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Townsville Bulletin - - Cars Guide -

V6/ V8 juice bill. Not only is it a four door with a boot, thus a `` proper’’ car in their eyes, the fam­ily re­sem­blance to the big Aus­tralian has been made plainer with new fas­cia, trape­zoidal grille, wheels and head­light treat­ment. Within, the top-spec SRi-V loses noth­ing to Ja­panese or Ger­man im­ports in terms of Though it’s easy to en­gage the right driv­ing po­si­tion, chang­ing up with the notchy man­ual stick will bring the el­bow into con­tact with the cen­tre stor­age com­part­ment. It’s mildly an­noy­ing, and it would take some time to get used to. It’s all there, with six airbags, sta­bil­ity pro­gram and anti-skid brakes ac­cessed through a pedal that is how one should be, with just enough pro­gres­sion be­fore they bite. Cruze spare is a full size 16-incher. The mar­riage of the small turbo petrol and its `` old’’ style torque con­verter auto works more smoothly than the pair­ing of sim­i­lar en­gines with any twin-clutch trans­mis­sion. Sup­pres­sion of road noise, vi­bra­tion and harsh­ness is also class-lead­ing. The new 1.4 is a re­spon­sive per­former that steers and han­dles with com­plete ease. It’s a great pity the Diesel will make up only 20 per cent of Cruze sales, and the man­ual a frac­tion within that. For the greater part of the time you could be un­aware this is not a petrol en­gine, so quiet is it on the go. Then you move to over­take and that surge of torque pours on smoothly but as­sertively, a process served by the clutch’s per­fect take up point. The top ver­sion of the new Holden shows that less might not be more, but it’s more than enough.

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