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Thursday, August 28, 2008
both, I'm not going to say which might give the most pleasure.
This tempted me to visit the local dealership of that great Australian car company Hyundai where after a satisfying test drive I signed up for what will undoubtedly be my last new car. I'm not sure whether Hyundai market this car as the i-30 (or by some other name) in your country but here in Australia it gave me the chance to complete my "i" set, I now have the i-pod that Apple produce, the i-plod which hides under the guise of my LG front loader washing machine and now my new car the i-30 by Hyundai.
Just so you will know a little about the i-30 it is a smallish 5 door hatchback with a "European" body style, its powered by a really nice little 1.6 liter diesel motor which is both very economical to run and also very smooth, quiet and quite sporty to drive, being inclined to be lazy I opted for the automatic drive so I don't have to do all that work that driving a manual car demands.
This isn't quite the top of the range model but it still has just about everything except hot and cold running maids, it looks just fine too with its smart metallic silver paintwork (I will probably add a side stripe to it so I can recognize it in a crowded carpark), something approaching the 60% mark of cars and light commercial vehicles sold here are painted white, these would be a serious road hazard in winter where there is a lot of snow.
I know you will all be panting to hear just how great this car turns out to be so I'll give you an update when I have done a few Km in it.
Also as there should be a bit of Australian content in this post let me touch very briefly on the Australian car manufacturing industry which now-a-days consists of General Motors Holden which is our arm of General Motors and Ford Australia, both these companies have specialised in "family" sized 6 or 8 cylinder cars for many years, they have alternated between 1st and 2nd place for sales for years too, we do have an expanding overseas market for engines and other parts manufactured here.
With the ever increasing cost of fuel throughout the world smaller cars have become much more popular, this has led to both these companies extending their range into the smaller car field and over the last couple of years into the diesel engined varieties which offer really outstanding fuel economy.
While GMH and Ford are now our only manufacturers we have sales and service dealers for just about every make of car there is, our range of American vehicles is very limited, Chrysler- Jeep being the main ones, I'm led to believe that the American market is also being dominated by small car imports too.