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The Mercury Cars Guide : August 1st 2009
12— Lexus goes carbon-fibre THE upcoming Lexus LF-A supercar will Porsche man falls on sword THEtopmanat Porsche,Wendelin Wiedek- Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au Saturday, August 1, 2009 Playing with the big boys have an all-carbon fibre body when it is revealed in production form at the Tokyo Motor Show. Aluminium was considered for the V10 speed machine, but rejected because of the cost. The carbon fibre research was all done in-house and Toyota will also be responsible for manufacturing of the body, just as Mercedes-BenzAMGwill do with is upcoming SLS ‘‘gullwing’’. AnAustralian success story isa contender for the 2010World Car of the Year award. PaulGoverreports ing, has fallen victim to his overly- ambitious plan to take control of Volkswagen. He was forced out — despite leading Porsche to incredible success and profits thanks to the CayenneSUV—because the sports car maker could not complete its financial commitments without support from Volkswagen. ACT plugs electric cars CANBERRA has been chosen as the starting point for the electric vehicle charging network being developed by Better Place Australia. It has partnered with the ACT electricity retailer, ActewAGL, to begin construction in 2011 and plans to be servicing plug-in electric cars by 2012. Viper lives another day THE brutal Dodge Viper, once part of the Chrysler line in Australia under a local conversion operation, has survived the bankruptcy of its American owners. Chrysler has decided to continue with the Viper once it comes out of Chapter 11, ensuring the production total for the V10- powered beast will continue past its current level of 25,000 cars. www.tilf or d.com.au Tilford Trade Clearance Centre COMMERCIALS Americans lead way on courteous driving Problems with fuel guage CHEAP CHEAP CARS & GRAB A DRIVE AWAY DEAL TODAY! DRIVEAWAY 91 Mitsubishi Lancer Hatch T-bar auto, 5 door, p/s 97 Hyundai Excel 5-Door Hatch Manual, 150,000kms, original 95 Holden Barina Hatch 5 door, T-bar auto, 139,000kms, p/s 97 Holden Barina Hatch 5 door, 5 speed, tidy, p/s, a/c 97 Jeep Cherokee 4x4 s/w T-bar auto, 6cyl engine, ideal tow vehicle 95 Mitsubishi Lancer Coupe 5 speed, low kms, rear spoiler, p/s 97 Peugeot 306 Sedan 159,000kms, 5 speed, fuel miser 01 Daihatsu Sirion Hatch 82,000kms, 5 speed, fuel miser 94 Courier 4x2 Space Cab F/Tray 135,000kms, 5 speed, 2.6ltr fuel injected 03 Courier 4x2 F/Tray 5 speed, 2.6ltr, p/s, a/c 80 Porsche 924 Coupe Manual, neat & tidy, drives well 03 BA Falcon Sedan 116,000kms, T-bar auto, neat & tidy 04 Kia Rio Sedan 5 speed, p/s, a/c, 90,000kms 04 Kia Pregio Commercial Van Diesel, 5 speed, very tidy 02 Mitsubishi Lancer Sedan T-bar auto, only 77,000kms, p/s, a/c 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 99 Rodeo 4x4 F/Tray Turbo diesel, 117,000kms, p/s $2,500 $5,000 $5,000 $5,000 $5,500 $5,500 $5,750 $5,900 $7,000 $7,500 $7,500 $9,000 $9,000 $10,000 $10,000 $10,750 $11,000 $11,000 $11,000 $11,500 $12,000 97 Honda Prelude VTi-R Coupe 109,000kms, 5 speed, immaculate sports car $14,000 01 VW Bora Sedan 109,000kms, auto, p/s, a/c, alloys 06 VZ Holden Commodore 106,000kms, auto, alloys, p/s, a/c 03 BA Falcon XR8 Ute 101,000kms, auto, 19” alloys Prices valid until 04/08/2009 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 $15,000 $15,000 $22,000 should add Americans to the list of courteous and capable drivers. We drove from Los Angeles to San Francisco, then to Carson City, Las Vegas, Phoenix and back to LA — a distance of around 3000km. We noted an almost complete absence of aggressive driving, trucks almost always stay in the slow lane, speed limits vary quite safely from 90 to 120kmh, overtaking lanes are used for that purpose only, and there was an overall high level of road savvy and courtesy among drivers. For the record, we drove a base-level 2009 FordMustang4-litre V6,whichInowrate as a lesser car, feature for feature, than my 2005 VZ Executive. The Mustang has great looks, good power and economy, but I was surprised at its cheap, plasticky interior. Bruce Storey email Great to hear you prefer the Commodore to the Mustang. As for driver SomeQ&Atime with PaulGover SAVING just returned from a 15-day behaviour,rememberthatroadragecan turn very ugly in the USA. driving holiday in the US, I believe we I PURCHASED the new Isuzu D-Max this year, only to find that the fuel gauge is about 24 per cent out. When it reads empty I still have about 16 to 20 litres of fuel left in its 76-litre tank. I took it to the dealer to have it repaired and they replaced the sender unit which failed to fix the problem. When I spoke to the service manager, he told me that’s the way Isuzu sets them up. Is there a way of recalibrating them without all the bull***t of