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The Mercury Cars Guide : February 14th 2009
6— CARSguide Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au Saturday, February 14, 2009 Big mix for motor show Alate flush ofnewcomers has ensuredafullhousefor the Melbourne eventfrom February 27, writes Paul Gover loaded for the Melbourne Exhibition Centre but extra contenders are continuing to emerge and the orga- nisers are still not sure of the final line-up. E TheMazda3MPSisasecret-but-set star for the show, Subaru will have an electric contender and the all-new Nissan 370Z was confirmed earlier this week. ‘‘I think it’s going to be an interest- ing mix. But we still have no idea whatFordandHoldenwill be doing,’’ show organiser, Russ Tyrie of the Victoria Automobile Chamber of Commerce (VACC), says. ‘‘We are still waiting on Fisher- mans Bend and Broadmeadows. As usual, they are keeping things very close to their chest. ‘‘The locals have managed to spring something special in the past so we’re expecting a surprise from them.Wejust don’tknowwhatit will be.’’ d Caliber SXT Dodge Now only drive away SAVE $5406 VERYTHING from the Mit- subishi i MiEV electric city car to the super-luxury BMW7 Series is locked and The third Australian brand, Toyo- ta, has already shown its hand with a giant three-storey stand which will be the first for the brand. But the show will also be a last— at least as it has run for more than 70 years. A single Australian International Motor Show will be run from 2010, starting in Sydney, which means there will not be another major motoring event at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre until 2011. Details of the joint-venture show project, joining the VACC with the Federal Chamber of Automotive In- dustries, are still being finalised and Tyrie admits he is more focused on February 27 than anything in 2010 or beyond. ‘‘We are very excited at the pro- spect of being able to stage a truly international show in 2011 in Mel- bourne. But that’s in the future,’’ he says. ‘‘We have 35 exhibitors this year. And it’s a sellout for stand space. ‘‘Obviously there is an emphasis LOOKING AHEAD: Holden designer Richard Felazzo, the judge for a car design competition for university students run in conjunction with the Melbourne Motor Show, studies one of the entries. on technology this year. That can be in electric cars, or hybrids, or diesel, or even design and lower weight and alternative energy systems. ‘‘We’re starting to see the future of the motor industry being revealed. So this will be an import show. That’s why we’ve chose ‘Revolution- Evolution’ as the theme for the show this year.’’ Apart from the major brands, Tyrie is rounding up a range of special exhibits. ?The global economic meltdown will not kill the Tokyo Motor Show. Some major makers will skip the biggest car event in Asia, and others are planning to spend less, but the organisers are pressing ahead. The Japan Automobile Manufac- turers Association has just con- firmed the October show is on, even though Nissan led a push by a couple of Japanese brands for either a cancellation or a postponement until economic conditions improve. The American ‘‘Big Three’’ — General Motors, Ford and Chrysler —will definitely not be exhibiting in Tokyo in October. GM has justified its decision to skip Tokyo by reveal- ing it spent more than $2 million on its involvement in Japan in 2007. The final picture for the Tokyo show is still not clear, but one source in Japan says the only foreign manufacturers who may come this year are the only ones actually selling any volume in Japan, which means Audi, Mercedes-Benz and Volkswagen. Even BMW is in strife. the economy and price of a turbo diesel Jeep Patriot Sport Jeep Cherokee Sport Jeep Grand Laredo Surf Blue paintwork, Slate leather trim, 2.0 litre turbo diesel, 310Nm torque, 6 speed manual, 6.0 litres per 100km. Light khaki paintwork, 17” alloys, roof racks, 2.0 litre turbo diesel, 310Nm torque, 6 speed manual, 6.7 litres per 100km. $32,884 $33,187 $42,109 $55,182 SA drive away Now only VE $5753 Now only VE $7331 Now only SA drive away SAVE $11,213 Photos depict models only. Hobart 6230 7111 Cnr Barrack & Collins Sts drive away Bright silver paintwork, rear parking sensors, 2.8 litre turbo diesel, 460Nm torque, 5 speed auto, 9.4 litres per 100km. Light greystone paintwork, 3.5 tonne towing capacity, 3.0 litre, V6 turbo diesel, 510Nm torque, 5 speed auto, 10.2 litres per 100km. Love “that’s what I want!” 12550dev
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