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GLOBAL DE­SIGN

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.

GREAT NEWS

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.

JUM­BUCK PROB­LEM

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.

SIM­I­LAR LOOKS

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.

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