The Week That Was: Ford Stops Work; i30 SR, Cerato Hatch, Calais V6 Reviewed Photo:
Trevor Collett | Aug, 25 2013 | 0 Comments

Hyundai served up its new i30 SR this week; a slightly upmarket version of its regular i30 with a sporting flavour and a 2.0 litre engine. Check out our review.

We also learned that the i30 Tourer may be in for the SR treatment as well, if the wagon-made UK market shows interest.

Ford Australia halted production this week, blaming the Rudd government’s new fringe benefits tax rules. A total of 750 workers from its Broadmeadows and Geelong plants were sent home with half-pay, with more production gaps to come.

Ford may be looking for excuses: sales of the Falcon have plummeted since the carmaker announced it would cease building cars in Australia in 2016.

BMW released details and pricing for its refreshed 3 Series range this week. Satellite Navigation is now standard across the range, while eight-speed auto-equipped 3 Series’ also get launch control.

The improvements come with a slightly higher price tag however, with the 316i sedan starting at $52,300 plus on-roads.

In other BMW news, the updated Z4 roadster arrived in Australia this week, starting at $79,900 plus on-roads.

Tata revealed the Xenon ute would be the first model for its Australian comeback. We were also treated to the Tata Xenon Tuff Truck concept this week.

TMR drove the 2013 Citroen DS3 Cabrio last week, but this week Citroen released pricing and features for the soft-top.

We also got the first official look at Volkswagen’s Golf R hatch, packing a 2.0 litre four-cylinder turbocharged engine with 206kW or power.

Have a look at the 2015 Ford Mustang - which was spied testing again - before it arrives in Australia. It was confirmed (and was previously the worst-kept secret in the industry) when Ford 'boss of bosses' Alan Mulally addressed Australian Ford dealers and media at Sydney's Fox studios.

A new Lexus concept was teased this week, ahead of an appearance at next month’s Frankfurt Motor Show.

Audi’s updated A8 and S8 are due to arrive in Australia at the same time, before the middle of next year. Check out what’s new.

Tesla confirmed its Model S would arrive in Australia by early 2014. Good news for potential Australian customers too, with the Model S setting a new crash test safety record in the US.

Also due here by the middle of next year are the new Range Rover diesel hybrid models, with a European debut set for September.

According to reports apparently leaked by Mazda insiders this week, the Mazda RX-7 could return sooner than 2017.



We already alerted you to our 2013 Hyundai i30 SR review but what else have we been driving this week?

Check out our 2013 Kia Cerato hatch review, which we declared to be one of the best in its segment with sorted on-road handling.

“A big strong car with a refined feel” is how we described the 2013 Holden VF Calais V6, starting at under $40,000.

And that’s… the week that was.

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