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The Week That Was: Toyota Australia Production Ending, Kia Soul, Audi S1 Photo:
 
 
Trevor Collett | Feb, 16 2014 | 0 Comments

The last of Australia’s car production pins fell this week, with confirmation that Toyota will exit Australian manufacturing in 2017.

The local carmaker said the decision was based in part on the high Australian dollar, along with the high cost of manufacturing and low economies of scale for its local supplier base.

Toyota now joins Ford and Holden in announcing an end to their local manufacturing operations.


The 2014 Kia Soul arrived in local showrooms this week, priced from $23,990 plus on-roads for the six-speed manual version.

A six-speed auto is also available, priced from $25,990 plus on-roads, and all Souls in Australia will feature the same 2.0 litre petrol engine, making 113kW and 191Nm.

Kia has set realistic goals for the 2014 Soul, with sales of around 400 per year expected, 90 percent of which will be automatics.

The 2014 Audi S1 was revealed, ahead of its debut at the Geneva Motor Show.

With a turbocharged 2.0 litre inline four under the bonnet, the S1 quattro will produce 170kW of power and 370Nm of torque, capable of rocketing to 100km/h from standstill in 5.8 seconds.

Audi was quick to confirm an Australian arrival for the S1 towards the end of this year, with pricing tipped around the $50,000 mark.


In other news, the 2014 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class SUV will arrive in Australia from April, priced from $47,990 plus on-roads.


The BMW 2 Series Active Tourer was unveiled this week, with an Australian debut expected around the end of 2014.


The 2014 World Car Of The Year candidates were announced - check out the shortlist.


The iconic modern sports car - Mazda’s MX-5 - celebrated its 25th birthday this week, with a dedicated website from Mazda to mark the occasion.


Mercedes-Benz pulled the covers of its new S-Class Coupe, with a new ‘curve-tilting’ cornering function set to raise some eyebrows.


The Bathurst 12-Hour has been run and won for 2014; to recap, or if you missed the action, follow the link to TMR’s race report and photo gallery.


Peugeot unveiled its new 108 this week, ahead of the city car’s debut at next month’s Geneva Motor Show.


Renault is also headed to Geneva with a city car of its own, the 2015 rear-engined and rear-wheel-drive Twingo hatch.


Skoda revealed its 2014 Octavia Scout this week, with the new high-riding wagon tipped to join the rest of the new Octavia range in Australia later this year.


Volvo unveiled a new concept bound for the Geneva Motor Show. Locally, the Swedish carmaker also pulled the covers off its brand new S60 V8 Supercar for the 2014 season.


 

REVIEWS

The 2014 Mazda3 SP25 GT Automatic Hatch is feature-packed, with Euro-quality and great all-round driving dynamics. Check out our review.


We drove the new 2014 Honda Odyssey. It's changed considerably from its predecessor, offering more room, sliding doors and a quiet and comfortable ride.

Finally, the 2014 Citroen C3 Exclusive Automatic offers a level of ‘French cool’ and a clever panoramic windscreen - viva la différence.

And that’s… the week that was.

 
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