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The Mercury Cars Guide : May 16th 2009
Saturday, May 16, 2009 Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au Holden Cruze cruises to a five-star rating 09 MICRA > ABS brakes > Dual front airbags > MP3 player input 5 DOOR AUTO FROM STAR: The Holden Cruze has won a five- starNCAP rating. T HE Holden Cruze has scored a major vic- tory ahead of its local launch on June 1, with a five- star NCAP rating. The mid-sized contender, which will have a starting price below $25,000 when Korean im- ports arrive, joins the Ford Falcon and Holden’s Commo- dore in the five-star class — a result that means standard equip- ment will include front-side-head airbags,ESP stability control and anti-skid brakes. Baby boom for Alfa Romeo THE most important new Alfa Romeo in a generation, the baby MiTo, is set for Australian sales in July. It will fit into the local line-up below the 147 and is seen as the ‘‘spiritual successor’’ to the Alfasud of the 1980s. the 1.3-litre powerplant in the Honda Insight, will challenge BMW for supremacy in this year’s International Engine of the Year awards. BMWhas won the overall title for the past Battle of the engines MORE than 60 new engines, led by the four years and has itsnew4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 to defend the crown, but its rivals range from Mercedes-Benz diesels to a Renault V6 diesel and GM’s six-litre Cadillac hybrid. The awards will be announced at the Engine Expo in Stuttgart from June 16-18. Solution to Euro problem AN engine problem that has hit the Honda Accord Euro in Australia should be fixed by the end of June. Good cars at cheap prices! 98 Hyundai GLX Hatch – 5 door............................... 96 Mazda Astina – 1.8 litre manual................................ 99 Hyundai Lantra – automatic, 63,000km................. 00 Nissan Pulsar ST – automatic, power steering ..... $5,990 $6,990 $7,990 $8,990 99 Ford Laser GLXi – 1.8 litre automatic.................. $9,990 99 Hilux Dual Cab – canopy............................................ $9,990 01 Toyota Hi Ace Van – power steering.......................$9,990 03 Holden Rodeo Flat Tray – 2.4 litre petrol......$9,990 98 Mazda Bravo Dual Cab – 4x4...........................$10,990 00 Nissan Navara Flat Tray – 63,000km ..............$10,990 03 Toyota Camry Altise – 3.0 litre, alloys...............$10,990 02 Corolla Ascent Sedan – alloys, 72,000km.........$11,990 02 Ford Focus LX – 2.0 litre automatic, alloys ..........$12,990 06 Kia Cerato EX Sedan – manual, 32,000km .....$13,750 1.8-litre four in the Toyota Prius and Pitstop with PAUL GOVER More than 50 Euro owners have reported the com- bustion problem, which Honda Aus- tralia describes as a ‘‘post-combustion detonation sound’’. Honda brought an engineering team from Japan to study and resolve the problem, which was also reported in a handful of cars in the US. It only affects the Euro with 2.4-litre four-cylinder engine. Women win right to vote WOMEN of the world are rallying to pass judgment on the world’s cars in the first Women’s Car of the Year award in 2009. A voting panel is being assembled, with jury members from the US, India, South Africa, Britain, New Zealand and Europe under the direction of Kiwi author and broadcaster Sandy Myhre. So far there are only 10 women voting, but one of them is Australia’s Liz Swanton, who has been writing on the motor beat since 1993. latest four-wheel-drive-friendly publications, with the sort of information and insights you cannot get from a navigation computer. 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