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Journeys : Jun Jul 2011
the economy down to an almost unbelievable 12.9l/100km, although a few days’ driving around tow n soon put a dent in those numbers. Crick Perfor max Launceston is the authorised distributor for these vehicles in Tasmania. Holden Captiva Series II The latest upgrade to Captiva sees new front styling for both the 5 and 7 models, with the remainder of the exter ior styling largely unchanged except for a new range of alloy wheels. Bigger news is that both models have a new range of drive-trains, starting with a US sourced 2.4L 4 cylinder petrol, a 3.0L V6 borrowed from the entr y level Commodore and an all-new 2.2L turbo diesel. A short dr ive in each model quickly revealed the diesel-engined vehicle as the pick of the bunch. With 400Nm of torque on tap this relatively quiet diesel engine is well suited to the six-speed auto, where the two petrol engines tended to make the transmission hunt a little looking for the right ratio. The manual transmission model worked better with the 2.4L petrol engine. All models are now fitted with electric park brakes and hill-hold assist, w ith up-spec models getting standard Bluetooth and USB connectivity. Safety is taken care of by six airbags, ESC, ABS, TCS, EBD to name a few, all standard across the range. Prices start from just under $28,000 for the entry level Captiva SX 5 to $43,490 (plus on roads) for the top of the range Captiva 7 LX diesel. Audi A8 Diesel The environmental cost of owning a top-end luxury tourer has just been slashed with the release of both V6 and V8 diesel- engined Audi A8. These two engines offer state-of-the-art technology coupled to an eight-speed transmission to offer blister ing performance while remaining unbelievably fr ugal. The top spec 4.2L twin turbo V8 produces 258kW and a staggering 800Nm of torque while retur ning official combined fuel consumption figures of 7.6L/100 km, or the equivalent of a Nissan Tiida. Equally impressive is the V6 producing 184kW and 550Nm while returning 6.6l/100km. These vehicles are serious luxury cruisers offering standard Audi Quattro AWD and a myriad of safety features and aids that almost make the driver an option al accessor y. With an entry-level cost for the V6 at around $188,000 (plus on roads) you might not think the options list would be too long. Add another $40,000 if all the boxes are ticked. The one that caught my eye was the Bang and Olufsen audio upgrade for around $16,000. I suppose you could upgrade the audio or maybe buy a new Yaris! Ford Territory After one of the longest waits in Australian automotive history the new Diesel Ford Territory has hit the streets. Power from the 2.7L land Rover- sourced V6 diesel is smooth, moving the 2.1 tonne Territor y along effortlessly. Coupled to the six-speed auto, it’s a smart transmission with seamless gearshifts. The suspension has also been given the once-over w ith firmer spr ings and larger roll bars, but the basic suspension architecture remains the same. The new suspension doesn’t compromise ride quality, which was a hallmark of the previous models, but does provide flatter cornering and sharper turn-in. Also new is an electr ic-assist power steering system. This allows much lighter steer ing at parking speeds while offer ing benefits in terms of fuel economy. On the subject of economy, a largely highway run in the diesel netted just on 8 L/100km, the likes of which I have never seen in a Ter ritor y. Ford has made significant overall improvements to the Territory and I can’t wait to get into one for a longer drive. For Darren Moody’s full reviews of these new vehicles, check the Motoring section of the RACT Community Blog – www.ract.com.au 0613 Strata Title Insurance is issued by RACT Insurance Pty Ltd ABN 96 068 167 804. Please read the relevant Product Disclosure Statement before making any decision regarding this product. Contact us on 13 27 22 for a copy. Use of the Rubik’s cube® is by permission of Seven Towns Ltd. Deal directly with a Tasmanian. Visit your local branch or call 13 27 22 Did you know that individual insurance is not enough to protect your unit or flat? If you’re part of a body corporate, you can’t miss RACT Insurance’s free strata title information session. Topics of discussion will include: • What is a strata title scheme? • What does strata title insurance cover? • What is a body corporate? • What insurance requirements is a body corporate responsible for? RACT Insurance Strata Title Information Session Tuesday June 28 2011, 2.30 - 3.30pm at RACT House Afternoon tea included – register your interest today! Call Toni on 6236 4423 or email email@example.com Strata title insurance that understands Tasmanians? Solved. Find out how to get complete strata title protection .for your flat or unit. Life on the move June / July 2011 33
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