The Week That Was: Holden’s Future Discussed, Golf GTI, Nissan Juke Photo:
Trevor Collett | Oct, 04 2013 | 3 Comments

Holden’s manufacturing future in Australia remains up in the air, despite talks with State and Federal Government representatives in Adelaide this week.

With a South Australian state election looming, future State Government funding remains unclear although the future of the Elizabeth plant is likely to be a hot election topic.

It is expected that the Federal Government will ask Holden to commit to a high-volume export program if it's to provide further Federal funding assistance.

The most hotly anticipated Volkswagen Golf of them all – the GTI – arrived in Australian showrooms this week. The new model boasts a significant boost in torque, up from 280 to 350Nm, while power is boosted by 7kW.

TMR put the new GTI through its paces on some demanding (and very wet) Tasmanian roads.

Nissan was also flagged the imminent arrival of two new models onto the Australian market, with the all-new 2014 Pathfinder first cab off the rank.

The new Pathfinder will feature a 3.5 litre V6 petrol engine in place of the previous model’s diesel engine, with a 2.5 litre four-cylinder supercharged hybrid expected to arrive in 2014.

Prices start from $44,290 plus on-roads for the 4WD ST model, rounding out at $64,890 plus on-roads for the range-topping Ti 4WD.

In other news, Nissan’s second new model announcement for the week was the Juke compact SUV, priced from $21,990 plus on-roads. Two 1.6 litre four-cylinder engines will feature in the Juke locally; one naturally-aspirated, the other turbocharged.

Audi went Quattro-mad during the week, with new all-wheel-drive versions of the A4 and A5 along with the new Q3 models arriving in Australia. The best-selling Q3 is now exclusively Quattro, Audi has dropped the 2WD model, with prices starting from $47,500 plus on-roads.

The A4 and A5 Quattros kick off at $63,000 plus on-roads, while the $149,400 plus on-roads RS 4 Avant sits at the top end of the model range.

TMR sampled all three of the new Audi Quattros this week; check out our review.

Subaru confirmed that its 2014 WRX will arrive in Australia early next year, following a global debut at next month’s LA Auto Show.

Speaking at a media lunch during the week, Subaru Australia Managing Director Nick Senior said that a key goal with developing the new WRX was to win brand-new buyers without deterring existing fans.

Honda released images of its 2014 Odyssey people-mover on its Japanese website during the week. The new model is somewhat removed from the Jade concept that was expected to be the next Odyssey, revealed at the Shanghai Auto Show.

The rear doors are now sliding, and the whole package has moved towards a similar look to that of the Odyssey sold in the US.

Subaru marked some important safety milestones during the week, with the Japanese carmaker beating 73 rivals to claim top spot in a series of new collision-avoidance tests conducted by the US Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

With an eye to future autonomous vehicles, Subaru also announced a major upgrade to its EyeSight collision avoidance systems this week, with upgraded camera technology and colour recognition.



If you missed it earlier, check out our New Volkswagen Golf GTI Launch Review. We liked the buckets of torque and incredible traction on the wet Tasmanian roads. We also declared it to be the best GTi yet.

Check out our 2013 Holden VF Commodore SV6 Manual review; we reckon the large sedan with stick-shift is a performance bargain.

Big torquey ‘six’ under the bonnet, fantastic handling and packed with features; all yours for $35,990 plus on-roads.

Is Audi gearing up for all its future models to be Quattro all-wheel-drive? It’s certainly possible, and if our 2013 Audi Quattro Review including the A4 sedan, A5 coupe and Q3 SUV is anything to go by, it may prove to be a master stroke for the ‘four rings’ carmaker.

And that’s… the week that was.

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