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The Week That Was: New MINI & WRX, Motor Shows, Nissan Altima Reviewed Photo:
 
 
Trevor Collett | Nov, 24 2013 | 0 Comments

It was a big week for the motoring industry, with simultaneous international motor shows held in Tokyo, Los Angeles and the Chinese city of Guangzhou.

The three shows offered more than a handful of important unveilings, but few packed the build-up of spy photos, teasers, rumours and reports that preceded the new MINI Cooper, and the new Subaru WRX.

Making its international debut in three-door form at the LA Auto Show, the 2014 Cooper brings new technology, new engines and a more spacious cabin.

Just a short stroll from the MINI stand at the LA Auto Show, Subaru unveiled its all-new 199kW 2014 WRX performance sedan.

MINI Australia says the iconic small car should arrive in local showrooms before the end of Q1 2014, while the new WRX will hit local showrooms in March.

What else happened this past week?

Nissan’s answer to the ‘mid-life crisis’ Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ twins arrived in the form of the IDx Nismo Concepts at the Tokyo Motor Show.

‘Retro’ is the order of the day for the IDx, with numerous styling cues from Nissan’s rich history of small and mid-sized sports cars from decades gone by.

The Japanese carmaker will gauge public reaction to the concepts before deciding if a production version will be built.


In other news, the Ford Edge concept gave us a preview of what might replace the Territory in Ford’s local SUV line-up.


Jaguar’s new F-Type Coupe was unveiled simultaneously at Tokyo and Los Angeles ahead of its local arrival towards the end of next year.


Also headed to Australia is the 2014 Porsche Macan SUV, with two petrol and one diesel engine on offer; all of them V6s.


Honda announced it will soon launch a trio of new turbocharged VTEC petrol engines, in 1.0 three-cylinder, 1.5 litre four-cylinder and 2.0 litre four-cylinder, with the latter powering the new Civic Type R.

The Japanese carmaker also announced its new 2014 Odyssey people-mover will arrive in Australian showrooms in February.


Nissan’s new GT-R Nismo performance car was revealed this week, capable of lapping the Nurburgring in 7m08.69s.


And the covers came off Subaru’s Levorg concept at the Tokyo Motor Show, previewing a new production wagon for the Japanese market.


Staying with Subaru, its new Cross Sport Concept also debuted in Tokyo, with BRZ front styling and a ‘shooting brake’ rear design.


Honda unveiled its new Vezel small SUV, set to be the Japanese carmaker’s first offering in the segment in Australia since the HR-V in 2001.


 

REVIEWS

We drove Toyota’s updated-for-2014 Prado range this week, with all but the entry-level GX diesel receiving a small price increase. Check out our review, to see if it’s worth the extra money.


Staying in the dirt, we also drove BMW’s new 2014 X5 SUV this week, with the $147,900 (plus on-roads) M50d proving the highlight of the range.


We found the 2013 Lexus IS 300h Luxury Hybrid offered comfortable, smooth and quiet motoring; everything a luxury medium sedan should.


Check out our Features And Specs Reviews for both the $213,156 Lexus IS F CCS-R race car and the Subaru WRX RS40, with the latter in run-out mode ahead of the new model’s arrival.


Finally, the Nissan Altima would already be familiar to V8 Supercar fans, but how does the road-going version perform? Check out our review.

And that’s… the week that was.

 
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