LASTWORD

with Paul Gover

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Readers Say -

WHYTHE WAIT?

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.

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