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The Northern Territory news Sat 16 Jul 2011



The Northern Territory news Sat 16 Jul 2011

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www.ntnews.com.au CARSguide NT NEWS. 9 P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 1 6 -J U L -2 0 1 1 P A G E : 3 0 9 C O L O R : C M Y K ntnews.com.aul l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l CARS GUIDE Drunken ride on amower A drunk UK teenager has ridden a motorised mower into a driving suspension and fine. He was stopped by police after being seen atop a ride-on mower doing 20km/h on the wrong side of a road in Wales. Joel Maunder, 18, had more than twice the legal alcohol limit in his blood. He was banned from driving for 17 months and ordered to pay costs of about $150. Magistrates said he could cut four months off if he completed a driving course in a car. Chicken bone crossed the road A pedestrian who threw a chicken bone across a busy Welsh road and caused a four-car crash has been conditionally discharged and ordered to pay $150 in costs. When Andrew Varciana, 22, threw the bone across the road at friends, an unmarked police car made an emergency stop and the following cars collided with each other. One car ended up on top of another in the shunt. The judge said it was the most bizarre case he had heard. Car service job formen Women pass on the responsibility of car servicing to their male partners, research by Bosch Car Service in the UK reveals. Only three in 10 women say they take their own cars for a service, compared with seven in 10 men. One in three women claim they are not confident they would get a good experience from a car service, as opposed to one in four men. Three in 10 drivers aged under 24 let mum and dad deal with car maintenance. NewFocus signals Fords big small-car push By PAUL GOVER An unchanged $21,990 Focus starting price signals a major small-car push at Ford Australia. An all-new Focus is coming soon from Europe but the car will eventually be built at a new factory in Thailand, the country where Ford already manufactures the baby Fiesta. The destination change points to a pricedriven future for the car but Ford is standing firm on the bottom line with early deliveries from its factory at Saarlouis in Germany. It is also building a smallcar plan to counter the Holden Cruze, which is priced from $20,990. The baby Holden is selling very strongly since a switch to local manufacturing in Adelaide, with a five-door hatch later this year alongside the four-door sedan. The localisation of the Cruze mirrors Ford Australias original plan for the Focus, to have been built at Broadmeadows for exports around the Asia-Pacific basin. But that plan was dumped with a change of management and a stronger emphasis on the Territory and a four-cylinder future for the Falcon. Ford is promising big things for the new Focus, to have a price spread from $19,990 for a 1.6-litre Ambient manual through to $36,090 for the Titanium turbo-diesel automatic. Its a completely new car, Ford Australia Neil McDonald spokesman said. New engines and everything. Even the control blade rear end has been tweaked. Its a vast improvement in technology, quality and, obviously, the styling. One thing missing, at least at first, is an EcoBoost efficiency leader to join the simi lar EcoBoost models in the Fiesta and Mondeo. We wont have EcoBoost, at least initially, McDonald said. Were going with a 1.6-litre petrol, a 2.0-litre GTI petrol and a 2.0-litre TDCi diesel. That leaves the way open for whatever happens in the future. The new Focus is on sale in August. 4-star prince at a price ATAGLANCE NISSANPATHFINDERTi 550 HHH Price: $75,990 Warranty: 3 years, 100,000km Resale 58% Service Interval 15,000km or 12 months Economy 9.5 l/100km; 256g/km CO 2 Equipment: Six airbags, ESC, ABS, EBD, EBA, TC. Crash rating 4 star Engine: 170kW/550Nm 3.0-litre V6 turbo-diesel Transmission: Seven-speed auto; 2-speed transfer; parttime 4WD Body: 5-door, 7 seats WELOVE Features, off-road ability, performance WELOATHE Expensive, formless seats, poor back-seat comfort Nissan blends bits from Japan, Spain and France in a rugged seven-seat 4WD package. NEIL DOWLING says the only shock is the price. Big news is the Renault engine that wehope should nowbe fitted to the Patrol ROCKETING SUV sales seem to have left sales of the genres originator, the 4WD, stuck in the mud. Australians and I suppose Americans want to be seen as having a sense of motoring adventure without the inconvenience of flies, dust and a lack of handilyplaced fast-food outlets. But thats not to say the proper 4WDs are dead. Its just that in comparison with SUVs, they are specialised to be competent in the dirty world away from bitumen. They are also comparatively expensive. The new Nissan Pathfinder Ti550 costs $75,990. I dont have to tell you thats a serious amount of money and probably a lot more than you expected to pay. Is it worth it? VALUE: The big price is relative. The Spanish-made Pathfinder is sister to the Navara dual-cab ute and now as the Ti550 model gets the option of the Renault 3-litre V6 turbo-diesel engine mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission and dual-range, part-time 4WD system. Clearly, that all costs money. Add leather, the latest music storage unit within the extensive infotainment and navigation system, plus treats like the sunroof, and the dollars add up. DESIGN: This is an evolutionary shape and has been around for about six years. Its purposeful and functional but looks dated compared with the edgier designs from most rivals. The hidden rear door handles, for example, follow Alfa Romeos concept and while cleverly de-cluttering the lines of the body, can be awkward to use for adults and impossible for some children.The seven seats fold flush into the cargo floor and the full-size spare is tucked under the chassis.. TECHNOLOGY: Big news is the Renault engine that we hope should now be fitted to the Patrol. This V6 diesel with a sin gle turbo has been floating around in the NissanRenault alliance models and proven to be a durable unit. SAFETY: The Navara version of the Pathfinder Ti550 has a three-star rating but this wagon gets four stars. It adds six airbags and electronic stability control with all the other aids. DRIVING: The sparkling engine and the ability of the gearbox to quickly get power to the ground is pretty impressive. What could be judged a big, bulky and slow 4WD wagon is actually remarkably quick. The slow steering ratio lots of turns lock to lock for the benefit of dirt driving is about the only thing that dulls the Pathfinders onroad verve. Its also quiet and relatively comfortable, though seat comfort particular a lack of lateral support in the front and a low seat-to-floor height in the back isnt its strong point. VERDICT: Get over the sticker shock and the Ti550s space, 3500kg towing ability, off-road competence and reasonable economy can make a strong argument against its rivals, particularly the Prado. The V6 is arguably less stressed than the cheaper ($16,000 less) four-cylinder Pathfinder diesel and is therefore recommended for heavy-duty work.

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