The Road Ahead Sampler : December 2015
DEC 2015/JAN 2016 THE ROAD AHEAD QUEENSLAND'S LARGEST CLUB 67 LIKE YOUNGSTERS COUNTING the number of sleeps until Santa arrives, motoring enthusiasts are similarly aquiver with excitement about the imminent Australian launch of Ford's iconic Mustang muscle car. The Road Ahead team members are even more excited about getting our hands on the newcomer, which will fly the performance flag for the Blue Oval Down Under with the cessation of Ford's local production next year. While that's to come, there's plenty happening here and now. Go online at www.racqliving.com.au for more detailed versions of the vehicles showcased here and many other new releases. The list includes the Volkswagen Passat and Golf Alltrack, Audi TTS, BMW 3 Series and X1, Kia Optima, Nissan NP300 Navara and more. BG KNOW YOUR CAR | MOTORING NEED HELP? RACQ CAN HELP WITH CAR LOANS (CALL 1300 361 316), VEHICLE INSPECTIONS (CALL 13 1905) AND INSURANCE (CALL 13 1905). Driving lamp update SINCE OUR COLUMN about the legality of fitting LED lightbars (TRA Aug/Sept), TMR Queensland has updated information covering driving lights for cars, 4WDs and utes. The relevant ADR (ADR 13) has also been amended to include LED lightbars, so it's timely to provide Road Ahead readers with an update. A maximum of four driving lamps may be installed, in addition to the vehicle's normal mandatory headlamps. LED lightbars are permitted, either singly or in pairs, with an LED lightbar considered equivalent to one driving lamp if all LEDs in the bar operate together. Lamps must be fitted symmetrically around the vehicle's longitudinal centreline. This includes lamps/lightbars not fitted in pairs, i.e. a single lamp or three lamps. Lamps may be fitted above the roofline. However, they must not be further rearwards than the front- to-rear centreline of the vehicle. Additionally, lamps must not be fitted in the driver's line of sight or in a way that their light output produces glare, directly or by up and coming cars WAGONS HO! The new Golf R Wagon brings serious performance to those who need a bit more load space as well as some genuine excitement in their driving. This car is all about getting the pulse racing when conditions allow. With its 2.0-litre turbo engine pumping out 206kW and reaching 100km/h from standstill in just 5.2 seconds -- which incidentally is almost the same as the hatch version -- VW has introduced a car that offers buyers additional practicality without compromising the sports driving experience. Buyers can expect sharp handling from the all-wheel-drive system along with a premium cabin, comprehensive features and an exhaust note that will turn heads. Priced from $58,990. After-burners are optional! SS REFRESHED BT-50 The focus of the latest Mazda BT-50 update has been on refreshing the exterior styling and addressing some equipment deficiencies. Exterior changes include a new grille and front and rear lights, new wheel designs and five new exterior colours. The XT with bucket seats gets a height adjustable driver's seat, while XTR and GT models boast a 7.8" touchscreen and updated navigation and infotainment systems. A reverse camera is standard on the XTR and GT and optional on others. The range extends to 23 individual variants with three body styles, so there should be something for just about everyone. Prices range from $25,570 to $53,790. RM reflection, that impacts the driver. This is potentially a greater issue where lamps are fitted above the roof-line. Lamp and related bracket fitment must not increase pedestrian injury risk. Lamps can't be fitted to the top of a bullbar, or protruding forward of a bumper bar or bullbar so as to adversely affect the profile of the impact zone. Driving lamps must be wired so they only come on when the high- beam headlights are on and must automatically turn off when the headlights are dipped to low beam. A switch also must be incorporated into the wiring so the high-beam headlamps can be on without the driving lights illuminating. This is a summary of the Queensland requirements and other states and territories may vary. We recommend that owners consult TMR's Vehicle Standards Instruction (Light 15.2) (tmr.qld.gov.au) and the other related rules and regulations prior to installing additional driving lights on their vehicles to ensure they remain legal. KNOW YOUR CAR RACQ TECHNICAL EXPERT JOHN EWING ANSWERS QUESTIONS ABOUT YOUR CAR.
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