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The Mercury Cars Guide : August 8th 2009
10— Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au Saturday, August 8, 2009 Appeal will be in price point Thebudget brands havenofear of the growing tsunami of low-cost Chinese cars. NeilMcDonald analyseswhat Chinese carsmay cometo our shores have some way to go to gain credibility among local buyers. S He says they still are an unknown quality on the Australian scene, but North Americans say they are warming to Chinese cars. A survey of 30,000 new vehicle buyers by automotive analyst firm, AutoPacific, found that 15 per cent of US new car buyers say they will consider buying their next vehicle from China and 11 per cent will consider an Indian car. This compares with 16 per cent who say they will consider a vehicle from Korea, which has been marketing vehicles in theUSsince the 1980s. Devers believes that to succeed here, Chinese cars will need to be at least $1500 cheaper, with comparable equipment and safety to the Japanese. ‘‘China is still an unknown,’’ he www.tilf or d.com.au Tilford Trade Clearance Centre COMMERCIALS GRAB A DRIVE AWAY DEAL TODAY! DRIVEAWAY 97 Daihatsu Charade Hatch 5 speed 96 Suzuki Vitara Estate 5 speed, 196,000kms, p/s 97 Hyundai Excel 5-Door Hatch Manual, 150,000kms, original 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 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 Toyota Hilux New Aluminium F/Tray 2.7 EFi engine, p/s, a/c 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 99 Rodeo 4x4 F/Tray Turbo diesel, 117,000kms, p/s 04 Nissan Maxima 3.5ltr auto, 95,000kms $1,750 $4,200 $5,000 $5,000 $5,500 $5,500 $5,750 $5,900 $7,500 $7,500 $9,000 $9,000 $9,500 $10,000 $10,000 $10,750 $11,000 $11,000 $11,000 $12,000 $13,000 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 05 Ford Courier 4x2 D/Cab 72,000kms, 5 speed, p/s, a/c 03 BA Falcon XR8 Ute 101,000kms, auto, 19” alloys Prices valid until 07/08/2009 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 $18,000 $22,000 CHEAP CHEAP CARS & UZUKI Australia general manager Tony Devers is one of several car executiveswho believes the Chinese still BREAKING IN: Chinese car manufacturers are trying to crack the Australian market. Pictured is a 2008 Ateco Chery A5 sedan. said. ‘‘It’s a difficult job to launch a car today. It took the Japanese many years to establish here, the Koreans were quicker and I expect the Chinese to be quicker again.’’ Malaysian carmaker, Proton, which sells far fewer vehicles here than Suzuki, is confident of beating the Chinese on price. Proton Australia managing direc- tor John Startari says the company’s new small Saga sedan is part of a wider plan to help battle the Chinese. Thenewwell-equipped small car is expected to sell for about $12,000 when it arrives early next year. The other Chinese challenge is from small vans and commercials. Suzuki’s Devers says he is still keen to broaden Suzuki’s light com- Street guides following a new direction SATNAV systems are fast tracking the humble street directory towards the history books. When the mapping is accurate and they’re used with commonsense, especially in an unfamiliar city or even country, a satnav strapped to the windscreen can save you from all sorts of dramas. But even with the best mapping there is potential for GPS systems to go pear-shaped. Big time. If you believe what you hear about satnavs you’ll like the story about the bloke who ignored the road signs and followed his sat-nav into (a) a river (b) a brick wall or (c) the edge of a cliff. So, how do some of the most popular units sold in Australia rate? Pioneer’s $1199 AVICF310BT gets a big thumbs up. I used it happily for a couple of weeks spent, programming a few dozen routes for a variety of trips, and there were no major or minor glitches, The new unit is double- din sized to fit the oversized sound system holes in the latest dashboards, is built like a Rolex watch and loaded with features you’ll really want to use. As well as offering crystal-clearand—tonow — accurate route guidance, the new Pioneer is a communication and music centre. It’s fitted with a 4.3-inch touch screen, has Bluetooth for handsfree mobile phone calls, a CD player and a built-in audiophile quality fourchannel Mosfet amplifier that’s rated at 50-watts per channel. But there’s also a PC application that can be used to download local information and contacts from your PC directly to the AVIC -F310BT. And a text-to-speech voice guidance that gives drivers verbal promptsandspecific street names. FRIENDLY: Satnavs coem is a variety if systems. This is Pioneer’s AVIC F500BT. But satnav is not the most popular portable satnav brand, hasn’t been idle either and has unveiled two new models. They are the nicely priced, $349 for the One 140 and $449 for the XL340. Both have a feature And here’s the clincher: Pioneer pointy-heads in the R&D department have comeupwith adetachable screen to deter would-be thieves. So you can easily detach the head unit and take it with you. Installation is straightforward, takes about an hour and shouldn’t cost more than $150. Tom Tom, Australia’s called Advance Lane Guidance which clearly shows which lane to get into at busy junctions well ahead of time so you don’t miss your turn. Both also have the Tom- Tom’s IQ Routes mode which works out the fastest route by calculating the trip using actual historical speeds recorded on real roads. only cutting edge for incar assistance. BlueAnt’s car speaker- phones are the ones to beat. The S1 is a $109 model that uses Bluetooth, attaches easily to a sun visor and provides a safe way to use your mobile phone while driving. Answering a call on the S1 is as easy as saying the word ‘‘Answer’’. And you can make calls using your voice as well. The S1 connects wirelessly to two phones, offers up to 15 hours of talk time and 800 hours of standby time. PETER FAMILARI mercial vans from the APV but the global financial crisis has slowed progress. ‘‘It will be steady as she goes for another 18 months,’’ he says. Suzuki sources its 1.0-litre Alto from a state-of-the art plant in India. However, Devers says the quality of the car is as good as anything out of Japan. Ateco Automotive Ltd in Sydney is spearheading the Chinese push. It has recently launched the Great Wall Motors workhorse utilities and is expected to follow up with a range of small cars. Already, several new Chinese cars and one four-wheel-drive are going through homologation to meet Australian design rules. Public Vehicle Auction Tuesdays from 12:00 noon FEATURING: PRE-AUCTION SALE: For a full listing of vehicles visit: manheimfowles.com.au 32-7-01/09
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