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Satterley and In-Vogue present the 2013 Telethon Home at Honeywood. When WA’s Channel 7 Telethon needed land and a builder for the 2013 Telethon Home, it was once again Satterley Property Group and WA home builder In-Vogue, who put up their hand. Honeywood Estate, Satterley Property Group, Telethon and In-Vogue are joining together to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars to help improve the lives of children and young people across WA. Satterley’s chief executive Nigel Satterley had no hesitation in nominating a 418sqm lot of land at the popular Honeywood Estate at Wandi for Telethon.

Honeywood is located on the eastern side of the Kwinana Freeway, bordered by Rowley and Anketell Roads in Wandi. Mr Satterley and his development partners have been making land available for Telethon and other charity causes, for the best part of 40 years.“My wife and I have been strong supporters of charity, with an emphasis on medical research,” he said. “I have had a long involvement with both Telethon, the longest running television appeal in Australia, as well as Telethon Speech and Hearing.” Mr Satterley has been the Patron of Telethon Speech and Hearing since 2008. The 2013 Honeywood Telethon Home by In-Vogue is now open for inspection and the auction will be held on Sunday, October 20 at Honeywood from 11am unless sold prior.

“Honeywood is a beautiful, master-planned community only 25km from the Perth CBD,” Mr Satterley said. “A quarter of the 170-hecatre estate consists of parks and public open space including playgrounds, conservation wetlands and parklands. “Honeywood is close to transport, schools, shops and other essential infrastructure but despite its convenient location it offers a decidedly rustic feel connected by a network of walking and cycling trails. “The 2013 Honeywood Telethon Home by In-Vogue is in a community designed for modern living which is why Honeywood continues to be one of the best selling residential estates in Perth’s southern corridor.”

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Your RAC magazine October / November 2013

Editor-in-Chief Will Golsby Editor Justine Costigan Deputy Editor Vanessa Pogorelic


a holiday on board the legendary Ghan turn to page 30

Publisher Sarah Harris Design Glenn Moffatt Advertising Jamie Uren tel: 0417 543 704


Horizons is published for The Royal Automobile Club of WA (Inc) by Hardie Grant Media Ground Level, Building 1 658 Church Street, Richmond Victoria 3121 Australia Managing director Jeff Trounce

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The lemon list CAB audited as at March 2013 is 487,199 Australia Post ISSN No 0810 8285. The opinions contained in this publication may not be shared by the Royal Automobile Club of WA (Inc) or its related bodies corporate (together “RAC”) or any of its or their councillors, directors or employees. Advertisements in Horizons are the responsibility of the advertiser. No person should act or rely upon such opinions or advice and RAC accepts no liability for them. Any rewards or rights provided to a member cannot be transferred, assigned, sold or redeemed for cash. Inclusion of a product should not be construed as an endorsement by RAC.

Cars that were famously flawed


39 EVs are here to stay A fresh look at the pros and cons of going electric

46 Line call Unsure when to cross a dividing line? We have the answers

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83 years on the road Since 1930 the RAC’s member magazine has recorded the changing face of motoring in WA. We take a look at the journey so far.


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7 President’s message

16 What’s on

48 Test drive

Events around the state

The newest cars on the market

Embracing the new road reality

10 Mailbox

18 Italy’s Amalfi coast

Members’ letters

One of Europe’s most beautiful coastlines

11 Exchange

22 Beautiful Burgundy

Sharing your views

News from the RAC

More than just a wine region, Burgundy has something for every traveller

82 The Ten Best

33 Travel brief

14 Snapshot

WA’s best paddling spots

News from RAC Travel

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Embracing the new road reality Solving the problems of congestion on our roads will require creative thinking including offering road users a broad range of transport choices. Albert Einstein once mused: “The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.” People often fear or resist change but change is inevitable. And, more often than not, it is essential to improving the quality of life we all enjoy. Western Australia’s economic performance and rapid population growth has been forcing change at an accelerated and, at times, alarming rate. We understand we cannot hold back that change but we need to ensure that it is change for the better. The RAC is proud of our motoring heritage but in recent years our Council has embraced the concept of thinking differently about the challenges facing our members and our State. The result has been a subtle but significant change of focus to encompass the broader concept of mobility. The motor car will remain important to our members – but it’s no longer just about the car, it’s about choice. Congestion on our metropolitan roads is not going to change by simply replicating the thinking of the past by building more roads. Our best hope of changing the reality of congestion is to change our thinking to include better public transport, safer cycling and active transport, along with making our roads work more efficiently. The RAC is now seen as a strong, independent and constructive voice across all these policy

areas. In one sense, the change of the RAC logo is a physical representation of a change that has been occurring within the RAC for some time now. It represents a renewal of the values which we stand for and reflects a determination to continue to deliver change for the better for our members. I take great comfort from the old truism that the more things change, the more they stay the same. WA has changed greatly over the 108-year history of our organisation. While that change has never been as rapid or far-reaching as it has been over the past decade, WA remains a cohesive, compassionate and inclusive society. The RAC has changed significantly too, reflecting the times we live in and the community we serve. But our commitment to our members has remained constant – whether that be as a voice for their concerns or as a provider of quality, trusted services. As I come to the end of my term as President, I thank our members, our Council and all RAC people for the honour of leading one of WA’s iconic service organisations and I remain confident that we will continue to play a pivotal role in building a better future for all Western Australians.

Tim Shanahan RAC President

Your RAC Council Club Patron His Excellency Mr Malcolm McCusker AC, CVO, QC, Governor of Western Australia President Tim Shanahan Senior Vice President Esme Bowen Vice President Tony Evans Members of Council Dennis Banks, Allan Blagaich, Freda Crucitti, Jill Darby, Ross Dowling, Dalton Gooding, Alden Halse, Stephen Klomp, Colin O‘Sullivan, Eizabeth Re, Jacqueline Ronchi and Julie Wadley October / November 2013 Horizons 7

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Our winning letter Distracted drivers In the past few years I have started driving through red lights and going the wrong way down one-way streets. I drive a turbocharged V8 which, for its size, has more than enough power. Fortunately for everyone else who happens to be around, I only do this while driving a vehicle that is bright red and has blue and red lights and a siren on the roof. I am a volunteer fire fighter with the Guildford VFRS brigade and before I was qualified to drive to fires under emergency road conditions, I attended a four-day driving course to learn emergency driving techniques A fire in Darlington last year demonstrated to me that using a mobile phone is distracting. Between Guildford and Roe Highway in Midland, with the lights and sirens going, we were impeded by not one, but three drivers, who were talking on a phone and had no idea we were behind them. Hands free devices are not the answer but at least you can have both hands on the wheel and maybe see the big red truck behind you. Driving is a hazardous activity but if we all slow down a bit, increase that gap between your car and the car in front and keep an eye on the road in front and behind, then maybe we can all make a difference. James Dunham, High Wycombe

Traffic lights Perth really is the Wait Awhile State. Just try travelling down any road where there are multiple traffic lights in a row. Abernethy Road, Leach Highway, Albany Highway, Orong Road, Tonkin Highway this is just my local area. I guess it may be a government initiative as our State really is beautiful and stopping at every traffic light enables one to take in the scenery, sometimes without any traffic entering the intersection to obstruct your view. Why? I recently drove through Brisbane. What a breeze, even at peak hour, compared to the parking lots we call highways. If I was stopped at an intersection I was pretty much guaranteed to have green lights for the next two, three or four intersections, allowing traffic to flow, reducing road rage, and encouraging courteous behaviour, i.e. when you indicate to change lanes a gap is created, unlike here. All these red lights encourage commuters to speed through our peaceful suburbs. Steven Herring, via email

Email or write to The Editor, RAC Horizons Magazine, GPO Box C140 Perth WA 6839

Car add-ons


I would like to comment on your article on optional extras (Horizons, June/July). Any add-on which is not supplied by the manufacturer of your new vehicle has the potential to affect not just your insurance, but also your warranty. It is always worth checking whether an item a dealer offers you is supplied by the vehicle manufacturer or someone else. Then you can decide whether you want it badly enough. In my own case, a dealer suggested I get a “just as good” after-market product at a discount when it emerged that a car ordered for me didn’t have an option I had specified. He assured me (and no doubt believed) that the warranty would not be a problem. But I contacted the manufacturer directly and they took a different view.

Imagine you’re at the movies, waiting in a moving line to buy a ticket. The person behind you is following so close, you can literally feel them breathing on the back of your neck. Creepy, right? It’s interesting that when you put some people in a car, they are suddenly fine with following at an unsafe and positively scary distance. It’s obviously a lot more dangerous tail-gating in a car than in a queue. If you wouldn’t do it outside a car, travelling at a slow pace, maybe it’s not a good idea to do it while travelling at 80km/per hour.

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Faded rego plates My grandson was recently stopped by the police because the rear number plate on his car was faded. My query is who is responsible for faded number plates? How do we know when fading is considered an offence? Are we allowed to paint our number plates when faded or do they have to be replaced? Lynley Davey, via email

RAC Response Licensing regulations seem to place the onus on the vehicle owner to keep the plate in good legible condition but it may be worth discussing with a licensing centre if you believe the fault lies with the manufacture of the plate. Damaged plates can be remade at a small cost ($26) by the Department of Transport, Licensing Division. Alternatively, a new plate can be issued at a cost of $24.

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Blockers Perth drivers constantly block intersections while waiting for lights to change. This practice is extremely selfish and creates unnecessary angst for those trying to access side roads. If the police started booking intersection blockers we would have better traffic flow. Diana Nason, Mundaring

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Exchange Feedback, opinion and fast facts BUS v TRAIN


RAC’s 2013 Public Transport Survey asked Perth commuters to rate our public transport system and tell us how they use it. Top public transport concerns



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regular public % oftransport users take a train

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Our survey into the social cost of congestion found Perth drivers spend more than

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68% 46% say congestion has increased their stress levels

say congestion resulted in less time spent with family

fuel retailers reaped from fuel sales over the past year. Based on data from FuelWatch and the Bureau of Resources and Energy Economics


Have your say ... Point-to-point speed cameras measure a car’s average speed over a length of road rather than measuring speed at one single point on the road. Should WA have point-to-point speed cameras? Take our poll at Exchange your views by email: October / November 2013 Horizons 11

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Annual report

below: RAC Group CEO Terry Agnew (right) with RAC President Tim Shanahan.

