The Week That Was: BMW 2 Series Revealed, Holden Boss Moving On Photo:
Trevor Collett | Oct, 26 2013 | 0 Comments

It all started with a couple of phone-cam snaps, followed by a gallery of leaked press shots. But, at last, BMW finally released details of its new 2 Series.

Main interest surrounds the top-shelf M235i, which promises 240kW and 450Nm from its 3.0 litre turbocharged six cylinder engine.

Expect to see the 2 Series arrive in local showrooms in the first half of next year. (We suspect second-quarter.)

Holden’s Colorado and Colorado 7 SUV range received some welcome updates this week, not least of which was a more powerful 2.8 litre turbo-diesel engine.

Power and torque have risen from 130kw and 470Nm to a maximum of 147kW and 500Nm respectively. The 2.4 litre engine has been dropped from the range.

There’s a new six-speed manual, a new range of accessories, plus the MyLink system has found its way into the range.

Tata is officially back in Australia, this week releasing pricing and details of its comeback model: the Xenon pickup.

The pickup starts at $22,990 drive-away for the 4x2 Single Cab Chassis model, rising to $29,990 for the 4x4 Dual Cab.

Each model in the range is powered by the same combination of a 2.2 litre turbo-diesel engine and five-speed manual transmission.

In other news, Audi’s RS 5 Cabriolet is now on sale in Australia, priced from $175,900 plus on-roads.

The Fiat Panda arrived in local showrooms this week; it's sure to win fans with its cute styling and $16.500 drive-away starting price.

Holden boss Mike Devereux will be moving on at the end of this year, taking up a new post as GM CIO (Consolidated International Operations) Vice President for Sales, Marketing and Aftersales.

Will this impact on Holden's local manufacturing operations? Time will tell...

Honda teased a new roadster with the S660 concept, set to appear at the Tokyo Motor Show next month.

Mercedes-Benz teased its 2014 C-Class in a new video, before releasing interior shots and outlining technical updates for the all-new model later in the week.

New artwork of the stylish 2014 Hyundai Genesis hit the internet this week, with a release date yet to be announced.

We also glimpsed a look at the 2014 Holden Cruze update, as the body shell unceremoniously made its way across China, tied to the back of a flat-bed truck.

Lamborghini announced it would build nine more examples of its extremely limited-edition Veneno supercar, in Roadster form.

What matters most to the new McLaren P1 is the numbers, and this week we learnt that the 673kW supercar will do 0-100km/h in 2.8 seconds.

Volvo gave us a taste of the future, unveiling new weight and space-saving body panel battery technology.

After much speculation off the back of declining sales, Subaru announced its Tribeca SUV has reached the end of the production road.



What better way to travel around Italy than in an Italian car? So here at TMR we decided to do just that, taking to the wheel of a Fiat Panda TwinAir Turbo to make the journey. Check out Day One, Day Two and Day Three of our trek.

We drove Holden’s updated Colorado ute and Colorado 7 SUV, impressed with the pair’s more powerful 2.8 litre turbo-diesel engine and performance off-road.

Nissan’s new Juke is set to divide the automotive ‘Fashion Police’ right down the middle. We put the new SUV through its paces, finding the turbo-powered models to be quite potent.

And finally, we drove the 2014 Fiat Panda Pop, Easy, Lounge and Trekking in Australia ahead of the new car's arrival in local showrooms.

And that’s… the week that was.

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