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The Mercury Cars Guide : May 2nd 2009
2— CARSguide Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au Saturday, May 2, 2009 SHAPELY: Smooth curves mark the Up! concept car. STATELY: The VW Tiguan R is a bigger proposition. The only way is up with pocket rocket It’s small, it’sababy-price leaderandwehavenoidea if it willbecominghere soonasaproductionmodel—andnor does its maker. PaulGovergets Up! Up!andAway, withanexcitingnewdesign from Volkswagen A PRODUCTION version of the Up! concept cars has just been confirmed for 2011, and all the signs point to a car that will be the right size and price to slide in below the Polo in Australia. Volkswagen has given few specifics on how the Up! will go from motor-show tease to showroom reality, but it has chosen Slovakia as the pro- duction site for what is being called the ‘‘new small family’’. This could mean one car or many to satisfy the needs of the Volkswagen, Seat and Skoda brands. But there will definitely be both three- and five-door hatchbacks — at least, at first. Volkswagen Group began its search for a price-fighter in 2007 when it unveiled the original Up! concept at the Frankfurt Motor Show, com- plete with a rear-mounted Slovakia is ideally prepared to provide the flexibility required for the production of the new small family ‘ engine. It stretched the idea into a ‘‘baby people-mover’’ a few weeks later at the Tokyo Motor Show. ’ It has now chosen the fac- tory at Bratislava in Slovakia ‘‘Our team at Volkswagen in Slovakia is ideally prepared to provide the flexibility re- quired for the production of the new small family,’’ says the chairman of Volkswagen Group, Martin Winterkorn. to build the production car, partly because the site already feeds four brands at the same time. Our team at Volkswagen in Volkswagen is expected to get the Up! first—if it carries that name—followed by Seat and Skoda. The plans for Australia are just as unclear, though Volks- wagensays it is keen to get the car. ‘‘The Up! is still a concept and they have not confirmed the production car,’’ says Volkswagen Group spokes- man Karl Gehling. However, he admits the ‘‘new small family’’ is being watched closely. ‘‘It’s something we’ll cer- tainly be looking at,’’ he says. ‘‘It will have to be price- competitive but it looks a very promising product to expand our range.’’ It looks better but it’s just the same T AKE a look and dream. This Volkswagen Tiguan shows how a go- faster R version might look—if it gets a go-ahead alongside the R32 Golf, R36 Passat and R50 Touareg. Volkswagen says there is no plan at present for a full-scale Tiguan R but that has not stopped a body upgrade on the com- pact SUV. The R Line model has justgoneonsale inEurope with a deep front air dam, fatter wheel-arches, 19-inch alloy wheels, sill extensions and a small roof spoiler. But it will not be coming to Australia. And it does not point to an imminent R-style tweak for the Tiguan. ‘‘Unfortunately, we have to take away some of the excitement,’’ says Karl Gehling. ‘‘It’s just the Volkswa- gen Individual exterior modfications. It’s not like the R range of vehicles. ‘‘We’re not offering the R-Line. It is only a cosmet- ic upgrade, not a perfor- mance upgrade.’’ Specialising in cars... www.thecarmart.com.au 02 Mitsubishi TJ Magna ser II 3.5lt manual, p/s, a/c low kms, alloys. 89 Porsche 944 Coupe 2.6lt auto, p/s, a/c, electrics, alloys, a fine example of this model, books. 89 Holden VN Commodore Berlina 3.8lt auto, p/s, a/c, 156,000km, original. 98 Hyundai Lantra Sportswagon 1.8lt auto, p/s, a/c, tidy and economical. 95 Mitsubishi TS Magna wagon 2.6lt manual, p/s, a/c, alloys, budget priced. 95 Holden Barina Swing 1.4lt p/s, exceptionally clean throughout. 97 Toyota Celica SX 2.2lt p/s, a/c, electrics, alloys, 157,000km. 98 Subaru Forester GX 2.0lt manual, p/s, a/c, electrics, popular. 97 Holden Astra City 1.6lt manual, p/s, a/c, 51,000km, like new. $10,000 01 Ford Laser LXi 1.6lt manual, p/s, a/c, alloys, 69,000km, a stunning low km example with body kit. David Strang 0404 724 986 Todd Jackson 0419 514 956 Rob Sylvester 0418 124 226 (Finance) 03 Hyundai Elantra MY04 2.0lt auto, p/s, a/c, electrics, 43,000km Easy on-site finance available 00 Daewoo Nubira CDX 2.0lt manual, p/s, a/c, electrics, 157,000km. 94 Volkswagon Transporter 2.0lt manual, 107km, rear seats, towbar. 93 Mazda 121 bubble 1.3lt manual, p/s, great first car. www.thecarmart.com.au 14 Derwent Park Rd, Derwent Park 6211 0566 13220jayne Under $10,995 $11,995 $2995 $9995 $10,995 $4995 $6995 $3995 $9995 $9995 $6995 $5995 $3995 $3995
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