The Week That Was: The Future For Kia Australia, And Holden's Commodore Photo:

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Trevor Collett | Jul, 13 2014 | 0 Comments

Kia Australia’s new Chief Operating Officer, Damien Meredith, spelled out the Korean carmaker’s future plans in Australia this week.

Mr Meredith outlined Kia’s plans to boost Cerato sales and Pro_Cee’d GT sales, and he also spoke about the upcoming Carnival, Sorento and Rio replacements.

On the issue of a future pickup truck in Kia or sister brand Hyundai’s global line-up, Mr Meredith said the model was on the carmaker’s radar as a distant project.

TMR crunched the numbers this week to determine where Holden’s future Commodore replacement might emerge from.

Will it be Buick, Chevrolet or Opel? Perhaps Cadillac, or even China’s Roewe brand?

Nothing is certain at this stage, but check out our shortlist and be sure to let us know what you think about GM’s future large segment offering in Australia.

Mercedes-Benz’s CLA and GLA range in Australia is now complete, with the arrival of the 250 4Matic variants this week.

Arriving in place of the front-wheel-drive ‘250’ models originally planned, the new 250 4Matic variants launch from $64,900 in CLA form and $57,900 for the GLA (both exclude on-roads).

Power for both models comes from Benz’s new 2.0 litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine making 155kW and 350Nm, coupled to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic and the 4Matic all-wheel-drive system

In other news, Mitsubishi revealed some of its local plans to TMR this week, including current SUV and utility models along with the next Lancer.

Subaru committed to a replacement for its current BRZ sports model, despite rumours of a potential split with current partner Toyota.

The next and probably last Falcon for Australia was previewed, with a single photo of the new front end suggesting a Mondeo-inspired swansong for the large Ford.

Details of Skoda’s new Octavia Scout crossover wagon emerged this week, with a confirmed August debut for European markets ahead of an Australian arrival in 2015.

Honda added a new variant to its CR-V SUV range this week, with the new ‘Plus+ Edition’ available in both 2WD and 4WD.

Nissan’s Navara pickup is now available as the limited-edition Titanium in Australia, priced from $48,790 plus on-roads.

Jeep revealed its 2017 Wrangler will be lighter, more efficient and perhaps even ‘softer’ than the current popular off-roader, as the carmaker positions the Wrangler against ‘regular’ SUVs.

Mercedes-Benz revealed it had underestimated the green credentials of its new S 500 Plug-In Hybrid, with an official fuel figure listed at just 2.8 l/100km.

The 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution will be the last, with the carmaker’s local arm saying this week it will offer the Evo to Australian customers until production ceases.

Foreign motorists using roads in Germany may soon face fees to drive on its famous autobahns, along with every other road contained within the country’s borders.



We drove the 2014 Lexus NX SUV this week in the US, impressed by its edgy styling, ‘ideal’ packaging and the new 2.0 litre turbocharged engine.

In case you missed it earlier, the 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA and GLA 250 4Matic models are now available in Australia. We hopped across ‘the ditch’ this week to drive the CLA 250 Sport version.

We found the 2014 Fiat Scudo van packed a sizable load area and good ride comfort into its $28,990 plus on-roads price. Check out our review.

Finally, $370,800 plus on-roads will buy you the 2014 Aston Martin Rapide S sports sedan. For that amount you’ll get sound, styling and soul, as the Rapide S is cross-country cruising at its sexiest.

And that’s… the week that was.

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