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June 28, 2013

LED Waves Redesigns Dimmable LED Recessed Lights

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Original Equipment Manufacturer LED Waves has announced a development that has made it easier to dim their popular line of LED recessed light fixtures.

The company’s selection of downlights includes the PR15 Ultrathin – a low profile 13 Watt LED equivalent to a 50 Watt halogen down light – and the Midtown 2.0 and 2.1. The Midtown series is made in the USA exclusively by LED Waves; both fixtures are 9 Watt LED spot lights comparable to 50 Watt halogen MR16 bulbs.

LED Waves’ recessed lights are available in both dimmable and non-dimming units. Standard non-dimming units ship with a line voltage LED driver, which connects to the junction box in the ceiling. The Midtown’s LED driver is ETL listed to UL standard 1598.

In the past, customers who wished to dim these LED recessed light fixtures needed to connect each one to a 12v Buck Puck LED driver, in addition to a dimmable LED power supply. A newly designed all-in-one dimmable LED driver takes the place of this additional hardware. This also eliminates an extra wiring connection point.

With this new dimming configuration, up to twenty LED recessed light fixtures may be installed in a series and controlled by a single dimmer. These systems are compatible with standard incandescent and halogen dimmers; see site for recommended products.

The pricing and line voltage wiring instructions for the non-dimming LED down lighting units remain the same. Dimmable and non-dimmable units should be installed only by a licensed electrical contractor or other qualified building personnel, as specified by local safety codes.

Featuring a strip of LED lights the lamp gives fluid light and movement via two sets of LED lights. These can be arched, bent and folded to produce light in a variety of positions and are held together via a magnetic base giving endless flexibility. The light designers Marco De Santi and Alessandro Paoletti explained:

“Flexible products with a high coefficient of interaction allow us to establish an emotional attachment to the product…One that goes beyond the value of the object itself.”

The news of such an innovative design is welcomed by LED specialist supplier Simple Lighting Company which supplies a range of LED strip lights, LED plinth lights and LED tape lights. On hearing of the new invention an expert member of the team added:

“The new flexible ribbon desk lamp is a perfect example of just how flexible and unique LED light bulbs can be. They are used for multiple everyday items as well as those that are in the forefront of design innovation such as this lamp. We hope that the design is met with the same excitement from the consumer as it was by our experts here at Simple Lighting Company.”

The company has grown considerably in recent years and supplies over 4000 products, specialising in LED lighting, LED tape lights, LED strip lights as well as indoor and outdoor lighting. Click on their website hmhid for more information.

June 27, 2013

Forever LED Light

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Energy Saving Solutions USA’s Founder & CEO Peter Stein is an admitted news junkie, but it seems he’s been an especially keen observer of late.

As his Miami-based company prepares to launch its most important product to date – the Forever LED Light – Stein has dutifully taken note of the many cities around the country who are converting to LED lights in an effort to save money and the environment.

“It appears that every day there are a handful of cities, towns and municipalities around the United States who are making the move to LEDs,” said Stein, who oversees a fast growing company that designs, manufactures and sells LED lighting to commercial properties at zero upfront cost.

“With our soon-to-be launched Forever LED Light, we are now able to offer to cities and municipalities the first-ever full line of LEDs – including roadway lighting fixtures that are guaranteed for life.”

The Forever LED Light will be the first LED light offered with a lifetime guarantee. The product line will be exclusively administered by McCusker & Company and backed by Service USA, which are world class warranty and service providers out of Dallas.

McCusker & Company and Service USA are true leaders in developing innovative solutions for warranty administration and support services worldwide.

Cities that have recently made moves to LED lights include Oak Ridge, Tenn., Oakland, Calif. and Los Angeles. Relative to LA, the city swapped out 140,000 street lights for LEDs and expects to save about $10 million annually.

