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We may not realise it but for a small country, Australia is fairly spoilt for choice when it comes to buying cars and this week showed it more than most.
Popular European car maker Peugeot renewed its faith in our market when it slapped a price on its facelifted 3008 midsize SUV and 5008 large SUV and performance brand Cupra even announced it would be making the move to Australia next year.
Even in the land of high-priced supercars where Australia often gets left in the cold, Aston Martin broke the trend by offering Aussies the chance to buy and own a Vantage Formula 1 safety car, well… sort of.
And while it may be inevitable, and probably necessary, it was still very sad this week when Volkswagen announced it would follow in the footsteps of sister-brand Audi and not develop a new generation of internal combustion engines as both steamroll towards an electric future.
Performance brand Cupra has announced it will be available to Aussie buyers next year, making it the latest arm from the Volkswagen Group to arrive on our shores after previous success with Skoda.
We don’t know what hot-metal will initially be brought over but given our unquenchable thirst for hot SUVs it would be a fair bet that models like the Formentor midsize SUV will make it to Australia.
With a huge pool of solid engineering from the Volkswagen Group to draw from, Cupra has quite a few attractive models to ponder for our arrival; from the Cubra Born that shares its guts with the Volkswagen ID.3, Golf-sized Leon and even Cupra Ateca small SUV.
In a sign of just how close electric powertrains are to taking the reins as mainstream power units, Volkswagen joined sister brand Audi in announcing it would not build a new generation of internal combustion engines.
Both brands will continue to refine their existing lineup of petrol and diesel engines to meet the incoming, and very strict, Euro 7 standards but the buck seems to stop there.
Other brands in the Volkswagen family such as Bentley have gone a step further and declare they will convert entirely to EVs by 2030.
The French automaker has redesigned the exterior into a rather handsome design with a very cool frameless grille design and very swish looking LED lights all-round that double as fog lights when needed.
The twins also come fresh out of the box with an upgraded 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster with a cool 3D navigation effect helping them stand out from the crowd of basic displays.
Peugeot is aiming itself at the more premium-focused buyer, with a starting price (before on-roads) of $44,990 for the 3008 and $51,990 for the 5008.
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