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The Mercury Cars Guide : February 28th 2009
Saturday, February 28, 2009 DJ Used A SCOOP purchase of five Nissan Tiidas has been made by DJs. They have got three hatchbacks and two sedans at a low $16,990 drive away. All are 2008 automatics and come with cruise control, air conditioning, ABS brakes, dual airbags, plus the remainder of a three-year 100,000km warranty. Co-op A2005 Ford Falcon GLS V8 ute is the best deal at Co-Op used cars. With a 5.4-litre engine, automatic transmission and 50,000km on the clock, it won’t last long at $22,990. Motors MOTORS’ minimum trade-in deal ends today, and it is a great time to buy as this week they have made a scoop purchase of used cars 2007 Holden Barinas. These three-door hatchbacks feature a 1.6-litre engine, five- speed manual gearbox, air conditioning, power steering, dual airbags, CD and MP3 player and balance of the new car war- ranty. At $11,995 less $2000 minimum trade-in, they will sell for $9995. Wayne’s WAYNE’S best deal of the week is a 2004 Toyota long-wheel base HiAce van, which features a 2.4-litre engine, five-speed gear- box, power steering and air conditioning for $16,990. SCOOP: One of DJ Nissan’s Tiida specials. Small can be safe too Theworld’s very smallest cars can still dothe businesson safety. PaulGover reports Euro NCAP safety trials. The iQ matched the five-star suc- T cess of a some much bigger cars, including the latest Mazda6 and Mitsubishi Lancer, as well as the Toyota Avensis which is not sold in Australia. But, surprisingly, Australia’s five- star Subaru Impreza only got four stars in the European testing. As a result, Subaru — and Mitsu- bishi—has made a greater commit- ment to ESP stability control, as the Lancer and Impreza are sold in some European countries without even optional ESP. Euro NCAP requires ESP to be standard on 85 per cent of volume sellers in any model it sells, and an option on every model, although this is a step back from Australia’sNCAP decision that only cars with standard ESP can achieve a five-star rating in 2009. The other car tested in the latest round of Euro NCAP trials is the Citroen C3 Picasso, which got four stars. The trials included the latest test for rear-impact, which measures whiplash, with Euro NCAP also forecasting tougher requirements in coming years. OYOTA has proved small can be safe with a maxi- mum five-star rating for its tiny iQ in the latest series of Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au CARSguide —13 Gen Y gets the mobile message GENERATIONXismorelikely to use a mobile phone while driving than the younger Generation Y, according to new research. More than half (52 per cent) of drivers aged 30 to 39 admitted to using their mobiles while driving, compared with one in three (37 per cent) for those under 30. The figure drops to one in four (24 per cent) for over 40s, the national study by Woolcott Re- search commissioned by NRMA Insurance has found. And men (36 per cent) were more likely than women (29 per cent) to chat while driving. NRMA Insurance state man- ager Brett Robinson said many drivers used hands-free devices, but talking on the phone while driving was still a dangerous driver distraction. This follows a landmark ruling SMART: Its small stature is no impediment to Toyota’s iQ when it comes to safety. ‘‘Euro NCAP wants to make sure that safety remains a top priority,’’ says Michiel van Ratinger, general secretary of Euro NCAP. ‘‘EuroNCAPbelieves not prioritis- ing safety is a false economy and that manufacturers who remain com- mitted to safety will be justly awarded with a good overall rating.’’ Latest research shows the econom- ic damage of traffic accidents in Europe in 2007 was more than $500 billion, around two per cent of the gross national product of the Euro- pean Union. Focus on safety assist systems THE latest Euro NCAP ratings come as the organisation broadens the focus of its testing to include safety assist systems. It has eliminated the previous scoring, which gave a star rating for individual areas including occupant, child and pedestrian safety, in favour of a single five-star measurement. Euro NCAP already includes a rear-impact test for whiplash but the new rating takes account of ESP stability control and any speed lim- itation devices. It says the overall rating is based on a vehicle’s performance in each of four main areas, with weighted scores used to arrive at the final rating from a maximum of five stars. But Euro NCAP is also planning tougher requirements in coming years to include the latest generation of electronic safety systems and improvements in passenger and pedestrian protection. Euro NCAP’s Michiel van Ratinger said the new scheme was more challenging. SCOOP PURCHASE! 08 NISSAN X-Trails $15.25 per day† • CVT sports automatic • 2.5 litre 4 cylinder • All-mode 4x4i • Electronic stability control • Six airbags • Cruise control • Hill-start assist • Remainder of new vehicle warranty $27, 750 †To approved business clients only, with a $2,500 deposit over five years with a 30% residual payment. Interest rate 10.50%. DRIVE AWAY in Britain this week to convict a woman for careless driving over the use of a hands-free mobile phone. Lynne-Marie Howden, 43, was found not guilty of causing death by dangerous driving after crash- ing into another car, but con- victed on a lesser charge of careless driving and banned from driving for 12 months and fined $4500. Although it is legal to use a hands-free mobile phone in Brit- ain, the prosecution claimed the phone calls distracted her enough to justify a death by dangerous driving charge. Using a hand-held mobile phone while driving is illegal in Tasmania. MARK HINCHLIFFE www.djmotors.com.au firstname.lastname@example.org Easy finance available with DJ Financial Services Hobart 1a Brisbane Street,Hobart Phone: 6213 3300 Warren Amos 0417 544 829 Luke Mitchell 0408 545 146 Glenorchy 275 Main Road,Glenorchy Phone: 6213 3315 Brian Anning 0418 531 853 Chris Wakefield 0400 635 446 Allan Gebel 0428 729 659 2 ONLY!
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