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Journeys : Jun Jul 2011
The entry level 1.8L manual CD is well worth a look at $20,990 (plus on roads), but I would ser iously recommend you spend the extra $1500 and order the 1.4 ITI engine, which also gets the updated rear suspension and the electric power steer ing. Either way this is one Aussie that is worth a drive. Chevrolet Silverado Almost every number associated with this beast is mind-boggling. Take towing for a start. How does five tonnes on the tow ball sound (7.7 tonnes with a fifth wheel setup)? Or a 6.6 litre turbo diesel V8 mated to a truck- strength Alison 6-speed auto or maybe a 1.9 tonne payload, more than a pallet-w idth wide? But don’t let these truck like numbers fool you into thinking this is just another commercial vehicle. Inside the spacious cabin is enough space to seat five adults in leather-clad luxur y. Ten-way power-adjustable front seats with memor y settings, dual-zone climate control, full Bluetooth iPod or USB connectivity and Bose sound system all come as standard, with options available for rear-view camera, navigation and sunroof. Dual front airbags are standard with side and cur tain airbags optional. Electronic Stability Control with trailer sway assist is also standard. With nearly 300kW and over 1000Nm of grunt up-front, getting the Silverado moving isn't going to be an issue, even when loaded to capacity. The Alison gearbox slips through the gears almost seamlessly and can be shifted manually or locked in low gear when required. On the run from Launceston to Hobart I managed to get We’ve got great car loans for RACT members. Call 13 27 22 www.ract.com.au 6565 Darren Moody First drives Life on the move Holden Cruze Holden has just released its hugely-popular Cruze in series 2, which is now built on the Elizabeth production line in South Australia. Australian production has brought a mild facelift front and rear, two all-new engines, new rear suspension and a sport variant. Later in the year we’ll see an Australian- designed hatch to further widen appeal. The big news here for me is the new engines. A 1.4L turbo petrol engine is standard in the SRi and SRi-V spor t models. This engine is a snappy little unit, with 103kW and 200Nm it loves to be revved and does its best work when the tacho is well round the dial. The all-new diesel engine claims to make Cr uze the most economical Australian-built vehicle, w ith a combined economy cycle of 5.6l/100km in manual form. I managed lower figures than that on a semi-urban run at just on 5l/100km. Cruze carries over its five-star ANCAP rating with a swag of safety acronyms and offers improved economy across the range. autoSEARCH A free service to help you find your next car Finding the perfect new or used car has never been easier for RACT members! autoSEARCH will find the type of vehicle you require, arrange for a discounted RACT inspection, negotiate a special members’ purchase price, find a great price on your trade-in and provide a manufacturer or dealers’ warranty on most vehicles and even arrange finance for approved applicants. This independent service is free for RACT members. Statewide 0418 123 060 Hobart 6231 9992 Launceston 6334 3965 6619 32 June / July 2011
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