Split­ting lanes

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Herald Sun - Motoring - - On Road - with Paul Gover

NOT ALL RIGHT, JAC

I DID a ma­jor dou­ble-take when I read your as­sess­ment of Jac Nasser. Do you know much about Nasser’s ten­ure of of­fice at Ford? His idea of ‘‘One Ford’’ was wildly dif­fer­ent to the Alan Mul­laly-driven ‘‘ One Ford’’ strat­egy. I doubt Nasser would have em­braced any­thing of the ‘‘ One Ford’’ sort if it was sug­gested to him. I, too, am in­cred­i­bly proud of the fact that an Aus­tralian (one of Le­banese de­scent, to boot) helmed one of the great­est mo­tor­ing com­pa­nies on the planet. Un­for­tu­nately, Nasser’s ten­ure in of­fice was crip­pling to the Blue Oval. We’re talk­ing about a guy who didn’t ac­tu­ally drive a Ford to work . That may be a small point, but it’s not ex­actly en­cour­ag­ing when your CEO chooses to drive an Aston Martin over, say, a Lin­coln. Yes, Aston Martin was owned by Ford at the time, but come on. The one ma­jor credit I give to Nasser dur­ing a time of cri­sis was his han­dling of the Ford/ Fire­stone disas­ter in­volv­ing the Ex­plorer. He didn’t of­fer any ex­cuses, he didn’t dis­miss blame and he kept the pub­lic in­formed. There was good rea­son Nasser was ‘‘de­railed’’ by Bill Ford, a man who him­self was not up to the task of CEO but who ul­ti­mately had the com­mon sense to seek out Mul­laly.

Dave, email

NEW TER­RI­TORY

WON­DER­ING if you had any up­dates on when the new Ford Ter­ri­tory will be re­leased? Have you heard any­thing about it — per­for­mance and fea­tures etc?

Ed­die Trit­ton, email Ford is drip-feed­ing us in­for­ma­tion on the new Ter­ri­tory and we pub­lished the first stuff last Fri­day. So we’ve seen it, and know we will get tech­ni­cal in­for­ma­tion this month, then a drive in March. The ac­tual on­sale date is in May.

GRAVE MAT­TER

CARS­GUIDE says James May, when he’s in Aus­tralia, ‘‘wants to find the bod­ies of Burke and Wills’’. I can help him with his quest. They’re buried in Mel­bourne.

John Short, email

POLO SEARCH

I AM in­ter­ested in buy­ing a VW Polo GTI two-door. Do you have any idea of the de­liv­ery time. I have been told there’s a 12-month wait. Does this seem right to you?

Algi Petrie, email Volk­swa­gen says some deal­ers have sold all their al­lo­ca­tion. Hunt around, you may be lucky.

ZONDA ROAD AGAIN

JUST read your ar­ti­cle about there be­ing no Zon­das in Aus­tralia. Adam Ka­plan, owner of Su­per­car In­vest­ments (and Hunter Holden and Northshore Mit­subishi in Syd­ney) has a yel­low Zonda. It has been fea­tured on TV, be­ing driven around Syd­ney. I un­der­stand Adam Ka­plan rep­re­sents Pa­gani in Aus­tralia.

Kate, email

KA­PLAN RE­SPONDS

YOU in­di­cated that a Zonda had never made it to Aus­tralia. I want to cor­rect you and in­vite you to Top Gear Live in Mel­bourne next month if you would like to see a Zonda. The car has been out and about a bit in Aus­tralia, so I’m sur­prised you haven’t bumped into it. I’m the im­porter for Pa­gani in Aus­tralia and am happy to an­swer any ques­tions. Our web­site is www.su­per­car­in­vest­ments.com.au.

Adam Ka­plan, email

We’ll be in touch soon, chas­ing a drive!

A FLOOD OF ER­RORS

I NOTE a flood-af­fected car is deemed to be a ‘‘statu­tory write-off’’ if it has had wa­ter up to the dash­board. I have looked at quite a few cars re­cently for auc­tion that are deemed a ‘‘re­pairable write-off’’ and they have ob­vi­ously had the dash cov­ered with wa­ter be­cause there is sed­i­ment on the in­stru­ment face and dash top. This is not the fault of the auc­tions but the in­surance com­pa­nies. Also, as an elec­tron­ics spe­cial­ist with ex­pe­ri­ence in sup­port­ing ve­hi­cles af­fected by wa­ter and full of elec­tron­ics, in­clud­ing fly­ing boats, I ex­pect the task of mak­ing these mod­ern, flooded ve­hi­cles per­ma­nently safe and road­wor­thy will be a long and dif­fi­cult task.

Andrew, email

CAT­E­GORY CLASHES

IN THE list of top 10 ve­hi­cles, you place the HiLux ute in with cars. I to­tally dis­agree with Toy­ota’s HiLux be­ing called a car and the Ford Ranger and Nis­san Navara and oth­ers. These ve­hi­cles are one-tonne utes as far as I know, or mini trucks or mini pick­ups.

David Wilkes, St. Al­bans The sales re­sults come from the Fed­eral Cham­ber of Au­to­mo­tive In­dus­tries, not

from Cars­Guide. It’s also true that lots of dual-cab utes are now be­ing bought as fam­ily cars, not just as work ve­hi­cles.

Ford man: Jac Nasser

Driver’s car: The Zonda is here.

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