John Mellor's Australia’s Number One Automotive Industry Journal August 22, 2007 GoAuto news 50,000 READERS WEEKLY No. 399 Jack of all trades Holden unmasks its all-new VE Ute - from page 5 Lives at stake Chief coroner calls for all cars to be ﬁtted with ESC in Australia By JAMES STANFORD would have corrected the car, corrected the VICTORIA’S chief coroner has called on all oversteer and possibly saved the ﬁve lives,” car manufacturers and importers in Australia to Mr Johnstone said. “When you look into the ﬁt electronic stability control (ESC) as standard, eyes of the single surviving family member stating it is “technology we must have.” and you know her life, she is only a young kid As Toyota this week conﬁrmed GoAuto’s of 21 or 22, you know that her life has changed August 10 report that it would now ﬁt ESC forever, she doesn’t have a family any more, across the Camry range, and Holden announced you know this is what we have got to do.” it would do likewise with the all-new VE Mr Johnstone said mandating the ﬁtment utility range, coroner Graeme Johnstone said of ESC was not necessarily the way to get the A still from the Victorian Transport best result, arguing that regulation would not between 50 and 100 lives could be saved every Accident Commission’s ESC television ad be required if manufacturers heeded his call to year in Victoria alone if all vehicles were ﬁtted with ESC. take-up rates, a much higher proportion of new ﬁt the technology as standard. “It was invented back in 1995 – think about it, cars sold in the United States and Europe come The Swedish government has not mandated that would mean 1600 to 1200 lives, 600 to 1200 standard with the feature. For example, 95 per for ESC but, according to safety experts, families, countless families involved in incidents cent of new vehicles sold in Sweden are ﬁtted has promoted it heavily which has led to that would have never happened,” he said. with ESC standard. community support and the inclusion of “If we sit here in 12 years’ time and say, “We see the Swedes taking it on …why feature by car-makers. ‘What if we had committed to bringing in should we be so far behind?” Mr Johnstone ESC is ﬁtted as standard to most Australian- ESC into all cars sold in this country, what asked. “It is time we all pulled the proverbial made cars including the Holden Commodore, a difference we would have made?’ And we ﬁnger out and did something about it.” Ford Territory, most Falcons and the Toyota hadn’t actually done it now? I think we should Mr Johnstone ﬁrst called for manufacturers Aurion (and now Camry). The Mitsubishi 380 quite rightly be ashamed of ourselves.” to ﬁt their cars with ESC as standard when he is not available with ESC. Speaking at the Smart Demo technology delivered his ﬁndings into a 2004 crash near Continued next page conference in Melbourne last week, Mr Campbell’s Creek on the Midland Highway, TOYOTA BLOWS SPORT Johnstone revealed his frustration that only 25 Victoria. Five occupants of an HSV ClubSport INTO AURION per cent of new cars sold in Australia feature died when its 17-year-old learner driver lost the life-saving technology. control and collided with an oncoming truck. - page 3-4, 12-13 While many Asian countries have low ESC “The evidence I got was that ESC probably SUBSCRIBE FREE: www.mellor.net ADVERTISE: Steve Butcher Ph: 0419 562 110 John Mellor's SUBSCRIBE FREE: www.mellor.net GoAutonews A U G U S T 2 2 , 2 0 0 7 Page 2 Lives at stake Continued from previous page GM Holden vehicle regulation and certiﬁcation manager Mike Goonan, who represented the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) at the Smart Demo conference, said Australian manufacturers were working to have ESC ﬁtted to as many vehicles as possible, but emphasised that only 20 per cent of all new vehicles sold in Australia are made locally. That meant local car-makers had less control Camry over the content of imported vehicles, he said. “I would just like to make the point that the be some performance-related test.” Mr Newstead said the rate of ESC take-up in local industry is certainly trying to do its bit and An ESC regulation framework is currently Sweden showed governments that make ESC a we have to work on our suppliers,” he said. being studied by the United Nations Economic high priority and promote it accordingly could Bosch-supplied ﬁgures reveal the ESC take- Commission for Europe, which may follow the make a difference. However, he said that in up rate in the US stands at 46 per cent and 45 lead of the US, which has approved a phased Australia, government regulation mandating per cent in Europe. In Japan, only 25 per cent plan to mandate ESC in all passenger vehicles ESC for all vehicles, starting off with SUVs, of new cars come with ESC, while 26 per cent by September 2011. The US National Highway could be the only way to get car-makers to of cars sold in South Korea have the safety Trafﬁc Safety Administration (NHTSA) has include the safety feature in the short term. feature. China might have a booming car developed an ESC test which includes testing “Regulation is almost inevitable if you want it industry, but ESC is ﬁtted to just ﬁve per cent the vehicle’s dynamic ability. to be taken up quickly,” he said. of new budget-focused cars. Mr Goonan said the FCAI would Mr Newstead said to the end of 2005, less Mr Goonan said a large percentage back global ESC regulation which than two per cent of vehicles on Australian of Australia’s imported vehicles used a dynamic test, but cautioned roads were ﬁtted with ESC. “You need to get came from Japan and South Korea, that it would not be introduced to 100 per cent ﬁtment for a considerable time which meant they were less likely to overnight. “We would support that, to get that number to come up signiﬁcantly,” he come with ESC. “The statistics show but that is obviously going to take a said. “Going half-arsed at it now is really going they are the lowest area when it bit of time,” he said. to put us behind the eight-ball.” comes to uptake of ESC. Our source The importance of ﬁtting ESC as Mr Newstead attacked car-makers which countries, where the majority of the standard to all vehicles in Australia did not ﬁt ESC as standard and singled out cars are coming from, are very low, will be highlighted further when the all-new Toyota Corolla, which could soon which is what is dragging down our Graeme Johnstone the internationally acclaimed become the best-selling car in Australia. The (ESC inclusion) ﬁgure,” he said. Monash University Accident Research Centre Corolla sold in Australia will not be available Mr Goonan predicted ESC would be (MUARC) publishes a report next month on with ESC until late in 2008. included in more imported vehicles