with Paul Gover
I WOULD like your opinion on the Holden Cruze and where it is built. Also, your thoughts on the Nissan Dualis.
Sue Mackay, email The Cruze is built in Korea — with a locally made hatchback model coming in 2011 — and is a good middle-of-the-pack contender in the compact class. The Dualis is more roomy and more flexible, but only go for the front-wheel-drive model to save money.
I’M LOOKING for a small car, around the $18,000 mark in manual. The Ford Fiesta seems the best bet. At the moment they have the last of the Germanbuilt models, before updating with Thai-built 2011 models coming in October. The Thai-built ones come with a five-star safety rating as opposed to four-star on the German built, because of extra airbags and ESP. Do you think there will be any issue with a Thai-built Ford over a German-built one?
Rob Martyn, email Ford says the quality will be identical. The safety upgrade is only because Ford Australia is taking extra equipment, cashing in on the lower cost of manufacturing in Thailand and holding the same bottom line in showrooms.
Compact: Nissan Dualis is roomy and flexible, but go for the front-wheel drive.