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The Mercury Cars Guide : January 31st 2009
Saturday, January 31, 2009 Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au CARSguide —7 Power point versus petrol pump PAUL GOVER THE Mitsubishi i MiEV is the first plug-in electric car for Australia. The tiny, battery-powered city car is confirmed this week for local trials next month, edging out upcoming electric contenders from Smart, Nis- san,BMWand Mercedes-Benz. There is no firm sales plan yet but Mitsubishi Motors Aus- tralia is keen to turn the i MiEV trial into much more than just a dummy run with genuine local deliveries some- time in 2010. ‘‘We are going to do this; we’re the first ones to put it out there,’’ says Mitsubishi Motors Australia managing director Rob McEniry. ‘‘There is a lot of talk about electric vehicles, but this will test the true appetite. ‘‘We’ll see whether it is factual or just fluff. ‘‘We are ready to go for 2010, if the price is right and the market is there.’’ The first i MiEV will be on the Mitsubishi stand at the Melbourne Motor Show from February 27, with a second car setting out soon after for a national tour of politicians, governments and major fleets. McEniry says there will be an even bigger event before the end of the year before Mitsu- bishi decides if it will go ahead with sales in 2010. ‘‘This is not a ‘might be’, this is a ‘what is’ from Mitsubishi; we’ll have a car on the stand at the motor show and another ready for driving,’’ he says. ‘‘Later in the yearwewantto bring some more cars out for some customer evaluations. ‘‘We’re going to take the car around Australia and allow various groups to see the ve- hicle and give us some feed- back. We’re very interested in what they have to say,’’ he says. The big questions are the price of the car, the warranty back-up and the infrastructure needed to support any sort of serious fleet of electric cars. ‘‘We know the target price, butwewon’t talk about that for the moment,’’ he said. PLUG AND PLAY: A concept sketch of the Mitsubishi iMiEV. ‘‘That will be fleets and things that can spend a bit of time with the vehicle. This is very much market testing. ‘‘This will be the real thing that’s in the market today in full trial in Japan.’’ McEniry believes there will be demand for the i MiEV, which can be charged from a regular household power sup- ply, but is not sure yet on the reaction to buying and run- ning a car in the real world. ‘‘Initially it will need some support form the customer base, if it’s a government de- partment or fleet.’’ ‘‘It depends on the demand. We might do it on a lease. We’re really not sure yet.’’ While there is uncertainty on the showroom plan for the original i MiEV, a five-door hatchback based on a Japanese city car, Mitsubishi is pushing into the next phase of its electric car program. It will unveil a second i MiEV, this time an electric sports car, at the Geneva Motor Show in March. The newcomer—called the i MiEV Sport Air—shows that the electric cars could become a whole new family for Mitsu- bishi with the potential for more than just short-haul com- muter work. The Sport Air uses Mitsu- bishi’s latest lithium-ion bat- teries and ahigh-torque engine for sports car acceleration. It says the idea is to go beyond a green car to some- thing people also want to buy for driving, thanks to low weight, strong acceleration and good cornering grip. $5.00 per day† 4,500km Only 2.0 litre 5-speed manual, power windows, CD player, cruise control, keyless entry, only 63,000km. Stock No. 321132 05 KIA Cerato †To approved business clients only, with a $2,500 deposit over five years with a 30% residual payment. Interest rate 10.50%. DRIVE WAS$11,990 NOW $10, 490 AWAY WAS$17,990 NOW $16, 1.5 litre 5-speed manual, Electronic Stability Control, front side & curtain airbags. 6-disc MP3 CD stereo, air conditioning, alloy wheels. Stock No. 321210 08 MAZDA 2 Maxx 490 DRIVE AWAY 1.8 litre 5-speed manual, power steering, air conditioning, dual airbags, CD player, ABS brakes. 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