The Week That Was: New York And Beijing Auto Shows, BMW X3, Audi S4, S5 Photo:

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Trevor Collett | Apr, 27 2014 | 0 Comments

The New York International Auto Show is coming to a close, but not before it offered up plenty of new models and concepts this week.

Everything from the 2015 Toyota Camry to Honda’s ASIMO robot has made an appearance in New York, along with new Kia Grand Carnival and Nissan Murano models ahead of their respective Australian launches.

Concepts of note at the New York show include the Land Rover Discovery Vision Concept, which showcases Land Rover’s new ‘Transparent Bonnet’ technology.

Not to be outdone by New York, the booming Chinese car market is firmly focused on ‘Auto China’ at present; otherwise known as the Beijing Auto Show.

For Australia, models such as the Lexus NX (arriving late 2014), Hyundai ix25 (under consideration) and the 2015 Holden Cruze (Chinese version) have all been previewed at Beijing.

There are also plenty of models that are unlikely to venture outside the Chinese market, including a new Honda inspired by the ‘Concept B’ and the revived Ford Escort.

BMW’s X3 SUV is heading to Australia in June, and the German carmaker outlined pricing and features for the local market this week.

Two petrol and two diesel engines will be available, including an upgraded 2.0 litre diesel unit that boosts power by 5kW and torque by 20Nm.

Pricing starts at $60,900 plus on-roads for the xDrive 20i, rounding out at $77,400 plus on-roads for the xDrive 30d.

In other news, MINI unveiled its 2015 Paceman update at the Beijing Auto Show, ahead of an Australian arrival late this year or early 2015.

Honda confirmed its new small SUV will be heading to Australia, with the HR-V name to be revived for the occasion.

The 2015 Toyota Yaris was revealed this week ahead of its local arrival, but the three-door model is set to be discontinued in Australia.

Morgan detailed its limited edition Plus 8 Speedster for UK customers, celebrating a century of manufacturing at its Pickersleigh Road address in England.

Audi took the knife to pricing for its S4 and S5 performance models, significantly reducing the cost of entry for models across both lines.

The TMR spy photographers were busy this week, snapping pics of the new Mazda2, Opel Corsa and Holden Volt during testing.

Mahindra lowered pricing on its Pik-Up range by between $1500 and $2100, although the entry-level 4x2 single cab-chassis remains at $18,990 drive-away.

The Subaru Levorg was unveiled as a concept at last year’s Tokyo Motor Show, and Subaru Australia announced this week it was keen to add the new wagon to the local line-up.

Volvo confirmed its all-new XC90 SUV will surface late in 2014, following a series of concepts previewing the new model.

The Denza joint venture unveiled its first-ever model this week, when the covers came off the EV for the Chinese market at the Beijing Auto Show.



We couldn’t get enough of the Jaguar F-TYPE this week at TMR, hitting the road in both the S Convertible and the R Coupe; both powered by a 5.0 litre supercharged V8.

The 2014 Kia Optima Platinum Petrol Automatic is packed with features and offers good value for money, but is it better than its medium prestige competitors? Check out our review.

We found Toyota’s entry-level 2014 Kluger GX 2WD SUV does the ‘family wagon thing’ very well, priced from $40,990 plus on-roads.

Finally, we drove the recent diesel addition to the local Honda family, with the 2014 CR-V DTi-L offering lots of space, an excellent ride and solid build quality.

And that’s… the week that was.

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