Corolla gains ben­e­fit of ESP

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FAR too late, the Toy­ota Corolla has fi­nally picked up elec­tronic sta­bil­ity con­trol in Aus­tralia. It took more than 18 months to get ESP — called Ve­hi­cle Sta­bil­ity Con­trol at Toy­ota — into the full range of Ja­panese com­pacts. SUZUKI is rush­ing to re­build sup­plies of tyres for its baby Alto. It ran out of spares in Aus­tralia dur­ing the change to a new eco tyre — which prom­ises bet­ter fuel econ­omy — but is ex­pect­ing a big ship­ment on Wed­nes­day. PRO­DUC­TION of Aus­tralia’s new­est hero car, the Hy­brid Camry, has also just be­gun in China at a joint-ven­tury fac­tory owned by Guangzhou Toy­ota Mo­tor. The car is now built at Al­tona and in China, Thai­land, Ja­pan, Ken­tucky in the US, and China. THE Ford Fi­esta has just over­taken the Volk­swa­gen Golf as Europe’s favourite car. Through the first quar­ter of 2010 the sales of Fi­esta have reached 140,496 — and 68,630last month alone, up by 25.8 per cent on a year ear­lier — against 135,048 for the Golf. AUS­TRALIA’S first ser­vice sta­tion ded­i­cated to Com­pressed Na­tional Gas — owned by OES CNG and pump­ing what it calls SmartGas — will open in Mel­bourne at the end of the month. OES will also be pro­mot­ing CNG con­ver­sions with free fuel for a year to the first 100 cus­tomer con­ver­sions, a sav­ing it says is worth $4500. THE char­i­ta­ble work of the late Paul New­man — ac­tor, racer and car buff — con­tin­ues with a se­ries of grants open to Aus­tralian or­gan­i­sa­tions. Grants will be given up to $75,000 for ve­hi­cles and gen­eral project pur­poses un­der the New­man’s Own Foun­da­tion sup­port in 2010, with ap­pli­ca­tions open un­til May 28 through www.paulnew­man­sown.com.au HONDA Aus­tralia has a new boss. He is Satoshi Mat­suzawa, who be­came man­ag­ing di­rec­tor and CEO on April 1 as the suc­ces­sor to Ya­suhide Mizuno, who is now the pres­i­dent of Honda’s joint ven­ture in China — Dongfeng Honda Au­to­mo­bile — in Wuhan Prov­ince.

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