The Week That Was: Medium SUV Comparison, Toyota Dominates Sales Photo:
Trevor Collett | Jul, 07 2013 | 2 Comments

Mazda’s CX-5 came out on top in our medium family SUV shootout this week. The Mazda beat out offerings from Ford, Honda, Subaru and Toyota. How did they rank overall? Check out our review.

We had just finished digesting the new Mazda3 hatch when suddenly the new Mazda3 sedan appeared online. Thanks to a leak in the Russian press, we've now seen new sedan from every angle.

Now that we’ve all seen it... we will still have to wait until next year for it to arrive in Australian showrooms.

It was a case of “business as usual” for Toyota in June, managing not only a 2.4 percent increase in new car sales over June last year, but also doubling the sales of its nearest rival; and then some.

Toyota shifted 22,160 new cars in June 2013, with Holden in a distant second on 10,483 sales. The Camry was the top selling locally-made car.

In other news, the Australian International Motor Show joint venture announced that the 2014 Sydney Motor Show has been cancelled.

The new Jeep Grand Cherokee is now on sale in Australia, priced from $45,000 drive-away. Check out TMR’s review.

Hyundai launched the i30 Special Edition three-door hatch in Australia this week, priced at $19,990 drive-away.

Ford will launch the Fiesta ST in Australia in September, featuring a 1.6 litre four-cylinder turbocharged EcoBoost engine. The hotter ST variant will be joined by the regular Fiesta range at the same time.

Ford North America President Joe Hinrichs has spoken about the carmaker’s decision to cease building cars in Australia in 2016. Check out what he had to say.

TMR drove the new Mitsubishi ASX diesel this week, which now comes with a 2.2 litre engine. The compact SUV has also scored an automatic transmission and a $3000 price cut.

Mercedes-Benz confirmed Australian pricing for its updated E-Class Coupe and Cabriolet models , staring from $79,990 and $88,900 respectively.

Mitsubishi has trimmed some of the variants from its Challenger range for 2014, including the two-wheel-drive models. Buyers now have a choice of three four-wheel-drive models.

Citroen announced drive-away pricing for select C4, C5 and Berlingo models this week, saving customers up to $4,500.

Learner drivers in NSW can now travel at a maximum of 90km/h (up from 80km/h) and participate in the Safer Drivers Course.

The pictures had to be tweaked to straighten out the body panels, but a brochure of what appears to be the 2014 Honda Jazz appeared online this week.

BMW’s i3 city car couldn’t stay out of the headlines this week, with patent images surfacing online, followed by some spy shots snapped by our photographers, and finally confirmation from BMW that the i3 will debut this month.

TVR’s new boss, Les Edgar, announced that the British carmaker plans to be back in business with two new models by 2015.

And finally, if you were wondering what else was lurking in the TMR garages this week, check out our 2013 Honda Civic DTi-S snapshot review along with our 2013 Holden Cruze SRi-V automatic hatch review.

And that’s… the week that was.

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