The Week That Was: Peugeot 2008, Mercedes CLA 200, Lexus ES... And Moke? Photo:

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Trevor Collett | Oct, 13 2013 | 0 Comments

Peugeot’s 2008 compact SUV arrived in Australia this week, priced from a very sharp $21,990 plus on-roads.

The 2008 offers a choice of two petrol engines and one diesel, with the diesel powering the range-topping ‘Outdoor’ manual, priced at $31,990 plus on-roads.

TMR tested all three 2008 model variants - Outdoor, Allure and Active - and all three drivetrain options; check out our review.

The Mercedes-Benz CLA sedan is now on sale in Australia, initially available in CLA 200 and CLA 45 AMG trim.

A CLA 250 Sport model along with the CLA 200 diesel will join the range next year, with the CLA 250 Sport priced from $63,400 plus on-roads.

We drove the CLA 200. It's the world's most aerodynamic production car; it's also a super drive with typical Mercedes-Benz quality at under $50k.

We also drove the CLA 45 AMG, which has got enough power and grip to make your nose bleed.

The luxurious Lexus ES sedan touched down in Australia this week, available with both petrol and hybrid engines.

Interestingly, it’s the hybrid that carries the lightest price in the range, starting at $63,000 plus on-roads for the ES 300h Luxury compared with the ES 350 Luxury petrol model, which kicks off at $65,000 plus on-roads.

Elsewhere in the Lexus hybrid range, the Japanese carmaker says its 2014 face-lifted CT200h model is its “greatest opportunity”.

In other news, Renault’s highly anticipated Clio RS 200 hot hatch will go on sale in Australia in December, priced from $28,790 plus on-roads.

Arriving locally in February next year is Audi’s RS Q3 SUV, powered by a 2.5 litre five-cylinder turbo engine delivering 228kW and 420Nm.

For excesses of bling it scores 11 out of 10 and is bigger than a Pacific atoll. Yes, we're unlikely to see it in Australia in any official capacity, but Cadillac’s new Escalade luxury SUV was launched in the US this week with more power and a new interior for the high-riding mega-bus.

It gathered plenty of attention at the recent Frankfurt Motor Show and now the BMW i3 has finally arrived in Australia, with a single pre-production road-registered car here for promotional duties.

In case you're wondering, BMW is deadly serious about the future of electric vehicles and its funky i3 will be followed next year by the very tasty i8.

The iconic Moke has been brought back to life by a group of enthusiasts and it’s headed to Australia, probably, possibly (don't put your house on it), with a limited production run of 1000 planned.



In case you missed it earlier, check out our 2013 Mercedes-Benz CLA 200 review.

If you prefer your motoring packaged into something a little more wild - er, make that a LOT more wild - you can also check out what we thought of the totally bonkers CLA 45 AMG.

We drove the 2013 Mitsubishi Lancer VRX Sedan CVT this week. It's long in the tooth and noisy on road, but it's built to last, roomy inside and is still a decent handler.

And finally, check out our Mazda3 First Drive Review. We headed to Europe to drive one of the most important new cars before its arrival early next year on the Australian scene.

And that’s… the week that was.

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