The Week That Was: New Mazda3, Webber To Leave F1 Photo:
Trevor Collett | Jun, 30 2013 | 0 Comments

If there’s any car guaranteed to generate a stack of interest in Australia, it’s the new Mazda3. The wait is over, with the Mazda3 shedding its covers in Melbourne this week along with other cities around the world.

And the new Mazda3 sedan won’t be far behind either, set to join its hatch sibling in the coming months.

In motorsport this week, Australian F1 driver Mark Webber will leave the sport at the end of the 2013 season, confirming speculation that surfaced in recent months.

Webber will take the wheel of Porsche’s new LMP1 sports prototype at the 2014 Le Mans 24-Hour, along with the World Endurance Championship. Webber has taken nine F1 victories in his career.

“We’re gonna claim it anyway,” says Holden, referring to its claim that the new VF SS-V Redline Ute has smashed the Nurburgring lap record for commercial and utility vehicles.

Apparently some around the world don’t think Australia’s own ute should qualify as a commercial vehicle. Check out the video and judge for yourself.

In other news, the BMW M6 Gran Coupe is now on sale in Australia, priced from $299,500.

Citroen has unveiled its 2014 Grand C4 Picasso, which we can expect to see on Australian soil in the first half of next year.

We're eagerly anticipating the new film Rush, starring Niki Lauda and James Hunt (well, actors portraying them at least).

Why wait until September, when you can check out our video containing some of the scenes with commentary.

Reports out of the US this week suggest Maserati’s next GranTurismo coupe will feature a new styling direction for the Italian carmaker.

Jaguar is reportedly planning a new Porsche 911 Turbo S rivalling version of its F-Type, with over 520kW of power.

Sticking with Jaguar, the big cat’s XF Sportbrake is expected to reach Australian showrooms in early 2014. 'Sportbrake'? Well, if 'Shooting Brake' wasn't pretentious enough, now we have yet another contortion of the King's English to describe a wagon. (It does look tasty though...)

If reports are correct, Lexus will join the turbo set in 2015, with a new 2.0 litre turbo four-cylinder engine.

Honda is reportedly planning to add more Earth Dreams fuel-saving technology to its Civic range in 2015.

Exciting news from Lotus this week, with the carmaker set to expand into motorcycles. Even its very first model – the C-01 – promises to be something special.

And finally, have a look at a couple of cars from the TMR garages this week, with our 2013 Audi A3 Sportback 1.4TFSI Attraction review along with our 2013 Nissan Dualis TS Diesel review.

And that’s… the week that was.

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