Keep the home tyres burn­ing

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Readers Write -

GOOD on you for stick­ing up for Aus­tralian-built cars. I feel too many peo­ple are in­flu­enced by neg­a­tive com­ments about our prod­ucts but they are top-line ve­hi­cles, com­pet­ing on an un­even play­ing ground. That, I think, is due in large part to the But­ton Plan, which was to re­duce the num­ber of mod­els a maker could pro­duce here and to re­duce the tar­iff on over­seasmade ve­hi­cles. One of the first things to hap­pen was Nis­san closed its man­u­fac­tur­ing fa­cil­i­ties, then Toy­ota stopped mak­ing Corol­las here and Mit­subishi moved out. Holden and Ford have to cut back and mean­while we are flooded with cars from over­seas mak­ers.

K. Bridg­land, email Thanks for the pos­i­tive note. Many peo­ple think we’re try­ing to kill the lo­cals when ex­actly the op­po­site is true. We merely re­port the facts. SHINEALIGHT I have the cur­rent Kia Sorento and find the head­lights poor in­deed. Most of the driv­ing I do where the head­lights are re­quired is in the coun­try. I’ve had the Kia dealer check them and they say they’re fine, but the con­trast be­tween the Kia head­lights and our Holden is huge. Is there an in­de­pen­dent place I can take it to have them checked? I re­ally don’t think they are good enough.

Jo-Ann Jack­son, email

The Holden Com­modore has ab­so­lutely bril­liant lights, de­signed and de­vel­oped for our road con­di­tions. The Sorento does not have great lights but they are fine for what they are and com­pared with class ri­vals. Get your­self a qual­ity up­grade to some­thing like pre­mium Hella globes and you will notice a sig­nif­i­cant im­prove­ment. COROLLA ALONG I am­look­ing at buy­ing a new Corolla Con­quest hatch but one dealer let it slip a new model is com­ing out in Oc­to­ber. Will there be much change in mod­els and shape? I don’t want to spend my money and find I have the old shape. We have looked at other ve­hi­cles but Toy­ota has great re­sale and full-size spare wheel.

Pi­eter Nel­son, email The Corolla, which we will drive in mid-Oc­to­ber, is com­pletely new. So it will look very dif­fer­ent and, from an ef­fi­ciency point of view, it will have a new CVT gear­box and much-im­proved engine. It will be worth the wait. DUALIS PUR­POSE I am­look­ing for a car un­der $20,000. We have been look­ing at demo and pri­vate sales and I am­inter­ested in get­ting a wagon or an AWD. What makes do you rec­om­mend? I cur­rently drive a Honda Jazz, which we in­tend to keep, yet fol­low­ing my dis­ap­point­ing ex­pe­ri­ence with Honda, I would like a car that is re­li­able and has rea­son­able ser­vic­ing costs. I’ve looked at the Hyundai i30, Skoda, Re­nault Koleos, Nis­san Dualis and used Subaru Foresters. Vanessa Buffham, email The Nis­san Dualis ticks all your boxes and is great value, but only go for the fron­twheel drive model. The new i30 from Hyundai is very good but not as roomy or flex­i­ble as the Nis­san.

What’s stronger? The new-car smell or a whiff of nos­tal­gia?

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