The Road Ahead : February March 2012
WWW.ROADAHEAD.COM.AU 10 THE ROAD AHEAD FEB/MAR 2012 100+ CARS COMING BY ANY STANDARDS, 2012 is going to be a big year for the Australian motor vehicle market. Indications are more than 100 new or upgraded models are scheduled for local release. Among the all-new product will be the eagerly-anticipated Toyota 86/ Subaru BRZ rear-wheel-drive sports car (the product of a co-joint project between the two makers), Ford's F a lcon 2.0-litre, four-cylinder EcoBoost (make-or-break for the famous nameplate) and GM's Opel brand with its Insignia, Corsa and Astra. Mazda and Ford will be unveiling single cab variants of their popular BT-50 and Ranger workhorse utes respectively. There is a trio of interesting and relevant eco warriors about to land: Nissan's Leaf plug-in battery car (which impressed us mightily after a short drive last year; it's a little larger than a Mazda3), coalition partner Renault's Fluence ZE (the first electric car with a switch-over battery pack) and the Holden Volt hybrid. Others to get excited a bout are Mazda's CX-5 compact SUV with its innovative SkyActiv technology, Volkswagen's sporty Scirocco R, BMW's new 3 Series range and Porsche's 2012 all-new iteration of a perennial favourite, the 911. We won't get to drive them all, but look out in The Road Ahead for the ones d we do. Safe motoring. Barry Green editor's note COMMUNITY EDITOR'S NOTE + HAVE YOUR SAY HAVE YOUR SAY: EMAIL ROADAHEAD@RACQ.COM.AU. FAX 3257 1863. MAIL THE ROAD AHEAD, P.O. BOX 4, SPRINGWOOD, QLD 4127. PLEASE INCLUDE NAME AND ADDRESS. LETTERS WILL NOT RECEIVE AN INDIVIDUAL REPLY. BACK OFF I am a HR owner/driver and, as a result, have a problem with tailgating. But there isaneasywaytogetridof tailgaters --- just gradually slow down. It works. The tailgaters drop back, never to be seen again. F. GLYNN-ARMSTRONG, NINGI. WHERE IS 'ROLLEY'? At his Vulture Street engineering works in Brisbane, Thomas Rolley manufactured an eight- cylinder vehicle to rival the then recently-built Benz four-cylinder Tarrant. The 'Rolley' was registered Q12 apparently around 1905. Up until 1974, the car was garaged in Vulture Street, East Brisbane. When the house there w as sold that year, the car disappeared. Does anyone know of its existence? Or have a photograph? I can be contacted on 03 5422 6606. D. ROLLEY, KYNETON. COMPULSORY READING As a caravanner and motorhomer for 35-odd years, I agree that communications with regular road users, i.e. intra and interstate transport drivers, is EDITOR'S PICK SAYING SORRY COMES IN HANDY Recently, while driving, I had a momentary lapse in concentration. This caused another driver alarm and he gave me a hand signal to register his displeasure. I wanted to signal back to him that I was sorry. Sadly, no such hand signal exists. If there was, I feel sure that it would have gone a long way to calming the situation. If a reader could come up with a suggestion for such a hand signal and, if it was made universal, I believe that road rage would be dramatically reduced. I. MORRISON, TUGUN. EDITOR: For writing this edition's best letter, I. Morrison, of Tu gun, will receive a 4WD and Touring Pack with all the essentials for an outdoor adventure. The pack comprises the 3rd edition of the Around Australia Atlas and Guide with full Hema Road Atlas and tips about what to see and where to stay (RRP $49.95; s member price $43.95), a copy of Great Gourmet Weekends in Australia (RRP $36.95; member price $27.95), a 4WD First Aid Kid (RRP $119; member price $107.10) and a 2-in-1 Solar Lamp and Charger complete with LED lantern, Torch and SOS light (RRP $59; member price $51.95). To check out these great products and more, visit www.racq. com.au/shop. an excellent means of obtaining information re road conditions etc. But, those who are pushing to have compulsory UHF radios in caravans and motorhomes need to be aware that, when anything is made compulsory, the government will see a way to make an extra dollar. They will legislate to have radio training be made compulsory and hence everyone will have to pay a registration fee annually for the privilege of owning and operating a radio. And don't think that it won't happen. W. AYLOTT, KIPPA-RING.
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