The first wave of Opel models to arrive wearing Holden badges has hit Australian shores, with the arrival this week of the three-door Astra models.
Arriving as a sports-focused range, the Astra has returned in GTC, GTC Sport and hero VXR form, with prices ranging from $26,990 to $39,990 plus on-road costs.
Holden has also re-entered the drop-top market with its new Cascada, available as an automatic-only 2.0 litre turbo and priced from $39,990 plus on-roads.
The first of the last Toyota Camrys to be built in Australia rolled off the production line in Melbourne this week, ahead of Toyota’s exit from local manufacturing in 2017.
Production of Camry and Aurion models is expected to reach around 420 units per day, with 90,000 to be built before year’s end of which around 70 percent are destined for export.
At a ceremonial event at Toyota’s Altona plant, the carmaker reassured Australians of its commitment to local manufacturing until 2017, saying it expects solid production volumes.
Mitsubishi’s all-new Triton arrived in Australia this week, making its media debut on Queensland’s Fraser Island.
Priced from $24,490 before on-road costs, the new Triton is a crucial model for Mitsubishi in Australia; its new 5-Star ANCAP safety rating is bound to boost its appeal with fleet buyers previously deterred by the previous model’s 4-Star score.
Mitsubishi announced that the outgoing model will soldier on in an ‘extended’ run-out mode, as significant stocks are still available.
In other news, Ford’s updated Focus ST hot hatch is now on sale in Australia, priced from $38,990 plus on-roads.
Mitsubishi announced its Lancer Evolution swansong - the Evo X Final Edition - is heading to Australia, in a limited run of 150 units.
Mazda confirmed its 1.5 litre, four-cylinder powered MX-5 will arrive in Australia in August, with the 2.0 litre version to follow at a later date.
Aston Martin announced its DBX concept is headed for production, as part of a AU$386 million investment program.
Renault’s refreshed Koleos SUV range arrived in Australia, bringing new features along with a pricing and model name shuffle.
Honda’s facelifted Civic small car also arrived in Australia this week, bringing updated styling and a slight price-rise across the board.
Volvo announced it had surpassed its own expectations with the new XC90 T8 Twin Engine, which retuned a best fuel figure of just 2.1 l/100km.
Skoda let its young apprentice team loose on a concept for this year’s Worthersee Treffen, and the team created the FUNstar Fabia pickup.
Upon announcing its Volt range-extended hybrid would not continue in the Australian market, Holden’s Peter Keley said the business case for the EV didn’t stack up.
Sticking with Holden, the carmaker’s Trax compact SUV is now available as the Active special edition, adding a handful of new kit to the auto-equipped LS variant for $24,990 drive-away.
We drove the 2015 Honda HR-V VTi Petrol CVT Automatic this week, impressed with the compact SUV’s sophisticated, comfortable on-road manners and spacious interior.
In case you missed it earlier, Holden’s 2015 Astra VXR is now on sale in Australia, and took the hot hatch to the track this week to see how it stacks up.
Holden’s other new arrival this week - the 2015 Cascada convertible - offers strong value for money, decent rear seat space and a long equipment list. Check out our review.
Finally, we found Mitsubishi’s all-new Triton pickup is well-priced and quiet on-road, with a refined new engine and better cabin ergonomics.
And that’s… the week that was.