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above the rest
KIA is seriously considering getting
into the lowest cost segment of the
Australian car market with a cute little
five-door hatchback called Picanto.
A so-called micro car, Kia Picanto
would come to us with a probable
price tag of $11,990 to $12,990 plus
on-road costs. It would compete with
the likes of the Holden Barina Spark,
Mitsubishi Mirage and Suzuki Alto
(soon to be replaced by a new model
called Suzuki Celerio).
Picanto has been around for four
years on many other markets, but
Kia’s chief operating officer, Damien
Meredith, likes the look of the recently
facelifted model and is seriously
considering it for Australia.
On the other hand, he tells us he
may wait until the all-new Picanto is
launched in the first half of 2016. So
the plans are still fluid.
Kia styling has improved out of sight
in the last few years and the latest
Picanto carries the signature ‘Schreyer’
grille, named for the German stylist
who penned it. This is the sort of pretty
little car that would sell on its shape
A range of bright colours would suit
it nicely, hopefully Kia would see it that
way and put a bit of life back into the
Australian street scene that’s looking
decidedly drab and grey (literally) at
Overseas Picantos are powered by
either a 1.0 -litre three-cylinder engine
or a 1.2-litre four-cylinder.
If / when the Picanto comes
downunder it’s likely both powerplants
would be on offer.
Transmission choices are five-speed
manual and four-speed automatic, but
there has to be a good chance these
would be raised to six-speed units
when the 2016 Picanto is launched.
Kia Picanto is also sold overseas
as a three-door door hatch, at an
even lower price than the five-door,
but Australian buyers have shown a
distinct lack of interest in passenger
cars without back doors in recent years.
So it’s likely only the five-door will
make it here.
It’s known that Hyundai Australia
has been considering its micro car,
the i10 hatch, for some time. Hyundai
controls Kia these days and the Picanto
and i10 share quite a few out of sight
It would be interesting to see the
two very ambitious Korean companies
at it hammer and tongs. As is always
the way when the big boys battle the
buyers are the winners. Keep an eye
out for a possible stoush between
these micro models.
Sunraysia Daily Saturday, February 7, 2015
Pretty little five-door hatchback from Kia,
the Picanto would be bargain priced.
Kia Picanto micro-car coming downunder?
THAT’S because he recently
purchased a Toro Titan MX from
Deakin Motorcycles in Mildura to
help maintain his picturesque river-
side property at Buronga. To say he’s
impressed with the Toro Titan MX
would be an understatement.
mow the lawn for fun,” Benn said with a
“I just walk out there, jump on the
Toro and whiz around, and the lawn
just looks so good.”
Before he purchased the Toro, Benn’s
neighbour would cut the lawn using a
42 inch cut ride-on mower. It took him
two and a half hours to do the job.
With the Toro and operating at a
speed of 12.5km/h, Benn has the lawns
mowed and the machine back in the
shed inside 40 minutes.
“I love how fast it does the job
because I don’t want to spend my
weekends on the mower, ” he said.
“I mow the lawns every four days to
keep them looking fantastic and with
the Toro it’s a breeze.
“It’s bullet proof and that’s how it
should be. If you buy something like
that, for that money that’s what you’d
expect it to be, just bullet proof and
a good finish, fast and comfortable to
drive and cost nothing to run. ”
The Toro Titan MX is inspired
by commercial-grade professional
machines and has been designed to
be tough, durable, easy to use and
comfortable to operate.
Powered by a premium, commercial
grade Kawasaki engine the Titan
provides as much power and
performance as you’ll need.
The cutting deck, and its quality and
strength is another aspect of the Toro
that has impressed Benn.
“ The deck on it’s really strong so if
you bang into something it won’t bend,
other brands I’ve used are a bit flimsy
and if you smash into something you
can damage them, ” he said.
The 1.5m deck is fully welded with
bull-nose reinforcement along the front
leading edge for superior strength.
Large 19.7cm diameter aluminium
spindle housings with 2.5cm shafts add
to the toughness of the cutting system.
And it gives a straight line on edges.
“ The Toro mows along a straight
edge beautifully because the deck
overhands,” Benn said.
“ That’s another really great feature
because on the left hand side the deck
protrudes past the wheels giving you a
“ On a lot of the other mowers, the
deck doesn’t hang out that much; the
wheel will go off the edge and you end
up with a cut on an angle and it doesn’t
look as good. ”
The cutting deck can be raised and
lowered using a foot lever ensuring
fast and simple cutting height changes
using an easy to use pin system with 13
The Toro Titan has an optional
Recycler Mulch Kit which Benn says not
only saves him time when mowing but
helps make his lawn look amazing.
The kit cuts and re-cuts clippings
into fine particles and redirects them
back onto the grass for a healthy
looking lawn. There’s no clumps of cut
grass sitting on the lawn and you don’t
waste time emptying out a catcher full
And once the job is done, the
Toro has handy dual wash out ports
on the cutting deck to clean out the
undercarriage. So cleaning the blades
is as easy as attaching a hose.
It’s easy to see why Benn loves
mowing his laws — the Toro Titan
offers a comfortable ride thanks to a
premium high back seat with spring
suspension. Adding to the comfort of
using this machine is the adjustable
control levers, which are large in
diameter and foam padded.
Safety is also at the forefront of the
Toro, with a retractable seatbelt and a
standard roll over protection system.
The Toro Titan is low maintenance.
Its air filter is built into the engine
cowl, easily accessible behind a hinged
cover without the need for tools. Under
the cover is the filter element which can
be easily detached for maintenance.
The battery and all daily maintenance
points around the mower are as easily
accessed. All that’s required is an oil
change every 50 hours and a top up of
petrol and you’re off.
“There’s no comparison between the
Toro and what I’ve used before, ” Benn
“There’s no doubt for the price you
are getting a machine that is built to do
the job and do it well.”
The Toro is even saving him money.
Instead of paying his neighbour to mow
his lawns twice a week, Benn can do it
himself for just $10 a run.
The Toro Titan MX would be ideal for
anyone on an acreage or commercial
Speak to the team at Deakin
Motorcycles LMCT 0011160 today to
find out which model is right for your
needs. Their showroom is located at
24-28 Deakin Avenue, Mildura, or call
them on 5022 7088.
Benn Vandenberg loves mowing his lawns —
all three acres of them.
Powered by a premium, commercial grade Kawasaki engine the Titan
provides as much power and performance as you’ll need.
The Toro Titan has an optional Recycler Mulch Kit which not only
saves time when mowing but helps make lawns look amazing.
Benn Vandenberg is one very happy customer and loves mowing his
lawns with the Toro Titan MX.
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