The RAC’s 2012–13 financial results The RAC is pleased to welcome you to the new look Horizons and to report on our activities over the past 12 months. The RAC Group achieved a strong financial result for the 2012/13 financial year. Group revenue increased to $560 million and the overall profit after tax for the year ended 30 June 2013 increased to $35.173 million. The total net assets of the Group at 30 June 2013 grew to $731 million. This is an important financial result because the RAC is a proudly run Western Australian organisation which reinvests its profits to provide benefits to more than 750,000 members. The RAC also remains focussed on our advocacy and community efforts to keep Western Australia moving in a safe, accessible and sustainable manner into the future. WA faces the reality that rapid population growth combined with our strongly performing economy is creating significant challenges and pressures for the State and its people. Nowhere is this more obvious than our road and public transport networks where addressing safety and congestion remain two of our highest priorities. Over the past year we have promoted these priorities in two election campaigns. During the State election the successful Give Me Time campaign, in partnership with our members and the community, helped secure a record $5.7 billion for transport infrastructure in the recent State budget, and also delivered funding for a second rescue helicopter service to be based in the State’s South-west. It is also pleasing to see a commitment of almost $130 million from Royalties for Regions to a number of regional road projects. We also delivered the Demand Better Roads campaign, in partnership with motoring clubs from around Australia, in the lead up to the September Federal election. The inclusion of rail, public transport and other forms of mobility including

cycling, as a key part of our advocacy, is an important development because they are all part of the congestion solution. The RAC also recognised the varied needs of members and the WA community by launching Wheels2go and providing members using mobility devices with 24/7 roadside assistance. We continued to support the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) and the call for increased safety information to be provided to consumers and we reinforced this position by taking the bold decision to stop insuring and financing all 2012 and beyond manufactured vehicles which have been ANCAP rated and don’t receive a safety rating of 4 or 5 stars. We launched the Less Emissions Mission (LEM) designed to inform and educate WA motorists about reducing our carbon footprint by reducing carbon dioxide car emissions. As part of this initiative we are providing rewards through our Insurance, Finance, Auto Services and Roadside Assistance products and services. More than $415,000 has been provided to local communities since the RAC’s Community Sponsorships program began in 2011. Importantly, 61 per cent of those projects have directly benefited regional WA. The RAC also provided a $100,000 financial contribution to WA’s volunteer Bush Fire Brigades to assist with the purchase of life saving Automated External Defibrillators. Since 2006 WA has been consistently above the national road fatality rate, and regional road safety remains a big issue with 51 per cent of deaths occurring on country roads despite only 22 per cent of the population living outside the metropolitan area.

The RAC is strongly committed to taking an even stronger stand on road and vehicle safety. WA’s road safety strategy, Towards Zero, is the platform to deliver improved outcomes in this area because we all have a responsibility, including Government, to re-double our efforts to reduce deaths and serious injuries on our roads. To conclude we would like to acknowledge the efforts of our members, the WA community, and all RAC people for your support during the year. To build for the future, we need to continue to evolve, as we have always done. The RAC is a good organisation our goal is to be a great one. Our vision is to be the most valued organisation in Western Australia by 2020. We are committed to the task ahead, to our members, our community and WA. The RAC will be the driving force. ● For a copy of the concise annual report visit or call 9436 4665. October / November 2013 Horizons 13

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Snapshot News in brief from the RAC & beyond Distracted drivers contribute to crashes

Commuters keen to ease the squeeze Overcrowding on Perth trains and infrequent bus services have emerged as the biggest concerns in the RAC’s 2013 Public Transport Report. Commuters are voicing their concerns about overcrowding and the need for urgent action said RAC Head of Advocacy Matt Brown. “More than 80 per cent of train users see overcrowding as the number one public transport concern, an almost 50 per cent increase since the last report in 2009,” he said. “The Joondalup [90 per cent] and Mandurah [85 per cent] lines are the major flashpoints for commuter concerns about overcrowding. Perth trains moved more than 63 million passengers last year, an 11 per cent increase since 2009. Clearly more people are choosing public transport, which is putting a significant strain on existing infrastructure.” Mr Brown said a key priority for the RAC is to ensure Western Australians are able to travel in a safe, sustainable and accessible way and improvements to public transport are part

of the congestion solution. “The RAC’s report showed 84 per cent of respondents thought Perth’s public transport had not improved over the past 18 months and highlighted that the public transport system is under significant strain.” Frequency of services and poor bus/train connections were the top concerns for bus users. “The Public Transport Authority is doing the best it can with the resources it has but clearly more needs to be done – and quickly – including the ordering and priority delivery of additional train carriage sets, developing rapid bus transit systems and adopting a bus priority plan to improve the flow of bus services through congested areas using measures such as bus lanes and queue jump facilities.” The RAC also repeated its call for a smart-phone app to allow commuters to track in real-time the progress of bus services through existing on-board GPS data.

63 million passengers took the train last year

11% more than in 2009


of train users say public transport has not improved over the past 18 months

Correction: In Aug/Sept Horizons it was reported that RAC members could borrow RAC e-bikes for city travel. The e-bikes are part of an RAC workplace travel initiative and only available to RAC staff. We apologise for any confusion about the e-bike scheme.

Between checking the GPS, taking a sip of takeaway coffee or telling the kids to stop arguing, have you ever been guilty of taking your eyes off the road? A new Australian study looked at more than 800 serious crashes of which 340 involved some form of driver inattention. Driver distraction, where focus is diverted from the task of driving to something other than the road ahead, contributed to 25 per cent of the inattention crashes examined by the study. The most frequently reported types of distraction occurred when attention was diverted to non-driving activities like arguing with others in the car, attending to children in the back seat and adjusting instruments and electronic devices. Gaining a greater understanding of the impact of driver inattention can help in the development of appropriate interventions for drivers. In the meantime, stay focussed on the road to ensure you stay safe.

Notice of Annual General Meeting The 108th Annual General Meeting of The Royal Automobile Club of Western Australia (Incorporated) will be held at the RAC head office, 832 Wellington Street, West Perth at 7.00pm on Wednesday 6 November 2013. Business 1. To declare the 2013 Annual General Meeting open. 2. To table the Notice of Meeting. 3. To receive apologies. 4. To table the minutes of the 2012 Annual General Meeting. 5. To receive the report of the President. 6. To submit the accounts of the Royal Automobile Club of Western Australia (Incorporated) for the year ended 30 June, 2013. 7. To submit the report of the Auditor as to the truth and fairness of the accounts for the year ended 30 June, 2013. 8. Election of President and Senior Vice President. 9. Declaration of election of four (4) members to the Council. 10. Questions. 11. Close of Meeting. By order of the Council: TT Agnew, RAC Group Chief Executive.

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Through the eyes of a drunk driver

Reporting bike crashes and hazards

School students across metropolitan and regional WA are learning about alcohol’s devastating impact through a simulation that impairs their vision. As part of a State-wide driver education program delivered by RAC’s Community Education team, students use special eyewear known as Fatal Vision Goggles to experience the visual impairment that results from the mis-use of alcohol. The exercise is just one of the activities conducted during the RAC’s Drink, Drugs and Driving presentation and is a powerful way of helping young people understand the dangers of drink driving. The team uses a series of goggles in a range of strengths simulating visual impairment from a blood alcohol limit

If you’re involved in a bicycle crash either as a cyclist, pedestrian, motorist or the owner of property damaged in the incident, you may need to report the event. Crashes must be reported where anyone involved is injured or the total value of property damage is more than $3000. Bicycle crashes should also be reported where the owner of the damaged property isn’t at the scene. Cyclists can also report hazards in cycling lanes, shared-use paths and hazards on roads that may affect the safety of cyclists.

Testing coordination with Fatal Vision Goggles

of 0.05 per cent up to 0.24 per cent – five times over the legal limit. Rebekah Ozanne from RAC’s Community Education team said students struggled to walk in a straight line and lost basic coordination skills during exercises with the goggles. “When we ask students if they’d get in a car with someone in this state the answer is an overwhelming ‘no’.” The RAC’s free presentations to students in years 10 to 12 at high schools across WA are part of its commitment to educating future drivers about road safety. Since 2002, more than 300,000 students have participated in the program.

RAC supports our volunteers The RAC has provided $100,000 to Western Australia’s volunteer Bush Fire Brigades to help purchase life-saving equipment. RAC Executive General Manager Advocacy and Member Benefits Pat Walker said the RAC’s financial contribution will be used to buy 40 Automated External Defibrillators to be provided to volunteer Bush Fire Brigades through the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES). “The RAC has been an integral part of the WA community for more than 100 years and is committed to giving back to RAC members and the wider community,” Mr Walker said. “Our communities also benefit every day from the commitment of around 26,000 volunteers from more than 560 volunteer Bush Fire Brigades across WA. “Protecting and saving lives requires important medical equipment, such as defibrillators, to be readily available, which is why the RAC has stepped in to help.” As a mutual organisation, we are focussed on projects that will help make a difference in the lives of the community.” This financial commitment builds on the RAC’s already strong relationship with DFES over a number of years.

To find out more and to access crash and hazard report forms visit and choose ‘Cycling’.

Mid West gets road safety focus Road safety and transport infrastructure in the Mid West region was the focus of the RAC Council’s third regional visit in July. With one in five members living outside Perth, the RAC is keen to understand the challenges facing regional communities. Figures compiled by the RAC and WA Police show the road fatality rate for the

Mid West Gascoyne in 2012 was nearly three times the overall State rate per 100,000 people. The RAC Council met with key Federal and State representatives and hosted a Mobility Series lunch event for around 100 road safety and transport representatives with Professor Mary Sheehan from Queensland’s Centre for Accident Research and Road

Safety as the guest speaker. RAC Councillors also inspected priority road and transport projects in Geraldton with a representative from Main Roads. The RAC Council also hosted an afternoon tea for 60 Gold Life Members, celebrating the loyalty of those who had achieved 50 consecutive years of membership with the RAC.

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 Events around the state in October and November

Fremantle Festival

Great Southern Bloom Festival Until 20 October Beautiful blooms will be on show throughout the South West this spring with eight shires hosting a range of events celebrating the natural beauty of the stunning South West region. For a full list of events go to

Community Safety Month 1 to 31 October Everyone has a role to play in making our community safer. The Injury Control Council of WA, with support from the RAC’s Community Sponsorships program, will host a number of events throughout Community Safety Month focusing on how we can all make WA a safer place to work, play and travel.

27 October to 10 November Australia’s longest running cultural festival, this year’s Fremantle Festival will include festival favourites such as the Blessing of the Fleet, the Wardanji Aboriginal Cultural Festival, the Children’s Fiesta as well as theatre, music, comedy and more than 100 community events.

9 to 24 Nov David Grieg and Gordon McIntyre’s Midsumma [a play with songs] is a madcap romp about a long, wild weekend in Edinburgh. For booking and performance details go to

La Boheme 29 October to 9 November

22 to 24 November

More than 25 international and local food and wine experts will descend on Margaret River for a weekend of long lunches, exclusive dinners, beach bbqs, chefs’ theatre and panel discussions. International guests include Heston Blumenthal and Rick Stein. Perth Heritage Days

Walk Over October

16 to 17 November Now in its fifth year, the annual Perth Heritage Days is a great way to get to know the history of Perth, from its indigenous history to its heritage architecture and the stories and characters which helped make it the city it is today.

1 to 31 October Make walking a priority throughout October and you’ll be on your way to better health, one step at a time. The Heart Foundation in partnership with the RAC and the State Government will be holding a number of events to promote the many benefits of walking throughout October.

