The Week That Was: Opel Pulls The Pin, Fiat Punto Review, Vale Tony Gaze Photo:

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Trevor Collett | Aug, 04 2013 | 0 Comments

Opel ended the week by announcing that it will leave the Australian market immediately. Some called it inevitable, many were surprised the carmaker was shutting up shop after just one year.

Either way, Opel leaves behind a network of 20 dealerships, 15 head-office staff and 1530 new cars with unstable future values.

Ford’s Fiesta ST will launch in September, starting from $25,990 plus on-road costs. The Fiesta ST’s 1.6 litre EcoBoost turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine produces up to 147kW of power and 290Nm of torque.

For those looking to spend a little less on a Fiesta, the regular range starts at $15,825 plus on-road costs and is also due in September.

The Fiat Punto is back in Australian showrooms, starting from $16,000 drive-away. That buys you a five-door hatch with a 1.4 litre petrol engine and a five-speed manual gearbox. TMR drove the Fiat Punto this week, check out our review.

In other news, Jaguar’s new F-TYPE roadster is now on sale in Australia, starting from $138,645 plus on-road costs.

Audi’s RS 6 Avant wagon is also on sale from this week, boasting some impressive numbers performance-wise.

Another newcomer to the market this week was Mercedes-Benz’s CLS 63 AMG S Shooting Brake, joining the sedan in the local line-up.

Honda has updated its Civic Hybrid and Insight models for the Australian market, with both receiving price cuts.

Reports out of the UK this week claim the Nissan Nismo-enhanced GT-R will do 0-100km/h in just 2.0 seconds. Can this be true or just a soggy dream from a Nismo engineer?

The ACCC and the AAA have both hit out at retailers over the escalating shopper-docket fuel discount war. Check out what they said.

The AAA has also had its say about the state of Australia’s national highways in its AusRAP report, and the news isn’t great,

Proposed roadworthy changes in Victoria have met with heavy opposition from the Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce.

Australia’s first grand prix driver, Tony Gaze, passed away this week, aged 93. See TMR’s write-up on Tony’s incredible career.

It seems like every week we learn a little bit more about the BMW i3 electric vehicle, but this week we can finally look at the finished product.

Hyundai has reportedly ruled out the idea of launching a prestige Genesis spin-off brand, to rival the likes of Lexus and Infiniti.



So what else has TMR been driving this week?

Last week it was the Holden SS-V Redline range, but this week we stepped it up a notch with our 2013 HSV GTS Gen-F track review. Find out just what 430kW can do around Phillip Island.

We also drove the 2013 Kia Rondo small people-mover this week; a unique car in Australia - an MPV the size of a long-ish hatch - but perhaps one that other carmakers will be watching with interest.

And finally, to prove we’re thorough here at TMR, we followed up our HSV GTS track test with our 2013 MINI John Cooper Works GP track test at Tasmania’s Baskerville Raceway.

And that’s… the week that was.

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