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The Week That Was: Tesla In Australia, Ford Kuga, Hydrogen Hyundai Photo:
 
 
Trevor Collett | Dec, 14 2014 | 0 Comments

Tesla announced it’s ‘open for business’ in Australia this week, as its first customer store opened its doors in Sydney’s northern suburbs.

The EV-maker also outlined plans to fast-track a supercharger network along Australia’s east coast, which will link Melbourne and Brisbane via Canberra and Sydney by 2017.

The first nine Model S customers received their keys at a ceremony at Sydney’s The Star on Tuesday night, with each rewarded for their patience with a customised ‘Signature’ model.


It was a big week for Ford, with the carmaker confirming an all-new Focus RS is on the way.

Ford also confirmed features and specifications for its incoming Mustang performer, revealing the V8 version will offer up 303kW and 525Nm.

Finally, Ford detailed its updated Kuga for 2015 with news three variants in the range will receive price-cuts in the new year.


A trio of new or updated Hyundais was unveiled this week, starting with a new three-door i20 Coupe model.

That was followed by the updated i30 and a new i30 Turbo model, with the former due to arrive in Australia in Q1 next year.

An updated i40 was also revealed in sedan and wagon form, which buyers can expect to see in local showrooms during the first half of next year.


In other news - and staying with Hyundai - the Korean carmaker shipped-in a new ix35 Fuel Cell vehicle to Australia this week, prepping it for a long-term testing program.


Audi revealed its next RS 3, and confirmed a late 2015 launch for the new model into the Australian market.


Proton announced discounts on some of its remaining 2014 stock, with the Preve manual now priced from $14,990 drive-away.


Volvo detailed its XC90 T8 plug-in hybrid, before later revealing a new 135kW, three-cylinder Drive-E engine.


Renault’s Megane RS 275 Trophy-R hot hatch arrived in Australia this week, but the $61,990 lap hero is limited locally to just 50 units.


More French hot hatch news, this time from Peugeot, who revealed its local allocation of the 208 GTi 30th Anniversary model has sold out.

However, local distributer Sime Darby is hopeful of securing more examples if demand is strong enough.


Road safety news this week included a blitz by NSW Police on motorists failing to keep left, and a feature by TMR Managing Editor, Tim O’Brien, on ‘Roads Designed To Kill’ (Part One).


Skoda gave us a preview of its 2015 Superb, as a group of ‘official’ spy photos revealed styling cues (as expected) from the VisionC concept.


Walkinshaw Performance revealed a new $7990 upgrade kit, which will boost the HSV GTS’ power and torque to 507kW and 850Nm respectively.


Lexus confirmed its flagship performer in the new RC F Coupe will launch in Australia from February, with a $133,500 starting price.

 

REVIEWS

We drove the all-electric 2015 BMW i3 this week, declaring it to be one of the best city cars ever created; priced from $63,990 plus on-roads.


In case you missed it earlier, the 2015 Tesla Model S is now on sale in Australia and we drove the luxury sedan on home soil this week. Check out our review.


We found the 2014 Volvo V60 T5 R-Design Drive-E offered a punchy yet efficient drivetrain, along with a solid build quality, beautiful cabin and impressive safety features.


Finally, we got an early preview of the 2015 Mazda CX-3 compact SUV. If our first taste is anything to go by, we think the CX-3 will sell up a storm next year.


And that’s… the week that was.

 
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