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Siren call A magnet for pleasure seekers since the Roman Empire, Italy’s Amalfi coast continues to delight and inspire. Michael Gebicki takes a road trip along one of the world’s most beautiful coastlines.


he coast road south of Naples along the Gulf of Salerno between Sorrento and Salerno is one of the most spectacular drives in Europe. The road rides high above the sea along sheer cliffs. Along the way, small, bone-coloured villages are hacked from the sheer walls of the Lattari Mountains and surrounded by lemon groves, vineyards and oleander trees. At the bottom are beautiful beaches. This is the Amalfi Coast, a gorgeous, sun-struck, 50-kilometre strip of coastline where the scenery metre goes right off the dial. The region takes its name from its capital, the town of Amalfi. A thousand years ago, Amalfi was the seat of a modest sea empire, and its glorious past has left it endowed with basilicas, monasteries, towers and noble villas, all crammed into a narrow shelf between the sea and the mountains. It’s easy to be overwhelmed by these cultural riches, but the best way to absorb the wonders of the Amalfi Coast is to spend a day on the beach, and the place to do it is Positano – one of the most gorgeous, photographed, painted and lusted-over fishing villages on the planet.

The coast road coils into the top of Positano, from where the cobbled streets spilling down the hill are too narrow and steep for cars. The path zigzags down to the sea through a succession of archways, corridors and miniature squares, and finally arrives at the courtyard of the Byzantine church at the foot of the hill. The beach is divided into public and private sections. On the private side, visitors pay an admission charge and, for an additional fee, the right to occupy a lettino, a superior deck chair with a shade screen and side table. The charge also guarantees temporary ownership of a few square metres

above: The coast road along the Gulf of Salerno is one of the most spectacular in Europe. facing page: The fishing village of Positano, on the sun-struck Amalfi coast.

of well-tilled pebbles. Not sand, which is almost unknown in Europe, but gravel, raked smooth daily by a diligent army of attendants. Along the beach is a row of cafes and bars, where you can sit beneath a vine-covered pergola with a coffee granita and watch the world go by. The best view of the town is from the rafts anchored off the beach, from where Positano rises in a pyramid of pink and white stucco walls, arches and terracotta roofs – a mound of gelato, melting into the Mediterranean. The sweep of the beach ends at sharp cliffs capped with stone watchtowers that once guarded the town. Just after midday, as if by silent consensus, the crowds rise and abandon the beach for the restaurants. From every restaurant comes the happy sound of wine gurgling into glasses. Beyond a certain age, Italians live to eat. “You never die at the table,” they say, and there is great consolation in the thought that another helping of eggplant with parmesan will prolong life. Hoisted 350 metres above the sea and reached via a corkscrew road, Ravello is the cool, chic, cultivated cousin of the towns along the coast. Greta Garbo, Jackie Kennedy, DH Lawrence, Winona Ryder and Hillary Clinton are just some of the glitterati who have lived or holidayed here. Richard Wagner wrote part of his last opera in Ravello and in honour of his memory, the town has hosted a

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Fast facts lavish, internationally acclaimed music festival for the past 50 years. Held between April and October under the auspices of the Ravello Concert Society, the centrepiece for the festival’s performances is the fairytale Villa Rufolo. Many concerts take place in the villa’s tropical gardens, on a vast stage that hovers over the sea. A less expensive alternative to the glamour hotspots such as Portofino or Amalfi is Praiano, which rises from the sea in a series of terraces, about midway between Positano and Amalfi. Simple and unpretentious, Praiano has only the tiniest slip of beach but it’s a relaxing town and the seafood is wonderful, served on the balconies of restaurants that offer gorgeous views of Positano and the island of Capri. The ferry trip from Sorrento out to the island of Capri is an essential excursion. Just six kilometres from end to end and less than three across, this tiny outcrop of limestone is possibly the most glamorous small island on the planet. Capri’s seductive powers are obvious from the moment your hydrofoil berths at the Marina Grande and the funicular whisks you up the hill into Capri town. The town is charm itself – a compact

350 metres above the sea and reached via a corkscrew road, Ravello is the cool, chic, cultivated cousin of the towns along the coast.

top left: Cafés fill the courtyard of the Byzantine church in Positano. centre: Villa Ravello hovers high above the Amalfi coastline. top right: Capri is possibly the most glamorous small island on the planet.

arrangement of squares, alleyways, cubist houses and domed churches squeezed onto a narrow strip with grey cliffs on one side and the sea on the other. Elsewhere on the island, sugar-white villas, sheer cliffs and knotted lanes threaded with bougainvillea provide the décor. Capri violates most of the ideas of what a Mediterranean island should be. You can swim at Bagno di Tiberio, a small islet west of Marina Grande, and off the rocks at Marina Piccola, as well as any number of places around the island that are accessible only by boat, but none of these places are really beaches. You do not go to Capri just to laze around in the sun. You go there to sigh. It’s what visitors to the Amalfi Coast have been doing for the past 2000 years. l

On the road Narrow, twisting, crowded roads, distracting scenery and Italian driving habits make this a challenging place to drive. Take it slow and keep your cool.

Parking In a word, nightmarish. All towns have pay-for-use, private car parks but only the most expensive hotels offer such a service. Paying is preferable to searching for a free space, which is time consuming and stressful. Even the car parks can be crowded in peak season. Search ‘car parking Amalfi Coast’ online to find a list of car parks where you can reserve a space in advance.

On foot The steep topography means that most strolls involve stairs or steep inclines. However some towns, such as Amalfi, sit in valleys and offer easier walking for those who might find stairs a challenge.

When to go The best time to enjoy the Amalfi coast without packed beaches, roads and cafés is May to June and September to October.

Don’t miss Sfogliatella Santa Rosa, a scallop-shaped, flaky pastry treat of the region, with a creamy, custard interior.

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Beautiful Burgundy Offering a wealth of pleasures from extraordinary food and wine to medieval ruins, grand ch창teaux, picturesque villages and magnificent valleys, Kirsty Manning-Wilcox takes a drive through this seductive corner of France.

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Castles & Roman ruins Exploring Burgundy’s rich history is a great way to focus a self-drive tour of the region. Fans of Roman ruins should head to Autun, where Emperor Augustus set up his headquarters in the first century (calling it, in typical Emperor fashion, Augustodunum). Several Roman gateways into the town still stand, as do the remains of the largest Roman ampitheatre of its time, which is still used for concerts and performances in summer. Autun is also home of the impressive Romanesque cathedral Saint Lazare. Add Mâlain to your itinerary, and you can also visit Burgundy’s own version of Pompei. Burgundy is full of fascinating châteaux, castles and churches. Make sure you pencil in a visit to the township of Cluny. Cluny Abbey is an impressive Benedictine monastery and granary and was the powerhouse of this part of Europe until the French Revolution. The basilica of Vézelay and the abandoned Abbaye de Fontenay are also must-see Romanesque monuments. Burgundy is rich in extraordinary castles: Château d’Ancy-le-Franc and Châteaux de Cormatin are two of the most impressive but the smaller, more intimate castles are delightful too. You’ll see them in many towns throughout the region. Visitors fascinated by the region’s wine history must visit Château du Clos de Vougeot. Owned and operated by the Confrérie Chevalier du Tastvin (a worldwide order of 12,000 knights) it has a great wine museum with a history of the region.

Villages, towns & markets Gentrified, elegant small towns and pretty, cobble-stoned villages are typical throughout Burgundy and

exploring them is a highlight of any visit to the region. Local markets are great places to stock up on picnic supplies or wind your way through the village streets to search out a small bistro for lunch. Important wine towns are located throughout Burgundy. Within the Côte de Nuits, Nuits-St-George is the biggest, but not the prettiest. It does however, have a good fresh produce market several times a week. The alternative villages of VosneRomanée, Gevrey-Chambertin and Chambolle-Musigny are all very pretty and also worth a stop. Saint Romain is a great side trip into the hills from Beaune. Explore the sheer clifftops, enjoy wellmarked hiking trails and admire the medieval ruins of Dracy. Chablis in the north of Burgundy is a significant wine town surrounded by hills and non-wine farming land. The must-see spot is a small picnic ground above the most famous vineyard, Les Clos. Follow the road up through the vineyards to the east of the village, up into the forest and enjoy the spectacular view across the entire region.

Canals, walks & rides Burgundy offers 800km of signposted bicycle routes running along canal paths, old railway lines, through vineyards and on dedicated cycle routes. Châteaux, castles, churches and guesthouses line many of the paths. Bike tours can be organised in advance or you can pick up a bike for daily hire at most towns and villages. Start in Beaune and follow the well-marked cycling route south through the vineyards to Santenay. Take a picnic or stop at one of the restaurants such as Le Montrachet along the way. Watch out for wine producers in the area including Bouchard, Pousse d’Or and Domaine des Epeneau.

top to bottom: The bridge over the Loire river in the town of Nièvre. Cycling near Nièvre. The gardens of Abbaye de Fontenay facing page: The spire of Saint-Père in the village of Vézelay.

In Nièvre, in central Burgundy, the Parc natural régional du Morvan (Morvan National Park) covers 430,000 acres of woodland, lakes, rivers and traditional farmland and is popular with cyclists, hikers and horse riders. Unlike most Australian national parks, the Morvan includes working farms, villages and towns and you can find accommodation ranging from the basic (campsites) to luxury chateaux hotels. The park is also the site of a museum dedicated to the resistance fighters of the Second World War, the Maison de la Résistance en Morvan in Saint Brisson. It’s well worth a look. Burgundy has two major canals, the Canal de Bourgogne, which October / November 2013 Horizons 23

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takes a north‑south route, and the Canal du Nivernais, which links the Seine and the Loire rivers. Both cross exceptionally pretty countryside. Most holidaymakers hiring boats also hire bikes, so they can explore local villages and sightsee beyond the water. The Canal de Bourgogne rises steeply in places, requiring negotiation of a series of locks, a real thrill for mechanically minded children and adults.

Food & wine Burgundy (Bourgogne) first developed as a premier wine region during the Roman Empire and, as you would expect, foodies

top to bottom: Roman ruins at Autun where Augustus had his headquarters in the first century. Cluny Abbey is an impressive Benedictine monastery. Burgundy is renowned for its distinctive cheeses like these at Beaune’s Saturday market. above right: Outdoor cafés on the cobbled streets of Dijon.

also flock to the area to sample the huge range of restaurants and great local produce. French classics based on red wine such as coq au vin and boeuf bourguignon dominate local menus along with seasonal game, sweetbreads, sausages, pork, truffles and the famous large Bresse chicken and Charolais beef. Blackcurrants are also abundant throughout Burgundy, and they are often featured in desserts or the popular Kir, an aperitif made with crème de cassis (blackcurrant liqeur) topped up with white wine. Burgundy is also renowned for the pungent unpasteurised Èpoisse, one of France’s most distinctive cheeses. Sold in distinctive 8cm round wooden boxes, the cheese gets its distinctive orange rind (and strong flavour) from being washed in the marc (by‑product) of the local brandy. You can try the cheese at fromagerie and restaurants throughout Burgundy but it’s also worth visiting the little village of the same name where they are made. As well as being a dynamic city brimming with university students, bars, nightclubs and restaurants, Dijon is famous for its mustard, and few tourists can resist taking home one of the elegant little pots, which are for sale throughout the town. Beaune is another place famous for its food and is the home of several top‑shelf restaurants such as Ma Cuisine (book early). It’s also the place to pick up traditional French copper pots. If you love the food, why not recreate it at home? Many visitors with a passion for French food enroll in a short cooking course to master the region’s specialities and there are excellent short cooking courses in Dijon and Beaune as well as many other major towns. It’s a great way to make sure you’ll remember your visit to Burgundy long after you come home. l

Where Burgundy is in north-eastern France, 100km south of Paris, and stretches over 300km on a north–south axis. The classic self-drive tour is known as Route des Vins de Bourgogne and runs from the Chablis region in the north down to the southern regions of Mâcon and Beaujolais. Famous for its food and wine including more than 29,500 hectares of vines featuring Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Aligote and Gamay grapes.

