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PANEL BEATING SPRAY PAINTING Two pack spray and bake booth CHASSIS WORK Measure and alignment system from Finland MINTYS BODYWORKS 107 Mornington Road Mornington Telephone 6244 4732 Facsimile 6244 3845 December 2010 / January 2011 33 Life on the move Barina Spark The Barina name badge has been about for plenty of years now in many varying shapes and forms, with Holden just adding another in the form of the Spark. Despite the name, don’t think electric vehicle here. What we have is an all-new car, smaller than a standard Barina, on new global architecture. Offering a 1.2L engine and manual-only five-speed with funky styling and more space than you might think, the Spark is aimed squarely at Gen Y females. With the 1.2L engine producing 59kW and 107Nm you aren’t going to race away from standing starts, but you will get 5.6L/100km economy. The clutch is a little lighter than I prefer but the steer ing has nice weight, although a little numb. Holden has done some good work keeping the interior road and engine noise down. Media devices are catered for with Aux and USB connectivity. It’s great to see max imum safety in an entry-level vehicle – Spark has six airbags, ABS and stability control standard on both the CD and CDX variants. And for those Gen Y girls who love to design, head to ww w.designerspark.com.au to create your ow n fashion statement! Darren Moody Commodore VE II Australia’s best-selling car has received its first major upgrade since launch, but you might have to look pretty hard (on the outside at least) to notice much difference. It’s inside and under the skin where most of the effort has been spent. The major mechanical change is an upgrade for the three and six-litre engines to r un on E85 (85% ethanol blend fuel). Holden hopes this major move w ill future-proof its engines as Australia looks to become less reliant on cr ude oil. Unfortunately don’t hold your breath for E85 to be available in Tasmania – but don’t worry, the Commodore will run just as happily on anything from E85 to nor mal ULP. The 3.6L V6 won’t get the E85 upgrade for another year or two. Inside sees a new inter ior including a touch-screen media centre on all models that will interface with your media devices by USB or Bluetooth. The system fitted to up-spec models will even rip and store your favour ite CDs. Those who want to stand out just a little from other V8 models can option the Redline upgrade, which provides different 19” alloys, FE3 suspension, Brembo brakes up-front and some seat and trim changes. During the introductor y period, this option at $1500 offers great value. Darren Moody Life on the move
Oct Nov 2010
Feb March 2011