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The Mercury Cars Guide : May 23rd 2009
4— CARSguide Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au Saturday, May 23, 2009 GMstar comes under Cruze control ThenewHolden Cruze has claimed its first showroomscalp—but it’sanowngoal for the red team. PaulGoverexplains FORD FOCUS DEMO RUNOUT! TIME IS RUNNING OUT! Ford Focus CL German engineered ABS brakes 4 Airbags Power windows From $18,990 FromFord Focus LX $22,990 Cruise control Leather steering wheels 16? alloys ONLY 3 2LEFT! (Sedans only) FromFord Focus Diesel $24,992 Cruise control Leather steering wheels 16? alloys ONLY 2 LEFT! 35 Brisbane Street 6234 0200 T HE arrival of the Holden Cruze on June 1 means the death of the European Astra, even though it has just been totally renewed and looks the best in the history of the nameplate. GM Holden has given no confir- mation of its plan to drop the Astra from its Australian lineup, but the indications are fairly clear. Thenumbersare highly unlikely to make sense to Holden, partly because of the likely price for the all-new Astra—which has always been hurt by exchange rates—and partly because Holden will intro- duce a Cruze hatchback next year which would be in direct conflict with the Astra. BEST EVER: Holden’s doomed European Astra. So it will follow the European- built Barina and the mid-sized Vectra into the Holden history books. Imports of the Astra were cut two months ago because of the currency problem, which has put increasing pressure on maintain- ing the car’s $18,790 starting price in Australia. While the Astra is going, the design of the all-new car points to the impressive work being done by General Motors Europe on cars which are being sent out as global designs. Much of the work is being translated into the Asia-Pacific region, even ifashared mechanical package is not reflected in the body design. The Astra is unveiled as a five- door hatch, with an official pre- view at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September, with a wagon, CC droptop and two-door coupe to follow. The Astra follows the all-new mid-sized Insignia which led GM into a new design era in Europe and took last year’s European Car of the Year crown. It was put through 600 hours of wind tunnel testing to ensure minimum drag and maximum fuel economy and performance. GM Europe says the car will come with a range of Euro 5-compliant petrol and turbodiesel engines, including a 104kW turbo- charged 1.4-litre four. HYUNDAIMID-YEAR SALE AWARD WINNING CARS If you’re a small business with an ABN you may be eligible for the Federal Government’s investment allowance. Eligible small businesses can claim up to a 50% investment allowance on vehicles purchased before the 31 December, 2009. Consult your tax advisor to see if you are eligible. GETZ 3 DOOR$12,990 DRIVE AWAY A FROM i30 $ 19,990 FROM C DRIVE AWAY TUCSON $22,990 DRIVE AWAY D FROM MOTORS PTY LTD HOBART CNR COLLINS AND BARRACK ST HOBART 6230 7220 Conditions: All cars must be ordered and delivered between 1 May and 30 June 2009. Offer valid at participating dealers on existing dealer stock while stocks last. Offers exclude fl eet, rental and govt. buyers and vehicles used for commercial purposes. Hyundai reserves the right to change, supersede or extend these offers. The unlimited kilometre warranty is only applicable to vehicles used for private and domestic use and is not applicable for vehicles used for certain high mileage commercial purposes i.e. courier, security and rental cars. 1. 2009 NRMA Operating Cost Survey for Getz 1.4 S manual. 2. Australia’s Best Mid Size Car under $28,000 2008 awarded by Australia’s Best Cars to i30 SX. 3. Most Economical Small Car to Own and Run 2008 awarded by NMRA, RACV, RACQ, RACW, RACT and RAA to i30 CRDi. iPod® is a registered trademark of Apple Computer Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. Bluetooth® is a registered trademark of Bluetooth SIG, Inc. ^ADR 81/02 fuel consumption will vary depending on a combination of driving habits, road conditions and condition of vehicle. A) Recommended sale price for Getz 1.4 3 door manual. Metallic/mica paint $320 extra. B) Recommended sale price for Getz 1.4 5 door manual. Metallic/mica paint $320 extra. C) Recommended sale price for i30 SX hatch manual petrol. Metallic/mica paint $320 extra. D) Recommended sale price for Tucson City SXmanual. Metallic/mica paint $320 extra. HMCA225/HM/200X263 ONLY 7 LEFT! (Sedans & Hatches)
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