On the road The route is well sign-posted, the roads are sealed and it is possible to detour throughout the region to visit towns and villages of historical importance. Many villages have narrow, one-way streets and cobblestones so it is sometimes easier to park the car and venture on foot. Driving is the best way to explore Burgundy as many of the valleys are not linked to the local train or bus service.

Top tip French authorities take a tough stance on drink driving, so if you are planning long lunches or wine tastings, stay safe and nominate a designated driver in your group for each day of your tour.

When to go July and August is the busiest tourist period in Burgundy, although many locals may be away on their own summer holidays. The area is also bustling during May and June and when the autumn chill creeps in at the end of August–September.

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Central Beaune’s farmer’s market every Saturday. Buy bread by the kilo and sample the artisan local cheeses and watch for seasonal delicacies such as coveted white asparagus in April and May and strawberries by the basket in summer.

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The big adventure One of the toughest four-wheel drive tracks in the world, the Canning Stock Route is not for the faint-hearted. But as Justine Costigan discovers, great rewards await the intrepid travellers willing to take it on.


sk Jan Barrie Co-Director of outback tour group Global Gypsies about the highlights of driving the Canning Stock Route (CSR) and she’s immediately thoughtful. “That’s a hard one, because you really have to see the whole track to appreciate it. As you move up the stock route, the history of the track starts seeping into your bones. You think [to yourself] how in God’s name did they do this?” More than a hundred years since the track was created, the CSR extends through some of Western Australia’s most remote and unforgiving territory. Although harsh, it’s also extraordinarily beautiful, and rich with a fascinating Indigenous and colonial history. Surveyed by Alfred Canning, who was appointed as WA’s government surveyor in 1906, the CSR was intended to break the monopoly on the meat trade enjoyed by West Kimberley pastoralists by allowing East Kimberley cattle to be brought to market. Completed in 1910, with the often forced assistance of the

local Indigenous population, the track included 48 wells roughly a day’s walk apart. Droving began the same year but the track didn’t prove popular as many wells had been vandalised. The CSR was re-opened in the early 1930s after the wells were repaired but even so, it was not used extensively, with only around 20 drives recorded between 1931 and the last drive in 1959. While the history of the track may be a drawcard, Ms Barrie says the scenery often takes people by surprise too. “Sometimes the wildflowers are magnificent. [On my last trip] I saw fields and fields of high spinifex – golden for miles – and then bright, bright green contrasts. There were lovely desert oaks in clusters and all this different plant life. And in the background the constant was the red dirt and the brown hills.” Driving the CSR may now be popular but the first full crossing by car was only in 1968. Since then interest in the track has slowly but steadily grown. Now there’s a small industry associated with private tours along the track, helping both novice and experienced four-wheel drivers make the journey.

top: Joining a group is the best way to drive the CSR. bottom: Wildflowers put on a spectacular show.

Global Gypsies first began taking groups across the CSR in 2004 and their tag-along tours take around 22 days to make the journey from Wiluna in the south to Halls Creek in the north. “The best thing we find is to start off very gently at the southern part of the track and then build up our drivers’ skill so that by the time they’re hitting 20-metre sand dunes they can navigate the challenges,” says Ms Barrie. Preparation is the key to a successful tour. One of the longest four-wheel drives in the world, it has also been billed as the loneliest. “If you look at a map of the Canning, there is literally nothing for the first 1200km. You leave Wiluna and you don’t strike anything – there’s not a phone [box], a hotel, gas station, a restaurant – there’s nothing until you hit a small aboriginal community called Kunawarritji. It’s going to take you about 10 days to get there because the track is so rough and you’ve got to have enough fuel, supplies and water to get you to that point.” Although many of the track’s wells have water, it can’t be relied upon and fuel is only available at Kunawarritji, 1200km north from Wiluna. Although a car fridge is standard equipment, space for fresh food is limited, so planning to make meals using tinned and preserved foods is essential. A typical day on the track with Global Gypsies starts early, with everybody up, packed and ready

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Extraordinary landscapes and stunning views are par for the course on the CSR.


If you look at a map of the Canning, there is literally nothing for the first 1200km. You leave Wiluna and don’t strike anything ... until you hit a small Aboriginal community called Kunawarritji

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Travel Getting there Visit to find out more about this WA Great Drive.

Fast facts Fast facts Where is it?

The CSR runs on a north-south axis from Wiluna in mid-Western Australia to Halls Creek in the Kimberley.

Distance to leave camp by 8am. Ms Barrie usually starts by walking the track with a group while the drivers stay behind for the day’s briefing before collecting the walkers by convoy a few kilometres ahead. Everyone is ready for a morning tea break by 10.30am. “We’ll stop for tea and have a chat about the morning’s drive. We usually time it so we’re at somewhere interesting – maybe another well – and people will stop to take photographs. Some people want to photograph every well along the way and others will stop to take in the view, the wildlife and the stunning natural beauty.” The convoy, which is limited to a maximum of 10 cars per tour, continues on for a few hours until lunch. The group aims to be at their campsite by mid-afternoon. Once camp has been set up some of the group may go for a walk, take photographs or simply rest. Tour guide and Global Gypsies Co-Director Jeremy Perks often holds a four-wheel drive seminar or a talk about the location and its history. At 5pm there’s usually a briefing to discuss the events of the day and any preparation needed for the next day’s driving. After everyone has cooked their own dinner, evenings usually involve a campfire, stargazing and maybe damper or a special cake to share. It’s a straightforward itinerary but not without surprises. In May this year the Global Gypsies tour was forced to turn around two thirds into the trip in the face of a

Approximately 1850km.

Driving time Around three weeks, taking it slowly.

When to go May to September. Summer daytime temperatures can rise to 50oC plus.

Level of difficulty The CSR is one of the most remote and toughest tracks in the world. Joining a car club group or a private tour is the best and safest option.


As you move up the stock route, the history of the track starts seeping into your bones.

top left: One of several watering holes along the route. top right: The CSR features more than 50 wells. above: Relaxing at the campsite after a day of travelling.

downpour that would have seen them bogged in mud for weeks. Ms Barrie says the bad weather didn’t dampen spirits. “It’s an experience that many of them have never had, or haven’t had since they were kids. They have forgotten how wonderful it is to get out into the bush. Being without all the mod-cons is an eye opener for many people. On the CSR there is nothing – no electricity, no washing machine, no shower, no phone. It makes people realise how much we have and how much we shouldn’t take for granted. It’s transformative.” l

Permits are required for the CSR as the track ventures into native title lands however, increases in tourist numbers in recent years have led to the closure of the Carnarvon Ranges and Kaalpi (the Calvert Ranges) until a detailed management strategy for these culturally significant sites can be developed. For details visit

Don’t miss Durba Springs’ towering red cliffs, date palms, gum trees and a watering hole make it a classic oasis in the desert.

Remote driving checklist Take a four-wheel drive

recovery kit, tool bag, UHF radio and satellite phone.

Always carry a spare tyre.

Recommended essentials are two spare tyres, shock absorbers to suit your vehicle, spare belts, oil, wheel bearing kit, water-pump, hoses and fuses.

Always tell someone when

you plan to depart and when you expect to arrive.

On longer trips it’s wise to bring

a few extra jerry cans of fuel and plan months in advance to have fuel dropped off at specific locations.

Bring 4-5 litres of water per person per day.

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Driving overseas If you’re thinking of hiring a car or a motorcycle overseas, it’s essential to prepare for the challenges of driving in another country. Before leaving, familiarise yourself with local road rules and road conditions. And if you’re going to be driving on the right-hand side of the road remember the most critical time to think about where your car needs to be is when you get into the car for the first time each day and when you pull back onto the road after stopping. Penalties for drinking and driving can be severe in other countries, even by Australian standards, so the safest course of action is not to drink at all if you’ll be driving. Some countries require visitors to have an International Driving Permit (IDP). In Western Australia, RAC is the only provider of IDPs and RAC Travel can advise you which countries require you to have one. The IDP is valid for one year unless your Australian driver’s licence expires, is suspended or revoked. You should also carry your Australian driver’s licence with you overseas if you plan to hire a car or motorcycle. As an RAC Roadside Assistance member you may also be entitled to roadside services from motoring clubs in other countries.

Now is the best time to snap up a low-cost airfare to Europe with airlines offering early-bird fares for travel next year to all major European capitals. Earlybird deals are generally the best prices you’ll get on European airfares. With more airlines leaving Perth more frequently from 2014, there will be even greater choice. If you’d like to add a guided holiday or cruise to your trip, packages from major tour operators and cruise liners are on sale now for next year, with competitive car hire packages also available. To secure your early-bird discounts contact your local RAC Travel Consultant now on 1300 655 179 or visit your nearest RAC Travel Centre.

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Words Glenn Butler

Loving the lemon

Cars are safer, more reliable and more desirable than ever before, but it wasn’t always that way. Glenn Butler remembers some of the machines Australian motorists would rather forget.


ar quality has improved massively since Henry Ford was churning out Model-T Fords every three minutes in 1908. That watershed vehicle deserves its exalted place in history because its mass-production methodology gave birth to today’s car industry. But by today’s standards the Ford Model-T is a lemon. Yes, it seemed convenient, reliable and fuss-free because its main rival was a poodropping horse and rickety old buggy. In reality, Model-T owners either needed to be mechanics or retain a mechanic to keep their motorised buggy running. After almost a century of rapid development in the car industry, you’d expect humanity to have perfected the motor car. And we probably would have if our demands had stopped with the Model-T’s simple four wheels and a seat. But every generation expects more from their transport: more performance, more economy, more luxury, more technology, more space and always at a cheaper

price. It’s a battle car companies can never win, and one that can quite easily become a nightmare. Just ask Holden.

A car possessed The Holden Viva was first sold as a Daewoo Lacetti (2003-04) before donning the Holden badge in 2005, but both versions were riddled with problems. Owners complained of engines refusing to stop even with the key removed, of wipers and lights operating as if possessed, and air-conditioning failing within weeks of the car leaving the dealership. Then there were internal engine issues (timing belts, head gaskets, oil pumps, pistons, valve-springs), transmission issues (bearings, synchros, clutch failures) and suspension issues. The list of the Lacetti/Viva’s problems is as long as the list of disgruntled owners, so it’s no wonder Holden decided against carrying the name onto its new Cruze small car, which so far has proved relatively more reliable. But even the plagued Viva pales in comparison to the true Lord of

top: The 2005 Holden Viva was a rebadged Daewoo and riddled with problems. bottom: The English-built 1970s Triumph TR7 two-door coupe is the true Lord of Lemons.

