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The Week That Was: Nissan Navara, FPV GTF, Renault Megane RS 265 Photo:
 
 
Trevor Collett | Jun, 15 2014 | 0 Comments

The covers came off the 2015 Nissan Navara this week, ahead of a local arrival for the new ute range early next year.

As expected, the new model picks up key styling cues from the latest Nissan line-up, while maintaining a workhorse look that evolves the design of the outgoing Navara.

A 2.8 litre Cummins diesel engine producing 120kW/360Nm is tipped to feature in the new Navara, but Nissan is yet to confirm this.


What should be the final model from Ford Performance Vehicles was unveiled this week, in the form of the FPV GT F 351.

Ford has confirmed the ‘F’ stands for ‘Final’. The ‘351’ refers to the engine’s 351kW power output, but that figure will break the 400kW barrier on ‘over-boost’.

Despite the car seeing the light of day for the first time, only 10 of the 500 sedans allocated to Australia are still looking for homes (and likely now sold out).

Renault’s Megane RS 265 hot hatch will kick-off the face-lifted Megane range in Australia, upon its arrival later this month.

As before, the Megane RS 265 is powered by a 195kW and 360Nm turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine, but a stop&start system has been added as standard equipment.

The update includes a refreshed front-end look and streamlined model range, with prices starting from $43,990 plus on-road costs.


In other news, Honda detailed pricing and features for its all-new Jazz, ahead of the hatch’s arrival in Australia next month.


Australian Daniel Ricciardo won his first Formula 1 Grand Prix this week, edging out Nico Rosberg in his Mercedes in Canada.


The End Of Financial Year sales are in full swing. Among others getting into the swing, both Tata and Honda announced special drive-away deals on some models.


Lotus unveiled its Exige LF1 Special Edition, with a production run of 81 planned to celebrate each of the carmaker’s victories in F1.


Foton has relaunched the Tunland pickup in Australia, under the direction of new local distributor Ateco.


Volkswagen teased its 2015 Passat this week, ahead of an online reveal next month and an unveiling at October's Paris Motor Show.


MINI added the SD and One First models to its growing Cooper line-up, with both variants possibilities for the Australian market.


Bentley’s as-yet unnamed SUV was spied testing this week, with our photographers capturing both exterior and interior shots (tested by a Beatles fan..?).


Two Australian university students were announced as finalists of the Infiniti Performance Engineering Academy, giving each the chance to join the Red Bull F1 team.


Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced an ‘open book’ on the carmaker’s patents this week, hoping to accelerate the development of electric vehicles.

 

REVIEWS

We drove the 2014 Nissan X-Trail ST seven-seat 2WD this week, impressed with its flexible seating, standard features and a leap in refinement over its predecessor.


In case you missed it earlier, the 2014 FPV GT F 351 is officially off the leash, and we took the ‘instant classic’ for a blast around Ford’s You Yangs Proving Ground.


We found the 2014 Mazda3 SP25 Astina Hatch Automatic to be stylish, packed with features and fun to drive. Check out our review.


Finally, while the 2014 Mercedes-Benz GLA 200 CDI Diesel Automatic is hardly an ‘SUV’, it has good looks, a good ride and a long standard equipment list on its side.


And that’s… the week that was.

 
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