Ferrari FF; Hyundai i30 facelift; Kia Sorento; Mazda CX-3; Mercedes-Benz CLA Shooting Brake, CLS facelift, S65 coupe and sedan; VW Polo GTI
THE Mercedes CLA Shooting Brake was shown in Detroit, but oddly not at the show. It was unveiled at a hotel on the morning of the show, with the CLA 45 AMG the centrepiece – that’s the 265kW flagship, expected to cost about $91K. It was flanked by the CLA 250 Sport with its 155kW version of the same 2.0-litre four-cylinder and lower price estimate of about $66K. That’s a $2500 premium over the CLA sedan (or coupe, as Mercedes calls it) line-up, which the Shooting Brake’s range will mirror, including diesels and an entry-level 1.6-litre petrol offered from around $53K.
BMW 6 Series facelift; Holden Astra GTC, Astra VXR, Insignia VXR, Cascada; Mercedes- AMG C63, GT; Mercedes-Benz V-Class; Mini Cooper S JCW; Suzuki Vitara; Tesla Model S P85D; Toyota Aurion, Camry, and Prius V
WHAT on earth is a Cascada? It’s an Astrabased two-plus-two convertible from General Motors and sold as an Opel in Europe, Vauxhall in the UK and soon a Buick in North America. The Cascada is more accommodating than anything this side of an Audi A5 Cabriolet, without the price tag (or cache) to match. Expect a $50K starting price for the front-wheel-drive soft-top, with Holden confirming only one engine – a 125kW 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol unit – when it goes on sale mid-year, just in time for winter.