The Week That Was: Hyundai Genesis, Porsche Cayenne, VFACTS Photo:

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Trevor Collett | Nov, 09 2014 | 0 Comments

The Hyundai Genesis sedan has arrived in Australia as a new player in the large rear-wheel-drive luxury market, priced from $60,000.

Available as a single model, the Genesis can be optioned with one of two ‘packs’ that push the price north to $71,000 or $82,000.

Power comes from a 3.8 litre V6 producing 232kW/379Nm matched to an eight-speed automatic, with fuel usage listed at a high-ish 11.2 l/100km.

Porsche revealed its updated Cayenne GTS model this week, which will join a new petrol V6 entry model in Australia early next year.

The ‘new’ GTS will replace the sports-focused model that first debuted in April 2012, swapping its 294kW/500Nm 4.8 litre V8 for a powered-up version of the 3.6 litre twin-turbo V6 that drives the updated Cayenne S model.

The upgrade sees GTS model’s output and twist grow to 323kW and 600Nm, cutting the performance SUV’s 0-100km/h time from 5.7 to 5.2 seconds.

Australian new-car sales figures for October were released this week, showing a ‘fight back’ from the Toyota Corolla following its second placing in September.

The Corolla outsold its Mazda3 rival last month by 891 units, giving it a 914-sale lead for overall supremacy in 2014 with two surveys remaining.

Toyota sold more than twice as many cars last month as its nearest rival; that being Hyundai on 8401 sales.

In other news, China’s LDV van range was relaunched in Australia this week, carrying the lower starting price of $29,990 drive-away.

Honda confirmed its compact HR-V SUV will launch locally in February, powered exclusively by a 105kW/172Nm 1.8 litre petrol engine.

Subaru’s all-new Liberty was confirmed for a January launch, available in sedan only and CVT auto-only with likely four- and six-cylinder engine options.

Fiat’s large Ducato van has received an extensive update for 2015, bringing new interior features and improved fuel economy.

The European Automobile Manufacturers Association revealed that the EU is now second to China for overall production of new cars, with the People’s Republic building 22 million units in 2013.

Seems a box of Mazda brochures was lost in the post this week, as future updates for both the Mazda6 and CX-5 SUV surfaced online.

Ford teased its Everest SUV in a video and photograph, promising a vehicle capable of “extraordinary journeys far off the beaten path”.

Mazda’s new MX-5 was revealed wearing its ‘Global Cup’ racer gear, with Mazda Australia considering a local round for the series.

Another 'global' - this time Global NCAP’s new Indian arm has wasted no time pointing the finger at lacklustre crash safety in India’s new-car market, awarding ‘zero stars’ to two cars this week.

The NRMA celebrated 90 years, with a museum exhibition designed to show how the Association has changed over nine decades.



In case you missed it earlier, the 2015 Hyundai Genesis is now on sale in Australia.

We drove the new luxury sedan, and came away impressed with the space, comfort and quietness; plenty of car for the money.

Finally, we found Hyundai’s 2014 Veloster Raptor 'One-Off' hot-box goes, handles, and stops better than the Veloster SR, but you can’t stroll into your local dealer and buy one - yet.

And that’s… the week that was.

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