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The Week That Was: Subaru WRX STI, 2015 Camry, Holden Cruze Previewed? Photo:
 
 
Trevor Collett | Apr, 21 2014 | 2 Comments

Subaru’s new WRX arsenal in Australia is now complete, with the arrival of the 2014 WRX STI this week.

While motivation still comes from the proven EJ25 2.5 litre four-cylinder turbocharged ‘Boxer’ engine, power has risen 6kW to 227kW while torque has dropped 14Nm to 393Nm.

The big news for the new STI is the price; starting from $49,990 plus on-roads, which marks a $10,000 price-cut over the outgoing model.


Toyota’s 2015 Camry for Australia was previewed this week, when the new-look model was unveiled at the New York Auto Show.

Styling certainly challenges the Camry ‘convention’, making true on Toyota’s promise to ignore "expectations of a mid-cycle model change".

Toyota previously confirmed that the updated Camry will be the last to be built at its Altona plant in Melbourne, which is scheduled to close in 2017.

The next Holden Cruze was previewed not once but twice this week, with the release of one new Cruze each for the US and China.

The US market gets an update of the current model, perhaps previewing a refreshed model expected to hit Australian showrooms later this year.

China, on the other hand, is the first market to see the next-generation Cruze (albeit a China-specific model), featuring the new Ecotec engines and two all-new transmissions.


In other news, the special edition Jeep Wrangler Polar is now on sale in Australia, priced from $45,500 plus on-roads, while Jeep was also busy unveiling its China-inspired concepts this week.


The 2014 MINI Cooper hatch arrived in local showrooms this week, priced from $26,650 plus on-road costs.


The new Subaru Outback was unveiled at the New York Auto Show, ahead of an Australian arrival in 2015.


The Escort name officially returned to the Ford stables this week, with the unveiling of a co-Australian designed small sedan for the Chinese market.


Staying with Ford, the carmaker added the ‘XL Plus’ variant to its Ranger ute line-up in Australia, complete with standard tow bar and deep-cycle auxiliary battery.


Audi claimed the 2014 World Car of the Year Award; its A3 beating the Mazda3 and the BMW 4 Series to the title.


BMW unveiled the Vision Future Luxury concept for the Beijing Auto Show this week, previewing a future direction for the German carmaker’s top-shelf luxury models.


Kia’s new Grand Carnival people-mover was unveiled in New York, ahead of an Australian arrival in early 2015.


The Land Rover Discovery Vision Concept arrived on the scene, bringing with it ‘transparent bonnet’ technology and a break from the more ‘traditional’ Land Rover styling.


Nissan’s all-new Murano was another arrival in New York this week, with the new SUV predicted to arrive in Australia in the second half of 2015.


 

REVIEWS

In case you missed it earlier, we drove the 2014 Subaru WRX STI following its arrival in Australia this week, and because we do things properly at TMR, we also tested the new sports sedan on the track.


We drove Audi’s fastest four-door model this week in the 2014 RS 7 Sportback. Check out our review.


We found the 2014 Kia Rondo SLi CRDi Diesel Automatic offered a great balance of space, performance and comfort with family-car buyers in mind, but debited the lack of rear-row curtain airbags.


The 2014 Mazda3 SP25 Manual Sedan offers the most enjoyable configuration for keener Mazda3 drivers, with the 2.5 litre engine matched to a manual transmission and larger 18-inch alloys. Check it out.


Finally, we found the 2014 MINI Cooper and Cooper S are so cool and such fun to drive, you’ll forgive them any failings.


And that’s… the week that was.

 
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