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REGARDING pictures of the 2011 Territory, it looks similar to the Ford Edge sold in the US. It shouldn’t be a surprise, I guess. I saw the Edge when I was there recently and it was impressive, although I didn’t get the chance to drive one. It will be interesting where Ford prices the diesel version of the Territory. I imagine the ex-Jaguar V6 engine will be costly to import. My guess it will be at least $3000 dearer than the equivalent petrol versions and they may keep it exclusive to the highend versions.
John Pohlman, email Yes, it looks as if the Territory is taking on the latest Ford global design. We’re hoping the Territory diesel will be a price leader because it deserves a boost.
RECENTLY at the Whittlesea Agricultural Show I found myself at the Great Wall Motors display. I looked over the V240 ute they had on display and, although fairly impressed with the vehicle, it did not come in an auto, diesel or auto/ diesel. I asked the man at the stand if Great Wall would be releasing autos and auto/diesels and, after telling me, ‘‘ That is the most popular question I am asked’’, he said Great Wall would be releasing these models in April 2011, at about $3000 more. After some research, I couldn’t find any confirmation of this. Do you know anything about this statement by Great Wall? If it is true, I will definitely hold out to buy one.
Glen M, email Yes, Great Wall is definitely doing the new powertrains, but we have yet to see confirmed timing or prices.
I WOULD be grateful for any information if and when the new Proton Jumbuck Ute is going to be available in Australia and a photo.
Joan Reynolds, email Bad news on the Jumbuck, sadly. It does not meet safety regulations in Australia and there is no plan from Malaysia for a short-term replacement that could come here.
DID GM intentionally steal the design for the 2012 Chevrolet Aveo from the Mitsubishi Lancer? They look almost identical.
Patrick McCulloch, email Lots of new-car designs are similar these days, mostly because car companies all battle to satisfy similar requirements on safety, efficiency and the rest of the mechanical side of car design. If you look at the Toyota Prius and Chevrolet Volt, for instance, they are similar because they are both hybrids designed for maximum aero efficiency in a four-door compact body.
Spy shot: the 2011 Ford Territory.