Page 1

Drive-way


CAB AUDIT

Audited 15,879

Distribute in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Adelaide

as at Mar 31,2009

17-07-09 No. 125 Editor: Geoff Fickling, Edmund Chow Design: Driveway Design Group

ٙൢ!

Drive-way

Tel: 03) 9888 7199 Fax: 03) 9888 7299 Suite 7, Level 1, 2-8 Burwood Hwy, Burwood East, VIC 3151 Info@sameway.com.au

೉ႳԻ᡹਌!1.6ϴЀ! έߞ௸धٙ!

Holden Barina 1.6 litre 3 door hatch

Car News Bentley to Celebrate 90th Anniversary ᇽցኊઢΞΪ໊ԑ Lexus Takes Its First Off-Road Win ith LX 570 ঞ‫ ס‬LX 570ॶԩჴுູഏᗉዩถ Mercedes-Benz Sets a New Record for Retail Sales ҁ‫ݽ‬Mercedes-BenzႭ୵ཾᕼഺཱི଄ᓃ

F1 News 8ԑᏭᏽF1ತ༫ჲ!!!ᐬࢸ९ղӥ੉පࣻ

22 Drive-way


17-07-09 No. 125

Holden Barina 1.6 litre 3 door hatch It is a lovely car to drive. From my memory this is perhaps the fourth manual car that we have test driven. Pricing may be the most important factor within the Barina light car market in Australia. However, it is priced at a fierce cut throat price tag that profit becomes minimal. The price of 3 door hatch starts from $14,490. However, this doesn’t mean the Barina is a sub standard car. On the contrary, it has recently scored 4 stars crash ratings with ANCAP, as a pleasant surprise, coming out from a lot of effort from the Global GM and Holden engineering department. Exterior The Barina is a bread and butter type of light car for Holden. Unlike the other big brother from South Korea “Cruize”, Barina will be the entry level of all Holden ranges. It also carries the corporate signature of the Holden Commodore front grille. And I would say that is the nearest image which they share. Apart from the badge, the new Barina is a different animal. It is stylish but does not have a very distinctive character apart from the front grille. This may not be a bad idea, as different people have different taste and expectation.

Drive-way ٙൢ! Edmund Chow

very clever and stylish. Audio unit is compatible with MP3 CDs; it works well but not of a premium quality. There is a volume control at the steering wheel. At one stage, I was complaining about the lack of cup holders to my co-worker, however, I found them at the bottom part of the console. Dashboard has a practical layout that people will be able to read clearly. The engine It has an ECOTEC 1.6L DOHC and dual Continuous Variable Cam Phasing. 80kW of power and 144Nm of torque. This update version is on par with the rest of the light car competitors such as Toyota Yaris, Hyundai Accent and KIA Rio. Fuel economy has been improved to 7.0 litre per 100 kms for manual gear box and 7.6 litre for the auto gear box.

As a Holden, the manufacturing quality of Barina is good but not the best. I found some problems with its noise insulation at the left hand rear window. I heard wind noises coming through. Apart from this I would say this is a good car.

Safety The latest update of Barina includes the additional side-impact airbags that was also designed to give extra protection to the thorax and head, in the event of collision. Body structure has also received a long awaited improvement to the body shell. It has three clearly defined load parts that are engineered for absorbing front end collision while still supporting the cage structure of the passenger area. Better high strength steel was used to enhance the “B” structure of the car in further protecting the occupants.

Interior The style of the central console is based on the air conditioning vents. It is

On the road It is smooth and surprisingly powerful. May be it is a light car, I found the 1.6

Drive-way

23


17-07-09 No. 125

Drive-way ٙൢ!

