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The Mercury Cars Guide : August 15th 2009
4— Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au Saturday, August 15, 2009 No baby engine for family fave ‘ GOING GREEN: Holden’s technological improvements on their engines promise improved fuel efficiency and lower emissions. Theabject failure of the last four-cylinder Commodore—nicknamedthe ‘‘backfire’’— has convincedGMHolden not todoit again. NeilMcDonaldreports 2.0-litre Falcon in 2011, Holden says it is not even considering a baby engine or its family favourite. Rather than downsize its Commo- D dore engine, GM-Holden chairman, Mark Reuss, says the company plans to ‘‘out-engineer the competition’’. ‘‘Dropping cylinders would be the last result because people still like the power and the towing, all the things that we get with this engine and with this car.’’ FordandHolden are adopting different strategies to deliver improved fuel ESPITE the appeal of a fourcylinder economy drive, and the chance to go headto-head with the frugal new consumption and lower emissions. Mr Reuss said the Commodore can achieve four-cylinder-like economy from its new engines and promises further technology gains to lift economy. At the launch of the company’s greener direct-injection V6s last week, Mr Reuss said the company was committed to achieving ‘‘further fuel efficiencies’’ out of its new 3.0-litre and 3.6-litre engines. Apart from hi-tech engine manage- ment solutions, Mr Reuss said shedding weight is also a priority for future Commodores. However, the company does have another smaller capacity V6 in the TESTING THE MARKET: GM Holden managing director Mark Reuss is confident improvements to the Commodore will be well received. wings though. GM-Holden builds a smaller capaci- ty 2.8-litre V6 for its export markets and Mr Reuss has not ruled such an engine joining the line-up. ‘‘I’m not saying we would never go below 3.0; but 3.0 is the sweet spot for the architecture, the car and the fuel economy and performance,’’ he said. ‘‘We look at all of those things and the displacement it would have. ‘‘You don’t rule out any of that stuff. ‘‘Right now we think this is the answer that we’re looking for and the customers really asking for. ‘‘But this is a journey and we will react to the market.’’ Versions of Holden’s new direct injection V6s will be exported to GM plants globally and will appear in several different brands, including some Saab and Alfa Romeo models. GM’s Mexico plant will receive engines for the new Cadillac SRX and other markets in Europe are lining up for the new V6. ’ GM-Holden’s incoming new chair- man, Alan Batey, says he was surprised by Ford’s decision not to build the Focus four-cylinder. The Ford decision ‘‘creates an even bigger opportunity for us’’ with the Cruze, he says. ‘‘I was a little bit surprised that Ford didmakethat announcementbasedon where we think our program is,’’ he said. ‘‘Having said that they started with a European starting point. ‘‘We started from a global perspec- tive where ours is a global platform that will be used around the world. ‘‘From where I sit today I’m abso- lutely sure we can do really well with our car.’’ The Commodore can achieve fourcylinder-like economy from its new engines and promises further technology gains to lift economy $12,990 DRIVE AWAY GETZ FROM B RACT 2009 MOST ECONOMICAL LIGHT CAR TO OWN AND RUN3 >> 6.1L/100km^ >> Bluetooth® audio >> Immobiliser and alarm >> Remote keyless entry >> Power windows >> Full size spare wheel GETZ 5 DOOR FROM $13,990 DRIVE AWAY C ALL BACKED BY AUSTRALIA’S FIRST 5 YEAR UNLIMITED KILOMETRE WARRANTY.* awardwinningcars.com or call 1800 186 306 $22,990 DRIVE AWAY TUCSON FROM D RACT 2009 MOST ECONOMICAL COMPACT SUV TO OWN AND RUN4 >> 2.0 CVVT Twin Cam engine >> 8.0L/100km^ >> ABS with EBD >> ESP Stability Control >> Traction Control >> Bluetooth® >> Full size spare wheel >> 16” alloys audio THAT’S OUR PROMISE TO YOU OF OUR OUTSTANDING QUALITY AND RELIABILITY. MOTORS PTY LTD HOBART CNR COLLINS AND BARRACK ST HOBART 6230 7220 Conditions: All cars must be ordered and delivered between 1st and 31st August 2009. Offer valid at participating dealers on existing dealer stock while stocks last. Offers exclude fl eet, rental and govt. buyers and vehicles used for commercial purposes. Hyundai reserves the right to change, supersede or extend these offers. The 5 Year/ unlimited kilometre warranty is only applicable to vehicles used for private and domestic use and is not applicable for vehicles used for certain high mileage commercial purposes i.e. courier, security and rental cars. 1. 2008 Australia’s Best Mid Size Car under $28,000 awarded by Australia’s Best Cars to i30 SX . 2. Most Economical Small Car to Own and Run 2009 awarded by RACT to i30 petrol. 3. 2009 RACT Operating Cost Survey for Getz 1.4 S. 4. 2009 RACT Operating Cost Survey for Tucson City. iPod® is a registered trademark of Apple Computer Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. Bluetooth® is a registered trademark of Bluetooth SIG, Inc. ^ADR 81/02 fuel consumption will vary depending on a combination of driving habits, road conditions and condition of vehicle. A) Campaign price for i30 SX hatch manual petrol. B) Campaign price for Getz 1.4, 3 door manual. C) Campaign price for Getz 1.4, 5 door manual. D) Campaign price for Tucson City SX manual. HMCA453/20x7/HM
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