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Trevor Collett | Apr, 19 2013 | 0 Comments
  • 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.

It has already claimed the World Car of the Year title and been awarded a 5-Star ANCAP safety rating (the petrol models, at least).

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.

Pictures of the Mercedes-Benz GLA SUV concept car appeared online this week, ahead of its Shanghai Auto Show debut. Watch for this one to take on BMW's X1 and the Range Rover Evoque.

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.

 
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