೉ႳԻ᡹਌1.6ϴЀέߞ௸धٙ! litre engine was doing an excellent job even though we had four adults travelling in the car. Road manner was good in cornering and the suspension system worked well to filter rough and coarse road surfaces. The manual gear box worked well with the pull and slot mechanism for the reverse gear. That also added extra security to prevent accidental wrong gear changing. Do I like it? Well, apart from the Holden corporate signature grille, I love this car especially for its pricing and equipment level. But I think its outlook, cosmetically, may not be my cup of tea. However, considering the recent safety upgrade, and the after sales services and support, this Holden Barina is clearly a serious consideration in anyone’s word. Ѻ࢐Ιᎄџདྷ‫ޟ‬ωٙȂ௃଄ᏹ‫ܚ‬ЅȂ٥࢐‫ר‬ঈ‫ܚ‬໠‫ޟ‬಑ѲᎄЙ௶ٙȂծѺ‫ޟ‬ ߒ౪юՓȄᐬࢸωٙѿൟ‫ءޟ‬ٙ‫୵ޟ‬ቋ࢐Ιএ१ौ‫ޟ‬ӰશȂՄᐭ੨‫୵ޟ‬ቋᏽ ЕՍցዜཌᖡȂ၎ٙ‫୵ޟ‬ቋҥ$14,490໠ۖȂծճཇ‫୵ޟ‬ቋ‫ٮ‬ϚфߒѺ‫ޟ‬፴શ ৯ȇࣺІȂѺߖ෈ᕕுΟᐬࢸANCAP‫ޟ‬Ѳ࢑઻ԊӒσዩȂџَӒ౨೽Ң‫ء‬ٙ ϴѧЅᐬࢸ೉Ⴓώแৱঈ‫ޟ‬ֆΨȄ ѴߒΰȂBarina࢐Ιᎄω࠮‫ء‬ٙȂᇄѺ‫ޟ‬σߡরCruizeШၶȂBarina࢐ΙᎄΣ ߞ઻‫ءޟ‬ٙȂՄѺࠓ଩ΰΟ೉Ⴓ‫ޟ‬ᔕണЅٙᓞႫሞഅ࠮ȇ‫ר‬ᇳȂ٥࢐Ιএശ ௥ߖ‫ޟ‬ᜰ߽ȄณՄȂѺঈ࢐‫ׇ‬ӒϚӣ‫ءޟ‬ٙȂџ૖٥ᆍԊ௶һߨϚԁȇӰ࣏ ȂؐΡ഍Ԥтঈ‫ڨࠢޟ‬Ѕ෈ఖȄ

հ࣏Ιᎄ೉ႳȂѺ‫ޟ‬അٙђЉЙђΟுȂծࠓԤΙ‫ٲ‬ሆཌ‫ޟ‬Ⴄॱ୰ᚠȂ‫ר‬ᇯ࣏ ࢐௃ѾࡣПॸࡊๅՄଔȂଶΟႤॱ୰ᚠȂѺ࢐ΙഋԁٙȄ ϱഋങ೩ ‫ר‬ᇯ࣏Ѻ‫ޟ‬೩ॎ൜ᙓӵު፡юοЌΰȂᙏዓЅσПȂѺ‫៪ॱޟ‬џоኬܹMP3 CDᆅȂџ࢐ࠓϚ࢐ശଽ‫ࠢޟ‬፴ȂӵПөዺΰџо௡‫៪ॱڙ‬σω‫ࡸޟ‬໖ȇԤΙ এ฻ਢ໢Ȃ‫ר‬ᗙө‫ޟר‬ӣ‫׹ٱ‬ວ၎ٙЍΟܹ‫ޟݔ‬՝ညȂծ࢐Ȃ‫ר‬൶‫ڗײ‬ӵ௡‫ڙ‬ Ѯശճ‫ޟ‬ഋӋȂՄ᠞ᒼ‫ޟ‬ӴПһങ೩ᙏዓȄ ЕᔝП७ ѺԤΙএECOTEC 1.6L DOHC‫ޟ‬ЕᔝȂЅᚖ१໌੉Ѕ௶੉‫ޟ‬፡ᐌђ૖ȂЕᔝ џีю80 kW ଢ଼ΨЅ 144Nm‫ׯޟ‬ΨȂӰԪȂѺᇄToyota YarisȂHyundai Accent Ѕ KIA Rio‫ޟ‬ЕᔝᒯҢΪϷ௥ߖȂࣸ‫ݶ‬П७ȂЙ௶‫ߒޟ‬౪࢐ؐԻϴ٨Ȃ ѫҢΰ7.0ϴЀȂՌଢ଼௶ࠌ࢐ӻ0.6ϴЀՄϐȄ ԊӒП७ ശߖ‫ޟ‬ԊӒ၆ညඪଽΟ၎ٙ‫ޟ‬ԊӒ೩രȂѺѓࢂΟ୏७‫ޟ‬ԊӒ‫ء‬ೡȂӵཎѴϛ ȂѺ‫ޟ‬೩ॎѓࢂџо߳៖ဖѓЅᓞഋȂՄ၎ٙ‫ޟ‬๖ᄺΰһё஼ΟȄ౪ਢȂѺϐ ё೩ΟέএഋӋо֜ԝएณ‫ޟ‬ኡᔞ‫ڷ‬ඪଽॸࡊॸֲު໢‫ޟ‬ԊӒ࡙Ȃٙ࢜һܹΰ Οଽ‫ܜ‬Ψᓁо໌Ι؏߳៖ٙϱॸࡊȄ ՗ٙߒ౪ Ѻ࢐ю‫ۉ‬ӴԁȂѺ౳ത࢐ΙᎄωٙȂࠓџоॸֲѲএԙΡՄଢ଼Ψߒ౪юՓȂһ ࢐ᜲ૖џິȄѺ‫ޟ‬1.6ϴЀЕᔝ‫ف‬ಛଢ଼ΨЅ‫ׯ‬Ψ഍ߒ౪юՓȂ၎ٙ‫ޟ‬ၯ७ߒ౪ Ѕӵ᠉ၯ‫ߒޟ‬౪һԤႆᘮၯ७‫ޟ‬ᎪᕝȂЙ௶ᙽইࡣᔬ‫ޟ‬೩ॎһԤ٩ХᒿᇲΣ௶ ‫ޟ‬ђ૖ȇӰԪȂһ঄ுᢚපȄ ‫ר‬൉᠍Ѻ༝? ଶΟѺ‫ޟ‬ٙᓞୈ࠮ѴȂ‫ר‬ᇯ࣏Ѻ࢐‫ސ‬Ԥ‫ܚ‬঄‫ޟ‬ȄծѴ࠮ΰȂ‫ٮ‬Ϛ࢐‫ޟ࢐ר‬൉དྷ ȂծՃኌ‫ڗ‬ശߖ‫ޟ‬ԊӒ߳៖ඪЀЅ౪ਢ‫ޟ‬᎛୵݈୛Ѕ୵ࡣ݈୛Ȃ‫ר‬ᇯ࣏࢐Ϛџ ‫܇‬౱‫ޟ‬ΙএԁᒵᐅȄ