“Think about this for a second – if a city like LA decided upon the Forever LED Light, that $10 million savings annually would swell considerably,” said Stein. “Once swapped out, the changing of lights is over and done with. There would be no further need to get the ladder out. And, if in the very remote chance a light does need to be changed, it’s 100 percent covered with no additional cost.”

As the Forever LED Light launch looms in the next couple of weeks, Stein said he would welcome interaction with any city, town or municipality to discuss its LED lighting needs.

“While some have already made the move – and we applaud them for doing so given the environmental impact – I’m confident there are many more out there considering this option,” said Stein. “We are available any time to discuss how we can help.”

Energy Saving Solutions USA – the creators of the LED with a lifetime guarantee – provides businesses, government agencies, schools and non-profit organizations energy-efficient LED and induction lighting technology that is designed to save money and help reduce the environmental impact by reducing carbon emissions. The Miami, Fla.-based company also offers organizations the Forever Green Savings Program  which allows for a conversion to LEDs with no up-front costs; payments are based on a portion of their electrical savings. More information about the program is available on the web site at

June 26, 2013

Toyota Rolls Out New Corolla

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I had a girlfriend in college who had a 1970 Toyota Corolla. Back in the day the boxy Japanese compact was an oddity, sort of like what early buyers of Hyundai and Kia vehicles experienced when they drove South Korean cars in the early 1990s.

But what that light green Toyota lacked in style it more than made up in reliability and fuel efficiency at a time when Detroit built such compact clunkers as the Ford Pinto, Chevrolet Vega, and American Motors’ Gremlin and Pacer.

That first in the United States Corolla introduced in 1968 was nearly indestructible. My brother married a woman who drove a 1969 model for 15 years. The other car of choice for college students of that era was the rear-engine Volkswagen Beetle. I married a woman who drove a ’71 VW Super Beetle nicknamed “Norton” for 17 years and a college student drove it away when we finally parted with it.

My wife still loves her 14-year-old Corolla and so do many other loyal Corolla owners. Toyota has sold nearly 40 million Corollas worldwide since 1966, 1.2 million last year.

The world’s largest automaker recently took the wraps off the 11th generation Corolla, an all-new model of the front-wheel drive compact with design flashes from the Corolla Furia Concept that made the rounds at auto shows from Detroit to California.

In a bid to break its conservative vanilla design mold, the all-new 2014 Corolla has some cues from the top competitors in the segment, sporting a bold front fascia reminiscent of the Mazda3 and an exterior and instrument cluster evoking the Honda Civic.

Style and Corolla have been polar opposites for decades, but I was impressed with the practically of the vehicle when we rented a 2013 Corolla on vacation last winter, a vehicle some auto critics dubbed an “automotive appliance.”

The last few generations of the Corolla probably helped inspire the bumper sticker: “My car is a [picture of a toaster],” but the volume seller, second in sales to the Camry, has been Toyota’s bread and butter. Safe, good mileage and no breakdowns has been a winning formula.

For 2014, Toyota ups the ante with more size and style. The front-wheel drive Corolla will come in four trim levels in showrooms this fall — L, LE, S and a new LE Eco version. The wheel-base has been stretched by 3.9 inches and the car is lower and wider.

LED headlights, daytime running lights and tail-lamps are standard and the sporty Corolla S adds more accents along with the 132-horsepower version of the 1.8-liter, VVT-I four-cylinder engine. The LE Eco engine boosts power to 140-horsepower and has continuously variable valve timing to improve fuel economy to 40 mpg on the highway.

The Corolla L and Corolla S offer a four-speed automatic or 6-speed manual transmission while the other models come with a new continuously variable “intelligent shift” automatic.

June 25, 2013

2013 Cadillac SRX

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If you want a Cadillac SUV and you don’t want to be seen in the horrifying Escalade, your only choice is the SRX. Cadillac’s SRX is the upscale cousin of the mechanical family that includes the Chevy Equinox and the GMC Terrain. Let’s have a closer look at what Cadillac does to set their model apart.

