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The Mercury Cars Guide : July 25th 2009
4— Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au Saturday, July 25, 2009 Safer headrests make impact Roadsafety isa major concernon our roads,and manufacturers are working hard to keep us safe. MarkHinchliffe gives usa ‘‘heads-up’’ INCORRECT:An unsuitable or unsuitably positioned headrest offers minimal support on impact. three new vehicles have poor- quality restraints, especially commercial vehicles. N The findings of an interna- tional survey of 148 new ve- hicles released on Thursday by NRMA Insurance shows seven out of 10 new cars scored well, compared with three out of 10 five years ago when testing began. NRMA Insurance head of research Robert McDonald praised the improvements, but said head restraints in nearly 30 per cent of new cars tested still rated as ‘‘margin- al’’ or ‘‘poor’’, with commer- cial vehicles among the worst. ‘‘Unfortunately there does EW car owners are less likely to suffer whiplash in a crash but almost one in CORRECT: A crash-test dummy demonstrates correct head- restraint position. seem to be a trend to skip on safety features in commercial vehicles,’’ he said. However, he said Volvo and Saab had made significant improvements in head- restraint design. Volvo has seats which sup- port the driver or passengers’ entire back and head and in a rear-end collision the back rest moves forward for sup- port, he said. Ford Falcon FG was the best locally produced perfor- mer achieving a ‘‘good’’ rat- ing, coming on the back of its five-star ANCAPcrash rating. Mr McDonald said that based on NRMA Insurance claims data, whiplash cost the Australian community hun- dreds of millions of dollars a year. He encouraged new car buyers to take safety into consideration when purchas- ing a car. Only 20 per cent of NSW consumers make it their top consideration when choosing a car, although most rank it in their top three. Mr McDonald said better head-restraint design could reduce the risk of a neck injuries inacrash, but passen- gers should adjust them cor- rectly. The head-restraint research was conducted and funded by NRMA Insurance in Austra- lia, Thatcham Motor Insur- ance Research Centre in the UK and the American Insur- ance Institute for Highway Safety. EXTE TENDED - L Captiva SXAWD >5-speed automatic transmission >Electronic Stability Control >Dual front airbags >Curtain airbags >17" alloy wheels# Driveaway,no more to pay.* Metallic paint included. $36,990 OverheadDVD player only $990† on all Captivas. Normal price $2,050. Sm an With the Holden Owner’s Grant from only 1 $24,390 With from Driv Small businesses with an annual turnover of less than $2 million couldld claim an additional 50% tax deduction on eligible vehicles bought before 31/12/09 with the F deral Gov See holden.com.au/latestoffers for details.? com.au/latestoffers or details Hobart Motors Hobart 195 Macquarie Street 0362307300 For these and moregreat offers visit holden.com.au/latestoffers Things you need to know: 1 Max. sale price for Captiva SX AWD petrol automatic.2 Max. sale price for Epica CDX 2.0L diesel auto sedan.3 Max. sale price for Astra CD hatch with pack manual. Offer ends 31/07/09, unless extended. Available on selectedmodels delivered before 31/07/09 orwhile stocks last at participatingHoldenDealers.Holden reserves the right to change or extend these offers. Private and ABN buyers only. #Steel spare wheel. *Recommended driveaway price includes 12 months private registration, 12 months Compulsory Third Party insurance, dealer delivery and stamp duty. †Offer price includes fitment and GST.Offer only applicable in conjunction with a newcar purchase. While stocks last. At participating Holden Dealers. ††Based on ADR 81/01 testing. ?Based on the Tax Law Amendment (Small Business and General Business Tax Break) Act 2009. Eligibility criteria apply.HRE0347_HP15_A_HM with the FederalGovernment's Investment Allowance. Talkwith your tax advisor. Se men s In ment A lo nce. T lk with y ur t With the Holden Owner’s Grant from only 3 Driveaway,no more to pay.* Metallic paint included. Astra CDHatch Style Pack >16" alloy wheels# >Electronic Stability Control >Cruise control >Power windows & mirrors TheHolden Owner’sGrant. LIIMITED T TEDTIIME ONLY. 7 seats $29,490 fro Dr With the Holden Owner’s Grant from only 2 Drivi eaway,no more to pay.* Metallic paint included. Epica CDX Diesel >Economy2.0 litre diesel engine 7.6L/100km†† >Electronic Stability Control >6 airbags including side curtain airbags >6-speed automatic transmission withAuto Select
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