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The Week That Was: Mazda?s 2015 In Australia, Benz C-Class Hybrid Photo:
 
 
Trevor Collett | Dec, 07 2014 | 0 Comments

Mazda outlined its plans for Australia in 2015 this week, with a trio of updates and two significant new models set to arrive.

The CX-3 compact SUV and next-generation MX-5 will be the new arrivals, while updates to the midsized Mazda6 and CX-5 models along with the BT-50 pickup are also on the cards.

Mazda announced a new focus on fleet sales in Australia for 2015, as the carmaker looks to further expand market share.


Mercedes-Benz rounded out its new C-Class range in Australia this week, with the arrival of the Estate wagon line and the top-shelf C 300 Bluetec Hybrid sedan.

Pricing for the Estate kicks off at $63,400, while the C 300 Bluetec Hybrid sedan starts from $74,900 plus on-road costs.

Entry and mid-range models in the new C-Class family first debuted in August, kicking off with the C 200 and C 250 in petrol and diesel form.


A new era for V8 Supercars is on the horizon, with the sport revealing its ‘white paper’ containing ideas for the future.

As expected, the current rigid format requiring entrants to race rear-wheel-drive, V8-powered sedans will be axed and replaced by a new set of rules under ‘Gen2 Supercars’.

Four- and six-cylinder turbocharged engines will be allowed along with coupe body shells, but the current Car Of The Future chassis and control components will remain.


In other news, and staying with V8 Supercars, Ford confirmed this week what many had feared for quite a while - that the Blue Oval will officially exit the sport by 2016.


New car sales figures for November were released this week, showing a good month for Mercedes-Benz and Mitsubishi; among others.


Still on VFACTS, while Mazda’s small ‘3’ topped the sales charts last month, the Japanese carmaker was overtaken by Hyundai for overall sales in 2014 - with one survey remaining.


Foton announced its K1 people mover and van models will be heading to Australia next year, available with either petrol or diesel four-cylinder engines.


Citroen updated its Berlingo van for the 2015 model year, bringing a new six-speed automatic transmission and improved fuel economy for the range-topping model.


Honda’s CR-V ‘Series II’ is now on sale in Australia bringing updates to the petrol-powered range, while diesel-powered variants will continue as-is until late next year.


The Toyota Camry has now passed 850,000 sales in Australia, while the Rav4 SUV celebrated its 20th birthday this week.


Ferrari revealed its hotly-anticipated track version of the LaFerrari hypercar, in the form of the tarmac-eating 772kW FXX K.


Suzuki fans breathed a sigh of relief this week, with news that the next-generation Jimny 4WD will keep its compact dimensions and off-road ability.


Tata announced an end-of-year sale as the carmaker shifts focus to its 2015 model, with news that the 2014 Xenon pickup can now be had from $16,990 drive-away.

 

REVIEWS

Spaces were precious in the TMR Garages this week, and one of them was occupied by the 2014 Volkswagen Polo 66TSI Trendline DSG.

We found the light hatch offered a punchy engine, punchy audio and refined on the road behaviour, but the interior is a little plain.


We drove the 2015 BMW 2 Series Active Tourer 218i Petrol Automatic, impressed by the torquey three-cylinder turbo engine, nice handling and long feature list.


In case you missed it earlier, the 2015 Mercedes-Benz C 300 Bluetec Hybrid is now on sale in Australia and we drove the new model this week. Check out our review.


We played Santa in the 2015 Fiat Ducato and Fiat Doblo van range this week, delivering toys to the Smith Family on behalf of Fiat Australia.


At $14,990 plus on-road costs, the 2015 Honda Jazz VTi Manual is the cheapest way into a new Jazz. We found that the VTi manual is not only the cheapest Jazz, but also the best.


Finally, we declared the 2014 Porsche 911 GTS to be the best 911 ever (until the next one), with more power and an even more outrageously lovely noise - but it’ll cost you $268,700 plus on-roads.


And that’s… the week that was.

 
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