as much as I disike Camrys they would make more sense than a Prius. Far larger with more boot space.
Though I still cannot see how they are cheaper to run overall than a Commodore or Falcon on gas as the maintenance is far more expensive on the front drive Camry.
Though maybe they do not do it, coming home last night turning right alongside a Camry cab and a CV was nearly ready to fall on the ground by the noise it was making and the driver seemed oblivious.
Well firstly, the drivers hardly ever own the cars. I was in a Falcon once with a howling, grinding diff - every time he took his foot off the throttle the car virtually stopped!
Operators like the Falcons for a couple of reasons. They're perceived as being a bit bigger for one and the industry believes they're more robust (I don't think they realise they no longer have pushrod engines!)
And I read once (in MOTOR or Wheels from memory, in a feature on taxis) that the big owners preferred Falcons because they were cheaper and quicker to repair - the Holdens' panel gaps were too small so they couldn't just throw panels at them over lunch.
My brother-in-law has been a player in the taxi industry in Sydney, by the way.
Oh, and they're just SO wedded to gas. I suggested to him (he runs a Hire Car company now) the Chrysler 300C with diesel he said 'wonder how it would be on gas'. Feh.
Now, where were we?
Come to think of it, this is just outside the ambit of this thread - but only just. Anyone really mind?
Pete Geoghegan in the TR7 Pro-Series at Amaroo.
Bathurst 78 or 79
Bathurst 77. Check out the price tag - and the consensus was "they're dreamin'"
Oran Park 500 km race, 1978, practice (I used all my film up on Saturday!)
Peter Brock hands over to Jim Richards. The John Harvey / Charlie O'Brien car is on the left of the shot.
John Shepherd is there in his headset (I didn't think they were supposed to have radios!)
Jim's gone. That's Charlie O'Brien leaning on the wall as Brock puts down his helmet.
Edited by brucemoxon, 03 October 2010 - 23:02.