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The Mercury Cars Guide : June 13th 2009
Saturday, June 13, 2009 Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au Beauty treatment for Commodore Thefirst facelift for theCom- modoresince its introduction in 2006, is hiding moreunder the skin thanontop. NeilMcDonald reports dan late this year, when the car gets a refresh. A The VE II, or VF, Commo- dore, is likely to get a range of improvements designed to lift fuel economy and further develop the company’s ‘‘Eco- line’’ strategy. Visually the car may also borrowsomedesign elements from Holden’s Coupe 60 con- cept car, like the repeaters in the rear view mirrors, deeper grille and restyled lower bumper air intake to give a smoother look to the front end. Theinterior is also likely to get a styling make-over to better compete against the FG Falcon’s stylish interior. GM-Holden is not reveal- ing details yet but the com- pany has a choice of two DI engines of either 3.0-litre or SLEEK: It’s likely that the Commodore VE II will borrow design elements from the Coupe 60. 3.6-litre capacity that sub- stantially reduce emissions and improve fuel economy. The 3.0-litre delivers 190kW/298Nm, which is 15kW more than the current 3.6-litre Commodore engine but 27Nm less torque. The bigger 3.6-litre DI en- gine delivers 225kW/369Nm and is available in GM’s Cadillac models. However, in an effort to respond to changing consum- er tastes, GM-Holden may also choose to downsize the Commodore V6 by introduc- ing a smaller capacity 2.8-litre version of the Alloy- tec engine that could be badged ‘‘Ecoline’’, part of Hol- den’s solution to tackling fuel efficiency. The entry engine could be available as a ‘‘fleet’’ model on the base Omega to help bolster Commodore sales. A 2.8-litre V6 with variable valve timing is available in some General Motors ve- hicles and generates 151kW at 6800 revs and 246Nm at 6300 revs. More economical V6s are just some of the initiatives GM-Holden chief, Mark Re- uss, is instituting to lure buyers back to the Commo- dore and ensure the car rebuilds its credentials from the current car slump. These include E85 ethanol engines, dedicated LPG cars and frugal turbo-diesels. The DI engines could be mated to a six-speed automat- ic gearboxes to deliver sub- 10.0 litre/100km fuel econo- my. GM’s direct injection tech- nology not only improves fuel economy but quietness. Rubber isolators are used with the fuel rail to eliminate metal-to-metal contact that would otherwise transmit noise and vibration from the high-pressure fuel system. Along with direct injection, the 3.0-litre gets variable valve timing to improve power and economy. GM-Holden is confident the new engine technologies for the V6 can deliver fuel econo- mycomparable tosomeof the larger capacity Japanese four-cylinder engines. The facelifted Commodore may also have gone on a diet to help improve economy. END OF FINANCIAL YEAR SALE! The CLK 280 Coupe Avantgarde Sports Package. • Avantgarde Model-line features • Metallic paint • COMAND APS • 17? AMG 5-spoke alloy wheels • AMG body styling 1 ONLY! $89,990 DRIVE AWAY VOLVO FINDERS KEEPERS SALE UP TO $8,000 hidden in every new 2009 modeL* 2008 Porsche Boxster S Demonstrator! • Guards Red • 6 speed manual • Rear Parktronic • BOSE Premium Sound • 3.4 Ltr 6 cylinder engine $109,000 Drive Away! 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Once passed into law, eligible businesses can claim a 50% tax credit on certain motor vehicle purchases made before 30th June 2009. Talk with your tax advisor before purcahse tosee if your business is eligible. New A/H: Adrian Millington 0438 062 259 Pre-Owned A/H: Mike Nebbs 0417 089 631 6210 7000 NEW, hi-tech direct-injection V6 could be destined for Holden’s big se- V6 engine making its mark GM-HOLDEN’S high-feature ‘‘Alloytec’’ V6 is truly a world- class engine. Apart from powering a family of Commodores, ver- sions of the company’s Fish- ermen’s Bend engine find their way into various Cadil- lac, Saab and Alfa Romeo models. The Saab engine is a single turbo 2.8-litre variant devel- oping 188kW/350Nm. A 294kW twin-turbo version was developed for the Saab Aero-X concept car. Alfa Romeo’s 190kW/ 322Nm 3.2-litre version of the Holden V6 is heavily modified and uses direct- injection and lean-burn tech- nology. —3 LIMITED STOCK! 2 ONLY! LIMITED STOCK! 1 ONLY! LIMITED STOCK! 2 ONLY!
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