The Road Ahead : April May 2008
short cuts TOOWOOMBA has been announced as a national finalist in the Keep Australia Beautiful, Australian Tidy Towns Awards 2008. Toowoomba is now in the running for the coveted title of Australia's Tidiest Town 2008, along with Dorrigo in New South Six years for Indy Wales, Moe in Victoria, Mount Gambier in South Australia, Ross in Tasmania, Walpole in Western Australia and Nauiyu Nambiyu in the Northern Territory. The winner of the Australian Tidy Towns Awards will be announced this month in Hobart. TIDY TOOWOOMBA 4 APR/MAY 08 Doubt over fuel saving AN INDEPENDENT report initiated by the RACQ and its fellow auto clubs has thrown doubt on the effectiveness of a leading fuel saving device in reducing fuel consumption and exhaust emissions. Only Fitch put its product, the Fuel Catalyst F300 In-Line, up for the test out of all the manufacturers invited to do so. RACQ's executive manager of vehicle technologies, Steve Spalding, said results showed no change in fuel consumption in either of the two test vehicles when fitted with the fuel-saving device. "The test also showed no substantial reduction in exhaust emissions. On the contrary, there was an increase in nitrogen oxides (NOx) and total hydrocarbon (THC) emissions from one of the test vehicles," Mr Spalding said. Flood damage warning THE RACQ is warning used car buyers to be wary of unwittingly buying water-damaged vehicles in the aftermath of recent floods in central Queensland. The Club's vehicle technologies manager, Steve Spalding, said several hundred vehicles that were partly or fully submerged during the flooding could well be offered for sale. Mr Spalding said the areas with the most potential for damage were the computerised engine management system and various electrical and electronic systems. Prospective purchasers should be aware that new vehicles damaged in the flooding would no longer carry manufacturer warranties. "It's very important that car buyers have their potential purchases looked at by suitably qualified and experienced people who are able to check for the telltale signs of water intrusion," Mr Spalding said. "Another wise move would be to obtain a 'V-check' from Queensland Transport. This will tell the prospective owner whether a Queensland registered vehicle was ever classified as a repairable write-off." THE future of the Gold Coast Indy 300 has been secured for at least another six years, following a deal between the Indy Racing League's new-look IndyCar Series and V8 Supercars Australia. Major plans are underway for a 20th anniversary celebration in 2010.
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