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Trevor Collett | Apr, 27 2013 | 0 Comments
  • HSV Gen-F Announced, May Debut Confirmed
  • Australian Motoring Clubs Launch 'Demand Better Roads' Campaign
  • Audi Australia Puts Rival Prestige Marques On Notice
  • Ford Escort Concept Debuts In China
  • Icona Vulcano Supercar Concept Appears
  • Honda Teases New Odyssey With Jade Concept
  • Merc Announces Pricing On Special C 63 AMG Edition 507
  • Lexus GS 300h Revealed, Under Consideration For Australia
  • Holden's Captiva 5 Tweaked, New Auto Joins Range
  • 2014 Toyota Corolla Teased With New Chinese Concept
  • Porsche Cuts Prices Ahead Of Macan Debut
  • Volvo Reveals Powerful And Efficient KERS Technology

THIS is the week that was.


In a move certain to appeal to the social media generation, HSV announced that its latest Commodore incarnations will be labelled 'Gen-F', following on from the current E Series. Why?

The obvious 'F series' was certain to have upset Ford, and possibly Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone (as the first series would have been dubbed 'F1').

As for the cars themselves, a popular rumour - unconfirmed - suggests that a supercharged V8 may find its way under the bonnet. We'll be watching for firm news from HSV.


Australia’s motoring clubs - RACV, NRMA et al - led by the Australian Automobile Association (AAA), seized the opportunity to call for major road funding with the federal election looming.

They are hopeful that their “seven million members, seven million voters” slogan will remind politicians just how powerful they could be.


Audi has declared it will move on the number-one position in the Australian premium brand sales race, placing BMW and Mercedes-Benz in the cross-hairs.

“Our goal in the near to medium future is to be number one premium brand in the country," Audi Australia boss Andrew Doyle told TMR.


For those longing for Ford’s glory days in rallying, the Escort name badge made a comeback this week at the Shanghai Auto Show. It featured local input from Ford's leading-edge Australian engineering and design facility in Campellfield.


The insane, 670 KW V12 Icona Volcano supercar concept also surfaced in Shanghai, promising a 0-200km/h time better than ten seconds.


Honda treated us to a preview of its 2015 Odyssey wagon, with its Jade concept destined for mass production.


Mercedes-Benz told us we will require at least $169,407 if we would like to own one of its limited-run C 63 AMG Edition 507 sedans, with the wagon and two-door versions requiring slightly deeper pockets.


The 2014 Lexus GS 300h Hybrid surfaced at the Shanghai Auto Show. Lexus Australia boss Sean Hanley confirmed the new model is under consideration for a local debut.


Holden’s Captiva 5 picked up new features this week and we also saw an LTZ model added to the range, along with a new standard six-speed automatic transmission.


We also got a preview taste of the next Corolla sedan, due here in early 2014, courtesy of the Yundong Shuangquing II Concept in Shanghai.


Porsche slashed its Australian prices this week, cutting 13 percent from the cost of the 911 (among others) and setting itself a seven year deadline to double sales in Australia.


A camouflaged BMW M4 Coupe took to the Nurburgring but couldn’t hide from our spy photographers.

And last but by no means least, Volvo gave us a preview of the not-too-distant future with details of its KERS project, promising big power gains and massive fuel consumption savings.

That was the week that was.

 
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