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The Week That Was: Toyota HiLux, Hyundai Veloster, Mazda MX-5 Photo:
 
 
Trevor Collett | May, 24 2015 | 0 Comments

Toyota’s all-new 2016 HiLux was officially unveiled this week, as the Japanese carmaker prepares for its arrival in local showrooms from October.

Precise specifications have yet to be revealed, but Toyota Australia has confirmed that the Workmate, SR and SR5 grades will continue to be offered, along with a new Hi-Rider RWD model.

In total, a whopping 31 distinct model configurations will be offered in the 2016 Hilux range, with a choice of two petrol and two diesel engines.


Hyundai’s updated-for-2015 Veloster and Veloster SR Turbo were launched in Australia this week, bringing tweaked suspension, a new transmission, cabin updates and a sharp new $29,990 price of entry at the turbocharged end.

That price, down from the $32,990 sticker the SR Turbo wore before today (which is up from the $31,990 it launched at in 2012), positions the hot-ish hatch against Toyota’s 86 Coupe and neatly below Mazda’s new $31,990 MX-5 (see below).

Opting for the cut-price turbo will see you go without a handful of items previously standard, but these items and more can be had in the Veloster SR Turbo+ from $33,990 plus on-roads.


Mazda’s drip-feed of information regarding its new MX-5 roadster revealed a bombshell this week, when the Japanese carmaker announced the new starting price for its iconic sports model in Australia.

Fans applauded as Mazda announced the new model will start from $31,990 plus on-road costs, when it arrives in Australia from August.

That amount will get you the new 96kW/150Nm 1.5 litre four-cylinder entry-level model, while a 2.0 litre version will arrive at a later date.


In other news, almost 130,000 Hondas and 35,000 Subarus were recalled in Australia this week as part of the ongoing Takata airbag recall. The Japanese parts supplier has expanded its global recall to around 34 million cars.


Porsche introduced a pair of new Black Edition models in Australia, upgrading the entry-level models in the hero 911 and Boxster ranges.


Staying with Porsche, the German carmaker confirmed new four-cylinder engines will be available in future Boxster and Cayman models.


Organisers of Melbourne’s Motorclassica event for 2015 announced that visitors will be treated to a celebration of ’50 years of the supercar’.


Australian company GoFar revealed its RAY fuel-saving device, which aims to ‘teach’ drivers the best way to extract maximum fuel economy from their vehicles.


Details and images for a 2016 update to the Toyota Prado in Australia appeared online, revealing a new 2.8 litre diesel engine.


Staying with Toyota, the carmaker confirmed the Fortuner SUV will be joining the line-up in Australia in the future, but the Tundra pickup will not.


Peugeot revealed its next 508 will feature near fully-autonomous driving systems, including hands-free steering and automatic braking.


Pricing for the Tesla Model S in Australia has been revised upwards again, due to increased pressures from the fluctuating exchange rate between the Australian and US Dollars.


The Queensland Government announced a new ‘set and forget’ direct debit scheme for vehicle registration, which is set to commence from July, and tougher penalties for mobile phone offences.

 

REVIEWS

In case you missed it earlier, Hyundai’s 2015 Veloster arrived in Australia this week, and we found it offers ‘smart as' three-door packaging, a zesty turbo and good on-road comfort.


BMW’s 2015 320i Sport Line is still the consummate driver's car, offering sports sedan handling and balanced looks from $61,500 plus on-roads. Check out our review.


Finally, we drove Audi’s 2015 RS 6 Avant and RS 7 Sportback, impressed by their glorious exhaust noise, torque-laden engine and immense road presence.


And that’s… the week that was.

 
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