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The Mercury Cars Guide : March 7th 2009
8— CARSguide Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au Saturday, March 7, 2009 Grunt that’s twice as nice I It is akin to the automotive Holy Grail—the search for morepower, greater efficiencyandless cost. KevinHepworthtees off ontheVWGolf www.tilf or d.com.au Tilford Trade Clearance Centre COMMERCIALS 92 KH Laser Hatch T-bar auto, 6 months reg, p/s 97 TE Mitsubishi Magna Sedan 5 speed manual, V6 engine, p/s, a/c 93 EB Falcon S/Wagon Family 6 seater, auto, p/s, a/c 95 Mazda 121 Bubble Sedan 5 speed, economical, 4 cyl, alloys 93 Subaru Liberty GX S/Wagon AWD, t-bar auto, p/s, a/c, tidy 98 Ford Mondeo LX Sedan 5 speed, 104,000kms, p/s, a/c, airbag 95 Honda Accord Sedan 5 speed manual, p/s, a/c, 4 cyl 98 Toyota Corolla Sedan 5 speed manual, p/s, a/c, alloys 97 Holden Vectra Sedan 5 speed manual, 158,000kms, clean & tidy 02 Hyundai Accent Hatch 120,000kms, 5 speed, p/s, a/c 98 Hyundai Excel Sedan T-bar auto, p/s, a/c, 135,000kms 96 Suzuki Vitara Estate S/Wagon 4x4, 5 speed, p/s 00 Mitsubishi Lancer Coupe 91,000kms, 5 speed, mags, rear spoiler 00 Toyota Echo Hatch Economical 4cyl, 5 speed, bright red 99 Honda CR-V S/Wagon Auto, p/s, a/c, alloys 03 BA Falcon Sedan 116,000kms, auto, p/s, a/c, cruise 01 Nissan Pulsar LX Sedan 120,000kms, t-bar auto, p/s, a/c 98 Mazda E2000 Van Mwb, t-bar auto, dual fuel, p/s, a/c 00 AU Falcon Ute Fiberglass canopy, auto, p/s, a/c, gas only 97 Peugeot 306 SR Sedan 158,000kms, 5 speed, p/s, a/c, black 04 VY Commodore Sedan T-bar auto, 124,000kms, white, clean 03 Renault Scenic 4x4 S/Wagon 5 speed manual, 2.0ltr fuel injected, p/s, a/c 06 Holden Crewman Ute T-bar auto, V6 engine, p/s, a/c, hard top 00 Nissan Patrol ST S/Wagon 3.0ltr turbo diesel, 5 speed, 7 seater, p/s, a/c 05 VZ Crewman Ute Cross X6 4WD, hardtop cover, auto, p/s, a/c $3,000 $3,250 $3,250 $4,000 $4,000 $5,000 $5,000 $5,500 $5,750 $5,750 $6,000 $7,000 $7,750 $8,000 $8,900 $9,750 $10,000 $10,000 $10,000 $10,000 $12,000 $12,000 $18,000 $20,000 $21,000 Hobart’s true & original Trade Clearance Centre Wholesale & Trade welcome 6273 8533 ROD: 0419 122 991 56b Gormanston Road Moonah Finance Available TAP CHEAP CHEAP CARS & N a manner of speaking Volkswagen has, if not laid hands on, at least sighted the elusive target with its sixth generation of the Golf. The little car that just keeps on keeping on, with more than 26 million sales worldwide in a 35-year production run, has come to market again—this time with a pair of petrol engines that offer power increases of up to 23 per cent and efficiency improvements as high as 24 per cent alongside a fuel-sipping diesel with the latest common rail technology. ‘‘More powerful engines that are more fuel efficient, safety that is going to be the bench- mark in the class for some time to come—and all of that for all buyers from the entry car to the top model,’’ says VW Australia boss Jutta Dierks. For the first time the Golf range in Australia will not have a naturally aspirated engine but rather three small, super-efficient units with either turbo-induction or VW’s brilliant ‘‘twin charger’’ technology which marries turbo- charging and supercharging. The three engines are coupled to either six- speed manual gearboxes or the optional DSG double-clutch automatics at an extra $2500. It is no accident that badging on the new Golf does not reflect the engine size as the prospect of boasting about a pair of 1.4-litre petrol units was not that appealing. ‘‘If you are talking about putting numbers on badging then 1.4 is not really that impressive— and it doesn’t represent what the new engines offer,’’ Dierks says. Instead the badging now reflects the power output of the engines and while Dierks concedes the use of TSI for both the turbo and twin- charger models could be confusing, at least initially, ‘‘it is a global decision’’. TSI had previously been the designation for twin-charger models alone. The entry-level 90TSI is a 1.4-litre turbo- charged petrol model starting at $25,990 for the six-speed manual. However, if you don’t want it in white — the only non-metallic colour available — then immediately add $700. The 90kW engine replaces the naturally aspirated 1.6-litre from the Golf V, lifting power by 15kW and carving 2.1 litres per 100km off the fuel use. For the 118TSI the improvements are just as dramatic witheconomy improved from 8.6 litres per 100km in the