LASTWORD

with Paul Gover

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Readers Say -

WHICH ONE?

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.

THAI FI­ESTA

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.

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