Meanwhile back in the ’70s
A couple of Eurotrash and Korean clunkers are worthy of a Top Ten rating? Surely you’re kidding. Thanks to the dills who buy these poor excuses for motor cars, and journos like you that gush all about how good they are for getting coffee down the corner or for the stupid women who can’t drive a station wagon needing a SUV for picking up the brats from soccer, you have killed the Australian car industry and everything that goes with it. Anthony Best, email We’re not kidding, and one of those Euro cars is clearly the best of 2013 in a field that included the VF Commodore. That’s called objectivity, but as you demonstrate, chauvinism is imperishable.
Will the Nissan 370Z continue in its current form in 2014? Also, I have read conflicting reports that Nissan will be bringing out a Nismo version of the car next year to Australia. Mark Bleazby, email Peter Fadeyev of Nissan Australia says its 370Z coupe and roadster are scheduled to continue into 2014 but the Nismo car is not coming. The price of the 370Z coupe was recently reduced to $62,091 drive-away but Nissan is running a special price for this model until December 31 at $59,990 drive-away.
I have rewarded myself with a midlife-crisis new car: a Kia Sportage Platinum. You said how good they are and I am impressed. A lot of bang for your bucks and the car goes really well. I can’t fault it. Ed Niemiec, email We’re always happy to steer people in the right direction. The Kia is a good choice.
How about doing a story on Adblue, as all new European diesels now have this system. I am an owner-driver and was looking at a new Mercedes Sprinter or VW Crafter van, but don’t want this added cost. In the end I stuck with a trusty HiAce diesel, which is no longer the first option, but I am very happy. Back to Adblue, my research has found people running big B-doubles are not happy about the added cost and inconvenience. Loui, email The Adblue system, which is part of the Selective Catalytic Reduction for diesels, is claimed to be the most efficient method of reducing engine emissions to meet the latest standards. Adblue, a liquid urea, is sprayed into the exhaust system between the turbo and catalytic muffler. As the exhaust gas and Adblue work their way through the muffler, the Adblue breaks the nitrogen oxides into nitrogen and water vapour, both harmless to the environment. Heavy trucks with SCR are said to be more fuel efficient and to run cooler and are more reliable. Even Kenworth is switching to SCR Cummins engines.
Does the Fiat Pop have duologic or some kind of automatic and, if so, how much is the car? Glamis Pearse, email Fiat calls the 500 automatic a Dualogic system, which means a robotised manual. The starting price is $14,000 driveaway but it’s extra for the auto which goes to $15,500 before on-roads.
JEEP’S A RIPPER
I just wanted to respond to one of your reader’s concerns on the Jeep Grand Cherokee. I’ve had my Jeep Grand Cherokee for 20 months and have clocked up 40,000km with no problems to date, apart from the high cost to service the vehicle based on comparisons with owners with different models. The Kumho tyres fitted from new needing replacement at 22,000km and all appeared to be worn evenly across the tread. Replacement Bridgestones are doing much better. Darren, email
GOOD OLD KIZASHI
Just for interest, as I have not seen many reports on the Suzuki Kizashi except on the internet, I decided I would write to you. After buying the Kizashi Sport AWD and driving it for some time I was surprised with the car and its many features. Price-wise it’s probably up against Mazda 6 and the Honda Accord to name a few. The finish on the Kizashi is superb and I’ve had many comments from people asking me what brand it is. If anything, the CVT takes getting used to and I don’t have a rear window wiper. Joe, email The Kizashi is a very good car and we’ve reported that many times. But it’s getting old now and there are newer and better rivals, led by the Mazda6 that was runner-up in this year’s Carsguide Car of the Year judging.
No kidding: European cars like
the VW Golf,are goers