I like that the SRX dares to stand apart with its exterior styling. Visually, it shares a number of cues with its Cadillac stablemates and sticks closely to the corporate design philosophy. The bold creased look isn’t for everyone, but I like it and I think it allows the SRX to hold its own in a world of crossovers that all start to blend together.

The angular look gives it a bit of an avant garde hunchback silhouette, and although it’s a polarizing styling exercise, almost everyone who checked it out this week said they liked it.

The details make it look upscale, including the jewel-like hid lights which integrate a waterfall LED strip (a la ATS), vertical LED tail lights, integrated exhaust outlets and lovely 20-inch rims shod in 235/55-size rubber. I found the shape as interesting today as it was a couple of years ago when it was introduced.

Under the hood you’ll find a 3.6L V6 churning out 308 horsepower at 6,800 rpm. The torque (265 lb-ft of it) is available at a surprisingly low 2,400 rpm. It’s paired with a six-speed automatic transmission, and sends the power out to all four corners via a torque-vectoring all-wheel-drive system.

Fuel economy isn’t the SRX’s strong suit. It’s rated at 13.2 L/100 km in the city and 8.8 L/100 km on the highway. Our week with it gave it quite a workout as we took it almost everywhere. Plenty of taxi duty, commuting, a number of freeway drives and even a couple of short highway sprints. I averaged a sobering but unsurprising (for a 2,015 kg CUV) 15.8 L/100 km during this time. The fuel tank holds 80 L, and thankfully it swills regular fuel.

The SRX’s interior is luxurious, modern and has a premium feel to it. Materials are excellent – soft-touch plastics cover almost every surface (many with stitching) and the fit and finish is very good. Although there are a few splashes of brightwork to dress things up, it’s still a pretty dark cabin.

The power-adjustable seats are upholstered in leather and are heated and cooled. I would have preferred more bolstering here – the seats definitely lean toward comfort and they’re great in that department. Headroom is very generous up front.

The heated steering wheel has buttons for media, phone, hands-free, cruise control and driver information screen functions. I found the layout to be too busy and it took me a while to get used to. Behind the wheel sits a bin of gauges as well as the driver information screen, which I found quite interesting. The screen has separate, independently controllable sections for the left, the centre and the right. Each one can be programmed to display what you want to see – a speedometer, fuel economy, range, tire pressure, trip meters, what’s playing on your sound system (including cover art!), a compass, vehicle settings or your phone menu.

The centre stack puts Cadillac’s eight-inch CUE touchscreen system front and centre. It handles media, navigation, phone and vehicle settings. I found the screen to be beautiful and responsive. It uses haptic feedback – the screen pulses to let you know the command has been received. CUE displays the information critical to what’s happening and becomes active as you move your hand toward it, lighting up other functions and screen-based controls.

June 24, 2013

Add style to function outside

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The latest choices in outdoor lighting add a lot of style to function. They can really enhance the appearance of your home and yard at night while also making outdoor living more enjoyable on summer evenings, or helping to improve home safety and security.

They can help you save on your power bill too. Many outdoor lighting products now use LED lights or solar power, or both, says Mike Drysdale, sports and seasonal manager at Canadian Tire on Quinpool Road in Halifax.

String lights with LED lights that run on solar power have become popular for patios and decks, where they eliminate the need for extension cords. To add glamour to backyard living, you even can get a solar-powered gazebo chandelier with LED lights. “You can put a solar panel up through the top of your gazebo and have this hanging inside, like a three-light traditional chandelier that you would find in a home,” says Drysdale.

A wide range of pathway marker lights also combine LED lights with solar power.

“The LED lights draw very little power, and that is why they are so popular with solar. They will last a long time with the charges that they get through the day.”

For railings or fence posts, there are solar-powered post cap lights with LED bulbs. They can help provide some lighting around a porch, deck or yard while also looking attractive both day and night.

