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The Mercury Cars Guide : February 7th 2009
Saturday, February 7, 2009 Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au Holden takes the ‘boring’ out of station wagon Holden’s Tourermaybeafamily wagon, but it is sure to appeal to buyerswhowantsomespeedandabit of space. PaulGover examines thenewHSV Holden Special Vehicles TOURER PRICE: $70,980 ENGINE: 6.2-litre LS3V8 POWER:317kW/6000revs TORQUE:550Nm/4600revs TRANSMISSION:Six-speed manual, rear-wheel drive BODY:Five-door wagon DIMENSIONS:Length 4911mm, width1899mm,height1456mm, wheelbase 2915mm, tracks 1592/1590mmfront/rear STEERING: Power-assisted rack-and-pinion SUSPENSION:Front MacPherson struts, multi-link rear suspension FUELCONSUMPTION:Average on test 14.9 litres/100km BRAKES:Anti-skid four-wheel discs WHEELS:20-inch alloys TYRES: 245 x 35 front, 275 x 30 rear WARRANTY:3years/ 100,000km THEBOTTOMLINE: Another hit from Holden Special Vehicles. SCORE:79/100 DJ MAZDA MAZDA’S deal of the week is on two Mazda 2 Neo three-door hatches. They are fitted with dual airbags, ABS brakes, power steering, air con- ditioning, a 1.5-litre motor, CD player for $18,790 on road. Save $1256. DJ MITSUBISHI DJS has a 2008 XLS Outlander re- duced by nearly $2000. This five-seat SUV has a four- cylinder engine, 18-inch alloys, side curtain airbags, sports leather inter- ior, climate control and stability control. Usually $43,839 now $41,990. DJ KIA DJ Kia is running out their Cerato sedan at $16,890 drive away. Features a 2.0-litre engine, five- speed manual, power steering, dual airbags and remote central-locking. DJ NISSAN A 2008 X-Trail TS inter-cooled turbo diesel six-speed automatic has to be sold. Standard features: airbags, ESP, steering wheel mounted audio con- trols, ABS brakes and fog lamps. This demonstrator has travelled less than 6000km and is priced to sell this weekend at $34,990—save $5000. MOTORS CITROEN MOTORS Citroen have a C4 2.0-litre Exclusive petrol at $33,990. Features include: electronic stabil- new cars ity program, ABS, automatic head- lights, speed limiter, six-speaker sound system, six airbags and a five- star EuroNCAP safety rating. MOTORS JEEP MOTORS have a Jeep Wrangler Un- limited four-door reduced by $4300. With removable hard top and soft top, a 3.8-litre V6 with six speed manual, 17-inch alloys, power win- dows, airbags and ABS ESP. Will sell for $38,990, drive away. EUROCENTRAL EUROCENTRAL is offering a Peu- geot 207 CC convertible today. It sports a 1.6-litre engine, automat- ic gearbox, electric folding hardtop roof, dual zone climate control, speed limiter, ABS and front and side airbags. CO-OP TOYOTA CO-OP has new Yaris YRS hatches to clear. There is a three-door manual with quicksilver paint for $17,990 drive away and a five-door manual for $18,990 drive away. hicles is a surprise on two fronts: firstly, because he has a pair of shiny new Audis in his garage; and secondly because he races for Dick Johnson. J ‘‘I reckon it looks tough. And it’s big enough to carry all my stuff but not like a boring old station wagon,’’ Courtney said. The one-time hero of Dancing with the Stars is dressing for an early-morning bicycle session and would clearly prefer some time in the Tourer. Holden Special Vehicles has done a job on the new Sportwagon. The Tourer turns heads like nothing else in the family class, and will snap heads when you drop the hammer on its 6.2-litre V8 engine. Not that families are the target buyers. The Tourer is more likely to be the choice for someone who wants a go-fasterHSVcar but wants extra space in the tail as well. To get something similar in the go-fast class would mean spending big on an AMG Mercedes or the Audi RS wagon. But HSV has its sights on the Euro cars and has tweaked the Tourer from the basic Holden Sport- AMES Courtney is a fan of the Tourer. His enthusiasm for the new family wagon from Holden Special Ve- wagon for people who are likely to have something more upmarket. It comes with the Clubsport R8 package, which means the big V8 engine, a choice of six-speed manual or automatic gearbox, a limited-slip differential, sports suspension, big- ger brakes and the sort of body-bits that make HSVs look a lot tougher. The