in time as the effectiveness of ESC on Australian roads. “It should be on the cars now, as standard,” more vehicles adopted technology that would “It will show that we can’t ignore this said Mr Newstead. “The Corolla in many more easily enable ESC inclusion, such as technology,” said author and MUARC senior countries has ESC as standard, so why is it not four-channel ABS brakes and electronic throttle research fellow Stuart Newstead. available here, not even as an option? I think control. He said if any regulation was introduced He said that while all motorists would be it is extremely disappointing and is a case of in Australia, it had to be in conjunction with a helped with ESC, drivers of vehicles with a marketing triumphing over commonsense.” global program which would include a standard higher centre of gravity such as SUVs beneﬁt Toyota Australia said it did not consider rigorous test to ensure the ESC system actually the most from the technology. including ESC when locking in the speciﬁcation operated to an acceptable level. “It is the most important class to target of the new Corolla two years ago and had since “There is no real point in just mandating and ﬁrst as they are the vehicles with the biggest requested it, but added that it would take more saying you must have ESC. Really, what does stability issues. We know that in an SUV, ESC than 12 months for it to be tuned and tested for that mean? You could put a badge on the back is up to 70 per cent effective,” he said. “It is a local conditions. saying it has got it,” Mr Goonan said. “It has to no-brainer for them to have it.” FULL STORY: CLICK HERE Providing Dealer Management Solutions Across the World www.auto-it.com.au +61 3 9349 3062 Australia : New Zealand : USA : Malaysia : Singapore : Sth Africa Dealer Management Systems Produced by GoAuto Newsroom: Ph: (03) 9598 6477 PO Box 18, Sandringham VIC 3191 PUBLISHER: John Mellor John Mellor's SUBSCRIBE FREE: www.mellor.net GoAutonews A U G U S T 2 2 , 2 0 0 7 Page 3 Hustle, not muscle Toyota claims it never set out to build a muscle car for tribalists. No, the TRD Aurion is something else... By MARTON PETTENDY statement without being overt and they deliver Toyota claims most buyers will be poached TOYOTA Australia has admitted its much- owner and driver satisfaction without stress.” from imported European and Japanese cars in anticipated TRD Aurion sports sedan, launched The company that has not offered anything the $50,000-$60,000 region, which the TRD this week with a starting price of $56,990, will resembling a sportscar in its range since the sedan is claimed to match for reﬁnement, not convert what it calls “true-blue tribalists” MR2 and Celica coupes quietly disappeared response and performance. from Ford and Holden – brands which it two years ago is coy about sales forecasts But it maintains the hottest Aurion also claims have attracted just 20 per cent of the and admits the TRD Aurion is designed more represents an alternative to $60,000-plus “performance-enhanced” vehicle market in the to inject equity, loyalty and passion into the Australian-made V8 muscle cars from HSV past decade, despite doubling of the segment Toyota brand than to attract outright sales. and FPV which, unlike TRD and Toyota, are from about 11,000 vehicle sales in 1997. “The TRD brand is going to be worth far not wholly-owned subsidiaries of Holden “We weren’t looking to build a muscle more than the immediate sales it generates. and Ford. Interestingly, the TRD Aurion is car,” said Toyota Australia’s senior executive The TRD brand will enhance the Toyota brand assembled under contract by Prodrive, which director sales and marketing David Buttner. by adding more style, performance, excitement also owns 51 per cent of FPV. “The tribalists will not contemplate another and the ability to turn heads,” said Mr Buttner. “TRD Aurion matches the size of the locally brand as they aspire to own the latest version “As well as bringing new customers on board, produced sports sedans that are priced above it, of the car their fathers drove. TRD will be the pinnacle brand that will attract and it exceeds the performance of its imported “TRD models are for people who appreciate younger buyers to Toyota and engender greater rivals,” said Mr Buttner. ﬁne performance and nuance. They make a brand loyalty,” he said. Continued next page EDITOR: Terry Martin MANAGING EDITOR: Marton Pettendy JOURNALISTS: Byron Mathioudakis, James Stanford, David Hassall PRODUCTION AND GRAPHICS: Chris Harris, Luc Britten SUB-EDITORS: Katrina Webb, Georgia O'Connell NEW MODEL DIARY: Lou Paolino John Mellor's SUBSCRIBE FREE: www.mellor.net GoAutonews A U G U S T 2 2 , 2 0 0 7 Page 4 Hustle, not muscle Continued from previous page Toyota will not divulge sales forecasts for the TRD Aurion, the development costs for which are believed to be around $5 million (including the TRD brand launch itself), but executives have targeted the Mazda6 MPS and Liberty GT, which both attract around 70 to 90 sales per month, as the hot Aurion’s most direct rivals. “Market research has demonstrated the potential of the TRD brand with its awareness in the target market already matching that of Subaru’s STi and Mercedes-Benz’s AMG,” said Mr Buttner. “The great performance of our TRD rally team, with Simon Evans winning the and cars. He said the TRD Aurion’s sub- at the Melbourne International Motor Show drivers’ championship last year and combining $57,000 starting price was designed to attract alongside the Aurion Sports Concept, which with Neal Bates to win the manufacturers’ “user-choosers” looking for a car under the debuted at Sydney last October) set down for a cup, has contributed measurably to TRD brand luxury-car tax threshold. late 2007 launch as the second TRD model. awareness in Australia. According to Toyota, TRD customers will Toyota this week conﬁrmed a feasibility study “The high recognition of the TRD brand – be more passionate about their vehicles than is underway for a third model, likely to be either even before the ﬁrst TRD product was launched the average motorist, and they are likely to be a Corolla V6 or a 1.8-litre Yaris. An all-wheel in Australia – demonstrates the importance of younger, better educated and wealthier. More drive TRD Aurion may also eventuate. having a strong motorsport heritage, which than 60 per cent are expected to have a bachelor “As we invest in and develop TRD, there is Toyota has built up over the past 50 years.” degree or higher, and they are likely to be high- no limitation to the donor vehicles available Toyota celebrated exactly 50 years in income earners with an average yearly income for our expansion,” said Mr Buttner. motorsport during the Hobart launch of the