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AR­REST­ING IDEA

JUST won­der­ing about the Holden po­lice car ten­der for the US. I know you’ve done sto­ries on it, but as far as you know, is it a done deal or are Ford and Chrysler still in with a chance?

I sup­pose it’s not very pa­tri­otic or en­vi­ron­men­tally con­scious of me, but I like the idea of the Dodge Charger, with the HEMI V8. It seems a bet­ter ver­sion of the Chrysler 300C (less gang­ster­ish at least).

Pity we didn’t get that one over here. But se­ri­ously, at a time of high un­em­ploy­ment in the US, I would have to say that, from an Amer­i­can po­lit­i­cal and em­ploy­ment per­spec­tive, both the Tau­rus and the Charger have a pow­er­ful sell­ing point — namely Made in the USA.

David Taweel, email By co­in­ci­dence, we have an update on the po­lice car to­day (Page 13). Or is that just the right tim­ing? In any case, things are look­ing pretty good.

DIESEL TER­RI­TORY

I AM in­quir­ing whether you know much about the new Ford Ter­ri­tory due in the first quar­ter of next year. Is it a com­pletely new shape? Is there a diesel model and what are your thoughts on it? And, if there is a diesel, is it a two-wheel drive?

Peter Zy­chla, email So far as we know, the ba­sic body shape stays the same but there are ma­jor cos­metic changes. There will def­i­nitely be a diesel en­gine and it should be the biggest and most im­por­tant change since the Ter­ri­tory was born. We’ll keep chas­ing to find out more de­tails ahead of Ford’s of­fi­cial launch date.

DE­LAY THAT OR­DER

I AM look­ing at a dual cab, so should I wait for the VW Amorok to go on sale? Any idea on price?

Josh Hob­son, email Only wait if you’re not in a rush be­cause we do not have enough in­for­ma­tion yet to give the right ad­vice. Price is the key and we don’t have even a hint yet on the real bot­tom line.

CROSS OFF THE X1

I’M think­ing about buy­ing a new BMW X1, two-wheel drive, 2.0-litre petrol. Maybe con­sid­er­ing a larger en­gine or diesel, may tow poptop car­a­van about 5m, but will never go off-road. What is your opin­ion of them?

Ba­si­cally it will be a city car and I am cur­rently driv­ing a 2005 Volvo XC90 2.5-litre five-cylin­der petrol turbo that has done 65,000km.

Greg Dever We are not fans of the X1, even re­motely. You would be far bet­ter off in a Volvo XC60.

Cop this: the pur­pose-built Caprice sedan is planned for US po­lice.

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