V8 fu­ture has to be Euro­pean

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Re­gard­ing the new Car of the Fu­ture race se­ries, let’s face it, V8 Su­per­cars are dead and this is only go­ing to kill them more. Peo­ple don’t want to see a NASCAR-TYPE scene. Peo­ple want to see real cars, not slot cars with­out slots. The proper se­ries for Aus­tralia is the Ital­ian Su­per­cars.

Mark Hal­lett Chang­ing to the Car of the Fu­ture in 2013 is the only way for V8 Su­per­cars to go for­ward, with new tech­nol­ogy, bet­ter rac­ing and the chance to draw in man­u­fac­tur­ers to add to Ford and Holden. SUZUKI DIESELS When Suzuki re­leased the Grand Vi­tara diesel I be­lieve the 1.9-litre en­gine was bor­rowed from Re­nault un­til Suzuki de­vel­oped its own. Did this ever hap­pen and, if so, when? When is the next gen­er­a­tion of Suzuki Grand Vi­tara due for re­lease?

Gary Foster, email

There are no plans to change the Re­nault-built diesel in the Grand Vi­tara, although Suzuki has re­cently es­tab­lished a diesel de­vel­op­ment fa­cil­ity as part of its Maruti-suzuki op­er­a­tion in China. There are signs that its diesels may come from Fiat in fu­ture. The Grand Vi­tara has at least an­other two years, more likely three, be­fore a ma­jor change. YARIS SEDAN Will the new Yaris come as a sedan or is it just as a hatch?

Tracey Can­non, email Toy­ota says the cur­rent Yaris sedan con­tin­ues along­side the all-new hatch, with no of­fi­cial com­ment be­yond that. There will even­tu­ally be an all-new sedan, but prob­a­bly not be­fore 2013. SORENTODRAMA I’m in­ter­ested in the own­er­ship ex­pe­ri­ence of your read­ers who have re­cently pur­chased a Kia prod­uct. We bought the new diesel Sorento in 2010 af­ter all the good pub­lic­ity de­voted to the model and the ‘‘new-look’’ Kia brand gen­er­ally. There were plenty of naysay­ers, no doubt in­flu­enced by the old Car­ni­val hor­ror sto­ries. We had no prob­lems with it for the first 25,000 kilo­me­tres, then it was off the road for about a week when a clamp on the turbo in­ter­cooler feed hose failed and the hose blew off. As far as I can tell the de­lay in get­ting it re­paired was more about parts than any­thing else. Parts had to come from Syd­ney. Bad luck or an in­di­ca­tion that Kia-hyundai has some way to go to match it with the re­li­a­bil­ity of Ja­panese car­mak­ers?


All cars suf­fer oc­ca­sional dra­mas and your prob­lem was not a big one. As for parts de­lays, it of­ten takes up to a week to ob­tain sup­plies from in­ter­state ware­houses and that’s not just Kia. Our ex­pe­ri­ence with Kia has al­ways been good— even those faulty Car­ni­vals had their en­gines changed at no cost to own­ers. IN­FLATED CON­CEPT Re­gard­ing tyre pres­sures for the Ford Ter­ri­tory, most tyre out­lets would rec­om­mend 36psi all-round for the Ter­ri­tory rather than the 32psi that was dis­cussed in Cars­guide. When I had a com­pany Ter­ri­tory, I ran 38-40psi and got 93,000 km out of the Aus­tralian-made, fac­tory-fit Dun­lops that were tai­lor-made for the Ter­ri­tory. What a shame we have lost this Aus­tralian-made tyre ex­per­tise. These tyres were still good to drive on un­til re­placed. The fac­tory-fit­ted Ja­panese Dun­lops on my Nis­san X-trail were fin­ished at 40,000km and slip­pery in the wet from new.

Ste­wart Eldridge, email Yes, a huge dis­ap­point­ment on the tyre front in Aus­tralia. But re­mem­ber that many tyres are tar­geted at the per­for­mance of the ve­hi­cle, not just long life, and it’s not un­usual to see early wear on some im­ported ve­hi­cles. FLOATANIDEA A re­cent tele­vi­sion pro­gram on elec­tric ve­hi­cle tech­nol­ogy showed elec­tric cars able to be recharged sim­ply by park­ing above a ‘‘pad’’ near the kerb, which au­to­mat­i­cally re­plen­ished the bat­ter­ies by wire­less tech­nol­ogy in­stead of ‘‘plug in’’. Elec­tric ve­hi­cles are not a new con­cept. I re­mem­ber, as a child in Bri­tain in the 1950s, that hundreds of lo­cal milk and news­pa­per de­liv­ery ve­hi­cles were bat­tery-pow­ered.

Chris Banks Work is un­der way on in­duc­tion loops for charg­ing but there is noth­ing re­motely ready yet for full-scale pro­duc­tion. We will have charge points for many years to come. As for those bat­tery ve­hi­cles in the UK, they are still run­ning to­day and Cars­guide saw one less than three months ago buzzing qui­etly around a coun­try town.

Revved up: The Su­per­cars of the fu­ture will likely be a very dif­fer­ent beast to whatwe­have to­day

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