The Road Ahead : June July 2007
SHORT CUTS Corolla nameplate kicks on AUSTRALIA will continue to call Toyota's big-selling small car a Corolla in its 10th generation. The Corolla hatch will be known as Auris nearly ever ywhere except Down Under, where the range's strength (one in five Toyota sales) caused a rethink. Prices for the Euro-styled hatch range begin at $20,990 and include anti-lock brakes with hydraulic and electronic assistance, dual airbags and airconditioning. The three-model sedan range star ts at the same price. Five extra airbags are available for $750 across all models. With seven airbags fitted, the hatch gained five stars in EuroNCAP tests. The new Corolla is longer, wider and heavier, has a new 1.8- litre engine and a six- speed manual gearbox or optional four- speed auto. Emission omission SEEKING SAFETY THE Federal Government has announced that Black Spot funding for the repair of dangerous intersections and road sections will continue for another six years and, from June 2009, will be boosted to $60 million a year. Estimates are that 2300 dangerous Black Spots can be repaired by 2014. Queensland currently receives about $8.9 million a year from the Black Spot program for safety works such as roundabouts, crash barriers and street lights at locations with a serious risk of crashes. Around half the money is spent in regional areas. Meanwhile, the nor th has the dubious distinction of having the state's worst drink-drivers, following repor ts of the highest blood alcohol concentration readings ever recorded. So far this year, police near Townsville have charged a woman with a 0.446 BAC reading and a man with a 0.522 BAC, both levels where medical exper ts suggest a coma is imminent. CONFLICTING repor ts on Australia's greenhouse gas growth were launched last month. If you believe the Federal Government, Australia produced greenhouse gas emissions of 559 million tonnes in 2005, the same amount produced in 2004. The 2005 National Greenhouse Accounts figures show Australia emitting 102 percent of 1990 levels, on course to meet Kyoto targets by 2012 (108 percent of 1990 levels). Emissions from transpor t grew by 1.2 percent, or a million tonnes in 2005 to 80.5 million tonnes. Of that, road transpor t accounted for 12.6 percent of national emissions, and has grown by 31 percent between 1990 and 2005. Domestic air transpor t emissions have also risen by 76 percent over the 1990 mark. In contrast, the Climate Institute warns Australia's emissions are spiralling upwards, with energy emissions growth since 2004 equivalent to adding another five million cars to Australian roads. The Climate Institute's projections show the energy sectors emissions have grown by 60 percent since 1990. Get a touring guide 4 JUN/JLY 07 THE2007South-EastQueensland Countr y Touring Guide is out. The guide makes it even more enticing to get out and explore the countr y and hinterland regions around Brisbane. Now in its ninth edition, this year's guide is the largest ever, featuring updated regional touring information and a detailed events calendar. It's available through RACQ branches, by telephoning 1300 738 300 or by visiting www.southeastqueenslandcountr y.com.au.
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