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The Week That Was: TMR Best Buy Shortlist, Lancer Evo Final Concept Photo:
 
 
Trevor Collett | Jan, 04 2015 | 0 Comments

This week heralded the start of 2015, and that means it’s time for TMR’s Best Buy Award.

Over much festive season food and the odd drink, the list has been whittled down to twenty cars that offer the best value buying in 2015.

Plenty of double acts dominate this year’s list, including two models each from Mazda, Subaru, Ford and more. Check it out, and let us know your top pick.


Mitsubishi has all but confirmed that the current Lancer Evolution performer will be the last, as a Final Concept Edition was unveiled this week.

The tuned-up version is set to star at the Tokyo Auto Salon this month, packing a mammoth 353kW punch from its 2.0 litre four-cylinder turbocharged engine.

The next Lancer - or whatever replaces it - was also imaged this week in a rendering by independent artist, Theo Chin.


Subaru was one of the first to acknowledge the Federal Government’s free trade agreement with Japan - at least publicly - by announcing price-cuts this week.

Thanks to the reduction in import duty, the entire Forester range now costs $1000 less, all XV models are reduced by $750 and the Impreza range is $500 cheaper.

The new pricing officially kicks in on January 16, however Subaru Australia has pledged to subsidise all sales by the same amount between now and the 16th as part of its New Year Sale campaign.


In other news, technical details for Tesla’s Roadster 3.0 update were revealed, showing an improved battery pack and more aerodynamic body kit.


TMR’s Managing Editor, Tim O’Brien, considers the future for private car ownership around the world in ‘Nightmare On Car Street - The Uber Effect’.


A report suggested Lotus was working on a crossover version of the Evora, in a view to growing sales in SUV-loving markets like China and the US.


The Holden/Chevrolet next-generation Volt was teased again ahead of its debut at the Detroit Auto Show, with GM keen to prove its new model can drive on snow - for some reason.


Alfa Romeo’s 4C Spider was spied in the metal, during an official filming and photography session in Spain.


The MG GTS SUV was revealed ahead of its Chinese debut, with European and possibly Australian sales to follow next year.


Kia also unveiled a China-focused compact SUV this week in the KX3, showing little change from the concept that previewed it in November last year.


UK carmaker Ariel previewed its Nomad off-road buggy, which shares its origins with the company’s existing lightweight Atom track car.


Leshi Internet showed why it could become the ‘Tesla of China’, with plans to build its own electric vehicle soon.


The road toll for 2014 in Victoria rose for the first time since 2005, with 248 fatalities on the state’s roads last year.

 

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We saw in the New Year from behind the wheel of the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4WD Diesel, declaring it good value for money as the cheapest way into a Grand Cherokee 4WD diesel.


Finally, the season seemed more than appropriate for a drive of the 2015 Audi A3 Cabriolet Ambition Quattro.

We were impressed by the drop-top’s decent turn of speed, fantastic grip and understated style, finding the A3 Cabriolet was an unexpected corner-carver.


And that’s… the week that was.

 
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