STARS FADE

Herald Sun - Motoring - - MOTORING - Paul Gover

The five-star ANCAP safety rat­ing for the lat­est Honda Civic does not ap­ply to its high­per­for­mance Type R halo car. Changes to the front sus­pen­sion and the in­stal­la­tion of sports seats void the score, with no plans by ei­ther Honda Aus­tralia or the safety au­thor­ity for a sep­a­rate test on the Type R.

HALF COVER

Just as other com­pa­nies are ex­tend­ing war­ranties, Citroen has se­lected re­verse gear on its cov­er­age in Aus­tralia. It has ef­fec­tively halved the war­ranty on its cars, slash­ing it from six years and un­lim­ited kilo­me­tres to just three years/100,000km.

FRESH LOOK

Holden deal­er­ships will look fresher thanks to a $150 mil­lion “Deal­er­ship of the Fu­ture” pro­gram that starts with up­dated sig­nage and adds in­te­ri­ors with lay­outs more like an air­port lounge. Holden is also spend­ing $7 mil­lion on resur­fac­ing the 4.7km high­speed cir­cu­lar track at its Lang Lang prov­ing ground.

PIT STOP STAY

Race fans can check in to the new The Bend Motorsport Park near Tailem Bend, SA — which will have an on-site ho­tel. Ry­dges is set­ting up in the main pit build­ing at the track, which is con­firmed for a Su­per­cars race next year, with rooms avail­able from early April.

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