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The Week That Was: Chrysler 300, Tesla Next Billion Event, Kia Rio Photo:
 
 
Trevor Collett | Jul, 27 2015 | 0 Comments

Chrysler's 300 large sedan range has been revamped with a new front and rear look, improved interior trims, tweaked equipment levels, an electric power-steering system and improved suspension components.

The range has been rationalised too. The diesel has been cut from the 300 lineup, and in the absence of the 300 SRT (it arrives late in 2015) the 300 is now exclusively powered by a 3.6 litre petrol V6.

And there are fewer grades to choose from: Chrysler has boiled the selection of models down from six to just two - the 300C and 300C Luxury.


The curtain came down on Tesla’s ‘The Next Billion’ events in Sydney and Melbourne this week, which saw a weekend of test drives, information and more for potential owners and EV devotees.

As Tesla celebrates one billion miles (1.6 billion kilometres) travelled in its Roadster and Model S variants, the carmaker has begun work on doubling that tally - hence the name of the event.

TMR was there, and we quizzed the carmaker on what Australian customers can expect over the next 12 months.


Kia Australia has rounded out its Rio light hatch lineup with two new models, adding the three-door Rio Sport and the five-door Rio SLi to the range.

The Sport and SLi complement the existing S, S Premium and Si variants that have been the mainstay of the 2015 Rio lineup until now, and both sit at the top end of the range with retail prices over $21k.

The Rio Sport is the more affordable of the pair, wearing a sticker price of $21,490 before on-roads and available exclusively as a three-door auto-equipped model.


In other news, Subaru Australia announced the introduction of a limited edition NR4 specification WRX STI which is FIA homologated and specifically developed for motorsport use.


Fiat dressed its 500c cabriolet city car up in a leather ensemble and added a picnic basket to the rear, all in the name of raising funds for charity.


Volkswagen Australia announced it will debut the scorching-hot Golf R Wagon as a $58,990 Wolfsburg special edition, with the order book now open and deliveries set to commence in September.


Mercedes-Benz’s new Vito commercial van and Valente people-mover have now arrived in Australia, with prices starting from $37,140 plus on-roads.


Australia’s Quickstep Holdings won supply contracts in Germany following a demonstration roof for an Audi A1 using a new carbon-fibre construction technique.


Volvo announced it will bring a self-driven XC90 to Australia later this year for a first-ever test of the technology on Australian roads.


A critical weakness in Jeep's Uconnect infotainment system was exposed overseas, allowing hackers to gain remote control of a Cherokee by exploiting the car's internet connection, but Australian cars are not affected.


McLaren announced it will begin deliveries of its 570S and 540C in Australia from early 2016, with prices starting from $350,000 plus on-roads for the 540C.


Mercedes-AMG teased its new C 63 Coupe performer in a video this week, ahead of an official unveiling at the Frankfurt Motor Show.


There’s a growing list of recalls concerning Takata airbags with the program now in full swing. Also, models from Holden, Suzuki, Mercedes-Benz, Hummer and more have been recalled.

 

REVIEWS

We drove the 2015 Subaru Forester 2.0D-S Automatic this week, declaring it the pick of the Forester Diesel bunch with its good handling and economy, reasonably spacious, and decent off road performance.


In case you missed it earlier, Chrysler’s 2015 300 range is now on sale in Australia and we drove the new models this week. Check out our review.


Infiniti’s new-to-Australia 2015 QX80 SUV arrived this week, and we drove the big, confronting, lumpy-looking but luxurious and comfortable 4WD in Tasmania.


Finally, we found the 2015 Honda Civic VTi-LN offered good handling, a healthy level of standard equipment and utility beyond compare, but is perhaps overpriced compared to its own sibling in the VTi-L.


And that’s… the week that was.

 
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