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The Mercury Cars Guide : May 23rd 2009
20— CARSguide European RAV4 recieves upgrade Size doesn’t matter—it’swhatyoupack inside theboxthat count. Neil Dowling explainswhy ping time. But new engines and transmis- T sionsaimto change all that—well, in Europe at least. Punching high outputs yet frac- tional Euro-5 emissions, Toyota’s Optimal Drive engine technology this week reached the new 2009 RAV4 range. The RAV4 gets a new diesel and new petrol engine, optional six-speed automatic transmission or a continuously-variable transmission and the return of a two-wheel-drive version. The diesel and six-speed auto come straight out of the European Auris and make the RAV4 the first in its class to emit less than 160g/km CO2 emissions. The all-wheel drive model with the 2.2-litre turbo-diesel D-4D has a CO2 -rating of just 154g/km. OYOTA’S RAV4 may be seen as a small wagon and is generally dismissed by en- thusiasts at new-car shop- The new petrol engine is a two-litre with Valvematic—a system similar to BMW’s Valvetronic, which adjusts the intake valve lift to control how much fuel and air are allowed to enter the combustion chambers. Toyota claims it has more power, lower emissions and better fuel econ- omy than the previous 2.0 VVT-i engine. Sadly, it’s not for Australia — at least not yet. A Toyota spokesman says Austra- lia will wait for a diesel and may not get the 2-litre Valvetronic RAV4. ‘‘Never is a long time,’’ says Toyota WA Distributor’s Lindsay Taylor. ‘‘All I can say is that the diesel is not on the horizon and that it’s very unlikely we would come down from the current 2.4-litre four-cylinder pet- rol to the European 2-litre engine. ‘‘That’s not to say Valvetronic isn’t coming because we consider lower- ing emissions and fuel consumption as very important to our fleet.’’ NEW SPECS: Toyota added new engines and transmissions to its European RAV4, but we probably won’t see it on Australian roads. The European RAV4 gets, for the first time, the option of a diesel engine mated to an automatic trans- mission. The package is also in the Avensis people mover and produces 112kW and 340Nm at 2000-2800rpm. Fuel economy is 7.2 litres/100km and CO2 emissions are 189g/km. The six-speed manual version gets 5.8 l/100km. Toyota says the petrol engine RAV4 comes only as an all-wheel drive with aCVTtransmission that it calls ‘‘Multidrive S’’. It also has 112kW of power but 198Nm of torque and has an average of 7.5 l/100km and a CO2 177g/km. In theUKespecially, any reduction in CO2 emissions attracts a lower road tax so improves the attractive- ness of the RAV4. Even more economy is available emission of with the 2WD version of the RAV4 in Europe, but Mr Taylor says this won’t come to Australia. In Europe, however, the front- wheel drive SUV comes with the petrol engine and six-speed manual transmission for a slight improve- ment in economy (7.4 l/100km) and a decrease in emissions to 174g/km. Power, torque and vehicle perfor- mance are the same as for the AWD version. Audi shows off its concept Q5 BRUTAL: Audi whirled out the Q5 at their 100th anniversary. company has am answer. The brutal Audi Q5 Cus- E GRUNT: The concept Q5’s engine. tom Concept wipes the floor with a 304kW/500Nm super- charged V6 that sprints from rest to 100km/h in a mere 4.4 seconds. The 3-litre petrol engine, a hot-up version of the 248kW engine in the S4,was onshow this week at Austria’s Wor- thersee Tour exhibition for performance enthusiasts. ONE-OFF: Audi’s show-stopping concept based on the Q5 SUV. Audi, celebrating its 100 The one-off Q5 is distin- guished by its unique matte- grey paint job and 60mm lower and 90mm wider chas- sis with 21-inch wheels. year anniversary, also dis- played its TT RS, the 392kW R8 5.2 V10 quattro and the A1 Sportback at the show. NEIL DOWLING EXTENDED 5-YEAR FACTORY WARRANTY* from $ 08 NISSAN Tiidas Choice of colours,auto & manual FROM • Manual/automatic • Cruise control (auto only) $15, • Air conditioning • ABS brakes • Dual airbags 990 Easy finance www.djmotors.com.au email@example.com available with DJ Financial Services DRIVE AWAY° * Only available on 08 Tiida in stock. Factory warranty extended to 5 years/100,000kms. Offer only available on vehicles sold Saturday 23/05/09. °$15,990 drive away price is for manual, automatic is $16,990 drive away. †To approved business clients only, with a $2,500 deposit over five years with a 30% residual payment. Interest rate 10.50%. 100th anniversary with a stylish exhibition ‘ Hobart 1a Brisbane Street,Hobart Phone: 6213 3300 Warren Amos 0417 544 829 Luke Mitchell 0408 545 146 – TODAY ONLY! ’ 9.00 per day† Glenorchy 275 Main Road,Glenorchy Phone: 6213 3315 Brian Anning 0418 531 853 Chris Wakefield 0400 635 446 Allan Gebel 0428 729 659 VEN if there was a suggestion that the Audi Q5 may be a bit pedestrian, the Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au Saturday, May 23, 2009 Audi celebrates its
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