- Launches: Diesel Civic and Dualis, new Kuga SUV and new Golf Hatch
- New Subaru WRX spied testing
- Volvo announces Australia-bound S60 Polestar
- Volkswagen teases next Tiguan
- Australian International Motor Show needs a reno'
- Massive airbag recall announced
- Ford and GM partnering on transmissions
What a week.
One of the most anticipated new cars of the year - the Mk VII VW Golf - has finally hit Australia, on sale and in showrooms from April 27.
Priced from just $21,490 it is hard to see the new Golf being anything other than a continuing success in the Australian market. As always, time will tell.
The promised new Ford Kuga also made its debut this week on local soil. Starting at $27,990 the Kuga will also wave off - finally - the ageing Escape.
Ford Australia has made a lot of noise over its new model, and for good reason. The new Kuga is an important model for the brand, tackling a hot-selling SUV market.
A pair of new diesel models also hit Australia this week: one a Honda, the other a Nissan.
Honda's new Civic Hatch DTi-S is the company's first-ever diesel in Australia, finally answering the head-shaker's call of “how about a diesel”.
The diesel Civic starts at $26,990. Expect a diesel Honda CR-V later in the year.
Nissan also introduced a new 1.6 litre diesel version of its popular Dualis SUV, available from May. It's got some healthy numbers nestled under the bonnet which will certainly please buyers looking for a bit more urge.
What else is going on?
Spy pictures of the new Subaru WRX STI surfaced this week. No doubt fans of the Subaru hot-box will be looking for something special this time round.
Speaking of hi-po newcomers; a new Polestar-enhanced, limited edition version of the Volvo S60 will go on sale in Australia from June. It's boasting some monster torque figures under that slippery snout.
Volkswagen gave us a hint of its 2015 Tiguan via the CrossBlue Coupe concept.
The future of the Australian International Motor Show in Melbourne may hinge on the expansion of the Melbourne Exhibition Centre.
A massive global recall hit the headlines, affecting 3.4 million vehicles courtesy of potential airbag problems. All affected cars are at least ten years-old, others up to 14... hmmm, some of these cars will by now be worth less than a new airbag (now there's an irony).
Finally, in a move destined to hurt T-shirt sales everywhere, Ford and GM confirmed a partnership to produce new 9 and 10 speed automatic transmissions.
That was the week that was.