Saying Tata to the mainstream
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
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