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The Week That Was: Mazda CX-3, Peugeot 508 & 3008, Subaru Forester Photo:
 
 
Trevor Collett | Mar, 22 2015 | 0 Comments

One of 2015’s most anticipated new cars is now in Australia with the launch of the Mazda CX-3.

Arriving in four models, petrol and diesel engine options, manual and auto transmissions, along with front- and all-wheel-drive layouts, the CX-3 boasts 24 possible configurations.

The compact CX-3 kicks off at $19,990 for the entry ‘Neo’ grade, topping out at $37,690 for the top-shelf Akari.


Peugeot’s updated 508 is now on sale in Australia, priced from $37,990 for the entry-level Active model with a new 1.6 litre turbocharged petrol engine.

The 508 Active is the most economical petrol-powered offering in the large car segment, and is joined by a pair of up-spec diesel models available in both sedan and wagon.

The French carmaker also introduced its updated 3008 small SUV to Australia this week, available as a single variant priced from $35,490 for the petrol-powered model.


Subaru’s updated Forester also touched down in Australia this week, with the headline addition being a new automatic diesel variant.

The other big news is a dramatic range-wide price cut of up to $3500, on top of changes at the start of this year driven by the Free Trade Agreement with Japan.

The range has also been rationalised: gone is the previous entry-level diesel, with only two model grades now offered for diesel-drinking Foresters.


In other news, Audi’s updated A7 Sportback and S7 Sportback are now on sale, priced from $115,400 plus on-road costs.


Toyota’s annual HiAce update, released in the past week, brings some notable efficiency improvements to the four-cylinder petrol engine along with a new six-speed automatic.


As the dust settles on the Geneva Motor Show, the world’s carmakers have now turned their attention to the New York Auto Show. Check out our What To Watch For guide.


Speaking of New York, the 2015 Kia Optima is due to be unveiled there and the Korean carmaker released some tasty teaser images of its new model this week.


It appears Chrysler’s days in the UK market are numbered, with news this week that the carmaker will be gone from there by 2017 (but staying on here).


Ford Australia and New Zealand boss Robert “Bob” Graziano announced that he will retire on April 1, closing out a 32-year career with the American carmaker.


Staying with Ford: the local carmaker says demand for its Falcon XR8 has prompted a rethink on the production schedule - more than twice as many units as originally forecast will now be built.


Revology Cars unveiled its take on the classic 1960s Ford Mustang, bringing modern-day technology and performance to the ‘Stang’s classic body shape.


An Australian invention called Buckle Me Up was unveiled, as a wireless device that aims to inform parents when children in the back seat have uncoupled their seatbelt.


Tesla boss Elon Musk declared that autonomous cars could soon become so good that driving may become ‘illegal’. Musk’s company also released its latest over-the-air update for the Model S, aimed at reducing range anxiety.

 

REVIEWS

In case you missed it earlier, the all-new 2015 Mazda CX-3 SUV has now arrived in Australia and we drove the Maxx, sTouring and Akari variants this week.


We tested Subaru’s updated Forester SUV which at long last has an automatic diesel variant in the range. We found the diesel auto offered a smooth and quiet drive but is a tad leisurely away from stop.


Peugeot’s updated 508 sedan is a smooth, quiet operator with sharp new looks, priced from $37,990 plus on-roads. Check out our review.


We found the 2015 Audi A6 and A7 update offered clean styling, added tech, and a great 3.0 TDI engine in a package with very few faults.


Finally, it’s a rare occasion when we award a car the full 5-star rating. Ferrari’s 458 Speciale is one such car worthy of the honour.


And that’s… the week that was.

 
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