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The Week That Was: Infiniti Q50, Honda Odyssey, Next Subaru Liberty Revealed Photo:
 
 
Trevor Collett | Feb, 08 2014 | 0 Comments

It’s no secret that Infiniti is yet to trouble the scorers in Australia in a serious way, but this week the Japanese carmaker gave itself the best chance yet, with the new Q50.

The range starts at $51,900 for the 2.2 diesel model, topping out at $73,900 for the all-wheel-drive 3.5 petrol-electric hybrid.

So is the Q50 Infiniti’s last roll of the dice in Australia? TMR Managing Editor, Tim O’Brien, assesses the situation.


Honda detailed pricing and features for its new Odyssey people-mover range, ahead of the 2014 model’s local arrival next week.

Available in two familiar trim grades, the 2014 Odyssey will kick off at $38,990 plus on-roads for the entry VTi and top out at $47,620 plus on-roads for the VTi-L.

All new Odysseys will be powered by a 2.4 litre petrol engine, producing 135kW and 240Nm, with fuel consumption improvements of up to 14 percent compared to the outgoing model.

The 2015 Subaru Liberty was revealed in leaked images this week, ahead of its debut at the Chicago Auto Show.

Hours later, Subaru revealed official photos and features for the new model, expected to arrive in Australia in early 2015.

Local specs will be revealed later, but for the US-spec version (named Legacy), the familiar 2.5 and 3.6 litre Boxer engines will kick off the new range, making 130kW/236Nm and 190kW/335Nm respectively.


In other news, Ford announced this week that 300 jobs will go from its Geelong and Broadmeadows plants before the end of June.


Suzuki unveiled its new sub-light Celerio this week, with the new model set to replace the Alto in early 2015.


And the covers came off the Chevrolet Adra SUV Concept in Delhi, with considerable input from Holden designers in Australia.


The ‘2015’ BMW X3 was also revealed 'in the metal' this week - showing a drift in styling to more-closely mirror the larger X5. A local arrival is expected in the third quarter of this year.


Audi announced its new A3 Cabriolet will arrive in Australia in June, priced from $47,300 plus on-roads.


The 2014 Ford Transit Custom arrived in Australia this week, with the 290S priced at $37,490 plus on-roads and the 330L at $39,490 plus on-roads.


The quirky Citroen C4 Cactus was officially revealed this week, with Citroen Australia keen to sell it locally.


Tata’s new light Zest and Bolt models made their global debut at the Dehli Auto Expo this week, with the Indian carmaker also showcasing its new Nexon concept.


BMW’s new 4 Series Gran Coupe emerged ahead of an official unveiling at the Geneva Motor Show, with the new model expected to arrive in Australia mid-2014.


MINI's all-new Cooper hatch range welcomed two new entry-level variants this week, both wearing the familiar 'One' badge.


Jeep unveiled its Wrangler Freedom Special Edition this week, featuring ‘military vehicle’ styling.


 

REVIEWS

In case you missed it earlier, TMR drove the 2014 Infiniti Q50 this week. The newcomer is sharply priced against its rivals, starting from $51,900 plus on-roads.


We found the 2014 Jaguar F-TYPE Supercharged V6 S offers great handling, style, and a thunderous soundtrack, priced from $171,045 plus on-roads.


The 2014 Renault Clio Dynamique EDC Auto is bigger than most in its segment, with classier looks. Check out our review.


A ‘poorer-man’s’ M5? Perhaps, but the 2014 BMW 550i M Sport Sedan is the M5-alternative you can live with day-to-day.

And that’s… the week that was.

 
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