V8 future has to be European
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