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The Week That Was: Sports Comparison Review, July VFACTS, Fiat 500 Photo:

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Trevor Collett | Aug, 10 2014 | 0 Comments

TMR recently took four sports cars with a price tag of around $40,000 for a head-to-head test in the hills around Melbourne.

The group - the Ford Focus ST, Subaru WRX, MINI Cooper S and the Volkswagen Golf GTI with Performance Pack - we put through to a thorough workout to find out which was best.

So which took home the silverware? Check out our review.

Fiat’s updated-for-2014 500 arrived in Australia this week, along with the powered-up 500 Abarth 595 range.

New technical features and a simplified model range form part of the update, with styling and engine options largely unchanged.

The new features also bring a price-rise however, with the entry-level Pop now $3000 more expensive for the manual version with a starting price of $17,000 drive-away.

The July VFACTS figures were released this week, showing a downturn in new-car sales.

Toyota’s Corolla not only topped the sales charts for July, but also overhauled the Mazda3’s lead for 2014’s best-selling car.

Holden and Mercedes-Benz both had a good July sales-wise, with each continuing a strong 2014 to date.

In other news, pricing and features for the 2015 Porsche Cayenne in Australia have been revealed, ahead of a local debut in November.

Subaru has given its BRZ sports car a mild update for 2015, with the model retaining its $37,150 drive-away price.

BMW Australia introduced a special High-Line feature to its 3 Series range this week, combining any of its ‘Line’ grades with the tech-loaded Innovations Package.

The Mercedes-Benz E 250 Saloon and E 250 CDI Saloon Special Edition models are now on sale in Australia, priced from $103,800 plus on-roads.

Mazda revealed its CX-3 compact SUV is “not far away”, with reports suggesting a 2015 or 2016 debut.

Hennessey revealed its Venom GT replacement in official renderings, with the carmaker aiming for 464km/h in the new F5 model.

Formula 1’s Bernie Ecclestone hailed the "capitalist system" that saw him escape a bribery trial this week, when the 83 year-old paid a German court a record $100 million settlement.

Staying with F1, and Australia’s round of the championship has been confirmed for Albert Park in Melbourne until 2020.

Technology start-up Navdy unveiled its new in-car head-up display, designed to complement any Android or Apple smartphone.

The 2016 Holden Volt has been confirmed for a Detroit Auto Show debut, with GM releasing a teaser photo this week.



In case you missed it earlier, we recently put four sports cars around the $40,000 mark through their paces to find out which was best. Check out our review.

While the 2014 Volkswagen Golf R DSG automatic may lack brash stripes or an outrageous wing, we found the super-quick Golf to be the suavest hot-hatch around.

Finally, we drove Fiat’s updated 500 range this week, and were relieved to find the update hasn’t taken away any of the ‘Fiat 500 fun factor’.

And that’s… the week that was.

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