Keep the home tyres burning
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?