THE Ford Falcon turns 50 this year. Its actual birthday, which will be celebrated with a string of parties and run of value-added deals in showrooms, is June 28. SOMETHING from Brazil could be coming to GM Holden showrooms. The company refuses to discuss its plans, but outgoing president Allan Batey was in Brazil evaluating potential additions to the Holden lineup when he got the call from Detroit to tell him he was the new sales and marketing chief for Chevrolet. KUMHO has taken tyres in a new direction with a noworries guarantee for its ultra-high performance road rubber. Buyers can pay an extra $3.95 for the warranty, which provides a replacement for any tyre that suffers irreparable damage because of potholes, gutters or foreign objects on the road. STOP-start engine systems are about to become commonplace in luxury cars with Ferrari joining Porsche, which has one on the Panamera sold in Australia. GERMAN tuning house Heico has built an all-wheeldrive turbo version of Volvo’s C30 hatch. The XC30 borrowed the same Haldex all-wheel-drive system as the V50 all-wheeldrive wagon. THE Lexus flagship in Australia, the LS600h, has had some minor tweaking for this year. It gets redesigned seats, extra equipment and a new Eco driving mode. CADILLAC and Aston Martin have shared top honours in the Car Design of the Year awards. The American brand won best concept with its Converj and the British carmaker’s Rapide took best production car.