Right to be im­pressed

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I am look­ing at a car to tide me over for quite a few years. I am im­pressed with the Subaru Im­preza’s fea­tures. It seems to have all the at­tributes for a 70year-old with a wife who needs a car that will ride com­fort­ably and can take a wheel­chair. An­nual driv­ing is only about 6000km be­cause my wife is largely house­bound but I need trans­port to med­i­cal ap­point­ments. I have al­ways had Corol­las but I’m look­ing for some­thing dif­fer­ent — the Corolla is no longer exciting in the cabin. Brian Leone, email The new Im­preza is a classy car that gets The Tick from me. It’s just hit­ting show­rooms and will def­i­nitely do the job for you.

WATCH THIS SPACE

I’m im­pressed by the styling and US re­views of Volk­swa­gen’s flag­ship sedan, the CC. I can’t re­call any com­ments re­lat­ing to this ve­hi­cle in Cars­guide and note that VW Aus­tralia doesn’t in­clude the ve­hi­cle in the lo­cal home­page. Is this car avail­able in Aus­tralia and if so how do you rate it in its class? Brian Pat­ter­son, email The CC, orig­i­nally the Pas­sat CC, was dis­con­tin­ued late last year. You might still be able to find one in a VW deal­er­ship. The CC def­i­nitely gets The Tick and its re­place­ment, called the Ar­teon, comes to Aus­tralia in Oc­to­ber.

MEA­SURED ON THE FLY

When you do the car tests and com­par­isons, are the quoted power out­puts mea­sured at the fly­wheel or at the driv­ing wheels? Will there be a new WRX in the near fu­ture or an up­grade? Brian Gairn, email We quote man­u­fac­turer num­bers and they are mea­sured at the fly­wheel. On the WRX front, there will be a ma­jor “midlife” update midyear but the next new model won’t be un­til late 2018.

IN­TER­MIT­TENT SER­VICE

Re Mazda in­fo­tain­ment. My CX-3 has been back to the deal­er­ship three times. They reckon they haven’t had another case like mine and it’s very frus­trat­ing — you never know if it will work or not. They do the re­set and it works for a while then I have noth­ing but trou­ble. Belinda Freeman, email Mazda spokes­woman Karla Leach replies: “We have con­tacted Ms Freeman and she still has some mi­nor in­ter­mit­tent is­sues with the right-hand speak­ers in her CX-3. We are work­ing with our col­leagues in Ja­pan to re­solve this is­sue and have com­mit­ted to keep con­tact with Ms Freeman to re­solve as soon as pos­si­ble.”

AS GOOD AS IT GETS

Re Mazda3 nav­i­ga­tion is­sues. Our SP25 GT has been re­turned to the dealer on three oc­ca­sions for­mally, plus on two oc­ca­sions in­for­mally. The dealer has pro­vided up­dates and fac­tory restarts but the prob­lem has never been re­solved. We are about to re­turn our car to the dealer for­mally for the fourth time. I wrote to Mazda and re­ceived a call which, in sum­mary, in­di­cated that the sys­tem was as good as it would get. I am con­vinced Mazda is go­ing through the mo­tions un­til the car is no longer un­der war­ranty. Then they can charge me for try­ing to fix a fault that is no longer cov­ered. J & M Turner, email Mazda says it is do­ing ev­ery­thing pos­si­ble for un­happy own­ers and this is the lat­est from Karla Leach: “Reg­u­lar up­dates to ve­hi­cle soft­ware are un­der­taken for a few rea­sons. They in­clude im­prov­ing the in­ter­ac­tion of third-party de­vices, which is re­quired to keep the ve­hi­cle and de­vice ‘talk­ing the same lan­guage’ and to update the ve­hi­cle soft­ware to pro­vide new fea­tures and up­dates.”

Very se­nior Mazda ex­ec­u­tives at the LA mo­tor show last month dropped very strong hints about a ro­tary-pow­ered sports car based on the Vi­sion con­cept. I’m think­ing it will be in show­rooms in 2018. They also will use the ro­tary as part of a fu­ture hy­brid...

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