The automotive news wheel is always turning. If you’re not constantly checking CarAdvice – which you should be doing, by the way – it can be easy for some headlines to slip through the cracks.
To make sure you haven’t missed anything important, we’ve gathered what we reckon are the hottest news stories from this week, right here. Check them out, and let us know what caught your eye.
Drumroll please, ladies and gentlemen. Ford has announced pricing for the hotly-anticipated Ranger Raptor, the first of its kind. Is the price too steep, or has the Blue Oval hit the nail on the head?
Is the leanest, meanest Camaro coming to Australia? A recent Holden trademark, along with a facelift for the wider range, would certainly suggest that’s the case. It’s not going to be cheap, though.
Honda has added a few luxe-touches to the Civic VTi-S. You’ll have to be quick – just 180 are coming to Australia.
Ford has finally revealed the fourth-generation Focus, ending its endless stream of teasers, videos and shadowy pictures. It’s got more technology, a more upmarket interior and a sharp new look. Oh, and ours is coming from Germany.
Pricing and specs for the most potent M3 ever built were revealed this week, with the CS to kick off at $179,900 before on-road costs when it touches down in June. With 338kW and 600Nm on tap, it’ll hit 100km/h in just 3.9 seconds.
We ran a quick poll around the office when this announcement was made, with guesses about the price of the hottest F-Pace ranging from $160,000 to $210,000. As it turns out, we were all way off the mark. Jaguar has sharpened its pencil on the SVR, with pricing to kick off at $140,020 before on-road costs.
The ever-popular i30 has been refreshed for 2018, making active safety gear available across a wider range of models, along with the option of petrol power for Elite and Premium variants.
Skoda will finally have a mid-size contender for the Volkswagen Tiguan in September. The Karoq range will be led by a price-leading front-wheel drive petrol model, with diesel and all-wheel drive variants to follow in 2019.
“We are positioning the new Corolla as a premium, high-quality hatch focused on performance and technology with more attractive styling, more spec including advanced safety, and more powerful yet more efficient drivetrains,” Sean Hanley, vice president of sales and marketing for Toyota Australia, told CarAdvice.
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