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The Week That Was: BMW M3 And M4, Ford Focus, Skoda Superb Photo:
 
 
Trevor Collett | Jul, 06 2014 | 0 Comments

BMW’s new M3 and M4 performers are now available in Australia, powered by a twin-turbo 3.0 litre inline six-cylinder engine.

The ‘six’ replaces the outgoing 4.0 litre V8, lifting power and torque to 317kW and 550Nm while aiding a 0-100km/h time of 4.1 seconds.

Pricing is up for both, with the M3 kicking off at $156,900 and the M4 entering at $166,900 - compared to the $157,000 launch price of the now retired M3 Coupe.


Ford has updated its Focus small car range in Australia for 2014, adding a host of new standard features while retaining the current pricing structure.

Emergency Assistance is now standard across the range, while some models pick up rear parking sensors, dual-zone climate control, a Power Start button and the ‘Convenience Pack’.

Pricing still kicks off at $20,290 for the Ambiente 1.6 litre petrol hatch with five-speed manual, plus on-road costs.

Skoda’s updated Superb sedan and wagon have finally arrived in Australia, bringing a simplified model range, improved fuel economy and new styling for 2014.

Engine options consist of one petrol and one diesel engine, matched to either a six-speed (diesel) or seven-speed (petrol) DSG automatic transmission.

The Superb gets a new interior and new colour options both inside and out, but pricing for the 2014 model has yet to be revealed.


In other news, Kia added a new mid-range variant to its 2014 Cerato line-up this week, in the form of the $24,590 S Premium hatch and sedan.


Subaru announced a new capped-price servicing scheme for Australia, covering all new models and all services for the life of the car.


The VFACTS new-car sales figures for June were released, showing strong commercial ute sales in Australia during a month where no SUVs made the top-ten.


Mitsubishi’s sub-light Mirage hatch range in Australia has now been joined by the Mirage sedan, with prices starting from $14,490 plus on-roads.


Motorcyclists in New South Wales can now legally ‘lane filter’ from this week. If you’re not sure what lane filtering is all about, check out our report.


Mazda confirmed its all-new MX-5 is scheduled for a September unveiling, with a new teaser video offering the slightest hint of a new turbocharged power plant.


The Federal Government’s LPG incentive scheme ended this week, after 317,547 grants totalling around $594 million over the life of the program.


Volkswagen’s 2015 Passat sedan was revealed this week, with the all-new model set to replace the B6/B7 models that first appeared in 2005.


The new Audi A3 Cabriolet is now on sale in Australia, with the $47,300 starting price marking a saving of nearly $5000 over the outgoing model.


The Lada Niva has received an update for its 37th birthday ahead of a Moscow Auto Show unveiling, with revised exterior styling and new standard features.

 

REVIEWS

Among the TMR Garage tenants this week was the 2014 Volvo XC60 Drive-E T5 Luxury. We found the Swedish SUV to be a quality offering with a clever interior and good performance, although not quite as efficient as advertised.


In case you missed it earlier, the 2014 BMW M3 and M4 have arrived on the scene and we put both new Bimmers to the test on the road and the track. Check out our review.


We drove the 2014 Audi A3 Cabriolet this week, finding the sexily-styled, crisp-handling German drop-top offered a typical Audi quality feel; priced from $47,300 plus on-roads.


Finally, the 2014 Peugeot RCZ-R small sports coupe has a playful chassis, a gutsy engine and individual styling – great fun on a winding road.


And that’s… the week that was.

 
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