The Week That Was: Skoda Octavia, Ford EcoSport, Mark Webber Tribute Photo:

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Trevor Collett | Nov, 30 2013 | 0 Comments

Skoda’s new Octavia sedan and wagon arrived in Australia this week, with the sedan priced from a very sharp $21,690 plus on-roads.

The 2014 Octavia came with a significant price-cut over the outgoing model, and is the first with Skoda’s new capped-price servicing plan.

The wagon is also attractively priced, with its $23,040 plus on-roads starting price likely to grab the attention of family-car buyers.

As 2013 isn’t quite done yet, there was still time for Ford to cram one more small SUV into a market that has seen several new arrivals this year.

Enter the EcoSport, which unlike the other small SUV arrivals to the local market, boasts the International Engine of the Year-winning 1.0 litre three-cylinder EcoBoost on the option sheet.

The EcoSport is also well-priced, starting from $20,790 plus on-road costs.

The 2014 Lexus GS 300h is now on sale in Australia, priced from $79,000 plus on-roads.

Powered by the same 2.5 litre petrol-electric hybrid found in the smaller IS 300h, the GS 300h has 164kW and 221Nm at its disposal.

Economy is impressive as you would expect, with a figure of 5.2 l/100km making the 300h the most economical in the GS range.

In other news, the 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class arrived in Australia this week, with the luxury sedan priced from $215,000 plus on-roads.

The 2014 Subaru WRX won't be here for a while, but that hasn’t stopped Subaru from opening the order book via its online showroom, attracting some eager early customers.

Honda unveiled its 2014 City sedan in India this week, ahead of an expected arrival in Australia around the middle of next year.

The curtain has officially come down on Mark Webber’s 12-year Formula 1 career. Check out our tribute.

Staying with F1, Sebastian Vettel capped off a remarkable year by winning the final race of the season in Brazil; his ninth victory in a row.

The latest Euro NCAP results this week revealed a 5-Star performance for the new Mazda3 and Peugeot 308 but only 4-Stars for the BMW i3 and Ford EcoSport.

Lamborghini brought the curtain down on its most successful production model ever this week, when the final Gallardo supercar rolled off the assembly line.



We drove Ford’s shot at small SUV sales-glory this week, with the 2014 Ford EcoSport. Thumbs-up for the remarkable three-cylinder 1.0 litre EcoBoost engine and price, but thumbs-down for no auto version of the EcoBoost (the auto is only available with the less-appealing 1.5 litre four-cylinder), and the omission of sat-nav.

Despite just one TDI diesel model (and no manual option for the TDI), a big elephant stamp for the 2014 Skoda Octavia sedan and wagon. We think each represents outstanding value for money. Check out our review.

Our features and specs review of the 2014 Kia Cerato Si Hatch reveals one of the best small cars around right now.

Finally, one of the quirkiest things we’ll drive in 2013 is Toyota’s three-wheeled i-Road Concept. We loved it, we want one, we think every city commuter should drive one.

And that’s… the week that was.

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