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The Mercury Cars Guide : July 11th 2009
Saturday, July 11, 2009 Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au goes under the micro-scope tiny torque THE CONTENDERS 113g/km from its three- cylinder,50kW/90Nm engine. It willcomewith six airbagsanda five-speed manual gearbox.Afour- speed autoandstability control are optional. Suzuki Alto:AnIndian-built one-litre, five-door hatch with pricing from less than $13,000.TheAlto claims fueleconomyof 4.5l/100km andCO2 emissions of OTHERPOSSIBILITIES Toyota iQ:Asensation overseas, but reportedly not onToyota Australia’s wish- list at themoment.Its three- cylinder, one-litre engine is goodfor50kWand91Nm. Fueleconomyis 4.7l/100km through the five-speed manual or optionalCVT gearbox, whileCO2 emissions area low 99g/km. ‘‘We want to ensure we fill MARKET OPPORTUNITY: Hyundai is looking to bring the Indian-manufactured i10 to Australia next year. ‘‘It is something that has the rungs of the ladder, rising up from the i10 to the i20 and the i30. That’s what we’re concentrating on.’’ The other company that has expressed a strong desire to be part of the sub-mini market is Mitsubishi, which has been trumpeting its i MiEV electric car, but more quietly clearing a way forward for the petrol version of the ‘‘i’’ car sold in the Japanese market. been of great interest to us for some time,’’ Mitsubishi spokeswoman Lenore Fletch- er says. ‘‘There have been some is- sues with Australian Design Rule requirements, but it’s still very much on the radar. ‘‘You could only believe that the segment has a very big future given the current cli- mate of fuel pricing and eco- logical awareness.’’ 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. ‘ ’ produces57kWand117Nm driving througha five-speed manual ora four-speed automatic. Four airbagsand ABSbrakes are standard, withESPavailable as an option. Hyundai i10:AnIndian-built 1.2-litre, five-door hatch, the i10 has aclaimed 5l/100km combined-cycle fuel economywith119g/km of CO2 . Its four-cylinder engine Mitsubishi i:AJapanese- built 659ccthree-cylinder turbo, five-door hatch.A popular modelonthe Japanese market, it delivers 42kWand85Nmthrough a four-speed automatic gearbox. Fueleconomyof 5.2l/100kmandemissions of 114g/km inCO2 are claimed. NissanPixo:Akissin’ cousin of the Alto,with similar specificationsandfunctions. Underthe Nissanbadgeare all the Suzuki mechanicals— not surprising,because the car is actually builtbySuzuki. Noindication yetfrom Nissan that it isboundfor Australia. FordKa:Thisoneisdefinitely notonFord’s listof things to do.TheKahadashort,and ratherunhappy,runin Australia in its first incarnation,butthoughit qualifiesonenginesize (1.2 litres), fueleconomy (5l/100km)andsize (tiny), it is available onlyasathree- door, five-speedmanual.It is reported tobegettinga 900cctwin-cylinderturbo capable of82kW,162Nmand amiserly 4.7l/100km.Addan automatic,andit could becomeaconsideration. —11
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