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The Mercury Cars Guide : July 4th 2009
Saturday, July 4, 2009 Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au in with cruisy urban style —11 Holden to E-lectrify buyers WITH the new Commodore VF just around the corner, Holden Special Vehicles is gearing up for its eagerly awaited E Series II cars. The company is not reveal- ing toomanydetails about the HSV E Series II upgrades, but buyers can expect some visual and engine tweaks to deliver more power from the 6.2-litre V8 without sacrificing fuel economy. Power is believed to have been lifted from 317kW to about 320kW, but engine emission tweaks have deliv- ered slight gains in fuel econ- omy. HSV spokesman Simon Frost says the company is focusing on fuel consumption, but there will also be a num- ber of significant visual im- provements to the cars. limited edition model above the EX with airbag list of standard features. The 2WD version will give Kia a lower-cost medium-sized SUV in the Australian market that will compete with the Ford Territory, Hyundai Santa Fe, Holden Captiva and Toyota Kluger. It is possible that a high-spec 2WD could be priced as low as $32,000, though Mr Fletcher says it was too early to call prices. This entry-level model with a diesel engine would only compete with the Hyundai, ironically one of Kia’s associate companies and the similarly Korean-made Captiva. The Sorento gets a chiselled look and wide-mouthed grille that follows the creation of a family face by Kia’s leading designer, Peter Schreyer. It is substantially more aerody- namic, slashing its drag figure to 0.38 from 0.425, which aims to improve the fuel economy. Compared with the current mode, it sits ona slightly smaller wheelbase yet at 4685mmis longer by95mmand is 15mm lower. Its move away from the dirt is reflected in its ground clearance, now 184mm from the previous mod- els generous 203mm. Cabinroomis up, hence the ability to seat seven and luggage space is up 10 per cent to a spacious 1047 litres. The automatic transmission is a new six-sped unit that is 12kg lighter and 54mm shorter than the five- speed boxit replaces.Themoveaway The2WDwill give Kia amedium-sizedSUV in the Australian market that will competewith the Ford Hyundai Santa Fe, Holden Captiva andToyota Kluger from a separate full ladder chassis has saved—depending on the model —up to 215kg. The diesel and V6 are both about 1760kg. The 2WD version saves another 45kg. Kia claims the Sorento will get the maximum 5-star Euro NCAP and US crash ratings and the best 3-star pedestrian ratin, but has not yet received official test results. The lack of a low-range gearbox will affect specific market sales though Kia is looking above this sector at the more substantial family and soft-leisure markets. Kia plans to start manufacturing the Sorento in the US in November. Australia will get its Sorento range from Korea as the US plant will be left-hand drive only. HSVmanaging director Phil Harding says the multi- million-dollar program in- cludes ‘‘major visual differen- tiation and introduces at least five Australian auto firsts, a huge shot in the arm for the local industry’’. ‘‘We know our customers want the latest technologies, as well as distinctive luxury and performance features, in their HSV,’’ he says. ‘‘The new range delivers in improved economy, more power, some truly exciting driver enhancements,and dis- tinctive design themes across the board.’’ The new HSV line-up ar- rives in showrooms about September. NEIL McDONALD Specialising in cars... www.thecarmart.com.au 97 Toyota Corolla Conquest 1.8lt p/s, a/c, 148,000km, be quick 99 Hyundai Excel GLX 1.5lt auto, p/s, a/c, alloys, 59,000km, very hard to find, be early. 99 Ford Festiva Trio 1.3lt auto, a/c, 113,000km. 95 Daewoo Cielo 1.5lt manual, low kms, economical. 04 Citroen Xsara hatch 1.6lt manual, p/s, a/c, electrics, 60,000km. 95 Nissan Micra SLX 1.3lt manual, 140,000km. 98 Holden VT Acclaim wagon 3.8lt auto, p/s, a/c, excellent example. 96 Ford EL Futura wagon 4.0lt auto, p/s, a/c, electrics, 133,000km 05 Toyota Echo sedan 1.3lt manual, p/s, a/c, economical vehicle. $10,000 01 Mazda Bravo Flat tray 2.6lt manual, p/s, a/c, 3 seat, late model ute, only... David Strang 0404 724 986 Mark Patterson 0417 025 936 Todd Jackson 0419 514 956 Rob Sylvester 0418 124 226 (Finance) 98 Toyota Corolla CSi 1.6lt, p/s, a/c, 149,000km. Easy on-site finance available 99 Landrover Freelander Exi 1.8lt manual, p/s, a/c, electrics, 130,000km. 03 Holden VY Berlina 3.8lt auto, p/s, a/c, factory dual fuel. 04 Kia Rio LS 1.5lt manual, p/s, a/c, electrics, alloys. www.thecarmart.com.au 14 Derwent Park Rd, Derwent Park 6211 0566 13706jayne Under $6995 $6995 $4995 $9995 $7995 $9995 $10,995 $6995 $6995 $4995 $10,995 $2995 $9995 $3995
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