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The Week That Was: TMR?s Best Buy 2015, Hyundai Sonata, BMW 2 Series Photo:
 
 
Trevor Collett | Feb, 01 2015 | 0 Comments

TMR announced the big one this week - the car worthy of our Best Buy Award 2015.

And it was Mitsubishi taking home the silverware; the Outlander PHEV shouldering aside some strong competition to take top step on the podium.

Of our top-ten list for 2015, the Outlander PHEV stood out with its versatility, price, practicality and fuel consumption.


Hyundai’s Sonata is back in Australian showrooms, priced from $29,990 plus on-road costs.

Following an absence since 2010 and the i45 model which took its place, the Sonata is now available with either a 2.4 litre naturally-aspirated engine or a 2.0 litre turbocharged unit - both petrol-powered.

Hyundai’s i40 is set to remain alongside the Sonata in the carmaker’s midsized range, with an update expected later this year.


BMW announced pricing and specifications for its 2 Series Convertible in Australia this week, ahead of the new model’s arrival later this month.

Three variants will be available initially, with all featuring petrol-powered engines and an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Pricing kicks off at $54,900 plus on-roads for the 220i, rising to $85,800 for the M235i.


In other news, and staying with BMW, the carmaker’s updated M135i hatch was revealed this week ahead of an Australian arrival in the second half of this year.


Honda’s Accord Euro is now one step closer to deletion, with the model entering run-out mode in European markets with no plans for a replacement.


Another Honda model headed for the bench is the CR-Z - this time in Australia - with the slow-selling hybrid hot-hatch withdrawn from the local market.


Alfa Romeo’s 2015 Giulietta Quadrifoglio Verde touched down in Australia, launching from $39,000 for the manual model with the auto costing $3000 extra.


Lexus expanded its NX SUV range in Australia this week, with the arrival of the NX200t boasting the first-ever application of an all-new turbocharged engine.


Victoria’s Traffic Accident Commission blamed added distraction for the rise in pedestrian fatalities, with 44 pedestrians losing their lives on Victorian roads last year - up 22 percent.


Two new models were snapped without camouflage, with both the next-generation BMW X1 and the Lamborghini Aventador SV spied in the metal.


Toyota announced a return to the World Rally Championship, with its new Yaris WRC expected to contest the series from 2017.


Owners of Tesla’s Model S P85D acceleration machine now have access to even more power, thanks to a simple over-the-air software update.


Police in the ACT added a new Volvo S60 T6 R-Design to its fleet of pursuit vehicles, evaluating the Swede with a view to replacing Commodore and Falcon performance sedans post 2017.

 

REVIEWS

We took to the wheel of the 2015 Volkswagen Tiguan 155TSI R-Line this week, declaring it a zippy and stylish SUV, but downsides include an ageing interior and a small boot.


We found MINI’s 2015 Cooper Five-Door offered seriously sensible fun, with the back doors adding space and versatility without affecting the spirited on-road feel.


Finally, Ford’s Falcon XR8 swansong impressed us with its screaming supercharged V8, but was let down by the ancient interior and a feeling it was out of its depth in 2015.


And that’s… the week that was.

 
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