TRD of $105,000. The average age of people likely Toyota has appointed 26 specialist TRD Aurion, dating back to August 21, 1957, when to buy the TRD Aurion is 37 – almost a decade dealers within established Toyota dealerships, Kunio Kaminomura and Koujiro Konda took younger than the average Toyota customer. mainly in metropolitan areas. A further 15 will part in the Mobilgas Round Australia Trial in As Toyota has said from the outset, all of be added, mostly in regional areas, later this a 48hp Toyopet Crown – the ﬁrst international its top-selling imported passenger cars are year when the TRD HiLux is released. motor racing entry by any Japanese car. candidates to eventually join an expanded TRD Toyota says it expects TRD to make a proﬁt, Mr Buttner said the target market was model range, with a supercharged 4.0-litre but not necessarily in the short-term. primarily men aged 35 to 50 who love sport V6 HiLux 4WD dual-cab ute (as previewed Fever pitch – page 12 Regional Business Manager • An opportunity to shift perceptions • Sydney based Your sales and management expertise will contribute to a • Monitoring of business performance and dealer standards premium European manufacturer which is currently achieving • Ensuring all dealers meet CSI standards exceptional sales growth of better than 30 percent. 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By BYRON MATHIOUDAKIS GM HOLDEN has given its all-new utility the “clean sheet” VE treatment – and at the light commercial vehicle’s market release in October, it will be become the ﬁrst Australian- built ute to offer the life-saving electronic SV6 stability control (ESC) technology as standard across the entire range. This is something that the second-generation before, while the tailgate’s hinges are now To be priced from $30,990 for the base model versions since 2000 (the VU-VZ) have been concealed. in either manual or automatic guises (with air- unable to achieve, in stark contrast to the Compared to the VE sedan, more than 60 conditioning), the ute is based on the current Commodore-based sedans over the years. body panels are unique to the Ute, with the rear Commodore sedan platform released in August Stylistically, the VE Ute adopts the sedan’s structure having been substantially reinforced 2006 and has variations of the VE sedan’s aggressive long-bonnet silhouette, as well as to accommodate the load-bearing forces, monocoque body, interior, and engineering the ﬂared wheelarches, steeply capacity and robustness that technologies including the sophisticated multi- raked windscreen and clean PRICING: are needed on such a vehicle. link independent suspension set-up which was body surfaces. Omega 195kW $30,990 A heavy-duty cargo liner eight years in the making. At ﬁrst glance, much of the Omega 180kW (a) $30,990 – moulded to ﬁt snugly – is More interior space and comfort, improved outgoing VZ Ute’s proportions SV6 $35,990 ﬁtted on every model, the SV6 (a) $36,990 performance, greater levels of crash avoidance have been retained, but there is ﬂoor is corrugated to allow SS $39,990 and protection and a higher degree of ﬂexibility more of a coupe-like shape to the for easy cleaning and water SS (a) $41,990 are the upshot. cabin – revealing signiﬁcantly run-off, while six cargo SS V $44,990 Adding a further $105 million to the VE more interior space – while the tie-down hooks have been SS V (a) $46,990 sedan’s $1 billion expenditure, Holden is side body panel is now a single incorporated. They now are hoping that its latest ute – only the third all-new piece running from the A-pillar to the tailgate. of a more functional design. version since the Commodore-based era began According to Holden, this aids quality “through All but the base model boasts a tonneau cover with the VN-derived VG in 1990 – decisively dimensional stability and repeatability”. featuring the “snap lock” clipping system. outsells its Ford Falcon ute nemesis. The wrap-around tail-lights are larger than Continued next page ‘Mahindra Victoria Dealer Open Day’ Thursday 30th August 2007: 10am – 5pm Be part of the future of Australian Motoring Join TMI Pacific at a Prospective Victorian Mahindra Dealer Open Day, to view the new Mahindra range and to be part of this exciting brand. The release of Mahindra motor vehicles in Australia in early 2007 has opened up new potential for the Australian retail motor industry, and as such, vehicles will be on display for Dealer inspection. 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Aping the current Commodore sedan, the and 340Nm at 2600rpm respectively – partly All V8 Utes also include dual cargo nets in VE Ute introduces the Omega name at the due to the use of a dual-exhaust system. the rear panels, while all vehicles come with two bottom of the range, and the SS V model at Next up is the VE SV6 Ute. It, too, uses the storage compartments beneath the load ﬂoor and the top. LY7 V6 in six-speed manual mode, but then a rear-sited centre T-panel that is meant to add a Unsurprisingly then, the Omega Ute uses switches to the upgraded, French-sourced little visual titivation to the interior. the Melbourne-made LE0 3.6-litre Alloytec 5L40E ﬁve-speed automatic gearbox with a V6 engine, delivering 180kW of power Tiptronic-style sequential-shift facility that at 6000rpm and 330Nm of torque at Holden dubs “Active Select”. 2600rpm. However, this just applies Among other items, the SV6’s suspension is to the automatic Omega, utilising the in a ﬁrmer – or sportier – state of tune. decades-old US-made 4L60E four-speed Topping the VE Ute range are the V8s, which automatic transmission. use the American L98 6.0-litre GEN IV unit Unlike the Omega sedan, Omega in Ute producing (on 98 RON premium unleaded) guise can be had with a manual gearbox 270kW at 5700rpm and 530Nm at 4400rpm. – the Japanese-built AY6 six-speed Like the VE sedan, the V8 is mated to either manual only found with the LY7 High the US-made 6L80E six-speed automatic or Output Alloytec V6. As a result, power long-lived T56 six-speed manual gearbox. SS and torque rises to 195kW at 6500rpm Continued page 8 Looking for an adventure in a culturally diverse country? Papua New Guinea is Australia’s nearest neighbour and is a developing nation. It is a place where you can really make a difference and impact on the people. 