TV series lags behind
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.