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The Week That Was: Ford And Holden's Local Future, Kia Cerato Photo:
 
 
Trevor Collett | Aug, 16 2013 | 0 Comments

With the local futures of Ford and Holden on the line, it was fitting that both carmakers made moves to address the issue this week, starting with Ford…

Ford’s Go Further event in Sydney saw the unveiling of its new Ranger-based Everest 4WD wagon. The local carmaker also confirmed the 2014 Falcon update would proceed, despite the 2016 plant shutdowns, and that the Mustang will also hit local showrooms.

“We are committing to Australia being one of our product development centres of excellence,” Ford Global CEO Alan Mulally said during the event. Find out what else he had to say.


The Ford news doesn’t end there, with the blue oval confirming details for its 2014 Mondeo hatch and wagon in Australia. Ford’s new 2014 Transit van is on the way too, available in both “Cargo” and “Custom” variants.

And all of these new models are set to get Ford’s AppLink system, confirmed for Australia in 2014.


On the other side of the fence, Holden was busy launching its new small SUV: the Trax. We declared it a surprisingly likable package after our first drive, with a spacious and quiet cabin.

Meanwhile in South Australia, workers at Holden’s Elizabeth plant agreed to a wage freeze to help ensure that local production continues.

In other news, Kia’s new Cerato landed on local soil this week; the Korean carmaker also confirmed the Koup Turbo is headed our way as well.


The BMW M4 surfaced in concept form, but we’re convinced it’s the real deal. If you’re feeling nostalgic about the last M3 Coupe, read about our farewell drive.


We sampled the new Mazda3 sedan “in the metal” this week, and liked what we saw. It has big shoes to fill if it's going to replicate the success of the ageing current model.


Meanwhile, in Europe the new Mercedes-Benz GLA compact SUV had its covers lifted; it will be arriving in Australia in the second half of next year.


Check out the teaser-sketches of Audi’s latest Quattro concept, expected to slot in just below the R8 in the German carmaker's line-up.


TMR learnt via an 'informed source' that Mitsubishi’s Outlander will pick up a number of key upgrades for the Australian market next month.


Details of the upcoming Lexus RC coupe surfaced online this week, outlining the mechanical packages of the 'regular' model and the top-shelf RC F hero.


Plenty of eyebrows were raised as reports that Saab could be back in business in some form by the end of the year emerged out of Sweden this week.


Honda’s new Civic Type-R was spied testing at the Nurburgring this week, wearing a new front bumper and new body panels.


Elon Musk of Tesla fame outlined details for his new Hyperloop project this week, promising space-age transport via a tube system.


The Pacific Highway was again voted the worst in the NRMA’s annual Seeing Red On Roads survey, with the New England, Princes and Olympic highways also copping criticism.


 

REVIEWS

It was a busy week in and out of the office here at TMR, with plenty of new cars for us to tell you about.

We declared the 2013 BMW 320i Touring M Sport to be a proper sporting wagon, priced from $62,600 plus on-roads.


In case you missed it earlier, check out our 2013 Holden Trax launch review. It’s small, tall and a decent drive.


We drove Citroen’s new DS3 Cabrio in both DSport and DStyle variants this week, priced from $30,990 plus on-roads.


The 2013 Mazda6 Touring Diesel sedan proved to be frugal, smooth and quiet, with plenty of interior space.


And finally, the 2013 Audi A3 Attraction 1.6 TDI Automatic was worthy of the four-ring badge, with a premium feel and beautiful interior.

And that’s… the week that was.

 
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