The Week That Was: Lexus IS Review, CTP Reform, Toyota Corolla Sedan Photo:
Trevor Collett | Jul, 13 2013 | 0 Comments

The 2013 Lexus IS sedan arrived in Australia this week, priced from $55,900 plus on-road costs. The range-topping IS 350 Sport Luxury rounds out at $84,000 plus on-road costs.

TMR liked the new IS’s sumptuous interior, but we didn’t like the thirst of the V6 engine. To find out more, check out our review.

TMR also reviewed the MINI John Cooper Works GT this week. Check out our review, where we described the driveability of the special-edition MINI as “sensational”.

Priced at $56,900 plus on-road costs, most of the 55 units bound for Australia have already been sold.

For those wondering what’s happening with compulsory third party insurance reform in both NSW and the ACT, check out TMR’s feature. Can motorists there expect to see a fairer system, with fairer premiums?

And if you live in NSW, Victoria, WA, Queensland or the ACT, see how your state currently ranks for registration charges.

In other news, economists and industry analysts are predicting record high fuel prices for Australia in the coming weeks.

Mercedes-Benz has confirmed that its new CLA-Class sedan will hit Australia in October, priced from $49,900 plus on-road costs.

Toyota revealed details of its new Corolla sedan, due in Australia next year. Expect to see four petrol engines and one diesel in overseas markets.

Although it was previously leaked, the new Mazda3 sedan was officially unveiled this week, due in Australia early next year.

Jaguar unveiled its F-TYPE Project 7 design study this week, ahead of its appearance at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

Holden has now added “Siri Eyes Free” technology to all Cruze sedan and hatch models, along with satellite navigation in the Cruze SRi-V.

Honda has confirmed its new light Jazz hatch will make its Japanese market debut in September, although it has yet to reveal details of the new model.

Peugeot revealed details of its hot RCZ R coupe this week, with around 40 examples on offer in Australia from around May next year.

Mazda’s CX-5 and the Ford Fiesta were among the winners in the 2013 Women’s World Car of the Year awards.

Opel released some teaser images of its new Monza concept before its unveiling at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

Opel are also on the up, according to GM, with the global carmaker planning to push the European brand upmarket between the Chevrolet and Cadillac brands.

Subaru's next Liberty midsized sedan has been spied this week for the first time, hinting at another new styling direction for the brand.

Finally, it was a good week for Hyundai, Ford and BMW, with each carmaker driving away from the North American Concept Vehicle of the Year awards with top prizes.

And that’s… the week that was.

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