IN BRIEF

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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.

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