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The Mercury Cars Guide : February 14th 2009
Saturday, February 14, 2009 Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au CARSguide —15 Auto safety system hits the skids A SPORTY: Lifestyle Cars has a 2008 Subaru Heritage on sale for $31,990. LIFESTYLE CARS A 2008 Subaru Heritage with 83,000 on the clock must sell for $31,990. It sports a 2.5-litre engine, sun roof, leather and diamond grey mica paint. WAYNE’S CAR SALES WAYNE’S deal of the week is a 2004 Toyota Hilux 4x4 single cab flat tray. This vehicle fea- tures an alloy tray, 3.0-litre turbo diesel, power steering, air condi- tioning, Sunraysia wheels and electric windows. Has travelled 32,000km and is $26,990. used cars DJ USED A 2008 Mazda 2 Maxx three- door hatch has been slashed by $1500. This five-speed manual has a 1.5-litre, four-cylinder en- gine, air conditioning, six-disc Mp3 CD player, electronic stabil- ity control and six airbags. Only 4500km on the clock and priced at $16,490. EUROCENTRAL An XR6 Turbo Falcon has been reduced by $4102 at Eurocentral this weekend. The car is an automatic with full factory body kit, alloy wheels and tinted win- dows. It is covered by Eurocen- tral’s three year/175,000km warranty. CO-OP Co-Op has a 2005 Hilux 4x4 singlecab, flat-tray tipper avail- able. With a 3.0-litre turbo diesel engine, five-speed manual, white paintwork and 83,000km on the clock, it is ready to sell for $28,990. MOTORS MOTORS has made a scoop purchase of 2007 Barinas. These popular three-door hatches come with a 1.6-litre, five-speed manual, air conditioning, power steering, dual airbags, CD and MP3 player and the balance of their new car warranty. Priced at $11,995, they can be bought for under $10,000 if you include Motors $2000 minimum trade in offer. N automatic safety system that can detail injuries to emergency services in a crash has been axed for lack of interest. BMW Australia corporate communica- tions manager Toni Andreevski said the system was part of its Connected Drive package. ‘‘The take-up rate was less than 100 customers out of a total of 17,000 new car sales a year, so we no longer offer it,’’ he said. ‘‘BMW was paying for the first year and then customers could chose to continue but few did. ‘‘It was only a couple of hundred dollars a year.’’ He said the technology was also limited in Australia because of a lack of universal mobile phone coverage. TheBMWsystem estimates the injuries passengers have received and relays that information to medical personnel. Whenan accident occurs, data about the vehicle and its location are sent automat- ically to BMW Assists’ call centre pro- viders, who then call 000. Information culled from the dozen or so on-board car sensors is also analysed by software that was developed byBMWand the William Lehman Injury Research Center in Miami. The program determines the severity of injuries by synthesising information about whether passengers in the front seats wore seat belts, what the car’s speed was at impact, where the car was hit and whether the airbags deployed. Mr Andreevski said they began phasing out the system late last year. MARK HINCHLIFFE
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