“You can get them in a brass or copper finish, or with a black finish,” says Drysdale. “Some have panels that are frosted, so it would give you a nice warm glow. Or, you can get some that are clear, so the light will shine through a little better.”

There is a wide variety of solar-powered garden lighting. Some products can add decorative touches to your garden or lawn during the day and then touches of colour, such as blue or green, when they light up at night.

“We have solar animals that have become really popular this year, such as squirrels, frogs, butterflies, dogs and cats. There is a tin shape over top a globe that has a light and solar panel within it. It will charge up through the day and then it will glow at night. You will see the colour coming through the shape.”

If you bring your solar-powered lighting indoors at the end of the season, he suggests removing the batteries to put less strain on them.

Most of the outdoor security lighting still is electrical, and some people may prefer basic floodlights with motion sensors for areas where a lot of light is desired — perhaps a backyard or driveway. But you also can find outdoor security lighting that combines decorative styles with motion sensors, and these products can look really attractive even at a front door entrance.

“For example, there is a traditional coach light with a motion sensor, and another one almost looks like the old gas lanterns that you would find outside a house. They come in a range of colours and styles, and different glass patterns. Some are frosted, some are not. There are so many options.” Read the full story at web.

June 21, 2013

Pedestrian safety plans on Hoyt Street

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As part of the Board of Selectmen’s promise to increase pedestrian safety along Hoyt Street between Leeds Lane and Barringer Road, the installation of 17 new street lamps has been proposed, but for some residents, 17 could be too much.

Recently, flashing signs, which alert motorists that pedestrians walk along the road, were installed.

“I don’t think that the signs fix anything, but I do like that the motorists are cognizant of pedestrians,” said Holly Schulz, a Hoyt Street resident who has been outspoken about the lack of sidewalks around town, specifically on her street, during public comment at Monday’s selectmen meeting.

Schulz provided a marked-up copy of the proposed street lamps with fewer of them being installed, offering what she feels is a better alternative that would not provide too much lighting on the streets, which could disturb the residents whose homes are close to the road.

Richard Hoyt, who lives on the corner of Country Club Road and Hoyt Street, said the newly installed flashing signs were a “nice start,” but also felt that one streetlight on every pole on the road may be too much. During the selectmen’s discussion of the lighting project, First Selectman Jayme Stevenson responded to some of the public’s suggestions, such as using LED lights to have more control over where the beam falls on the ground.

Stevenson said the Connecticut Light & Power Co. does not use LED lighting anywhere. The bulbs that will be used are 70-watt, high-pressure sodium fixtures. That is the lowest wattage available.

“The intention is that the bulb is up inside the fixture, and it is more directional onto the roadway so that there isn’t any backwash onto the residential properties,” Stevenson said.

During public comment when speaking about the potential excessiveness of lights on every pole, Schulz questioned if there was any other place in town that had as many streetlights. Stevenson responded during the selectmen’s discussion that a similar situation existed on Middlesex Road, from the Stamford border to the intersection with Hoyt Street.

“The intention was so that the pathway would allow for lighting along the way,” Stevenson said. “We didn’t want to have gaps in lighting, and this plan that you see, while it may seem arbitrary, was a plan that was put together by CL&P and our internal public works engineering staff.”

“It’s a fairly unremarkable amount of money,” Stevenson said.

Stevenson said she would discuss Schulz’s suggestions with those involved in the project.

“Short of sidewalks, which we know are not happening in this budget cycle, this is the promise that we made to the Darien commuters who walk to the Talmadge Hill train station in New Canaan, is that we would improve street lighting and that we would install pedestrian walking signs. So I am attempting to act on my promises.” Click on their website for more information.

June 20, 2013

The Cost of Doing Business Has Risen an Average

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Businesses and householders are struggling with increased electricity costs. Sydney electricians at Switchiton Electrical advise and educate customers on smart energy savings.

