The Week That Was: Ford Mondeo, Tesla Model S, Hyundai i30 Series II Photo:
Trevor Collett | Apr, 12 2015 | 0 Comments

Ford’s new 2015 Mondeo made its local debut this week with the Australian motoring media, ahead of a mid-May showroom launch.

Priced from $32,790 for the entry level Ambiente hatch and ranging up to $49,340 for the top-spec Titanium wagon, the new Mondeo is aimed right at Toyota’s segment-leading Camry ($30,490) and the popular Mazda6 ($32,540).

Two versions of Ford’s 2.0 litre EcoBoost turbocharged petrol engine will be offered with the new Mondeo, along with a 2.0 litre turbo diesel.

The order books for Tesla’s Model S 70D in Australia are open now, with prices starting from $102,400 plus on-road costs.

The 70D replaces the previous entry-level in the Model S 60, and brings AWD, more power and improved range with its higher price tag.

Tesla notched up 10,030 sales worldwide for the first quarter of 2015, with company CEO Elon Musk saying Australian sales were “surprisingly good”.

Hyundai’s i30 hatch is now available as a Series II model in Australia, with prices starting from $20,990 plus on-roads.

During April, the i30ii can be had from $19,990 drive-away as a launch special, which buys the entry-level Active model with a petrol engine and manual transmission.

The update brings refreshed styling and more features, along with a revised model spread.

In other news, Ford’s 2015 Focus ST will soon arrive in Australia, priced from $38,990 plus on-roads.

VFACTS new car sales figures released this week show record numbers for the month of March, as the Mercedes-Benz C-Class and Subaru Outback dominated.

More on Mercedes, the German carmaker’s updated SLK model was revealed this week, ahead of an Australian arrival in September.

Chinese carmaker JMC announced it is about to enter the Australian market, kicking off with the Vigus dual-cab pickup priced from $23,990 drive-away.

Ram trucks, the behemoth pickups of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), are on their way to Australia - and New Zealand - courtesy of a new import and conversion program announced this week.

Jeep unveiled the Wrangler X Edition for Australia this week, limited to 70 units and available as both two- and four-door models.

Dodge also unveiled a new special edition model for Australia this week, with its Journey Blacktop Edition carrying a $2000 premium over the range-topping Journey R/T.

Citroen revealed its muscular new Aircross concept, potentially previewing a next-generation midsized SUV in the process.

As the world of online buying grows ever larger, we learnt that the BMW i3 can now be purchased online in Japan on the Amazon site.

Hyundai revealed that unfavourable exchange rates have poured cold water on its plans to import updated i20 and new-to-Australia i10 models, and the carmaker will soon be without a small SUV in the Australian market.



In case you missed it earlier, the 2015 Ford Mondeo has arrived in Australia for a May debut and we drove the Ambiente, Trend and Titanium variants this week.

We drove the 2015 Lexus NX 200t Sports Luxury, impressed with its high specification levels, turbocharged engine and value-for-money equation.

The 2015 Hyundai i30 Series II is better than before as one of Hyundai’s more appealing products, and we found the diesel engine and twin-clutch automatic was the winning combination.

Mazda’s 2015 CX-3 Maxx 2WD Manual Petrol offers a punchy engine, great gearshift and killer looks for $22,390 plus on-roads. Check out our review.

Finally, we found the 2015 Land Rover Discovery Sport SD4 offers a real on-road presence, a flexible interior and a great driving experience - the new darling of Chapel Street and Double Bay.

And that’s… the week that was.

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