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Trevor Collett | Jan, 25 2014 | 0 Comments

Honda’s CR-V Diesel arrived in Australian showrooms this week, priced from $38,290.

All diesel CR-V’s sold in Australia will feature all-wheel-drive, with both six-speed manual and five-speed automatic transmissions available.

Honda says it expects its new diesel variants to account for around 15 percent of CR-V sales.

BMW announcing pricing and specifications for its new 2 Series this week, ahead of the coupe’s arrival in local showrooms in March.

The range kicks off with the 220i, priced from $50,500 plus on-roads and rounds-out with the M235i, priced from $79,990 plus on-roads.

The mid-range 220d will be the only diesel available from launch, priced from $52,500 plus on-roads.

Toyota celebrated 800,000 HiLux sales in Australia earlier this month by unveiling its updated HiLux Dual Cab range.

A new five-speed automatic is now available with 4WD diesel dual-cab variants, with the cheapest of those being the SR model, priced from $45,240 plus on-roads.

Prices of all HiLux dual-cabs have risen across the board between $500 and $1000 for the 2014 model year.

In other news, Holden announced price cuts and new features this week for its 2014 Captiva 5 and Captiva 7 ranges.

The updated-for-2014 Kia Optima arrived in local showrooms, priced from $30,990 for the entry-level ‘Si’ variant.

Staying with Kia, the Korean carmaker declared its Australian Open tennis app a success, and has now begun planning for the 2015 version.

Toyota announced updates to its Rav4 SUV range this week, with more features for the GX and Cruiser models and several manual options deleted.

BMW revealed its pricing and model line-up for the new 4 Series Convertible, on sale in Australia from March.

Maserati’s all-new Quattroporte V8 has now arrived in Australia, ahead of the six-cylinder variant’s arrival next month.

Earlier in the week, Mazda outlined a new lifetime capped-price servicing scheme, called Mazda Service Select.

An all-new carmaker from the UK - David Brown Automotive – announced this week that its first-ever model is expected to be ready in April. This David Brown bears no connection with namesake David Brown of UK tractors and Aston Martin fame.

Toyota’s American design studio boss, Kevin Hunter, said that the next Camry will feature a “more emotional, more impactful design”. His comments stirred a reaction among TMR readers.

Honda said that its new Vezel small SUV will be a key part of its local line-up, although we can expect a different name when it arrives here.

Volkswagen announced that it may return its ‘Most Popular Car’ award from German automotive heavyweight ADAC, after it was revealed the voting process was rigged.

Datsun teased a new compact concept this week, ahead of its appearance at the Delhi Auto Expo in India.



If you missed it earlier, Honda’s 2014 CR-V Diesel range has arrived in Australia, and we drove the DTi-S manual and DTi-L auto this week.

The 2014 BMW 320d Gran Turismo offers swoopy styling and legroom worthy of a 7 Series. Check out our review.

We drove the 1.4 litre TFSI, 1.8 litre TFSI, and 2.0 litre TDI variants of the 2014 Audi A3 Sedan this week. We came away impressed with the balanced handling, classy feel and big boot.

Finally, after a week in the 2014 Mercedes-Benz A 250 Sport, we concluded it's one for keen drivers, priced from $49,900 plus on-roads.

And that’s… the week that was.

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