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The Week That Was: Mazda MX-5, Lexus NX 300h, Mitsubishi Lancer Photo:
 
 
Trevor Collett | Sep, 07 2014 | 0 Comments

One of 2014’s most anticipated cars was unveiled this week, when the covers finally came off the all-new Mazda MX-5.

The new model is 100kg lighter than its predecessor, although exactly how this affects performance is unknown as Mazda is remaining tight-lipped on engine details for now.

Australian customers will have to wait at least a year to take delivery of the new model but with pricing tipped to start under the $40,000 barrier, the wait might be worth it.


The first of Lexus’ NX SUV range is scheduled to arrive in Australia in October, and the Japanese carmaker confirmed pricing and features this week.

A front-wheel-drive ‘Luxury’ version will kick-off the new NX 300h range with prices starting from $55,000 plus on-roads, rising to $75,000 for the AWD ‘Sports Luxury’ model.

A 2.5 litre petrol engine combined with an electric motor produces 145kW in the 2WD model, while AWD models get an additional electric motor powering the rear wheels.


Mitsubishi has increased the appeal of its aging Lancer small car range in Australia, announcing across-the-board price-cuts this week.

The entry-level ES Sport manual can now be had from $18,990 plus on-road costs, representing a $1400 saving over the previous price-point.

The performance hero Lancer Evolution hasn’t escaped the red pen either, with the manual model now $4000 cheaper at $52,990 plus on-roads.


In other news, the Lamborghini Huracan is now on sale in Australia, and its $428,000 plus on-roads starting price is $27,000 less than the outgoing Gallardo.


MINI Australia released details of its updated Countryman and Paceman SUV twins this week, ahead of a mid-September launch.


The 2015 Land Rover Discovery Sport was revealed, with an Australian arrival scheduled for the second half of next year.


Queensland's Performax International launched its Australian re-engineered, right-hand-drive version of the big Ford F-250 Super Duty Pickup, priced from $105,000 plus on-roads.


The VFACTS new-car sales figures for August were released, showing a ‘business-as-usual’ situation for market leaders Toyota and its Corolla small car.


A second motor show for Victoria in 2015 was announced this week, with ‘MotorWorld Melbourne’ set for November next year at Sandown Raceway.


How will current global ‘uncertainty’ affect future fuel prices in Australia? Check out TMR Managing Editor Tim O’Brien’s take on the issue.


Daihatsu, Subaru and Toyota revealed a team-effort kei mini truck in Japan, naming it the Hijet, Sambar and Pixis respectively.


Tesla announced a new “state-of-the-art” service centre for Sydney customers this week, along with plans to build its first Australian Supercharging station.


Prime Minister Tony Abbott and others will soon be seen in a BMW 760Li High Security limousine, as the Federal Government moves to update its fleet of Commonwealth vehicles.

 

REVIEWS

We drove the 2014 Renault Kangoo Maxi Crew this week, finding the van to be versatile and easy to drive with comfortable rear seats.


In case you missed it earlier, the 2014 Ford F-250 Super Duty from Performax is now on-sale in Australia and we put the mid-range Lariat model to the test.


Australian customers will soon take delivery of the first 2014 Tesla Model S EVs to arrive on local soil, and we took the top-shelf P85 variant for a preview drive this week.


Finally, we found the 2014 Nissan Qashqai ST Petrol Manual offered funky styling, refined on-road manners and a smart interior, in a model that may well be the star of the current Nissan range.


And that’s… the week that was.

 
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