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Trevor Collett | Mar, 21 2016 | 0 Comments

Skoda's all-new third generation Superb sedan and wagon arrived in Australia this week, offering limo-like dimensions and plenty of high-end features at an affordable price.

The range begins with the $39,990 Superb 162TSI sedan, which utilises the same 162kW/350Nm turbocharged 2.0 litre engine as the Volkswagen Golf GTI.

The diesel Superb 140TDI sits in the middle of the range and the powerful 206kW Superb 4x4 is the flagship at $50,990.


It was an odd feeling this week as we chatted with David Burn, Chief Program Engineer for the Ford Falcon Sprint, who offered TMR an insight into how the Sprint was transformed from idea into a production reality.

When quizzed about the Sprint project, Burn was entirely candid: Ford’s budget to bring the model to life was modest, but there weren’t any big-ticket items the engineering team had to leave behind. This is the Sprint Ford wanted to build.

Check out the full rundown here.


Honda Australia this week previewed the all-new Civic range by whipping the covers from a swoopy new sedan.

Although too early to reveal local prices and specification detail, Honda Australia Director Stephen Collins said, “I’m not going to claim we’ll knock-off Corolla or Mazda3 - because we only sell to private buyers and not heavily discounted fleets - but we want a double-digit market share amongst private buyers and that will certainly put us amongst the segment leaders.”

Mr Collins added that the success of Mazda3 proved local small car buyers are not just driven by the lowest-price.


In other news, and staying with Honda, the Japanese carmaker has pulled the plug on its Accord Hybrid model in Australia after just nine months.


Honda is also less than keen to introduce the S660 roadster or Ridegline pickup to Australian showrooms, but the compact Brio BR-V is a chance.


ANCAP announced that upgrades to the Kia Carnival mean Kia can now, finally, boast a maximum 5-star safety rating for the top-selling people-mover.


The fast-approaching Easter weekend means it’s time for another Jeep Easter Safari, and the carmaker has again rolled out seven new concepts for the event.


What could easily have started as an idea over a few beers at the pub has now become reality; Aston Martin and the Red Bull Racing Formula 1 team have announced the formation of an “innovation partnership”.


The Mercedes-Benz SUV family is set to grow, with the unveiling of the AMG GLC 43 and a teased GLC Coupe this week.


Toyota announced its updated Kluger SUV will make its first appearance at the New York Auto Show, sporting visual and mechanical upgrades along with a new eight-speed automatic.


An updated 86 sports coupe is also on the way for Toyota, with an Australian arrival expected in Q4 of this year.


Images of what could be the 2017 Suzuki Swift appeared online this week, with the pics reportedly leaked from a dealer presentation of the new model.


Another leak, perhaps, may have lifted the lid on Tesla’s new Model 3 EV ahead of its official unveiling at the end of the month.

 

REVIEWS

In case you missed it earlier, the 2016 Ford Falcon Sprint twins, in XR6 or XR8 guise, were launched this week. We drove the pair, and they’re a fitting swansong, but if you’re thinking about buying one you may already be too late.


Another new arrival this week was Audi’s 2016 Q7, and we reckon Audi has the formula ‘nailed’ with this powerful, nimble, roomy, comfortable, and quiet SUV.


We found the 2016 BMW X1 sDrive 18d is part SUV, part cool small hatch, with sharp handling and a price that brings it into consideration against more-affordable brands.


Skoda’s superb all-new 2016 Superb won us over, as it successfully straddles the divide between mainstream and luxury, chock-full of value thanks to a long list of standard inclusions.


At $54,990 plus on-roads, the 2016 Ford Everest Ambiente is the cheapest Everest in the range, but, still costly for the segment, is it lacking for the price? Check out our review.


Finally, we threw three of Australia’s more popular medium sedans into battle for our Midsized Showdown - Kia Optima GT v Mazda6 GT v Toyota Camry Atara SL Comparison Test. Check it out to see which model came away with the silverware.


And that’s… the week that was.

 
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