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The Mercury Cars Guide : February 21st 2009
8— CARSguide Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au Saturday, February 21, 2009 www.davepowells.com.au MERCEDES SLK200 ROADSTER Meltdown hits Accord 2.0, hard top convertible, black leather, full service history, low ks. AUDI ALL ROAD QUATRO WAGON $29990 T 2.5 T/diesel, only 72,000ks, sun roof, leather, immaculate condition. $38990 BMW 523I EXECUTIVE 96,000ks, leather, M series, alloys, e steering wheel. $22990 MAZDA BONGO CAMPER 4X4 T/diesel pop top, new fit out, stove, sink, shower, very rare. $29990 VW GOLF 1.6 5 DOOR HATCH Only 52,000 ks, 1 owner, air cond, power steering $15990 MERCEDES C220CDi Elegance, 62,000ks, suit new car buyer. Only $39990 TOYOTA CAMRY ALTISE LIMITED 2.4 automatic, only 44,000ks, 1 local owner, service history. BMW 320Ci COUPE HE global automotive melt- down could spell the end of Honda’s two Accord policy. The president and CEO of Asian Honda, Fumihiki Ike, admits the company is looking at ways to cut costs, suggesting that some models available today might not be around in a few years. The current two-model Accord range may end up becoming one and for Australia ‘‘clean’’ turbo-diesel engines are now on hold. But Ike refuses to be drawn on which model, the Euro, or the larger Accord, could face the axe. Until now the Accord twins have workedwell forHondaAustralia, secur- ing a slice of both the mid-size and large car sales segments. Last year the company sold 7837 Accords and 6755 Euros. Honda Japan has already signalled the end of the S2000 sportscar and a replacement for the high-performance NSX is now under a cloud. Ike says the company needs another sportscar like the NSX but at this time ‘‘it is a low priority’’. However, Honda is continuing work on the hybrid CR-Z coupe, he says. This is expected to be launched next year. Despite the belt-tightening, Ike says the company remains committed to investing in future technologies, a Honda hallmark. ‘‘We will still focusontechnology,’’he says. ‘‘I think we have to keep our technological edge.’’ That means continuing work on the company’s hybrid, fuel-cell and VTEC engine technology. However, Ike warns there will be some short-term pain, forcing some technological spending to be shelved. Honda Australia remains commit- ting to bringing in the Civic hatch this year and the new hybrid Insight. If there is market demand, itmayalso bring in a front-wheel drive CRV but the CRV diesel is now on the backbur- ner. Ike says the company is struggling to get a good pricepoint for the Insight, because of current exchange rates. The Insight is due to go on sale here in late this year. In Japan the hybrid Honda is ex- pected to be about $5000 cheaper than the Toyota Prius but this price advan- tage will not be available locally, he says. ‘‘Our biggest headache is keeping Insight pricing competitive in the mar- ket,’’ he says. Like many carmakers, Ike says the global economic situation is forcing Honda to take stock of its future. Apart from its global line-up, Ike also says the company is looking at Japan- only products. He believes there are too many models in the Japanese domestic line- up. Honda Australia senior director, Lindsay Smalley, is confident the com- pany can hang on to a 5.5 per cent market share in this year. THREAT: Either this Accord Euro or the bigger Accord could face the axe. This will equate to an overall sales tally of just over 48,000 vehicles in 2009, down from its 2007 sales peak of 60,000 vehicles. Smalley says there are no plans to reduce staffing levels. The global rollout of the luxury Acura brand is another casualty of the car crisis. Ike says the range is expected to Service with a smile Hyundai takes the drudgery out of delivery. Neil Dowling tests the iLoad $17990 E 82,000ks, AS NEW, sunroof, leather alloys, 1 owner. $28990 FORD FOCUS ZETEC XERCISE is more fun that driving some delivery vans. And that’s even when you get paid for delivering. That’s because vans are the lowest form of vehicle life and can be far, far less appealing than a gym treadmill. Vans are the automotive equiva- lent of the primates and, likewise, have only one way to evolve — upwards. 