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LEXUS AD BANNED, AGAIN

AUSTRALIA’s key advertising regulator has forced Lexus to pull down a TV campaign a second time after complaints from the general public. The video first aired with the company’s LC500 taking off on an unsealed road and accelerating on highways.

The Advertising Standard Bureau was forced into action by a complaint saying it “encourages” excessive speeding. Lexus modified the ad to exclude the take-off and slow down the car’s perceived speed, but the ad received further response, forcing it to be banned a second time by the ASB.

VN HSV PRICES RISE

THERE are signs that modern classic Aussie-made metal is beginning to appreciate rapidly. A recent Shannons auction resulted in an HSV VN SV5000 selling for $52,500, well in excess of its pre-auction estimate. Build number 305 of 369, the SV5000 was in excellent condition but wore 68,976km on the odometer, so was no delivery-mileage barn find. With Australian manufacturing now largely wound up, cars from the 1980s and 1990s are following the muscle car heros from yesteryear in being in high demand, with unheard-of prices becoming commonplace.