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Graeme Bates, Arundel, Qld

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THE SHOW WAS AN ABSOLUTE MIND-BLOWER - HUUUGE!!ď

WINNER OF OUR TOKYO MOTOR SHOW COMPETITION PROVES TRAVELLING TO JAPAN IS EVEN BETTER WHEN ITíS FREE!

A HUGE THANK YOU to Wheels for my wonderful prize trip to the Tokyo Motor Show. It was amazing! Juliet and I had a great time. The show was an absolute mind-blower - HUUUUGE!! Very futuristic, with most of the manufacturers displaying concept EVs moreso than Ďordinaryí vehicles.

Being a truckie myself, I had to take a shot of the new Isuzu prime mover which, unfortunately, wouldnít require my skills - itís autonomous. I even managed to coerce one of the locals into taking a shot of me at the entrance (not the most photogenic dude in town) holding my Wheels magazine, of course!

The random shot of a beautiful mid-Ď60s Toyota Corona was just on the street during a walking tour of Old Tokyo, and I reckon the last time I saw one of those in such nice nick was probably about, hmm, mid í60s! Even locals were taking shots of it, so Iím guessing it was pretty rare.

The Grand Nikko Tokyo hotel we stayed in as part of the prize was an absolute treat. And $5000 to spend. What can I say?

Thank you!

Graeme Bates, Arundel, Qld

The pleasureís all ours, Graeme, and thanks for reporting in. Keep reading the mag and you never know your luck - Ed


WITH RESPECT TO COMMODORE

VALE THE COMMODORE name - you lived a few years longer than you should have.

GM Holdenís woes and current state probably go back to the financial conservatism of GM, and the overall lack of respect given to GMH. They are withering as a result of poor product choice and decisions forced by US management.

Ford US acknowledged Ford Ozís engineering and allowed them to engineer a small sedan for Asia, then gave them the lead on the Ranger after they proved themselves. Yes, the eventual death of the Falcon began right there. GMH had proven itself with the development of the Zeta platform architecture, but GMís US GFC woes killed that rollout, and the eventual death of the Ďtrueí Commodore was sealed there.

The difference was that GMH was not respected enough to be given another project that might have been an import potential when manufacturing in Australia ceased.

Ian Cutler, Eleebana, NSW

With hindsight, GMH bet the house on the GFC-era VE. Commodore sales had halved by the time the VF appeared. The die was cast - Ed

TESLA PUZZLER

AS I HAVE done every month since 1969, I was thumbing through your December issue and was thrilled to note that Tesla had shifted around 2400 Model 3s in September. What is the reason for no mention of Tesla in the September sales figures a few pages later? As you can guess, lím a Model 3 fan and Iím saving my pennies up to buy one shortly. Iíd have loved to have shown my naysayer family a Model 3 among the top sellers in the country.

Terry Templeton, Campbelltown, NSW

Youíll have to take that up with the boss, Terry - Tesla boss Elon Musk, that is, who declines to release official sales figures for the companyís cars - Ed

FOCUS ON THE POSITIVES, FORD

I READ TRENT GIUNCOíS story in your Yearbook issue about getting 701.9km from 51 litres of 98RON in his long-term Mazda 3. I recently purchased a new Ford Focus Active with full fruit and drove it to Coffs Harbour from my home in Spence, ACT, a distance of almost exactly 800km, and filled my tank on arrival with 49 litres of 98RON. The fuel economy on this trip impressed me, along with the power of the characterful 1.5-litre turbo triple which out-accelerates my Falcon XR50 4.0-litre six. I do not understand why Ford is not selling more of these cars, with the handling, technology, and the safety systems which have saved me a few times.

Ray Campbell, Spence, ACT

Fordíll be as impressed as you are, Ray. At 800 kays your Active would have drunk 6.1L/100km, less than the carís official fuel figure of 6.4L - Ed

POWER SHIFT

I WAS FASCINATED with your piece in

Decemberís Wheels about Lamborghiniís foray into electrification. If your facts are correct, it seems that the use of supercapacitors is way ahead of standard electrification as a means of power for a vehicle. How come more manufacturers arenít using supercapacitors? Why hasnít the VW Group, which owns Lamborghini, also adopted supercapacitors?

David Bentley, Magnetic Island, Qld

Supercapacitorsí Achilles is that they donít store energy for long. The next evolution will likely see them used with batteries, after much R&D - Ed

ďAUSTRALIA IS FALLING FAST BEHIND