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The Mercury Cars Guide : May 16th 2009
20— CARSguide Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au Saturday, May 16, 2009 Smoother, larger Saab on way Asmanyas20potentialnew owners are looking to snatchSaab from the strife being sufferedby General Motors. PaulGover reports T HE Swedish brand has sagged badly over the past five years, and more, as GM has failed to create a workable product plan to pro- duce the vital new models to drive Saab forward. But a vital new flagship is on the way and the all-new 9-5 should break cover in Europe before the end of the year. No-one at GM Premium Brands, the Australian distrib- utor for Saab, will say any- thing about the 9-5 or its on- sale date here but it is likely to be — depending on the even- tual outcome of the ownership talks — sometime in the sec- ond half of 2010. Which makes these pictures a vital piece in the puzzle. They show a smoother, larg- er and more refined 9-5 during testing in Europe as the car is readied for its coming-out party in the third quarter of this year. It will be the first all-new 9-5 sine July 1997. The camouflage paint and covers disguise the detail of the car, but the overall shape is clear and shows Saab is looking for the trendy coupe- style roofline already used by Mercedes and BMW and Volkswagen for new four-door sedans. Some styling cues from 9-4X BioPower concept should appear in the final design. European sources say the 9-5 will gain some extra weight, height and length over the current model. The wheelbase is being stretched by a full 14 centi- NEW DIRECTION: Snaps of the new Saab show the model will incorporate a coupe-style roofline. Picture: CARPARAZZI. metres to make the car a true rival in the mid-sized luxury class against the Mercedes E-Class, BMW 5 Series and Volvo S80. The car caught by the Car- parazzi team during testing in Europe is fitted with a 2.0-litre petrol turbo engine making 155 kiloWatts, but the engine choices will also include a 2.8-litreV6anda3.6-litreV6for the USA. There will, of course, be a diesel engine, as well as flex- fuel powerplants which can run on E85 ethanol and a hybrid 9-5. Ford to simplify platforms Theageing Ford Escape all-wheel drive wagoncould bereplacedby thenew European- madeKuga. ByMark Hinchliffe F ORD director of product develop- ment Russell Christophers said the company was moving toward simplify- ing the number of plat- forms to improve econo- mies of scale, which points to themovetoward the Focus-based Kuga. However, Christophers pointed out that the Es- cape had the price advan- tage of being made in Thailand, where produc- tion costs were lower and the free trade agreement FOCUS-BASED: More performance and style for new Kuga crossover. with Australia benefited imports. ‘‘I’m not saying yes or no to the Kuga, but what the company needs to do is decrease the number of platforms,’’ Christophers said. ‘‘The Focus C car plat- form can be used for a sedan, hatch, wagon, peo- ple mover and an SUV. ‘‘You want to have a global platform for econo- mies of scale, but you want to build them in the right place for the right market.’’ The Kuga comes with two diesel options in Europe with plans to in- troduce the 2.5-litre turbo- charged five-cylinder pet- rol engine from the XR5 Focus and Mondeo. Christophers said Aus- tralia could also start to see some of Ford’s ECO- netric fuel-miser vehicles later this year. Apart from smaller, forced-induction Eco- Boost engines, the ECO- netric vehicles come with a variety of fuel-saving measures such as higher- geared transmissions, lowered suspension to re- duce drag, aerodynamic body kits, low-resistance tyres and low-viscosity transmission oil. ECOnetrics is used in Europe in Mondeo, Focus and Fiesta models. REPLACEMENT: The Ford Kuga could replace the ageing Focus. Christophers wouldnot say which models would benefit from the technolo- gies first. ‘‘It provides customers with a fuel efficient car, but sacrificing some attri- butes such as perfor- mance because of the tall- er gearing etcetera,’’ he said. ‘‘We will look at bring- ing them in, but I can’t say in which vehicles yet.’’ DRIVEAWAYNO MORE TO PAY! $7.25 per day† Only 06 MITSUBISHI Lancer Wagon 2.4 litre semi-automatic, air conditioning, power windows, dual airbags, cruise control, remaining new vehicle warranty. 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