The Week That Was: Ford Everest, Rolls-Royce Ghost, Fiat Doblo Photo:

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Trevor Collett | Nov, 16 2014 | 0 Comments

Ford’s new Everest off-roader was unveiled this week, ahead of its Australian debut in 2015.

Both rear- and four-wheel-drive will be available in the new model, with Ford keen to emphasise the Everest’s credentials as a ‘proper’ off-roader.

Three four-cylinder engines (one petrol, two diesel) will be available in various markets, although Ford is yet to confirm local specifications and pricing.

Rolls-Royce raised some eyebrows with its Ghost Series II in Australia, priced $90,000 less than the outgoing model.

The updated Ghost is now priced from $519,000 plus-on roads, with an estimated drive-away price of $545,000.

Customers will have more ways to personalise their ride with the updated model including new leather and wood-grain finishes, along with additional alloy wheel options.

Fiat’s Doblo small van has arrived in Australia, priced from $22,000 plus-on roads.

The Doblo is available from launch with a choice of four engines - including three diesel-powered options and one petrol - matched with manual and automatic transmissions.

The smaller diesel engine, coming in two power grades, and the petrol unit will be available to short-wheelbase Doblo customers, while a larger 2.0 litre diesel will power the long-wheelbase Doblo Maxi.

In other news, Toyota Australia announced it will launch its own one-make racing series in 2016, with participants racing Toyota 86s.

Staying with Toyota, the local carmaker invited global boss Akio Toyoda over this week to complete the final leg of its mega 20,000km Australian testing program.

The 2015 Honda Legend was revealed ahead of a Japan launch in January, but the luxury sedan is not expected to arrive in Australia.

ANCAP announced it will merge its crash safety standards with Euro NCAP by 2018, with a crossover period of three years to begin in 2015.

In further ANCAP news, Suzuki Australia believes its Alto replacement in the Celerio city car will likely better its 3-star Euro NCAP safety rating when the new model faces local crash testing.

Audi’s A1 and A1 Sportback have been face-lifted for 2015, with new three-cylinder petrol and diesel engines available from next year.

Italian design group Lazzarini imaged a new version of the Alfa Romeo 4C, powered by Ferrari’s 4.5 litre V8 engine from the 458.

Jeep told us to expect a ‘true off-roader’’ in its Renegade compact SUV, with the new model set to arrive in Australia late next year.

Brisbane-based Tritium announced the establishment of a new EV fast-charging network, covering a 430km corridor in Queensland’s South East.

Volkswagen revealed its new 2.0 litre TDI turbo-diesel engine in Germany, to be matched with a new ten-speed DSG automatic in future VW models.



TMR drove the 2015 BMW i3 EV this week, impressed with its cabin design and driveability with a price-point only slightly above the Holden Volt.

We found the 2015 Audi S8 performer offered sophisticated presentation, blistering acceleration and 'sound', wrapped in timeless style.

The 2015 Mazda2 Genki Automatic offers a super-frugal engine, nimble handling and lots of added value; priced from $21,990 plus on-roads.

Finally, we found the 2015 Nissan 370Z NISMO to be the best Z-car yet, and we eagerly await its Australian debut.

And that’s… the week that was.

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