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The Mercury Cars Guide : February 7th 2009
2— CARSguide Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au Saturday, February 7, 2009 New green-machine Mini Mini says it will have Australia’s greenest caronthemarketwithin months, but forhowlong will ithangonto the title. KeithDidhamhas driven it in Germanyandfinds it’sacar that deserves to win friends. greenest new car—but it looks like its reign is going to be short lived. The diesel version of the Mini T arrives in June, promising an aver- age budget friendly fuel consumption of 3.9 litres per 100km or a remark- able 3.5 litres on the highway giving it a range of just over 1000km on a tank from an engine which produces just 104g of CO2 per kilometre. That will make the MiniDcleaner than the much vaunted Toyota Prius hybrid and the current green car king, the fourtwo from Mercedes- Benz subsidiary Smart which has a mild hybrid system. But Smart isn’t lying down and will fight back with an even cleaner two-seat fourtwo, which may go on sale as early as August. It will lower the geen bar even further to 3.3l/100km and promising an astonishing clean exhaust for a conventional combustion engine of just 88g/km of CO2. And waiting in the wings will be an equally smart 1.2-litre Fiat 500 cabriolet, due to be launched at the Geneva Motor Show next month which will use the same fuel saving stop-start engine technology as the Mini. It’s due in Australia next year to take its share of the frugal limelight. Meanwhile, all eyes areon thenew diesel version of the cute-as Mini, the big advantage it has over the Smart is that it at least has a back seat, of sorts. The stylish Mini’s maxi appeal is you can have fun and at the same time feel good about being environ- mentally responsible. It promises class leading fuel econ- omy from its direct injection turbo HE BMW two-door Mini will soon snatch away from rival Smart the bragging rights of having Australia’s engine, jointly developed with Peu- geot and Citroen, without the need for expensive and hefty batteries which are the millstone of existing electric/petrol hybrid systems. Pricing is yet to be fixed but the MiniDis expected to come into the market for about $34,000 for the base Cooper version and just under $38,000 for the better equipped sporty Chilli. But the diesel Mini nearly didn’t make it to our market. A year ago it would not have been possible for BMW to sell it here. The Mini D’s remarkable fuel economy is largely achieved by automatically shutting down its engine when at idle, such as stopped at traffic lights. Depressing the clutch instantly fires up the engine again. It also switches off ancillaries, such as the alternator and water pump until needed to reduce en- gine load to save fuel while energy traditionally lost when braking is recaptured and fed back to the battery. As well, there’s even a gauge to tell the driver when to change gears for maximum efficiency. But most of this technology, developed by Bosch, works best with a lean burn diesel engine and until last month Australia’s diesel was too high in sulphur to make it work. The sulphur level was re- duced in December, opening a floodgate to companies like BMW to bring in hi-tech engine technol- ogy. UNDER $10,000 The Car Mart - SPECIALISING IN CARS 97 Honda Civic GLi 1.6lt, p/s, a/c, electrics, alloys, 144,000km, hard to find in auto. 97 Mitsubishi Mirage 1.5lt auto, p/s, alloys, just 52,000km, 1 owner, like new! A rare find! 95 Nissan Micra SLX 1.3lt manual, alloys, 123,000km, fuel miser, smart quality hatch. $4995 90 Holden Nova SLX 1.6lt p/s, alloys, very clean, moderate kms. Budget priced. Be quick. David Strang 0404 724 986 Mark Patterson 0417 025 936 Todd Jackson 0419 514 956 Rob Sylvester 0418 124 226 (Finance) 01 Daewoo Nubira CDX 2.0lt manual, p/s, a/c, electrics, 150,000km, well featured, economical sedan. 93 Mitsubishi TR Magna Exec 3.0lt auto, p/s, a/c, well above average, drives well. $2995 $5995 Easy on-site finance available 98 Ford AU Fairmont 4.0lt auto, p/s, a/c, electrics, alloys, 115,000km, has all the luxury features. 95 Suzuki Baleno GL 1.6lt, p/s, 125,000km, won’t disappoint, low kms, reduced to just... $3995 $7995 95 Holden Rodeo Flat tray 2.8lt manual turbo diesel, p/s, 196,000km, 4x4, ready for work, economical. 00 Hyundai Accent GL 1.5lt manual, p/s, a/c, only 95,000km, great car, unbeatable value. 98 Hyundai Sonata GLE $8995 2.0lt auto, p/s, a/c, electrics, alloys, a low 116,000km, 17” alloys and spoiler. $5995 93 Toyota Camry CSi 2.2lt auto, p/s, a/c, 139,000km, clean original, reliable. $4995 02 Holden XCBarina 1.4lt manual, p/s, a/c, 134,000km, ideal late model, economical 1st car. $8995 $5995 $7995 www.thecarmart.com.au 94 Toyota Spacia GXi 2.2lt auto, p/s, only 175,000km, much sought after people mover, will sell quickly. MAXI APPEAL: The new diesel version of the Mini, which is due in Australia in June. $7995 6211 0566 14 Derwent Park Rd, Derwent Park View more great deals online at www.thecarmart.com.au $8995 $2995 12503jayne
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