The Week That Was: Skoda Octavia RS, Outlander PHEV, Kia Pro_Cee’d GT Photo:
Trevor Collett | Mar, 23 2014 | 0 Comments

The 2014 Skoda Octavia RS arrived in Australia this week, available with petrol and diesel turbo engines, in both ‘lift-back’ sedan and wagon bodies.

In petrol form, the new RS gets the 162kW/350Nm unit straight out of the Volkswagen Golf GTI, while the 2.0 litre diesel makes 135kW and 380Nm.

Pricing starts at $36,490 for the petrol manual sedan, rising to $41,140 for the diesel DSG wagon - plus on-roads.

Australia’s cheapest plug-in hybrid was also launched: the new Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV.

Priced from $47,490 plus on-roads, the PHEV undercuts the Holden Volt by around $12,500, while offering an SUV body and all-wheel-drive.

The Outlander can achieve around 52km of electric-only motoring, and takes around five hours to recharge from a 15 amp outlet.

The Kia Pro_Cee’d GT has finally hit Australia, priced from $29,990 plus on-roads.

Available only as a six-speed manual, the Pro_Cee’d is powered by a 1.6 litre turbocharged petrol engine producing 150kW and 265Nm.

The 0-100km/h sprint is done in 7.7 seconds. An up-spec GT Tech option is also available for $33,490 plus on-roads.

In other news, Mercedes-Benz has unveiled its new S 63 AMG Coupe, ahead of the New York Auto Show.

Bentley teased its new SUV this week, revealing few technical details but confirming a 2016 launch.

The 2014 Porsche Boxster GTS and Cayman GTS has joined the Australian line-up, priced from $146,000 plus on-roads.

And staying with Porsche, the German carmaker’s face-lifted Cayenne SUV was spied undergoing cold-weather testing.

A busy week for BMW in Australia, adding the new 4 Series Convertible to the local line-up, along with the X5 sDrive25d and xDrive25d SUVs.

It was also a busy time for Australia’s Daniel Ricciardo, taking second place in the 2014 Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix before being disqualified. His Red Bull team has appealled the decision.

Check out this video to see why US borough Hampton’s questionable speed trap earned it the title of ‘America’s most corrupt city’ this week.

Volvo chalked up its first touring car win in Australia in 17 years, after Scott McLaughlin took victory in Sunday’s V8 Supercar support race at the Australian F1 Grand Prix.

For fans of Renault vans, the French brand's 2015 Espace people carrier surfaced online this week, follow by the unveiling of the 2015 Trafic load-hauler.

Honda unveiled its NM4 motorcycle concept, giving us a look at how ‘tourers’ of the future might look.



We drove the 2014 Renault Clio RS 200 Cup, impressed by its sharp handling and rorty engine note.

In case you missed it earlier, Skoda’s new Octavia RS range is now in Australia, and we've driven both petrol- and diesel-powered variants.

We subjected the Alfa Romeo 4C to ‘The Hanger Test’ this week, lapping the make-shift track in the brilliant little sports car.

Kia’s 2014 Pro_Cee’d GT is now in Australia, and we took the new hot-hatch for a first drive. Check out our review.

The 2014 BMW 4 Series Convertible is another new arrival to Australia, and we put all three variants to the test.

Finally, we found Jaguar’s F-TYPE V6 Convertible offered the looks, sound and drama of a supercar - without the price tag.

And that’s… the week that was.

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