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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.

SEE CLEARLYNOW

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?

CLEAN LIV­ING

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.

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