Saturday, October 25, 2014

Series One

The complete first series of Neutral

Episode 4 - Suzuki Grand Vitara

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This is the fourth episode of Neutral.

In this episode Damo gets his hands dirty, he investigates if soft roaders are any good for going off road.

Glenn also spends some more time with the Joel from Safe Drive Training and they look into the braking distances and the effects of speed.


This great little car turned out be a fun drive, below are some of the specifications and features of this car.

Vehicle Specs
Price* $23,990* Price Guide
Badge JX
Series JB Type 2
Body Hardtop
No. Doors 3
Seat Capacity 4
Transmission Manual
Gear Location Floor
Drive 4X4 Constant
Fuel Type Petrol - Unleaded ULP
Recommended RON Rating 91
Release Year 2006
VIN Number JSAJTA74V##2#####
Country of origin JAPAN (ASIA)
ANCAP Safety Rating
Standard Equipment
4 Speaker Stereo Metallic Finish Centre Console
ABS (Antilock Brakes) Metallic Finish Door Handles - Interior
Air Cond. - Climate Control Metallic Finish Door Inserts
Air Conditioning - Pollen Filter Metallic Finish Steering Wheel
Airbags - Driver & Passenger (Dual) Multi-function Control Screen
Body Colour - Bumpers Multi-function Steering Wheel
Body Colour - Exterior Mirrors Partial Power Door Mirrors
CD Player Power Steering
Central Locking - Remote/Keyless Power Windows - Front only
Cup Holders - 1st Row Rear View Mirror - Manual Anti-Glare
Cup Holders - 2nd Row Rear Wiper/Washer
Disc Brakes Front Ventilated Remote Fuel Lid Release
Door Pockets - 1st row (Front) Roof Rails
EBD (Electronic Brake Force Distribution) Seatback Pocket - Front Passenger Seat
Engine Immobiliser Seats - 2nd Row Split Fold
Footrest - Drivers Spare Wheel - Rear Mounted
Headlamps - Clear Lenses Spare Wheel Cover - Disc type
Headrests - Adjustable 1st Row (Front) Sunvisor - Vanity Mirror for Driver
Headrests - Adjustable 2nd Row x2 Sunvisor - Vanity Mirror for Passenger
Independent Front Suspension Sunvisors - Front
Independent Rear Suspension Tacho
Intermittent Wipers - Variable Tail Lamps - Clear
Limited Slip Diff Tinted Windows
Metallic Finish Air Vents (interior) Trim - Cloth

The music in this episode was provided by Machinery Hill and is from the album "Get On Top" The song is "Colour Sheen"

You can download the song or the whole album from iTunes now by clicking on either the album or song title above.


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These wonderful images were brought to life by the animation talents of Mike Wright.

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Comments  

Posted On
Oct 06, 2010
Posted By
0 RE: Episode 4
Good to see all the car stats on the website after watching the episode
Posted On
Oct 08, 2010
Posted By
0 RE; EPISODE 4
Would have liked to have seen the Vitara attempt something a little rough. Off-road doean't mean off paved road. That bulldozed and graveled road is hardly a challenge and is something I would do regularly in a toyota carolla hatchback in country far north Queensland.

Probaly fine for citiots who would only buy the soft roader for status or to feel big and higher but for those who would actually use the 4x4 and slightly raised ride hight it would have been good to see it attempt a loose steep incline or low traction setting where the 4x4 would be needed.
Posted On
Oct 08, 2010
Posted By
Jason (Neutral)
0 RE: RE; EPISODE 4
Thanks Jimminy,

I agree, however we were taking the piss by calling that off road. It was to make a point that a car like that is unlikely to even see a dirt track, next time we will endeavour push one that little bit harder.
Posted On
Oct 08, 2010
Posted By
Jason (Neutral)
0 RE: Episode 4
There was a post we accidentally deleted, (we still have our training wheels on). The post indicated that they would have loved to have seen the braking distance measured.
Posted On
Oct 08, 2010
Posted By
Jason (Neutral)
0 RE: RE: Episode 4
Thats a fair point, it did take four times the distance to stop at double the speed. I'll chat to the guys at Safe Drive Training to see if they have some more stats.

Having said that we did do another test with them recently with four different cars and there was a 17m stopping difference between cars when stopping from 80kmh.

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