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The Mercury Cars Guide : May 16th 2009
2— CARSguide Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au Saturday, May 16, 2009 Ford heading Ford bides its time with tinkering while serious planning is underwayfor the new- generation Territory, writesMarkHinchliffe sales are slipping at almost twice the rate of the mid-sized SUV segment’s downfall. T Ford director of product develop- ment Russell Christophers said they were planning for the next model, but he couldn’t put a timeframe on it. The SZ Territory is expected to have new powertrains, possibly with LPG and diesel available, after Ford has dithered on these economical options while diesel competitors have entered this segment. ‘‘Right now, we’re planning for a new model,’’ Christophers con- firmed. ‘‘We need a major change inside and out and new powertrains. ‘‘The diesel segment has been steadily growing to about 50 per cent of the mid-sized SUV segment and diesel will continue to strengthen.’’ Meanwhile, Ford has offered Ter- ritory SY Mark II with minor cos- metic changes, although motorists will be hard pressed to note any difference. Christophers admitted the chang- on the road MARKETING manager David Katic admitted the drive program for the launch of the updated Territory was more of a ‘‘refamiliarisation’’ with the vehicle. Withnomechanical changes in the update, it didn’t make a lot of sense to run a drive program. However, we can report that the Territory remains aquiet, refinedand civilised way to eat up the vast distances of Australia in comfort. MID-SIZED SUV: Sales are slipping, but Ford says the model’s future is assured. BIG4 DAY SALE Specialising in cars... Under $10,000 96 Proton Wira GLi 1.5lt manual, p/s, 1 owner, c/lock, 140,000kms, SAVE $1500. $3495 02 Holden Barina XC5 door 1.4lt manual, p/s, a/c, 134,000km, airbag, SAVE $1000. 97 Proton M21 Coupe 1.8lt manual, a/c, p/s, electrics, alloys, sporty, be quick, 171,000km, SAVE $2000. 98 Honda Accord V6-L $3995 $7995 91 Mitsubishi Galant GSR 2.0lt manual, electrics, p/s, alloys, above average, a/c, excellent raod test. SAVE $500. 03 Toyota Echo hatch 1.3lt manual, p/s, a/c, beat fuel prices, SAVE $2000. 3.0lt auto, p/s, a/c, electrics, alloys, luxury motoring, 161,000km, SAVE $2000. $7995 $5995 $3495 98 Daewoo Lanos SE 5 door 1.5lt manual, p/s, a/c, priced to clear, 168,000km, SAVE $1000. 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SAVE $1500. 01 Mitsubishi Mirage CE 1.5lt manual, p/s, a/c, 1 owner, tidy unit, 119,000km, SAVE $2000. $5,995 $3495 03 Mitsubishi Magna Limited Edition 3.5lt auto, p/s, a/c, electrics, alloys, leather seats. VALUE PLUS. 01 Daihatsu Sirion 5 door 1.0lt manual, p/s, electrics, c/lock, 101,000km. SAVE $1000. $5995 $9995 www.thecarmart.com.au 97 Honda Civic VTi sedan 1.6lt auto, p/s, a/c, electrics, 143,000km, hard to find, SAVE $500. $8495 6211 0566 14 Derwent Park Rd, Derwent Park The third row of seats creates a slight tail-heavy handling feel, but the Territory feels right at home blasting down the highway, twisting through the hills or rollicking down some country gravel track. The all-wheel drive models are obviously more adaptable to rougher and more slippery conditions. And over several unsurfaced country tracks the cabin remained dust free. reductions for 4 days only! PLUS FREE roadside assistance with every car sold! Massive price HE future of the next- generation Ford Territory, expected to be called the SZ, seems assured even though es were few and that there were no mechanical modifications. ‘‘This is a fairly minor change that just freshens the product,’’ he said. ‘‘We will do something more dra- matic when we do the new Territory model.’’ However, he and other Ford exec- utives at the launch of the updated Territory this week in Coffs Harbour would not elaborate on when the next-model Territory would be re- leased. ‘‘We’re not ready to talk about new Territory yet,’’ he said. ‘‘We have a product cycle plan for Territory but we are not ready for that yet.’’ He said the minor update was intended to maintain interest in the vehicle until the next model. The Territory SX was launched in 2004, then updated as theSYandnow comes the SY Mk II with more airbags, more standard features, mi- nor interior and exterior styling changes and between $500 and $1000 more on the price tag. The base model Turbo has also beendropped fromthe range because Ford found most turbo buyers 13311Jono OPEN ALL WEEKEND SUNDAY ENDS 5PM
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