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The Week That Was: Lexus RC F, Honda HR-V, Citroen C4 Picasso Photo:
 
 
Trevor Collett | Feb, 16 2015 | 0 Comments

A new performance flagship for Lexus is now on sale in Australia, with this week’s arrival of the RC F coupe.

Starting at $133,500, the RC F is a handy $33,400 more affordable than its BMW M4 rival. That’s change enough to park a ‘daily driver’ family car beside your RC F.

The new hero Lexus is also more powerful, kicking out 351kW from its naturally aspirated 5.0 litre V8 against the M4’s 317kW twin-turbo six, but the RC F is 20Nm down on torque.


Honda’s re-born HR-V made its official Australian debut this week, launching into the booming compact SUV segment.

Kicking off from $24,990, the HR-V is offered in three main trim grades: VTi at the entry end, followed by the $27,990 VTi-S and the top-shelf $33,990 VTi-L model.

All are powered by Honda’s 1.8 litre petrol engine, which also features in the Civic range, with power listed at 105kW and 172Nm.


Citroen’s 2015 C4 Picasso has arrived in Australia, priced from $40,990 plus on-road costs.

Arriving as a five-seater ‘hatch/people-mover’, the C4 Picasso joins the larger Grand C4 Picasso in Citroen’s passenger car range.

The new car is 172mm shorter than the Grand C4 Picasso, with a 55mm shorter wheelbase and 24mm lower height.


In other news, Ford Australia announced a boost to its customer service credentials with a promise to offer a free loan car to selected owners who book a scheduled service through a Ford dealer.


Sticking with Ford, the carmaker confirmed its new Mondeo is headed our way in Q2 with two petrol engines and a frugal diesel unit, while a hybrid Mondeo may arrive in the next few years.


Toyota’s updated Prius C arrived in Australia this week, bringing refreshed styling and a lower $22,990 plus on-roads starting price for 2015.


Mercedes-AMG’s heroic new S 63 Coupe is now on sale in Australia, priced from $409,000 - including $29,900 in GST and a further $80,103 under the Luxury Car Tax.


The 2015 Bathurst 12-Hour was run and won this week, with Nissan’s Godzilla GT-R breaking a 23-year drought at The Mountain - check out our race report.


A pair of hypercars is set to rock the stands at the Geneva Motor Show next month, with both Koenigsegg and Aston Martin teasing something special.


Moves from Mazda this week included a number of tweaks and price cuts for the popular Mazda3, while The Motor Report obtained what could be a sneak peak at model and pricing info for the incoming CX-3 SUV.


Skoda announced details for its Octavia Scout SUV ahead of an Australian arrival next month, while the Czech carmaker kept the teaser wheel spinning on its all-new Superb.


Chrysler launched a new limited-edition version of its hero 300 SRT sedan into Australia this week, in the not-quite-gaseous form of the Satin Vapour.


Judges for this year’s World Car of the Year awards whittled the list down to a handful of finalists in each of the award’s five categories - see if your pick is on the list.

 

REVIEWS

In case you missed it earlier, Honda’s 2015 HR-V compact SUV has arrived in Australia and we drove the new model this week.


We also took to the wheel of another newcomer in Hyundai’s 2015 Sonata sedan, impressed by the handling and interior space and declaring the turbocharged engine is the pick from the two choices on offer.


Citroen’s 2015 C4 Picasso offers high-end features, individual style, a big boot and an eager engine, priced from $40,990 plus on-roads. Check out our review.


We drove the ‘good but not great’ 2015 Ford Falcon G6E EcoBoost, finding the powertrain and comfort are on-par but the interior has suffered following the low-budget makeover.


Finally, we found the 2015 Volkswagen Scirocco is still gorgeous after all these years with a delicious sound and easy to drive quickly.


And that’s… the week that was.

 
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