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The Mercury Cars Guide : June 27th 2009
Saturday, June 27, 2009 Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au Gas long-term power solution ‘ Gasremains the onefuel that can safeguard Australia’s transport industry froma future global energy crisis. NeilMcDonald reports and managing director of en- ergy group Rare Consulting, Mark McKenzie, told a gaseous fuels conference last week that Australia must secure its en- ergy independence. ‘‘We have a looming fuel W deficit by 2030,’’ he says. ‘‘Australia’s oil self- sufficiency will decline from 54 per cent in 2007 to less than 20 per centby 2030—andpossibly as low as 10 per cent if forecast new oil supply discoveries are not realised.’’ Mr McKenzie believes gas is afuel of the future, particularly given that transport consumes three-quarters of conventional oil supplies in Australia. ‘‘There is a good strategic fit for gas,’’ he says. ‘‘The other thing about LPG is that we’ve got all the infra- structure in place.’’ Currently there are 3200 LPG filling stations through- out Australia. ‘‘That’s one in every two service stations,’’ Mr McKen- zie says. Mr McKenzie sees LPG as a passenger car mainstay with LNG and CNG being more widely used in the heavy-duty transport sector. LGP delivers lower emis- sions, can be used in diesel CAPTION: One generic about LPG gas usage in Australian. engines, has lower enginewear and is half the cost of petrol. Australia, too, is believed to have about 65 years of gas reserves, according to Geosci- ence Australia. Mr McKenzie also believes that newer-generation LPG in- jection systems from car- makers and the after-market LPG fitters will help accelerate demand. However, another confer- ence delegate, GM-Holden’s en- ergy and environment direc- tor, Richard Marshall, warned that Australian motorists are unlikely to switch to LPG in any great numbers while pet- rol prices remain relatively cheap in global terms. Governmentincentives have helped induce buyers into LPG-powered vehicles and its tax-free status means it is cheaper at the pump compared to petrol. Mr McKenzie accepts there will be some impact on growth when the LPG excise comes in from 2011 but he says the fuel must start paying its way. In 2011, an excise of 2.5c a litre will apply, increasing by 2.5c each year until July 1, 2015, when it will be capped at 12.5c a litre. Mr McKenzie says that the Federal Government could use an excise-free inducement for the development of other new fuel technologies like bio-fuel. Dodgy parts a maker’s nightmare It’s inevitable that car manufacturers will have to deal with recalls atone stage or another. NeilMcDonald takesalook atsomeof themore recent recalls,andhowthey’vebeen dealt with R ECALLSare an un- fortunate part of the consumer world. And the car industry is not immune from being saddled with these poten- tially damaging problems. Apart from Ford’s recent problems with brake hoses and brake booster valves on E-Gas Falcons, the other ‘‘big two’’ carmakers have had their fair share of re- calls. Holden has had five re- calls for its VE Commodore and Statesman range since its introduction in 2006, in- volving things like fuel va- pour lines, fuel lines and defective valves on LPG cars. Toyota had a range of recalls for its Camry, HiLux, RAV4, Yaris and LandCruis- er over the past three years. Most, like a headlight dim- mer switch on a Camry, have been minor. Others, like the potential fire hazard stemming from a poorly installed insulator pad on a Yaris, raised alarm bells. Last week Nissan was forced to recall 11,743 Maxi- mas and 4972 Muranos be- cause of a vibrating air intake in the engine bay. Even the luxury German brands are not immune. Last year Audi had to recall its TT for a piece of rear side trim in its cars that unless fixed, could poten- tially injure passengers. This year Mercedes-Benz has recalled its M-Class off- roader for a possible glitch In all cases, recallsby carmakers are handled quicklyand responsibly in its electric rear hatch. It was also forced to recall S-Class sedans fitted with active body control because of problems with the front lower ball joints on its sus- pension. On some high- mileage vehicles, the front suspension could