It’s over to you now

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Welcome - PAUL POTTINGER CARSGUIDE ED­I­TOR paul.pottinger@carsguide.com.au

WE touched a nerve with last week’s spray on the speed limit and au­thor­i­ties hell bent on ex­tract­ing ev­ery cent from driv­ers un­der the guise of safety while spend­ing noth­ing to achieve it.

As one one reader said: “In a coun­try which started as a pe­nal colony, the at­ti­tude is more penal­ties and rev­enue rais­ing rather than spend­ing money on real so­lu­tions.”

When did we lar­rikin ’Strayans, with our much- vaunted healthy dis­re­spect for au­thor­ity, be­come such com­pla­cent cash cows?

Though un­able at this time to run for elected of­fice as per one kind reader’s sug­ges­tion, it does strike me that we could all use­fully di­rect our dis­plea­sure and/or con­struc­tive sug­ges­tions to those al­ready in of­fice.

As the world’s most over­gov­erned coun­try, it’s not as though there’s any short­age of re­cip­i­ents.

The throngs at lo­cal, state and fed­eral lev­els are there to rep­re­sent us. Their ten­ure is re­liant on your plea­sure. Don’t be shy. You’re pay­ing them.

From the coun­cil that hasn’t got around to fill­ing that tyre-flat­ten­ing pot­hole to the min­is­ters who mouth pieties while or­der­ing more speed cam­eras to keep up the rev­enue from low-range of­fences, all are ac­count­able to you.

THE FEEL­ING IS GONE

We’re ap­palled by the cyn­i­cism of those who ques­tion the man­ner in which Toy­ota an­nounced that its work­force is, to bor­row from Prime Min­is­ter Ab­bott, “lib­er­ated”.

It is, of course, the mer­est co­in­ci­dence this oc­cured on the day our new na­tional hero­ine was re­leased from Care-OBo­gan prison. That the press con­fer­ence was sched­uled for 6pm, the mo­ment com­mer­i­cal net­work bul­letins aired in Mel­bourne and Syd­ney, was sim­ply a sched­ul­ing con­flict. In any case, au­dio was made avail­able — at 8.14pm.

That the press re­lease on its fac­tory’s clo­sure was head­lined: “Toy­ota Aus­tralia an­nounces fu­ture plan for lo­cal man­u­fac­tur­ing” is by no means a eu­phemistic. So there’s an end to it. Or as Toy­ota’s com­mu­niques un­vary­ingly con­clude: “The com­pany will not be mak­ing any fur­ther com­ments on this is­sue.”

COM­ING THIS WAY

Next week sees the re­lease of Toy­ota’s Corolla sedan, which un­like the Camry sedan is not made at Al­tona. Per­haps more to the point now, it’s also not a Mazda3 sedan.

Nor is Volk­swa­gen’s new Golf vari­ant. It’s a wagon, which none of its ri­vals can match. Ex­cept Skoda, of course.

Audi’s hot SUV, the RSQ3, lobs in — hav­ing this week had its thun­der stolen by Benz’s GLA 45 AMG un­der­cut­ting the Audi’s $81,900 ask by $2K. There’s also the RS7, which at an es­ti­mated $250K is dear for a hatch­back.

En route: Toy­ota’s Corolla sedan (above); the Audi RS7 (be­low left); and Volk­swa­gen’s Golf are due for re­lease in the com­ing week

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