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The Week That Was: July VFACTS, Federal Election Cash Boost, 208 GTi Photo:
 
 
Trevor Collett | Aug, 10 2013 | 0 Comments

Confused by the rules change to fringe benefits tax (FBT)? Not too sure about the current situation? TMR’s Managing Editor Tim O’Brien has added his own flavour to the issue, which is well worth your time if you would like to know more about it.

Be warned, it may even change your mind about the whole issue.


The VFACTS for July were released this week, and we learnt that it was a good month for the locally built Holden VF Commodore and Holden Cruze. Meanwhile, Toyota’s Corolla led the sales race overall, followed by the Mazda 3.

To find out what happened to Toyota Hilux, Hyundai i30 and the rest, check out the full story.

The Australian Labor Party (ALP) kicked off day one of the federal election campaign by promising an additional $200 million for Australia’s struggling car industry. In line with the announcement, care-taker Prime Minister Kevin Rudd described manufacturing as an “industry for the future”.

The ALP also outlined plans to ensure Commonwealth fleet cars were Australian made, wherever possible.


In other news, Toyota Australia’s manufacturing operations will get a $123 million boost, with some of the funding coming from the federal and Victorian governments.


Plenty of attention was focused on Peugeot’s new 208 GTi this week, and TMR got in the act as well. Check out our review.


BMW’s new 4 Series Coupe is expected to arrive in October, priced from $73,200 plus on-road costs.


Sticking with BMW, the German carmaker confirmed its i8 will debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show. BMW outlined some technical details on the i8 as well.


Infiniti gave us a sneak peak at its Q30 hatch concept, also bound for the Frankfurt Motor Show.

 

REVIEWS

Unlike Australia and England playing Ashes test-match cricket, TMR knows how to do ‘reviews’ properly...

And here’s some from this week, starting with the 2013 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe and Cabriolet review.


We had one last drive of the 2013 BMW M3 before its M4 replacement arrives on the scene. We’ll miss that 309kW V8 engine.


And finally, we declared that the 2013 Volkswagen Golf 110TDI Diesel DSG is still one of the best balanced small cars on offer.

And that’s… the week that was.

 
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