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The Week That Was: Toyota Kluger, Australian F1 Grand Prix, McLaren 650S Photo:
 
 
Trevor Collett | Mar, 15 2014 | 0 Comments

The 2014 Toyota Kluger arrived in Australia this week, available in three trim grades and priced from $40,990 plus on-roads.

The new Kluger is longer and wider than its predecessor, with a roomier interior offering improved access to the third row of seats.

Power comes from Toyota’s 3.5 litre V6 already familiar to Kluger, matched with a six-speed automatic transmission.


Absolutely no shortage of Formula 1 news, as the 2014 season kicks off at Melbourne’s Albert Park this weekend.

Everyone who is anyone in F1 was willing to have their say about how the opening race (and the rest of the season) would unfold, who can and can’t win – and why.

For the full rundown on the week’s F1 news, and an update on Michael Schumacher’s condition, check out our Formula 1 tag page.

McLaren’s 650S supercar is now available to Australian customers, priced from $441,500 plus on-roads.

That eye-watering amount will get you a Coupe version of the 650S, while the Spider version adds a further $44,750.

Of course, once you’ve parted with the cash you will end up with a car packing 478kW and 678Nm, capable of achieving 0-200km/h in 8.4 seconds.


In other news, Mitsubishi announced a light update to its Triton utility range, including a limited-edition ‘Warrior’ model.


The TMR spy photographers were kept busy this week, starting with spy shots of Land Rover’s Freelander replacement.


Mercedes-Benz’s C 63 AMG sedan and wagon were also spied testing, with the C 63 name expected to remain, despite a drop in engine capacity.


And the new Smart Forfour was captured by the spy photographers this week, with the model expected to make a comeback in 2015.


Audi announced its commitment to a limited production run of the R8 e-tron supercar, with customer demand dictating the size of the run.


Staying with Audi, the German carmaker’s traffic signal recognition system got the green light this week.


We learnt BMW’s Australian i3 launch has been delayed, while deliveries of the i8 will begin in June for overseas customers.


Hyundai’s new World Rally Team scored its first podium at Rally Mexico, while Australian Chris Atkinson finished seventh.


The NRMA released a report this week, showing Sydney drivers are ‘paying more for less’ when it comes to parking.


Fancy a ride with Arnold Schwarzenegger, in his very own tank? Check out the video, in which Arnie demonstrates his tank’s crushing ability.

 

REVIEWS

In case you missed it earlier, Toyota’s new Kluger arrived in Toyota Oz showrooms and we put all three variants to the test.


We found the 2014 Holden Barina RS Automatic offered a well-tuned chassis setup and sharp steering, priced at $23,190 plus on-roads.


Check out our farewell to AMG’s naturally aspirated V8, as we took two of Mercedes’ finest around the Albert Park circuit this week.


At $72,000 plus on-roads, we reviewed the 2014 Lexus ES 300h Sport Luxury and were impressed with its astonishingly quiet and refined interior, although the suspension is a little soft.


We drove the 2014 Nissan Pulsar ST Hatch Automatic this week, finding the roomy and comfortable hatch was easy to drive, but had over-assisted steering and no Bluetooth audio streaming.


Finally, one for the budget-conscious family buyer, the 2014 Proton Exora GX people mover is all yours for $25,990 drive-away. Check out our review.


And that’s… the week that was.

 
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