The Renault Megane RS gets a new Monaco Grand Prix Limited Edition model which will have a production run of just 50 units. It comes in special pearl white paint with piano black trim and offers some special components, including new mirror units, rear diffuser and fog light surrounds in the black.
The Megane RS 250 Monaco Grand Prix Limited Edition was originally designed as a special hot hatch for the Australian car market, but after its presentation at the last Geneva Motor Show, it’s also headed for Europe in limited numbers. The model is based on the Megane RS with 250 hp and 340 Nm of torque and will offer 19-inch wheels as standard, Brembo brakes with red callipers, panoramic roof and bi-xenon headlights.
On the inside the special edition Megane Monaco Grand Prix gets sports seats in Recaro leather upholstery, the white and piano black trim combo and special edition logos and stitching on the floor mats and seat backs.
Over the 2011 Detroit Auto Show, among the plans for expansion of the Opel brand overseas, General Motors confirmed that models like the Opel Astra will be back on the Australian car market, not as locally-badged Holden models, but as Opel European premium brand vehicles. The move could involve internal competition among the General Motors group, with models like the Chevrolet Cruze being overlooked for the Opel badge, but Opel head Nick Reilly claims that the European models will be headed for a different market segment, with customers unlikely to swap over from brand to another.
So far comments in Australia seem to welcome the move, and the return of European-built models like the Opel Astra and Opel Corsa (originally on the market as the Holden Barina) could prove to be extremely popular. We already analysed how the change from European-produced, Holden-Opel models to Korean-built ones was unwelcome, and how it damaged the brand on that market, and the announcement to bring back Opel models may well be celebrated by those wanting more choice in the European brand offering.
Rather than badging the models as Holdens, Opel will work alongside the Aussie brand, but will likely have its own standalone division and possible dedicated dealerships. Australian customers will have to expect to pay a premium for the Opel models though, as they will be priced in a different bracket from previous Holden branded models. They could prove to be more expensive than Volkswagen models, but will still be placed in front of Peugeot, Citroen, Renault and Alfa Romeo.
The expansion of the Opel brand worldwide is key to its survival, particularly at an international level, and the brand is planning new ventures in China, South America and the Middle East. Plans for the Australian market will likely be clouded somewhat by the history of the Holden brand, and will depend on the success of the premium brand label with past attempts not producing the profits expected. We’re hoping though that this time the move will be successful enough to discourage Opel from importing Korean-made Corsa’s and other models into Europe….
Source | Carsales.com.au
Okay, so the guys at Top Gear can’t pronounce Bathurst, but this is one funny video. Who in Europe is going to understand Australian V8 supercar sedans and the legendary Bathurst 1000? Here’s a few things you might get about this Holden VXR8 Bathurst edition: it does 0-100 in 4.6 seconds, has a V8 turbo charged, supercharged engine and with 45,000 pounds there’s “limitless vulgarity”.
This is not a businessman’s car, believe me. In fact, it’s like the sophisticated look for Aussie men from the country, or who aspire to country. And if you’re a real farmer, you might want to try the HSV VE Maloo R8 “ute”. Otherwise known as a “pick-up” but we’re in Australia, not the US.
There is nothing hick and country about the Maloo ute, though. This is one fast, mean, pick-up: see how the “fatest ute in the world” with five seconds to reach 100 km/hr, stacks up against the Audi A8. It’s equipped with a 6.2-litre V8 with 490 hp. Wanted to know about Australian cars? You have got to watch this video!
This is good news for the Australian Alfa offering and I was waiting to see if it would happen after the MiTo was confirmed for the US market. The Alfa Romeo MiTo will appear down under starting from July, offered with just the 1.4 litre turbo at 120 or 155 hp. No diesel will be offered to maintain its sports identity.
The two units will be matched to a six-speed manual gear change, an interesting choice in a market used to automatic transmission, to guarantee the performance and driving pleasure of the MiTo. According to Alfa, Australian customers will be surprised. The MiTo pricing for Australia is currently unknown, though apparently this will also be a pleasant surprise. Next step, America.