Switchiton Electrical, which has professional Sydney electricians servicing Sydney city and all suburbs, identified several years ago that, for full customer service, it isn’t enough to simply turn up and do the job. They needed to help their customers by giving them the benefit of their extensive knowledge of all things electrical. After all, for these Sydney electricians, it is their passion.

Residential electricity prices are up 14% over 2012-2013, according to a recent report from the Australian Energy Market Commission. Businesses surveyed by The Australian Industry Group claim that the cost of doing business has risen an average of 14.5% since the introduction of the Gillard government’s Carbon Tax. Both businesses and householders need to use multiple methods to keep costs down.

“We identified back in 2011, from the Federal Government’s Treasury report (which stated that electricity prices had risen 40% over the previous three years), that our Sydney customers are under increased cost of living pressure or finding that the costs to run a business are causing hardship,” commented John Chidiac, Principal Director, on behalf of Sydney electricians, Switchiton Electrical Services Australia.

“According to the Economist Intelligence Unit Worldwide Cost of Living index, Sydney is the third-most expensive city in the world – and we knew already that the two main culprits are rental prices and energy costs. We can’t do anything about rental costs but we can visit businesses and homes and identify where customers can save money on their power bills.”

“Often, we find old and inefficient wiring that can lead to severe electrical shocks, property damage and even fires. When taking these facts into consideration we believe the risk level is too high and homeowners and businesses could suffer the consequences. We identify what should be replaced to save our customers money – and, most importantly, keep them safe at all times from all electrical hazards.”

Of course, it isn’t just water heaters or wiring. The professional Sydney electricians from Switchiton Electrical look at all things electrical, including lighting. (Using fluorescent lights over regular incandescent bulbs can save 75% of lighting costs while an energy-efficient fridge could use less energy than a regular light bulb.)

Sydney-wide, businesses benefit from a full energy audit by qualified professional Sydney electricians. Some fixes, such as removing halogen lighting and replacing it with, for example, LED lighting, adjusting water heater temperatures via thermostats or replacing out-dated wiring, can be done only by a qualified electrician.

“We were given professional advice by Switchiton Electrical to help us reduce our power consumption. Our last electricity bill was around 25% lower than for the same time last year. The electricians also upgraded our electrical switchboard and replaced some of the wiring in our home. Good work, guys!” Mr and Mrs Kennedy, Cronulla. More information about the program is available on the web site at

June 19, 2013

Gay Head Lighthouse will retain familiar sweep

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This week,Increase the performance and visual appearance of your headlights with hid lights and bulbs. the Coast Guard announced a change of course for the Gay Head Lighthouse. The sweep of the light’s familiar rotating high-intensity incandescent beacon will remain, at least for the near future.

In April, I can understand the purple/red Colors but why are the clear hid lights illegal?  the Coast Guard said it planned to replace the light’s aging DCB-224 optic, a rotating mechanism that relies on a bank of 1,000-watt incandescent bulbs set behind red and white filters, with modern stationary 80 watt LED bulbs.

Matthew Stuck, United State Coast Guard First District Aids to Navigation program manager, told The Times in April that the change to LED was dictated by factors that included mariner reliability, cost, and the difficulty of finding parts for a mechanism that is more than 40 years old.

News of the change was cause for concern from residents of Aquinnah, the Island’s smallest town, who find reassurance in the nightly sweep of the beam across the landscape and the ocean.

This week, asked what precipitated the change in plans, Mr. Stuck said he didn’t want to “add any pieces to an already moving part.”

He said there is a lot going on with the historic property, including a planned transfer of the structure from the Coast Guard to the town and an effort to save it from toppling over the eroding cliff.Buy hid kit, ballasts, and headlight bulbs.

Mr. Stuck said the search for a DCB-224 optic never stopped, and after one was recently found in Virginia, plans to switch from a beam to a flashing LED ceased.

