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The Mercury Cars Guide : March 28th 2009
Saturday, March 28, 2009 Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au CARSguide —3 MX5 true to sporty roots ‘‘It’s our philosophy to deliver a light sportscar. ‘‘It’s very important for us to provide maximum satisfaction for the driver.’’ Turbocharging too would be bene- ficial but overkill, he says. However, the company is aware that it must keep the car fresh. To that end the newestMX5adopts the more pronounced Mazda ‘‘smiley face’’ family grille and some subtle design changes that deliver a tough- er, more masculine look. The lower side sills provide a stronger, more aerodynamic look and the rear bumper and lights are better integrated. Mazda has added a new model to the lineup, the Roadster Coupe Sports, bringing to four the number of model choices. With the revisions have come modest prices rises of two per cent, between $980 and $1195 depending on the model. Apart from exterior changes the cabin has been reworked slightly to lift quality and improve user friend- liness. The excellent Bose sound system carries over and so too, the car’s excellent passive and active safety systems. An auxiliary jack is also now part of the package forMP3compatibility. The 2.0-litre four-cylinder S-VT engine also continues but has been tweaked to provide better mid-range response and fuel economy. The engine now spins out to 7500 revs and the synchromesh on the six- speed manual gearbox has been improved for smoother shifting. Manual buyers also get a limited slip differential as standard. The six-speed Activematic, which accounts for about 38 per cent of all sales, is a $2200 option. Underneath, the double wishbone front and multi-link rear suspension has been tuned for more precise reaction to steering inputs and the front roll centre has been lowered 26mm for more linear steering res- ponse. The MX5 continues to have one of the stiffest two-seater convertible body structures around. The hardtop is expected to account for 80 per cent of sales and its light- weight folding roof folds compactly into a space behind the rear seats, SUPERIOR INTERIOR: The reworked cabin is better quality. allowing maximum use of the boot. Mazda also points out that because the roof mechanism is relatively simple and does not fold into the boot — closer to any rear end shunts — the car’s insurance premium is better. Like the previous model, the hard- top opens or closes in 12 seconds. Mazdasays extra sound-deadening in the hardtop has helped lower cabin noise. In true Mazda fashion, the individ- ual changes add up to another complete sportscar. small torque MazdaMX5 Price: $43,850 (Soft-top), $45,720 (Soft-top touring), $48,755 (Roadster Coupe), $51,455 (RoadsterCoupeSports) Engine: Rear drive 2.0-litre four- cylinderS-VT Power:118kWat7000revs, 188Nmat5000revs Transmission: Six-speedmanual or six-speed Activematic Economy:8.1l/100km(combined) Stars:4½ SCOOP PURCHASE! 2008 Plate Cars - Amazing Value! Subaru Volvo Liberty 2.5i - Last 1! Manual, sedan $29,878* Save $5,635! (SN 044167, 894, 971) Outback - Last 1! Manual, luxury edition $33,988* Save $4,992! (SN 24050) (Demo) Plus get free leather, electric seats and rear privacy glass! S40 Sedan - last 1! $35,830* Save $6,743! (Rego A12FA) (Demo) Colour white XC70 Diesel - last 1! Many extras $56,978* Save $10,721! (Rego A26OA) (Demo) Performance Automobiles Cnr. Argyle & Burnett Streets Fiat Alfa Romeo Fiat 500s - 2 only! Pop, manual, 1.4Lt $22,988* Save $4,785! (SN 23581) Colour white Alfa Romeo GT - 1 Only! Monza, JTS, manual $46,858* Save$8,132! (SN 23730) www.performanceautomobiles.com.au New A/H: Adrian Millington 0438 062 259 Pre-Owned A/H: Mike Nebbs 0417 089 631 A Class $29,990* Save $5,945! (Rego: FP3858 FP3856) Be Quick - Last 2! A170, 5 door, ex company car, auto, heaps of extras, model year 08 Performance Automobiles has secured a small selection of 2008 Plate Vehicles at signifi cantly reduced prices. All vehicles reflect signifi cant savings on 2009 vehicles. As these are limited in quantity and factory supported, these prices cannot be repeated once the vehicles are sold. All prices include dealer delivery. Registration is included on all demonstrators. 6210 7000 *Price excludes statutory charges. Offer excludes government buyers. To approved purchasers. Offer expires Friday 03-04-09. Pictures for illustrative purposes only. STRICTLY LIMITED OFFER!
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