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The Week That Was: Mazda2, Mercedes C-Class, Volkswagen Polo Photo:
 
 
Trevor Collett | Aug, 24 2014 | 0 Comments

TMR travelled to Japan this week to drive the new 2015 Mazda2, ahead of its Australian launch later this year.

The new 2 will arrive with a choice of two 1.5 litre petrol engines, with the smaller 1.3 litre unit plus the diesel option left off the list for Australia.

Production of the 2015 model for the Australian market will take place in Thailand, following a mostly Japanese affair for the outgoing model.


The all-new Mercedes-Benz C-Class has touched down in Australia, arriving initially in sedan form only.

Pricing starts at $60,900 for the entry-level C 200 petrol model, rising to $74,900 plus on-roads for the C 300 Bluetec Hybrid.

That puts the new C-Class ahead of rivals from Audi, BMW and Lexus, but Merc says $10,000 worth of standard equipment has been added over the previous model.


The refreshed Volkswagen Polo light hatch arrived in Australia this week, with the new entry-level price of $16,290 plus on-roads.

That amount will buy you the 66TSI Trendline with manual transmission for $700 less than the outgoing model, while the 81TSI Comfortline also in manual has received a $950 price-cut.

The diesel engine available in the previous model has been dropped, making the 2015 Polo an all-petrol affair.


In other news, and sticking with Volkswagen, the German carmaker confirmed that it will be expanding its line-up of sporty R-Line models.


The hybrid version of Nissan’s Pathfinder SUV has joined the local range, with the front-wheel-drive ST model starting at $42,990 plus on-roads.


The 2015 Skoda Fabia was revealed ahead of an official launch at the Paris Motor Show, while Russian design group X-Tomi gave us its take on a new Fabia RS.


Renault added the Sport Way Limited Edition to its Koleos SUV line-up, with only 100 examples up for grabs available in petrol or diesel form.


An all-new infotainment system for Jaguar’s soon to be unveiled XE sedan was detailed this week, while the British carmaker is also rumoured to be building an XE SVR V8.


Australian supercar hopeful JOSS took to ‘Kickstarter’ this week in an effort to get its first model - the JP1 - off the ground.


The 2015 Paris Motor Show is just around the corner, with many significant new models to look forward to. Check out our ‘what to watch for’ list.


Saleen’s take on the Tesla Model S electric vehicle was unveiled at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance this week. Meanwhile Tesla announced a new eight-year warranty.


Ford released the first picture of the right-hand-drive 2015 Mustang, with the development model due to begin testing shortly.


Volvo detailed its new AstaZero proving ground in Sweden, as the carmaker continues working towards it goal of zero fatalities in a new Volvo by 2020.

 

REVIEWS

In case you missed it earlier, the 2015 Volkswagen Polo has arrived in Australia and we drove both the 66 and 88TSI models this week.


We found the 2015 Mazda2 offered a premium look with a classy cabin, advanced driver aids and efficient engines during our preview drive in Japan.


The 2015 Mercedes-Benz C 200 and C 250 offer typical Mercedes quality, a long standard equipment list and amazingly low fuel consumption. Check out our review.


Finally, we found the 2014 Honda City VTi-L Automatic was zippy around town with a big back seat and a huge boot; a standout in the light sedan market.


And that’s… the week that was.

 
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