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The Week That Was: Ford Australia To Shut Factories, New Audi A3 Arrives Photo:

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Trevor Collett | May, 25 2013 | 1 Comment

The Australian automotive industry was rocked by news this week that Ford will cease production here at the end of 2016.

And while both models will be refreshed with style and feature updates in 2014, Ford Australia's unique Falcon and Territory models will soon be relegated to the history books.

We were all expecting it, declining sales had scripted the inevitability; but that didn’t make it any easier to hear. Ford Australia CEO, Bob Graziano, did at least commit to further investment in local product development facilities.

On the brighter side of news this week, the 2013 Audi A3 range is now on sale in Australia, bringing a 5-Star ANCAP safety rating and sharpened pricing.

A generous list of standard equipment, including leather trim and a twin-clutch automatic transmission, makes the A3 pretty good value. (See our launch review here.)

There was also plenty of BMW 5 Series news this week, with the unveiling of the 2014 M5 and confirmation that the regular updated 5 Series will hit the Australian market later this year.

Last week it was Gran Turismo 6 but this week we learnt that Forza Motorsport 5 for Xbox One will cause plenty of angst for teens with insufficient pocket money.

The Alfa Romeo Giulietta hatch scored a price drop, falling to $25,000 drive-away, thanks to the addition of the new entry-level models.

From the Mitsubishi G4 concept comes the Attrage sedan, and it could be on sale in Australia before the end of the year. But it may be called Mirage Sedan here, because that’s basically what it is.

Toyota found itself back on top of the auto pile in the annual BrandZ Most Valuable Global Brands study this week, keeping BMW at bay for the second year running.

And finally, check out TMR’s review of the Mercedes-Benz C 250 Sport Coupe, priced from $78,550 plus on-road costs.

And that’s…. the week that was.

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