Member Since October 18, 2010.
Ford needs to fast track the Ranger SUV, and Toyota needs to bring in their Asia-only Fortuner, which sells really well in Asia.
Posted 1 month ago
Why do you think no one cares about diesel not being available? I do!
I will be looking at the current model to go on run-out sales, they are such a good value and packaged car compared to the nearest competitor the Toyota Prado, Land Rover Discovery 4, Mitsubishi Pajero.
The diesel fuel price may be higher but it's constant throughout the week, whereas you only get cheap petrol on one day of the week and at any other day, it's on parity to diesel, if not only cheaper by $0.05. At least I do not have to waste my time lining up at Service Station trying for cheap petrol day.
Apart from good towing capability of diesel engine, it also provides long range mileage per full tank consumption. And not everyone wants an Ute open tray car as a daily, I don't want to buy tonneau cover just so I can put stuff on the tray. The Pathfinder has a wagon body which is for a totally different market.
Posted 2 months ago
There's definitely a place for diesel cars in the market.
First of all, regardless of the premium price point for a drive away diesel model compared to the petrol, they deliver better fuel efficiencies in real life driving compared to petrol, despite manufacturers constantly selling us the "perception" of them being equally efficient when it's not (catalogue says 7l/100km but it's actually almost 9l/100km in real life driving). Diesel gives you more range, however you do need to drive a lot more to pay-off the price difference of the petrol equivalent.
The above arguement, everyone knows about and is the point everyone tries to justify over and over again. But again, diesel still has a play in the market.
People who are looking at towing will definitely look at the overall power delivery of a diesel engine, true, the 3.6l petrol delivers max torque at 2800rpm, but that's 800rpm more than a diesel being able to deliver from almost stand-still at approx. 2000rpm. You would say it's not much difference in the rev-band, true, but not true, there is a massive difference between towing from stand-still vs. being able to deliver power while towing, esp. going uphill, and those variation in rpm do make a huge difference.
When comparing the fuel price between Petrol and Diesel, yes, Petrol is cheaper, but mostly only evident for one of those days in the week where we get lower Petrol prices, at any other day, they are only a few cents off. Plus, more than 50% of new Petrol cars on the road requires you to fill up with Premium 95/98 octane fuel, so the price for those are even more comparable to Diesel.
I think of buying a Diesel car as just buying another model of the car, just like how there are differentiation between a standard and a luxury, I mean, I could argue the same point, why spend $5-8k more on a luxury model with navigation and leather when you could buy an aftermarket navigation headunit for only
Posted 7 months ago