Home' The Murray Pioneer : March 17th 2017 Contents 12 - “EVERYTHING AUTO” Friday, March 17, 2017
Ricciardo’s new ride
RED Bull unveiled Max Verstappen and Australian
Daniel Ricciardo’s new RB13 before F1 testing
begun in Spain last week.
New engineering regulations mean the engineers
have been hard at work to ensure the car gives the
team a chance to eclipse Mercedes this season after
finishing second in the constructors’ race last year.
Red Bull team principal Christian Horner was
positive about the car being prepared for the 2017
season beginning in Melbourne this month.
“We are like a swan on the surface and
paddling furiously underneath, but that is
the same as every pre-season so generally
we are on target,” he said.
Aussie driver Daniel Ricciardo said the
car was going to feel different due to the
“Both front and rear tyres are significantly wider,”
he said. “It will increase the speed of the cars.”
Meanwhile Scuderia Toro Rosso – Red Bull’s
sister team – revealed the STR12 for the 2017 F1
The STR12 was built in the Faenza facility, with
extra emphasis put on adapting to the new regula-
Team principal Franz Tost said Formula 1 fans
should be excited about the engineering changes this
“2017 should be a year of excitement and uncer-
tainty, as the sport’s technical regulations have
undergone one of the biggest changes we have seen
in a couple of decades,” he said.
“In simple terms, the cars are wider, longer,
lower, faster, noisier and use big tyres, promising
more grip, higher cornering speeds and hopefully
even closer racing.
“Our chassis is mated to what is possibly the most
competitive engine we have had so far in the hybrid
era, as we return to Renault power.”
Daniel Ricciardo’s new F1 car for the
2017 season has had a makeover,
with a number of engineering changes
being made to meet this season’s
Scuderia Toro Rosso unveiled its new car before testing in Barcelona, with
team principal Franz Tost saying F1 fans could expect an exciting and
uncertain 2017 Formula 1 championship.
Front and rear tyres on the RB13 are
THE next-generation Astra sedan has been confirmed
for Australian release by the middle of 2017.
Built on the same D2 architecture as the Astra
hatch, the sedan is also based on the global Chevrolet
The Astra sedan underwent extensive local tuning
by Holden engineering’s Lang Lang-based team.
Holden’s lead dynamics engineer Rob Trubiani
said the incoming Holden sedan would exhibit the
same sense of driving occasion while still providing
the convenience and style a sedan offers.
“We’ve subjected the Astra sedan to some really
intense tuning and testing at our Lang Lang proving
ground which is jam packed with challenging roads,”
“We’ve focused on making the car feel comforta-
ble whilst being great to drive and managed to accu-
mulate over 20,000km in the process, which wasn’t
just on good roads.
“It was on gravel, rail roads and rough country
backroads as well.”
Under the hood, the Astra sedan has a 1.4-litre tur-
bocharged engine which provides 110Kw and up to
245Nm of torque.
Mr Trubiani said Holden had developed a unique
steering tune for the Astra which gave it a more bal-
anced and responsive feel.
“We also tuned the car’s suspension dampers and
chassis controls to make sure the Astra feels safe and
comfortable on long journeys, but inspiring to drive
through corners,” he said.
“We’re still doing some real-world testing which
includes a handful of cars on Melbourne roads so
keep an eye out for them in the next few months.”
The next-generation Holden Astra is jam-packed with
The Holden Astra underwent intensive testing, travelling
20,000km along gravel, rail roads and rough country
Overseas Holden passes local tests
TOYOTA has bucked the
industry trend and recorded
its strongest February sales in
seven years, according to the
latest official figures.
Corolla and HiLux helped
lift Toyota’s tally to 16,308
sales, which was almost 30 per
cent higher than its January
result and the company’s high-
est February total since 2010.
Toyota was the only brand
among the top eight automo-
tive companies to record an
increase in sales compared
with February last year.
Corolla led the field for
individual models with 3400
hatches and sedans delivered.
HiLux was six sales away
from beating the Corolla after
posting its best February on
was the arrival of the C-HR,
Toyota’s first entry in the small
SUV segment, with 320 deliv-
Toyota Australia’s execu-
tive director sales and mar-
keting Tony Cramb said the
launch month for C-HR was
also the first time SUVs had
outsold passenger cars in the
Australian market – albeit by
just 757 cars.
“The seismic shift in the
Australian new-vehicle mar-
ket was inevitable, with SUV
sales doubling over just the
past seven years to a record of
440,000 vehicles in 2016,” Mr
“Last year, passenger cars
prevailed by just over 45,000
sales, (and) in January the mar-
gin was down to fewer than
800, and now the historic tip-
ping point has arrived, a little
earlier than most expected.
“The buyer trend favouring
the ride height, interior space,
comfort and style of SUVs
at the expense of traditional
passenger cars, appears to be
unstoppable and could acceler-
ate with the arrival of dynami-
cally competent SUVs such as
SUV a sales boost for Toyota
Toyota sold 320 C-HR SUVs in February to help give sales for the
Japanese manufacturer a boost.
The next-generation Holden Astra will arrive on Australian shores later this year.
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