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The Week That Was: New Nissan X-Trail, March VFACTS, MINI Cooper Photo:
 
 
Trevor Collett | Apr, 05 2014 | 0 Comments

The 2014 Nissan X-Trail arrived in Australia this week, priced from $27,990 plus on-roads for the 2.0 litre manual 2WD.

X-Trail is an all-petrol affair for now, with a choice of 2.0 litre or 2.5 litre four-cylinder engines. The diesel will not arrive until later in the year.

A six-speed manual is available only in the entry-level ST 2WD, while all other models get a 'seven-step' CVT automatic.


The VFACTS new car sales for March are in, with the Toyota Corolla regaining the top spot from the Mazda3, the latter topping the sales sheets in February.

Toyota is still way out in front for overall sales, selling just 779 fewer cars than second-placed Holden and third-placed Mazda combined.

That said, it was a good month for Holden, with the VF Commodore in particular proving popular as it slotted into fourth place behind the Toyota HiLux.

The 2014 MINI Cooper will arrive in Australia this month, bringing with it new three-cylinder engine options in both petrol and diesel.

A 1.5 litre turbo-petrol unit now opens the range, with its 100kW and 220Nm marking a 10kW and 60Nm increase over the 1.6 litre four-cylinder engine it replaces.

The new Cooper comes with a sizeable price cut as well, starting at $26,650 plus on-roads and rising to $36,950 for the Cooper S.


In other news, BMW’s 4 Series Gran Coupe will arrive in Australia from June, priced from $70,000 plus on-roads for the 420i.


Staying with BMW, the German carmaker’s M4 Convertible was revealed this week, ahead of an Australian arrival in late 2014 or early 2015.


Both the 2015 Kia Grand Carnival and 2015 Subaru Outback were teased this week, with each new model due to appear at the New York Auto Show.


Daihatsu aired its all-new Copen, following on from the Kopen Concept last year and bringing a range of customised body panels for buyers (not in Australia though).


The face-lifted Toyota Yaris surfaced online this week, in what appeared to be official brochure photos.


Suzuki announced new drive-away pricing for its S-Cross SUV, while the Japanese carmaker's Authentics sedan was revealed in patent renderings.


It was a mixed week for Holden with its Cruze range.

The 2015 model was revealed without camouflage, parked in a Chinese holding yard - and it looks pretty good.

Then Holden announced a recall affecting 700 customers whose cars were recalled for the same issue last year.


The Golf has turned 40, and Volkswagen celebrated this week with a drive down memory lane.


The Foton Tunland pickup will soon be relaunched in Australia, following the announcement that distribution will shift to Ateco.


BP announced that its Brisbane refinery will close in 2015, leaving up to 655 people jobless and placing further strain on Australia’s liquid energy supply.

 

REVIEWS

In case you missed it earlier, the 2014 Nissan X-Trail has arrived in Australia and we drove all three variants this week. A worthy contender, we concluded, and improved nearly everywhere that matters on the previous model.


Priced at $28,140 plus on-roads, we found the 2014 Skoda Octavia 103TSI Ambition Plus DSG Wagon offered plenty of space and features for under $30k.


The 2014 BMW X5 model range is now complete in Australia, and we drove the sDrive25d and xDrive25d variants this week. Check out our review.


Following its launch last week, we drove the top-shelf 2014 Subaru WRX Premium Automatic and found the CVT added a new dimension to the Subaru performer.


Finally, have you ever sought to park a new Audi wearing an RS badge in your driveway?

That goal has never been cheaper in Australia than it is now, and we drove the 2014 Audi RSQ3 to see if the ‘entry-level RS’ is worthy of the badge.


And that’s… the week that was.

 
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