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The Mercury Cars Guide : March 28th 2009
6— CARSguide Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au Saturday, March 28, 2009 Plucky plug-in gains traction Mitsubishi’s version of the future of urban driving has gone on show in Adelaide — it’s simply electric. Stuart Martin reports Electric Vehicle to media, fleet companies and government ministers for evaluation as Ja- pan gears up for the first run of 2000 production vehicles. M The i MiEV is the first fully certified electric vehicle in Australia, a process Mitsubishi CEO Robert McEniry de- scribed as challenging and an exciting day for the company. ‘‘This is really the start of the future for the car industry, I think we’ll see a lot more of these vehicles being introduced into the marketplace,’’ he said. ‘‘It’s the first fully-certified electric vehicle in the Austral- ian market — that’s a real breakthrough for us but it was a long arduous process. ‘‘The car you see is ready for volume sale, Australia is the first country to get full certifica- tion,’’ he said. Mr McEniry said the com- pany would get a handful more cars later in the year for long- ITSUBISHI is showing its i MiEV, or Mitsu- bishi innovative term evaluation, with a view to going on sale in 2010, but refused to comment on a price for the car. While prices were a taboo subject the company is looking at other technology as a guide to what will develop with elec- tric cars. ‘‘There’s no doubt the tech- nology will improve,weuse the mobile phone analogy, where you needed a trailer and a couple of months at the gym to use the phone,’’ Mr McEniry said. ‘‘Now we have these micro- systems and new battery tech- nology, one would anticipate the same process would follow with electric vehicles as well,’’ he said. Mitsubishi is also looking to the nation’s governments for assistance in encouraging the adoption of new automotive technology. Mr McEniry believes that providing tax relief, infrastruc- ture assistance or subsidies is an opportunity the government should not ignore. small torque i MiEV Power:47kW Torque:180Nm Range:160km Topspeed:130km/h (restricted) Length:3395mm,width 1475mm,height1600mm, wheelbase2550mm Weight:1080kg CO2 emmisions: Saves onetonne ofCO2 emissions per10,000km travelled Battery details:88 batteries in pack, weighs 200kg; 10-year, 160,000kmbattery life;a full charge could cost as little as $2.50 ‘‘I think direct subsidies is probably thewayto go, initially we’re only talking very small numbers and an education process, this is about CO2 reductions and this car can be the sentinel for that,’’ he said. onthe road Eerie silence is all that you get with a twist of the switch where a key once went. The i MiEV electric car — ASSISTANCE REQUIRED: Mitsubishi has called on the Federal Government to encourage the public to embrace the i MiEV’s new technology. the first certified for sale in Australia—is then ‘‘READY’’, according to the dashboard indicator. Stealthy silence — which could be useful to frighten wayward pedestrians — and a faint whirr is all that is heard as the battery and electric motor — underneath the back seat — drive the rear wheels. As a city commuter car to get fromAtoB—or should that be AAtoD—the iMiEVis simple to steer, light and remarkably swift. Aproper pushon the acceler- ator headingupMontefiore Hill kicks the electric car quickly forward, with the instant torque from the electric motor quickly bringing Colonel Light into view. Despite a tall body the little four-seater doesn’t lean exces- sively (most of the weight is down low) and there’s enough room for four adults. www.tilf or d.com.au Tilford Trade Clearance Centre COMMERCIALS 89 Nissan Skyline S/Wagon 5 speed, 3.0 litre fuel injected, p/s 82 Honda Civic Hatch T-bar auto, only 128,000kms, clean & tidy 93 Mitsubishi Lancer Hatch T-bar auto, p/s, economical 4cyl 95 Mazda 121 Bubble 5 speed, white, clean & 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, 4cyl 93 Subaru Liberty GX S/Wagon AWD, t-bar auto, p/s, a/c, tidy 97 Holden Vectra Sedan 5 speed manual, 158,000kms, clean & tidy 02 Hyundai Accent Hatch 120,000kms, 5 speed, p/s, a/c 01 Daihatsu Siron Hatch Only 82,000kms, 5 speed, economical 3cyl 94 Mitsubishi Lancer Sedan T-bar auto, only 80,000kms, p/s 96 Suzuki Vitara Estate S/Wagon 4x4, 5 speed, p/s 00 Mitsubishi Lancer Coupe 91,000kms, 5 speed, mags, rear spoiler 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 99 Subaru Impreza Sports S/Wagon AWD, 5 speed, p/s, a/c, alloys 01 Holden Zafira S/Wagon T-bar auto, 2.2ltr, air bag, p/s, a/c 03 Renault Scenic 4x4 S/Wagon 5 speed manual, 2.0ltr fuel injected, p/s, a/c 03 BA Ford Falcon XR6 P/s, a/c, alloys, rear spoiler, t-bar auto 06 Holden Crewman Ute T-bar auto, V6 engine, p/s, a/c, hard top 03 Subaru Forester AWD S/Wagon 5 speed, very neat & tidy, p/s, a/c 00 Nissan Patrol ST S/Wagon 3.0ltr turbo diesel, 5 speed, 7 seater, p/s, a/c $1,000 $2,500 $3,000 $3,500 $3,500 $3,750 $4,000 $5,750 $5,750 $6,000 $6,000 $7,000 $7,750 $9,750 $10,000 $10,000 $10,000 $10,000 $11,000 $11,000 $12,000 $13,000 $18,000 $18,000 $20,000 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 & Compact 4WD updated the start of the future for the car industry, I think we’ll see a lot more of these vehicles ‘ This is really ’ T SNAPPED: Engineerswere caught putting Kia’s newSportage through its paces. HE product-driven push by Kia never seems to end. Just as the baby Soul hits Australia — after being rushed through months ahead of sched- ule — these pictures of the Korean company’s new compact four-wheel drive have just sur- faced. It’s the upcoming Sportage and it was caught in driving snow in freezing Scandinavia as engi- neers finalised the update pack- age for the 2010 model which will be ready for showrooms in the back half of this year. The biggest change is a six- speed automatic gearbox to go with the Sportage’s 135kW turbo- diesel engine. The goal is to improve both performance and fuel economy in an engine which is becoming more and more important to Kia. But Kia is tied to Hyundai on product development and that means the same package is likely to be seen in the next update of the Hyundai Tuscson, which is twinned with the Sportage. The updated turbodiesel powertrain will find its way into other Kia models sold in Europe, although there is no firm plan to use it in the latest compact Cerato in Australia. The Sportage update is only a mid-life tickle but is important for a vehicle which has been its most successful since it was introduced in 1995. The current model was only introduced with a full model change in 2005. PAUL GOVER GIT’STIMET0ET REAL
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