The Road Ahead : April May 2008
(Source: VFACTS. Figures are for the full year to March 1.) Toyota 3388 17.7% Holden 2598 13.6% Mazda 2259 11.8% Ford 1623 8.5% Honda 1504 7.9% Hyundai 1284 6.7% Mitsubishi 978 5.1% Suzuki 957 5.0% Volkswagen 756 3.9% Nissan 703 3.7% Others 3153 16.1% Queensland's Chart Toppers Top Passenger Car Sellers, 2008 Top Ten Vehicles, 2008 FORD FALCON TOYOTA COROLLA MAZDA 3 HOLDEN COMMODORE TOYOTA HILUX 4X4 TOYOTA HILUX 4X2 SUZUKI SWIFT TOYOTA YARIS TOYOTA PRADO NISSAN NAVARA 4X4 TOYOTA RAV4 62 APR/MAY 08 0 200 400 600 800 1000 1200 1400 1600 1800 2007 2008 Symmons Plains raceway in northern Tasmania was the ideal proving ground for the introduction of the third generation of what is a true Subaru success story. The 2008 STI is available in both entry-level and spec.R variants, with the range-topper adding lightweight BBS wheels and leather Recaro seats. Both models offer blistering 0-100 km/h performance of 5.2 seconds -- 0.2 seconds quicker than their predecessor. But it doesn't come at a cost to fuel consumption -- Subaru says the new STI is 11 percent more fuel-efficient. Subaru's Intelligent Drive (SI-Drive) system debuts in the STI, giving the driver access to three different engine settings -- Intelligent (I) mode, Sport (S) and Sport sharp (S#). Pricing starts at $59,990, with the spec.R costing $64,990. Forester trumps Subaru's third generation Forester is bigger, safer, more powerful and better equipped. But, surprisingly, it's also cheaper than the model it replaces, with price reductions of between $1000 and $2900 across the range. Available in five equipment levels, including turbocharged performance models, the new Forester is 75 mm longer and 60 mm wider, has a wider track and more ground clearance. The increased dimensions are obvious inside, with the new model boasting noticeably more shoulder and rear seat room, while the doors now open wider to improve access. Subaru says the 2.5-litre engine has been revised to produce more power and torque, while using less fuel. A five-speed manual, dual-range transmission is standard, while a single- range four-speed automatic transmission is a $2000 option. All Foresters come with Subaru's all- wheel-drive system, six airbags, stability control and anti-lock brakes as standard, and have a class-leading five-star ANCAP crash rating and three-star pedestrian Only one model variant of the twin-turbo, 3.0-litre, straight-six diesel is on offer. As with all X5 models, the 3.0sd also features front, side and head airbags, anti-lock brakes with dynamic traction control, hill descent control, rain sensing wipers, automatic driving lights and multifunction steering wheel controls. It also boasts iDrive, with eight favourite buttons, cruise control with braking function, engine start/stop button, six-stack CD player and leather upholstery. The 3.0sd puts out some 200 kW of power and delivers a mountainous 565 Nm of torque. BMW claims it sips an average of 8.8 litres/100 km and can run from 0-100 km/h in 7.2 seconds. The X5 3.0sd is priced from $102,800. A Sport package is optional for another $4500. Choice of two STIs It was "courses for horses" when Subaru released its new, long-awaited, all-wheel- drive Impreza WRX STI in February.
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