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The Week That Was: Mazda MX-5, Volvo XC90, Audi Q7 Photo:
 
 
Trevor Collett | Aug, 09 2015 | 0 Comments

The long wait for Mazda enthusiasts ended this week when the carmaker’s all-new MX-5 finally arrived in Australia.

Local customers will have a choice of both Roadster and Roadster GT specifications, with either a 1.5 litre or, available soon, a 2.0 litre naturally-aspirated four-cylinder engine.

Starting from $31,990 for a 1.5 litre manual roadster, the new MX-5 is substantially cheaper than before at over $15,000 less expensive than the outgoing NC MX-5.


Volvo launched its all-new XC90 SUV range in Australia this week as part of a staggered roll-out, with petrol and diesel models on sale now and a plug-in hybrid to follow early next year.

Pricing for the new range starts at $89,950, making the new XC90 slightly more expensive than prestige players like the BMW X5 (from $84,200) and Mercedes-Benz ($83,900).

To help offset the difference, the XC90 range offers features like seven seats as standard, with all-wheel-drive across the range and a high level of standard appointments and safety features.


Audi's all-new Q7 large SUV rumbled onto Australian roads this week, launching as a single-engine, single-spec offering priced from $103,900.

It's a significant price jump over the most affordable variant of the previous-generation Q7, the $91,500 3.0 TDI, however the new car's extra power, torque and slightly fatter standard equipment list should compensate for some of that impost.

And though the new 3.0 litre turbo diesel V6 that is the sole powerplant boasts more grunt than the outgoing 3.0 TDI, it also promises to be 20 percent more efficient - as well as a fair whack faster - than the model it replaces.


In other news, Ford announced its 257kW Focus RS uber-hatch will go on sale in Australia in the first quarter of 2016 with an asking price in the region of $50,000.


Lexus confirmed it will add a turbocharged four-cylinder entry-level model to its RC coupe range, with the RC 200t set to join the line-up in Europe before making its way to Australia in December.


Holden donated eleven cars to select TAFE training institutions as part of the Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce’s (VACC) Automotive Industry Donation program.


Jeep Australia added two new special editions to its stable of SUVs, with both the Cherokee and Grand Cherokee now available in Blackhawk trim.


Subaru also had its special edition hat on this week, announcing a new $2000 package for its Forester 2.5i-L model with CVT automatic.


Toyota revealed interior shots and specifications for its Fortuner SUV, ahead of the new model’s local arrival in October.


Bentley’s incoming Bentayga SUV was paraded in a new video this week, as the carmaker set out to prove it’s not just a high-riding limousine for the (private) school run.


Citroen launched its updated C4 small hatch range, with a new two-spec strategy and pricing now starting at $29,990 for the base model C4 Seduction and topping out at $33,990 for the C4 Exclusive.


Staying with Citroen, the French carmaker announced its new Citroen Confidence program this week which keeps the existing six-year warranty and adds six years free roadside assist and six years or 90,000km capped price servicing.


Ford Australia said this week that it won't engage in price wars with other manufacturers in a "race to the bottom", but will instead aim to maximise profitability by targeting buyers at the higher end of the non-premium market.

 

REVIEWS

In case you missed it earlier, the 2016 Mazda MX-5 has now arrived in Australia and we drove the new toy-like, balanced and involving roadster this week.


Audi’s 2016 Q7 was another new arrival, and we found the SUV offered lashings of luxury and style in equal measure to the lashings of power and torque from the 3.0 litre TDI under the bonnet.


We found the 2015 Citroen C4 offered some niche appeal in the busy small hatch market, as an incredibly comfortable, smooth and quiet updated model.


Volvo’s all-new 2016 XC90 SUV offers a high quality interior, reimagined infotainment and bluff new styling, priced from $89,950 plus on-road costs. Check out our review.


Finally, we found the 2015 Toyota Camry Altise Hybrid is a smart alternative to the midsized diesels, offering big-car space with light-car fuel bills.


And that’s… the week that was.

 
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