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Lemons, the English-built Triumph TR7 two-door coupe. This wedgeshaped sports car is the only car in history to close three different manufacturing plants. Perhaps prophetically, its internal codename was Bullet. Severe corrosion is the main reason many of the 140,000 TR7s built haven’t survived to this day, but it’s far from the only one. The TR7 sub-standard Lucas wiring’s exposed connections were prone to shorting, rendering various electric systems and even the engine inoperable. If the TR7’s twolitre, four-cylinder engine did start there was no guarantee it would continue that way. It was prone to overheating, used too much oil, split hoses, broke timing chains and even suffered from in-cylinder corrosion. By far the TR7’s biggest problem was deliberate sabotage. The English car industry in the 1970s was besieged by industrial action and strikes, and the TR7’s Speke factory suffered more than most. It was largely staffed by ex-sailors and dock workers not used to the strict expectations of British Leyland management. So, they either went on strike, or practised wilful disobedience, turning out sub-standard TR7s.

Brakes, what brakes? Japanese brands like Toyota and Nissan are at the top of global reliability surveys today, but they

The Datsun 120Y ... cornered like a drunken sailor.... and the brakes were mostly for show. haven’t always made good allround cars. Take the Datsun 120Y sold in Australia from 1974 to 1978. The car cornered like a drunken sailor, its 65hp four-cylinder engine struggled on downhills, and the brakes were mostly for show. Sadly, the 120Y was built like a tank, so there are still a few examples blundering around the streets today. And, because of their incredible reliability, current owners refuse to see the 120Y’s many flaws. Where cars of the ‘60s and ‘70s were cobbled together by men and women on production lines, modern cars are constructed in factories filled with robots. Automation has made a huge difference to vehicle quality and reliability. “Automated manufacturing has been around for years now,” says RAC Manager of Vehicles and Fuels Alex Forrest. “The sophistication of those automated

top left: The Datsun 120Y sold in Australia from 1974 to 1978. top right: The 1970s Morris Marina was subjected to a ruthless costcutting program that ripped out reliability, desirability and dynamic competence. above: The Ford Pinto suffered terrible product design by putting the fuel tank right behind the rear bumper.

machines combined with the increased prevalence of computeraided design has helped improve general-build quality significantly. A new Hyundai hatchback is a vastly better quality car than its 1993 equivalent.” The quality of Australian cars has varied throughout the years, says Mr Forrest. “We’ve seen cars that were below average even for their time, such as the Chrysler KB Centura and Holden JB Camira. But there have also been Aussie cars which were excellent for their time, such as the Ford XY Falcon, the Holden VL Commodore and even the current VF Commodore.”

Washing machine on wheels One of Australia’s first forays into building a bad car came with the oddly-named Lightburn Zeta in 1963. Adelaide-based washing machine and cement mixer maker Lightburn and Co was convinced its small car was the next big thing. It wasn’t. For starters, this tiny fibreglass-bodied October / November 2013 Horizons 35

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the world remembers it as the car that sank a company. To be fair, Leyland Australia wasn’t exactly healthy when the P76 project began, and the company’s worsening financial situation only served to weigh the P76 down with the unrealistic expectation it would become Leyland’s Great Saviour. “The Leyland P76 was quite reliable towards the end of its production run,” says Mr Forrest. “However its early quality issues and challenging appearance hampered it against the more established large-car players of the time.”

micro-car arrived at a time when Australians were madly in love with, and therefore keen to mimic, big American cars. So a 400kg, 20hp shopping trolley that the paperboy could outrun on foot was not in high demand. It also had no reverse gear. You had to re-start the engine in the opposite direction, then select first gear, which would send the car backwards.

Misguided design If there’s one thing worse than a confused product development team, it’s a rudderless one. The 1970s Morris Marina from British Leyland is a great example of kneejerk car development designed to cash in on the growing popularity of small cars like the Ford Escort. But without clear goals outlining what it was trying to achieve, Leyland accidentally developed a larger, heavier and more expensive competitor for the bigger Ford Cortina instead. Just prior to launch, the Marina was subjected to a ruthless cost-cutting program that also managed to rip out reliability, desirability and dynamic competence. And the cabin leaked badly when it rained. That interesting feature was shared by the Ford Capri, a 1990s Australian-built roadster that was also exported to America. Sadly, Americans didn’t see value in a convertible with a leaky roof. Even more lamentable, this failed export attempt left Ford Australia forever gun-shy of sending cars to America, even the good ones. But it didn’t stop Ford USA sending lemons Downunder. Exhibit A the Ford Explorer, or Ford

Not quite right Sometimes it’s not the product planner’s fault a car fails to fire, it’s the marketing guru who named it. The Chinese have made an art out of concocting bizarre car names such as the Foton Tunland. It’s also a vehicle worth thinking very carefully about before buying. “Generally, the haphazard build quality and poor safety credentials of most Chinese-built vehicles introduced to Australia so far have been disappointing,” says Mr Forrest. On the surface, Chinese cars like the Exploder as it became known thanks Geely MK small car, the Chery J11 to its Firestone tyres’ propensity for SUV and the Great Wall ute look like going bang at freeway speeds. good value. But China’s car industry America’s biggest automotive is still very much in its infancy, so bang has to be the Ford Pinto, production techniques, technical which never sold in Australia. nous in areas like crash worthiness Putting the fuel tank right behind and occupant protection, and the rear bumper was not, as some driving dynamics leave something suspected, an inspired early attempt to be desired. Still, the same was at rocket propulsion. It was terrible said about Japanese cars in the product design because the rear‘60s and ‘70s, and Korean cars in impact was and still is the world’s the ‘80s and ‘90s, and Mr Forrest is most popular collision. confident the Chinese can improve By contrast, some argue the boot their practices and their vehicles. of the Australian-made Leyland “We have already started to see P76 (1973-75) was actually a safety signs of improvement in both these feature. It was so big it could absorb areas. Let’s hope that continues as the impact from a fully loaded road- fast as possible. For the meantime, train without the occupants feeling remember that you get what you a thing. Fans remember the P76 as pay for.” the car that won Wheels Car of the Don’t for a minute think expensive Year in 1974 (largely thanks to its cars are immune to quality glitches. lightweight V8 engine). The rest of “The Jaguar XJ-S V12 (pre-1992)

A 400kg, 20hp shopping trolley that the paperboy could outrun on foot was not in high demand.

top left: With its leaky roof, Americans saw no value in the Ford Capri. top right: Fans remember the P76 as the winner of Wheels Car of the Year in 1974. above: In 1963 Adelaide-based washing machine and cement mixer maker Lightburn and Co was convinced its small car, the Lightburn Zeta, was the next big thing.

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was a difficult car to own,” Mr Forrest explains. “They’re high maintenance and don’t suffer neglect well. The 5.3-litre V12 was a beautifully smooth engine but it needs plenty of attention.” Sometimes, the car simply isn’t suited to the environment. “The Saab 900 Turbo of the 1980s had good overall equipment and innovation for the time, but 1980s turbocharger technology combined with Western Australia’s scorching summers isn’t the greatest recipe for reliability,” he says. More recently, a popular Korean people mover made itself very unpopular with families. “The Kia

top left: The Jaguar XJ-S V12 was a difficult car to own. above: The 1980s Saab 900 Turbo was not the greatest recipe for reliability. top right: The people-moving Kia Carnival left many families stuck by the roadside.

Carnival, which was sold here from 1999 to 2006, had a poorly designed V6 engine with a wellearned reputation for blowing cylinder head gaskets, leaving many families stuck by the side of the road, usually with a complete engine replacement required.” Let’s not forget the reliability issues our homegrown heroes suffered, some as recently as the ‘90s. The Falcon and Commodore dominated the new car market at that time, and their respective factories in Broadmeadows and Elizabeth were churning them out as fast as possible – perhaps too fast. The 1988 Ford EA Falcon and the 1998 VT Commodore both flirted with the lemon tag in terms of reliability. So, even though a mid90s Falcon or Commodore might look like a second-hand bargain, you’re always better off buying as modern as possible. That’s sage advice, says Mr Forrest, especially from a safety point of view. “The car has to be considered in the context of its time. By the standards of their day, the safety specification on cars like the VP/VR Commodore was acceptable. But looking back at

them from 2013, they’re diabolically unsafe.” Commodores and Falcons of the ‘80s and ‘90s took huge leaps forward in power and performance, but not always in safety. It wasn’t until 1992 that Commodore got ABS brakes, and in 1993 the airbag was finally offered as an option, 12 long years after it debuted in Germany. As for that proven lifesaver ESC, Australians were made to wait until 2004.

Safety comes at last Today’s Commodore is world-class for safety, says Mr Forrest. “The VF Commodore was a big step up from its VE predecessor in terms of build quality and safety. The current Toyota Camry Hybrid – built in Altona, Victoria – is also a very well built, affordable, efficient and, so far, quite a reliable Australian made car.” l

Five cars that were never sold in Australia, thankfully.

BMW Isetta 1955–62 A three-wheeled (and latterly four–wheeled) micro–car initially powered by a 236cc twostroke engine. The Isetta’s only door is where a regular car’s front bumper would be, making the driver’s legs its crumple zone. Steering is via a set of handle bars and the road wheels are the size of a wheelbarrow’s.

Ford Edsel 1958 A tough call because the Edsel wasn’t a lemon, as such. It was more the victim of overzealous marketers who trumpeted it as the next big thing, when really it didn’t move the game on at all.

Ford Mustang 2 1974–78 How to ruin a legend with cost cutting. The secondgeneration pony car was built on the cheaper Ford Pinto platform, complete with the rear-mounted exploding fuel tank. It looked as stylish as a brick, had underpowered engines, and was smaller and heavier than its predecessor.

AMC Pacer 1975–80 Wayne’s World gave the Pacer fame far beyond its merit. This gas-guzzling small car was flawed in so many ways – diabolical handling, terrible build quality, impractical – its confronting design is actually its least offensive attribute.

Pontiac Aztec 2001–2005 One of GM’s first urban SUVs, the Aztec was an horrendous case of product design gone mad. Not only was it ugly, it was trying to be all cars to all people, which meant it was perfect for nobody.

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All electric With a small but slowly increasing number of electric vehicles making an appearance on our roads, Ruth Callaghan investigates the pros and cons of going electric.


ob Mason’s muscle car keeps a secret under its hood. His muchloved Ford Mustang accelerates quickly, drives smoothly and needs not a drop of fuel, powered instead by a bank of lithium batteries. It goes against the perception that all electric vehicles (EVs) are little city runabouts, but Mr Mason, the co-owner of conversion company EV Works, says he is seeing more people wanting to convert iconic cars they keep for special occasions rather than the daily commute. “Probably the most common

conversion we do is because people have a car, the engine might be a bit tired, but they still really like the vehicle,” says Mr Mason. “This year we have done a Triumph Stag. We are doing a Porsche Roadster. We have done probably five BMWs because the car is a little more advanced in comfort and safety and if the motor goes it costs more to replace.” However, despite petrol prices spiralling upwards, this is still not enough to overcome the cost of converting a car to electric power, says Mr Mason. With an average conversion costing upwards of $25,000, including close to $10,000

Electric vehicles are cheap to run, and have vastly reduced maintenance costs due to the lack of a combustion engine.

just for batteries, it is a significant investment. “I don’t think the economy is the main reason people do conversions. You can spend a lot of money on getting a conversion done and you may need to keep the car for 10 years to justify it,” he says. “We see a mixture of environmental reasons, curiosity and ‘look, I’ve got an electric car’.” Price is not the only challenge electric vehicles face in winning acceptance. “There are practical barriers and psychological barriers,” says Professor Thomas Bräunl, Robotics Expert from the University of Western Australia and Technical Director of the two-year WA Electric October / November 2013 Horizons 39

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Vehicle Trial that concluded last year. “For most families with two cars, it would be possible to use one electric car without a problem but still many people would have issues – they worry about what would happen if they had to go for a longer trip and couldn’t make it. That’s the problem which remains.”

