Say­ing Tata to the main­stream

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Readers Write -

IT’S so re­fresh­ing to read the good news in Cars­guide about Jaguar and Land Rover. I was be­gin­ning to think all fu­ture cars would be made in Ger­many and Ja­pan, and how bor­ing would that be. Be­ing a 72-yearold Aussie Pom and proud of the once-fa­mous Bri­tish mo­tor in­dus­try, which of course in­cludes Gen­eral Mo­tors and Ford, I try to do my bit by driv­ing a Ford Mon­deo diesel.

Brian Lam­bert, email The lat­est own­ers at Tata in In­dia have fi­nally pro­vided the cash for the peo­ple at JLR to do what they do best— great look­ing cars that do the job. GERMANALLIANCE Can you tell me which of the Volk­swa­gen Golf MkVII mod­els are made in Ger­many and which ones are not? I know the parts are from Ger­many and made in other coun­tries but I think I would pre­fer a Ger­man car.

Hazel Saltis, email Volk­swa­gen spokesman Karl Gehling says: ‘‘ All Golfs cur­rently sold in Aus­tralia are made in Ger­many . . . more specif­i­cally, Wolfs­burg.’’ STILL IN MO­TION My hus­band and I were very ex­cited about the re­lease of the sev­enth-gen­er­a­tion Golf and, in par­tic­u­lar, the diesel model. We had al­most paid our de­posit a few days ago when we found out at the eleventh hour that cylin­der de­ac­ti­va­tion is not in­cluded in the ve­hi­cles. This fea­ture was the main sell­ing point of the ve­hi­cle for us, so we’ve pulled out of the pur­chase. If, in sev­eral years time when we trade in or sell pri­vately, peo­ple will of course in­quire if this model has cylin­der de­ac­ti­va­tion and we’ll lose out by ad­mit­ting that it doesn’t. Do you have any idea whyVWis not be­ing trans­par­ent about this? Nor have we found one ar­ti­cle any­where where the press is re­port­ing this, and I’m bit­terly dis­ap­pointed.

Jane G, email You have sadly been mis­led. All Golf 7 mod­els, in­clud­ing diesels, have Blue­Mo­tion tech­nol­ogy— which in­cludes stop-start. SKODA SUP­PORT Ev­ery Satur­day I read Cars­guide to keep up to date with your re­porters’ thoughts re­gard­ing the Skoda mar­que in Aus­tralia. I have found that Skoda is still not a very well-known make. I write in the hope that Cars­guide will con­sider run­ning a story which high­lights to read­ers that Skoda in fact has been around for a very long time as I am­sure you know. I am very lucky to have a Skoda 1102 (1949) and a Skoda Oc­tavia combi (2009).

Diana Kra­tochvil, email We’ve writ­ten many times about Skoda, in­clud­ing the his­tory of a brand which was once one of the most lux­u­ri­ous in Europe. The Su­perb is one of the best-value fam­ily cars in Aus­tralia to­day. DEAL­ING PRAISE I In 2007 I bought a new Hyundai Terracan 2.9 turbo diesel, an ex­cel­lent ve­hi­cle al­ways ser­viced by the same dealer. Af­ter four years the heater started leak­ing in­side the ve­hi­cle and the dealer didn’t hes­i­tate — a new heater core was or­dered and fit­ted, with a loan car, at no charge. In April, no longer un­der war­ranty, the heater be­gan leak­ing again. The dealer tried or­der­ing an­other core, but there was a min­i­mum three­month wait from Korea so he sourced an af­ter­mar­ket core and he sup­plied me with a new car dur­ing this time and at the end they picked up the bill. Ex­cel­lent ser­vice. Thank you, Bairns­dale Hyundai.

Alan Stick­land, email It’s great to hear of ex­em­plary dealer ser­vice. DEAL­ING PRAISE II I bought a Volk­swa­gen Eos in June 2009, when VW ran a spe­cial of­fer of three free ser­vices in the first three years or 45,000km. The car had only done 35,000km when I booked it in for the last free ser­vice two weeks ago. I had a call from the ser­vic­ing dealer telling me that VW would not cover the ser­vice be­cause the three years had ex­pired. But one of the dealer prin­ci­pals heard what had hap­pened and went in to bat for me with VW and I re­ceived a call from the dealer’s ser­vice man­ager telling me VW had de­cided to hon­our the last ser­vice. Thank you to the Bay­ford Group for ex­cep­tional af­ter-sales ser­vice

Colin Paine, email Twice in one week!

Fight­ing the good

fight: The Jaguar F-Type with the C, D and E-Types be­hind

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