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Find out who the drivers were and why we chose them at www.shell.com.au/helix John Mellor's SUBSCRIBE FREE: www.mellor.net GoAutonews A U G U S T 2 2 , 2 0 0 7 Page 8 Trade show Continued from page 6 On the fuel-economy front, it is the Omega auto that records the lowest ADR 81/01 combined average result, beating the Omega and SV6 manual’s 11.4L/100km reading by 0.1L/100km. The SV6 auto registers 11.6L/100km, while the V8 auto and manual use 14.0 and 14.5L/100km respectively. Holden says all these ﬁgures were ascertained on pre-production vehicles. A new engine cradle – another VE sedan application for the Ute – is signiﬁcantly stiffer characteristics include improved ride isolation Omega’s 16-inch steel wheels being one inch and stronger than the VZ’s, aiding crash due to a hydraulically damped bush in the forward larger than before. The SV6 and SS wheels rise protection in the process, helping to quell spherical joint, and greater lateral stiffness for from 17 to 18 inch alloys, while the SS V tops noise, vibration and harshness (NVH), and precise handling as a result of having a rubber that with a 19-inch alloy set. improving dynamic abilities. spherical joint in the lateral link. Compared to the outgoing VZ, the brakes Unlike all Falcon utilities since 1960, the VE The front geometry also features negative scrub are bigger, quieter (an apply sensor replaces continues with Commodore Ute tradition by not radius, short spindle length, high castor and short two switches), offer a stiffer pedal feel, and employing rear leaf springs. Ditching the 1970s mechanical trail, while there is full adjustability have a stopping distance advantage. Opel-derived independent system found in the for camber, caster and toe characteristics. Some of the new-to-Ute features developed VZ, the VE’s so-called Linear Control Suspension Out back, a four-link independent rear for the VE sedan and found on every vehicle adds a far-higher degree of sophistication to suspension features coil-over shock absorbers include a completely revamped heating, Holden’s latest commercial vehicle. and a decoupled anti-roll bar, which together ventilation and air-conditioning system, larger The front end comprises a multi-link strut help create high lateral stiffness for better and more legible instrumentation dials with with a direct-acting anti-roll bar. handling attributes and improved longitudinal Night Mode illumination, satellite navigation Along with a forward-mounted, powered compliance for the beneﬁt of ride comfort thanks and telematics capability (although these are rack-and-pinion-type steering rack, it helps the to the inclusion of elastic bushes fore and aft. options), new-generation Blaupunkt audio driver have a better connection with the road, A rubber-isolated rear suspension frame systems, Bluetooth connectivity, ﬂat wiper as well as improved on-centre steering feel dramatically reduces NVH. blades, a locking fuel-ﬁller door and one-touch and directional stability during certain sudden Like the front, the camber and toe are fully lane-change indicators. manoeuvres, while ﬁltering out undesirable adjustable, with the upshot here being improved The SS V panders to a perceived growing forces created by things such as crosswinds vehicle responses, sharper handling, better demand for upmarket commercial vehicles. and unexpected road camber changes. isolation and ride comfort and reduced sensitivity Above the SS’s sports-contoured seats and six- Holden claim some of this design’s to payload changes, according to Holden. disc CD audio, it includes dual-zone climate The Omega Ute has suspension that is control air-conditioning, projector headlights biased to higher ground clearance than the and alloy-faced pedals. sportier set-up found in the other, more Accessories include a “Super Box”, hard expensive models. tonneau cover, cargo tie-down rails, sports bar, Beefed up for its commercial vehicle ladder and roof rack, sports decal kit and an application, the VE Ute’s suspension has interior luggage organiser. A leather pack will been tweaked so it can more ably cope be available on SV6 and SS for $1,250. with the load demands placed on it. Holden claims it has undertaken over The aforementioned front anti-roll bar’s 650,000km of reliability testing on the VE diameter drops from 16 to 12mm to further Ute alone. The company is expected to release reduce any oversteering tendencies. further product, engineering and marketing Wheel-and-tyre packages have seen details later this week. The ﬁrst media drive upgrades across the range, with the impressions will come next month. THE NEW FORCE IN ‘Join Ken Rich at the AICPA Auto MOTOR INDUSTRY ACCOUNTING Dealership Financial Management Conference in Orlando, Oct – 25/26’ firstname.lastname@example.org Auto Team Australia is a group of QLD Rich & Co Ph: 07 3229 0080 professional accountants with extensive, Vindico Partners Ph: 07 3225 3500 individual motor industry experience. 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UrbanHybrid features a reversible alternator- show, the production version – minus the However, far from being a 1950s throwback, starter and super-capacitors that can store large convertible body (for now) – will debut at the the Airscape introduces a variation of the amounts of energy temporarily. Geneva motor show in March as the C5. bio-diesel/electric hybrid drivetrain dubbed When the six-speed automatic transmission Australians will be able to buy it as a “UrbanHybrid” that parent company PSA is in ‘Drive’ and travelling under 6km/h with ﬁve-door hatchback or four-door wagon by Peugeot-Citroen is preparing for production the driver’s foot on the brake, the C5 Airscape’s the end of next year. Expect the Australian from the end of the decade. engine cuts out, only to restart seamlessly the International Motor Show in Sydney to be In this application, the internal combustion instant the foot lifts off the brake. 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Fleet Environment Award John Mellor's SUBSCRIBE FREE: www.mellor.net GoAutonews A U G U S T 2 2 , 2 0 0 7 Page 10 Licenced Licenced to thrill Aston Martin unveils the production version of 007 James Bond’s DBS By MARTON PETTENDY IT SEEMS like an eternity since Daniel Craig – aka Bond, James Bond – ﬁrst roared onto the big screen in Aston Martin’s newest automotive masterpiece in the latest 007 ﬂick, Casino Royale. Now, ﬁnally, the real deal has emerged, in the shape of the DBS production car, which made its world-ﬁrst public appearance as the experience and bridges the gap between our carbon-ﬁbre composite body that appears to feature display at Monterey Bay’s exclusive road and track cars – the DB9 and DBR9,” said be faithful to the concept car, which Dr Bez Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance last week. Aston Martin CEO Dr Ulrich Bez. “The DBS described as “explosive power in a black tie” Pricing will be announced at the Frankfurt is the ultimate expression of Aston Martin’s and which later became the Casino Royale car. motor show on September 11, ahead of ﬁrst engineering and technical