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May 23, 2pm News Round-up


Holden puts a brake on Ute sales

May 23, 2007, 2pm. Holden’s hoping that Stop equals Go as it launches a special edition of its Ute in New Zealand.

One of the key extras on the SVZ is a performance brake package with red-painted brake callipers hiding behind a set of 18-inch alloy wheels.
SVZ prices start at $40,990 and Holden says it offers “outstanding value for the money.”

It’s powered by the 190kW Alloytec V6 engine.

The interior has Onyx leather seats and door trim, with an SVZ logo embroidered on the seat face.

In addition to half a dozen standard hues, the new colour-shifting Morpheous metallic from VE Commodore sports models is also available on the SVZ.

The SVZ comes near the end of the life of the VZ-based Ute. The VE model is expected this summer.

Photo caption: Special edition Holden Ute.

Faster than an inflating airbag …

May 23, 2007, 2pm. An Aussie invention is claimed to have the potential to cut by up to 80 percent the risk of fire-related death and injury in crashes.

The Vehicle Safety Shutdown system prevents fuel from igniting by using a fuel shutoff valve and a battery isolator, activated by crash sensors 10 times faster than it takes for an airbag to fully activate.

Unlike an airbag, the system can be re-used.




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