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AN­OTHER BIG T

A new Toy­ota deal­er­ship opened in South Mo­rang yes­ter­day, Aus­tralia’s 280th. Speak­ing at the open­ing of the Gary McMil­lan fran­chise, Toy­ota Aus­tralia head Dave But­tner said that de­spite the sup­ply is­sues aris­ing from the Ja­panese dis­as­ters, the com­pany is in­vest­ing in the Aus­tralian net­work. ‘‘It is al­ways pleas­ing to see val­ued deal­ers such as Gary McMil­lan demon­strat­ing their long-term com­mit­ment to the Toy­ota fran­chise,’’ But­tner says. The 4000-square-me­tre site on the cor­ner of Plenty Road and and Wealthi­land Drive in­cludes new and used car sales ar­eas and a ser­vice cen­tre.

PRINCELY SUM

Two Aston Martin Volantes sim­i­lar to the 1968 Aston Martin DB6 drop­top owned by Prince Charles and used by Prince Wil­liam for his post-wed­ding cruise to Clarence House are on the block at the same Bon­hams’ auc­tion at which Bond replica As­tons go un­der the ham­mer (see Page 47). Prince Wil­liam drove new bride Cather­ine from Buck House in some­thing sim­i­lar to lots 305 and 325. Bon­hams’ es­ti­mates: $305,000 and $381,000.

FAIR WEATHER FOR KIA

Kia Aus­tralia has set a record monthly mar­ket share as it con­tin­ues to reg­is­ter month-on­month sales growth in a con­tact­ing Aus­tralian new car mar­ket. The Korean brand’s April mar­ket share (2.71 per cent) is the high­est the com­pany has recorded since the for­ma­tion of the KMAu or­gan­i­sa­tion in 2006. The com­pany has sold 7750 ve­hi­cles so far this year, up 2.3 per cent, with the Cer­ato hatch­back, Rondo, Soul and Sportage all ahead of 2010 fig­ures.

70 YEARS YOUNG

Vet­eran AFL le­gend Tommy Hafey is to be the face of Jeep’s 70th an­niver­sary cam­paign in a spe­cial 60-sec­ond TV com­mer­cial. The ad shows the 79-yearold on his daily train­ing session at the crack of dawn around the St Kilda beach area. This year marks 70 years of Jeep, which be­gan in the 1940s, and the iconic 4WD brand has re­leased a range of 70th An­niver­sary lim­ited edi­tion mod­els with stain­less steel mesh grilles, a sun­roof and leather trim.

A pat­tern-recog­ni­tion and move­ment ro­bot re­sponds to a toy car at the an­nual Euro­pean Fu­ture Tech­nolo­gies Con­fer­ence and Ex­hi­bi­tion in Bu­dapest. Ad­vances in pat­tern­recog­ni­tion are lead­ing to bet­ter driver aids, such as re­fined park­ing as­sis­tance sys­tems. The re­search is also at the core of fu­ture car-to-in­fra­struc­ture safety sys­tems.

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