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