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The Mercury Cars Guide : March 7th 2009
2— CARSguide Car show blows away the blues Supermodelsandsupercars blew the grey cloudsawayfrom themotorindustry this weekat the Melbourne International Motor Show.PaulGoverwasthere A SALES slump and gloomy profit forecasts were for- gotten as more than $15 million worth of shiny new cars, from exotic dream ma- chines to tiny city runabouts, were unveiled at the opening of the 2009 Melbourne International Motor Show. There were more than 20 new- comers on the show stands, from the Audi Q5 SUV and BMW’s smooth new Z4 coupe- convertible to the focussed Sub- aru Exiga wa- gon. The lineup at family- good news stories here. ‘ former head of the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries, John Conomos ’ the Melbourne Exhibition Centre is a reflection of the diversity and complexity of the Australian motoring scene as well as the commitment from companies to push ahead despite the global eco- nomic uncertainty. ‘‘I wouldn’t say themoodis exactly optimistic, but there is great resili- ence; there are a lot of good news stories here,’’ the former head of the Federal Chamber of Automotive In- dustries, John Conomos, said. The three Australian carmakers all had important newcomers, from the Holden Cruze and Toyota Prius UNDER $10,000 The Car Mart - SPECIALISING IN CARS 92 Holden Rodeo DLX 2.6lt manual, p/s, dual cab, 2x4. 04 Ssangyong Musso Sports 2.9lt auto, turbo diesel, p/s, a/c, electrics, 152,000km. SAVE $2000. 95 Mitsubishi Lancer 1.8lt manual, p/s, 185,000km, Great first car, above average. SAVE $1000. $3995 90 Holden Barina MF 1.3lt manual, reliability at an affordable price. David Strang 0404 724 986 Mark Patterson 0417 025 936 Todd Jackson 0419 514 956 Rob Sylvester 0418 124 226 (Finance) 98 Hyundai Sportswagon 1.8lt auto, p/s, a/c economical small wagon,. Above average. 98 Toyota Rav 4 Cruiser 2.0lt manual, p/s, electrics, alloys, 178,000km, AWD, 12months rego, 5 door. 99 Holden $8995 $6995 Easy on-site finance available 00 Ford AU Falcon II 4.0lt auto, p/s, a/c, new 17” alloys, towbar. 04 Kia Rodeo TF dual cab 3.2lt auto, V6, p/s, a/c, electrics, towbar, canopy. $8995 $6995 90 Ford Laser GL 1.6lt auto, drives well, tint. Great first car. Rio hatch 1.5lt manual, a/c, p/s, electrics, low 50,000km, long rego, will sell quickly. 02 Camry Altise $5995 2.4lt auto, p/s, a/c, electrics, c/lock, value. SAVE $1000. $8995 95 Holden Barina SB Swing 1.4lt manual, p/s, alloys, Economical. SAVE $1000. $4995 02 Holden Astra Equipe 1.8lt manual, p/s, a/c, alloys, 130,000km, body kit, sporty. $10,995 $7995 $1995 www.thecarmart.com.au 99 Nissan Pulsar N15 1.6lt auto, p/s, a/c, rear spoiler, tint. Nice. hybrid to the updated Ford Terri- tory, but they resisted the temptation for an over-the-top splash. ‘‘This show is about much more than cars, it’s about Holden’s future,’’ said chairman Mark Reuss. ‘‘We could easily have shown you a wild concept or show car, but this is not the show for that; today it’s about providing real solutions.’’ Holden used There are a lot of the show to also make another va- lue push with its Commodore se- dan and Sportwa- gon. The show is also the last in Melbourne until 2011, as a joint- venture deal has recently been struck which will see an all-new Australian Motor Show alternating with Sydney from 2010. The motor show runs each day until Monday. Holden Cruze: Page 8 WRAPSOFF: Thousandshave flocked to see the latestand greatest, above, and, left, the unveiling of the newBMWZ4 Roadster. KATE’S CAR: Kate Ceberano and Todd Woodbridge at the opening of the Melbourne Motor Show at the Exhibition Centre. Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au Saturday, March 7, 2009 $7995 6211 0566 14 Derwent Park Rd, Derwent Park View more great deals online at www.thecarmart.com.au $9995 $1995 12737jayne
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