The Week That Was: Volvo XC90, Mazda3 Diesel, Suzuki Vitara Photo:

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Trevor Collett | Aug, 31 2014 | 0 Comments

One of the Paris Motor Show’s most anticipated models has been unveiled more than a month out from the event; the 2015 Volvo XC90.

The all-new SUV is longer and wider than its predecessor, but weight is down 125kg thanks mainly to a high proportion of ultra-high-strength boron steel.

After serving for 12 years, the outgoing model will finally be retired in all markets except China, where it will continue as the ‘XC90 Classic’.

Mazda’s new 3 range in Australia is now complete, with the addition of the diesel-powered XD Astina hatch.

The new model uses Mazda’s familiar 2.2 litre diesel engine producing 129kW and 420Nm, matched with a six-speed transmission in either manual or automatic form.

The XD Astina now tops the Mazda3 range in Australia, priced from $40,230 plus on-road costs.

Suzuki revealed its 2015 Vitara SUV this week, as previewed in the iv-4 concept from last year’s Frankfurt Motor Show.

As expected, much of the iv-4’s styling has carried over to the production version, but model, engine and drive train options are yet to be confirmed.

Expect more details to emerge at the Paris Motor Show, including whether the larger Grand Vitara model will live on.

In other news, the hammer fell on Ford’s two FPV GT F sedans auctioned for charity, with the pair raising nearly $400,000 for the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

The 2015 Kia Sorento was launched in its home market of Korea, ahead of an official premiere at October’s Paris Motor Show.

Jeep’s new Cherokee range now has a diesel-powered offering in Australia, with the arrival of the ‘Limited’ variant priced at $49,000 plus on-roads.

The Chevrolet Niva Concept and two Lada concepts were unveiled this week ahead of the Moscow Motor Show, with production of the respective road-going versions set to begin next year.

Hyundai announced a new capped-price servicing plan for its local customers, covering every car sold in the brand’s Australian history.

A Productivity Commission report released this week called for an effective ‘end’ to the Australian new-car manufacturing industry.
The report also suggested relaxing ‘grey’ import laws, prompting the Federal Industry Minister to declare Australia won’t be a “dumping ground” for the world’s second-hand cars.

Australian Daniel Ricciardo took his third win of the 2014 Formula 1 season, with victory at the famed Spa Francorchamps circuit.

Renault’s RS01 racer was revealed, with the sleek track-only model to pack more than 373kW and 600Nm from its 3.8 litre Nismo twin-turbo V6.

What could be Volkswagen’s midsized four-door coupe appeared online, with the image perhaps providing the best view yet of the new model.

Subaru’s WRX S4 debuted this week, with the Japan-only and CVT-only model offering up 221kW and 400Nm from its turbocharged 2.0 litre boxer engine.



We drove the 2014 Nissan Qashqai TS CVT Diesel this week, finding the Dualis replacement offered a great diesel engine, a decent automatic and good luggage space.

In case you missed it earlier, the 2014 Mazda3 XD Astina Diesel is now in Australia and this week we put the well-equipped new model to the test.

TMR drove the petrol-electric hybrid Audi A3 e-tron ahead of its Australian launch, impressed by its rapid acceleration and beautiful chassis balance.

Finally, we found the 2014 Range Rover Evoque Pure TD4 Automatic was a champagne smaller SUV with million-dollar styling, priced within reach of 'middle Australia'. Check out our review.

And that’s… the week that was.

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