Volkswagen Australia confirmed this week it will bring the most powerful production Golf GTI ever, the Golf GTI 40 Years Edition (also known in Europe as the Golf GTI Clubsport, pictured) to local showrooms in June this year with an attractive $48,990 retail price.
Boasting more power than a Golf R - 213kW with overboost (active at full throttle for ten seconds at a time), 195kW without - and just as much torque (380Nm), the front-drive Golf GTI 40 Years Edition will be one of Volkswagen's fastest road cars ever sold here.
A quick-shifting six-speed DSG automatic will be standard-fit, however thanks to the absence of all-wheel-drive, the GTI 40 Years Edition won't be able to match the Golf R for standing-start acceleration.
Groupe PSA announced this week that it is building a new ute/pickup model, destined to wear Peugeot badges.
Formerly PSA Peugeot Citroen, the name-change to Groupe PSA is accompanied by a new five-year business plan called “Push To Pass”, which includes plans for the new ute.
Overall, 34 new vehicles will be rolled out over the next five years, including 26 new passenger cars, and eight commercial vehicles.
Another to confirm its commercial vehicle plans this week was Jeep.
Jeep announced that it is building a new pickup model - and it’s coming to Australia - with Australian Director of Marketing And Product Strategy, Zac Loo, saying the new model will be based on the Jeep Wrangler Limited.
Mr Loo also spoke of Fiat Chrysler Australia’s desire to see the Dodge Challenger in local showrooms, along with the Alfa Romeo Giulia, Ram trucks and the Fiat 124 Spider Abarth.
In other news, Volvo announced that its 2017 S60 and V60 Polestar models will ditch their current engines in favour of four-cylinder turbo power.
New car sales figures were released for March, showing the Hyundai i30 as Australia’s best-selling car in a month that saw downturns in most passenger car categories.
Tesla also handed down sales figures this week, covering the first quarter of 2016. While the company is on-track to meet its 2016 goals, the sales to date were overshadowed by the incredible response to the new Model 3.
Aston Martin announced that its V12 Vantage S will be available with a new seven-speed manual gearbox, available as a no-cost option.
Groupe PSA’s next-generation Peugeot Expert and Citroen Dispatch vans were unveiled, with the French carmaker’s local arm confirming the pair is under consideration for Australia.
Mazda detailed the model range buyers can expect from the all-new CX-9 SUV when it arrives in Australia, including a new “Azami” variant at the top.
Staying with Mazda, and the new CX-4 SUV was officially teased right about the time another leak surfaced online.
An investigation into vehicle emissions testing, launched by the German Federal Motor Transport Authority, revealed that the Volkswagen Group was the only manufacturer found to employ emissions defeat devices.
Australia’s Mike Simcoe reached the top of GM design this week, with General Motors annointing him as the carmaker’s new chief designer.
A new ownership experience is now available to BMW customers in the form of the X5 xDrive 40e plug-in hybrid SUV. We drove the new PHEV, finding it carries the traits one would expect from BMW at a similar price to some diesel-powered X5s.
We put Nissan’s hardest worker to the test in the bare-bones 2016 Nissan Navara RX Single-Cab - ready to go to work from $25,990 plus on-roads.
Audi’s 2016 A4 2.0 TFSI provides a sensible blend of practicality and performance. On city or country roads, we found it to be a beautifully balanced car with a true thoroughbred feel.
The 2016 Ford Focus Sport offered plenty of visual appeal both inside-and-out, along with a spacious, comfortable interior and an improved drivetrain - far better than you think.
Finally, which is more fuel efficient - the diesel-powered 2016 Citroen C4 Cactus or the hybrid Toyota Prius? Each is similar on paper, but what does the real world reveal? Check out our comparison.
And that’s… the week that was.
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