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The Week That Was: Porsche Macan, Lexus NX And RC, Tesla Model S Photo:
 
 
Trevor Collett | Jun, 01 2014 | 0 Comments

Porsche’s mid-sized Macan SUV is now on sale in Australia, priced from $84,900 plus on-roads for the entry-level S Diesel.

Two petrol models are also available, with the S Petrol and Turbo Petrol priced from $87,200 and $122,900 plus on-roads respectively.

Porsche believes its new SUV could soon represent around half of the carmaker’s annual sales, boosting profitability and market share.


The Lexus NX SUV made its Australian debut this week, ahead of an October sales launch.

While pricing for the NX is yet to be finalised, the range will span two powertrains and several spec levels, including Luxury and F Sport.

Around the same time, Lexus will also welcome the RC 350 and the V8 RC F into its Australian showrooms.

It’s been a long time coming, but customers who put deposits down on the Tesla Model S ahead of the EV’s Australian arrival will soon take delivery of their cars.

For those who didn’t pony-up the deposit but would like to own one, the US carmaker released pricing and specifications for the Model S in Australia this week.

The three-model range will kick off with a list price of $91,400 plus-on roads for the entry ‘60’ model, but you may wish to peruse the long list of options before calling the bank manager.


In other news, the Peugeot RCZ R coupe has finally arrived in Australia, priced from $68,990 plus on-road costs.


Renault introduced the new Maxi Crew variant to its Kangoo van range, while the French carmaker also added two Kangoo Z.E. (Zero Emission) electric vehicles to Australia Post’s delivery fleet in Melbourne.


A busy week for Skoda, with the Czech carmaker unveiling its Yeti Xtreme Concept and celebrating 40 years of RS performance models.


Volvo teased its long-awaited 2015 XC90 with interior photos and videos, ahead of an expected unveiling in August.


The Victorian State Government announced it would support a study into an LPG conversion facility, as the Australian automotive industry looks to the future beyond the departure of Ford, Holden and Toyota from local manufacturing.


Volkswagen’s Golf R Wagon was spied testing this week, while the 2015 Passat was teased ahead of its appearance at the Paris Motor Show.


The 2015 Toyota Yaris has now been further revealed, with an Australian launch for the light car set for September.


Fiat’s Abarth 595 50th anniversary model will soon be available in Australia, priced from $45,000 plus on-roads and limited to 50 units.


BMW’s head of small and medium cars told media this week that current transmission options will stay, as the German carmaker has no plans to either lift its current eight-speed automatic to nine-speed, nor to scrap manual gearboxes.


Google unveiled its first-ever designed and built car this week, with the autonomous model featuring no pedals and no steering wheel. Mercedes-Benz was also busy with autonomous technology, completing a 100km fully-autonomous drive.

 

REVIEWS

In case you missed it earlier, the 2014 Porsche Macan SUV is now on sale in Australia, and we drove all three variants this week.


We also drove the 2014 Fiat Ducato 180 Multijet, finding the large van offered endless pulling power and an enormous load area.


The 2014 BMW M235i is all yours from $79,900 plus on-roads, and that amount will buy you a stunning performance car with an outstanding chassis. Check out our review.


After driving the entry-level Ascent last month, we stepped up to the mid-range 2014 Toyota Corolla SX Manual Sedan this week. So, is it worth the extra money?


Finally, we found the 2014 Nissan X-Trail Ti AWD to be spacious and practical, with lots of top-spec features and comfort on the road.


And that’s… the week that was.

 
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