5 door hatch, alloys, service history. $14990 SUBARU WRX IMPREZA Hatch, MY01, full service history. OPEN ALL WEEKEND 6272 4999 $17990 AFTER HOURS: Rob McCrickard 0419 103 934 David Powell Jnr 0428 525 706 (between Derwent Park and Glenorchy) 259 MAIN ROAD Tragically — and I mean that literally given the appalling lack of safety equipment in these vehicles that cover great distances in appal- ling global traffic and weather condi- tions — life for a van has barely evolved. That impacts directly on the van occupants. On a safety scale, as measured by safety group ANCAPS, vans barely rate above two out of a possible five stars. And that hasn’t changed for dec- ades. At least vans are getting more interesting to drive. The Hyundai iLoad comes with a turbo-diesel engine that pulls so hard you’ll be reluctant to leave the driver’s seat. Driving this may make you smile and that’s something a treadmill never does for me. It gets two airbags for its potential of three occupants, together with ABS working on four-wheel venti- lated discs and electronic brakeforce distribution to allocate maximum brake pressure to the right wheels. Vans are inherently awkward and unstable. They need things like electronic stability control to mini- mise the possibility of collisions or uncontrollably leaving the road. Not one van manufacturer offers ESC as standard though, to be fair, it’s on the option lists. Hyundai offers ESC and traction control as a $700 option on the diesel version of the iLoad. Do not even consider leaving the dealership without this option. The iLoad’s combination of an empty rear cargo area, live rear axle with leaf springs and commercial tyres is the ideal recipe for sliding out on wet roads. That takes the price of the iLoad turbo-diesel manual to $35,190 and directly comparable with some fine European vans. That’s dangerous territory for this South Korean. The 2.5-litre turbo-diesel is one of the latest from Hyundai and has all the right acronyms attached to its designation. Power is 125kW at 3800rpm and simply trounces its rivals. Torque is also well above par at392Nmthat sits on a plateau at 2000-2500rpm. The slick five-speed manual makes the most of the torque with eager acceleration. Though it’s a commercial machine and has less sound deadening than a passenger car, the diesel was quiet enough inside the cabin to be passed off as a petrol. But the iLoad scores well in all the important areas. It looks decent — and as a guide, the Kia Pregio did not—and is certainly accommodating. There are two side sliding doors for excellent access and a big lift-up hatch at the back. Barn doors which accept pallet widths are also avail- able. It sits high for excellent visibility forward and to the side. The test van was blind — no side windows — and that’s pretty much how you feel when changing lanes or looking up a side street while revers- ing. If possible, consider addingaleft- side window. There are six tie-down loops in the floor with space for more and some half-height wall panelling to help dull road boom and minimise sheet metal damage. Hyundai claim 1132kg payload for this van and that is generally higher than its rivals. Cabin treatment is very good with care taken to look after the needs of the worker. There’s plenty of storage space including four cupholders — two within the fold-down centre seat back that also incorporates recesses for paperwork and personal items— plus double-storey door inserts and glovebox. Hobart’s true & original Trade Clearance Centre Wholesale & Trade welcome 6273 8533 Tony: 0417 569 323 56b Gormanston Road Moonah Finance Available TAP remain a US-only brand for the time being. ‘‘It is not the right time to implement the strategy we planned a few years ago,’’ he says. ‘‘The resources needed to invest in it are too huge to justify it.’’ NEIL McDONALD www.tilf or d.com.au Tilford Trade Clearance Centre COMMERCIALS 82 XE Fairmont Sedan T-bar auto, p/s, drives well 94 EF Falcon GLi Sedan Auto, p/s, a/c, silver paint 96 Daihatsu Charade Hatch Economical 1.3ltr engine, 5 speed 93 Ford E8 S/Wagon GLi, 6 seater, 143,000kms 98 EL Falcon GLi Sedan Immaculate, Auto, p/s, a/c, low kms 94 Ford Festiva Hatch 5 door, 5 speed, p/s, a/c 95 Mazda 121 Bubble 5 speed, economical, clean & tidy 97 Suzuki Baleno Sedan T-bar auto, 07/09 reg, p/s, a/c 98 Toyota Camry Sedan 120,000kms, 5 speed, p/s, a/c 02 Hyundai Accent Hatch 3 door, 5 speed, 120,000kms 99 VT Commodore Berlina S/Wagon Auto, good value 97 Holden Vectra Sedan 5 speed, p/s, a/c 98 Toyota Corolla CSi Sedan Manual, p/s, a/c, alloys 04 Kia Rio Hatch 5 speed, p/s, a/c, tidy 98 KJ Laser Sedan 114,000kms, 5 speed, silver, p/s, a/c 00 Mitsubishi Lancer Coupe 5 speed, low kms, CD player, p/s, a/c 96 Ford Transit Van LWB, high roof, turbo diesel, auto 03 BA Falcon Sedan 116,000kms, auto, p/s, a/c 98 Mazda E2000 Van MWB, Auto, P/steer, gas & petrol 99 Honda CRV S/Wagon Auto, p/s, a/c, mags, tidy 03 Toyota Corolla Hatch 5 door, manual, p/s, a/c, silver duco 00 Toyota Rav 4 5 door, 5 speed, p/s 03 Honda Accord Euro Auto, silver paint, immaculate 03 Courier 4x4 D/Cab F/Tray Turbo diesel, 112,000kms, p/s, a/c $700 $2,750 $4,250 $4,500 $4,500 $4,500 $5,000 $5,000 $5,750 $6,200 $6,250 $7,000 $7,000 $7,500 $8,000 $9,000 $9,000 $9,750 $10,000 $10,000 $13,000 $14,000 $16,500 $20,000 CHEAP CHEAP CARS & 2041874-08 2041874-8
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