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The Mercury Cars Guide : February 14th 2009
12— CARSguide Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au Saturday, February 14, 2009 Electric cars incentive plea M Themanwho wantsto put plug-in electric cars in Australian garages reckons buyers need incentives, reports Neil McDonald ITSUBISHI Motors Aus- tralia boss, Robert McE- niry is urging federal and state governments to back all-electric cars, which are already in use in many countries. McEniry’s views have gained some support from the car industry’s peak body, the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries. The chamber’s chief executive, Andrew McKellar, says the whole EV issue ‘‘is clearly on our agenda’’. However, he shys away from promoting any up-front tax incen- tives to lure buyers into EV cars. ‘‘Such incentives could lead to a distortion in the marketplace,’’ he says. ‘‘We’d much prefer to see the marketplace dictate how these cars go.’’ At present there are few incentives for private buyers to choose alternative-powered cars like hy- brids or all-electric cars. McKellar says EVs face some hurdles, including infrastructure de- velopment to help push widespread buyer acceptance. He believes, green tax incentives and parking incentives would go some way to accelerating buyer interest. Next month Mitsubishi Australia will bring in two plug-in i-MIEV electric cars for evaluation and Sub- aru is also showing off one of its electric cars. McEniry says the company wants to bealeader with zero-emission cars like the i-MIEV. ‘‘A lot of people are talking about them but we want to take a leader- ship position with this new technol- ogy,’’ he says. The electric revolution is here and Australia needs to step up, he says. McKellar accepts that technology is driving change in the car industry. ‘‘It is important that the industry is starting preparatory work with government,’’ he says. The FCAI is pushing for talks between government and those car brands with electric vehicles. Make us an offer on 2008 Holden demo stock! SAVINGS! UPTO $16,000! MASSIVE REASONABLE OFFER NO REFUSED! AVAILABLE! TOP TRADE IN DEALS GREAT FINANCE DEALS ON SITE! CAR OF THE FUTURE: Design sketches for a sport version of the Mitsubishi i-MIEV. Passat misses out on discount 1.9lt manual, star silver. 4180121 Astra AH diesel $27,990Driveaway SAVE Barina 5 door Hatch 1.6lt manual, Mercury Silver. 4274502 $4683 Colorado 4x4 LT-R C/cab 3.0lt auto, Royal grey. 4267099 $17,045 Driveaway SAVE $3777 $43,591Driveaway $11,123 SAVE Mitsubishi Australia has wasted little time in securing the all-electric i-MIEV four seater for evaluation. The car is due to go on sale in Japan soon with a local roll out as early as next year. Mitsubishi is not talking price for the i-MIEV but it is likely to cost more than $25,000. ‘‘Every manufacturer will have an electric car at some stage,’’ McEniry says. ‘‘But we want to leverage it.’’ Subaru is also testing the local market, bringing in the StellaEVcar in for appraisal before the Mel- bourne Motor Show. Subaru spokesman, David Rowley, says the company is happy with a ‘‘cohesive industry approach’’ by the FCAI on EV cars. Mitsubishi Australia’s i-MIEV ini- tiative is not getting any financial support from Japan to do the i-MIEV evaluation. ‘‘We’re doing this ourselves, but with the endorsement of Japan,’’ McEniry says. ‘‘If the feasibility study is positive, which we’re pretty certain it will be, then Mitsubishi willcomeinto play.’’ McEniry says the i-MIEV will be shown to state and local govern- ments, key stakeholders and green companies, including power compa- nies, in Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne. It will also be part of Mitsubishi’s Melbourne Motor Show display, which kicks off on February 27. Commodore SV6 3.6lt manual, Phantom. L302247 $36,380Driveaway SAVE 2.5lt auto, Carbon Flash Black. 4260744 Epica CDX sedan $12,369 $26,861Driveaway SAVE 6.2lt auto, Phantom. L208568 HSV GTS $5400 $69,850Driveaway $16,903 SAVE insurance premium discount being offered to a similar system in the new Volvo XC60. C Rodeo 4x4 LX C/Chasiss V6 manual, Alpine White. 4180826 $30,225Driveaway SAVE available... Other hot demos Barina 4 door sedan manual • 1.6 litre petrol • Impression Blue 4223590 $17,103 Driveaway Save $3719 Photos depict model only. 6 speed auto V8, Red passion. L156733 Statesman sedan $10,209 $51,350Driveaway SAVE Captiva Maxx Auto • 3.2 litre petrol • Merlot 4204901 $39,775 Driveaway Colorado 4x4 LX Single C/Chassis Manual • 3.0 litre petrol • Tornade red 4249275 $32,786 Driveaway Colorado 4x4 LX CrewC/Chassis Manual • 3.0 litre petrol • Sterling Silver 4266734 $35,208 Driveaway Commodore SV6 sedan Auto • 3.6 litre petrol • Heron white L210741 $35,035 Driveaway $11,909 Motors Holden Hobart 195 Macquarie St Phone 6230 7300 $14,897 Save $11,645 Save $10,052 Save Save Viva 4 door wagon 1.8lt manual, Royal red. 4301843 $20,330 $20,193Driveaway Epica CDXi sedan Auto • 2.5 litre petrol • Silver Stone grey 4161635 $29,564 Driveaway Epica CDX sedan Auto • 2.0 litre diesel • White pearl 4283297 $27,934 Driveaway HSV Clubsport R8 Auto • 6.2 litre petrol • Evoke L219971 $61,601 Driveaway Rodeo 4x4 LTCrewCab Manual • V6 • Sterling silver 4193101 $37,905 Driveaway Save $7272 Save $5872 $10,344 $11,444 Save Save SAVE $3519 VW’s new adaptive cruise control with front assist will operate from 30-150 km/h and bring the car to a complete stop. If a rear-end collision is immi- nent, the car will sound and flash a warning to the driver, bring the disc pads up to the discs, increase brake pressure and even dab the brakes. However, the driver then has to take over and that is one of the major differences with the Volvo City Safety radar system. NRMA Insurance last week offered a 20 per cent discount to XC60 owners based on its new radar technology designed to prevent rear-end collisions which are the most prolific in insurance claims. However, spokesman Robert NO DISCOUNT: THE Volkswagen Passat CC. RASH avoidance tech- nology in the new VW Passat CC will not at- tract the 20 per cent McDonald said the VW system would not qualify for several reasons. He said the Volvo system intervened and brought the car to a complete stop on its own, and would operate under 30km/hwheremostrear-enders occurred. The VW adaptive cruise con- trol will operate from 30-150km/ h and will come to a complete stop, but not in an emergency situation where driver input is required. Cost of repairs was also a consideration, he said. ‘‘The radar sensor on the VW is on the front grille and if that gets damaged it can be quite expensive,’’ McDonald said. ‘‘In some cars it costs up to $10,000 to replace. The Volvo sensor is on the windscreen.’’ The second-generation VW adaptive cruise control system isanupdate of the one originally designed for the ill-fated Phae- ton luxury saloon. Mark Hinchliffe “that’s what I want!” 12532Jono
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