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Trevor Collett | May, 11 2013 | 3 Comments

Good news for VF Commodore customers, bad news for existing VE stocks with the news of dramatically reduced pricing for the VF range, in show rooms next month.

New entry-level Evoke will start at just $34,990 plus on-roads. No more Berlina badge, but a $39,990 starting price for the Calais should fill the void.

The VF will have some competition from the all-new Honda Accord which is now on sale in Australia, starting at $31,490.

The new Accord is still available with four- and six-cylinder engines, and features Honda’s new “Earth Dreams” systems. Click here to read TMR’s 2014 Accord review.

Volkswagen unveiled its twin-turbo petrol V6-powered Design Vision Golf GTi concept at the Wörthersee GTI Treffen in Austria.

If all-wheel-drive and a claimed 0-100km/h time of just 3.9 seconds isn't enough, the twin-turbo V6 packs a 375kW punch. That’s a mere 213kW improvement over the regular Golf GTi; or 131 percent!

Peugeot’s updated RCZ sports coupe is now on sale in Australia, with a “no options” policy and a price of $58,990.

Honda says its new Civic Hatch has hit the bulls-eye, with sales in Australia climbing to around 900 a month compared to 20 or 30 for the previous model.

Holden’s new Malibu sedan scored a 5-star ANCAP safety rating this week, while the Fiat Freemont could only manage 4 stars.

Above: Volkswagen's wild Design Vision GTI concept.
Above: Volkswagen's wild Design Vision GTI concept.

It wasn’t all good news for Holden this week though, with the Australian carmaker announcing a $153 million loss for 2012.

Volkswagen's stablemate Seat unveiled its wild Leon Cup Racer hatch concept at the Wörthersee show, a worthy companion to the Golf GTi concept.

Reports out of the US this week suggest that aspiring owners of the new BMW i3 electric vehicle will have to dig deep, with a rumoured price tag of $US 45,000.

Finally, Mark Reuss from GM North America likes the idea of the Toyota 86 / Subaru BRZ twins so much, he feels GM should produce a similar offering, predicting such a car would be a “huge win” for GM.

And that’s….. the week that was.

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