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The Mercury Cars Guide : June 6th 2009
4— Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au Saturday, June 6, 2009 Lexus torque of the green scene ‘ TheLexusRX450is expectedon Australian shores verysoonandthe Japanese distributor is proud of its green credentials.Mark Hinchliffe reports SUV ahead of its Australian launch next month. L The RX 450h features a 10 per cent increase in engine power, a 28 per cent reduction in combined cycle fuel consumption, a 30 per cent improvement in cold-weather fuel efficiency and a 23 per cent reduc- tion in CO2 emissions. RX 450h’s new 2GR-FXE petrol engine employs the Atkinson, or high-expansion, cycle for improved efficiency. It has a higher compres- sion ratio than a conventional Otto cycle engine and keeps the exhaust valves closed until the end of the expansion stroke for maximum combustion effect. The expansion stroke is extended, converting more of the combustion energy into torque on the crank- shaft. Lexus has combined the Atkinson cycle with direct-ignition, quad-cam multi-valves and dual variable valve timing with intelligence (VVT-i) to READY TO ROLL: The new Lexus RX 450h hybrid SUV will be launched in Australia next month. optimise efficiency. Fuel economy and emissions are further improved by cooled exhaust gas recirculation, exhaust heat recovery, reduced hy- brid transmission friction losses and a new power control unit. The V6 is combined with two electric motors to produce a total power output of 220kW and push the vehicle to 100km/h in 7.8sec. Fuel consumption is 6.3 litres per 100km, while CO2 emissions are down from 192g/km to 148g/km, which is less than a Toyota Corolla (175g/km). Lexus Australia chief executive John Roca said demand for Lexus hybrids had risen steadily since the introduction of the RX 400h SUV in 2006. ‘‘The proportion of total Lexus sales captured by hybrid is now 12 per cent,’’ he said. ‘‘Lexus expects hybrid sales, as a proportion of total sales, to continue to grow steadily as we launch new products, the first of which is the new RX 450h in July.’’ Total RX sales are down 14 per cent to 880 so far this year, which is better than most in the luxury SUV category, which is down 24.3 per cent. The new RX 450h is bigger all round at 15mm longer, 40mm wider, 10mm higher and 25mm longer in the wheelbase, while retaining its 5.7m turning circle. It rides on new double wishbone rear suspension, replacing the struts used in the RX 400h. Allied to the increase in wheel- base length and track width, this is claimed to reduce body roll and pitch by up to 40 per cent. The front suspension has also EXUS has released details of its cleaner and greener, third-generation RX and second-generation hybrid been extensively re-engineered, with new shock absorbers, optimised springs, anti-roll bar and component geometry. ’ Electronically controlled air sus- pension gives the driver a choice of four vehicle height settings over a 60mm range and automatically low- ers when travelling at speed to optimise aerodynamic performance, stability and fuel economy. Inside, there is a new remote touch-control navigation system, which operates like a computer mouse. It operates the vehicle’s audio, navigation, ventilation, phone and set-up systems. The new RX also features head-up display, which screens key driving data in the driver’s line of sight at the base of the windscreen. The information presented in- cludes vehicle speed, turn-by-turn navigation instructions, audio infor- mation and adaptive cruise control and pre-crash safety system status. The navigation system has a 40Gb HDD capacity. Lexus expects hybrid sales, as a proportion of total sales, to continue to grow steadily as we launch new products HYUNDAI AWAR AIMID-YEAR SALE ARD WINN NNIING C SARCARS 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. Consult your tax advisor to see if you are eligible.† GETZ $ 12,990 FROM AUDIO A DRIVE AWAY 2009 MOST AFFORDABLE LIGHT CAR TO OWN & RUN1 • 6.1L/100KM^ • BLUETOOTH® • IMMOBILISER & ALARM • REMOTE KEYLESS ENTRY • POWER WINDOWS • FULL SIZE SPARE WHEEL • AIR CON WITH POLLEN FILTER GETZ 5 DOOR NOW AVAILABLE FROM $13,990B DRIVE AWAY TUCSON $22,990 DRIVE AWAY C FROM FANTASTIC SUV VALUE • 2.0 CVVT TWIN CAM ENGINE • 8.0L/100KM^ • ABS WITH EBD • ESP STABILITY CONTROL • TRACTION CONTROL • BLUETOOTH® AUDIO • 16” ALLOYS • AIR CON • FULL SIZE SPARE WHEEL i30 $ 19,990 FROM D DRIVE AWAY 2008 AUSTRALIA’S BEST MID SIZE CAR UNDER $28,0002 2008 MOST ECONOMICAL SMALL CAR TO OWN AND RUN3 • 7.2L/100KM^ • ABS WITH EBD • AIR CON WITH POLLEN FILTER • ESP STABILITY CONTROL WITH TRACTION CONTROL • POWER WINDOWS • iPOD® & USB CONNECTIVITY • GLOVEBOX DRINKS COOLER • FULL SIZE SPARE WHEEL 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 fleet, 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 highmileage commercial purposes i.e. courier, security and rental cars. 1. 2009 NRMA Operating Cost Survey for Getz 1.4 S manual. 2. Australia’s BestMid 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 NRMA, 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. †Offer valid for vehicles purchased before 31st December 2009. A) Recommended sale price for Getz 1.4 3 doormanual. B) Recommended sale price for Getz 1.4 5 door manual. C) Recommended sale price for Tucson City SX manual. D) Recommended sale price for i30 SX hatch manual petrol. HMCA247/HM/200x262
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