A clear picture of EV use The WA Electric Vehicle Trial brought together a number of major WA organisations, including the RAC, to test how well drivers would receive electric cars as fleet vehicles and to develop a better picture of the economics of electric vehicles compared to conventional cars. Many of the results of the $1 million, two-year trial were positive. The 43 drivers surveyed were mostly satisfied with the vehicles, liked the performance and their energy efficiency, and found driving to be little different from that in ordinary cars. Most also described the driving experience as smooth and quiet. But a big barrier was the range for electric vehicles, particularly in a sprawling city like Perth where the distance from Alkimos in the north to Rockingham in the south is almost 90km. Although the cars in the trial had a range of 120km between charging, the researchers found a high level of ‘range anxiety’, with almost half the drivers indicating they engaged in significant trip planning, particularly for trips greater than 30km, just in case. While electric vehicles are cheap to run, and have vastly reduced maintenance costs due to the lack of a combustion engine, the cars are relatively expensive fleet vehicles.

What’s the cost? The $16,000 cars used in the WA Electric Vehicle Trial each cost more than $30,000 to convert, for example, while an originally engineered electric vehicle such as the Nissan Leaf or Holden Volt can

“There is no engine noise, no vibration and the only thing that will tell you that the car is switched on when you are stationary is the light on the dashboard. That can be a little unnerving at first but it is an adjustment people make quickly. They keep up with traffic just fine.”

They can accelerate surprisingly quickly ... there is no engine noise, no vibration and the only thing that will tell you the car is switched on ... is the light on the dashboard. cost $40,000 to $60,000. Typically, their similarly sized, conventionally powered counterparts start from around half the price. And some of the most anticipated new arrivals have neither a price tag nor a release date. Earlier this year British car maker Liberty Electric Car forecast a vehicle that could drive 1000 miles (1600km) on one charge, but there are no details as to when such a car could be available. “The price is reasonably prohibitive, even if you factor in the savings on fuel,” says Dr Bräunl. “I think if you see larger fleets taking in electric vehicles that would be the way to go because they can afford to have a few EVs and when they go into the second-hand market that means they come down in price. These are big challenges, but for those who have driven electric vehicles on a regular basis, there is still a lot to like. “They are a little bit different in that they can accelerate surprisingly quickly — and of course they are so quiet,” says RAC Manager of Vehicle and Fuels, Alex Forrest.

Important differences Internally, electric vehicles look very similar to the petrol or diesel cars they seek to replace, with some minor differences. “Because conventionally fuelled vehicles are used as the yardstick for electric vehicles, the makers of electric vehicles try to make them as user-friendly as possible, and that typically means the accelerator, the brake, the steering wheel and all major controls are in the same place,” says Mr Forrest. “The gear lever will be in the same position, but sometimes the gear selector resembles a joystick more than a conventional lever. Instead of a fuel gauge, you get a charge gauge that shows in a similar way how much power you have in the batteries. You might also have on the dashboard little icons which come up when you are driving in a power saving way and that will encourage you to keep driving that way to maximise the fuel in the tank, even if the tank is really a set of batteries.” Mr Forrest acknowledges those little differences – coupled with a heavier weight due to the batteries and the lack of engine noise – could turn off some car buffs. “There will always be a group of people who will miss the noise an engine makes, particularly those drivers for whom it is all part of the experience,” he says. For Rob Mason, who now has four electric vehicles in his name, there are other benefits that make up for the loss of growl. “The last time I went to a petrol station was to fill up my wife’s car for a country drive. We are talking the first time in about seven years.” ●

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Two motorists share their EV experience after using RAC’s Nissan Leaf. Annie Lei 22, Law and Commerce Student What car do you currently drive and how does it compare with driving an EV? I currently drive a Toyota Corolla. I found the Leaf a lot smoother and pick-up speed quicker than my Corolla. The inside features were also an upgrade. What would you say were your initial concerns before driving the EV? I thought that the car may have a slow pick-up speed and would run out of power. What was it like to charge the vehicle? I found charging the car very easy as you just plug it in and leave it. Charging stations are a bit hard to come by. Would you consider buying or even recommending an EV after trialling one? I would definitely consider having an EV as my next car. Do you have any tips for anyone considered buying an EV? Consider installing a home charging system. Describe your overall experience with the RAC Nissan Leaf? Really good. I enjoyed the interior features the most.

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31, Procurement Officer What car do you currently drive and how does this compare with driving an EV? I currently own a Camry Hybrid. The EV, however, is obviously so much quieter. In fairness, they are quite similar to drive. What would you say were your initial concerns before driving an EV? Mainly take off speed and range. I suppose there is a perception that an EV might be sluggish, not having the same power a petrol vehicle would have. I was surprised. What is it like to charge the vehicle? In all honesty I found it an inconvenience to charge. Charging at the end of each trip added five minutes to my overall travel. But it’s a hang-up I am sure I would get used to. Would you consider buying or even recommending an EV after trialling one? I wouldn’t be buying if it were my primary car. If I could afford to purchase one as a second car it would be the city/metro car, just for running about. Do you have any tips for other EV drivers? Plan your trip. How far are you expecting to go? Will there be any charging stations in that area? Don’t go too far on your Sunday drive. Describe your overall experience of driving an EV? I was totally satisfied with the vehicle driving it as a nonowner. It was easy to use, has all the mod-cons of a new vehicle and is extremely zippy.


UP Owners of EVs are being offered free fast recharging at the RAC’s West Perth office as part of ongoing research into recharging patterns. To arrange access to the charging station, contact Linda Barbour at the University of Western Australia on 6488 3897 or email lindab


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If you want to fill up your car with petrol in Perth, you can take your pick of around 300 locations. For cars in the WA Electric Vehicle Trial, there were 23 public outlets at 12 locations. And although drivers in the trial could recharge their vehicles at home or at work, the results showed many would simply drive to a quick-charging station then park the car, not returning for hours. This meant that although the batteries would be recharged in a short period, the car sat in the bay for the rest of the day, limiting the access of other vehicles and defeating the idea of a quickcharge option. It will be a challenge to get the infrastructure right to support electric vehicles, with enough charge points in the right locations and drivers adjusting their behaviour to recharging rather than refuelling. RAC Manager of Vehicle and Fuels Alex Forrest says these changes should happen over time and as demand increases for better and faster recharge stations, the network will have to develop to keep up. “In the past 100 years we have been able to develop a very good petrol, diesel and LPG supply infrastructure and a complex distribution network and if you compare that to electric charging stations then of course the network is comparatively minute,” he says. “What the EV trial did was really encourage the installation of charging stations around Perth, and that network has begun to grow.” For a full list of charging stations in Perth visit

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Our journey

Words Terry Agnew RAC Group CEO

Connecting members for 83 years Since 1930 the RAC’s member magazine has recorded the changing face of motoring in Western Australia. We take a look at the journey so far. 1930s

1940s and 50s

Our very first magazine Road Patrol was launched in December 1930 and the cover featured a controversy over the planned suspension of a Federal road funding agreement. We also informed readers about a new congestion-easing regulation which restricted vehicles from turning right across traffic during city peak-hour periods. Also on the RAC’s advocacy agenda during the early 1930s was the prohibition of ‘car watchers’ in Perth. ‘Car watchers’ would offer to ‘guard’ motorists’ cars when parked to prevent theft or damage. Viewed by many people as a racket, the practice was finally prohibited in 1935.

When it was first published, Road Patrol was presented in a black and white newspaper format, but by 1949 a new magazine-style publication, sporting a colour cover, was launched. The following year, as female drivers began to emerge as a driving force in the manly world of motoring, we introduced a new column – Woman and Her Car. The May 1950 column reported what many already suspected, “Public opinion polls have proved conclusively that it is the woman, be it the wife, fiancé or girlfriend (who) has the final say in the choice of make of new car”.

1960s top: In 1950 Road Patrol introduced a new column, Woman and Her Car, in response to the emerging female driver population. bottom: The 1960 Road Patrol saw the launch of the RAC Travel Service.

In August 1960, Road Patrol’s now black and white cover featured the launch of the RAC Travel Service. The issue also covered the introduction of flashing lights on Roadside Assistance Patrol vehicles and RAC’s support of a proposal to introduce coin-operated petrol pumps, which would allow motorists to refuel outside normal trading hours.

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Our journey

experience of all road users was as strong as ever. A cover from June 1980 led with the headline Under-bonnet fires and showed a dramatic image of smoke and flames pouring from a car’s engine. At the time RAC was investigating an increase in vehicle fires caused by fuel system failures. Educating drivers about the dangers of drink driving was already a priority for the RAC, but with the introduction of alcohol breathalyser units our education campaign took on a new dimension. In December 1986, Road Patrol implored motorists to drive responsibly over the Christmas period and included information about the extent to which alcohol impaired driving skills.


right: In 2007 Road Patrol was renamed Horizons.

In 2007, Road Patrol was renamed Horizons to reflect WA’s vast landscape and relaunched with a new look. Protecting and enhancing the lives and lifestyles of our members remained a key focus and in 2010 Horizons won a road safety award for supporting the Towards Zero Road Safety Strategy.

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above:: During the 1970s Road Patrol returned to a large newspaper format. left: Road Patrol, December 1986 asked for responsible driving over Christmas.

With this new-look issue, your RAC magazine has once again changed to provide you with an even better reading experience. We’ve responded to member feedback and redesigned Horizons to make it easier to navigate, kept all the great content you told us you valued most, added some new elements to our pages to help you get more out of every story, and have given the whole magazine a fresh new look. We hope you enjoy the first issue of your brand new Horizons. Terry Agnew RAC Group CEO

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Where there’s a single solid line, a single solid line on the left of a broken line or two solid lines together, you must stay on the left of the line except when making a right turn or a U turn, where permitted. Where there is a single solid line with a broken line, there’s no overtaking on the side with the solid line. If the broken line is on the left (ie: closest to your car) you may overtake another vehicle, provided the other lane is clear of traffic. Still not sure? Pay attention to the line closest to you (the driver) and you’ll be fine.

Be nice to each other ● Observe basic courtesies on the road and overtaking will be safe and simple. ● Don’t jealously guard your spot on the road – if another driver wants to overtake you, let them. ● When you are being overtaken, move to the

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Test drive Alex Forrest reviews the latest cars on our roads.

