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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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.