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The Mercury Cars Guide : March 21st 2009
2— CARSguide Oz eyes jobless car plan NEIL McDONALD AN innovative scheme to let owners keep their new cars if they lose their jobs could be introduced in Australia. The Hyundai buyback scheme has already been a hit in the US where unemploy- ment levels have hit record levels. The assurance plus program means new Hyundai buyers can return their car without a penalty if they are retrenched. The company will also pay car repayments for up to three months if owners are out of work. It has been largely credited with bolstering Hyundai sales as the North American car market, particular for the big three carmakers General Mo- tors, Ford and Chrysler, has collapsed. Hyundai Australia general manager of marketing, Oliver Mann, said he was very inter- ested in the idea. ‘‘We are looking at the mar- ket environment here and the developing economic situation. However, Mann and the company’s Australian chief executive, Steve Yeo, believe using such a scheme here is still largely academic because the Australian car market was still holding up well given the local economic conditions. ‘‘Yes, the scheme is working in North America and it is innovative,’’ Yeo said. ‘‘But I don’t think our Aus- tralian customers need it at present.’’ However, Yeo said it was a big sales point of difference between Hyundai and otherUS carmakers. GM executives confirmed this week they may copy the idea, which could spread to other carmakers. Volkswagen is aiming high with thenewGolf,andnot just because it is thebackboneof the brand in Australia—and globally. AIMING HIGH: The updated sixth generation Volkswagen Golf. Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au Saturday, March 21, 2009 Volkswagen plays Golf isagame which never changes, yet is never quite the same. It’sa similar story with the car. Paul Goverexplains. A NYONE who knows the Golf knows ex- actly what to expect when Volkswagen starts a fresh round with a new model. It will look a certain way, drive a certain way and feel a certain way. So the sixth-generation Golf is no surprise. And in a lot of ways it is just amega-facelift update of the previous model, the super- good fifth generation that was great for owners but tough for Volkswagen to build at a reason- able profit. A lot has changed for Golf six but the best news for buyers is the price line has been held at $25,990, with more value and a lot of tweaking of details as minor as the dash lamps and mirrors and even the quality of the optional leather trim. The engines are smaller but there is better efficiency and double- clutch gearboxes are available across the range. Later this year, of course, there will be a new GTi. Volkswagen is aiming high with the new Golf, and not just because it is the backbone of the brand in Australia — and glo- bally. It knows the competition is getting tougher as everyone Specialising in cars... www.thecarmart.com.au 98 Hyundai Sportswagon 1.8lt auto, p/s, a/c, hard to find in auto, reliable. 03 Toyota Echo Hatch 1.3lt manual, p/s, a/c, c/lock, popular, 123,000km, lovely condition. 96 Mitsubishi CE Mirage hatch 1.5lt manual, ideal first car, will sell quickly. 01 Toyota Corolla Ascent 1.8lt auto, p/s, a/c, c/lock, popular shape, be quick. 91 Mitsubishi Galant GSR hatch 2.0lt manual, p/s, a/c, electrics, alloys, sporty above average. 00 Hyundai Accent hatch 1.5lt manual, p/s, a/c, 119,000km, long rego, economical 5 door. 02 Holden Cruze Wagon 1.5lt manual, p/s, a/c, electrics, alloys, AWD, well maintained. 01 Suzuki Grand Vitara Wagon 2.0lt manual, p/s, a/c, electrics, compact 4x4, priced to sell! 95 Suzuki Swift hatch 1.3lt manual, a/c, 119,000km, tint. GREAT VALUE! $10,000 99 Holden Vectra JS wagon 2.2lt auto, p/s, a/c, alloys, towbar, choose from 2, STARTING AT... David Strang 0404 724 986 Mark Patterson 0417 025 936 Todd Jackson 0419 514 956 Rob Sylvester 0418 124 226 (Finance) 94 Holden VR Calais 3.8lt auto, p/s, a/c, electrics, alloys, luxury at a great price! Easy on-site finance available 91 Toyota Hiace LWB campervan 2.8lt manual, diesel, p/s, a/c, ready to get away, excellent road test. 00 Holden Vectra CD sedan 2.2lt manual, p/s, c/lock, electrics, alloys, a/c, traction control. 93 Toyota Camry Wagon 2.2lt auto, p/s, economical family wagon, be quick. www.thecarmart.com.au 14 Derwent Park Rd, Derwent Park 6211 0566 12852Jono Under $6,995 $8,995 $4,995 $7,995 $3,995 $11,995 $9,995 $2,995 $9,995 $8,995 $4,999 $9,995 $3,995 $6,995
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