The Week That Was: Nissan Altima, Cerato Koup Turbo, BMW 4 Series Photo:

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Trevor Collett | Oct, 19 2013 | 0 Comments

Nissan’s new Altima sedan will arrive in Australia next month, priced from $29,990 plus on-roads.

Set to replace the Maxima in Nissan’s local line-up, the Altima will be available with a choice of two petrol engines and four trim levels, rounding out at $45,390 plus on-roads for the range-topping Ti-S.

The Altima body-silhouette can currently be seen competing in the V8 Supercars series, spearheading Nissan’s factory-backed return to Australian touring car racing.

Kia’s Cerato range now has the final piece in place, with the arrival of the Koup and Koup Turbo this week.

The Koup is available in two trim levels with a 2.0 litre naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine and a zesty 1.6 litre turbocharged four-pot in the Koup Turbo.

TMR was there to drive the new Kia when the covers were removed. Check out our review.

The BMW 3 Series convertible is gone, well at least the nameplate is, but in its place is the new and very stylish 4 Series.

Just days after pictures of the convertible were leaked, BMW released images and specs for the new drop-top, which is lighter than its predecessor and comes with petrol and diesel engines.

Expect to see the 4 Series convertible arrive locally early next year, joining the coupe range which arrived this month. (And take a look at our review of the new 2014 BMW 4 Series Coupes, released to Australia just this week.)

In other news, Toyota offered up to 100 voluntary redundancies from its Altona plant in Melbourne this week, in response to reduced export orders.

New rules were announced in Victoria regarding speed cameras this week, which may now see them deployed at the bottom of steep hills and ‘hidden’ behind fixed roadside objects.

The RAA estimates that ‘mis-fuelling’ – which usually means filling a diesel tank with petrol costs Australian motorists $10 million each year.

Nissan announced that its Qashqai SUV will be heading to Australia next year as a replacement for the current model, which is badged locally as Dualis. The Pulsar SSS sedan is also on its way next year, joining the SSS hatch which is already on sale.

Two more new arrivals for Nissan next year will be the supercharged hybrid Pathfinder along with the new X-Trail, unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

Hyundai’s warmed-up Accent SR hatch is now on sale in Australia, priced from $18,990 in manual form.

Renault added a new entry-level engine to its local Megane range, a 1.2 litre turbocharged four-cylinder that sees the range now starting at $19,990 drive-away.

Honda announced that its 2014 Civic sedan will receive new features and a sharper price when it arrives next year, now priced from $19,490 plus on-roads.



In case you missed it earlier, check out our Kia Cerato Koup Launch Review in which we sampled both the 2.0 litre naturally aspirated and 1.6 litre turbo-powered variants.

We drove all three of the locally-available 2014 BMW 4 Series Coupes at their Australian launch; the 420d, 428i and 435i. There is another one coming: the entry-level 420i model set to arrive in Australian showrooms in January. Check out our review.

And finally, we drove one of the most important new cars to arrive in Australia before its 2014 launch; the new Mazda3.

And that’s… the week that was.

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