Tourer costs $1000 more than the Clubsport sedan, a price policy carried over from the Sportwagon, but still starts at $65,990. But you get all the regular Holden fruit, from punchy CD-sound to automatic air-con, as well as the chance to upgrade with HSV’s 20-inch alloys and leather seats. The Tourer is only a taster for HSV, which has battled to break out of the sedan slot. DRIVING The Clubsport sedan is a Cars- guide favouriteand the Tourer is the same, as very few people would pick it as a wagon from the way it drives. It has the V8-punch and cornering grip you expect with an HSV badge, as well as great brakes and brilliant balance that makes driving fun. The 6.2-litre V8 needs to be spun beyond 4000 to really get going, and it needs premium unleaded to give its best, but it is still a great experience in a family wagon. PERFORMANCE PORSCHE PERFORMANCE Porsche is offering a red Boxster S demonstrator. The car features a 3.4-litre mid- mounted flat six engine with a six- speed manual gearbox. Other options include rear park sensors and Bose surround sound. The car has travelled 4500km, was $153,000 now $120,000 on road. MOTORS HUMMER MOTORS needs to shift its Hummer H3 demonstrator. This base-model H3 comes with a 3.7-litre Vortex five-cylinder engine and five-speed manual transmission for $44,980, drive away. TILFORD TILFORD have two Ranger 4x2 High Rider single cab flat trays. These vehicles have a 3.0-litre tur- bo diesel with 380Nm of torque and up to 3000kg towing capacity. Normally more than $31,000 but selling at $24,688 on ABN holders. LEXUS OF HOBART While stocks last, Lexus of Hobart is offering 0 per cent per annum finance (up to four years) on the RX 350, RX Special Edition and RX 400h. Considering the interest normally paid over four years, this is an exceptional offer and one that is unlikely to be seen again. See us for a great finance deal! COMPETITIVE RATES CALL US TODAY FOR A QUOTE FULL RANGE OF PLANS & OPTIONS GREAT DEALS AVAILABLE used cars DRIVEAWAYNO MORE TO PAY! SCOOP PURCHASE – 2007 MITSUBISHI 380 SX Sedans $9.50 per day† Economical 3.8 litre 24 valve V6 engine, sports mode sequential automatic, MBOS sports suspension, front and side airbags, climate control, cruise control, 6 disc CD with MP3 compatibility, sports-style seats, alloy wheels, remainder of 5-year/130,000km new vehicle warranty. Be quick for your colour choice! REDUCED NOW $17, †To approved business clients only, with a $2,500 deposit over five years with a 30% residual payment. Interest rate 10.50%. 990DRIVE AWAY Phone 6211 0650 270 Main Road, Glenorchy www.motors.com.au 1.6lt manual, pwr steer, air cond, dual airbags, CD/MP3 player, remote locking, elec windows & mirrors. No trade $11,995 Less Holden Barina 3 door $9,995 YOU PAY SPEED AND SPACE: Holden Special Vehicles (HSV) — R8 Tourer. The rest of the package is HSV at its best: from the brutal styling of the front end; to the optional leather seats and 20-inch alloy wheels on the test car. But the rims are a bit vulnerable and showed a few scrapes from previous parking mistakes. On the downside, the Tourer is only hit by flaws in Holden’s donor car. There were some annoying squeaks, some of the cabin equip- ment looks cheap, and the rear-view mirrors and wide A-pillars mean blind spots when cornering and at junctions. Holden really needs to do some- thing about the under-sized mirrors, and soon, on the VE Commodore. But the Tourer is a car to enjoy, and play with, as well as something that will do honest family duties. It definitely beats a Territory and few people would spend the vast extra amount to upgrade to an RS Audi or an AMG Benz, even a cashed-up V8 Supercar star like Courtney. This small car deal is hard to beat “that’s what I want!” SCOOP PURCHASE CARSguide —9 www.djmotors.com.au firstname.lastname@example.org Easy finance available with DJ Financial Services Phone: 6213 3300 Warren Amos 0417 544 829 Luke Mitchell 0408 545 146 Hobart 1a Brisbane Street,Hobart Phone: 6213 3315 Brian Anning 0418 531 853 Chris Wakefield 0400 635 446 Allan Gebel 0428 729 659 Glenorchy 275 Main Road,Glenorchy 12485Jono • Choice of colours • Fuel efficient • Balance new car warranty BE QUICK!
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