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Mit­subishi’s com­pact ASX gets a re­vers­ing cam­era across the range with the in­tro­duc­tion of what Cars­guide reck­ons should be a manda­tory safety mea­sure. The MY12 edi­tion of the com­pact SUV also gets a $500 Con­ve­nience Pack (re­vers­ing sen­sors, Blue­tooth 2.0 hands-free phone sys­tem with steer­ing wheel con­trols, and steer­ing wheel au­dio con­trols) or the $3700 Lux­ury Pack (adds elec­trochro­matic mir­ror, leather seat trim, heated front seats and power-op­er­ated driver’s seat and 17-inch al­loys).


The big-tick item miss­ing from the lat­est Ford Fo­cus has fi­nally ar­rived. It’s the in­te­grated sat­nav sys­tem that is stan­dard on the Sport and Ti­ta­nium mod­els, but which only goes into cars land­ing in Aus­tralia from next month af­ter an early sup­ply de­lay.


Sat­nav is also com­ing to Kia by the end of the year. The Euro­pean-made sys­tem will be avail­able in Op­tima, Sorento and Sportage, says Kia Mo­tors Aus­tralia boss Tony Bar­low. He says it may not be avail­able for retro fit and could add

‘‘ four fig­ures’’ to the cost of a car. It will be stan­dard in top-spec mod­els.


Volk­swa­gen is set to over­take Toy­ota as the world’s top-sell­ing brand this year. Mar­ket fore­cast­ers JP Power, IHS Au­to­mo­tive and PWC Aut­o­facts pre­dict Vwwill in­crease by 13 per cent to 8.1 mil­lion ve­hi­cles, from third place last year be­hind Toy­ota and GM. They largely cred­itvw’s ex­pan­sion in China. In Aus­tralia, Toy­ota’s sales are down 16.6 per cent this year to 131,371 andvw up 12.9 per cent to 32,153.

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