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The Week That Was: Lexus NX 300h, Volvo V60 Polestar, Mazda2 Photo:
 
 
Trevor Collett | Nov, 02 2014 | 0 Comments

The first of Lexus’ new NX SUV models arrived in Australia this week, with the 300h variant now in local showrooms.

Available for now in four models with both two- and all-wheel-drive, the NX 300h is priced between $55,000 and $75,000; plus on-roads.

All are powered by a 2.5 litre petrol-hybrid set-up with 145kW, while a 2.0 litre turbocharged NX is due to arrive early next year.


Volvo added another option to its hot Polestar range in Australia this week, with the arrival of the V60 Polestar wagon.

As part of an update for 2015, the wagon arrives with a starting price $3000 higher than the sedan at $102,990 plus on-roads.

Features for 2015 in both sedan and wagon include larger wheels (now 20-inch), a new tyre package, suspension and steering refinements and a recalibrated transmission.


The all-new 2015 Mazda2 is now on sale in Australia, priced from $14,990 plus on-road costs.

Depending on the trim grade, the new hatch is powered by one of two 1.5 litre SkyActiv-G four-cylinder petrol engines, producing either 79kW/139Nm or 81kW/141Nm.

Six-speed manual or automatic transmissions are on offer, with fuel consumption ranging from 4.9 to 5.5 l/100km.


In other news, and staying with Mazda, the Japanese carmaker confirmed its CX-3 compact SUV will make its world premiere at this month’s LA Auto Show.


Speaking of the Los Angeles Auto Show, check out our ‘What To Watch For’ guide to see what we can expect when the doors are thrown open later this month.


Holden’s Managing Director Gerry Dorizas resigned this week, after serving in the position for just seven months.


BMW revealed its X5 M and X6 M large SUV performers, with each scheduled to appear in LA.


Toyota Australia updated its Camry medium sedan for the 2015 model year, adding a standard reversing camera and more to all models.


Subaru teased its Forester STI this week, but the new model could prove to be a Japan-only offering.


General Motors revealed the 2016 Holden Volt will get a larger petrol engine, but the new 1.5 litre unit will be more efficient than the 1.4 it replaces.


Audi has ‘saved the best for last’ with its current-generation R8, unveiling a limited edition Competition model exclusively for the US market.


Isuzu revealed it will return to the Dakar Rally in 2015, with a purpose-built MU-X SUV competing in the ‘International T2’ class.


Honda’s upcoming NSX was spied testing again this week, in what is likely to be the final leg of the new coupe’s prototype testing.

 

REVIEWS

We had staff parking on the street this week at the TMR Garages, to make room for the likes of the 2014 Renault Clio GT Premium EDC. We liked the light hatch’s go-fast looks, great handling and quirky technologies.


The 2014 Rolls-Royce Wraith offers superlative quality, an ultra-smooth drivetrain and accomplished ride and handling, but costs a cool $645,000 (drive-away).


In case you missed it earlier, the 2014 Lexus NX 300h has arrived in Australia and we drove the Luxury, F Sport and Sports Luxury variants this week.


We found the 2014 Audi A8 3.0 TDI Quattro offered a luxurious, superbly-crafted interior, but also a confusing console layout and fussy MMI menus.


Volkswagen’s 2015 Polo 81TSI Comfortline DSG Auto is well-equipped and well-built, with great handling and a strong engine; priced from $20,790.


Mazda’s all-new Mazda2 has arrived in the Australia, and we drove the Neo, Maxx and Genki variants this week. Check out our review.


As mentioned, the 2014 Volvo S60 Polestar sedan now has a stable-mate in the V60 wagon. We found the pair offer stunning performance for those willing to think outside the (German) box.


Finally, we found the 2014 MINI Cooper 5-Door hatch retains the 3-Door’s astonishing go-kart handling and fun-factor, while boosting practicality.


And that’s… the week that was.

 
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