previous 110kW 2.0-litre automatic to 6.5 litres per 100km for the 7-speed DSG coupled to the new 1.4-litre. For the first time VW will use common rail technology for its 2.0-litre turbocharged diesel in the 103TDI. According to VW the shift to common rail — in line with most of the diesel world — was driven by the third-generation technology which allows for much higher pressure fuel delivery through the use of piezoelectric injectors with consequent reduc- tion in compression ignition noise. Power and torque are on a par with the previous unit injector (Pumpe Duse) system at 103kW and 320Nm but fuel efficiency has been cut from 6.1 to 5.6 litres per 100km. Apart from the engines and gearboxes the majority of change from the fifth to the sixth generation has been in subtle body shaping, small tweaks of the spring and damper rates, and an upgrading of surfaces within the cabin. Keeping the genetic cues that make the MkI Golf as unmistakably a member of the family as the MkV was paramount to the design team. ‘‘This is a ‘class free’ car . . . it is available to anyone, so much so that the small car category LASTCHANCE lexus.com.au Lexus of Hobart 267Argyle Street, Hobart Ph: 1800 631 298 After hour enquires please call Damian Mizzen on 0412 602 677 lexusofhobart.com.au *0% per annum is available to approved business applicants of Lexus Financial Services. Available on new 2008 RX 350, RX Sports Special Edition and RX 400h models. Maximum term 48 months. Minimum amount fi nanced $20,000. Conditions, fees and charges apply. Not available in conjunction with any other offer. Valid L1313 LEX06888/HM LOOKS THE PART: The 2009 VW Golf retains much of its familiar styling. in Europe is known as the Golf Class,’’ design team member Frank Bruese explained at the Australian launch of the Golf VI. ‘‘Golf is about heritage and history and each generation must be easily identifiable as a Golf — it must have the Golf DNA of a strong horizontal face, distinct wheel arches and a strong C-pillar.’’ Breuse says while the design changes are subtle rather than dramatic—sharper charac- ter lines, a new grille shape and restyled lights frontandrear—asaunit theyworktomakethe eye see a car that sits lower and looks more agressive and sporty, despite it having exactly the same major dimensions as the outgoing model. Underneath the new Golf is sitting on almost all of the same running gear as the previous car. Apart from the tweaks to the spings and dampers—and the option of an active damper system on the top-spec Comfortline model — it is business as usual. Across the range seven airbags, electronic stability control, anti-lock brakes, electronic brakeforce distribution and traction control are standard. The cars have earned a five-star crash rating in both European and Australian testing. Out on the road the Golf is quick to prove that it is going to keep its rivals honest. The ride is subtle and composed across the range with the diesel—on short association— appearing to be the best all-rounder. Noise, vibration and harshness levels are good with only a degree of tyre roar on coarser- chip roads letting the side down. Broken and uneven surfaces were generally soaked up without fuss, although the firmer sport setting of the optional adaptive suspension fitted to the 118TSI did fall victim to mid-corner bumps on a couple of occassions. Both petrol engines can be punched along quite happily but it is the twin-charger 118TSI that excels when asked for extra effort. Across the range the standard suspension is better than average with the general disposition of the cars balanced and composed. Steering is typical of VW’s front-drive cars with a comfort- able degree of feedback, little tendency to be unsettled and consistent linear feel. The new generation GTI, which has been a mainstay of Golf sales in Australia, is expected to arrive towards the end of this year. In the interim the current GTI will still be available. Huge Range, Save Thousands HR TUESDAY Auction 11:00am Government & Fleet Vehicles TUESDAY 17 March 1:00pm Damaged Vehicle Auction SATURDAY,THURSDAY & FRIDAY Fixed Price Vehicles 56 Sunderland Street, Moonah, Hobart Ph: (03) 6108 8444 www.pickles.com.au For photos & listings visit LD10319 Public Auctions Tuesday 10March Vehicles are located inHobart&Launcestonwith on-line bidding available. Call 1800 001 278 for registration details and conditions. 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