What’s your pri­or­ity?

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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.

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