Home' The River News : October 9th 2014 Contents 14 - “RIVERLAND REAL ESTATE” Thursday, October 9, 2014
New-look Toyota Yaris arrives
TOYOTA has released a new-look update to its
popular Yaris model, which sold over 186,000 units
since arriving in Australia nine years ago.
The 5-door hatches are available in three ranges
Ascent, the mid-range SX and top-of-the-line ZR
and include reverse cameras, six speakers, cruise
control, 15-inch wheels and a 6.1-inch display.
Toyota Australia executive director Tony Cramb
said the new Yaris was pitched at customers wanting
a “stylish, affordable and economical” car.
“Standard reversing camera, cruise control and
seven airbags emphasise the car’s inherent safety,”
“Clever features such as innovative storage spac-
es, a large touch-screen audio display and available
connected mobility make the new-look Yaris an
even smarter choice for customers.”
Other safety features include vehicle stability and
traction control, anti-skid brakes with electronic
brake-force distribution, and brake assist.
The two four-cylinder engines, available in 1.3
or 1.5litres, have intelligent variable valve timing
Ascent and SX buyers can choose from manual or
automatic transmission, while the ZR model, only
available as an automatic, includes applications to
help drivers find destinations, fuel, and weather
details along with roadside assistance.
The Ascent starts from $15,690, the SX at
$17,790 and the ZR at $22,690.
The new range of Toyota Yaris hatches include
reverse cameras and cruise control as standard.
Over 186,000 Toyota Yaris vehicles have sold since
arriving in Australia in 2005.
Riverland in top
ten for fuel rating
LOXTON and Renmark were named in the top 10
towns for the September RAA regional fuel ratings,
released last week.
Loxton is ranked eighth, with a fuel rating of 2.1,
while Renmark is at ninth with a rating of 2.0.
Leading into the long weekend RAA senior
analyst Chris West said it would pay for regional
motorists to shop around for fuel.
“There are a few locations around SA where
regional motorists can take advantage of prices
cheaper than in Adelaide, but they’ll need to get in
quick,” he said.
To find the best priced fuel visit the website
Record numbers at Bay to Birdwood
ABOUT 7000 people and 1000 vehicles took part
in this year’s Bay to Birdwood festivities, held last
Breakfast was held for about 3000 entrants and
spectators at Adelaide Shores in West Beach on
Sunday, September 28, before the historic vehi-
cles began their ride through Adelaide, Houghton,
Inglewood and Gumeracha, finishing at the National
Motor Museum in Birdwood.
Bay to Birdwood chairman Martin Haese said it
was “fabulous” to have so much community sup-
“We believe record numbers of people lined the
streets to watch the veteran and vintage vehicles
pass by,” he said.
The 2014 Bay to Birdwood Concours d’Elegance
trophy, judged on vehicle, personal attire and over-
all presentation, was awarded to John and Robyn
Whittaker with their 1953 Mercedes 300S.
John and Robyn Whittaker with their 1953 Mercedes 300S at this year’s Bay
to Birdwood. The couple won the 2014 Concours d’Elegance trophy.
A 1918 Dodge at the 34th Bay to Birdwood, driven by the original owner’s grandchildren.
Spring clean for Lexus models
LEXUS has made technical
and cosmetic upgrades to
three of its models, the IS,
ES and CT.
The IS will include Rear
Cross Traffic Alert in F
Sport and Sports Luxury
models, while the alert
comes standard in ES mod-
Updates to the IS Luxury
and Sports Luxury include
LED fog lamps, interior trim
updates and new silver high-
lights to the air vents, clock,
centre register, door trim and
The Lexus IS 300h will
be available with 18-inch
alloy wheels as part of an
enhancement pack, while ES
300h and 350 models will
have an updated multimedia
New colours include
Titanium Silver for the ES
and Sonic Quartz for the CT.
Lexus Australia chief
executive Sean Hanley said
that the updates would add
“significant value to an
already compelling pack-
“Updates to the CT, IS and
ES Lines improve the func-
tionality, safety and visual
appeal of these Lexus mod-
els,” he said.
Prices start at $39,990
for the CT 200h Luxury,
$56,990 for the IS 250
Luxury, and $63,400 for the
ES 200h Luxury.
THE small SUV trend is
continuing to rise, according
to a new research poll.
Roy Morgan’s latest
research shows the proportion
of people considering or plan-
ning to purchase an SUV for
their next vehicle has grown
by more than 40 per cent since
The research shows 180,000
potential car buyers are look-
ing at purchasing a small
SUV, compared with 71,000
Roy Morgan Research
industry director Jordan Pakes
said the small SUV was the
fastest growing segment in
new car sales, and about 25
per cent of potential buyers
were current small car owners
looking to upgrade.
“It appears that the allure
of these generally ‘newer’,
high-riding vehicles could
be swaying some traditional
small/city car buyers to con-
sider an SUV instead,” he said.
Mr Pakes said preferred
models by potential buyers
include the Hyundai ix35,
the Nissan Dualis (renamed
the Qashqai in July) and the
“With a number of small
SUVs set to launch in early
2015, including the highly
anticipated Mazda CX-3 and
Honda HR-V, it looks likely
that the popularity of this cate-
gory will continue to rise over
the next few years,” he said.
Small SUVs ride popularity wave
(from left) are
with Angus, 1 .
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