The Week That Was: Mazda CX-5, Alfa Romeo 4C, Holden Commodore Photo:
Trevor Collett | Jan, 25 2015 | 0 Comments

Mazda’s updated CX-5 arrived in Australia this week, bringing refreshed styling, new safety features and lower pricing.

Thanks to the free trade agreement with Japan, the CX-5 now starts at $27,190 (plus on-roads) for the Maxx variant with manual transmission.

Non-visual changes centre around the CX-5’s suspension which has been tweaked for a smoother, flatter ride, while road noise in the cabin has been reduced by 10 percent thanks to improved sound-deadening.

Alfa Romeo’s 4C coupe has finally arrived in Australia, landing with the surprising starting price of $89,000 plus on-road costs.

It might be a whole year late, but those who waited patiently can now opt for a special Launch Edition model, limited to just 75 units in Australia.

The Launch Edition costs $109,000 plus on-roads, and adds a Rosso Alfa or Madreperla White paint finish, carbon-fibre rear spoiler and mirror caps, race suspension and more.

Holden confirmed that the Commodore name will live on post-2017, when the carmaker ceases production in Australia.

A large family model from GM’s global stables will wear the Commodore badge from 2018, but Holden is remaining tight-lipped on exactly which model that will be.

Holden cites customer feedback for its decision to retain the name, saying 70 percent of those polled supported it.

In other news, as TMR’s Best Buy for 2015 draws closer we announced the top five luxury cars from the vast array released in 2014.

Then we announced the TMR team's nominations of the top five medium SUVs for the year, with Nissan, Ford, Mazda, Honda and Subaru getting the nod.

Renault 2015 Master load hauler is now available in Australia, priced from $40,990 plus on-roads.

Kia’s updated Rio hatch arrived in Australia this week, bringing refreshed styling, interior improvements and retuned suspension.

Audi’s A3 and S3 have received an engine overhaul for 2015, available now in Australia with more power and improved economy in some models.

Also up for a power and economy boost was Audi’s 2015 A4 Allroad, which arrived in Australia this week priced from $70,500 plus on-roads.

Skoda’s new Fabia was declared the safest car in its class by Euro NCAP, from the 13 models tested during 2014.

Chinese carmaker BYD revealed the world’s most powerful hybrid SUV, when the covers came off its new Tang model.

Mercedes-Benz’s updated CLS four-door coupe and shooting brake models are now on sale in Australia, bringing a new nine-speed automatic to the CLS 500.

TMR’s Managing Editor, Tim O’Brien, examined the falling oil price and considered what might happen with the market from here.



In case you missed it earlier, the 2015 Mazda CX-5 SUV is now available in Australia and we drove the Grand Touring and Akera diesel models this week.

We also drove the 2015 Mazda2 Genki Manual, impressed with its modern interior, frugal engine and drive characteristics - a package you’ll love being seen in.

And that’s… the week that was.

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