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Journeys : Feb March 2011
February / March 2011 33 She says Lindy George Life on the move The first thing I notice moving from a small car to something the size of the Challenger is that other motorists treat you with trepidation rather than contempt – so apparently, size does matter! And while a vehicle this size is probably a bit much for dropping my kids at school or the weekly grocery shop, it was perfect for a trek to Cradle Mountain. Gale-force winds, rain, sleet and a scatter ing of snow didn’t deter us or the Challenger. We simply locked it into 4WD and continued on our way. Both the LS and the XLS are available as a 5 or 7-seater, so if you have an aversion to people-movers, there’s another option for you. The LS 5-seat is the only manual transmission available – otherw ise, 5 -speed auto it is and your choice of fuel is diesel only. On the open road at cr uising speed, road and engine noise is minimal, but around the city, you’ll definitely know your driving a (chug, chug) diesel. Both LS and XLS models feature Mitsubishi ’s Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution (RISE) body, Active Stability Control (ASC), Active Traction Control (ATC), Multi-mode Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) and you’ll have six airbags including dr iver and front passenger, side and curtain. The XLS model also comes standard with reversing camera and parking sensors, which I relied on constantly given the height of the Challenger. We also had rain-sensing wipers and dusk- sensing headlamps, perfect for the fickle mountain weather. Thankfully, we also had side steps – and I certainly gave them a workout! The inter ior was roomy and indeed large enough to accommodate the pile of wet-weather gear, polar f leece and mucky hiking boots. The power seats for dr iver and passenger had dual height, slide and recline adjustment but sadly, no lumbar support. We’d also been optioned up with sat-nav – and given my appalling sense of direction, I found that rather useful. And of course your Challenger is backed by Australia’s best new car warranty – Mitsubishi’s Diamond Advantage. ANCAP Rating ★★★★ Green Vehicle R ating ★★ 1⁄2 Dr. Ross Walker – leading preventative health specialist “Hearing loss should be treated early” Medical research has proven that early intervention assists the treatment of hearing loss and lets patients enjoy life to the full. FREE Hearing facts newsletter If you or your partner would like a copy of the latest edition of this informative newsletter please call now. Wecareaboutyourhear i ng 1800 05 7 220 Profes s i ona l adv i ce ab out your hear i ng hea l th Ga rry McD onal d tackles he aring loss head on Dr. R os s Walker says “Wh y suff er in sil ence” Vicky’s Aussie mumhas Victory! new lease onlife 1800 057 220 Hobart - Launceston Devonport - Kingston Beach Visiting Service across Tasmania www.audioclinictas.com.au
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