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The Mercury Cars Guide : July 11th 2009
10— Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au Saturday, July 11, 2009 Maximum value Theymaybetiny in stature, but these are the cars that could bethe next big things in Aussie garages. Kevin Hepworth reports ON THE WAY: The Suzuki Alto is about to reach Australia. M ICRO-MINIS — ultra-small city cars with one- litre engines, miserly fuel economy, funky styling and price tags to bring a smile to any Scrooge’s dial — are coming to a car dealer near you. Not too many years ago, these were the first cars crossed off any importer’s shopping list. Though they found hun- dreds of thousands of happy owners in Asia and Europe, they were too small and underpowered for Australian tastes. We may have dabbled with SIZE DOES SMATTER: Mitsubishi has high hopes for its i MiEV micro-mini. a Mini, a Getz, a Barina or a Yaris, but anything smaller than that simply wasn’t going to happen — as Daihatsu found out with its ill-fated Sirion, and Daewoo discov- ered with the similarly ill- starred Matiz. How times change. Fuel costs are soaring and still threaten to head closer to $2 a litre than to $1, traffic conges- tion is growing, and the prom- ise of a low-cost, low- maintenance convenience transporter is looking ever more attractive. ‘‘I’m pretty confident the acceptance is there,’’ Suzuki general manager Tony Devers says on the eve of launching the Alto—the first of the new- generation micro-minis to reach Australia. ‘‘We’re looking at building a new segment with this car. We know there are other minis like this coming, but ours will be the first.’’ Hyundai, which has built a very successful business by selling small cars at the budg- et end of the market, is an- other marque determined to take the baseline even lower. Negotiations are well ad- vanced on getting the Indian- manufactured i10 into Aus- tralian showrooms by the sec- ond half of next year to take advantage of what Hyundai director of sales and market- ing Kevin McCann sees as an emerging market opportun- ity. ‘‘Our research tells us the sub-light segment is still emerging in terms of the type of customer you can define as a buyer,’’ McCann says. ‘‘We’re working on the pre- sumption that we have a bit of time to play with. ‘‘We haven’t taken the view that we will wait and see what others do in the segment. ‘‘We’re pressing on with what we want to do. EXTENDED- LIMITEDTIMEONLY. TheHolden Owner’sGrant. SV6 Sportwagon >Award-winning design >18"alloy wheels# >Electronic Stability Control >6 airbags including side curtain airbags >Bluetooth® for compatible devices >Rear Park Assist With the Holden Owner’s Grant from only $41,990 1 Driveaway,no more to pay.* Metallic paint extra. Driveaway,no more to pay.* Metallic paint included. $36,990 Small businesses with an annual turnover of less than $2 million could claim an additional 50% tax deduction on eligible vehicles bought before 31/12/09 with the FederalGovernment's Investment Allowance. Talkwith your tax advisor. See holden.com.au/latestoffers for details.? Hobart Motors Hobart 195 Macquarie Street 0362307300 For these and moregreat offers visit holden.com.au/latestoffers Thingsyouneedtoknow: 1 Max. saleprice for SV6 Sportwagon. 2 Max. saleprice for ColoradoLT-R4x4 Turbo Diesel CrewCab Pickupmanual. 3 Max. saleprice for Captiva SXAWD petrolautomatic.Offer ends 31/07/09, unless extended. Available onselectedmodelsdelivered before 31/07/09orwhile stocks last at participatingHoldenDealers.Holdenreserves the right to change or extend these offers. Private and ABN buyers only. #Steel spare wheel.Bluetooth® is a registered trademark and logo ofBluetooth® SIG, Inc.Check holden.com.au to determine your phone’s compatibility. *Recommended driveaway price includes12 months private registration, 12 monthsCompulsory Third Party insurance, dealer delivery and stamp duty. †Offer price includes fitment and GST.Offer only applicable in conjunctionwith a new car purchase. While stocks last. At participating HoldenDealers. ?Based on the Tax Law Amendment (Small Business and General Business Tax Break) Act 2009. Eligibility criteria apply.HRE0347_HP14_A_HM With the Holden Owner’s Grant from only 3 Driveaway,no more to pay.* Metallic paint included. $43,890 With the H from only OverheadDVDpla th theHoldenO en Owner’s GrantsGrant 2 Colorado T-R Turbo Diesel CrewCab >3.0litre common rail turbo diesel engine >ABS with EBD >16" alloy wheels lorado LTR4x4 >Sports bar >Side steps & soft tonneau cover Overhead DVD player only $990† on all Captivas.No mal ly $990 0 ivas. Normal price $2,050. 7 seats 7 seats Captiva SXAWD >5-speed automatic transmission >Electronic Stability Control >Dual front airbags >Curtain airbags >17" alloy wheels#
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