CHIP OFF THE OLD BROCK
IF you want a model of Peter Brock’s first car, you need to act right now. The very last stocks of the Biante 1:18 scale replica of his Austin 7 childhood paddock-basher are about to go following a sellout early reception and there will not be a re-run. Head to biante.com.au.
Reversing cameras are now standard on the Subaru Liberty range as part of a value boost for 2012 cars. Subaru claims more than $3000 of extra value on the Liberty 2.5i, which has an unchanged starting price of $32,990, with leather trim, power driver’s seat, a 4.3-inch LCD display screen and USB.
HEAD IN CLOUDS
Honda is getting closer to full-scale production of its first private jet aircraft with another Hondajet taking to the air for certification testing in the US. The first Hondajet flew tests from December 2010 and the aircraft subsidiary of the Japanese maker is claiming a maximum speed of 785km/h and an operating altitude of 13.1km. Now how about a decent Honda car?
The latest gas-powered Ford Falcon is the first Australian-built large car to break through one of the big barriers on emissions. The Falcon Ecolpi has the first sub-200g/km CO rating— the XT Ecolpi pegged 199g in official testing.
JOIN THE EURO
Development of the next generation of Toyota small cars is being switched from Japan to Europe. The move mirrors the development operations of both Ford and Fiat-chrysler, which are focused on Europe because of the dominance of small cars there.