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The Mercury Cars Guide : February 14th 2009
8— CARSguide Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au Saturday, February 14, 2009 Asian assault still on agenda Theadvancing Chinese automotivearmyhasbeen slowedbyunfavourable exchange ratesandthe globaleconomicmeltdown, NeilMcDonaldreports. A TECO Automotive chief, Ric Hull, is confident Chinese cars and light com- mercial vehicles will be in local showrooms by June. Ateco had originally aimed to launch some Chinese cars into our market last month. Mr Hull says the delay ‘‘is purely a function of exchange rates at the moment’’. He’s hoping the Australian dollar will recover or ‘‘market pricing levels will adjust to the exchange rates’’. For Ateco, the first cab off the rank will be four vehicles from Great Wall Motor. The line-up is tipped to be a two light commercial pickups with 2.2 and 2.4-litre engines, a small 1.3-litre hatch and a 2.4-litre four-wheel drive off- roader. GWM has right-hand drive versions of the Wingle and Sailor pickups ready to go, as well as the stylish Hover off- roader. In the third quarter, once its cars meet tough Australian Design Rules, the Chery brand will follow. Ateco has previously ex- pressed interest in the Chery ON WAY: Great Wall’s Wingle Ute may be here by June. ‘ EG S In tough times the light commercial segment is not a bad place to be Tiggo off-roader A1 hatch and A5 sedan. News that China cars are still on the local agenda is worrying for marginal impor- ters like Proton, SsangYong and recently launched Mahin- dra, all fighting for market share. ’ Mr Hull has a proven track FROM $31,990* EXPECTED: Great Wall is also contemplating bringing the Chery Tiggo into Australia this year. record with start-ups, having been behind Hyundai, Daewoo and Kia in Australia. He is heading to China in April for the Shanghai Motor Show to meet with bothGWM and Chery executives. ‘‘Great Wall is talking about launching several new models this year, so we’ll be interested in talking to them about those,’’ he says. Like GWM, Chery will con- centrate on the volume hatch and sedan small car segment, as well as the compact four- wheel drive segment. Mr Hull says Ateco’s strat- egy will aim at the rival Korean brands but add more equipment in the Chinese cars. This means buyers can ex- pect safety and comfort fea- tures normally found on more expensive cars. Things like electronic stabil- ity control, anti-skid brakes, curtain airbags, a full suite of in-car electronics and high- end stereos are likely to be standard. ‘‘The Koreans are an uncer- tain benchmark at the mo- ment because the Won is one of the least affected currencies by the depreciation in the Australian dollar,’’ Mr Hull says. Ateco has signed 60 dealers, mostly metropolitan, to sell GWM cars. ‘‘They are quite unper- turbed by the delays; they understand completely,’’ Mr Hull says. INCLUDING ON-ROAD COSTS^ C4 FREE REGO | FREE CTP | FREE STAMP DUTY 6-SPEED SEMI-AUTOMATIC BLUETOOTH | ALLOY WHEELS | 4.5L/100KM† FUEL CONSUMPTION Motors, 204 Collins Street, Hobart, 6230 7333. FREECALL 1800 804 747 OR VISIT CITROEN.COM.AU CONDITIONS: *Price for Limited Edition C4 1.6L Petrol Semi-Automatic vehicles ordered and delivered by 28th February 2009. Of fer available while stocks last. ^Price includes free registration and statutory charges. Price excludes dealer delivery ($2000) . Driveaway price from $33,990. Metallic paint as shown or pearlescent paint available at $700 extra. Fleet buyers by special arrangement . † Combined city/highway driving for Citroën C4 1.6L Petrol Semi-Automatic as per Australian Standard ADR 81/01. BWMCIT5078_HM
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