The Week That Was: TMR Best Buys Shortlist, 2013 VFACTS, WRX STI Photo:

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Trevor Collett | Jan, 11 2014 | 2 Comments

This week, we announced our 'top ten' shortlist for the annual TMR Best Buys Award.

A look at the top-ten price-wise sees the Ford Fiesta as the most affordable, starting at $15,825, while the Lexus IS 350 Sports Luxury sits at the other end, priced from $84,000 plus on-roads with eight other cars in between.

So which car will pick up the award? Check out our shortlist and give us your pick.

Last year saw another record for new car sales in Australia, with 1.136million finding new homes during 2013.

Despite Toyota’s long-running sales success in Australia, 2013 was the first year a Toyota product has carried the honour of being the nation’s number one selling car; in this case, the Toyota Corolla.

Check out our detailed analysis of the 2013 VFACTS; and why we think Hyundai needs a ute…

Subaru’s new WRX STI was revealed this week, as leaked images of the new performance hero surfaced online.

No technical details have been released to date, but earlier reported leaks suggest power will again be provided by a 2.5 litre turbocharged boxer, with output likely to go a little beyond the 221kW and 407Nm of the current model.

Following the leaked images, Subaru released pictures of its new WRX STI racer, destined for the Nurburgring 24-Hour enduro.

In other news, Toyota revealed this week that its future as a manufacturer in Australia is under a cloud. Our analysis suggests that, in the short term, the expense of pulling out may stay the hand of the Japanese manufacturer.

Lexus released pictures of its new RC F coupe, with technical details to be revealed following the car’s debut at the Detroit Auto Show.

Mercedes-Benz revealed its new GLA 45 AMG, with the performance SUV set to arrive in Australia late this year.

Performance figures for the new Chevrolet Corvette Z06 were revealed by accident this week, when an enthusiast stumbled across them during a Google search.

Not only did the Qoros 3 become the first Chinese car to earn a 5-Star Euro NCAP safety rating, it has now been declared the safest car tested during 2013.

A road safety advertisement from New Zealand called ‘Mistakes’ has gone viral this week. Check it out to see why.

Details of Kia's updated Optima midsizer surfaced on the company's consumer website this week, highlighting specifications and pricing for the 2014 model year.

Suzuki announced pricing and features for its 2014 Swift, with the updated hatch range now available in Australia.

Hyundai unveiled its updated i40 line-up, with the new Drive Mode Select system now standard across the range.

Volvo’s new XC Coupe Concept is headed to Detroit, and will preview the Swedish carmaker’s new XC90 SUV. Check it out.

Oil giants Shell and BP announced their intentions to sell up and ship out of the Australian petroleum market this week, while the Mobil brand will soon return to bowsers at 7-Eleven sites.



We drove the 2014 Renault Clio Expression Manual this week, finding Parisian style and romance in the surprisingly spacious three-cylinder turbo package.

Can the smaller 2.0 litre turbocharged engine in the 2014 BMW 428i Coupe carry the mantle from the now-departed 2.5 litre straight-six? Check out our review.

Finally, we found the 2014 Nissan Juke Ti-S to be fun, funky and frisky, offering zippy performance and bursting with personality.

And that’s… the week that was.

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