The Centralian advocate Tue 26 Feb 2013
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16 Centralian Advocate, Tuesday, February 26, 2013 P U B : C A D V D A T E : 2 6 -F E B -2 0 1 3 P A G E : 1 6 C O L O R : C M Y K Alice Springs to Adelaide Adelaide to Alice Springs 8256 1299 for a quote MOTORING Holden in Cruze control Corey Sinclair The Holden Cruze Sportwagon CD Pictures: COREY SINCLAIR HOLDEN has proven why it is one of Australias mostloved car brands with the new Cruze Sportwagon CD. Holden incorporated everything that was great about the Cruze sedan, and made the wagon version roomier, with plenty of storage and seating space. T h e H o l d e n C r u z e Sportwagon CDs exterior is quite sleek. Its front bumper grille and headlights resemble something off a much more expensive vehicle. As I drove the Cruze Sportwagon CD up the Stuart Highway, I was amazed by the real difference between the wagon and the sedan. It felt like a much more complete vehicle, and was built for comfort. Even long and usually tedious road trips will be a pleasure in the Cruze Sportwagon CD with its leather-appointed seats, and heated front seats. You will be able to save your sanity from the repetitive sing-alongs with the media entertainment unit that features a CD player and MP3 capability, as well as USB input. It also has six speakers spread out through the vehicle for the ultimate sound e x p e r i e n c e , a n d multifunction steeringwheel controls. As I put the pedal to the metal, I was surprised by the real power displayed by a vehicle of such a size. Dont be deceived by its 1.8 litre, four-cylinder 16 valve DOHC ECOTEC engine. It packs quite a punch. The engine can reach a maximum of 104kW of power and 176Nm of torque, so it is nothing to stick your nose up at. And in terms of fuel consumption, it uses only 7L every 100km so you should be able to get 800km off a full tank (60L). If youre worried about driving such a powerful beast, set your mind at ease. It was awarded a five-star ANCAP rating and comes standard with Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Traction Control System (TCS). It also comes with rear parking sensors to make it easier getting into those tight car parks, as well as front- and side-curtain and side-impact airbags. To feel even more secure, keep in mind every Cruze is constructed with a passenger safety cell, and front and rear crumple zones that help absorb the energy from any crash. It is probably one of the safest cars on the market. So whether you need a car to travel the countryside, or just to get the family from A to B the new Holden Cruze Sportwagon CD will be the perfect fit. Innovative Volvo making sure pedestrians are also protected Joshua Dowling The Volvo V40 hatch THE first car in the world with a pedestrian airbag is on sale in Australia and its made by the same company that invented the threepoint seatbelt 54 years ago. The Volvo V40 hatch has sensors in the front bumper that detect when a pedestrian has been hit. They trigger a giant U-shaped airbag that inflates near the bottom of the windscreen. The airbag and bonnet, w h i c h p o p - u p i n milliseconds, are designed to prevent head injuries, the single biggest cause of pedestrian deaths. The latest figures show that pedestrian deaths across Australia have fallen over the past five years but they still account for 13 per cent of all road fatalities (170 of the 1297 deaths recorded in the 12 months to the end of January 2013), down from 20 per cent in 2009. Its fantastic technology and every car should have it, said road safety campaigner and the chairman of the Pedestrian Council of Australia Harold Scruby. But the question is: why dont more cars have it? Scruby said federal regulations lag behind the worlds best automotive standards. Seven years after Europe adopted regulations for pedestrian protection, the Australian Government still hasnt adopted mandatory standards for frontal protection systems. Pedestrians shouldnt get too brave if they see a Volvo heading their way, however. Jaywalkers and those who want to test out the new airbag by not crossing the road quickly enough, or who cross on a red signal, risk an $89 ticket in NSW. Bumping into a pedestrian wont be cheap for drivers, either. The airbag and its deployment system, two pyrotechnic bonnet struts, are estimated to cost about $3000 to replace. Dont be fooled by damaged cars Karla Pincott Buyers beware of cleaned up flood-damaged cars on the market Picture: Stephen Archer USED car buyers are being warned to check vehicles carefully as flood-damaged ones start to hit the market. The recent floods in Queensland and New South Wales affected thousands of vehicles and experts say many will be cleaned up to hide the damage and sold around the country before problems start to appear. Insurance companies have received claims for about 3300 vehicles, including cars, trailers, caravans and motorbikes worth about $30 million, following the f loods , but many other uninsured ones would also have been damaged. David Scognamiglio, CEO of consumer vehicle research site carhistory.com.au, said there could have been up to 5000 cars damaged, and those without full insurance claims were the real danger to buyers. Cars that were uninsured or underinsured would be cleaned up and hit the market again, Mr Scognamiglio said. Those cars become a danger to consumers with the potential to have huge defects in the electrical system components that con trol the brakes and doors. Nearly everything in the vehicle could be affected. They pose a real threat not only to peoples pockets but to their safety. Laws prohibiting the resale of repaired flood write-offs and governing the declaration of flood damage to a vehicle are easily dodged by private sellers and even dealers may be at risk, warns motoring body the Royal Automobile Club of Queensland. It can take up to six months before you can see signs of rust or corrosion in a water-damaged car, so theres a reasonable window of opportunity for sellers to pass them on to unwary buyers, including dealers, RACQ spokesman Steve Spalding said. He warned that a meticulous cleaning would remove most evidence of recent water damage and buyers should take extra care with inspections. Mr Scognamiglio said research showed most buyers did not research a used cars previous history. Both he and Mr Spalding urged buyers over the next six months to carefully check used cars, trailers caravans and motorbikes, looking in depth at both their physical condition and their official history. Tips to avoid buying a flooddamaged vehicle include: check that the vehicle can be reregistered; check for mud, silt or watermarks under seats, behind the dash, inside the glove box, ashtray and other places that may have been overlooked during cleaning; look for rusty tools in the tool pouch as this can easily be overlooked during cleaning; look for corrosion in the spare wheel and boot wells, and also on unpainted metal components such as dash brackets and seat bases; waterdamaged log books or service records are a giveaway.
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