And in breaking news, there are reports about that the Mazda3 MPS is on track for a 2016 debut, with power as high as 220kW and all-wheel-drive.
The 2014 Kia Sportage is now available, priced from $25,990 plus on-roads for the entry-level Si model with a new 2.0 litre petrol engine.
While power for the 2.0 litre engine option remains steady at 122kW, torque has increased 8Nm to 205Nm and fuel consumption has improved to 8.2 l/100km (down from 8.7) in the manual-equipped model.
At the other end of the range, pricing for the Sportage Platinum 4WD Diesel Automatic now starts at $41,390 plus on-roads.
Australia lost its most successful ever race-driver and F1 icon early this week, when Sir Jack Brabham died at the age of 88.
Sir Jack was world champion three times during his career, famously winning the 1966 Championship in a car of his own design and construction.
In other news, the BMW 228i coupe is now available to order in Australia, priced from $64,400 plus on-roads.
The Australian Motoring Festival got the green light this week, confirmed for March 26-29 next year, to be staged co-jointly by VACC and RACV at the Melbourne Showgrounds.
Tesla’s Model S will reportedly be priced from $95,000 plus on-roads when it arrives in Australia later this year, although official pricing is expected to be known in the coming days.
ANCAP secured a $2.2 million boost in federal funding this week, confirming that the program will survive in its current state for at least the next two years.
Hyundai’s hydrogen-powered ix35 (Tucson) is now available in the US, although customers will only be invited to lease the SUVs, for now.
We drove the 2014 Kia Pro_Cee’d GT with Tech Pack this week; our verdict rates it highly as a well thought-out hatch with Kia’s best interior to date.
Keeping with track-based reviews, we took the 2014 Audi S3 Sedan around Victoria’s Phillip Island circuit this week, and there wasn’t much we didn’t like about it.
We also took to the wheel of the 2014 Fiat 500 Abarth Esseesse for the Italian Connection Trophy Rally and despite the fussy driving position, we think this car is capable of restoring one’s faith in four wheels.
Finally, we got off the beaten track in the 2014 Ford Ranger 4WD utility, putting the popular 4X4's driving technologies to the test. It confirmed our view of the Ranger's capabilities and that the TMR Best Buy gong we awarded it in 2011 still stands.
And that’s… the week that was.
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