ability. It offers pure The two-seater rear-drive DBS coupe stands deliveries in the ﬁrst quarter of next year. performance without compromise.” on 20-inch alloy wheels (8.5 inches wide up Now in production, the DBS replaces the Indeed, with claimed statistics like front, 11.5-inch at rear) with 245/35-section Vanquish S as the fastest car in the Aston 0-100km/h acceleration in 4.3 seconds and a front and 295/30-section rear Pirelli P-Zero Martin range, and joins the DB9, the V8 302km/h top speed, the 380kW/570Nm 48- rubber and is stopped by carbon-ceramic brakes Vantage Coupe, and its topless twin, the valve 5.9-litre V12-powered DBS (to be up comprising massive ventilated 398mm/360mm Vantage Roadster, launched earlier this year. almost 20kW on the DB9) is right up there front/rear discs. Constructed on the current VH (Vertical, with the quickest supercars. Suspension is by double wishbones, anti-roll Horizontal) architecture at the formerly Ford- The transmission comprises a rear-mid bars and monotube adaptive dampers all round, owned sportscar brand’s global HQ at Gaydon mounted, six-speed manual gearbox, an alloy plus an Adaptive Damping System (ADS) in the UK, Aston claims the DBS sets new torque tube with carbon-ﬁbre propeller shaft, with Track mode, while the rack-and-pinion benchmarks for the marque and brings its road limited-slip differential and a ﬁnal drive ratio Servotronic speed-sensitive power-assisted cars one step closer to the successful DBR9 of 3.71:1. steering features three turns lock-to-lock and race car. Matching its front mid-mounted hand-built tilt/reach steering column adjustment. “The DBS delivers the complete driving engine is an aluminium, magnesium alloy and FULL STORY: CLICK HERE Field Service Representative • Work with one of the automotive industry’s most dynamic manufacturers • Support our Dealers in resolving technical issues • Help our Dealer network achieve even higher levels of productivity and customer satisfaction Mazda (WA) is the state-based distributor of Mazda vehicles, • Apply a strong customer focus to assess and address concerns working with an energetic and highly performing franchised Dealer of Mazda customers network. 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To apply for this position, please email your resume and cover letter to email@example.com John Mellor's SUBSCRIBE FREE: www.mellor.net GoAutonews A U G U S T 2 2 , 2 0 0 7 Page 11 AMG high notes Merc to unleash monster CL65 coupe and S63 sedan in the near future By TERRY MARTIN MERCEDES-BENZ has again ﬂexed its considerable muscle in the ultra-luxurious high-performance car sector, conﬁrming this month that both the AMG-branded CL65 and S63 will be arriving in Australia in the not-too- distant future. Having used its 450kW/1000Nm 6.0-litre twin-turbo V12 in the S65 AMG to claim the CL65 AMG title of world’s most powerful series-production saloon, the German manufacturer has seen ﬁt As we have seen in both the S65 and SL65 rear), various carbon-ﬁbre AMG exterior to cram the awesome engine into the CL series, AMGs, the handcrafted 5980cc V12 bi-turbo adornments, AMG sports suspension, AMG and when it arrives in October – priced from a reaches its peak power at 4800rpm (and sports exhaust (including two twin-chromed remarkable $474,974 – the CL65 AMG is set maintains it to 5100rpm), while the incredible AMG V12-design tailpipes) and AMG high- to become the nation’s most powerful coupe. 1000Nm torque peak is produced from 2000- performance brakes with new double-frame Even quicker than the stunning new Speed 4000rpm. sliding callipers at the front. version of Bentley’s Continental GT super- It combines with an AMG Speedshift ﬁve- Claimed to be a world ﬁrst, the twin sliding coupe unveiled earlier this month, the CL65 speed automatic gearbox, which includes callipers are said to combine the advantages of AMG (like the S65 sedan) boasts claimed 0- aluminium-coloured steering-mounted shift a ﬂoating-calliper brake – that is, lower heat 100km/h acceleration of 4.4 seconds – a tenth paddles and an S/C/M (Sport, Comfort, transfer to the brake ﬂuid and optimum brake of a second faster than the Conti GT Speed, Manual) mode which alters the transmission pad placement – with the performance of a which uses a 449kW/750Nm version of characteristics, modiﬁes throttle response and large ﬁxed-calliper brake. The rear brakes use Volkswagen’s 6.0-litre twin-turbo W12. changes spring and damper settings. a large frame-type sliding calliper. Mercedes also claims that the speedometer Beﬁtting a sticker price as high as this one, Composite blind-drilled brake discs are needle will reach 200km/h in 13.3 seconds, as the and the evocative AMG connections, the CL65 used at both the front and rear, measuring ﬂagship CL – which will crown the beautiful-but- AMG has among its standard features 20-inch 390mm and 365mm respectively. Stopping expensive coupe range released in March – hurtles AMG double-spoke forged wheels (supporting performance from 100-0km/h is 35.6m. towards its restricted 250km/h maximum. Z-rated 255/35 tyres up front, 275/35 at the FULL STORY: CLICK HERE Providing financial solutions to the motor industry Deloitte provides a range of professional services aimed To view more on our services, click this advert to be directed at ensuring your business is performing at its best. 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Unlike Ford and Holden, Toyota is not With at least 100kg less to cart around, FIVE years in the making, the most powerful shy about revealing performance ﬁgures for however, the front-wheel drive Toyota’s and most expensive new Toyota ever seen in its homegrown sports sedan, which exceeds claimed performance ﬁgures are just as quick Australia is a reality – almost six months after the Toyota’s own target outputs of 235kW/395Nm as those recorded by Ford’s premium Falcons. Japanese giant’s Toyota Racing Development by delivering 241kW at 6500rpm (a 20 per An ofﬁcial 0-100km/h acceleration time of (TRD) brand was trumpeted at the Melbourne cent increase) and a healthy 400Nm of torque 6.09 seconds (1.3 seconds better than the base International Motor Show in March. from a similarly peaky 4000rpm on 98-octane Aurion AT-X, which claims 7.4 seconds) and a Delayed by a longer-than-expected premium unleaded fuel. standing 400-metre sprint time of 14.2 seconds development quest for meaningful and reliable Toyota says more than 300Nm of torque is puts the TRD Aurion in the same performance performance gains over the Camry-based large available between 1250rpm and redline, and ballpark as the rear-drive XR6T, XR8 and even car upon which it is based, the supercharged that at 1800rpm the TRD engine matches the FPV’s GT – and hot