What’s your priority?
THOSE Pommies are a strange mob, underlined by new research that reveals British men find it easier to maintain their car than their girlfriend. The research found nearly a third of young men spend longer searching for their ideal car than their perfect partner.
One fifth of people aged 55 plus think a sporty car will help them be more attractive to others. And 51 per cent surveyed in the UK’S South-east and West Midlands think their partners are more difficult to maintain than their cars.
Behaviour and relationship expert Dr Pam Spurr advises petrolheads to get the balance right. Called the “RCZ Study” from Peugeot, it reveals the extent of the British love affair with the motor car and it seems that Brits are often more keen on being under the bonnet than between the sheets.
The poll of more than 2000 people, commissioned on behalf of the company behind the curvaceous RCZ Sports Coupe, highlights how some Brits are more concerned with wheels than heels with 50 per cent of men admitting they find their partner more difficult to maintain than their car and 1 in 10 guys confessing to being more captivated with their cars’ alluring curves than their partner’s. It seems 14 per cent of guys talk more about their cars than their partners.
The study also found nearly a quarter of those surveyed spend more money on their cars than their partners.
THE new Sonic RS features a 103kw turbocharged 1.4-litre Ecotec engine, the same engine that powers the Holden Cruze SRI.
The Sonic RS will be offered exclusively in the US as a hatch. Shown at the recent Detroit motor show, it will go on sale later this year.
Holden said it is looking at the car, but has nothing to announce yet.
Interestingly, the American version of the car is much better equipped than the one we get, with 10 airbags instead of six and Chevrolet’s exclusive Mylink infotainment system as standard.
It enables navigation directions downloaded through a smart phone to be shown on the radio’s large display and offers the personalised connectivity of Pandora and Stitcher Internet radio.
The more aggressive look of the Sonic RS is inspired by the concept that debuted in Detroit in 2010.
One of the most dramatic cues from the concept carried into the production model is the Sonic RS’S front fascia, which has a deep air dam design that enhances the car’s road-hugging stance.
Vertical intakes at the edges of the fascia reinforce the wide, low proportion and house the fog lamps. The 1.4-litre turbocharged engine is paired with a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic. Unique gear ratios for the six-speed manual transmission and unique final drive ratio for the automatic give the Sonic RS a sportier feel.