The Week That Was: Toyota’s Top-Seller, Detroit Lead-Up, CES Photo:

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Trevor Collett | Jan, 11 2015 | 0 Comments

Toyota’s Corolla was in front for most of the year, but this week the results were finalised - the Corolla was Australia’s favourite car in 2014.

After a year-long battle with the Mazda3 for sales supremacy, the Corolla was declared the nation’s top-selling car by 422 units.

Toyota absolutely dominated the Australian market last year, shifting almost twice as many cars as its nearest rival with 203,501 sales.

The Detroit Auto Show is just days away, and carmakers were busy gearing up for the event this week.

Infiniti unveiled its Q60 concept, Lexus pulled the covers from its GS F performance sedan and Toyota’s Tacoma update is now out in the open.

So what else will Detroit serve up? Check out our What To Watch For guide.

Getting in ahead of the Detroit Auto Show was the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, which kicked off with an Audi A7 driving itself to the event.

Volkswagen unveiled a ‘techy’ new interior for its Golf R, Mercedes-Benz’s F 015 autonomous concept was revealed, and Ford revealed some self-driven vehicle plans of its own.

Check out our Consumer Electronics Show tag page, to catch up on all the other happenings from the event.

In other news, the 2015 Volkswagen Amarok pickup is now on sale in Australia, priced from $35,490 plus on-roads.

Australia broke a world record this week, with 103 cars satisfying the requirements for the largest burnout set at Summernats 28.

Both Mazda and Toyota took the knife to pricing for various models this week, in response to the incoming free trade agreement with Japan.

Remember the Australian Six? The Goggomobil Dart (of course you do)? TMR’s ‘Australian Car Manufacturing’ features take a look at Australian cars of yesteryear.

Check out Parts One (1900-1940) and Two (1946-1960).

After looking back, TMR looked forward - to the long list of new cars expected to arrive in Australia during 2015.

Peugeot’s local arm announced it was keen to get its hands on more sporty GT models, ahead of the warmed-up 308 GT’s arrival later this year.

A speed camera activist group in New South Wales made headlines overseas this week, with Roads Minister Duncan Gay declaring the group to be “idiots”.

While many carmakers in the local market saw a drop in sales last year compared to 2013 Isuzu and Hyundai weren’t among them, with each experiencing record sales to Australian customers.

A mysterious Holden Ute was seen testing in the US, with a new mid-engined Chevrolet Corvette believed to be hidden underneath.

Lane filtering for motorcyclists will be legal in Queensland from next month, along with new laws governing foot pegs and helmets.



TMR drove the 2015 Mercedes-Benz C250 Diesel this week, impressed by the Benz’s beautiful cabin, massive torque and optional Burmeister sound system.

We drove the 2015 Mazda2 Maxx Automatic, declaring it to be ‘premium for a low price’ at $18,990 plus on-roads.

Finally, we put the 2015 Hyundai Genesis Ultimate through the TMR test and found it to be something of a surprise contender.

Some people may scoff at an $82,000 luxury Hyundai - but we reckon the joke’s on them.

And that’s… the week that was.

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