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The Week That Was: New Subaru WRX, Updated Lexus CT200h, Toyota HiAce Photo:
 
 
Trevor Collett | Mar, 29 2014 | 0 Comments

Subaru’s new 2014 WRX has arrived in Australia, bringing new styling, new transmission options and a sharp entry price.

A six-speed manual replaces the outgoing five-speed, while a CVT with eight ‘ratios’ in sport mode and six ‘ratios’ in normal mode is the auto option.

Pricing for the sedan-only WRX range in Australia kicks off at $38,990 plus on-roads; $1000 less than the original WRX in 1995.


Lexus announced pricing and features for its updated CT 200h in Australia this week, ahead of the 2014 model’s arrival next month.

Pricing starts at $39,990 plus on-roads for the CT 200h Luxury, while the more upmarket F Sport and Sports Luxury receive small price cuts over the outgoing model.

Updates include a revised chassis and suspension, while visual changes centre mainly around the current trademark Lexus grille and redesigned wheels.

Toyota’s updated HiAce load carrier is now in Australia, priced from $32,990 plus on-roads.

For 2014, the HiAce gets a bucket seat for the front passenger, while the driver gets an updated instrument binnacle, new four-spoke steering wheel and a seatbelt warning buzzer.

The updated van gets a new front bumper, grille and headlights, while the existing four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines carry over from last year.


In other news, two local carmakers joined the 50,000 club in Australia this week, with hybrid sales for Toyota and VF Commodore production for Holden.


Staying with Toyota, the 2015 Camry is due to be unveiled at the New York Auto Show.


BMW revealed its 2 Series Active Tourer M Sport, wearing the usual sports bumpers at both ends, skirts, larger alloy wheels and twin exhaust tips.


David Brown Automotive unveiled its very first model this week, when the covers came off its retro-styled Speedback.


The ACT Auditor-General has slammed the Capital’s current speed camera regime, questioning the reliability and effectiveness of the unpopular enforcement aids.


The 2014 Honda City will arrive in Australia from next month, bringing a ‘Display Audio’ system, reversing camera, better economy and a bigger boot.


Ford gave us another preview of its Everest SUV, when the Ranger-based concept appeared at the Bangkok Auto Show.


Ford also celebrated 50 years of the Mustang this week, announcing a re-enactment of its 1964 Empire State Building stunt to mark the occasion.


The 2015 Hyundai Sonata has launched in Korea, ahead of a global premiere at the New York Auto Show.


Nissan’s new Murano will also be in New York, and the Japanese carmaker released a single teaser image this week.


 

REVIEWS

In case you missed it earlier, the 2014 Subaru WRX has arrived in Australia, and we drove both manual and CVT automatic versions of the new Subaru performer.


We drove the 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV this week, and we also put those ultra-low fuel consumption figures to the test in a fuel economy challenge (which TMR won).


The 2014 BMW 520i Luxury Line offers ‘limo’ space and BMW cachet with hatchback fuel economy, priced from $79,990 plus on-roads. Check out our review.


Finally, after sampling much of the all-new 2014 Mazda3 range in recent weeks, it was the Maxx Hatch Automatic’s turn to undergo the TMR test treatment this week.

And that’s… the week that was.

 
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