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The Mercury Cars Guide : June 6th 2009
20— Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au Saturday, June 6, 2009 Mini’s cool and sexy diesel Mini’s newest addition to its Australianmodelrange is claiming three titles—themostfuel-efficient andthe lowestCO2of any caron sale in Australia. Stuart Martin tells uswhy 100km and C02 emissions of 104 g/km, slipping in just be- neath Toyota’s current Prius (the next Prius claims it will hit 3.9l/100km and 89g/km) and the smart mhd. The brand understands the T task of making diesel cool and marketing manager Chris Brown said making diesel cool and sexy was the chal- lenge. ‘‘That’s the $64-million dol- lar question, and I think the thing working in our favour is inherently it’s a Mini. ‘‘We’re relying on the fact that a diesel in a Mini pack- age is still a Mini,’’ he says. Mr Brown said the benefits of diesel are well accepted, but some of the other technolo- gies don’t carry over. ‘‘Some of the new technol- ogy doesn’t carry over into the automatic—the automat- ic stop/start and the shift indicator, for example. ‘‘Those people more inter- ested in economy are going to go for the manual, those looking for convenience will go for the auto. ‘‘We’re expecting 50/50 but we’re not sure on our volume targets, we’re conservatively thinking about 200 between now and the end of the year,’’ he says. The D can be spotted in HE Mini Cooper D lays claims to a fuel consumption figure of 3.9 litres per traffic by Mini-philes by a broader power dome bonnet and larger front air intake. Mini says the bigger dome accommodates the larger in- duction hardware for the 1.6-litre common-rail direct- injection turbodiesel. The particle-filter-equipped engine was co-developed and is shared with Peugeot and Citroen and has a variable- geometry turbocharger. The turbo shares an over- boost function (when the right pedal is floored) with its petrol siblings, giving an ad- ditional20Nmof torque above the 240Nm available from 1750rpm. Mini staffers say 70 per cent of the peak torque is on offer from 1250rpm and if you feel the need, the engine delivers 80kW of power at 4000rpm. That’s good enough for a 9.9 second sprint to 100km/h and a 195km/h top speed, says Mini. The Cooper D also has the auto stop/start function — available only with the six- speed manual gearbox — which stops the engine when the gearbox is in neutral and the clutch pedal is not pressed. As soon as the clutch pedal is touched, the engine re- starts. The Cooper D also brings with it brake energy regen- eration, which re-charges the battery when coasting or SLEEK: The new Mini Cooper D turbodiesel with larger front air intake, and interion, inset. on the fact that a diesel in a Mini ‘ package, is still a Mini braking, as well as smart oil and water pumps that only kick in as required. ’ There’s also an underbody aero-panel, a ‘‘friction- optimised’’ crank drive, elec- tric power steering and more aluminium panels and com- ponents. The launch drive fleet was devoid of any optional six- speed automatics—which up the price from $33,750 for the manual to $36,100—and also increases the thirst to five litres per 100km. The Cooper D carries the same equipment specification as the petrol-powered Cooper, which means stability con- trol, six airbags, 15in alloy wheels, air-conditioning, CD sound system, trip computer, sports steering wheel with audio and cruise controls and height-adjustable front seats. DIESEL POWER: Mini claims fuel efficiency of 3.9 litres/ 100km for the Cooper D. IF any car can make diesel trendy then a Mini has a shot. Dressed up in the optional ($37,350) Chilli pack, the four- seater looks the goods. The little diesel is quiet and reasonably smooth, with plenty of torque to more than adequately shift 1090kg. Idling through city streets a gear higher than otherwise would be possible, the little CooperDpulls up hills with no throttle pressure at all. quick, The gearshift is smooth and giving the consumption-conscious driv- er a chance at achieving the ADR figure of 3.9 litres/ 100km to rapidly swap cogs. Thealloy block for the diesel has meant weight over the front end has not soured the handling, so the go-kart road manners are unhampered. The automatic stop/start function takes some getting used to and the rattle as it stops is a little rough. The start-up time — fol- lowed by engaging a gear and getting away — can be a worry, as drivers behind ex- pect the little hot-hatch ahead of it to be quick off the line. On the launch drive through the crawling CBD traffic, sub- urban main roads, freeways and onto country roads, my co-driver and I managed to match the 3.9-litre fuel use claim by the company, although our overall average was just over 4.1. We’re relying on the road small torque Mini Cooper D Price: from $33,750 Engine: 1.6-litrecommon- rail direct-injection intercooled turbodiesel Transmission: six-speed manualor six-speed automatic ($36,100), front-wheel drive Power:80kW@4000rpm Torque:240Nm@ 1750rpm(260Nmon overboost) Performance:0-100km/ h9.9 seconds, top speed 195km/h(manual) Fuel:3.9 litres/100km, tank40litres Emissions:104g/km Brakes: four-wheel discs, front ventilated, with systems Dimensions: length 3709mm,width1683mm, height1407mm, wheelbase2467mm,track fr/rr 1459/1467, cargo volume160/680litres, weight1090kg Wheels: 15-inch alloys DRIVE AWAY A NEAR NEW NISSAN TODAY! $15,990DRIVE 08 NISSAN Tiidas MANUAL • Manual/automatic • Cruise control (auto only) • Air conditioning Manual from $ AUTOMATIC AWAY • ABS brakes • Dual airbags • Balance of new car warranty 9.00 per day† †To approved business clients only, with a $2,500 deposit over five years with a 30% residual payment. Interest rate 10.50%. Easy finance www.djmotors.com.au firstname.lastname@example.org available with DJ Financial Services Hobart 1a Brisbane Street,Hobart Phone: 6213 3300 Warren Amos 0417 544 829 Luke Mitchell 0408 545 146 Glenorchy 275 Main Road,Glenorchy Phone: 6213 3315 Brian Anning 0418 531 853 Chris Wakefield 0400 635 446 Allan Gebel 0428 729 659 Choice of colours,auto & manual $16, 990DRIVE AWAY
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