Mercedes-Benz E-Class


uperlative luxury and wealth have always been associated with large Mercedes-Benz saloons, but the new E-Class isn’t as pricey as its image might project. A new E-Class may lead untrained eyes to the assumption that the owner has spent in excess of $150,000 for the privilege of calling it their own. In reality, depending on the model, they could have one for little more than half that amount. Mercedes launched its new E-Class in June this year, with the most important changes being the new range of highly efficient engines and the addition of a suite of new driver assistance safety technologies.

The entry level E-Class E200 costs $79,900 plus on-road costs, and comes with a 2.0-litre, turbocharged petrol engine. Obviously, even this price isn’t for everyone, especially when for around half that price, you can get a Holden VF Commodore that does the same basic job. It’s the small touches though, which help explain the extra expense. For example, there’s an analogue clock on the centre console, which looks like a luxury watch, and the exquisitely formed switchgear is beautifully precise in its movement. The exterior front-end styling follows that of Mercedes’ other recently released models and works well, but the rear end looks slightly less resolved than

Mercedes-Benz E-Class Price driveaway (entry level) Engine Power Torque Claimed fuel economy Kerb weight

the more purposeful nose. Although the price of the new E200 is the same as the equivalent superseded model, the new E200 carries substantially more equipment than its predecessor, including auto-parking, blind spot monitoring and collision warning with autonomous braking. The engine is slightly bigger – the previous one had a 1.8-litre turbo – but the new 2.0-litre actually uses less fuel. Power

$83,100 2.0-litre turbo petrol 135kW @ 5500rpm 300Nm @ 1200rpm 6.4L/100km 1655kg

is the same at 135kW, but the torque of the 2.0-litre is up 30Nm to 300Nm, the latter arriving at a lowly 1200rpm. The E220 CDI is the entrylevel diesel, which at $82,400 has a 2.1-litre diesel making 125kW and 400Nm. Further up the range, there’s also the E300 BlueTEC, which is a diesel/electric hybrid. It uses just 4.3L/100km, making it the most efficient large car on the Australian market. l

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Test drive The Kia Rondo is affordable and efficient and in these respects, quite different from the larger seven-seater alternatives, such as SUVs.

Given it is a seven seater, it should have curtain airbag protection extending all the way to the third row of seats, but it doesn’t on any of the variants. The Rondo had not been tested by ANCAP at the time of writing, however Kia says the Rondo has been built to achieve a five-star ANCAP safety rating. Apart from the lack of a third-row airbag, it does have good safety credentials. Pricing for the new Rondo starts at $33,500 drive away, which gets you the 2.0-litre petrol-powered Si. Pricing for the 1.7-litre turbo diesel starts at $35,990. l

Kia Rondo


nstead of a people mover, think of the Kia Rondo as a hatchback with the bonus of two spare seats in the back. The new Kia Rondo is a small seven-seater wagon that’s more about providing the option of carrying two extra people than carrying seven all the time. There are a few advantages to the concept of the small seven-seater. It’s affordable and efficient and in these respects, quite different from the larger seven-seater alternatives, such as SUVs and van-like people movers, which frequent the kiss ‘n’ ride bays outside schools. As with previous Rondo iterations, it’s this seven-seater capability without the costs of

a larger vehicle which will be its key attraction. Sweetening the deal are some other changes we haven’t seen on the Rondo before. For example, there’s the basic fact it drives much better than its predecessor, the Rondo 7. In developing the new Rondo for the Australian market, Kia undertook a local tuning program to ensure the suspension was suited to the driving tastes of Australian drivers. That means the handling is slightly sharper and the ride tauter than on Rondos sold in other markets in Asia and the USA. The new Rondo also looks far better than its frumpy old predecessor, thanks to a more

steeply raked windscreen, a longer wheelbase with shorter overhangs at both ends, and Kia’s current styling language. There’s also a long list of new equipment, which has been built into the new Rondo. It includes a rear view camera and rear parking sensors as standard equipment on all models, as well as ESC, hill start assist and six airbags. Despite all this, the Rondo does fall down in one key area of safety. Kia Rondo Price driveaway (entry level) Engine Power Torque Claimed fuel economy Kerb weight

$33,500 2.0-litre petrol 122kW @ 6500rpm 213Nm @ 4700rpm 7.9L/100km 1581kg

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In the official fuel economy test, the Outback diesel auto returns 6.5L/100km. That’s excellent for a vehicle this size, but more surprising was that when the vehicle was on test, in mostly city-based driving, the diesel’s economy wasn’t too much worse than that, at 7.6L/100km. The intrusiveness of the diesel’s engine noise is often used as a measure of the refinement of the engine and the quality of the sound deadening around it, and in the Outback it’s good, if not market leading. In Liberty sedan form, this chunky body styling looks awkward, but in the raised wagon format of the Outback, those looks are a better match for its off-road pretentions. Typically for Subaru, the Outback diesel’s safety credentials are excellent, with five stars from ANCAP. l

Subaru Outback diesel


n terms of meeting the competition head-on, the Outback diesel automatic is Subaru’s biggest and most important piece of the puzzle. It was a long time coming, but the arrival of the Outback diesel auto means Subaru is now directly shouldering SUV rivals such as the Hyundai Santa Fe, Kia Sorento and Ford Territory. However, given the Outback has five seats and not seven,

its other competitors would also be the Mazda CX-5, Ford Kuga and even the Volkswagen Alltrack. In keeping with the Subaru tradition, the diesel is a flatfour configuration and the transmission sends drive to all four wheels, all the time. It’s a 2.0-litre engine, developing 110kW and 350Nm. Those are adequate outputs for the vehicle, but middle of the road for the category. Clearly, Subaru has listened

Subaru Outback Diesel Price driveaway (entry level) Engine Power Torque Claimed fuel economy Kerb weight

$47,351 2.0-litre turbo diesel 110kW @ 3600rpm 350Nm @ 1800-2400rpm 6.5L/100km 1551kg

and acted on the negative feedback on continuously variable transmissions (CVTs), and has made some important changes to the one in the Outback diesel. Traditionally, when under load these transmissions can seem to make the engine rev unnecessarily. For the Outback diesel, Subaru has programmed the transmission so that when the accelerator is pressed firmly, it will switch to fixed, stepped gear ratios that provide a similar acceleration feel to that of a traditional torque converter automatic. It works well, and takes away that constant, strained revving that most other CVT-equipped cars do when under load.

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Test drive The 2.5-litre CX-5 ... is a definite improvement over its smaller engine predecessor.

You’ll need to stump up an extra $3200, but the diesel’s strong torque (420Nm) at low revs means it uses considerably less fuel than the petrol when driven around town and in stop-start traffic. The official combined cycle consumption figure is 5.7L/100km. The improved engine options are far from being the only upsides to the CX-5. Just as when the CX-5 was launched, its steering remains excellent, and that’s matched by nimble, smile-inducing handling. Still, there have been some worthy competitors enter the market in recent times, such as the Ford Kuga and the new Honda CR-V. For the CX-5, these will make getting to the top look like the easy part. l

Mazda CX-5 2.5


azda’s CX-5 went on to become a market leader after it was launched early in 2012, but it did have one weak point. Since then, Mazda has moved to fix it. Very few criticisms could be reasonably levelled at the CX-5 when it was launched, but if there was one it would be levelled at the 2.0-litre petrol version. While efficient, the engine’s modest 114kW and 200Nm meant it had to work hard to keep the 1540kg CX-5 up with traffic, and it lacked the grunt needed to carry any significant loads without

revving its little head off. Hence, Mazda has now replaced it with 2.5-litre petrol lump and things are looking better for those who prefer petrol power in their mid-sized SUVs. Introduced in February this year, the 2.5-litre CX-5 has a more capable 138kW and 250Nm and it’s a definite improvement over its smaller engine predecessor. Like the old 2.0-litre unit, the 2.5 also makes use of Mazda’s SKYACTIV-G technology, which just means it’s designed to be extra-efficient, like most other modern four-cylinder engines. In the official ADR test, the

2.5 petrol uses 7.4L/100km, which is 1L/100km more than the 2.0 it replaced. In real-world city driving though, expect the 2.5 to use around 9.0L/100km, which is what we averaged when we tested it. While the 2.5 is indeed far better than the 2.0, the CX-5’s acclaimed 2.2-litre diesel is the best choice if grunt is what you’re after. Mazda CX-5 2.5 Price driveaway (entry level) Engine Power Torque Claimed fuel economy Kerb weight

$36,591 2.5-litre petrol 138kW @ 5700rpm 250Nm @ 4000rpm 7.4L/100km (auto) 1475kg

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What’s new

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Nissan Altima

The new Skoda Octavia is set to roll into Australian showrooms later this year. Having been in the Australian market for more than five years in its modern form, Skoda is finally increasing its familiarity among Australian consumers and getting on new car shopping lists. The new Octavia will be about 200mm longer than its predecessor, but still based on the VW Golf VI platform. Expect the available powertrains to be a familiar selection from Skoda’s Volkswagen parent company, including the 110kW turbo diesel and the 90kW turbo petrol.

Following the release of its pedestrian airbag-equipped V40 in February, Volvo has given the super-safe hatchback the off-road treatment. The Volvo V40 Cross Country rides 40mm higher than the standard V40 and gets bigger 19-inch wheels, more prominent window sills and a skid plate on the rear bumper. The T5 petrol turbo version of the V40 Cross Country will have all-wheel drive. Volvo says it expects the new model to arrive in showrooms in the fourth quarter of 2013.

Early this year, Nissan entered the V8 Supercar racing series with a highly modified version of its Altima mid-sized sedan. Later this year, a more sedate version of the Altima will be available to Australian consumers. The public road version of the Altima will have a 2.5-litre V6 among the engine choices. Advanced safety features such as blind spot and lane departure warning systems will be available and more unusually, the Altima will have a rear camera that can detect moving objects.

Mercedes’ ‘hot stone’ massage


Massaging seats have been available in posh European cars for some time now, and to most people that alone would seem excessive. However, Mercedes-Benz has taken the idea a step further by offering a specific style of massage in the new S-Class: hot stone massage. Mercedes says the ‘energising massage function’ in the S-Class’s seats is based on the ‘hot stone principle’ of massage, with each seat utilising 14 separately actuated air cushions in the backrest, as well as an integrated warming function. There is a choice of six massage programs, two of them using the warming function. If you’re lucky enough to have a private driver, for around $6,000 you can option a package which includes rear-seat massagers as well.

A Lamborghini or a new house? For the price of one Lamborghini Aventador – they start at $821,598 drive away, no more to pay – you can have 41 Hyundai i30s or a nice four-bedroom family home. Add a few options though, and you won’t get much change from $1 million. Behind the driver and passenger seats sits a gigantic 6.5-litre V12 engine, which produces 515kW and 690Nm of torque. Local Perth Lamborghini dealer Barbagallo has sold six of them since the car was launched in 2011 and following the launch of the 2013 Aventador, they

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being driven, your battery is likely to discharge over this period. Unfortunately this will not be covered under the battery’s warranty. Battery disconnection can cause vehicle defects from loss of electronic memory for components. The best solution would be to purchase a modern battery charger that has float/maintenance capability. This can be left on the vehicle, maintaining the battery.

conditions that have to be met before the vehicle’s stop-start system will stop the engine and the protection of the engine is among those parameters. Also, modern designs and materials have improved turbo technology and this, combined with better lubrication and cooling, has improved their robustness and reliability substantially. Some vehicles also have electric water pumps for cooling, so coolant can continue to be

Vehicle manufacturers normally do not recommend the use of after-market additives. Additives which increase the fuel’s octane rating may provide a small performance benefit if the engine is designed for higher octane fuels. Other additives may have a cleaning effect but the benefits are variable and by no means guaranteed. You should refer to the vehicle’s owner’s handbook to see if the manufacturer recommends using an additive as part of a service schedule.

