Skoda’s new Fabia light car arrived in Australia this week, having entered a new generation with new sheet-metal, new engines, new technology and an evolved platform transforming the Czech five-door from drab to fab.
The price of entry remains the same despite the myriad improvements, with the manual-only base 66TSI costing $15,990 drive away (a price that's expected to last at least until the end of 2015).
The Fabia was awarded the maximum 5-star safety rating by ANCAP ahead of its local arrival, with the top safety score also awarded to the Holden Astra and Jeep Grand Cherokee.
Holden Special Vehicles treated its ClubSport R8 to the limited edition treatment to commemorate the ClubSport badge’s 25th anniversary this week.
And the good news for HSV fans is that they won’t have to hand over any additional cash to get their hands on one, as pricing matches the ‘regular’ ClubSport R8 at $73,290 plus on-roads for the six-speed manual version.
Buyers will need to hurry however, as 100 only are to be built for the Australian market and just eight destined for New Zealand.
Ford Australia announced the impending arrival of its facelifted Focus hatch and sedan for October, bringing a brand-new turbocharged 1.5 litre four-pot, rejigged suspension settings, a revised model structure and pricing increases.
The current base-grade Ambiente will be dropped, leaving the Focus range comprised of the Trend, Sport, Titanium and the (already updated) high-performance ST flagship. Thanks to cost increases for the Trend, the price of entry now rises to $23,390.
The current 2.0 litre diesel has also been nixed from the line-up, taking the total number of Focus models from 12 down to just 6.
In other news, Renault announced a new monthly sales record in Australia, off the back of a strong performance from its small Clio range. The Clio also featured in a new drive-away pricing deal announced this week, along with the Captur SUV.
Staying with Renault, the carmaker’s new Talisman midsizer was revealed, but the new model is unlikely to come to Australia.
The boss of VicRoads urged us all to consider alternatives to cars, use public transport or even change jobs, as he declared that the state cannot simply “build its way out of congestion”.
Audi’s all-new TT Roadster is now on sale in Australia, arriving this week with prices starting from $81,500 plus on-roads.
Staying with Audi, the carmaker’s A3 e-tron plug-in hybrid model also arrived in local showrooms this week, priced from $62,490 plus on-roads.
Honda’s new CEO, Takahiro Hachigo, said he wants the company to focus on developing “products that carry dreams”, rather than 'safe' models to facilitate sales figures.
A report suggested BMW may soon ditch manual transmissions in its performance M models, as the carmaker looks to satisfy buyer’s demands for ever-improving acceleration and fuel figures.
Bentley revealed pricing for its updated Continental GT ahead of its Australian arrival towards the end of the year, with prices starting from $402,600 plus on-roads.
Infiniti confirmed its QX80 SUV is headed our way as the carmaker’s new flagship model in Australia, with prices starting from $110,900. Infiniti also added the S Design special edition variant to its QX70 line-up.
Mitsubishi teased its new Challenger 4WD this week, ahead of an official unveiling in Thailand next month.
We drove Nissan’s 2015 Micra Ti this week, finding it offered good value buying with a tight turning circle and standard satellite navigation. The bargain price also brings an old-school four-speed auto and no steering reach-adjustment.
In case you missed it earlier, the 2015 Audi TT Roadster is now on sale in Australia, and we drove the beautifully balanced all-new drop-top this week.
Skoda’s new 2015 Fabia offers new smartphone mirroring tech, standard AEB and a great drive, priced from $15,990 drive-away at least until the end of the year. Check out our review.
Finally, we found the 2015 Nissan Juke ST Manual is an SUV that dares to be different, with a refined and perky engine, out-there looks (love ‘em or hate ‘em) and neat handling.
And that’s… the week that was.
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