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The Week That Was: Hyundai Genesis, Australian Motoring Festival, Ford Edge Photo:
 
 
Trevor Collett | Jun, 29 2014 | 0 Comments

The Hyundai Genesis for Australia was previewed this week, and we learnt that a V8-powered option won’t be available in local Hyundai dealerships.

Instead, Australian customers will get a 3.8 litre V6 with pricing expected to start below the $60,000 Luxury Car Tax threshold.

Hyundai also ruled out a move into V8 Supercars in Australia, and revealed that hire car sales for the Genesis will be a focus.


Details and pricing for the 2015 Australian Motoring Festival have been revealed, with a family ticket priced from $60, while an individual ticket will cost $30.

While those prices are higher than the defunct Australian International Motor Show, visitors will have the chance to test drive up to 100 new models.

The event will also showcase technical and 4WD demonstrations, while offering a much cheaper way for carmakers to display their new models than other motor shows.

The 2015 Ford Edge SUV was revealed this week, with the new model a strong possibility to eventually replace the Territory in Ford Australia’s line-up.

Similarly sized to the Territory, the Edge will be offered in overseas markets for now with a range of EcoBoost engines, along with a naturally-aspirated 3.5 litre V6.

Ford customers looking for a seven-seat SUV might want to consider a Territory before 2016, as the Edge is only available overseas as a five-seater for now.


In other news, Audi added the new 2.0 litre Ambition variant to its local A4 line-up, while the 3.0 litre engine option is no longer available.


Jeep is giving ten customers the chance to secure a new Cherokee Longitude 4x4 model for just $10,000 drive-away, as part of a ‘remote dealership’ advertising campaign.


Toyota Australia announced a record loss this week, with the local carmaker blaming restructuring costs, asset write-downs and redundancy packages.


Staying with Toyota, the Japanese carmaker revealed that its first-ever mainstream hydrogen vehicle – the FCV - will be priced from AU$73,000 in its home market.


Ford’s new Focus ST hot hatch was uncovered this week, ahead of an Australian arrival next year.


Daihatsu’s new Copen roadster has debuted on the Japanese market, with the unique option for buyers to replace body panels for a customised look.


Harley-Davidson revealed its first-ever electric powered motorcycle in the form of Project LiveWire, ahead of a US tour to gauge public reaction.


Hyundai confirmed its i10 city car will finally be heading to Australia in 2015, although pricing and specifications are yet to be announced.


The Seat Leon X-Perience crossover was revealed, as the latest all-wheel-drive wagon to join the Volkswagen Group’s line-up in various markets.


Ford’s 1.0 litre three-cylinder EcoBoost engine has taken home the International Engine Of The Year Award for 2014, making it three wins in a row for the tiny turbo.

 

REVIEWS

In case you missed it earlier, the 2014 Hyundai Genesis will arrive in Australian showrooms soon. We drove the new luxury offering in Korea this week, finding it to be stylish, comfortable and laden with technology.


We drove the 2014 Kia Sportage Platinum CDRi Diesel Automatic this week, impressed with its willing engine, long list of features and premium touches.


While we were in Korea, we also drove the 2015 Hyundai Sonata ahead of a local arrival during the first half of next year. Will it replace the i40 in Hyundai’s local line-up?


With outstanding performance and grip, brilliant suspension and excellent build-quality, the 2014 Volvo S60 Polestar is all yours for $99,500 plus on-roads. Check out our review.


Finally, we found the 2014 Volkswagen Passat Alltrack drives like a wagon with the versatility of an SUV, offering typical Volkswagen build-quality and lots of features.


And that’s… the week that was.

 
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