’STRAYA, MATE

“Designers in Europe, where most of our cars are designed these days, are confusing Australia with Austria”

David Fluellen, Perth, WA

I AM curious about the term, “built or designed for Australian conditions”, frequently used to flog cars in Australia and the fact that many of them seem entirely unsuitable. For one, considering the massive distances between major cities and large towns in most of this country, to me, one of the first necessities is a real, full-size spare wheel. Maybe one in five new cars and SUVs have them.

I’d hate to travel the Nullarbor with a part-time spare in the back. Many cars I’ve encountered on the road are in for a nasty surprise if they ever get a puncture or shred a tyre 300km from a town and need to rely on a space saver to complete their journey.

I think designers in Europe, where most of our cars seem to be designed these days, are confusing Australia with Austria.

“Designers in Europe, where most of our cars are designed these days, are confusing Australia with Austria”