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The Mercury Cars Guide : July 18th 2009
14— Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au Saturday, July 18, 2009 Utes lead Chinese invasion It hasbeensometime coming, but the Chinese have finally landedonthe local market.GrahamSmith takesalook at what’scoming over the Great Wall www.tilf or d.com.au Tilford Trade Clearance Centre COMMERCIALS GRAB A DRIVE AWAY DEAL TODAY! DRIVEAWAY 87 Toyota Camry Sedan 5 speed, 12/09 reg, p/s 92 Toyota Corolla Hatch 5 speed manual, economical 1.6ltr, tidy 91 Mitsubishi Lancer Hatch T-bar auto, 5 door, p/s 90 Triton 4x2 Ute 5 speed, 6mths reg, workhorse 87 XF Falcon Utility Manual trans, p/steer, clean and tidy 96 Daihatsu Charade Hatch 153,000kms, 5 speed, 1.3ltr engine 93 Toyota Corolla Hatch 137,000kms, 5 speed, p/s 00 Honda Concerto Hatch Low kms, 5 speed, p/s, a/c, drives well 97 Hyundai Excel 5-Door Hatch Manual, 150,000kms, original 97 Peugeot 306 Sedan 159,000kms, 5 speed, fuel miser 01 Daihatsu Sirion Hatch 82,000kms, 5 speed, fuel miser 01 Toyota Starlet Hatch T-bar auto, air bags, 112,000kms, p/s, a/c 97 Mazda 323 Protege Sedan 70,000kms, t-bar auto, p/s 00 Toyota Corolla Avalon Grand Luxury motoring, 154,000kms, auto, alloys 03 BA Falcon Sedan 116,000kms, T-bar auto, neat & tidy 04 Kia Pregio Commercial Van Diesel, 5 speed, very tidy 01 Honda Accord VTi Sedan 126,000kms, auto, luxury, p/s, a/c 98 Honda CRV Wagon 5 speed manual, economical 4 cyl, p/s, a/c 02 Mitsubishi Verada Ei Sedan 96,000kms, alloys, auto, p/s, a/c 99 Mercedes-Benz Vito Van 2.0iManual, dual side doors, alloys 04 Toyota Hilux New Aluminium F/Tray 2.7 EFi engine, p/s, a/c 00 Honda Civic Vi Hatch T-bar auto, 122,000kms, red, p/s, a/c 05 Peugeot 307 5 Door Hatch 5 speed, 112,000kms, burgundy 06 VZ Holden Commodore 106,000kms, auto, alloys, p/s, a/c $1,250 $2,000 $2,500 $2,500 $2,750 $2,900 $3,500 $4,000 $5,000 $5,750 $5,900 $6,500 $7,750 $8,000 $9,000 $10,000 $10,750 $11,000 $11,000 $11,000 $11,500 $13,000 $14,000 $15,000 97 Honda Prelude VTi-R Coupe 109,000kms, 5 speed, immaculate sports car $16,000 06 Ford R.T.V. Ute T-bar Auto, alloys, fibreglass canopy $17,000 Prices valid until 22/07/2009 Hobart’s true & original Trade Clearance Centre Wholesale & Trade welcome 6273 8533 TONY: 0417 569 323 ROD: 0419 122 991 56b Gormanston Road Moonah Finance Available TAP CHEAP CHEAP CARS & C HINESE car manufac- turer Ateco has launched two utes that have been made available to the Australian market through SUV specialist Great Wall Motors. Both are dual-cab models and they follow the very successful formula of affordable pricing com- bined with a long list of standard features that Ateco used when selling the Kia brand before the Koreans took it back. Ateco managing director Ric Hull was the driving force behind Kia’s early success. He is now behind the push into Australia by Great Wall Motors. So it shouldn’t be a surprise that Hull is employing the same formu- la to sell the Great Wall utes, and he is confident it will deliver similar results for the Chinese brand as it did for Kia. ‘‘We’ve got no thoughts of taking the market by storm, it will be a gradual process, but I think it will be easier than it was with the Koreans,’’ Hull said. ‘‘Everything we buy now is made in China, so people are comfortable with buy- ing Chinese.’’ The three-model Great Wall ute range kicks off with the SA220, which is an older-generation 4x2 ute aimed at tradies who are shopping for a second-hand HiLux or similar model from one of the established ute brands, but who might be tempted by a new vehicle with plenty of fruit and a full warranty for less than $20,000. FOREIGN FLAVOUR: The 2008 Great Wall dual-cab ute produced by Chinese car manufacturer Ateco. For those who want a ute that can be used for weekend pursuits as well as work, and have more to spend but not necessarily enough to get into ahigh-end dual-cab from one of the established brands, there is the V240, which comes in two- and four-wheel drive variants. The V240 is of a later generation of dual-cab utes than the SA220 and market by storm, it will be a gradual process ‘ sits more comfortably alongside the current models from the main- stream ute brands. It also follows Hull’s tried-and- ’ true formula of affordable pricing with a host of standard features. The 4x2 is priced at $23,990, while the 4x4 is stickered at $26,990. Being an older-generation ute, the interior plastics of the SA220 are hard and lack the subtlety of those in later models, but they all fit together quite well. Surprisingly for a model at this end of the market, the seat facings are trimmed in leather. Buyers also get to enjoy standard airconditioning, four-speaker CD sound with MP3 compatibility, power windows and mirrors, cup holders and a centre console. Unfortunately, they don’t have the protection of airbags. A five-speed manual gearbox is the only option available. Underneath the SA220 is built on a conventional ladder chassis, with the familiar combination of torsion-bar front suspension and solid rear axle on elliptic leaf springs. It rides comfortably, with little of the firmness that charac- terises most one-tonne utes. A combination of front venti- lated discs and rear drums provide the braking power, but ABS anti- lock braking is not available. With a payload of 855kg and a towing capacity of 1800kg, the SA220 is ready-made for work. Stepping from the SA220 to the V240 is a journey in time. While the SA220 has been in production in China for a number of years, the V240 is a relative newcomer and much more refined The SA220 gets its power from a 2.2-litre four-cylinder engine put- ting out a modest 78kW at 4600rpm and 190Nm at 2400-2800rpm. It is no fireball and lacks mid-range grunt, but from a brief drive it appears it is able to hold its own in traffic or out of the highway. Ateco claims the SA220 will return a combined average of 10.8l/100km. We’ve got no thoughts of taking the as a result. The interior has a softer, more modern feel, with better-quality plastics than those in the SA220,andthe fitandfinish are of a higher quality. As with the SA220, the V240 comes with a long list of standard features, including airconditioning, six-speaker CD sound, leather-trimmed seats, cup holders, centre console,power win- dows and mirrors, but no airbags or ABS braking. The power comes from a 2.4-litre four-cylinder engine that puts out 100kW at 5250rpm and 200Nm at 2500-3000rpm. When compared to the older, smaller engine in the SA220, there is a substantial jump in power, but the torque only increases by a modest 10Nm, and it also suffers from mid-range sluggishness. It is quite sprightly off the line and when wound up rolls along nicely on the highway, but it struggles a little when asked to accelerate in the mid-range. Hull said he expected to have a diesel engine available in the com- ing months, which should improve the mid-range performance. All three models in the Great Wall ute range have a warranty of three years or 100,000km, 24-hour roadside assistance, and Ateco will provide a loan vehicle if a Great Wall ute is off the road for repairs for more than 48 hours. Ateco has appointed more than 40 dealers to handle the Great Wall utes. The Tasmanian dealer is Neil Buckby Motors, Launceston. SOLD SOLD
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