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The Mercury Cars Guide : June 5th 2010
12--- Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au Saturday, June 5, 2010 Car names article stirs passions TOP LEFT: One reader is keen to build his own version of the Campagna T-Rex trike. LEFT: A reader is not happy with the Toyota Kluger KX-Sletter's fuel efficiency when towing. BOTTOM LEFT: Suzuki's Alto is a good option for a first car. BLAST FROM THE PAST: The Ford Edsel name was chosen by a committee against the wishes of Edsel Ford's sons. ENJOYED the car names article, but how could you leave out the classic Honda City Pro? Cheap, plain, and I d never be caught inside one.Cameron Bairnsdale You said it... Edsel errors READING the car names story, and after looking at the photo of the 1959 Edsel, I read in the text that Henry Ford named the 1950s Edsel after his son. I expect that you know Henry Ford died on April 7, 1947, so could not have had any input into any aspect of the Edsel s development. A Chicago-based advertising agency compiled 18,000 possible names, reduced that to 6000, then to 400, then to four --- Citation, Corsair, Ranger and Pacer (all eventually used to create the Edsel range) --- but the committee chaired by Ernest Breech finally chose Edsel for the model despite opposition from Henry Ford s grandsons who did not want the car named after their father, the late Edsel Ford, who had died in 1943. I understand that general articles do not require such detail, but they should, at the very least, contain basic correct information. Being a car enthusiast forever has resulted in a passion for the facts so inaccuracies are immediately apparent. Gary Best --- email Thanks for the information. There is much more to this story as Edsel II, son of Henry II and once the marketing chief at Ford Australia, hinted during his time at Broadmeadows. Safe driving YES, cars in the 1960s had far less safety equipment than modern cars. But they also had less distractions as few had even car radios. There was also more onus on the driver to drive safely for the prevailing road conditions then than nowadays, where the emphasis is on driving within the speed limit for the road. Since the 1970s the road toll has come down from about 1200 annually to the present toll of about 300. If the number of drivers if both eras is taken into account then that drop is quite a large percentage. I am of the opinion that the Government views motorists as cash cows due to the reliance on cameras for speed enforcement. They also reduced the tolerance from 10 per cent of the speed limit to a 3km/h tolerance. My belief is that a marked police car is still one of the best speed deterrents as most drivers lift their right foot and check their speed on sighting a marked police car. Graham Otte, Hoppers Crossing Three-wheeling I HAVE been reading about the Campagna T-Rex three-wheeler as I am thinking about building something similar using my Suzuki 650cc Burgman powerplant and transmission. I have been interested in three- wheeler vehicles from the 50s, when I had a Vincent Shadow & Steib then later a Heinkel bubble carintheUK.Iamamemberof the Vincent Owners Club so naturally bought another Shadow & Steib which I ran for many years until I built my own bike in 1987, a FeetForward machine with a Difazio front end and a Honda 500cc engine that sits between my knees. I recently borrowed a book on Morgans and read up on their three-wheeler, in a company which celebrates its 100-year anniversary this year. Ken Butler --- email Towing woes I CURRENTLY drive a late- model Kluger KX-S AWD I have had since new and love to bits. The only time I wish I had something is else is when I am towing my boat, which weighs about 1200kg but by the time you put in all the fishing and skiing gear gets to about 1400kg. The car tows okay, it s that the fuel consumption goes from around 12.5 litres/100km city cycle and 8.5 highway cycle to anywhere between 17.5-23litres/100km, depending on terrain. It s a standing joke with two of my mates when we take the boats to Lake Elidon, about 180km one-way from where we live, that I cannot get there and back with one full tank of petrol. Both my mates have similar boats, we all have four in the car, and they do it with fuel to spare. I am due to change this car and was wondering what other vehicle I could look at in the same class as the Kluger KX-S AWD in price, comfort and safety that would give me better fuel economy when towing. Joe Scacco --- email Why change vehicle, and spend a lot more on something like an X5, just for the sake of some ribbing on distance between refills? Remember the vast majority of your driving is city and suburbs with no boat, and the Kluger does a great job there. Laugh at your mates around town and use the stops on the Eildon trips to revive and survive. Alto on song MY daughter is about to turn 18 and we are starting to shop around to buy a car for her. My budget is a maximum of $15,000 and I d prefer a new car. What is important to me is the safety of the vehicle and I would like the car to have ESP stability control and maximum airbags. Something like the Suzuki Alto seems to fit the bill from a safety point of view and budget but it seems a bit small to me --- the Toyota Corolla is a better size for her. Most of the driving will be inner-city and the suburbs of Melbourne, and the odd weekend driving to the country. Joe Scacco --- email The Alto is safe for the size and price and comes with a new warranty. You will struggle to get a decent Corolla in that price range. Changing needs I AM the unhappy owner of a Renault Megane Privilege and I am wanting to purchase an SUV. I have been looking at the Mazda CX7 Sports Luxury, Honda CRV Sports and VW Tiguan. I like the Subaru Tribeca but it is out of my price range and may be too large. I need to accommodate elderly parents with walkers and will have to accommodate a wheelchair soon. I also have a bad back so the height of the vehicle is an issue. My budget is around $50,000 including trade-in. Lorraine Siddall --- email The Tiguan is the best choice, but you should also have a close look at the Toyota Kluger which might be more practical. Tilford Trade Clearance Centre TONY: 0417 569 323 ROD: 0419 122 991 56b Gormanston Road Moonah Finance Available TAP 6273 8533 www.tilford.com.au FINANCIAL YEAR CLEAR OUT! HUGE SAVINGS - DON'T MISS OUT! 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