24 Drive-way


CAB AUDIT

Audited 15,879

ٙൢ!

Distribute in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Adelaide

as at Mar 31,2009

28-08-09 No. 131 Editor: Geoff Fickling, Edmund Chow Design: Driveway Design Group

Drive-way

Tel: 03) 9888 7199 Fax: 03) 9888 7299 Suite 7, Level 1, 2-8 Burwood Hwy, Burwood East, VIC 3151 Info@sameway.com.au

Holden

Cruze CDX Car News Land Rover's Double Delight At The Auto Express 2009 New Car Awards Land Roverᚖዩᖝߞ

F1 News ȶ༃ࡔȷᆰও໽࡭!!Б٨঱ѷ१ྣ5ԑჲ Drive-way

27


28-08-09 No. 131

Holden Cruze CDX It is so much easier to write about something that has just scored something grand. According to New South Wales RTA (Victorian version of VicRoads), Holden Cruze scored 35.04 marks from a maximum of 37 points from ANCAP. The class also includes Ford Focus, Ford Fiesta, Mazda 2 and Hyundai i30SLX. From a safety perspective, this is the most affordable car yet it brings you a lot of assurance about its safety credential. This makes the Holden Cruze a winner in the 5 stars rating. Please see the enclosed rating from RTA of NSW. The Cruze was first seen in the March 2009 Melbourne International Motor Show. A lot of people show interest in it as it is a small to medium size car. The recent petrol price hike and global financial crisis have brought people’s attention about affordability in the car price and day to day running of a most affordable car. Toyota Corolla is amongst the most popular cars in terms of affordability, reliability and functionality. Hence, it is the best seller in its class. Cruze was seen as an under dog deserving the public’s attention. Cruze is now an imported model from South Korea under the wider General Motors Global production plan. However, it will be a locally manufactured model from as early as next year in Adelaide. This brings the Cruze into a new segment where by it will be the only Australian made small to medium size car. Currently, the smallest Australian made production car is a Toyota Camry, and then come the Holden Commodore, Ford Falcon and Territory. This production schedule will give the Australian community an important decision to support the Holden Cruze as a better choice against all imported models.