fractureon rough roads. Faulty left and right win- dows in the Viano van also required the replacement. RECALLED: TheE-gas Falconwasonecar thatwasrecently recalledby Ford for Brake issues. Of the German car- makers,BMWhas fared bet- ter. It has not had an official government recall since 2006. Volvo has had three re- calls this year of its S80, XC70, V70 and new XC60 for engine-cooling fan problems and windscreen wiper prob- lems with the S80 and XC70. Jaguar, once widely ridic- uled for its poor quality cars, has come a long way over the past few years. Jaguars these days have no less, or no more, prob- lems with recalls than some of the other luxury brands. Last year it experienced some minor problems with the XF range involving wir- ing and rear seatbelts. In all cases, recalls by carmakers are handled quickly and responsibly. If you want to check out whether your vehicle has had a recall, go to www.recalls.gov.au Good cars at cheap prices! 93 Holden Apollo – 2.2 litre manual .............................. 96 Nissan Pulsar LX – 5-speed manual ....................... 97 Holden Astra – alloys, spoiler.......................................$5,890 96 Proton Wira GLi – 87,000km ...................................$5,990 96 Mazda Astina – 1.8 litre manual................................$6,990 99 Ford Laser GLXi – automatic .....................................$8,750 00 Mazda 32t3 Protegé – excellent example ..........$8,990 99 Toyota Echo – 86,000km................................................$8,990 02 Mitsubishi Triton – flat tray ......................................$9,250 06 Hyundai Getz – 5-door hatch..................................... 01 Holden Astra Equipe – automatic, hatch...........$9,990 02 Ford Focus Hatch – 2.0 litre automatic................$11,990 99 Holden WH Statesman – 5.7 litre V8 ...............$11,990 04 Nissan Pulsar ST Hatch – 64,000km..............$12,990 99 Toyota Hilux 4x4 F/Tray – 3.0 litre diesel ..... $9,650 $13,990 SPECIAL OF THE WEEK 98 Mazda Bravo 4x4 Dual Cab $8,990 $3,675 $5,750 ITH abundant lo- cal supplies of LPG and LNG, transport analyst oil self- sufficiency will decline from 54 per cent in 2007 to less than 20 per cent by 2030 ‘‘One of the challenges in terms of some of the new fuels, particularly bio-fuels, is that they will not be competitive without that excise exemption, ever,’’ he says. ‘‘We should be looking for ’ fuel sources that really just need awindow of exemption to allow them to gain a foothold in the market on the under- standing that they will be able to pay their way in the future.’’ Last year about 120,000 ex- factory and retro-fitted LPG cars were sold. Another conference dele- gate,TonyFitzgerald of Orbital Autogas Systems in Perth, ex- pects that by 2015, 150,000 LPG- fueled vehicles will be sold each year. ‘‘One of the challenges the LPG industry faces at the moment is the range and de- gree of some of the technol- ogy,’’ Mr Fitzgerald says. www.tilf or d.com.au Tilford Trade Clearance Centre CHEAP CHEAP CAR CLEARANCE GRAB A DRIVE AWAY DEAL TODAY! DRIVEAWAY 83 KB Laser Hatch Alloys, 5 speed, 1.5ltr engine 82 Toyota Celica Auto, sunroof, alloy wheels, drives well 96 Daihatsu Charade Hatch 153,000kms, 5 speed, 1.3ltr engine 91 Mitsubishi Lancer Hatch T-bar auto, clean & tidy, p/s 93 Toyota Corolla Hatch 137,000kms, 5 speed, p/s 97 Hyundai Excel 5-Door Hatch Manual, 150,000kms, original 97 Peugeot 306 Sedan 159,000kms, 5 speed, fuel miser 01 Daihatsu Sirion Hatch 82,000kms, 5 speed, fuel miser 97 Peugeot 406 Sedan 154,000kms, auto, alloys, tidy, 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 04 Kia Pregio Commercial Van Diesel, 5 speed, very tidy 98 Honda CRV Wagon 5 speed manual, economical 4 cyl, p/s, a/c 00 Toyota RAV4 Wagon 5 door, 5 speed manual, tidy, 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 Toyota Rav-4 Edge 5-Door S/Wagon 5 speed manual 99 Mercedes-Benz Vito Van 2.0iManual, dual side doors, alloys 00 Honda Civic Vi Hatch T-bar auto, 122,000kms, red, p/s, a/c 04 Toyota Hilux New Aluminium F/Tray 2.7 EFi engine, p/s, a/c 05 Peugeot 307 5 Door Hatch 5 speed, 112,000kms, burgundy 01 Mazda Tribute S/Wagon 106,000kms, 5 speed, 4 cylinder, p/s, a/c 06 Ford R.T.V. 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