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The Week That Was: Nissan Navara, Honda Jazz, BMW Active Tourer Photo:
 
 
Trevor Collett | Aug, 03 2014 | 0 Comments

TMR travelled to Thailand this week to drive the 2015 Nissan Navara, ahead of its arrival in Australia.

The new utility will have a 3500kg tow rating when it arrives on local soil, while the big diesel V6 engine from the outgoing model won’t be coming with it.

Nissan has also confirmed it is working on a Navara-based SUV, to be revealed in around a year from now.


The 2014 Honda Jazz is now available in Australia, priced from $14,990 plus on-roads for the entry-level VTi manual.

That represents a $1000 price-cut over the outgoing model, with the VTi and VTi-S CVT automatic models also $1000 better off.

Honda is looking to its new Jazz to boost sales for the remainder of 2014 and beyond, along with the new City and upcoming HR-V models.


Pricing and local specifications for the new BMW 2 Series Active Tourer were unveiled this week, with the new premium family hatch to start at $44,400 plus on-roads in Australia.

Three variants will be available initially, with a spread of three- and four-cylinder petrol engines along with a single four-cylinder diesel unit.

A fourth variant in the petrol-powered 220i will join the range midway through next year, while the launch models are expected to arrive in November.


In other news, the updated-for-2015 Ford Territory was revealed this week, ahead of its arrival in local showrooms later this year.


Staying with Ford, the local carmaker released an image of its 2015 Falcon G6E, before pictures of the new model’s rear styling appeared on the ‘net.


The all-new 2015 Mercedes-Benz Vito van was revealed, with Merc claiming ‘best-in-class’ load-carrying capacity.


The three-wheeled Polaris Slingshot was unveiled, with some impressive acceleration figures expected from the 756kg performer.


The fourth instalment in the Mad Max series is closer to cinema screens, with an official preview of the new “Fury Road” movie released this week.


Tata continued its sales-push on the Xenon pickup, announcing a factory cash-back offer in place until the beginning of September.


Pricing for the Geely MK dropped below the $9000-mark this week, with a new $8999 drive-away price for the Chinese small car available only in Western Australia.


Mazda’s 25th Anniversary MX-5 model was confirmed for the Australian market but by the time you read this, all 40 examples will likely be sold.


Tesla and Panasonic teamed up on battery cell supply this week, before announcing they would join forces for the new US-based battery ‘Gigafactory’.


The 2015 Hyundai i20 was teased in an official sketch, just hours after revealing spy photos surfaced online.

 

REVIEWS

We battled elephants and hounds in the back-blocks of Thailand to drive the 2015 Nissan Navara this week, impressed by its fuel economy and best-in-class interior.


“The world needs more cars like this” we declared, after driving the 2014 Skoda Octavia RS Wagon 162TSI Petrol Automatic. The wagon offers performance, handling, practicality and value for money.


In case you missed it earlier, the 2014 Honda Jazz is now available in Australia and we drove the VTi, VTi-S and VTi-L variants this week.


We revisited the 2014 Ford Mondeo Titanium EcoBoost Petrol hatch, finding the aging model still offers a fresh feel with practicality and plenty of technology.


Finally, can Mitsubishi shake up the sub-light sedan market in Australia with its 2014 Mirage ES CVT? With generous rear seat space, a good ride comfort and a $16,490 starting price, it’s every chance; check out our review.


And that’s… the week that was.

 
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