28 Drive-way

Drive-way ٙൢ Edmund Chow

The price will be from $20,990 for 1.8 petrol, 2.0 litre diesel from $23,990 and a top of the range petrol manual model – CDX will be $23,990 as well. A six speed automatic gear box will cost $2,000 to all models. This price range is very much in line with KIA Cerato and Hyundai i30 hence; it is very much a practical decision in regard to its after sales service network and its standard, brand name loyalty and cost of spare parts. Ford Focus is another car that I like in the segment. So it is your choice whether you support the Oval Blue (Ford) (Mazda 2 is a close cousin of Ford) or the Red Lion (Holden) or Hyundai i30SLX from South Korea as well. Coming back to safety under this price segment; Cruze has a lot to offer such as Electronic Stability Control, electronic brake assist system, dual active head restraints, dual front airbags, side or curtain airbags and seatbelt pre-tensioners. It also has ABS that gives people a safety mind. A few short notes before we go 1. Appearance is something different, dynamic and pleasant; it fits its pricing and Holden image. I feel the up market elements in its exterior and interior. 2. Sound insulations should improve over harsh surface, but I trust that will be addressed when it is made locally early next year. 3. Engine is a healthy 1.8 litre or 2.0 litre diesel. Holden claims that the 104kW


28-08-09 No. 131

petrol engine will bring a 7.0 per 100 km for the manual and an extra 0.5litre for the automatic. As for real fuel savings, the diesel will bring 5.7 and 6.8 litres for the manual and auto gear box respectively. 4. The petrol model that we test drove gave us a pretty good impression but the 6 speed automatic gear box tends to run on higher gear ratio then, it got whiny under moderate acceleration. I like the option of 6 speed automatic; however, I believe the car can run on 5 speed plus an overdrive option at the press of a button for the 6th gear. In this way, there will be a better balance of the actual acceleration and real fuel savings on top gear. 5 Steering and chassis are strong and solid in wilfully following my commands We have yet to test the diesel model; but the petrol CDX is a luxury with both front seat warmer and almost all accessories that we can get. Will I buy it? Yes, if I have to make a decision now. For a Red Holden factor or something? I think Holden deserve a serious look at and support, for bringing a very high quality model line up and production line back to Australia where petrol price is high, and where someone prefer a small to medium size car rather than a big V6 or V8. Don’t you agree with me? Drop in a Holden dealership and see for yourself.

