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The Week That Was: Ford Mustang Revealed, Holden Departure Rumours Photo:
 
 
Trevor Collett | Dec, 08 2013 | 1 Comment

The wait is over; the covers have now been officially removed from the new 2014 Ford Mustang.

A few eyebrows were raised when we learned Australia will not be getting the V6-powered version. Instead, Ford Australia has chosen to opt for a traditional V8 to be joined by a four-cylinder EcoBoost model in the Australian line-up.

TMR asked Ford’s powertrain VP Bob Fascetti at the glamorous Sydney launch if an EcoBoost engine can rightly power Ford’s new ‘pony car’; check out his response.


The rumour mill went into overdrive this week, with the news that Holden has made a 'behind doors' decision to cease manufacturing cars in Australia, but is yet to make the an official announcement.

This comes despite confirmation from Holden of a deal with its workers to cut production costs by up to $4000 per vehicle.

Further fuelling the fire was news late in the week that General Motors will withdraw the Chevrolet brand from Europe, freeing up GM Korea to increase production for Australia.

The VFACTS new car sales figures in Australia for November were released this week, with a ‘business-as-usual’ scenario for the Toyota Corolla and Mazda3.

It was a good month for Hyundai, with its i30 small car improving from fifth to fourth with 3157 sales and its ix35 leading the booming small SUV sales segment.

Toyota won the overall sales race, with a huge lead over Holden, Hyundai and Mazda, who filled the top four spots.


In other (sad) news, The Fast And The Furious movie-star, Paul Walker, was killed in a car crash in California this week.


The Queensland government announced a review of cycling laws this week, including a two-year trial requiring motorists to keep specified distances from cyclists.


Suzuki’s new S-Cross SUV arrived in Australia this week, priced from $22,990 plus on-roads.


Porsche announced a $84,900 plus on-roads starting price for its 2014 Macan range, with the SUV expected to arrive in Australia in late June.


Yet another addition to the booming compact SUV market, with Audi confirming this week a new Q1 model will join the range in 2016.


Australian technician Michael Cooper became the first person outside Japan to win the Subaru World Skills Tournament this week.


Saab is back, with the Swedish carmaker releasing images of its ‘new’ 2014 9-3 Aero and confirming that an all-electric version is on the cards for next year.


 

REVIEWS

We drove the 2013 Lexus IS 350 F Sport and came away impressed by its ‘rorty’ V6 engine, agile handling and typical Lexus quality-feel.


Priced from $215,000 plus on-roads, the 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class is the pinnacle of luxury motoring. We were there for its Australian launch, check out our review.


Finally, we reviewed the 2013 Holden Cruze Equipe Hatch Diesel Automatic. We think it's a mixed bag: a good diesel, with strong torque and with well-sorted handling, but let down by a fairly ordinary interior and a somewhat coarse diesel engine.

And that’s… the week that was.

 
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