Women’s best choice
HE countdown has started to decide the best car in the world, as judged by women for women.
“A report from Mattingly & Associates in Australia concluded, in part, that businesses that didn’t understand (women’s) influence would be hardpressed to stay in business. That report was aptly called ‘When I’ve Made Up Our Minds’,” Ms Myhre said. However, the child factor is just one of the criteria by which the 2012 Women’s World Car of the Year will be judged. There are four categories – Family Car, Luxury Car, Sports Car and Economy Car.
Points are allocated to each of 10 criteria: driveability, engineering, comfort, child friendliness, style, interior, storage, dashboard efficiency, carbon footprint and colour range.
The 20 judges from 11 countries have submitted their own personal short list and more than 300 cars were suggested. These individual choices were then whittled down to form a master list of 32 in terms of popularity. Judges will now allocate points for these cars from a criteria list.
The winners will be announced before the end of March with the supreme award trophy and category certificates presented to the car companies concerned at the Paris Motor Show in September.
For full details go to carsguide.com.au.
MAZDA CX-5 RIGHT ON TREND
TRENDS may last just months in fashion, but it’s different for cars. Remarkably, the SUV market continues to grow, sapping first the large-car sector and now the medium-car segment as buyers opted for versatility in their new vehicles.
In January, SUV sales as a whole rose 29.8 per cent as the Australian passenger-car segment fell 2.21 per cent. The month’s biggest rise was in the small-suv fraternity which rocketed 65 per cent on the previous January as the Skoda Yeti, Jeep Compass and Subaru XV debuted.
The medium-suv sector rose 26.2 per cent with 8068 sales in January, pushed by Mazda’s CX-7 sell-off as the model departed the showrooms and renewed interest in the Holden Captiva 5 (up 142.5 per cent), Kia Sportage (up 82.4 per cent), Volvo XC60 (up 48.4 per cent), Nissan X-trail (up 51.2 per cent) and the CX-7 (up 66 per cent or 1167 sales for the month).
Mazda Australia’s managing director Doug Dickson says the CX-5 “is in the sweet spot for buyers”.
“We didn’t want two cars in the same segment,” he says, explaining the departure of the CX-7.
Check out our review of the new CX-5 on Page 4.
MOST POWERFUL FERRARI
FERRARI has unveiled its most powerful car yet, the 544kw F12 Berlinetta. It was revealed to the world for the first time on Ferrari.com with its official debut at the Geneva International Motor Show this month.
The replacement for the 599 coupe, the F12 Berlinetta, reflects the mid-mounted V12 Ferrari sportscar of the same name built between 1973 and 1984. Its 6.2-litre V12 engine is the most powerful ever fitted to a Ferrari road car, with an output of 730 horsepower or 544kw.
It is also more powerful than the Lamborghini Aventador V12 which has an output of 700 horsepower (520kw). However, the arch rival allwheel-drive Lamborghini is quicker.
Ferrari says the Berlinetta does 0 to 100km/h in 3.1 seconds and has a top speed in excess of 340km/h.
The Lamborghini Aventador reaches 100km/h in 2.9s and has a claimed top speed of 350km/h.
The F12 Berlinetta, designed by Ferrari’s long-time styling partner Pininfarina, is due to go into production by the middle of this year.
It is due in Australia early next year when local prices and specifications will be announced.