Split­ting lanes

Read­ers have their say about ev­ery­thing on wheels

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Onroad -

PIN­POINT FO­CUS FORD is about to stage-re­lease glob­ally the all-new 2012 Ford Fo­cus, in­clud­ing Aus­tralia in a year or so.

I’ve seen pho­to­graphs of the hatch and sedan and they look more at­trac­tive than the cur­rent bland-look­ing ones, both in­side and out.

Have you had a chance to look at one and do you think it will do big things for Ford Aus­tralia if it mar­kets it cor­rectly. It hasn’t had a re­ally suc­cess­ful small car since the Laser was axed?

Barry Kotze, email I’ve seen the new Fo­cus and it’s a truly global car for the first time, look­ing pretty good, with more style than the cur­rent model. That should mean more in most ar­eas for less money but we’ll have to wait un­til I drive it for a proper ver­dict. I also miss the Laser.

DOU­BLE CHECKBMW

IN YOUR re­sponse to a per­son ask­ing about a BMW X1 you said you were not a fan. I was won­der­ing why, be­cause I have or­dered one, a 1.8-litre petrol twowheel drive.

Is there a prob­lem with this car or in­her­ent prob­lems?

John Morell, email Noth­ing hugely wrong, but the X1 is not BMW’s best work and I pre­fer the Volvo XC60. Check the orig­i­nal X1 road test at cars­guide.com.au

TIM­ING’S RIGHT

WE ARE look­ing at buy­ing a Nis­san Pathfinder 2010 St-L model. Can you tell us the best time to buy? Is it the end of year, end of fi­nan­cial year or some other time?

Trish and Shane, email It’s gen­er­ally best to buy any ve­hi­cle at the end of a month be­cause deal­ers are try­ing to reach their sales tar­gets. End of year will be good, but if you are happy and can get a ‘‘su­per­seded’’ 2010 ve­hi­cle you like in the early weeks of Jan­uary 2011 you will prob­a­bly do even bet­ter. If there are no time pres­sures, sale deals at the end of the fi­nan­cial year are al­ways good.

SPA­CIOUS ODYSSEY

MY WIFE is ex­pect­ing twins and I’m look­ing at buy­ing a sec­ond­hand 2007-2009 peo­ple-mover, ei­ther a Honda Odyssey or a Mit­subishi Gran­dis.

I like the look of the Gran­dis, but which is the bet­ter car?

Chris Hag­ilias­sis Go for the Odyssey. It’s a bet­ter ve­hi­cle and, at launch time, was cheaper than the Gran­dis.

Good looks: the 2012 Ford Fo­cus at the LA Auto Show this month.

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