on the heels of Holden’s TRD Aurion sedan is the ﬁrst model from naturally-aspirated Aurion’s 336Nm torque 6.0-litre V8-powered SS models. Toyota Toyota’s ambitious new special vehicle peak. engineers say the TRD Aurion laps the Phillip division in Australia – the only nation in which That is 37kW and 64Nm up on the 204kW Island circuit about 12 seconds quicker than TRD now exists as a separate vehicle brand at 6200rpm and 336Nm at 4700rpm outputs the regular Aurion, in 1:59. under Toyota. delivered by the regular Aurion’s 3.5-litre Ofﬁcial ADR 81/01 fuel consumption rises Late it may be, but slow the TRD Aurion DOHC alloy V6 on PULP (200kW on ULP), just one litre per 100km, from 9.9L/100km to thanks to a new four-lobe Eaton TVS 10.0L/100km, while CO2 exhaust emissions (Twin Vortices Series) supercharger, rise to 257g/km, but the 2GR-FE 60-degree V6 which makes its world production-car still qualiﬁes as Euro IV emissions-compliant. debut in the TRD Aurion. What’s more, Toyota claims the six-speed That makes TRD Aurion the world’s auto-only TRD races on to a top speed of no most powerful front-drive model and less than 258km/h – or at least it would if it the most powerful naturally-aspirated was not electronically limited to 250km/h. six-cylinder engine in its class, but with Equally European-inﬂuenced are the model just 17Nm more peak torque than a variant names – 3500S (for Supercharged or garden-variety Falcon, the numbers fall Sport) and 3500SL (for Sport Luxury) – which short of the least-expensive locally-built come with pricetags that are closer to HSV/ performance car: Ford’s Falcon XR6 FPV than SS/XR territory. 3500S Turbo, which produces 245kW/480Nm. Continued next page John Mellor's SUBSCRIBE FREE: www.mellor.net GoAutonews A U G U S T 2 2 , 2 0 0 7 Page 13 Fever pitch Continued from previous page TRD Aurion pricing opens $7000 above the most expensive Aurion (the $49,990 Presara) and $14,500 above the priciest Aurion Sportivo (the $42,500 ZR6) – at $56,990 for the 3500S. That makes the cheapest TRD $14,000 more expensive than the XR6T ($42,990), $13,000 more than the XR8 ($43,990), $12,000 more than the Commodore SS ($44,990), $4500 more than the SS V ($52,490) and $2000 less than the V8 Calais V Series ($58,990). Meantime, at no less than $61,500, the ﬂagship 3500SL narrowly undercuts manual versions of the FPV Typhoon ($61,810), 3500S FPV GT ($62,210) and HSV ClubSport R8 ($62,890). developed and Altona-built TRD version comes ﬂoor mats, Smart Entry and push-start TRD However, Toyota says the TRD Aurion is with Toyota’s full three-year/100,000km new- Smart Start, rear parking sensors, dual-zone most likely to be shopped against performance car warranty and retains its donor car’s 1600kg automatic air-conditioning and six-way power versions of mid-sized Japanese sedans like braked towing capacity. adjustment for the front passenger seat. the AWD Mazda6 MPS, which is priced Apart from the blown 241kW V6 and Silver-ﬁnish alloys, a grey rather than body- substantially lower at $48,645, and the Subaru TRD sports exhaust system with integrated coloured grille surround and “unique 3500SL Liberty GT, which sells for between $54,490 exhaust outlets, both versions grade bumper highlights” and $57,990 (wagon). feature ﬁrmer TRD-tuned PRICING: differentiate the premium 3500S (a) $56,990 Entry-level European car customers are also suspension, bigger PBR TRD model externally and, 3500SL (a) $61,500 potential TRD Aurion buyers, claims Toyota. performance brakes, dark interestingly, the SL also Positioned just under the luxury tax threshold, grey metallic 19x8.0-inch ROH/TRD alloy scores “a rear bumper reinforcement to optimise the cheapest TRD is the same price as compact wheels with 245/35ZR19 Dunlop Sport Maxx body rigidity and improve handling” plus extra luxury sedans like Audi’s A4 1.8T quattro, tyres, rear underbody bracing, underbody options including satellite-navigation. the base C200K version of Mercedes’ new C- aero enhancements, a TRD engine cover, red Individually numbered TRD Aurion plaques class and the entry-level IS250 from Lexus, leather/suede sports seats and door trims, grace the centre console and engine bay and Toyota’s own luxury arm, and between BMW’s power driver’s seat adjustment, a red leather- the TRD branding package extends to an base 320i ($53,600) and the 320i Executive wrapped steering wheel, alloy pedals and TRD ‘R’-pattern mesh radiator grille, a TRD rear ($58,500). scuff plates. garnish logo, a leather-embossed TRD logo As the halo variant Aurion needs to Of course, there is also the obligatory sports on the steering wheel and seatback, and ‘R’- legitimately compete with Falcon and bodykit, designed by the Paul Beranger-led pattern Alcantara highlights. Commodore, the Australian-designed and Toyota Style Australia and comprising TRD Genuine Toyota options such as a bonnet bumpers, side skirts, a rear spoiler, smoked protector, headlight covers, boot liner and headlights and foglights. Standard across weather shields can also be had, and the the line-up is a multi-function trip computer, Aurion’s ﬁxed-price ($120) service plan Lexus-style Optitron instruments and a applies for the ﬁrst four services within the ﬁrst six-CD stacker. As with many of its Euro, three years or 60,000km. Japanese and Australian rivals, microdot The recommended service interval remains security identiﬁcation is also applied. 15,000km and the standard Aurion’s full For an extra $4500, the top-shelf 3500SL complement of twin front and side airbags, adds plum-coloured full leather interior ABS and (non-switchable) traction/stability trim, a dark grey/plum TRD leather-bound control carries over. steering wheel and gearshift knob, piano- For drive impressions, go to black door and dashboard highlights, TRD www.goauto.com.au from this Thursday. The customer contact specialists for the automotive industry. • Customer loyalty initiatives • Concern resolution • Customer retention/acquisition programs • Market research How can we help you? 