with Paul Gover
I HAVE been waiting for a Hyundai IX35 Highlander (right) for a couple of months and still have to wait until the end of October for its arrival. I notice that Hyundai in Britain is giving customers a £500 accessories voucher to compensate for the wait.
I wrote to Hyundai Australia about this and it has no plans to do the same for Australians.
I was wondering what you think of the long wait for a new car?
Peter Ban, email It’s normal to wait for a new car. At Ferrari the waiting list is more like two years for the 458 Italia, so you’re actually lucky. If your IX35 is a diesel, the delay is because the demand for engines is beyond the capacity of the factory in South Korea, and affects Hyundais and Kias. advised that it will be the end of the month and then yesterday I was told it would now be the middle of October before I can expect delivery. Interestingly, I read on an internet forum that the diesel models will not be coming to Australia until next year. Do you have any updates?
Dean Robinson, email The diesel Sportage is definitely here, but Kia cannot keep up with demand because of sales in Europe. Things will not get better until Kia gets its own diesel engine factory, not just the one currently shared with Hyundai, in the first half of next year.
AN OLD HABIT
WHYdo we keep referring to it as ‘‘unleaded’’ petrol when leaded petrol doesn’t exist?
John Hamilton, Cheltenham
Good point. Probably just habit.