The Week That Was: Nissan Qashqai, October VFACTS, Chrysler 300S Photo:

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Trevor Collett | Nov, 10 2013 | 2 Comments

Nissan unveiled its replacement for the Dualis badge this week, with official photos and specs of the new Qashqai.

The Qashqai will bring four engine options when it arrives in local showrooms next year, all of them turbocharged.

Shifting to the global Qashqai badge has certainly sparked debate, but Nissan Australia thinks it’s a good move.

The Lexus RC Coupe was unveiled this week, ahead of its appearance at the Tokyo Motor Show later this month.

Both 2.5 litre petrol-electric hybrid and 3.5 litre V6 engines will be available in the RC, with reports suggesting a new 2.0 litre turbocharged engine could also join the line-up.

Toyota finally confirmed the rumoured 2.0 litre turbocharged unit for Lexus this week, with the LF-NX crossover concept being the first car to be fitted with the new engine.

The VFACTS new car sales for Australia during October pointed to a strong month for the Holden VF Commodore, finishing third overall and experiencing its best month in over two years.

Toyota’s Corolla and Mazda’s ageing Mazda3 continued on their merry way, finishing first and second respectively.

Not such a good month for the Toyota Camry, with sales falling 33.4 percent compared to the same month last year.

In other news, the new Lexus ES petrol and hybrid sedan models arrived in Australia this week, priced from $63,000 plus on-roads.

Federal Minister for Finance, Senator Mathias Cormann, spelled out a warning to Australian carmakers this week, saying that exports hold the key to future government assistance.

The Nissan BladeGlider concept was revealed this week, with the futuristic alternative to the Subaru BRZ and Toyota 86 twins set for production, according to Nissan.

Staying with Nissan, its all-electric Leaf became Norway’s top selling car in October. So why the Norwegian success while Australia still experiences sluggish EV sales? Check out our report.

Chrysler Australia launched the sporting 300S sedan this week, powered by the familiar 3.6 litre V6 engine and priced from $47,500 plus on-roads.

We prepared to bid farewell to the Suzuki Jimny this week, with new electronic stability control laws coming into effect this month.

The Chery J1 and Great Wall X240 will also be gone soon in their current formats, as dealers clear out their final stocks.

Sebastian Vettel took out the 2013 Abu Dhabi Formula 1 Grand Prix, notching up his seventh consecutive win in the process.



Amongst the cattle in the TMR garages this week was the 2013 Holden Trax LTZ, with the small SUV offering surprising interior space and agility.

We drove the 2013 Land Rover Freelander 2 Si4 SE, both on- and off-road. On-road we liked the overall refinement while off-road, it’s simply brilliant.

Volvo’s refreshed XC60 medium luxury SUV proved why it’s still the Swedish carmaker’s best-selling car; both in Australia and overseas.

We had a first drive of the Isuzu MU-X this week, sampling both 2WD and 4WD models before the SUV arrives in Australia next month.

Finally, check out our 2013 Ford Fiesta ST Review. What’s Hot? Pretty much everything. What’s Not? Pretty much nothing. Sums it up, really.

And that’s… the week that was.

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