going through a dealer. Can anyone tell if there is a fix for it? John Oddo email I’ll leave this one to the Carsguide readers. Price transparency at last IT is great to see that driveaway pricing has now been legislated and is required in all car manufacturer and dealer advertising. Finally we have some transparency in overall pricing and, as customers, we can now readily evaluate various models/man- Ford Falcon flies high JUST thought I would write and let you and your readers know that 12 months ago I purchased a Falcon FG XR8 from my local dealer and would have to say its the best car I have ever driven. Road handling, power, fuel economy and comfort are outstanding and the backup service from my dealer is second to none. This hopefully balances out a little the constant criticism Ford and its dealers receive in this column. David Pratt email We’reglad toheargoodnewsonFord, as always, but will continue to report the failings in its locally produced cars until their owners are happy with the fix. T HE Chevrolet Camaro might be built and sold in the US, but it was designed, developed, tested and approved Down Under as a spin-off from theVECommodore. It is among the 31 finalists announced this week for the World COTY and will be judged by a global panel of 60 motoring journalists before the winner is named at the New York Auto Show in April next year. The finalists carry badges from Audi to Toyota and are as diverse as the latest green-power Honda Insight and Toyota Prius to the super luxury Porsche Panamera. ‘‘The list came from the manufacturers, who sent us their eligible cars for the year. Theremay be one or two more yet, because a couple of companies might have some extra models before the end of the year,’’ says WCOTY cochairman Peter Lyon. ‘‘For example, there is the Mercedes SLS gullwing. We don’t know yet when it will go on sale.’’ Apart from the World COTY contest, the same judging panel also decides the World Performance Car of the Year, World Green Car of the Year and World Car Design of the year. So far there are 18 potential winners in the performance category, from the Aston Martin V12 BRIGHT FUTURE: The 2010 Chevrolet Camaro. Vantage to the Renault Clio 3 Renault Sport. Judging on all fronts now ad- vances to the semi-finals, three cars in each case, which will be namedat the Geneva MotorShow at the start of March. Then it is over to the judges to drive, assess and vote. ‘‘This year we have 60 judges altogether. We’ve capped at that number, after adding a couple of new judges this year,’’ Lyon says. ‘‘Originally we have about 44 judges. But 60 is the basicnumber of the North American, European and Japanese COTY awards and that seemed like the right number. ‘‘We’ve got judges now for Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. We’ve basically covered 25 or 26 countries, from Australia to Russia and everywhere between.’’ The final judge for 2010 is Australian Michael Taylor, a former editor of MOTOR magazine who now lives and works in northern Italy. Lyon says the basics of the award have not changed for the sixth judging and he makes no apologies for the list of contenders. ‘‘The German and Japanese cars are romping it again. It’s basically a reflection of the quality of car manufacturing today. The Japanese and Germans are making the best cars in the world, full stop,’’ he says. ‘‘But we think, of all the Car of the Year awards, this is the most neutral. There is no pressure on any of the judges. They just vote for the best cars as they see them in their countries.’’ The full list of World COTY contenders is: Audi Q5,BMWX1, BMW Z4, BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo, Buick LaCrosse/Allure, Cadillac SRX, Chevrolet Camaro, Chevrolet Cruze, Citron C3 Picasso, Honda Insight, Hyundai i20. Hyundai Genesis Coupe, Infiniti QX, Jaguar XJ, Kia Soul, Kia Cerato Koup/Forte, Kia Sorento, Lexus HS250h, Lexus RX, Mazda3, Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Mitsubishi Outlander, Nissan Cube, Nissan 370Z Coupe/Roadster, Nissan Patrol, Peugeot 3008, Porsche Boxster/Cayman, Porsche Panamera, Renault Scenic, Subaru Legacy/OutbackandToyotaPrius. For pictures of the 2010 World COTY contenders, and the full list of PerformanceCOTY hopefuls, go to www.carsguide.com.au ufacturers. I am not interested in the whinging coming from some manufacturers in regard to their inability to establish a national driveaway price. Companies such as Kia and Hyundai have been managing to sell at driveaway prices for many years. Terry Draper email Public Vehicle Auction Tuesdays from 12:00 noon FEATURING: PRE-AUCTION SALE: For a full listing of vehicles visit: manheimfowles.com.au 31-7-01/09 Public Auction Tues 4 August at 10am For further details go to the auction section of today’s paper.
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