Drive-way ٙൢ

ൢᏲΙ‫ٲ‬ԤӪఖ‫ޟ‬౰ࠢ࢐Ιԑ፬Жዅ‫ٱ‬Ȃਲ਼ᐃཱིࠒࡄᅭ඼ࣸ‫ޟ‬ၾၯ‫ีޟ׋‬շȂ ܻࠒᗺҡ౰‫ޟ‬೉ႳHolden Cruze‫ڥ‬ுΟܻ25,000༫оή‫ޟ‬ശ‫ٹ‬ኡᔞกၐȂ‫ڥ‬ 37Ϸ࣏ᅖϷϛ‫ޟ‬35.04ϷȄӰՄȂԙ࣏ശ‫ߒޟٹ‬౪‫ޱ‬Ⱦ፜୤Ꭷཱིࠒࡄᅭ඼ࣸ‫ޟ‬ ၾၯ‫ޟ׋‬ШၶߒȿȄ CruzeॶӑܻҏԑέТӋਢॶَܻᏎᅭҏ୽ሬ‫ء‬ٙ৤។ོϛȂ࡞ӻΡ഍ᄇѺཐ ‫ڗ‬ΪϷࢺ౏ࠔ‫ޟ‬ᑹ፸ȇӰ࣏ȂѺ࢐Ιᎄϛω࠮‫ءޟ‬ٙȂശߖ‫ݶءޟ‬ቋਿଽӌȂ ՄσӻኵΡ഍‫ה‬ఖџоᎽᎻΙᎄШၶࣸ‫ءޟݶ‬ٙȄՄ౪ਢȂToyota Corolla ࢐ ശ‫ءޟߔ᠍ڧ‬ٙȂฒ፣ӵቋᓀȃџᎬЅђ૖ΰ഍ߒ౪юՓȇӰՄ໷౩ԙണӴԙ ࣏ശ‫ٹ‬᎛୵‫ء‬ٙȄՄCruze߯ԙ࣏ശ‫ࢅޟٹ‬ᏽ‫ޱ‬ȂӰԪȂһᔖுσಀ‫ݧޟ‬ཎȄ Cruze౪ਢ࢐ΙᎄҥࠒᗺΣο‫ဴ࠮ޟ‬ȂՄ݂ԑߑོ߯ӵछ୽೼Ң‫ء‬ٙ໱ღ‫ޟ‬Ӓ ౨ҡ౰ҁѮϛܻٙࠒᐬࢸ‫ߡޟ‬ኈႪுҡ౰ȇһӣਢԙ࣏୲Ιӵᐬࢸю౰‫ޟ‬ϛω ࠮‫ء‬ٙȄᐬࢸӨࣨ഍෈ఖCruze‫ޟ‬ю౪оЛࡻҏӴ‫ءޟ‬ٙᇧഅཾ。 Cruze‫୵ޟ‬ቋ࢐ҥ20,990༫໠ۖȂџоີ‫ڗ‬1.8ϴЀ‫ޟ‬Йଢ଼௶ᔬȄՄ2.0ϴЀ‫ޟ‬ ਼‫ݶ‬Еᔝࠌҥ23,990༫ଔȇϲഀ‫ޟ‬Ռଢ଼௶Ѫё2,000༫ȄѺ‫୵ޟ‬ቋᇄ൉໯KIA Cerato Ѕ౪фHyundai i30ࣼቆȂӰԪ Ȃᒵᐅ၎έ෡ٙ џ૖࢐ຟեѺ‫݈ࡣ୵ޟ‬ ୛Ȃ኿ྥЅࠢถ‫܆ޟ‬Ж௑‫ݷ‬ȇ࿋ณһѓࢂΟႭӇ‫୵ޟ‬ቋȄFordᆋ੫‫ ޟ‬Focusһ ࢐‫ݠܚר‬፬‫ޟ‬Ȅձ‫ޟ‬ᒵᐅџ૖࢐ᙢՓ‫ޟ‬ᆋ੫ЅѺ‫ߖޟ‬ᒑ࿲‫ٱ‬ுMazdaȃऔՓ‫ޟ‬ ྾υ೉ႳHolden‫ࠒܖ‬ᗺ‫ޟ‬Hyundai i30SLXȄ ࿋‫ר‬ঈӱ‫୵ࡸڗ‬ቋՄຟե‫ء‬ٙԊӒ‫ޟ‬ਢঐȂCruzeඪ‫ټ‬Ο࡞ӻ‫ޟ‬ԊӒ೩രԃ՗ ٙᛧۡᏢESCȃࠆٙሄօȃᚖԊӒᓞ‫݌‬ȃϲএԊӒ‫ء‬ೡЅႱષԒԊӒளȂՄ ࿋ณѓࢂΟABSٙᎈ٩ᚇ೩രȄ Ι‫ٲ‬ᙏ൐‫ޟ‬ौ‫ٱ‬ 1. Ѵ࠮ΰȂCruzeԤѺ‫ޟ‬੫ᘈȂшᅖଢ଼ཐЅҁ໷џᒑȂѺ‫୵ޟ‬ቋЅ࠮჋഍ΪϷ ଩ӫ೉ႳHoldenȂ‫ר‬һཐ‫ڗڧ‬೩ॎৱ‫ߒܚ‬ႀ‫ޟ‬ΰࠢ፴‫ޟ‬ϱѴ၆ႺȄ 2. ႤॱП७Ȃӵಗᕹ‫ޟ‬ၯ७ΰ՗ᎻਢȂѺԤ‫׽‬๡‫ޟ‬ᎷӴȄծ‫ࣺ߬ר‬Ȃ࿋ӵᐬ ࢸᇧഅਢᔖ၎џо‫׽‬๡Ιᘈ‫ޟ‬Ȅ 3. Еᔝ࢐1.8ϴЀ‫ܖݶء‬2.0ϴЀ‫ݶ਼ޟ‬ЕᔝȂ‫ݶء‬Еᔝџีю104 kW‫ޟ‬ଢ଼Ψ ȂՄџоு‫ڗ‬7.0ϴЀЅѪё0.5ϴЀ(Ռଢ଼௶)߯џ‫ׇ‬ԙ100ϴ٨ȂՄ਼‫ݶ‬Еᔝ ࠌϷտ࢐5.7Ѕ6.8ϴЀџо‫ׇ‬ԙ100ϴ٨Ȅ 4.‫ר‬ঈ‫ܚ‬กၐ‫ݶءޟ‬ЕᔝȂ๝Ϡ‫ר‬ঈΙএ࡞ԁ‫ޟ‬ӟຫȂծϲഀ‫ޟ‬Ռଢ଼௶ӵҁல ‫ޟ‬໷ᄱԒёഀਢȂԤᘈࡧᄚ‫ޟ‬ཐឈȄӰԪ‫ר‬ᇯ࣏о5ࠉഀёΰ಑6‫ݰ‬հ຺࣏Ш ‫ݰ‬Ѕоӵ‫ݰ‬ෙΰёࡸ໖ਢΙএШၶᄂሬ‫ޟ‬ᒵᐅȂһџоϫณ‫ٺ‬Cruzeӵ٠૞ഀ ࡙ਢ‫ڥ‬ுശ‫ݶࣸޟٹ‬ਝ‫ݎ‬Ȅ 5. ПөዺЅٙ࢜‫ר‬ᇯ࣏࡞ಜᄂȂ‫ٮ‬᠙‫ࡾޟרڼ‬ථȂߒ౪Ϛ߹Ȅծ‫ר‬ঈϫ‫ה‬ఖ џоกၐ਼‫ဴ࠮ݶ‬Ȃծ‫ܚ‬กၐ‫ޟ‬CDX࠮ဴ࢐ശᇺ๼‫ޟ‬෡ԒȄӰԪȂһёΰΟ ёዥԒ৴ාȄӵьЈਢȂ࡞དӻᗂHolden ‫ޟ‬ಠЖȂՄ‫ܚ‬Ԥ‫ޟ‬ᇺ๼଩Ӈϐ၆ΰ ΟȂџᒝѓᛳ࿲ԤȄ ‫ີ֏ོר‬Ѻ? ୅ԃȂ౪ӵौ‫ר‬հΙএ‫ؚۡ‬ȇ‫ີོר‬ѺȂ࢐Ӱ࣏Holden‫ޟ‬ጢ࢈Ȃџ૖࢐ጫȄ ‫ר‬ឈு೻෡Holden࢐ᔖ၎‫ڗڧ‬१ຜЅσಀ‫ޟ‬ЛࡻȇӰ࣏Ѻள‫پ‬Ο࡞ଽ፴શ‫ޟ‬ ౰ࠢȂՄғ࿋‫ݶء‬ቋਿଽ݁‫ޟ‬ਢঐ‫ڏܖ‬тΡ൉᠍Шၶಠω‫ءޟ‬ٙȂՄϚ᜹ཎᎽ Ꮋσ࠮‫ޟ‬V6 ‫ ܖ‬V8Еᔝ‫ءޟ‬ٙȂ୅ԃձϚӣཎ‫ޟר‬፣ᘈȂձσџ‫ڗ‬ф౩୦Ιࣼ ၎݂ٙ߯ҩ‫ޟר‬ཎࡦȄ

