Bmwdrivers too horny
pped out to be melted down and re-used.
‘‘While we were able to relocate many new cars that were awaiting shipment to a safe area and made every effort to protect our plant, but with the massive amount of flood water . . . 1055 vehicles that remained in the plant were finally damaged by the flood,’’ Honda Thailand executive vice-president Pitak Pruittisarikorn says.
Mr Pruittisarikorn says that the process of scrapping the cars is a reflection of Honda’s commitment to delivering the ‘‘highest quality’’ to its customers. ‘‘We will not sell any of the damaged cars to customers, or reuse any of the parts,’’ he added.
Thailand announced in December that more than 700 people died in the floods, which at their height affected 65 of the 77 provinces in the low-lying nation and forced the closure of seven major industrial parks, disrupting global supply chains.
The waters have receded but many industrial sites will still need to reinvest in infrastructure to restore plants to normal operation.
Honda began ordering new plant for its Rojana site last month and had its employees on full pay since the floods forced the the factory to shut. TOYOTA’S retro-styled FJ Cruiser has been named the fourwheel-drive of the year by 4X4 Australia magazine.
The car was styled in the US and inspired by the original 40 series Landcruisers which were first produced in 1960.
It beat out the Jeep Grand Cherokee diesel, Toyota Landcruiser 200 Series GX, Range Rover Vogue TDV8 and the Mercedes-benz G 350 for the top prize. The judges said the Cruiser was not given much chance of winning the award when the final assessment of the contenders began.
‘‘But as the days progressed, the FJ’S fun factor, the simplicity of design, and the way it works so well came to the fore,’’ they said in their final verdict.
‘‘Three judges scored it first, two scored it second and another third against tough com- petition. The FJ Cruiser puts enjoyment into driving on and off road thanks to its individual styling, ease of use, affordability and no-fuss ability.’’
The Cruiser was launched in Australia in 2011 with a starting price of $44,990. More than 1700 were sold in Australia by the end of November.
It is powered by a 4.0-litre petrol V6 engine, which delivers 200kw of power. WHEN it comes to blowing your own horn, Bmwdrivers are top. But it could be a costly honk.
An online poll of 2000 British drivers shows 53 per cent of BMW drivers admit to using their horn at least once every journey, almost triple the national average of 18 per cent.
Other horn blowers are Jaguar drivers (45 per cent), Fiats (43 per cent), Audis (39 per cent) and Saabs (29 per cent). Nissan drivers are a quiet lot with 95 per cent saying they only use their horns in emergencies.
Blowing your horn in Australia could cost you thousands of dollars if misused.
Most state road rules declare that drivers must not use a car horn unless warning other road users or animals of a danger with fines of up to a maximum of 20 penalty points which varies from state to state but can be as much as $2000.
But the horn can also be used as part of an anti-theft device or an alcohol interlock device.
Australian Design Rules stipulate the car horn must be audible and reachable by the driver, but have only one note and not sound like a siren, bell or whistle.
Consequently, car horns that play a tune such as the popular La Cucaracha are illegal.
RACQ Insurance spokesman Mike Sopinski says misuse of horns shows up on its annual survey of what peeves drivers.
‘‘Improper use of vehicle horns could be a distraction to other drivers and may be the cause of an accident,’’ he said.
‘‘Improper and over-use of car horns is also often associated with aggressive driving and antisocial driver behaviour.’’
The UK survey by webuyany car.com found reasons for blowing the horn included when another driver pulls out in front (52 per cent) and when a vehicle is stationary at a green traffic light (51 per cent).
Only 29 per cent said they blew the horn to warn other drivers of danger.