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The Week That Was: Subaru Outback & Liberty, BMW X6, Alfa Giulietta Photo:
 
 
Trevor Collett | Dec, 21 2014 | 0 Comments

Subaru’s all-new Liberty and Outback arrived in Australia this week, bringing new styling, improved economy and new standard features.

Each model arrives with some hefty price-cuts, with the Liberty 3.6R in particular $14,000 cheaper than before.

The pair has scored highly in ANCAP crash safety testing, obtaining a score of 35.99 out of 37 under 2015 testing guidelines.


BMW’s second-generation X6 SUV is now on sale in Australia, following an international unveiling in June.

The German carmaker has invested much effort in improving fuel economy for the new model, with figures improving by between 14 and 22 percent for all variants.

One petrol- and two diesel-powered variants are on sale now, with an additional two models to join the range early next year.


Alfa Romeo’s updated Giulietta hatch, revealed late in 2013 and launched in Europe earlier this year, has now touched down in Australia.

Power comes from a pair of 1.4 litre turbocharged petrol engines, available with either a six-speed manual or twin-clutch auto transmission.

The update has seen pricing climb back toward the $30,000 mark however, with the range now kicking off from $29,000.


In other news, Citroen revealed its C4 Grand Picasso will soon have a younger sibling when the C4 Picasso arrives in February next year.


Mitsubishi built on the success of its Triton Warrior pickup from earlier this year, announcing a second limited edition run of 300 units.


Ford Australia launched a pre-order website for its incoming Mustang pony car, allowing buyers who don’t mind waiting 12 months a chance to put down a deposit - via their local dealer.


Hyundai’s all-new Sonata Hybrid for 2015 was unveiled in Korea, and a Hyundai-first plug-in version is set to follow.


Part Two of TMR’s ‘Roads Designed To Kill’ feature discusses motorcyclists and the growing hazard of wire-rope barriers; check it out.


The 2015 European Car Of The Year finalists were announced this week, with models from Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Nissan, Renault and more in the running.


Volvo announced a revolution for its future marketing plans, involving a greater online presence and fewer motor show appearances.


Honda detailed the model line-up and key specifications for its HR-V compact SUV, ahead of the new model’s arrival in February.


Spyker was declared bankrupt by a Dutch court, but Founder and CEO Victor Muller has vowed the carmaker will fight on.


Jaguar Land Rover detailed its new ‘transparent’ pillar technology, along with a satellite navigation system which uses a ‘ghost car’ image for drivers to ‘follow’.

 

REVIEWS

In case you missed it earlier, the 2015 Subaru Outback and Liberty arrived in Australia this week and we took both to Victoria’s Gippsland region to test them out.


We drove the 2014 Audi A3 Cabriolet 1.4 TFSI automatic, impressed with its style, quick-acting roof, equipment levels and comfort.


Staying with Audi, we hit the track to give the 2014 RS Q3 a thorough test before taking to road to find out what it’s like in the real world.


We found the 2015 Peugeot 308 Active to be stylish and well-built with a great engine and dynamic handling - plus, the 308 is the 2014 European Car Of The Year.


Finally, the 2015 Mercedes-Benz SL 400 offers a nice performance boost over SL 350, with straight-line go to match the show.


And that’s… the week that was.

 
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