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The Mercury Cars Guide : March 14th 2009
2— CARSguide Cash bonus to trade up STUART INNES In Australia, the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries sees more benefits. ‘‘New cars generally all have ABS brakes commended by the auto industry. It is claimed that lower emissions, a stimulus to new-car sales and better road safety would come from the program. The German government has launched a scheme giving 2500 euro ($5000) to an owner of a car that is more than nine years old and has been registered for at least the past six months. In return, that car must be scrapped and the money put towards a new car with modern emission controls. The idea is to help keep car factories running in a time of large sales decline and to cut cars’ CO2 A emissions. and airbags and many have stability control programs, all of which is better safety technology than older cars,’’ FCAI chief executive Andrew McKellar said yesterday. He said the subsequent lowering of road crashes and therefore injuries and deaths would have a benefit in financial costs of health and business sectors. ‘‘The (German) scheme would encourage private buyers and would be a benefit to the automotive industry and to the broader economy,’’ he said. Mr McKellar said that modern cars also were more fuel efficient than older cars. Such a cash-incentive scheme would have perhaps a more marked effect in Australia than in Germany: ‘‘Australia’s average age of vehicles remains quite high, still well above nine years and quite high compared with other major countries.’’ He said the FCAI was closely looking at the German scheme and its effect. ‘‘The Australian Government should look at it,’’ he said. New-vehicle sales in Australia fell 22 per cent last month compared with February last year, according to FCAI’s Vfacts figures, and GM Holden at Elizabeth in Adelaide has announced another 10-day production shut- down, for next month. With new cars available from $13,000 driveaway, a $5000 handout would be a significant help, compared with getting $1000 or less for an old ‘‘heap’’ from a trade-in or sale. Its themixof million dollar extravaganceand budget buggies thatmakesGeneva oneof themost anticipatedmotor shows. Kevin Hepworthwas there A S MAJOR car manu- facturers battle for sur- vival in the most se- vere economic crisis since the Great Depression, its all spit, polish and business as usual in the world’s banking capital, Geneva. Bentley, Aston Martin, Rolls Royce and Maybach spruiked their million-dollar babies along- side a tiny Smart, Chrysler’s European debut for its vision of an electric future and a full range of real-world hybrid and dual-fuel models. There were the wild and wacky SCHEME for the Federal Govern- ment to pay thousands of dollars’ incentive for people to scrap old cars and buy new ones has been Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au Saturday, March 14, 2009 Luxury and thrift in LOOK AT ME: The way-over-the-top Maybach Zeppelin. BRIGHT SPARK: The little Chevrolet concepts — fewer than in the halcyon days, an acknowledge- ment that times are tough—and a mix of models that will grace showrooms in the coming year. So, what were the stars of the 2009 Geneva Show? Ask 100 people and you will get 100 answers, but from a purely personal point of view here is one version of a Top 10. CitroenDSInside Concept The little Mini rival will spear- head Citroen’s new DS naming convention when it launches next year. Sleek, stylish and boasting a hybrid-diesel powertrain, the DS caught the eye and the imagina- tion with emo- tional, if not styling, hints of the truly radical DS of the 1950s. Hyundai ix-onic concept Gone are the days when you looked on a Korean concept with a sense of synmpathy. While the ix-onic is clearly an exaggeration of the marque’s next SUV genera- tion there is enough about it to whet the appetite. As important as the styling is the news that the ix-onic carries DSG gearbox and TOPLESS: Fiat’s sexy 500 convertible. stop/start eco-technology. Look for for it all in the next generation Tucson compact SUV next year. PaganiZondaCinque This personal favourite is more a piece of very, very fast art than a car. The latest from designer Horatio Pagani uses the com- pany’s own carbon-titanium ma- terial to shape a truly gorgeous body. Specialising in cars... 99 Hyundai Excel X3 Sprint 1.5lt manual, p/s, a/c, alloys, twin cam, lovely condition. 02 Mitsubishi Lancer CE GLI 1.8lt auto, p/s, a/c, electrics, alloys, hard to find in auto. Be quick. $4995 01 Hyundai Elantra XD hatch 1.8lt manual, p/s, a/c, electrics, c/lock. Great value. $6995 00 Hyundai Accent GL hatch 1.5lt manual, p/s, a/c, alloys, 119,000km, proven reliability, low price. David Strang 0404 724 986 Mark Patterson 0417 025 936 Todd Jackson 0419 514 956 Rob Sylvester 0418 124 226 (Finance) 90 Toyota Tarago GLi 2.4lt manual, p/s, electrics, c/lock. One for the family. Easy on-site finance available $5995 01 Diahatsu Sirion hatch 1.0lt manual, p/s, electrics 101,000 km, 5 door. Beat fuel prices. $6995 86 Mitsubishi Cordia GS4 hatch 1.8lt manual, p/s, electrics, 172,000km, drives well. Excellent condition. $2500 98 Daewoo Lanos SE 1.5lt manual, p/s, a/c, 5 door hatch. Economical. 97 Proton M21 Coupe 1.8lt manual, p/s, a/c, electrics, alloys, sporty. Be quick. $5995 www.thecarmart.com.au $49956211 0566 98 Honda Accord 3.0lt auto, p/s, a/c, electrics, alloys. Well optioned. $9995 94 Nissan Pulsar N14 Ti 1.6lt auto, p/s, a/c, electrics, 159,000km. Well above average. 02 Ford AU II ute 4.0lt auto, p/s, a/c, airbag, canopy, suit tradesperson. $9995 $4995 05 Holden VZ Commodore 3.6lt auto, a/c, p/s, electrics, cruise, airbags, 144,000km. 14 Derwent Park Rd, Derwent Park $ 0,995 12789jayne $9995 $5995
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