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SAAB IS DUTCH
I SAW a minor mistake in your article about the Commodore on ethanol. The Swedish Saab (right) is no longer under GM. It’s Dutch.
As a recently emigrated Dutchie, I’m very surprised how Australian people keep buying the big energyguzzling V8s
Holden marketing labelled it green, but it’s still guzzling many times more fuel than a modern car such as a Ford Mondeo 2.0 tDCi that has enough power anyway.
Erwin Boermans, email The ownership might be Dutch but the company is still rooted in Sweden, as with Volvo, which now belongs to the Chinese.
GROW UP, MATE
YOU state that Australia’s speed limits have more to do with revenue-raising than safety.
You should be ashamed of yourself for advocating such immature drivel, which only incites the irresponsible to believe they are entitled to break the road laws then blame it on the police or a camera for catching them.
I hope your boss makes sure you personally pay all the speeding fines you incur in your job.
Maybe you should get a real job, say, a paramedic or SES worker, or the police who see first-hand the carnage and devastation that people with your opinion bring about.
Perhaps you will think (I assume a lot here) differently when you lose a loved one or visit someone close to you in hospital who has had their life utterly shattered by like-minded speedsters with a reckless attitude who think they know it all. I hope you can live with yourself if you smash into someone and turn them into a vegetable — but that won’t happen, will it, because you are way too clever (smug) to have a smash.
And the fact that cars have added safety equipment now compared with the 1950s is no excuse, because then there were fewer cars on the road compared with now, so the chance of a collision was very much less. In your case I will say ‘‘Wipe off 25 and survive’’ and good luck to you and your loved ones — but really, I’m being selfish, because I hope I’m not on the same piece of road as you or your speeding sympathisers.
Tom Russell, email
SPEED OR DEED?
SPEEDING and exceeding the speed limit are two different things. Linking speeding and the road toll with no qualification is not justified, because speeding may be well within the posted speed limit yet be dangerous and cause deaths.
If you are on a single-carriageway two-lane road, it’s almost impossible to safely pass another vehicle without exceeding the speed limit.
In the Northern Territory, when the open road limit was changed from unrestricted to 130km/h, road deaths on those roads more than doubled.
Doug Mullet, email
IN THE MOVIES
AN ARTICLE in carsGuide by Nathan Mawby says the training centre in Melbourne was the first in the world to add stunt-driving to its training regimen.
I started the stunt training program at DECA in Shepparton in 1993 and have been mainly involved with drivers in the film industry. We also train in motorsport, chauffeur driving (including anti-terrorist), advanced car, forklift, motorbike, all trucks and newvehicle promotions for vehicle manufacturers here and overseas.
Greg Sutherland, DECA