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New general manager Rod Barrett said that limited-edition 40th Anniversary GT that was With a price tag of $63,310 (manual and the R-Spec suspension “picks up more road released at the Melbourne International Motor auto), it is $1500 more expensive than the irregularities” than other FPV models but still has Show in March. regular F6 Typhoon but comes a sufﬁciently supple ride for regular road use. It is the ﬁrst of FPV’s with leather upholstery, MP3 “The initial idea behind R-Spec was to turbocharged six-cylinder connectivity and R-Spec logo provide an FPV vehicle for those people who models to get the more ﬂoor mats. wanted to be more competitive at track days hardcore suspension set- When the original F6 Typhoon and club sprint events, but who didn’t want to up, which was designed was launched in November 2004 compromise on the comfort of daily driving,” with track days in mind and it developed more torque than any said Mr Barrett. “The GT 40th Anniversary consists of revised dampers. Ford ever produced in Australia succeeded in ﬁtting that brief, and now for the FPV programmes manager – some 550Nm to go with its ﬁrst time our customers can enjoy the same Paul Cook said that, with 270kW of power – but it proved superior level of suspension and handling on John Bowe driving, the new limited-edition too much for a small clip in the clutch, which our award-winning Typhoon. 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(VE Commodore) and a bunch of Daewoos to sourced Barina, the Viva sells alongside Mr Gorman admitted that Ford Australia push, their (passenger market) share is down the European-built Astra and the Epica has was not happy with his own company’s by almost a full percentage point,” he said. replaced the European-built Vectra, while the performance so far this year, with sales down When asked why he thought Holden’s small- Captiva is a new entrant. by around 6500 over the same period last year car share had dropped off in the last year, Mr The Epica is selling more strongly than the in a booming market. “We knew coming in that Gorman suggested the switch to South Korean Vectra it replaced in May, while the Captiva this was going to be the most challenging year models was not delivering sales results. SUV is also adding signiﬁcant sales volume. on many fronts, particularly (for) Falcon, and “I don’t really know what is going on at Sales for the Daewoo-sourced Barina light car that has proved to be the case,” he said. Holden,” he said. “They have a lot of new sit at 7371 to the end of July, which is down Mr Gorman said the decline could be product, I will have to say that Commodore on last year, but still 1902 better than the sales explained by the expected drop-off in Falcon has done a good job for them, but their market for the previous model during the same period sales and supply problems for the Focus, as share is still down signiﬁcantly and a lot of that in 2005. well as the run-out of the old model last month. is off the back of their small-car portfolio not When it comes to small cars, Holden has He said Ford could claw back the losses to doing as well as you would have thought and, sold 4825 Vivas to the end of July this year and draw even with last year’s sales tally. frankly, some of their other products.” 11,532 Astras in the same period, giving the “We think we can reverse that in the coming Holden now sells a Daewoo-sourced light brand a total small-car ﬁgure of 16,357. This months. How? First of all we will do much car (Barina), small car (Viva), mid-sized sedan combined tally still falls short of the Astra total better on Focus and Ranger (ute),” he said. (Epica) and mid-sized SUV (Captiva). The new of the same period in 2005, before the Viva FULL STORY: CLICK HERE Fast and accurate service quoting solution for service departments Service Repairs Accessories 1800 810 103 firstname.lastname@example.org ssm.ifmsystems.com John Mellor's SUBSCRIBE FREE: www.mellor.net GoAutonews A U G U S T 2 2 , 2 0 0 7 Page 16 Renault’ Renault’s Asian move French brand relies on Korea for compact SUV By BYRON MATHIOUDAKIS RENAULT claims product diversity will underpin its growth in Australia inside the next ﬁve years. Key to this is the introduction late next year, or in early 2009, of a South Korean-built compact SUV to challenge the Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V. Koleos Based on the Koleos Concept presented at demand 4WD system – will be derived from Speaking at the launch of the Megane sedan the 2006 Paris motor show last September – as the new-generation Nissan X-Trail. diesel and Renaultsport hatch range earlier well as the virtually identical Samsung QMX However, the body and interior will be this month, Renault managing director Rudi Concept revealed in Seoul earlier this year – the completely different to the Nissan, while the Koenig revealed that the SUV will be a vital as-yet unnamed Renault soft-roader/crossover Samsung version will have its own alterations to player in the growth of the brand in Australia. SUV is expected to debut in production guise differentiate it from the French-badged vehicle. “This vehicle will give us a much wider at the Frankfurt motor show next month. Overseas reports suggest that front-wheel reach of the market,” Mr Koenig said. “We are It will be the ﬁrst French-badged SUV to drive-only models may also be offered in some certainly looking forward to getting that car.” ever be sold in Australia. markets, although the lower import duty that Mr Koenig is also keen to challenge any Co-developed and built by Samsung Motors 4WD vehicles attract in Australia will probably perceived notions of cost-cutting or money- (in which Renault owns an 80 per cent share) in rule this out for our market. saving as a result of the SUV having an South Korea, this vehicle will be sold in different Renault will be at the forefront of the inexpensive Asian source. “Unlike some other markets as both a Renault and a Samsung. compact SUV game, with stability, traction vehicles that are rebadged Korean product, As a result of sourcing it from Asia, Renault and hill-descent control, as well as ABS and a ours is based on a Nissan platform … that has should be price-competitive with Japanese and swag of airbags, all included in the package. been designed as a global vehicle,” he said. Thai-built rivals which dominate the light- On the engine front, the latest-generation dCi The last Renault model to use 4WD was SUV segment in Australia. common-rail turbo-diesel engines will probably the RX4, a jumped-up version of the original Much of the SUV’s architecture and be available in Australia from launch, joining Scenic mini-MPV sold locally from 2001 to mechanical hardware – including the the 2.5-litre four-cylinder petrol unit expected to 2004. It utilised several bespoke body panels, MacPherson strut front and multi-link rear be on offer. In Europe, a 2.0-litre four-cylinder a simpliﬁed and toughened torsion beam rear suspension set-up, as well as the part-time on- petrol powerplant is also part of the plan. suspension set-up and part-time AWD. 