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The Week That Was: Honda Civic Type R, Ford Mondeo, Ford Mustang Photo:
 
 
Trevor Collett | Mar, 08 2015 | 1 Comment

The new Honda Civic Type R made its official debut at the Geneva Motor Show this week, ending months of speculation, teasers and predictive renderings.

Power comes from a new 2.0 litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine producing 228kW and 400Nm, propelling the Type R to 100km/h in 5.7 seconds.

Honda had another ace up its sleeve for the motor show, announcing that the Civic Type R is the new front-wheel-drive lap record holder at the Nurburgring.


Ford’s all-new Mondeo range is at last nearing its Australian launch, with full pricing and features detailed this week ahead of a May showroom debut.

The new range will kick off from $32,790 for the hatch and top out at $49,340 for the wagon (before on-road costs), with a three model range - Ambiente, Trend and Titanium - and a range of engine choices across both body styles.


While many months away from an Australian arrival, Ford fans this week learnt what a new 2015 Ford Mustang will set them back.

Prices kick off at $44,990 plus on-road costs for the 2.3 litre four-cylinder EcoBoost turbocharged coupe, rounding out at $63,990 plus on-roads for the V8-powered Convertible.

All Convertible variants will be automatic only for the Australian market, while a six-speed manual is standard fitment to both the four- and eight-cylinder Fastback models.


In other news, this week was all about the 85th Geneva International Motor Show. To see all the news, check out our Geneva tag page.


Australia’s new car sales figures for February were released showing the best February on record in the local market; a powerhouse result driven by the popularity of SUVs (and cheap finance).


Volkswagen’s all-new Passat won the 2015 European Car Of The Year award, beating the Citroen Cactus and Mercedes-Benz C-Class to the title.


Some pricy performance metal was confirmed for Australia this week, in the form of Porsche’s 911 GT3 RS priced from $387,700 and the Lamborghini Aventador LP750-4 SV starting at $882,650 - plus on-road costs.


Victoria’s new state government said it will retain some existing 70 and 90km/h zones, effectively abandoning a plan for a blanket speed reduction on these roads state-wide.


The covers came off Suzuki’s iK-2 and iM-4 concepts this week, with the latter possibly previewing the new Jimny 4WD.


Renault plans to create its own lap record for front-wheel-drive cars at the Albert Park street circuit, announcing its track-special Megane RS 275 Trophy-R will set the record this month.


Aston Martin signalled its intentions to create a ‘new’ segment for cars, tagging its DBX concept as “the luxury GT of the future”.


Nissan’s new future-previewing Sway concept was revealed this week, likely offering a first look the next all-new Micra hatch.


Jeep announced it has revived the Wrangler Freedom limited edition model for 2015, but only 200 will be available to Australian customers.

 

REVIEWS

The 2015 BMW 2 Series Convertible is now available in Australia, and we drove both the 220i and 228i this week.

We liked the buttoned-down chassis, rear-wheel-drive dynamics and snug fabric roof, but were less keen on the fussy suspension with the bigger wheels and no heated seats in the 220i.


Finally, we found the 2015 Lexus NX300h F Sport’s impressive build quality, good rear seat space and high equipment levels got the thumbs up, but the underwhelming hybrid powertrain and inconsistent brake feel got the thumbs down.


And that’s... the week that was.

 
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