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The Week That Was: Lamborghini Huracan, Holden ?Here To Stay? Photo:
 
 
Trevor Collett | Dec, 22 2013 | 0 Comments

Lamborghini’s ‘triangle’ for its Gallardo replacement is finally complete - we have the pictures, we have the data and now we have the name; the Huracan LP 610-4.

As expected, the Huracan will be powered by a naturally-aspirated 5.2 litre V10 engine, producing 448kW and 560Nm, matched to a seven-speed dual clutch automatic transmission.

The Huracan will make its world debut at the Geneva Motor Show next year, with pricing yet to be confirmed.


After a steady trickle of information regarding its new C-Class, Mercedes-Benz has finally released full details of its new midsized luxury offering.

Transmission choices will be a six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch auto, matched to a substantial choice of engines including five petrol and at least three diesel options, depending on the market.

Expect to see the 2014 C-Class arriving in Australia around July.

Holden has moved to ease tension surrounding its departure from local manufacturing, launching a new ad campaign saying the brand is “here to stay”.

The ad campaign is to head-off rumours of a switch for General Motors to Chevrolet, and assures current and future customers of continuing parts and dealer support.

GM announced a US$1.3 billion investment across five of its US plants this week, as they gear up for production of the new 10-speed auto.


In other news, Hyundai announced a new yearly sales record for its Australian dealers this week, with sales up 6.5 percent for the year to the end of November.


MINI gave us a first-look at its new John Cooper Works model, although the carmaker is only calling it a ‘concept’ for now.


Could dedicated mass-LPG conversion facilities in Victoria and South Australia help to fill the void left by Ford and Holden’s departure from local manufacturing? Check out our report.


Lexus released a second teaser image of its new RC F Coupe, ahead of the car’s appearance at the Detroit Auto Show.


The 2014 Nissan Murano was spied testing (again) in the US this week, giving us a fresh and more revealing look at the new SUV.


Also spied testing was the 2014 Chrysler 200 sedan, ahead of an expected debut in January.


 

REVIEWS

We drove the 2013 Mazda BT-50 XTR Freestyle Cab this week, impressed by its great engine and on-road manners, although those small rear seats are strictly for children; or emergencies.


For those after something a little different, we found the 2013 Fiat Panda Trekking both practical and fun to drive (and with a sense of style all its own).


A wagon that goes like a hot hatch? You will need to be quick; with just 220 units on offer - and it's been on the market for a few months - Renault's 2013 Megane GT 220 Sport Wagon will be getting thin on the ground.

It's a great drive: check out our review.

And that’s… the week that was.

 
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