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The Week That Was: Toyota Camry, Audi RS 6 Avant & RS 7 Sportback Photo:
 
 
Trevor Collett | May, 17 2015 | 0 Comments

Toyota launched the updated 2015 Camry range in Australia this week, with significantly overhauled styling and dramatic price reductions across the board.

The price of entry has plummeted to just $26,490, pushing the midsized Camry deep into small-car territory.

It’s also the last Camry destined to be built at the company’s Altona assembly plant, and will be produced right up until the plant’s planned shutdown at the end of 2017.


Audi’s RS 6 Avant wagon and RS 7 Sportback have been given a going-over for the 2015 model year, gaining refreshed looks, updated tech, and a bigger price tag.

With new prices of $229,000 for the RS 6 and $242,000 for the RS 7 (plus on-roads), the big barnstorming Audi heroes are now $4000 and $3500 more expensive than the 2014 models they replace.

As with the wider A6 and A7 lines that debuted local updates in March, the refreshed RS models gain a slim new headlight design and lightly updated tail lamps.


TMR travelled to Detroit to get the ‘story behind the story’ on Ford’s all-new GT, with Ford keen to tell of its ‘lightweighting’, aluminium and carbon-fibre composites as the company is intent on applying the “learnings” from this niche project across its future product range.

While there, we were introduced to - and drove - that car’s polar opposite; Ford’s new all-aluminium bodied F-Truck.

We also learnt anthropologists now join the propeller-heads, software geeks, communication platform specialists and engineers incubating new ideas and feeding into the design research done at Ford’s Silicon Valley Research Centre.


In other news, Subaru’s XV SUV is now available in a special edition Sunshine Yellow, bringing a handful of extras and a one-off paint finish for a $1750 premium.


Toyota announced its refreshed Corolla hatch will hit Australia in June, bringing new sports styling to the range’s top-shelf models.


Citroen’s Picasso hatch and people-mover models geared up for a road trip this week, introducing the Safari Pack in Australia bringing $1500 worth of extras at no additional cost.


The 2015 Woerthersee Treffen event this week brought us the Golf GTI Clubsport, Golf Dark Shine and Biturbo concepts along with the Kombi ‘Racing Taxi’.


Chevrolet’s new Camaro was revealed, promising to be a revolution for the bow-tie brand. Will we see it in Australia?


Mercedes-Benz outlined plans for its new V-Class passenger van in Australia, arriving as a single variant in July and priced from $85,500.


Toyota and Mazda announced a technology-sharing partnership that will see the two carmakers collaborate on safety and fuel-saving technology.


As Mad Max: Fury Road opened in Australian cinemas, TMR caught up with the man behind ‘Cranky Frank’ - one of the film’s crazy car creations.


Small business operators in Australia were among the big winners, as Treasurer Joe Hockey handed down the 2015/16 Federal Budget this week.


The ACT Government announced it would expand its speed camera program, in response to a report which was largely critical of the current operation.

 

REVIEWS

In the TMR Garages this week was the 2015 Mercedes-AMG S 63 Coupe, which we found offered monstrous power and monstrous performance at a monstrous price.


In case you missed it earlier, Toyota’s 2015 Camry is now on sale in Australia and we drove the refreshed midsizer this week.


We drove the 2015 Kia Carnival Platinum Diesel, impressed by its cavernous interior, generous storage options and quality interior.


Finally, the 2015 Suzuki Jimny Automatic has lost none of its off-road ability despite having 17 years under its belt, and sits alone in the Australian market as the only true, small 4WD - check it out.


And that’s… the week that was.

 
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