“We do these kinds of modernization proposals on historical property a lot,” Mr. Stuck said. “We adapt over time, and LEDs are so power friendly, there are no moving parts, they have a longer life, but we’re sensitive to the importance of our obligation to our historical organizations as we consider these modernizations.”

Mr. Stuck believes modernization will be inevitable at the Gay Head Lighthouse, but since a replacement product was found he didn’t see a reason to not use the rare part.

“Nobody loves our maritime history as much as we do,” Mr. Stuck said with a laugh. “And we’re sensitive about doing what we can to make sure we’re making our history accessible.”

He said there is always pressure to be efficient and good stewards of taxpayer dollars. “It’s a constant balancing act,” he added.

The DCB is essentially two back-to-back drums with a red filter on the end of one drum and a white filter on the other. An electric motor rotates the drums slowly within the lighthouse housing. There are two 1,000 watt bulbs in each drum, a primary light and a backup light.

Coast Guard teams visit the lighthouse regularly to provide maintenance and repair. Finding parts has become increasingly difficult. The switch to LED was to have occurred this summer.

Approximately 80 percent of all aids to navigation in the USCG First District now use LED technology — a change made possible by advances in LED technology. It is part of a continuing evolution over the centuries that included the jump from whale oil to kerosene to electric lamps.

Gay Head Light was established in 1799 and consisted of a keeper’s dwelling and an octagonal tower, which guided mariners past Devil’s Bridge, a dangerous rock ledge that extends out to the northwest from the cliffs, and presents a hazard at the west entrance to Vineyard Sound.

First lit with whale oil, then kerosene, it was later outfitted with one of the first Fresnel lenses in the United States. The automatic DCB-224 lens, modern for its day, replaced the original Fresnel lens in 1952, and the station was unmanned just four years later.

June 18, 2013

Zhaga opens certification to more SSL Books

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Zhaga calls its specifications for modular light engines Books, and the industry coalition continues to expand the applications covered by the specifications. Book 4 covers a non-socketable light engine with separate control gear or driver. The intended applications are high-output fixtures including street lights and industrial high-bay luminaires.

Book 7 targets applications such as office lighting and defines a non-socketable light engine with separate driver. And Book 8 defines a socketable light engines with integrated driver for applications such as downlights. The term socketable implies a light engine that can be replaced or installed in a fixture without tools.

Zhaga announced that Dekra, UL, and VDE are authorized to issue test reports on the new specifications, and UL was quick to add its own statement about the new Books. “UL is proud to be a trusted authorized Zhaga Test Center and member of the Consortium Steering Committee,” said Todd Straka,global director of UL Lighting.  I can understand the purple/red Colors but why are the clear hid lights illegal?. “These additional book authorizations illustrate our growing commitment to assisting in the global adoption and use of high-quality and efficient LED Lighting products.”

Zhaga said that the full specifications will be published on the organization’s website soon. The organization had previously published Books 2 and 3. Certification testing for Books 5 and 6 should come soon. Book 1 is not a light engine specification, but rather a specifications of terminology and characteristics used throughout the other Books.

The liaison agreement with the GLA, meanwhile, could help accelerate adoption of the modular Zhaga approach to SSL. The GLA is chartered to promote sustainable energy-efficient lighting and is a top-level organization that includes leading national and regional lighting industry associations in Europe and elsewhere.

The liaison agreement carries the implicit message that the GLA is endorsing Zhaga’s belief that modular LED light engines can lower R&D cost for lighting manufacturers and provide a broader choice among interchangeable products from multiple vendors.

For Zhaga,Increase the performance and visual appearance of your headlights with hid lights and bulbs. the agreement will provide a conduit for it to spread its message. “The lighting industry operates on a global scale, and the specifications being developed by Zhaga are for global use,” said Menno Treffers, secretary-general of the Zhaga Consortium. “It is very important for Zhaga to be able to share the results of its work throughout the international lighting community, and the liaison with GLA provides a clear route to achieve this goal.”

