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The Week That Was: World Car Of The Year, Australian Motoring Festival Photo:
Trevor Collett | Apr, 06 2015 | 1 Comment

Mercedes-Benz took out a hot trifecta at this year’s World Car of the Year awards, with the winners announced in New York this week.

The new midsized C-Class rolled away with the overall World Car of the Year award, while the top Performance Car and Luxury Car awards went to the new AMG GT Coupe and S-Class Coupe models.

In winning the overall prize, the new C-Class beat out a strong list of contenders that included the new Ford Mustang, Hyundai Genesis, Nissan Qashqai and Volkswagen Passat.

With the dust now settled on the inaugural Australian Motoring Festival, the examination of the exercise will no doubt run for more than the four days of the event.

Held at the the Melbourne Showgrounds, this new 'interactive' motoring event drew just 25,000 people through its gates - a quarter of the numbers initially expected by organisers.

The final tally is well short of expectations, but, despite that disappointing number, the post-event response from VACC and RACV has been upbeat. (But a demonstration that the enthusiast market is not to be found through mainstream media...)

Hyundai took another step toward a hydrogen-fuelled future this week, 'unveiling' its ix35 Fuel Cell test vehicle in Sydney.

The Korean carmaker has installed Australia’s first hydrogen refuelling point at its Macquarie Park HQ, with plans to make the facility completely carbon-neutral soon.

Hyundai hopes this move will spur Toyota and Honda into action, to progress the popularity and usefulness of hydrogen-fuelled vehicles in Australia.

In other news, Citroen announced its refreshed DS3 hatch will hit Australia next month, bringing lightly updated looks and a number of new safety extras.

The all-new Kia Optima was unveiled in New York, ahead of an Australian arrival around November.

Lexus’ all-new RX SUV was another to appear at the New York Auto Show, and the Japanese carmaker confirmed an early 2016 arrival in Australia.

McLaren’s 419kW/600Nm ‘entry-level’ 570S was officially unveiled, ahead of its appearance at the New York Auto Show.

As predicted, the all-new Kia Carnival received a 4-star ANCAP safety rating this week, but not entirely for the reasons Kia had expected.

We examined the "parallel import restrictions on (...) second-hand cars should be removed” recommendation from the Competition Policy Review report. Check it out.

Rallycross is returning to Australia, with plans announced this week for a comeback event at a new facility to be built at Broadford.

Cadillac’s big new CT6 flagship sedan was unveiled in New York, ahead of an on-sale date in the US later this year.

The new Jaguar XF was revealed in New York, and is due to arrive in Australia at the beginning of next year.

Porsche’s new Boxster Spyder was revealed in New York, with an expected Australian arrival before the end of the year; priced from $169,000 plus on-roads.



We drove the 2015 BMW M4 Convertible this week, impressed by its sharp handling, beautiful style and an engine that never runs out of puff.

The weight blunts the performance compared to the Coupe version however, and you’ll cough up for the privilege of having a folding roof.

Finally, we found the 2015 Suzuki Celerio offered a slick manual gearbox (and nice CVT option), a revvy three-cylinder engine and lots of equipment for the price - a good urban runabout with a dollop of cheeky charm.

And that’s… the week that was.

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