Drive-way

29


CAB AUDIT

Audited 15,879

Distribute in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Adelaide

as at Mar 31,2009

16-10-09 No. 138 Editor: Geoff Fickling, Edmund Chow Design: Driveway Design Group

ٙൢ!

Drive-way

Tel: 03) 9888 7199 Fax: 03) 9888 7299 Suite 7, Level 1, 2-8 Burwood Hwy, Burwood East, VIC 3151 Info@sameway.com.au

Commodore

SS-V AFM

Car News Honda Jazz Named the UK’s Most Reliable Used Small Car All-new Toyota Genuine Followme Makes In-car Navigation Portable REVOLTE: Luxury, ecology and a touch of cheek! Kia Motors to demonstrate exciting EcoDynamics


16-10-09 No. 138

Commodore SS-V AFM When you have not driven a Commodore for a while the VE is a pleasant surprise, because it really is a world-class car. Why you would spend way over $100k on a European badge when you can have one of these, with everything, for under $60k? The most important part of this car is of course the engine, a very sweet and light 6 litre V8 that in normal form produces 270kW at peak revs and 530Nm of torque. However, these figures have been deliberately reduced, to 260 kW and 517Nm, by Holden to assist the new AFM (Active Fuel Management) system, which cleverly changes the V8 into a 4 cylinder once the car is in cruise mode. You can’t choose to put the car in 4 cylinder mode, the system automatically works when the engine is not being stressed, as in uphill acceleration. The AFM system is beautifully engineered, because the only way you can tell it is changing from 8 to 4 cylinders is on a very smooth road, but normally you would not notice. Of course, the main aim of the system is fuel economy, and if you are careful with your right foot, you should be able to achieve around 13 litres per 100 km, which is excellent for what is normally a very large V8 engine in a big family sedan. The system is only available in automatic transmission mode, which will not worry most buyers. I don’t know why you would purchase a V8 with the intention of not using it because of fuel use concerns, but I suppose the advantage of this system is

