TV se­ries lags be­hind

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THE lat­est Top Gear Aus­tralia mag­a­zine cover splashes with de­tails of the lat­est se­ries.

It de­votes eight pages to se­ries 15 but if you watched Top Gear on WIN TV (Chan­nel 9) on Tues­day it showed an old episode which we’ve all seen be­fore on SBS.

We haven’t even seen the last se­ries (14) yet, but the mag­a­zine tempts its read­ers with de­tails of se­ries 15.

It cov­ers James May driv­ing to the Ice­landic vol­cano, which caused chaos in Europe, in a Toy­ota 4WD, af­ford­able sports sedans, the trio build­ing their own mo­torhomes and there are power tests in Porsches, Audis, Fer­rrais and Bent­leys.

They take the mickey out of Bri­tish sports cars, the three wheel Re­liant Robin and farewell the rea­son­ably priced car, the Chevro­let Lacetti ( Holden Viva).

There’s lots more but I have no idea when we will see this se­ries on TV here.

I refuse to sub­scribe to pay TV to see the lat­est episodes so I bought the en­tire se­ries from 1-14 when I was in Bali a cou­ple of months ago.

ECON­OMY CAR OF YEAR

A CAR that can­not even be bought yet has won ECO­car mag­a­zine’s Eco Car of the Year.

The Hyundai i20 hatch­back was given the award this week. The car doesn’t go on sale un­til Mon­day.

The i20 hatch is the lat­est ad­di­tion to the i-se­ries from Hyundai Mo­tor Com­pany Aus­tralia, pre­ceded by the multi-award win­ning i30 range.

ECO­car man­ag­ing edi­tor Chris Mul­let said he be­lieved the i20 would cre­ate in­creased in­ter­est in the light car seg­ment which had pre­vi­ously lacked promi­nence among car man­u­fac­tur­ers.

“It’s light, bright and spa­cious and im­me­di­ately stands out from the com­pe­ti­tion,” he said. “The i20’s styling will ap­peal to many and the car delivers ex­cel­lent fuel ef­fi­ciency. The con­test in 2010 was in­tense, how­ever, we saw i20 as this year’s win­ner.”

Rally driver Ed Or­dyn­ski drove the car on the con­gested Pa­cific High­way from Syd­ney to Bris­bane as part of a fuel test. But af­ter 930km there was still fuel left so he con­tin­ued as far as Bund­aberg, 1269km, and achieved 4.2L/100km. The car’s of­fi­cial com­bined fuel use is 6L/100km. Prices start from $14,990.

FORD’S 50th AN­NIVER­SARY DEALS

THE cham­pagne corks have popped, but Ford is still bub­bling with birth­day cheer. It has re­leased prices for a se­lect num­ber of 50th an­niver­sary Fal­cons.

The com­pany is build­ing 4000 XR sedans and utes and 750 lux­ury G-Se­ries an­niver­sary sedans, with be­tween $9500 and $12,000 of ex­tra value. The bar­gain-buy birth­day Fal­cons have deal­ers scram­bling for more cars. Ford Aus­tralia mar­ket­ing, sales and ser­vice vice pres­i­dent Beth Dono­van said the re­sponse to the an­niver­sary pro­gram had been strong.

"We are al­ready look­ing at build­ing ad­di­tional ve­hi­cles to en­sure we can sat­isfy de­mand,” she said.

Each 50th-an­niver­sary model gets spe­cial ex­te­rior de­sign touches, ex­clu­sive in­te­rior fin­ishes and more stan­dard equip­ment. The G6E, G6E Turbo, XR6 sedan, XR6 Turbo sedan, XR6 ute and XR6 Turbo ute all ben­e­fit from the up­grades, with prices from $36,950.

The Fal­con XR 50th-an­niver­sary sedans will get “dark stealth” colour ac­cents on the grille, fog­light bezels and rear bumper in­sert, and “medium stealth” ac­cents on the al­loys, high se­ries side mir­rors with in­te­grated in­di­ca­tors and G6-style tail lights.

NO MORE BOXY VOLVO WAG­ONS

BOXY Volvo wag­ons are dead for­ever and the proof comes through the coupe-look­ing all-new V60.

The mid-sized new­bie is de­vel­oped from the lat­est S60 sedan, one of the more-im­pres­sive Euro­pean introductions of 2010, and fi­nally dumps the squared­edged tail-end treat­ment that has been a Swedish trade­mark since the 1970s.

Volvo has even slapped a sports wagon la­bel on the S60, just as Holden did with its Com­modore fam­ily car­rier, to let ev­ery­one know what has hap­pened.

"We’ve never had this kind of wagon be­fore. It’s much more sporty," said Volvo Aus­tralia boss Alan Des­selss. "This is not just a wagon con­ver­sion on a sedan. It’s a to­tally dif­fer­ent car.”

The V60 picks up the same me­chan­i­cal, tech­ni­cal and safety pack­age used in the S60, in­clud­ing a pedes­trian-de­tec­tion sys­tem ca­pa­ble of au­to­matic emer­gency brak­ing. It lands in Aus­tralia next year.

En­gine choices will range from a CO2 friendly DRIVe pow­er­plant to a tur­bocharged 3-litre T6 mo­tor with around 220kW, there are six-speed au­to­matic and man­ual gear­boxes, front and all-wheel drive.

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