Holden re­calls Cap­tiva

NT News - Motoring - - NEWS - By KEITH DID­HAM

HOLDEN is re­call­ing more than 13,000 of its Kore­an­built Cap­ti­vas to check for a po­ten­tially danger­ous steer­ing fault.

Holden spokesper­son Kate Lons­dale said the com­pany has so far only found two de­fec­tive wag­ons af­ter a Cap­tiva was in­volved in an ac­ci­dent late last year, with no re­ported in­juries.

Cap­ti­vas built from June 2006 and De­cem­ber 2007 are be­ing in­spected be­cause the in­ter­me­di­ate shaft which con­nects the steer­ing col­umn to the steer­ing rack may be­come dis­con­nected, re­sult­ing in a loss of steer­ing.

All known own­ers are be­ing con­tacted by mail. JA­PANESE elec­tron­ics gi­ant Pana­sonic and Tesla Motors are col­lab­o­rat­ing to de­velop next-gen­er­a­tion lithium ion bat­ter­ies.

Tesla, the only car­maker build­ing a high­way-ca­pa­ble elec­tric car, will use Pana­sonic’s bat­tery cells in their new­est bat­tery packs.

The cells use nick­el­based lithium ion chem­istry, the high­est en­ergy den­sity bat­tery cells pro­duced to­day.

‘‘Our col­lab­o­ra­tion with Pana­sonic will ac­cel­er­ate the de­vel­op­ment of nextgen­er­a­tion EV cells, en­abling Tesla to fur­ther im­prove our bat­tery pack per­for­mance,’’ Tesla’s chief tech­nol­ogy of­fi­cer JB Straubel said. FOUR Wheeler mag­a­zine has named the Jeep Wran­gler Ru­bi­con and Wran­gler Un­lim­ited Ru­bi­con the Best 4x4 Ve­hi­cle of the Decade.

It has also given a gong to the four-door Wran­gler Un­lim­ited Ru­bi­con as the decade’s most sig­nif­i­cant 4x4 ve­hi­cle.

Four Wheeler mag­a­zine ed­i­tor Doug McCol­loch said the present JK Wran­gler rep­re­sents a big step up in on-road ride and han­dling.

‘‘Yet its off-road ca­pa­bil­ity wasn’t com­pro­mised in the least,’’ he said.

‘‘If any­thing, it was only en­hanced.’’

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