(The Lisbon-Dakar starts
20-22 December 2007:
Heavy rain across much of Victoria, including Melbourne, caused
extensive flash flooding.
Broken Hill, NSW, had much of the same
22 Dec 2007, "surprise":
Although the .au$ is strongish and
the price of crude oil has moderated,
it is a holiday period and the price of petrol
has jumped by a
19 Dec 2007:
The European Commission (EC) will allow trading of
CO2 emissions between car makers -- makers of large
cars will be able to buy credits from makers of small cars.
It would probably be a good bet that Australia will do something similar if not identical eventually.
The RACV .au [www]
best-car awards for 2007 include
Dec 2007: In an interesting decision,
the (new, retro)
24 November 2007, Saturday: Australian General Election.
16-18 November 2007: Victorian Winch Challenge, Yea Vic..
November 2007: New Toyota LandCruiser 200 (replaces 100) goes on sale in .au, with petrol V8 or turbo-diesel V8 (new), automatic gearbox (only), and Kinetic (of WA) suspension.
The stars of the recent Darwin to Adelaide World Solar Challenge
are the solar powered cars that averaged 90+km/hr (in daylight).
But cars in the production class, ones that you can buy in a shop,
are of more everyday relevance. Lowest consumption figures were returned
by a Hyundai i30 diesel (3.2L/100km, 97g/km CO2), and
an Audi A3 Sportback 1.9 TDLe diesel (3.3L/100km, 98g/km CO2),
both "driven well below speed limits" by professionals with "a/c off" etc..
Perhaps as impressive were two Peugeot 207 HDi (3.9L/100km, 118g/km)
driven at "close to normal highway speeds"
by non-professionals with "a/c on" etc..
A Toyota Prius petrol/electric hybrid (5.6L/100km, 146g/km) produced
24% more CO2 than the Peugeots.
The message is clear:
For good fuel economy with current technology, go for a small turbo-diesel.
(The production class trophy was awarded to
a petrol Smart Fortwo (4.6L/100km, 120g/km)
when various factors were considered, particularly the car's light weight
given that most car trips are short ones "around town".)
9-11 November 2007: National 4x4 Show, Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park, NSW, .au [www].
6 November 2007, Tuesday: Melbourne Cup Day.
Rain put some water into rivers in the Victorian Alps.
4-5 November 2007: Rain across Victoria was generally good news for farmers but 70-100mm fell in the Alps and brought flooding to Tinambra, between Heyfield and Maffra, and even closed the Princes highway. It also destroyed the replacement bridge on the Licola Road (see July) which had been installed in August.
3 November 2007, Saturday: Top Gear back on SBS TV (.au) [SBS TV].
25-28 October 2007 (Thurs-Sun):
National 4x4 Show, Jeff's shed
(Melbourne Exhibition Centre), Melbourne, Vic., .au
October 2007: The Australian General Election has been called --
time to request a postal-vote if you are planning
to travel in
4 October 2007: Series 13 of 4WD TV (.au, ch 31) starts
5 July 2007: Heavy rain in eastern Victoria (.au) caused flooding and closed roads. Licola was particularly badly hit -- after suffering the summer bushfires and (other) autumn floods.
July 2007: The new LandRover [Freelander 2] in .au.
2 July 2007: A "new" series of 'Top Gear' is back on
4 March 2007, Sunday: Dandenong Ranges 4x4 Swap Meet, 8am-2pm, Yarra Glen Showgrounds, Melba Highway, Yarra Glen (Melways Ref: 275 A2), buyers $3, u12 free [www].
18 February 2007, Sunday:
Victorian Four Wheel Drive Show,
Wandin, Vic., .au (Melways 119 G7),
entry $15, u16 free.
6 - 21 January 2007: Lisbon - Dakar rally,
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