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The Mercury Cars Guide : April 25th 2009
Saturday, April 25, 2009 Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au CARSguide —3 Nissan to electrify Australia N STUART MARTIN ISSAN is looking at its electric vehicle for a pos- sible launch in Australia from 2012. Nissan Australia chief executive Dan Thompson said the company was still looking at its sales and distribution plans for an electric vehicle, but the car would be within reach price-wise. Mr Thompson said consumers would be able to buy a car in 2012 and plug it in at home, but the uptake of an electric vehicle would depend on incentives and educa- tion. ‘‘‘It’s a whole new world,’’ he said. ‘‘I think it will take a lot of education from the industry, the Government, all of us, to get con- sumers over the hurdle of not having to stop at a service station.’’ Nissan believes the make-up of the electric vehicle distribution net- work and its customer base will depend on how quickly the technol- ogy takes off. ‘‘The initial buyers may be skewed towards governments and fleets with the infrastructure, but there’s nothing to keep a member of the public walking into a Nissan dealer and buying one,’’ Mr Thomp- son said. ‘‘As long as the technology matches their driving require- ments, for a fixed daily commute within 150km, you can plug in at home each night.’’ The work done by Mitsubishi has helped pave the way for more a lot of education from the industry, the Government, all of us, to get consumers over the hurdle of not having to stop at a service station ‘ WIRED: Models stand next to a Nissan Nuvu car on display at this month’s Shanghai International Auto Show. electric vehicles from other brands, but Mr Thompson believes Austral- ian governments need to be a bit more proactive. ‘‘The Government support is crit- ical,’’ he said. ‘‘But Mitsubishi having a go at the i MiEV early with ADRs will raise the visibility and show that this technology is coming really soon. ‘‘I don’t think the Government understands how quickly this tech- nology will be readily available. If they don’t provide some education and incentives up front, the uptake will be much slower than in some of the other markets.’’ Nissan’s small electric car will use lithium-ion batteries—sourcedfrom a joint venture with NEC — and is expected to have a 160km range. ‘‘That covers 85-90 per cent of everyday driving for everyday Aus- ’ Dan Thompson CEO Nissan Australia I think it will take tralians, so there’s a lot of debate about how much infrastructure is actually needed,’’ Mr Thompson said. The company has shown several electric vehicle concepts, including the Pivo2, the Nuvu, the Mixim and the Cube-based EV test vehicle, but expects to see a production-ready vehicle at this year’s Tokyo Motor Show. OPEN SUNDAY 10AM - 4PM SALE VOLVO FINDERS KEEPERS SALE If the price stops your heart, driving one will get it going again. Limited Edition C-Class Sports Package From $59,900* - Sports-inspired styling - 17-inch light alloy wheels - 135kW power/250Nm torque - Bluetooth compatibility Test drive the heart-pounding Limited Edition C-Class Sports package today. Contact Performance Automobiles or visit www.mbhobart.com.au ? C30 S FROM $29,870* SAVE $5,120 GET MORE THAN YOU BARGAINED FOR: • 2.4 LITRE 125KW 5-CYLINDER ENGINE • PERFORMANCE SOUND SYSTEM • ELECTRONIC CLIMATE CONTROL • STABILITY AND TRACTION CONTROL • ALUMINIUM TRIM INLAYS • INTELLIGENT DRIVER INFORMATION SYSTEM • SIDE IMPACT PROTECTION SYSTEM • 16” ALLOY WHEELS • CRUISE CONTROL LIFE IS BETTER LIVED TOGETHER PERFORMANCE AUTOMOBILES CNR. ARGYLE & BURNETT STREETS www.performanceautomobiles.com.au # Forester MY09 Forester - for a very limited time only $29,990 * FREE REGO INCLUDES StandardEquipment . Symmetrical AWD . Horizontally Opposed Boxer Engine . ABS/EBD . VDC Stability Control . 5 Star NCAP Safety Rating . Power Everything . 3yr Unlimited Km Warranty . CD Player . Cruise Control . Front, Side& Curtain Air Bags . Japanese Quality . Manual Transmission USED CAR 99 Volvo S40 Full leather, red (Stock# 91341) 06 Toyota Yaris Manual, red (Stock# 91525) 07Subaru Forester Auto, sedan, silver (Stock# 91611) 05 Mazda Maxx Auto, white (Stock# 91595) 08 Subaru Impreza R AWD Auto, grey (Stock# 91599) 07Subaru Forester As with all Subarus, the Forester features six airbags, stability control and numerous other safety features to help earn its fi ve-star NCAP rating. The Forester also boasts all-wheel-drive for improved traction along with its economical 2.5L four cylinder boxer engine. Auto, hatch, blue, 4cyl (Stock# 91608) 06 AlfaRomeo 156 Newport blue, Columbia (Stock# 91548) 07Mazda 6 Hatch Auto, blue (Stock# 91552) 06 Subaru ForesterXS Auto, wagon, grey, 4cyl (Stock# 91565) *Plus $1,990 dealer delivery and statutory charges. Only while stocks last. # The Volvo C30 S shown has optional 17” alloy wheels and optional metallic paint. Vehicle prices are plus $23 statutory transfer fee and stamp duty of 3% on vehicles up to $35,000 and 4% on vehicles over $35,000. Vehicles advertised are available at time of printing. Offers expire 4pm Monday 27/04/09. 30% INVESTMENT ALLOWANCE Your business may be eligible for the federal government’s proposed investment allowance. Once passed into law, eligible businesses can claim a 30% tax credit on certain motor vehicle purchases made before 30th June 2009. Talk with your tax advisor before purcahse tosee if your business is eligible. New A/H: Adrian Millington 0438 062 259 Pre-Owned A/H: Mike Nebbs 0417 089 631 6210 7000 $14,990? $15,990? $20,990? $23,990? $24,990? $24,990? $24,990? $24,990? $25,990? 04 Peugeot 307 CCDynamique $29,990? Manual, cabriolet, black (Stock# 91157)
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