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However, rather than moving forward, Kia months,” he told GoAuto. “We’ll recover the Given the declining nature of the compact sales slid a further 7.9 per cent to the end of lost ground (and ﬁnish) above last year, I’m people-mover segment, Kia is still working July – in a record market – and has slipped conﬁdent of that, but whether we get to 25,500, out where it will pitch the Rondo, which was another place to 12th in the sales race behind which was our original goal, that’s a pretty originally to have been priced at $24,000. Suzuki. signiﬁcant challenge. The company remains conﬁdent the vehicle Mr Gillespie has defended his predictions, “Those predictions were based on having can attract buyers, but is considering giving it citing unexpected delays in getting to Australia those vehicles (diesel Sorento, 2WD Sportage more equipment and a slightly higher price. Mr three vital new volume-potential and diesel Sportage) in the market Gillespie said it would deﬁnitely be ﬁtted with products – the diesel-engined Sorento before June and that was our goal. As electronic stability control. ﬁnally released this month, plus the it’s turned out, they were not in the Although the highly-regarded Cee’d, an all- two-wheel drive and diesel versions of market before June (and) now we are new small car built speciﬁcally for Europe, is the Sportage, which will be launched talking August/September, so we have no closer to coming here, the good news for next week. lost four months Kia Australia has been a 10.9 per cent increase He also said that Kia Motor “At the same time, we were this year in sales of Rio. Corporation (KMC, which now forecasting that Sorento would be This has largely been the result of controls the Australian franchise) had stronger than what it’s been and I introducing a 1.4-litre Rio LX at $14,990 early failed to provide hoped-for price relief Bill Gillespie think at that time we suggested to this year. This new price-leader model has on the struggling Cerato small car, which has you that we would be appealing to KMC for since accounted for 80 per cent of Rio sales. since dropped a further 33 per cent over last some assistance on Cerato and that hasn’t been Mr Gillespie said that the success of the Rio year. forthcoming, but we are still working with LX had led the company to put on hold plans to Kia had additionally been hoping to get KMC to get a better price on that.” bring the Picanto baby car to Australia, though the Rondo compact people-mover by the end The current Cerato was introduced in 2005 he continues to talk to KMC about pricing and of the third quarter, but an engineering and and will be facelifted “this time next year”. availability. homologation backlog has pushed that back In October, Kia will replace its K2700 light “In Australia, ‘A’ class minis are not very to an expected November on-sale date for commercial vehicle with the K2900, which popular,” he added. Australia. will have a steel factory body and an increased A turbo-diesel version of the mid-size Instead of the 25,000 target this year, Mr payload (from 1000kg up to 1440kg). Magentis is still on Kia Australia’s agenda Gillespie said the company was now aiming to However, there are still no prospects of a and an evaluation car is in Australia, but the recover sufﬁciently to at least pass last year’s replacement for the Pregio van, which cost expected second-half arrival appears to have tally before the end of 2007. thousands of sales for the Australian arm when slipped into 2008. YOUR ONLINE 32 page ith over 619,7, can you W MOTORING th views last mon e there? afford not to b RESOURCE John Mellor's SUBSCRIBE FREE: www.mellor.net GoAutonews A U G U S T 2 2 , 2 0 0 7 Page 18 Persona grata Proton’s new sedan looks much more acceptable than the previous model By JAMES STANFORD MALAYSIAN car-maker Proton launched its new-generation Persona small car in its home market this week ahead of an expected Australian debut in February 2008. Dispensing with the old Mitsubishi Lancer- based platform architecture that ﬁrst appeared on the Wira in Australia in 1992 – later to be rebadged Persona Persona in 1996 (before being discontinued in 2004) – the all-new Persona is built on a unique improve the drivability of the engine. aimed at older customers who prefer the security Proton platform and is essentially a sedan version The Persona will feature a different interior of a boot as well as the more traditional styling. of the Gen.2 hatch launched in late 2004. to the Gen.2, although the style will remain “It will satisfy a more mature demographic, The Persona is expected to cost the same as similar. There will be unique seat and door with speciﬁcation and colour choices tailored the Gen.2 hatch, which is currently $18,990 in trims, a glovebox (which is not present on to an older set of customers,” said Mr Startari. base form, although that price may change by Gen.2), new instrument cluster and dashboard He said the Persona should sell in similar the launch. design, while the switches for the electric numbers to the Gen.2 hatch. Proton Cars Australia managing director windows are located on the doors rather than “That said, we don’t expect to double our John Startari told GoAuto this week that he the centre console. sales as we believe there will be some crossover would travel to Malaysia next week to negotiate While ﬁnal speciﬁcation will be conﬁrmed from Gen.2,” he said. price and equipment with the factory. at launch, Proton can conﬁrm the car will come Mr Startari said sales of the Gen.2 this year, The Persona will use the same engine as the with dual airbags, ABS brakes, electric windows which stood at 364 to the end of July, had been Gen.2, a Proton-developed 1.6-litre Campro and parking sensors as standard. Electronic disappointing, but argued that the car had not four-cylinder with 82kW of power and 148Nm stability control will not be available. been heavily promoted. “We have really been of torque. The engine should feel slightly At 4477mm long and 1725mm wide, the concentrating on the Savvy and Jumbuck, different though, as mapping tweaks now Persona is comparable in size to models like which are doing quite well,” he said. enable maximum torque to be delivered lower the Mazda3 sedan and has a considerable boot Proton will increase its promotion of both in the rev range. Lower gear ratios for both volume of 430 litres. the Gen.2 and the Persona when the new model the manual and automatic models should also Like those rivals, the Persona sedan will be arrives. Celebrating our 10th Birthday in 2007 OPPORTUNITY AVAILABLE Summit Fleet Leasing and Management Pty Ltd A wholly owned subsidiary of Sumitomo Corporation. Since our inception into the Australian Fleet Leasing market 10 years ago, Summit has developed an excellent reputation for quality business relationships and has experienced strong growth. We acknowledge that our staff are a large part of those achievements. 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