Readers have their say about everything on wheels
SLOW’S NOT SAFE
AS THE recent recipient of a speeding fine incurred during overtaking on one of our state’s single-carriageway, two-lane roads — hear, hear to Doug Mullet ( carsGuide, May 14).
Should we safely and quickly pass by staying on the oncoming side of the road for the shortest time or should we watch our speedo?
Graham Wilson, Port Fairy Hear, hear to you.
TRAIN, DON’T FINE
REGARDING the rant about speeding, its a shame people don’t get as fired up about our pathetic driver licensing system.
Decent training gives new drivers an idea of the difference 5km/h makes, and gets through more effectively than an anger-inducing fine.
Trouble is, training costs money, whereas fines produce it. Our State Government has managed to brainwash some simplistic souls into thinking speed is the major problem— it’s the biggest con ever perpetuated on the public.
Geoff Fickling, Motorvate
SUZUKI SETS PACE
READING reviews of the new Suzuki Kizashi I have come to realise that companies such as Subaru and Toyota are starting to run out of excuses for their average offerings in the mid-size market.
As a big Subaru fan, it irritates me that a company such as Suzuki can come up with such an attractive and polished offering in a class it has all but no experience in competing in.
The Subaru Liberty, a longtime favourite, is now a revolting combination of lacklustre American design and an uncharismatic interior; the Toyota is equally bland, average and unexcitable.
The Suzuki does lack the drivetrain quality of Subaru, but that’s more than made up for by an amazingly low price as well as more standard equipment than in a Liberty costing $15,000 more.
When was the last time you heard of a competent Japanese car costing $34,990 with standard leather seats, xenon lights, climate, cruise, traction control/ electronic stability control, sunroof — the list goes on.
My love for Subaru has meant forgiving the foibles of the Liberty on grounds of development costs and the like, but now my sympathy has been lost.
As for Toyota, they don’t even have the excuse of being a small independent company. Rubbish I say.
Jordan Katsianis, email The Kizashi is very good, but Suzuki is just getting started, so it has a clean sheet and enormous enthusiasm. The Liberty is a great car spoiled by looks, but Toyota has lost the plot on anything but A-to-B transport modules. Our review of the Kizashi this week rates it a solid Car of the Year contender.