daniel Ricciardo will replace Mark Webber at Red Bull next year.



In case you missed it earlier, check out our Renault Clio reviews, as the new model goes on sale in Australia this week.

We found Holden’s Sportwagon SV6 LPG to offer acres of space, an excellent interior and all with the low running costs of LPG.

The 2014 Kia Cerato SLi Sedan Automatic offers up a quality interior and handsome styling, priced from $29,990 plus on-roads.

We drove the 2014 Audi A3 Sportback 1.4 TFSI with Cylinder on Demand and the 2014 Audi A3 Sportback 1.8 TFSI Quattro this week. Thumbs up for both on powertrain and performance.

And that’s… the week that was.

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