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The Mercury Cars Guide : July 11th 2009
Saturday, July 11, 2009 green guilt 09 TIIDA ST $19, AUTOMATIC SEDAN DRIVE AWAY 990 COMFORTABLE: The Calais is a big family car with a bright, airy cabin and good storage space. Holden claims full V8 power is restored small torque Holden Calais V AFM Price:$60,990 Engine: 6-litre,V8with Active Fuel Management Power:260kW,517Nm;CO2329g/km Fuel consumption: 12.9l/100km claimed Transmission: Six-speed sequential auto with manualshift if required For: Comfortable; excellent highway manners; stylish design; well appointed for themoney; andlower running costs thanks to fuel savings. Against: Lacks the traditionalV8burble; heavy A-pillar blocks vision;nofolddown backseat; canbecumbersomein city traffic; andthat handbrake lever! It’s more refined than that and very much in keeping with the car itself. It’s hard to pickwhentheV8shutsdownhalf its cylinders (numbers 1,4,6 and 7) and runs as a four because the change is so smooth, but you can keep an eye on what’s happening thanks to a readout on the instrument panel. It tells youwhenall eight or just four pots are firing and what the instant fuel consumption is, so it becomes a bit of a party game to try and get the best readout possible. within 20 milliseconds when acceleration is needed. The bad news is that AFM robs the standardV8engine of10kWofpowerand13Nm of torque, but the AFM’s 260kW is still rewarding. The Calais V sells for $60,990 plus on-road costs, but Holden recently launched a 60th anniversary model with a bit more bling for $63,290 — if you can find one. The Calais is a big, comfortable family car with a bright, airy cabin and good storage space. It packs a lot of safeties and feel-good bling including six airbags, traction and stability control, dual-zone climate air conditioning, comprehensive digital dashboard display, ceil- ing mounted DVD player with cordless head- phones for backseat passengers, a quality sound system, leather upholstery, power ad- justable front seats, park sensors and auto wipers and headlamps. The test car came fitted with optional satellite navigation and sunroof. I disliked the A-pillar, whichis too heavy and blocks vision; the handbrake, a finger pinching disaster of design; and the rear seats, which don’t fully split. There are also too many beeps and buzzers reminding you to put you seatbelt on or that you have selected reverse. And even when you go back to drive. But the bottom line is you can have aV8 and display a paler shade of green. If you need the power of a V8, especially for towing, then the AFM version of the Calais makes sense. New fuel system aids Holden THERE are signs the Holden heartland is returning to V8s. GM-Holden’s executive di- rector of sales and market- ing, Alan Batey, says the V8’s active fuel management sys- tem, on sale since January, has helped spur on sales. However, he concedes that lower fuel prices coming off the highs of last year may also have helped. ‘‘There is really not one single reason for the lift inV8 sales,’’ he says. Batey says Holden’s AFM system has been well re- ceived. ‘‘It’s got momentum,’’ he says. Last month, GM-Holden sold 6570 Commodore se- dans, utes, wagons, including the long-wheelbase States- man and Caprice: of those, 1682 were V8s. ‘‘We’ve had good sales of V8s in the last two or three months but in June we re- corded 1682 V8 sales, the best V8 sales since November 2004,’’ Batey says. ‘‘Primarily they were auto- matics, and we think one of the main reasons for that is POSITIVE IMPACT: AFM is helping Holden sales. the introduction of AFM.’’ Holden says it could have sold more V8 Commodores and Statesmans but stocks are running low. ‘‘Our inventories are pret- ty tight,’’ Batey says. Holden’s order bank is up 50 per cent compared with the same period last year and Ford, too, is experiencing increased traffic for its Fal- con models, particularly the G-Series cars. AFMis only available with automatic transmission cars but Batey credits the fuel saving technology as having a Holden saysAFMcan con- servatively save up to 1.0 litre/100kmonits 6.0-litre V8. In past years, eight- cylinder Holdens have ac- counted for 20 per cent of the mix of Commodore and Statesman sales. A Holden V8 with AFM cuts the fuel supply to four cylinders when coasting to improve economy and lower emissions. NEIL McDONALD 235 ARGYLE STREET HOBART PH 6213 3300 Team NissanDealers EASY FINANCE AVAILABLE WITH DJ FINANCIAL SERVICES 09 X-Trail ST > ALL MODE 4x4-i > Electronic stability control (ESP) > 6 airbags > Air conditioning D 490RIVE AWAY $34 AUTOMATIC PETROL , Metallic colour $495 extra. New model Maxima 250 ST-L > 2.5 litre V6 engine > Leather trim > Six airbags > Electronic stability control (ESP) D 990RIVE AWAY $36 , Metallic colour $495 extra. 3.5 LITRE V6 ALSO AVAILABLE 09 Patrol Wagon ST > ABS brakes > Common-rail turbo diesel engine > Dual front airbags > 3,200kg braked towing capacity MANUAL D 690RIVE AWAY $56 , Metallic colour $495 extra. THE NEW 370Z HAS ARRIVED! > 3.7 litre V6 > 6-speed manual with a “world-first” SynchroRev Match or 7-speed automatic TEST DRIVE TODAY! ELIGIBLE FOR A 50% INVESTMENT ALLOWANCE? Is your small business eligible for the Federal Government’s proposed Investment Allowance? If new legislation is passed, you may be able to claim a tax credit of 50% on new or demo vehicles purchased for your small business before 31 December 2009. Check your eligibility with your tax adviser. All Nissan vehicles come with 3 year/100,000km warranty and 3-year 24-hour roadside assistance. Nissan reserves the right to withdraw, vary or extend any offer. www.djmotors.com.au email@example.com 5 DOOR AUTO , > Cruise control > Free portable sat nav > White in colour Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au —5 09 MICRA > ABS brakes > Dual front airbags > MP3 player input D 990RIVE AWAY $16 Metallic colour $495 extra. 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