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The Week That Was: Jeep Cherokee, May VFACTS, Maserati Quattroporte Photo:
 
 
Trevor Collett | Jun, 08 2014 | 1 Comment

The all-new 2014 Jeep Cherokee is now on sale in Australia, priced from $33,500 plus on-roads for the entry-level 2WD four-cylinder Cherokee Sport.

Above the Sport are three models; all of them 4WD and all powered by a 3.2 litre V6 petrol engine, coupled with a nine-speed automatic transmission.

Topping the range is the off-road focused Trailhawk, priced from $47,500 plus on-roads.


Australia’s VFACTS new car sales figures are in, and they tell a bleak story for the month of May.

Both light and sub-light segments are down 13.5 and 27.8 percent respectively for the year-to-date, while medium, sports and light commercial vehicles also dipped last month.

The Toyota Corolla was the top-selling car in May, ahead of the Toyota HiLux and Mazda3 while the Holden Commodore took fourth spot.

The Maserati Quattroporte can now be had for under $200,000 before on-road costs in Australia, with the addition of a new diesel-powered entry-level model.

Simply called the Quattroporte Turbo Diesel, the latest addition to Maserati’s local line-up carries a sticker price of $198,800.

The new arrival is powered by a 3.0 litre single-turbo diesel V6 producing 202kW and 600Nm, attached to an eight-speed automatic.


In other news, the Toyota Camry RZ joined the local line-up this week, priced from $31,990 plus on-roads and available with an Inferno Orange paint finish.


The 2014 Ssangyong Korando arrived in Australia with a simplified model range, refreshed styling and a $4000 price-rise over the outgoing model.


We’ve already seen the new Jeep Cherokee arrive in Australia (top of page), but several other significant local car launches are scheduled for June - check out the list.


The second generation of BMW’s X6 ‘Sports Activity Coupe’ was officially revealed this week, ahead of a December launch.


With pricing for the Tesla Model S in Australia now on the table, TMR investigated how the EV stacks-up against its local competition.


Speed limits around Australia (and the world) were certainly in the news this week, with changes to limits and enforcement under consideration for Adelaide, Canberra and the state of NSW.


Fresh from his trip to Monaco, TMR’s Elliot Rush compiled a list of ‘30 Dumb Cars We Could Have Done Without’ in his latest instalment of The Rush Report. Check it out, and join the conversation.


Ford unveiled its Lightweight Concept this week, with engineers cutting 380kg out of a Mondeo sedan to demonstrate weight-shedding for the next generation.


BMW celebrated the 25th anniversary of the flagship 8 Series, with the original model launching at the 1989 Frankfurt Motor Show.


The 2015 Audi RS 7 has been revealed, with the updated four-door coupe expected to arrive in Australia in the middle of next year.

 

REVIEWS

The 2014 Toyota Kulger Grande AWD graced the TMR garages, which we found to be spacious, refined and proof that big SUVs need not be agricultural.


In case you missed it earlier, the 2014 Jeep Cherokee is now on sale in Australia, and we drove all four variants this week. We also took a closer look at the off-road special Trailhawk model.


We drove the 2014 BMW 220i Sport Line, finding the small two-door coupe offered a balanced ride, flexible engine and handsome styling.


Finally, we found the 2014 Citroen C4 Grand Picasso is easily one of the best people-movers around; strong on features and value.


And that’s… the week that was.

 
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