Zhaga has previously signed similar liaison agreements with other organizations including the Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI), a non-profit research institute based in Taiwan, and the Istanbul-based Turkish Lighting Luminaires Manufacturers Association (AGID).Buy hid kit, ballasts, and headlight bulbs.

June 17, 2013

Malibu drives down centre lane

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It would be all too easy to think of Holden’s new Malibu as the unloved middle child. Small cars are where the sales action is and Holden has a good one: the Cruze.

Large cars are now limited in volume but not on appeal: the VF Commodore is sophisticated, a flag-bearer for Holden’s design and engineering expertise and something of a hero car for the brand.

Most Cruze and all Commodore models are built in Australia,Buy hid kit, ballasts, and headlight bulbs. of course. While Australian car production doesn’t mean anywhere near as much to Kiwis as it does to the locals, these cars are still the closest thing we have to local product.

The Korean-built Malibu slots into the medium segment, between Cruze and Commodore. It’s a sensible car aimed at a middle market that is dominated by fleet sales in New Zealand (over 80 per cent). It’s also a replacement for the Epica, a car that was underwhelming in every single respect.

When a Cruze is big and the Commodore is exciting, why bother? Because while the medium segment has diminished in the last decade, it’s been stable for the last three years and is still more important than the large-car class in terms of sales. There are still business buyers who want that level of space with four-cylinder engines. As a mainstream brand, Holden must compete in the medium class.

Malibu is a fresh start: a global model on a new platform. While Holden people were involved in both exterior and interior design, it was all towards a car that could be sold in over 100 markets. There are some elements unique to the Australasian model,Increase the performance and visual appearance of your headlights with hid lights and bulbs. although that work was focused on easy-to-adapt features like throttle/transmission mapping, dampers and tyre choice.

The Malibu line-up is simple: a 123kW/225Nm 2.4-litre petrol (8.0 l/100km) or 117kW/350Nm 2-litre turbo diesel (6.4 l/100km) engines, each in entry CD or luxurious CDX specification. A six-speed automatic gearbox is standard.

The new Malibu CDX features LED quad tail lamps, rear assist with camera, and the full MyLink touch-screen infotainment system.

At $42,900, the Malibu CD is now the cheapest car in the medium segment. It comes generously equipped with climate air-conditioning, rear park assist with camera, automatic headlights, nine-speaker sound system, power height adjustment for the front seats, cruise control and the full MyLink touch-screen infotainment system.

MyLink will be a selling point for Malibu. It’s the fourth car to get the system, which includes Pandora and Stitcher internet applications.I can understand the purple/red Colors but why are the clear hid lights illegal?. Malibu’s MyLink is equivalent to that in Cruze: more functionality than Barina but not as sophisticated as Commodore’s.

The Malibu CDX adds 18-inch alloys, leather upholstery, dual-zone climate air, automatic wipers and eight-way power adjustment for both front seats. The CDX also gets LED rear lights, which showcase the car’s most distinctive styling feature: Camaro-inspired quad tail lamps, which light up in four bright squares with the LED technology. There’s a $3000 premium CDX and a further $2500 for the diesel engine on either specification. No sat-nav for now: expect that as a running change in around six months.

The American Chevrolet Malibu has already been upgraded in some important areas, with changes to interior packaging and safety gear like blind-spot alert and cross-traffic alert. We don’t get those revisions.

Notwithstanding an epic rainfall during the media drive in Melbourne, which made it difficult to evaluate the car in depth, Malibu comes across as a competent package. There is still too much pitch-and-roll in bumpy corners for the car to be considered sporty (if it was ever intended to be), but it’s composed and predictable.

The diesel will be a minor player in the market but it’s the driver’s choice. It’s noisy at low revs but has an impressive 350Nm of torque. Because the diesel engine cannot be packaged in right-hand drive with the electric power steering system of the petrol model, it gets hydraulic assistance.

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