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The Mercury Cars Guide : July 18th 2009
8— Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au Saturday, July 18, 2009 Lightweight V8 on the prowl C OYOTE is believed to be the codename of Ford Detroit’s new lightweight en- gine that could end up power- ing local Ford Performance Vehicles. The new 5.0-litre V8 is slated for the Ford Mustang and F150 in North America soon and the engine could be in line to replace Ford Aus- tralia’s current 5.4-litre FPV V8ahead of moves to Euro IV emission standards from next July. Adecisionon Ford’s in-line six-cylinder and V8 engine strategy is expected at the end of the month. However, both Ford presi- dent Marin Burela and FPV boss Rod Barrett are not given anything away. FPV is not commenting Awild Coyote is stalking Ford. But it’s not the four- legged animal that runs around parts of North American prairies, it’s Ford’snewalloy V8. Neil McDonaldgoes hunting for Ford’snewbeast Holden seizes China outlet for engines H OLDEN will more than triple its V6 engine pro- duction in Melbourne in a multi-million dollar deal to sell its engines to China. The company is expected to ramp up production from 6000 engines a year to 20,000 over the next four years. The engines will go to Shanghai General Motors, a joint venture partnership between General Mo- tors and the Shanghai Automotive Industry Corp. They are expected to be used in a range of GM China cars, including the Buick Park Avenue, a model based on the locally built Holden Statesman. Apart from its engines, GM- Holden’s North American export plans for its Commodores could also be back on the agenda. General Motors vice chairman, Bob Lutz, has told US media that GM-Holden was poised to recom mence exports of a Commodore- based car to North America. Mr Lutz is being widely reported in the US as saying the Commodore would return as a Chevrolet. However, GM-Holden spokesman, Scott Whiffin, was unable to confirm Lutz’s comments. ‘‘The priority for GM has been exiting chapter 11 bankruptcy pro- ceedings,’’ he said. GM-Holden cancelled its export plans for the Commodore-based Pontiac G8 when GM axed its Pontiac brand in May. However, within hours of theNew GMemerging from chapter 11 bank- ruptcy last Friday, Mr Lutz was on the offensive. He said Commodore exports were likely to recommence because of existing export agreements with GM-Holden and the fact that it already built the Commodore as a Chevy for the Middle East. The car industry this week has OPPORTUNITIES: The Holden plant in Melbourne producing the V6 engine for foreign markets. ‘‘We’re seeing quite a wide range opportunities.’’ been bouyed by Federal Industry Minister, Senator Carr’s visit to China spruiking the local industry. Mr Carr said several Chinese carmakers were keen on Australian knowhow. of possibilities of new technologies and new markets for Australian suppliers,’’ Mr Carr. ‘‘There are huge opportunities here in terms of broadening our collaborations and diversifying our The Chinese vehicle market is defying the global auto downturn as it continues to fast-track its own industry. Vehicle sales are set to hit 10 million sales this year. NEIL McDONALD and Burela is only saying that the I6 Falcon engine remains a key part of Ford’s future. Nor is he saying if Ford will broaden its V8 reach from its hot FPV cars to the rest of the Falcon range. Burela has hosed down suggestions that Ford could add a V8 Falcon model to sit above the G6-E turbo, aimed directly at the Commodore Calais V8. ‘‘We’ve looked at that and our response has always been what the market is looking for,’’ Burela says. ‘‘It’s been very clear to us that the G6E-turbo is the right solution. ‘‘We have the V8 but when you look at what people are asking for, inquirying about, it’s the turbo six that ticks the box for them.’’ The Coyote 32-valve V8 is said to develop around330kW and 540Nm in standard tune with a hotter supercharged version possibly powering some top-end FPV cars. Burela acknowledges that GM-Holden has made its V8 more relevant to consumers by adding cylinder deactiva- tion technology in an effort to chase better fuel economy. But Ford also has plans, he says. ‘‘We’ve got a comprehen- sive plan that we’ve been working on between us and FPV,’’ Burela says. ‘‘We’ve been focused on ensuring that we put our efforts in the right place to cater to the different consum- ers.’’ Burela believes there will always be a desire and need for a Ford V8. ‘‘But the question ishowdo you deliver that without cre- ating an aura around the brand that you are only a large car company with large engines, which then tends to send these messages that you’re not about fuel effi- ciency and not delivering the right emissions levels,’’ he says. Burela says Aussies love their large cars but are in- creasingly becoming more aware of the environment. ‘‘But they want the costs to be competitive and emissions to be responsible,’’ he says. Ford is slowly shedding its blokey Falcon car company image with a more focused European range from the Fiesta right up to the Euro- inspired Falcon. ‘‘People saw us as old fash- ioned; no technology,’’ he says. ‘‘Now they see us as being relevant.’’ Celebrating 100 Years of Audi. Introducing the 100 Years of Audi Limited Edition Audi A4, Audi A3 Sportback and Audi Q7. * The 100 Years of Audi Limited Edition Audi A4 2.0 TFSI quattro S tronic S line interior and exterior sport package S line sports steering wheel and brushed aluminium inlays Sports suspension New RS 6 style 19” alloy wheels from quattro® GmbH Metallic paint^ Navigation package including MMI and Audi music interface Electric glass sunroof 50% Tax Break Available to eligible small businesses until 31 December 2009.†† For exclusive opportunities on the Audi A4, and across the Audi range - contact Audi Centre Hobart, 246 Murray Street Hobart, or call (03) 6238 3344 today. *Audi Limited Edition Models are available in limited stock and limited colours. ^The LE Audi A4 is only available in Ibis White (non-metallic, as pictured), Phantom Black (metallic), Pearl Effect and Ice Silver (metallic). †† You may be able to claim a 50% tax credit on new and demonstrator vehicles purchased for your small business before 31 December 2009. To check if your small business is eligible, talk to your tax adviser. Overseas model shown. AUDI4140_LEA4_HM_10x8_1807
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