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seconds and, given only 100 cars have been allocated for Australia, it is expected to sell out fast. The more expensive hybrid LC500h marks Lexus’s first use of a lithium-ion battery pack, giving the car packaging and power advantage over the nickel-metal hydride batteries used until now. Its petrol V6 (220kW/248Nm) is abetted by electric output of 132kW/ 300Nm. Add $15,000 for enhancement pack” and bolster the LC with all-wheel steering, variable ratio steering rack, carbon-fibre roof scuff plates, powered front sports seats leather upholstery. A limited-slip diff is standard on the LC500 but part of the pack for the 500h. Pricing has yet to be announced but the LC500 is tipped to start about $190,000 before on-roads.
Holden Astra sedan, $21,490 (est) The four-door is in dealerships mid-month. Pricing hasn’t been announced but Holden is expected to match its rivals and charge similar pricing for the sedan hatch versions, translating a circa $21,490 starting price. Given
is seen as the sportier variant, may even be marginally cheaper. The Korean-built sedan will sell in three trim levels. Top-spec cars will have forward collision warning and blind-spot alert, though none will autonomous emergency braking. Its 1.4-litre turbo engine be paired with a sixspeed manual or an optional six-speed auto in the base LS; higher-spec models will exclusively use auto. Default gear includes reversing camera, parking sensors, six airbags and Android/Apple phone mirroring. Holden has tweaked the steering, suspension stability control software to handle local roads and early reports indicate the Astra will comfortably most conditions.