The Week That Was: Pulsar Hatch And F-Type Priced, HSV Gen-F Leaked Photo:
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Trevor Collett | May, 04 2013 | 0 Comments
  • Nissan's Pulsar hatch gets priced for Australia
  • Audi SQ5 performance diesel lands
  • HSV Gen-F GTS details leak online
  • Jaguar F-Type Roadster priced for Australia
  • Suzuki Australia joins the Capped Price Servicing crowd
  • Opel Mokka announced for a third quarter debut
  • New S-Classs surfaces online
  • Volkswagen announces 10-speed DSG, high-performance diesel

THIS is the week that was.

Nissan lined up Australia's best-selling small cars this week with the news that its returned Pulsar hatch will start at $18,990, undercutting the popular Corolla, Mazda3 and Cruze models.

A stripped out ST-S version of the 140kW SSS turbo will also be offered, creating a tempting new option for buyers considering the quick Cruze SRi.

Audi’s hot new SQ5 hit the market this week, priced from $89,400. Driven by a 230kW bi-turbo 3.0 litre diesel, the SQ5 is a new diesel-prestige-performance-SUV-wagon hero that opens more than a few doors for the German marque.

HSV fans got an early look at their next hero this week, when details of the company's new Gen-F GTS broke through a press embargo set for May 15. What can we expect? A 430Kw 6.2 litre supercharged V8, and a 0-100km/h time below 4.5 seconds.

The Jaguar F-Type Roadster will hit our shores in the coming months, with a surprisingly generous starting price of $139,000. But tick all of the options, and that price will hit the sad side of $200,000.

More than ten brands have joined the capped price servicing band wagon in the last four years. Suzuki Australia added its name to that list this week, announcing a combined capped price servicing / value guarantee scheme.

Opal confirmed that its Mokka crossover SUV will be heading to Australia later this year. The pricing wrestle with its nearly identical Holden Trax cousin will be one to watch, but Opel should at least get its version into showrooms first.

Our second leak-of-the-week was a glossy marketing image of the new Mercedes-Benz S-Class. TMR had earlier obtained spy photos of the S-Class in April.

And finally Volkswagen joined the transmission development wave (where too many ratios are never enough), confirming that a new 10-speed DSG version is on the cards.

The German carmaker also announced development of a new e-turbo high performance diesel, promising 100Kw per litre.

And that’s… the week that was.

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