26 Drive-way

Drive-way ٙൢ! Geoff Fickling Translate: Driveway Team

that the power is there if and when you need it. Things like overtaking are a breeze with over 250kW on tap, which makes it a much safer vehicle to be in for that sort of situation. Some may now prefer the V6, especially as the system is now available also on that model, but having driven a big roaring V8 again, I wouldn’t! Handling-wise, it is very well sorted with excellent balance. The front end sticks to the road well, a huge improvement over previous Holden ‘sport’ models which tended to understeer (slide at the front) when pushed hard. The rear stays put too, but this has always been the case even with previous models. You can throw the car into corners and feel quite secure, especially with the now standard Electronic Stability Control. Road feel is good, and despite the big wheel/tyre combination, the cabin being well insulated from road noise. You can still hear the big tyres on the SS model, but it is not intrusive at all. The brakes are massive and pull the big car up with no fuss at all. Smooth and with a good solid feel, which tells the story of the whole car really, it’s very well put together. Inside, the leather seats are supportive and deep with good large side bolsters to keep you in place. The controls are functional and fall to hand without having to think too much. That’s good design. There are plenty of places to store bits and pieces. Rear seat passengers get a great deal too, and the boot is good for some serious luggage.


16-10-09 No. 138

ԃ‫ݎ‬ௌԤΙࢲਢ໢‫ؠ‬ԤᎽᎻႆCommodore‫ޟ‬ၗȂ٥ቄᎽᎻ Commodore VE஠ ོ๝ձΙᆍхΡΪϷඛ‫ޟפ‬ᡙ൉ȄѺឈுџоᆗுΰ࢐жࣨΙࢺ‫ޟ‬ড়ҢٙȂ ᇄ‫߆ڏ‬າ຺ႆ10࿲ᐬᄌӵ٥‫ٲ‬ዉࢸٙΰȂձդϚၐၐCommodore VE‫ف‬Ӗϛ ‫ޟ‬ӈդΙ෡ȉΙᔖ঍Ӓᅖٗձ‫ޟ‬ሯؑȂቋਿΰ‫؁‬ճܻ6࿲ᐬᄌȊ ၎ٙϛശ१ौ‫ޟ‬ഋӋ൷࢐Ѻ‫ޟ‬Еᔝɯ6ϴЀV8 Ȟശσଢ଼Ψ࣏270kW / ശσ‫ׯ‬Ψ ࣏530Nm ȟȂ ϚႆȂҥܻCommodore VEᔖҢΟHoldenശཱི‫ޟ‬кଢ଼௡‫ݶ‬Ȟ Active Fuel Managementȟ‫ف‬ಛ‫׬‬೚Ȃ೻‫ٲ‬ኵᐃೝᙱབӴ६ճՍ260 kW ‫ڷ‬ 517NmȄ࿋‫ء‬ٙ໌Σ٠૞՗ᎻਢȂ၎‫ف‬ಛџоѽּӴ஠V8፡ᐌ࣏4चȄ ձฒ ‫ݲ‬Ռкᒵᐅ஠Еᔝᙽ࣏4चȂϚႆӵЕᔝϚ‫ڧ‬ᔆਢȂ‫ف‬ಛོՌଢ଼ԃԪୈȄ AFM‫ف‬ಛ೩ॎுࣺ࿋ᆠಠ‫ׇ‬छȂ࿋ձ໠ӵҁ‫ޟۄ‬σၾΰਢȂձོี౪Еᔝ௃8 चᡐԙΟ4चȂϚႆ೽லձ഍Ϛོ‫ݧ‬ཎ‫ڗ‬೻ΙᘈȄ࿋ณȂ၎‫ف‬ಛശкौ‫ޟ‬Ҭ኿ ࢐ငᔼࣸ‫ݶ‬Ȃԃ‫ݎ‬ձᎽᎻᎌ࿋‫ޟ‬ၗȂᔖ၎џоႀ‫ؐڗ‬100ϴ٨ѫૉ‫ݶ‬घ13ϴЀ Ȃ೻ᄇܻΙএΤच‫ޟ‬ড়৳σ‫ܘ‬ٙ‫پ‬ᇳ࢐ࣺ࿋Ϛᒿ‫ݎޟ‬ਝΟȊ၎‫ف‬ಛҬࠉѫᎌ ҢܻՌଢ଼᐀‫ޟ‬ٙȂϚႆᄇܻσӻኵີٙ‫پޱ‬ᇳᔖ၎Ϛ࢐࡞σ‫ޟ‬୰ᚠȄ

Drive-way ٙൢ!

