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The Week That Was: Coroner Clears Volkswagen, Subaru WRX, XR8 Returning Photo:
 
 
Trevor Collett | Nov, 17 2013 | 0 Comments

Victorian Coroner Heather Spooner’s report into the death of 32 year-old Melbourne woman, Melissa Ryan, in 2011 was released this week.

The inquest found Ms Ryan’s Volkswagen Golf did not contribute to the collision that caused her death.

Volkswagen responded to the report, expressing its condolences to the Ryan family.


Subaru released a teaser image for its new WRX performance car this week, with the car expected to debut at next week’s LA Auto Show.

The teaser image was promptly followed by several leaked images in Japan exposing the entire car.

Further fuelling talk on the new model was a report that detailed performance figures for the 2014 Subaru WRX and WRX STI also appeared online.

Some good and bad news for Ford fans this week, with confirmation that Ford Performance Vehicles (FPV) will be retired at the end of next year.

The 12-month farewell party is expected to deliver a number of limited-edition celebration models that may become highly collectable in the future.

As part of a promised upgrade to the Falcon next year, the XR8 badge will return to fly the V8 performance flag for the ‘Blue Oval’.


In other news, Holden’s new Barina RS warm hatch arrived this week, with the 1.4 litre turbocharged manual priced from $20,990.


Nissan took the knife to its 370Z Coupe and Roadster prices, with a minimum price-cut of $10,960 and drive-away pricing for the 370Z Coupe manual until December 31.


Subaru released details of its new Legacy concept, giving us a glimpse at the future Liberty when it appears at the LA Auto Show.


Toyota Australia revealed it was considering the Hilux-based Fortuner as a replacement for the long-departed 4Runner SUV.


The LA Auto Show kicks off next week, with several new models expected to appear. Check out our 'What To Watch For' guide.


Lexus pulled the covers off its 2014 CT 200h this week, ahead of the face-lifted hybrid hatch’s Australian debut.


Images of a new compact SUV for Honda surfaced this week, thanks to a leak from the European patent office.


Mazda has updated its popular CX-5 SUV for 2014, with handling improvements, additional standard features and a new safety pack.


Hyundai's updated ix35 Series II SUV arrived in Australia this week, bringing a handful of tweaks while keeping its $26,990 starting price.


 

REVIEWS

It was hard to miss the 2013 Fiat Ducato MWB Mid Roof Automatic in the TMR garages this week, with the large van offering a sizable cargo area and an excellent cabin.


We drove the 2013 Lexus ES 350 Sports Luxury this week, impressed by its luxurious, spacious cabin and eerily quiet performance on-road.


At last, the 2014 Hyundai ix35 Series II has a suspension package that does the rest of the car justice. Check out our review.


Finally, any smug smiles were wiped off our faces as we drove the fun handling 2014 Holden Barina RS warm hatch this week, albeit during a torrential downpour.

And that’s… the week that was.

 
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