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The Mercury Cars Guide : February 21st 2009
Saturday, February 21, 2009 Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au Commercial Vehicles Curtain sider and tail gate loader $20,000. 0418 355 158 1 HINO TRUCK ’93 ISUZU TRUCKS ISUZU TRUCKS 2001 NPR200 $22,900 2 tonne 14ft f/tray, 101,000 km 2002 NPR200 $32,900 enc Pantec body, 101,000 kms. 2002NPR Short $28,900 fully enclosed Pantec body with side doors, 106,000 kms. POOR RESULT: The Ford Transit van range did not do well in recent tests, scoring three stars, well below the benchmark of five stars passenger cars are expected to have. Van drivers at higher risk of injury, tests find ThelatestANCAP crash testing showedthatvan drivers continue tobemotoring’s poor relations whenitcomesto the crash worthiness of the vehicles they drive SAFER: Suzuki APV’s fared better in safety tests than other models of vans. with Graham Smith wheels Truck sales down 30% Scania buy-up THE truck market has got off to a rocky start with January sales down 30 per cent over the same period last year. The fall in sales of heavy- that van drivers lack the safety passenger car drivers take for granted. R In the testing it was shown that van drivers face a high risk of serious injury, particularly to their legs, despite improvement in some models on the market. The Transit and the APV both scored three stars, well below the benchmark rating of five stars passengers cars are now expected to have. In a frontal offset test at 64km/h the Transit’s passenger compartment caved in, provid- ing little protection from seri- ous leg injury for the driver and poor protection from chest in- jury for both the driver and the passenger. Except for the footwell the passenger compartment in the SuzukiAPVheld up reasonably well in the same test, but In stark contrast to the latest testing the results of tests on the Mercedes-Benz Vito and VW Transporter and Caddy in 2008 showed drivers of these vans faced just a slight risk of lower leg injury, and demonstrated that it was possible to provide protection against leg injuries in these types of vehicles. With so many vans now being sold on the Australian market ANCAP called on van makers to make further im- provementsto the safety of their working class vehicles. ECENT tests con- ducted on a Ford Tran- sit and a Suzuki APV clearly demonstrated damage in the footwell area left the driver’s legs exposed to serious injury. While they fell well short of the passenger car benchmark, both vans in the latest round of testing also fell well short of the current van benchmark of four stars set in ANCAP testing last year by the Mercedes-Benz Vito and VWs Caddy and Transpor- ter. duty was the greatest with 40 per cent less trucks sold, while medium-duty was down 28 per cent and light-duty a little over 25 per cent. Despite the fall Isuzu reigns supreme with a commanding 27.3 per cent of the total truck market, almost double that of Hino with 14.1 per cent in second place, and a long way ahead of third-placed Fuso on 12.9 per cent. Isuzu led the way in the light and medium-duty segments, while Kenworth re- tained its lead in the heavy end of the market. VW unveils ute VOLKSWAGENS much an- ticipated Robust ute will be a highlight on the Melbourne International Motor Show later this month. The actual show vehicle will be the one revealed at the Hanover Truck Show in Ger- many late last year, while it has been presented as a con- cept vehicle it is virtually identical to the final produc- tion ute and only differs in some very small cosmetic de- tails from the final prototypes driven recently by VW man- agement. VW has announced it will shortly increase its stake in Scania by purchasing shares to the value of 395 million Euros (A$774 million) from Porsche. The purchase will take VWs holding in Scania to 49.29 per cent of the capital and 71.81 per cent of voting rights. Crash study worry ANEW study of truck crashes by Australia’s leading truck insurer, National Transport Insurance, shows that the ma- jority of fatigue-related truck crashes happen within the first five to six hours of a driver’s journey. The results raise questions about the safety benefits of electronic speed and fatigue monitoring, said Trevor Mar- tyn, chairman of the Austral- ian Trucking Association (ATA). Martyn said the studyshows that driver fatigue and inap- propriate speed accounted for almost half of serious truck crashes, but that almost 90 per cent of them occurred on out- bound journeys within 500km of the starting point. In addi- tion one in four crashes oc- curred on Mondays. The place that has more expert opinions than any other. carsguide.com.au and in Saturday’s Mercury. 3.00am –Next generation comes into the world. 2005 NPR250 $42,500 2 tonne dual cab tipper, 5.2 litre turbo, 6 seats, 65,000 kms. All have power steering, conditioning, white paint work, can be driven with standard road license, registered to go. Call Tim 0408 124 660. Budget Rent-A-Car, Hobart. 1 LET the Classifieds work for you. 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