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You can be a winner If your question is published you will receive a copy of the new UBD Gregory’s 2014 Perth and Surrounds Street Directory from RAC Travel, which now includes new streets and suburbs, petrol station locations and more. See page 80 for terms and conditions of entry. Send your questions to: The Car Doctor RAC Horizons GPO Box C140 Perth WA 6839 Or send an email to: Please include your full name, address and daytime telephone number with your query. If your question is chosen for publication, please allow up to eight weeks for the delivery of your prize.


When I accelerate why does the air conditioner cut out and then resume when I take my foot off the accelerator pedal? I have a 2006 Holden Statesman and had the same problem with my previous 1997 Statesman.

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The manufacturer adds this feature to allow more power to be available to the engine for better performance and fuel consumption when subjected to heavy load or acceleration.


US If you have a motoring question, don’t forget that RAC members can take advantage of our Motoring Advice Line.

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Keeping all-terrain Rescued a long way riders safe All-terrain riding is great fun but from home inexperienced riders can put themselves and others at great risk if they don’t know how to expertly handle their vehicle.

Accidents involving all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) are common in the sand dunes north of Perth where the RAC’s Rescue Helicopter has conducted many rescue missions. Whether you’re a recreational rider or operate an ATV for work purposes, RAC’s Driver Training Centre can help improve your ATV skills. The hands-on training is conducted on a purposebuilt driving circuit where riders learn correct braking techniques, body positioning and how to negotiate obstacles and hills. The focus of the course is on safety with the option to learn how to ride in either a regular ATV or a side-byside ATV which has a passenger seat and roll cage. To find out more, visit or call the RAC Driving Centre on 1300 136 701.

Last year, Roadside Assistance member Paul Baxter and his family set off from Perth on the road trip of a lifetime across Australia. The plan was to travel through South Australia and Victoria, then into New South Wales and Queensland before heading south to Tasmania. They packed tools and spare parts but also upgraded their RAC Roadside Assistance membership to Ultimate Plus for the extra benefits it gave them, including towing over long distances and cover for accommodation and hire car. After months of incident-free touring their Commer mini-bus broke down near Ballarat in Victoria, needing a repair that was too complex for a quick fix. Within 30 minutes of calling the RAC for help, a Patrol organised through the RAC in Perth had come to the Baxters’ rescue. Unfortunately parts for the minibus needed to be ordered from the UK, so the RAC organised car hire and accommodation while they waited. “In the end, the RAC covered more than 80 per cent of our expenses during the ten days,” Mr Baxter said. “I can’t recommend Ultimate Plus cover enough to anyone considering a similar trip, even if travelling in a modern vehicle. During our travels so far we have encountered many modern vehicles that have required rescuing, some in very remote parts of the country.” Before you hit the open road this summer, compare the four levels of Roadside Assistance to check you have the cover that’s right for you. Visit or call 13 17 03.

Theft claims lower with alarms Households with a monitored alarm system were 21 per cent less likely to make a contents insurance claim, according to recent RAC Insurance claims data. If you’ve been considering installing an alarm, or having your existing alarm monitored, acting now will ensure your home is secure during the months when it’s most vulnerable. During the warmer weather householders are more likely to leave doors and windows open. The holiday season also means homes may be left unoccupied for longer periods. If you are heading away on holidays soon ask a family member, friend or trusted neighbour to keep an eye on your property and to collect your mail. You should also consider using a timer on a lamp somewhere in the house to switch on and off at night. And don’t advertise on social media that you’re going away. If you do have an alarm consider having it monitored for extra security. To ask about a security solution for your home call RAC Security on 1300 132 735 or visit *RAC Insurance claims data covers contents insurance claims 1 January 2008 to 30 June 2012.

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Fire risk wider than you think You don’t have to live in an area of dense trees or forest to be at risk of bushfire. Areas of scrub and even grassland found in both suburban and regional areas present a bushfire risk during the dry months. Often small embers are carried by the wind and can find their way into your home. To ensure your family’s safety, assess your risk and start preparing your home now, before the heat arrives. The Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) recommends the following: l Create a 20 metre building protection zone around your home and other buildings by clearing rubbish, long dry grass, bark and other materials that may catch fire l Create and maintain a minimum two metre gap between trees and your home and prune lower branches to prevent a ground fire spreading into the canopy of the trees l Create a mineral earth firebreak along the boundary of your property that meets your local government requirements l Keep grass short, prune shrubs and trees l Do not pile wood against or near the house l To prevent sparks getting into your home, close in the eaves and other gaps that lead into the roof or under the floors Make sure you have the right level of home and contents cover and that you’re not under-insured. The calculators at calculator can help you assess your risk.

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Young Driver Workshops Keys for Life: A workshop for parents and young people helps young drivers and their parents work together during the learning to drive process while at the same time accumulating extensive hours of supervised driving practice.

Young apprentices were given a sobering new perspective on their driving abilities during a recent safe driving course, funded through the RAC’s Community Sponsorships program for the Waroona Lions Club.

This free workshop covers the graduated driver training and licensing system, how to organise practice sessions and what to expect in the practical driving assessment. Each family receives a free pack providing essential information, checklists and a free set of L-plates. Bookings are essential. Call RAC Community Education on 9436 4471 or register online at 23 October 6.15 – 7.15pm RAC Head Office, West Perth 20 November 6 – 7pm Collier Pass, Joondalup 27 November 6.15 – 7.15pm RAC Driving Centre, Perth International Airport

For more information on bushfire preparation, download RAC’s Bushfire Fact Sheet at or visit the DFES website

Wakeup call for young drivers

The workshops are conducted in partnership with School Drug Education and Road Aware (SDERA) and are funded by the Road Trauma Trust Account. Workshops are presented by RAC in the metropolitan area and SDERA Consultants in regional areas.

The course, run by the RAC Driving Centre, covered defensive driving techniques, hazard perception, risk management and vehicle dynamics and was attended by apprentices under the age of 25 employed across Alcoa’s Wagerup and Pinjarra sites. One young apprentice said the course had given him a wakeup call as a young road user. “The facts actually shocked me and made me more aware of my driving ability and my car’s ability.” RAC’s Sponsorship Manager Carina Lauder says reaching out to young people with targeted driver education helps create a safe road environment for everyone. “Our Community Sponsorships program was developed to give something back to our members and the wider community and educating one of our most vulnerable road user groups is such an important part of that work.” The funding is part of the $415,000 already provided to local communities since the RAC’s Community Sponsorships program began in 2011. above: RAC Driver Trainer Peter Ramsay (centre) and Lions Club volunteer Garry Whitney (right) with three apprentices following the driver training workshop. October / November 2013 Horizons 57

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Faulty or flat? Don’t confuse a faulty car battery with a flat battery.

Battery faults are not uncommon and jump-starting a car with a battery fault may cause damage that leads to costly repairs. Even when you do have a flat, jump starts on modern cars can disruptvehicle system settings which can lead to electronic, engine and transmission faults.



Don’t get lost on the road this Christmas, take advantage of RAC Travel’s 20 per cent off maps and guides sale. Our comprehensive range covers WA-based travel, both on- and off-road, interstate travel and international touring. We also stock four-wheel drive and camping atlases, caravan and camping guides, plus 2014 Perth UBDs. If you’d like to give the gift of adventure this Christmas just show your card and save at any RAC Member Service Centre or log onto the RAC online shop The sale is on from 1 October to 1 December, 2013.

If you’re unsure, leave it to the experts. Call RAC Batteries

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Auto Club Golf Championship The RAC is proud to present a total of seven member golf events, including five across regional WA, as part of the Auto Club Golf Championship. The winning Pairs Group in each local qualifying event will advance straight to the National

Final to be held at the RACV Royal Pines Resort on the Gold Coast. Travel, accommodation and golf costs for 3 days to compete in the Final are included. RAC members can register themselves and their partner at

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Win a double pass to 2 Guns In cinemas October 10, 2013

Thanks to Sony Pictures you could win one of 20 in-season double passes to see 2 Guns. Academy Award® winner Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg lead an all-star cast in 2 Guns, an explosive action film that tracks two operatives from competing bureaus who are forced on the run together despite neither knowing the other is an undercover federal agent. When their attempt to infiltrate a Mexican drug cartel and recover millions goes haywire, the pair are suddenly disavowed by their superiors. Now that everyone wants them in jail or in the ground, the only person they can count on is the other.

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 Warren River, Pemberton region Glide down the pristine Warren River, past towering karri trees in the ancient old growth forests of the Warren National Park. You’ll experience some of the South West’s most spectacular forest scenery. Guided eco‑tours along the Warren River are provided by a local operator, including half‑day tours.

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The many beautiful and sheltered lagoons and crystal clear waters throughout Shark Bay make this an ideal spot for sea kayaking. A local eco‑tour group offers guided kayaking tours through this World Heritage area to explore its Indigenous culture.

Setting out on the water from East Perth near Heirisson Island gives you the opportunity to head either towards South Perth for a view of the city or towards the Maylands foreshore where you can explore Claisebrook Cove on the way. Protected by Heirisson Island, the waters here are ideal for paddlers of all ages and skill levels, with kayak hire available.

The Frankland and Deep Rivers offer some of the most spectacular paddling adventures in WA’s southern forest region. In Nornalup, you can hire a canoe on the Frankland River then head up the river to Monastery Landing through the Walpole Nornalup National Park for some truly breathtaking views.

 Sea kayaking, Ningaloo There are now marked kayaking sites throughout the Ningaloo Marine Park. You can hitch your kayak to one of 10 moorings while you snorkel along the reef. Several operators in the area conduct guided tours along the trail.

 Denmark River and Wilson Inlet Around Denmark you can cruise through the Wilson inlet or head up the Denmark River. Both offer stunning sites to explore. The tranquil Denmark River is lined with tall Karri trees while the inlet offers lots of secluded bays to paddle through and is ideal for bird watching. There are both kayaks and large canoes available for hire.

 Mandurah Estuary The calm waters of the Mandurah Estuary make this area perfect for an easy paddle. There are endless places to explore along the way with a variety of bird life and even the chance to see dolphins. Kayak hire is available on the estuary’s western foreshore.

 Blackwood River, Bridgetown

Bridgetown is a great place to get on to the scenic Blackwood River. The Blackwood winds its way around the historic town, which also has many great picnic spots close to the water. You can hire canoes and kayaks in Bridgetown for a paddle past some of the best local spots on the river.

 Murray River, Dwellingup Drive just an hour and a half south of Perth to enjoy a paddling experience among pristine Jarrah forest in Dwellingup. There are a number of great places to paddle along the Murray River in Lane Poole Reserve. A local operator provides hire of canoes and rafts, which can be delivered to the river. Roof rack hire is also available. l

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