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The Mercury Cars Guide : June 6th 2009
6— Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au UK drivers plug into electrics in droves UP to 20 per cent of car owners in the UK would seriously consider a switch from petrol to electric within five years. A poll shows a growing preference which would be seriously boosted by a $12,000 government incentive avail- able from 2011, even though the RAC Foundation says large-scale electric car pro- duction will not begin until at least 2017. Saab swaps to ethanol AN ethanol-fueled Saab Bio- Power 9-3 is already 5500km into a 12-month promotional and test tour with the Queensland Government. The one-year program comes as Saab’s commitment to ethanol means its whole Australian fleet will soon be capable of running on E85 ethanol fuel. Gas fuels discussed THE future of Australia’s gaseous fuels will be dis- cussed at amajor conference in Melbourne in a fortnight. It is hosted by the Society of Automotive Engineers Australia and promises to uncover secrets for gas trans- port, new technologies and a picture of the future with one of the country’s under- utilised resources. ETHANOL-FUELED: The Saab BioPower 9-3 model. Commodore steals show The Commodore Sportwagon has just picked up two major prizes at the Australian Inter- national Design Awards. The latest development of the GM Holden’s flagship picked up the gongs for best automotive design and an international design award in the automotive and trans- port category. Praise for Prius TOYOTA is claiming extra green credits for its all-new Prius thanks to an ecological plastic used in the car. It is an injection-moulded material made from plants and Toyota plans to use it for up to 60 per cent of the parts in a car’s interior — and on www.tilf or d.com.au Tilford Trade Clearance Centre CHEAP CHEAP CAR CLEARANCE 1 WEEK ONLY! 83 KB Laser Hatch Alloys, 5 speed, 1.5ltr engine 06 VZ Holden Commodore 104,000kms, 17” alloys, rear spoiler, p/s, a/c 96 Daihatsu Charade Hatch 153,000kms, 5 speed, 1.3ltr engine 91 Mitsubishi Lancer Hatch T-bar auto, clean & tidy, p/s 96 EL Falcon Sedan T-bar auto, 4.0ltr fuel injected, p/s, a/c 93 VR Commodore Acclaim S/Wagon T-bar auto, tidy for model, p/s, a/c 96 WB Festiva Hatch 5 Door, 161,000kms, 5 speed, p/s 92 Holden Nova SLX Sedan T-bar auto, 194,000kms, excellent test 93 Toyota Corolla Hatch 137,000kms, 5 speed, p/s 97 Peugeot 306 Sedan 159,000kms, 5 speed, fuel miser 01 Daihatsu Sirion Hatch 82,000kms, 5 speed, fuel miser 88 Nissan 300 ZX Coupe Turbo engine, Targa top, auto, neat & tidy 97 Peugeot 406 Sedan 154,000kms, auto, alloys, tidy, p/s, a/c 97 Volkswagon Golf Hatch Economical 4cyl, 5 speed, p/s, a/c 01 AU Falcon Sedan 113,000kms, auto, spotless, p/s, a/c 98 AU Falcon S/Wagon 134,000kms, auto, immaculate, p/s, a/c 97 Mazda 323 Protege Sedan 70,000kms, t-bar auto, p/s 00 Toyota Corolla Avalon Grande Luxury motoring, 154,000kms, auto, alloys 98 Nissan Pulsar Q Hatch 93,000kms, t-bar auto, immaculate, p/s, a/c 02 Mitsubishi Verada Ei Sedan 96,000kms, alloys, auto, p/s, a/c 01 Honda Accord VTi Sedan 126,000kms, auto, luxury, p/s, a/c 00 Honda Civic Vi Hatch T-bar auto, 122,000kms, red, p/s, a/c 03 Toyota Corolla Conquest S/Wagon 114,000kms, t-bar auto, alloys, p/s, a/c Prices valid until 12/06/2009 6273 8533 TONY: 0417 569 323 ROD: 0419 122 991 56b Gormanston Road Moonah Finance Available TAP Hobart’s true & original Trade Clearance Centre Wholesale & Trade welcome $1,250 $1,700 $2,900 $3,000 $3,750 $3,750 $4,000 $4,500 $4,700 $5,750 $5,900 $6,000 $8,000 $8,000 $8,500 $9,000 $9,000 $9,500 $10,000 $11,000 $11,000 $13,000 $13,500 97 Honda Prelude VTi-R Coupe 109,000kms, 5 speed, immaculate sports car $16,000 PRAISED: Toyota’s Prius credited for ecological plastic use. The operation is led by Honda Recycle Parts, which has operated in Japan since 2001, to repair and revitalise parts before selling them to owners of older models. Sales slump drags on AWARD-WINNING: Commodore has been recognised for its designs. all models, not just the Prius. Dreamy deal CHINESE carmaker BYD — for Build Your Dreams—has begun a partnership with Volkswagen for joint re- search into hybrids and elec- tric vehicles powered by li- thium batteries. BYD chiefs visited VW’s research and development fa- cilities before signing the deal. Honda revs up recycling HONDA is looking to boost the recycling of its car parts beyond its currently claimed rate of 84 per cent. WORLDWIDE car sales will not rebound from the reces- sion until 2012, according to a global survey by global re- search company Polk. It forecasts a US sales result of 10 million vehicles for 2009, down from 13.2 million last year and an all- time high of 17.5 million in 2000. Big on luxury brands LUXURY brands have cre- ated nearly 1000 new motor industry jobs in Britain. McLaren is hiring 800 peo- ple as it prepares for produc- tion of its new supercar in 2010, while Rolls-Royce has added 150 production staff at its factory in Goodwood to work on the upcoming Ghost. GMtakeover heatsup THREE companies — Fiat, parts maker Magna Interna- tional and a Belgian invest- ment firm — are believed to be the final contenders to take control of General Mo- tors Europe. Final bids for the European arm of General Motors, whichwasputonthe block as part of the company’s re- structuring, were accepted last week with a decision expected relatively soon. British motoring icon takes the high road Bentley, so often associated with conspicuous consumption, hasbeenquietly earningsome major brownie points for its environmental strategy. Kevin Hepworth reports guarantees that 85 per cent of all materials used in its Continental models are re- cyclable which also makes it more attractive for the company to offer environ- mental recovery at the end of the car’s life. B Official recognition of Bentley’s efforts came in the form of a certificate from the German Motor Transport (KBA). Authority In a ceremony, KBA’s president Ekhard Zinke presented the official European-wide certificates to Dr Arno Homburg, head of Bentley’s Whole Vehicle Development. RITISH-based, German-owned manufacturer Bentley now Saturday, June 6, 2009 ACCLAIMED: Bentley has been praised for going green. ‘‘Our environment pol- icy is based on sustainable principles and we take a holistic view of the whole process,’’ Dr Homburg said. ‘‘At the design stage we consider the environmen- tal impact of all compo- nents over the entire life of the car. ‘‘This is despite the fact that over 70 per cent of all Bentleys ever produced are still in existence—our cars tend to end up as collectors’ items rather than scrap.’’ The recycling certificate is part of an environmen- tal strategy Bentley is ap- plying, including offering bio-fuel capable models pioneered with the Conti- nental Supersports which can be powered by either gasoline or ethanol. Bentley also announced, earlier this year, that by 2012, all Bentley models will be available with flex- fuel technology.
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