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Trevor Collett | Apr, 13 2014 | 0 Comments

Volkswagen has heated up its Golf GTI range, with the arrival of the Performance and the R hot-hatches in Australia this week.

The Performance lifts the ‘regular’ GTI’s power from its 2.0 litre turbocharged petrol engine from 162kW to 169kW, while the R breaks the 200kW barrier with 206kW.

Prices start at $48,490 plus on-roads for the Performance automatic - $4000 above the regular GTI auto – while the R starts at $51,990 plus on-roads.

The 2014 Lexus CT 200h is now on sale in Australia, priced from $39,990 plus on-roads.

Lexus has streamlined the model range in Australia for 2014, by deleting the previous Luxury model and up-speccing the Prestige model to take over the Luxury name.

The new CT gets improved suspension tuning with optimised coil-spring rates, new shock absorber valving, a stronger rear stabiliser bar and more. Unfortunately, there is no change to the doughy drivetrain.

The much anticipated Australian arrival of BMW’s i3 and i8 EVs happened this week, but eager customers will have to wait until at least November before getting their hands on the wheel.

Pricing for the i3 starts at $63,900 plus on-roads for the all-electric version, while the range-extended model adds a small petrol engine for the addition of $6000.

The BMW i8 is also due for a limited release in November, with pricing yet to be confirmed.

In other news, and sticking with BMW, the German carmaker’s updated X1 SUV arrived in Australia this week, while the 2016 version was spied testing.

Ford announced a special edition FPV GT F model to farewell the Ford Performance Vehicles range, along with a refreshed Pursuit Ute.

The 2014 Mercedes-Benz GLA has now arrived in Australia, becoming Benz’s player in the booming small SUV market.

Mitsubishi has updated its Lancer range for 2014, introducing the GSR Sportback and ES Sport Sedan models.

More news from Mitsubishi this week, when the company confirmed the Mirage sedan will be joining the hatch in Australia from July.

The Northern Territory government is looking to expand its open speed limit trial, following a successful re-introduction in February.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott declared that Free Trade Agreements with Japan and China could lead to cheaper new cars for Australia. TMR’s Managing Editor Tim O’Brien doesn’t agree; check out his response.

Audi introduced a new special-edition version of its A5 Coupe in Australia this week, in the form of the S Line Competition model.

Mazda announced a number of safety upgrades for its Mazda6 in Australia, along with a boost to cargo space.

Two new offerings from Honda were detailed this week. The updated Civic hatch gets new features and revised suspension, while pricing was announced for the new Honda City.



In case you missed it earlier, there are two new reasons to get excited about the Volkswagen Golf GTI in Australia, and of course, we drove both the ‘R’ model and the new ‘Performance’ this week.

Lexus believes its 2014 CT 200h range has the right look, right ride and right specification to keep it in the small luxury hatch game, so we put that claim to the test. Check out our review.

We found the 2014 Hyundai Elantra Active Automatic to be an honest small car, with surprising interior room and improved on-road manners.

Finally, the 2014 Mercedes GLA 200 CDI Diesel comes with space, style and a frugal thirst, priced from $47,900 plus on-roads.

And that’s… the week that was.

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