Konnichiwa, Bob Aldons, The Car Guy, with a press release from Suzuki Auto Co in Brisbane. Most economical small car to own and operate – Suzuki Swift of courseI’ve been a Suzuki advocate since taking on the Suzuki franchise way back in August 2000. Back then my business partner and I acquired Redcliffe Mitsubishi and Suzuki at Redcliffe from long-term owners Alistair Stewart and Roy Elkington. The Mitsubishi part of the transaction was pretty easy to justify, Suzuki not so much.
Hi, Bob Aldons, The Car Guy, with Hyundai’s press release about the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe. Hyundai’s new-generation family favourite makes style, safety and connectivity standard and raises the bar again in the large SUV category. Here’s what the company has to say about the 2019 Hyundai Sante Fe.
On June 1st Ford Australia announced the introduction of a 5 Year Warranty and now it’s Holden’s turn. Good on you both. It’s time that consumers had this better warranty. The Car Business demands it. If my memory is clear that now only leaves, Toyota, Subaru, Volkswagen, Nissan and Mazda as the last major players in the Australian car business with a 3-year warranty. These stop outs need to have a long hard look at themselves – the new car warranty has moved on – 5-year warranty is the norm with Kia still the front-runner with 7 years.
6,000,000 is a big number in anyone’s language. And that’s the number of Suzuki Swift sold around the world since the launch of the model in 2005.I was there as a Suzuki dealer in 2005. Suzi and I went to Japan to see the plant where the Swift was built and enjoyed the hospitality of senior Suzuki people. One thing I can say without question is that Suzuki is well and truly committed to building a quality car and looking after their customers. Their passion is unquestionable.
Fiat Chrysler’s Jeep, Chrysler and Dodge divisions may not be the flavour of the month/year/decade/century, but Alfa Romeo continues to shine. From an ANCAP viewpoint, Alfa Romeo Giulia and Stelvio have passed the latest round of tests with the brand achieving some of the highest ever scores in the area of Adult Occupant Protection.
Hi. Bob Aldons, The Car Guy reporting on this story received overnight about a Tesla on autopilot.I’m thinking that a Tesla is sophisticated enough to determine what mode the car was actually in. The driver suggests that she was in semi-autonomous mode, which in real speak was that she had the cruise control activated.
Hi Bob Aldons, The Car Guy, with a comment regarding the announcement today of Ford’s move to a 5-year warranty unlimited kilometre warranty on all passenger and commercial vehicles.Up until April 30th, 2018, Ford offered a 3-year warranty with some seasonal offerings to 5 years. In fact, my dealer broker division delivered a couple of Ford Ranger’s in mid-April and unfortunately, this small business customer didn’t get the benefit of the 2 extra years. From a manufacturer’s viewpoint, there’s always going to be some unhappy buyers when they draw a line in the sand for anything like this.
Hi, Bob Aldons, The Car Guy, with an opinion piece on an opinion promulgated via AutoTalk magazine quoting AADA boss, David Blackhall. In this testimony, Blackhall says that AADA gives 2018 Federal Budget thumbs-down.
Hi, Bob Aldons, The Car Guy waxing lyrical about the Mazda CX-5. There is no doubt that Mazda builds fantastic vehicles both in terms of style, handling and quality. Mazda has added new technology to its CX-5 to maintain it’s market share in Australia as other brands continue to chase the leader. The Mazda CX-5 is the most popular SUV in Australia.
I’ve been a fan of McLaren from way back when Ayrton Senna seemed to be invincible in Formula 1. And I was as devastated when his life came to an end at the San Merino Grand Prix in 1994 when leading the race for Williams. I’ve slowly collected some minor pieces of Senna memorabilia over the years but how I’d like to add the McLaren Senna to my collection.
I know that there’s a lot of websites that offer car reviews, car road tests, opinions on various cars and the like. What makes this site different is that I’m not going to bore you with technical information about the various cars that I review.
I’ve been in the car business for over 39 years. I’ve read the motoring magazines cover to cover. I’ve read the online reviews until my eyes were square. Everywhere that I go, I find motoring journalists talking about car speeds – 0 – 100 km per hour, standing ¼ times, the inclination of this and that at 150klm per hour on a 12.5% gradient curve, in rainy weather – and other stuff that bores me no end.
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