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The Mercury Cars Guide : July 11th 2009
Saturday, July 11, 2009 Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au up to ‘real’ car status hybrid history The original new-age hybrid still has the most futuristic styling of the breed, even 10 years after it hit the road. It’s one to collect as a milestone machine. But it was severely flawed, with only two seats and a handling package that made an average shopping trolley look responsive and sporty. TOYOTAPRIUSI: This car put the worldonthe hybrid fast-track, although itwas nothing special asadrive. Itwasthesamesizeand style asaCorolla, yet far moreexpensiveand complicated than the world’s favourite car. It tookamajor commitmentbyToyota, includingarumoured $2500lossonevery car it built, to get the Prius moving. ONE, TWO AND THREE: The Toyota Prius through the generations. Prius I is on the left and III on the right. on the road Finally, the new Prius is a hybrid you can enjoy driving. Prius III is still not a sports car but it has genuinely com- pliant suspension, good cor- nering grip and a power pack with real punch. It’s still hybrid super-quiet, and you can dribble around the parking lot in silent elec- tric stealth mode, but put your foot down and the electrically boosted 1.8-litre engine gives a surprising kick. The hardest thing about driving the Prius briskly is overcoming the belief thatyou should always put economy first in a hybrid car. Fuel efficiency is still one of the prime objectives, along with lower emissions, but the way the latest Prius goes is good enough to satisfy most regular drivers and it has the right size and cabin space for regular Australian families. It is easy to dip below 6L/100km in everyday driv- ing, even pushing along, and a Sydney commuter run this weekin heavy traffic returned better than 4.5L/100km with- out doing anything special. It takes a while to adjust to the controls, particularly the way to use the constantly variable transmission, and the steering is never much better than wooden. But it is rewarding to sit at the lights with a zero energy drain, and move away under electric power, just like the earlier Priuses. The difference with this Prius is the way the engineer- ing team has turned it from a real-world laboratory experi- ment into a worthwhile com- pact family car. It’s not as sharp as aMazda3 or Ford Focus, but feels as good to drive as a Honda Civic or Hyundai Elantra. The first-generation Prius was an oddity, the second generation Prius was effective but unrewarding. There is a lot to like about Prius III and very little to complain about. LEXUSRX:Showedthe wayhybridsneedto go, cutting the emissionsand economyof the heavy polluters which dominate family motoring around the world. ThefirstRXhybrid sprints likeaV8yet returned 8.1L/100kmeconomy duringathree-month run onthe Carsguide test fleet. Tooexpensive formost people, butamilestone in the history of theSUV. TOYOTAPRIUSII:The stylingwasamajor advance over Prius II,and leapfrogged Honda’s conservative approach with its Civic hybrid,andso too wasthe mechanical package. It quicklybecameaworld leader withanincredible ownerbase—everyone from Prince Charles to Leonardo DiCaprioonthe celebrity list—as explosive American sales were triggeredbydriver-only access to Californian transit lanes. LEXUSLS600h:Loaded with everything from all- wheel driveandaV8engine toamassageseatandDVD entertainment system, this is not just another hybrid. It’s the car Lexuswantedto use to convertcompany chiefs so they would also adopt the Prius for companyfleets. Hasit worked?Notyet. IT’S CHRISTMAS IN JULY AT PERFORMANCE AUTOMOBILES WE’RE GIFTING $500 WORTH OF FREE GENUINE ACCESSORIES WITH EVERY NEW CAR YULE LOVE THE VALUE No Comparison - Compare The Value Subaru Impreza R $23,490 plus dealer delivery and statutory charges FIAT 500 SELLOUT. 20% OFF MSRRP. IN STOCK CARS ONLY. BE QUICK. VOLVO FINDERS KEEPERS SALE C30 S Manual Hatch or Sedan or $26,490 Drive Away * Includes $500 worth of free accessories. Confi dence comes standard. Every current model Subaru comes with: • Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive • Horizontally opposed Boxer engine • VDC electronic stability control • Five-star ANCAP occupant safety rating PLUS DEALER DELIVERY & STATUT0RY CHARGES $33,476 DRIVEAWAY OR $29,990 A-Class •Automatic Transmission •Power Everything •5 Star Safety incl. 6 Airbags •Factory Backed Warranty •Alloy Wheels $26,790 Drive Away PERFORMANCE AUTOMOBILES CNR. ARGYLE & BURNETT STREETS www.performanceautomobiles.com.au PERFORMANCE SLEIGHS PRICES PRE-OWNED CLEARANCE $15,990* 01 Subaru Outback Manual, blue (EM1639) 06 Subaru Impreza Hatch, manual (A29XR) $19,990* 07 Subaru ForesterX Auto, white (FP3874) $22,990* 06 Subaru Liberty Station wagon, manual (FH4266) $25,990* 07 Subaru Outback Manual, 30,000kms, silver (A19UT) $29,990* *Vehicle prices are plus $23 statutory transfer fee and stamp duty of 3% on vehicles up to $35,000 and 4% on vehicles over $35,000. UP TO 50% INVESTMENT ALLOWANCE vehicle purchases made before December 31st, 2009. Other businesses may be able toclaim a 10% tax credit on business vehicle purchases made after June 30th, 2009. Talk with your tax advisor before purcahse tosee if your business is eligible. Your business may be eligible for the Federal Government’s Investment Allowance. Eligible small businesses with less than $2 million turnover p.a may be able toclaim a 50% tax credit on business Pre-Owned A/H: Mike Nebbs 0417 089 631 New A/H: Adrian Millington 0438 062 259 6210 7000 —3 Limited Stock!
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