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The Mercury Cars Guide : March 14th 2009
10— CARSguide Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au Saturday, March 14, 2009 Savy Suzuki takes on hybrids S Oneof the savviest importers has promised to deliverathrifty hybrid- busting petrol hatch in July. ByNeilMcDonald www.tilf or d.com.au Tilford Trade Clearance Centre COMMERCIALS 92 Ford Festiva Hatch T-bar auto, 9/09 reg, drives well 88 Toyota Corolla Sedan 5 speed manual, 9/09 reg, 4 cyl 95 Suzuki Alto Hatch 5 speed, economical 4cyl, low kms 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 5 speed, white, clean & tidy 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 96 Suzuki Vitara Estate S/Wagon 4x4, 5 speed, p/s 00 Mitsubishi Lancer Coupe 91,000kms, 5 speed, mags, rear spoiler 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 $2,000 $2,250 $3,000 $3,250 $3,250 $3,500 $4,000 $5,000 $5,000 $5,500 $5,750 $5,750 $7,000 $7,750 $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 & UZUKI’S new 1.0-litre Alto hatch sips fuel at a rate of just 4.5L/100km and produces only 103g/km of CO2 emissions, making it one of the most economical petrol hatches available. Prices have not been set but the Indian-sourced Alto is ex- pected to comein well under the $16,490 Swift hatch. Suzuki Australia general manager Tony Devers says it will represent ‘‘outstanding va- lue for money’’. However,MrDevers is first to admit that exchange rates will have the final bearing on pric- ing before the car hits show- rooms. MrDevers admits 2009 will be a tough year but he is confident Suzuki’s portfolio of four-wheel drives and cars, particularly the Alto, will weather the storm. ‘‘We are lucky that we have a product that suits the trend to smaller cars,’’ he says. The Alto will be available in two models. The entry level gets six air- bags, air conditioning, CD ster- eo system with MP3 auxiliary input, remote central locking and anti-skid brakes. The top specification Alto adds alloy wheels, foglights, a tachometer and electronic sta- bility control. ECONOMICAL: Although it’s been a tough year for dealers, Suzuki’s Alto is expected to weather the storm. At 3500mm long, the Alto is almost 200mm shorter than a Mini Cooper, fitting into the sub-light car class. Although higher than a Mini, the Alto is slightly narrower and has a wheelbase of 2360mm, 107mm shorter than the Mini. Power comes from a three cylinder 50kW/90Nm 1.0-litre petrol engine. Manufactured in Suzuki’s Manesar plant in India, the Alto was designed by Suzuki engi- neers and has been tuned for foreign tastes in ride and han- dling. ‘‘Alto is a quality vehicle with high-safety levels and outstand- ing fuel economy,’’ Mr Devers said. The front suspension is by conventional MacPherson struts while the rear is a three- link rigid axle. Suzuki is confident of selling more than 7000 a year. Mr Devers said the Alto won out over the European-designed Splash because it was cheaper to build. However, he added, that when Suzuki’s Thai plant comesonline in afew years ‘‘we may have a chance of bringing in the Splash but not until then’’. Talking cars may revolutionise road safety AUSTRALIAN tech- nology could be a world leader in car safe- ty. Technology developed in Adelaide that allows cars to ‘‘talk’’ to each other, even around blind corners, and alerts the driver of a potential crash is being examined by car makers. It combines modern radio systems with GPS information so each car knows where other cars are. By checking with each other 10 times a second —and many cars at once —it can plot the courses of cars and alert the drivers if a collision is imminent. Professor Alex Grant, director of UniSA’s Insti- tute of Telecommunica- tions Research, says a future level of program- ming it with the car’s controls could have it intervene and brake the car if the driver does not react. His UniSA department and commercial enter- prise, Cohda Wireless of Kent Town, have been demonstrating the tech- nology at an Australian Dedicated Short Range Communications event in Adelaide. Vehicle manufac- turers and other inter- ested parties are examin- ing the system and discussing its potential. The initial concept came out of the Institute of Telecommunications Research but has since been enhanced by Coh- da, the two retaining close links and UniSA having a stake in Cohda. Only cars fitted with the system would be able to talk to each other. ‘‘This technology es- sentially equips vehicles with the ability to see around corners and to predict and avoid dan- gerous situations,’’ Pro- fessor Grant said. Hesays it also could be used to suggest routes that are less congested and so improve traffic flow and minimise emis- sions. Some production cars already have collision warning alerts for ve- hicles that have sudden- ly slowed close ahead, but they rely on radar. Cohda chief technol- ogy officer Dr Paul Alex- ander says the Adelaide- developed system does not need line of sight and so it has big potential in reducing road crashes. For example, cars could be coming from a driver’s right-hand side into an intersection but be screened by buildings from sight, yet the GPS- radio device will track them. Cohda has done field trials for car makers in the US and Europe, and Such volumes would bring the unit cost to ‘‘a few hundred dollars’’ a car, which is much less than safety technology, such as ABS brakes or airbags, when they were introduced. STUART INNES The Next Generation RX. We’ve never been closer. The worlds most progressive SUV now has an improved 3.5L V6 engine. As the 204kW engine urges you ahead, the electronically controlled 6-speed sequential transmission places the performance shifting of a manual at your fingertips, taking power and fuel efficiency to new levels. There’s Lexus Remote Touch, a revolutionary one-hand command module, and on the Sports Luxury Model a Head-Up Display that safely beams key driving information (such as vehicle speed and simplified Satellite Navigation directions) onto the windscreen. For a personal preview of the Next Generation RX 350, visit Lexus of Hobart today. Lexus of Hobart 267Argyle Street, Hobart Ph: 1800 631 298 After hour enquires please call Damian Mizzen on 0412 602 677 lexusofhobart.com.au Overseas model shown. lexus.com.au plans a larger-scale trial in Adelaide. If taken up by car makers, it would be a small job creator for South Australia in pro- ducing the software. Professor Grant says it could well be made man- datory for new cars to have the system. LEX07012/HB
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