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The Mercury Cars Guide : August 15th 2009
8— Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au Saturday, August 15, 2009 Positive charge for electric vehicles ThisweekCarsGuide’s PaulGover talks fueleconomy,commercial hybridsandclassic Ferraris I REFERto your piece in the Mercury CarsGuide on August 8. I suggest that your comments about the viability of electric cars are unduly negative. You say they have a range of below 200km, which means they need recharging almost daily. Few people cover even 100km daily, which implies an annual distance of 36,500km. There should benodifficulty in plugging the vehicle in to a power point to recharge, say, from 10pm to 6am. More particularly, I suggest that most urban Australians do not need two cars, each capable of travelling long distances quickly. I suggest that the majority would be better served with one general-purpose car and one electric commuter car. The commuter car by defi- nition will almost always operate within speedrestricted areas, so a top speed of 70-80km/h should be no impediment, provided they have good acceleration, which would be a feature of electric cars. If these things are to get off the ground, the commuter car needs to be basic and simple: simple to maintain by the average mechanic, not a complex box of tricks, such as the Toyota Prius. Lewis Prince Hobart Good points, but not everyone can afford two cars. Commercial hybrids ARE any of the car com- panies looking at mak- ing hybrid commercial vehicles? I have seen that Hino are making a truck, but what about utes and vans? Neville Anderson Not yet. There are a range of hybrid buses and trucks, but nothing in the HiLux-HiAce sort of size. They will come, but right now the vehicles are far too costly for an economical return for trade use. Classic conundrum I’M considering buying a classic car, firstly for investment, secondly for enjoyment. Afriend mentioned to look at Ferraris, so I’ve been at it for about two months. A Ferrari mechanic said to me that only three years ago a 330 GTC was $90,000 to $100,000 and today they are $300,000 to $350,000. What models or other makes and models should I be looking at, and what is the best way to go about finding an honest car? Walter email What a great dilemma to have, but this is way be- choice, and a solid car, but the new Mazda3 is a lot better. Tanks a lot I MUST make a comment about ‘‘Fuels Rush In’’, submitted by Patricia Woolcock. One never runs out of fuel, despite what’s showing on the fuel gauge, if you always have half a tank of fuel — the top half. David Woods email Hazard lights IT may not be uncommon to receive mail regarding the irritating use of front foglights when not necessary, but my complaint is something of a different nature. yond our area and experience. SAFE CHOICE: The Subaru Impreza RS is a solid vehicle. claimed to achieve AFerrari willbethe best choice, but we have no idea which models will be best or how to make sure you are not burned. The first idea would be to head to Duttons in Melbourne and the Classic Throttle Shop in Sydney, and the excellent Octane magazine, to see what you like. Then watch the auctions and find a reputable Ferrari expert to help you when it’s time to buy. Camry claims I READ an article where you mentioned the new Toyota update Camry is 8.8l/100km. How true is this? It looks not much different to the superceded model, with the same five-speed auto gearbox and same engine. Has Toyota used lighter metal somewhere on the car or shape-twisting to get better aerodynamics to achieve this low fuel claim? Given the new locally made hybrid Camrys getting up early next year, I can not see the point for a mild upgrade when it will be superceded again in 2010. Vu Hoang email There are many ways to improve fuel economy The use of rear foglights without going to the basic structure. It can easily be done with engine tuning and minor mechanical changes, something as simple as an alternator that only works on demand, or an electric power steering system that cuts drag. Impreza impressions I AM interested in pur- chasing a Subaru Impreza RS and ask if you could provide advice on performance, safety and any other relative aspects that may be of interest to a buyer. David Bell email The Impreza is a safe when not foggy is even more distracting than the use of front fogs. Talking from experience of recently being stuck behind a new Mini that has two really bright rear fogs, I find it to be a real hazard. Granted, 95 per cent of Hyundai Excel drivers wouldn’t even know they are on. For thosewhodo, it is not a cool thing to have rear foglights on when not necessary, it’s just really annoying. Jordan Katsianis email Absolutely right. 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