ሯौࡨᙽ᠉ਢȂٙᎄོԤ௰ᓞ‫ޟ‬௑‫ݷ‬ю౪Ȃӵ೻ΙᘈΰȂཱིٙ࠮ԤΟσൽ࡙‫ޟ‬ ‫׬‬೚ඪଽȂᇄԞӑ‫ဴ࠮ޟ‬ΙኺȂࡣᎈ‫ޑ‬ᄘ‫ي‬ԁȄ੫տ࢐଩രΟ౪ή኿ྥႫυᛧ ۡ௡‫ڙ‬Ȃᡱձӵࡨᙽ᠉ਢџоཐ‫࡞ڗ‬ԊӒ߳ᓎȄ Ꮍٙ՗Ꮋ‫ޟ‬ཐឈࣺ࿋ϚᒿȂᏑᆓᎈप࡞σȂծٙ඄ϱႤॱਝ‫࡞ݎ‬ԁȂඁн᠙Ϛ ‫ڗ‬ᎈपᇄӴ७ኞᔢ‫ޟ‬ᏡॱȂ㧣ࣺٙ࿋஀‫ھ‬᡹ࣀȂϚོᡱΡӵࡨ㧣ٙਢЙԔယ༄ Ȅ᡹ଢ଼‫ھذڷ‬ঙ‫ޟڎ‬ཐ‫ڧ‬Ȃᡝᡛю၎ٙᐌᡝΰ೩ॎ‫ޟ‬ᆠಠᎌҢȄ ‫ܘ‬ٙϱഋȂ๝धഋٗஊ‫ܛ‬Ԝ‫ޟ‬ઍҪ৴ා‫ڷ‬ёቶ‫׭ޟ‬Йོᡱձ‫ޟ‬ᎽᎻ‫࣏؁ֲॸܖ‬ ๲ᎌȄϱഋ‫ޟ‬Өᆍ௡‫ڙ‬഍ΪϷᄂҢζ࡞ৠܾዣጛΰЙȂ൞ᆎ࢐‫ׇ‬छ‫ޟ‬೩ॎȄٙ ϱԤ࡞ӻџоП߯ᓽ‫ުޟސ‬໢‫ڷ‬೩ॎȂࡣ৴ζ࡞ቶබȂ՗‫؃‬጑ٗஊσȂӔϚҢ ᐊЖюߞਢ‫ޟ‬σ՗‫؃‬Ȅ

ϚЍΡᒵᐅΟV8ࠓάӰ࣏ዖཎᜋ㠰Ճኌ‫ݶڗ‬ቋ‫ޟ‬ӰશՄϚ᜹ўငலᎽᎻȂϚ ႆȂ၎‫ف‬ಛ‫ޟ‬ᓺ༖ӵܻฒ፣դਢդӴȂ࿋ձሯौٗஊσ‫ޟ‬ଢ଼ΨਢȂѺ഍џо ඪ‫ټ‬ȇ‫ٽ‬ԃѺџоᡱձӵ຺ٙਢ‫؁‬ሆᚬԊӒȄ੫տ࢐࿋кଢ଼௡‫فݶ‬ಛ‫׬‬೚ӵ V6ΰζӣኺᎌҢ‫ޟ‬࿋ήȂԤ‫ٲ‬ᗊٙ‫ޱܖޱ‬༊өܻV6ȂϚႆ‫ר‬ᇯ࣏V8‫֜ڎ؁‬Е ΨȊ ᐌ౩೩ॎᄺഅԊ௶݂සȂᡝᡛюΟྃԁ‫ޟ‬ҁᒋȄHoldenԞࠉ‫ޟ‬ၼଢ଼ٙ࠮Ȃӵ

Drive-way

27

Holden  

Holden Driveway

Read more
Read more
Similar to
Popular now
Just for you