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The Mercury Cars Guide : September 5th 2009
2--- Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au Saturday, September 5, 2009 Bright new Spark for Holden It's nearly time for a new small- car Spark at GM Holden. But it's also time to say goodbye to the Astra --- even the convertible. Paul Gover reports WAVE OF THE FUTURE: GM Holden's Spark will fill the gap left by the discontinuation of the Astra. 'It's just not viable to import the Astra any more. We wanted to keep Astra but it would not have been competitive ' HOLDEN'S small- car lineup is being tweaked as Hol- den puts a greater emphasis on its compact cars following the launch of the Cruze and with Commo- dore sales still down from their historic highs. The Spark is almost cer- tain to come as a sub-$13,000 benchmark for the brand, while the Astra family has been chopped because it cannot be made price com- petitive from Europe. The Spark --- also called the Daewoo Matiz where it is built in Korea --- has just been revealed as a Chevrolet hero for global sales. The design was developed from a series of three baby concepts cars that were dis- played two years ago at the Frankfurt Motor Show. It has a 1-litre four- cylinder engine which should make it ideal to compete against the upcom- ing wave of Chinese im- ports, as well as growing Holden's range below the Barina. It has fuel economy of just 5.9L/100km and there are also plans for a three- cylinder diesel model in the future. ''There is lots of interest. We are taking a close look at it,'' GM Holden's product spokesperson, Kate Lons- dale, admits. ''It's not a market we currently compete in, be- cause it's a mini car.'' Lonsdale says Holden is not rushing to make a deci- sion on the Spark, which is being promoted as a Chevro- let and not a Daewoo in the GM world, because it wants to make the right choice. ''Decision time? We can- not say at the moment,'' she says. ''This is a global car. It's the Chevrolet Spark that we're looking at. ''It's the same as the Cruze, which was always developed as a global prod- uctandisnowsoldasa Holden. But there is no uncer- tainty on the Astra. It is out, despite a long run of solid sales, partly because Holden is putting all its small-car eggs into the Cruze basket with early se- dan imports and then local production of a hatch --- and perhaps a small wagon --- in Adelaide from next year. ''We really did look at every way we could contin- ue with the car. It's been a very tough decision, not one we've taken lightly,'' Lons- dale says. ''It's just not viable to import the Astra any more. We wanted to keep it but it would not have been com- petitive.' She also denies the Astra move was forced by the emphasis on Cruze. ''The decisions weren't strictly linked,'' Lonsdale says. The Astra is still listed as a five-door hatch from $22,290, with the wagon from $26,090 and three-door SRi from $28,790, but Lonsdale says it is now well into runout, with the final sup- plies already landed from Europe. ''We haven't imported any for several months,'' she says. www.thecarmart.com.au 6211 0566 14 Derwent Park Rd, Derwent Park David Strang 0404 724 986 Mark Patterson 0417 025 936 Todd Jackson 0419 514 956 Rob Sylvester 0418 124 226 (Finance) Easy on-site finance available 14178Jono 89 Ford Courier 4WD F/tray 2.6lt manual, 183,000kms. $4995 99 Hyundai Lantra Sportswagon 1.8lt manual, p/s, a/c, 125,000kms, alloys. $7995 82 Nissan Patrol Wagon 3.3lt manual, diesel, p/s, a/c, as traded, work horse, drives well. $3250 97 Daewoo Leganza SX 2.0lt auto, p/s, a/c, electrics. $4995 99 Daewoo Matiz SE Manual, p/s, a/c, absolute fuel miser, value at... $3995 97 Hyundai Excel 1.5lt manual, a/c, alloys, bodykit. $4495 00 Honda Civic GLi 1.6lt manual, p/s, a/c, alloys, 120,000kms, quality hatch, nice. $7995 04 Renault Scenic 2.0lt manual, p/s, a/c, electrics, alloys, 118,000kms, quality. $9995 98 Ford Festiva GLi 1.5lt manual, p/s, alloys, 120,000kms, very smart little car. $4995 91 Holden VN Commodore Exec 3.8lt auto, p/s, moderate kms. $2995 $4995 $9995 97 Kia Mentor GLX 1.5lt, p/s, a/c, 153,000kms, much sought after small auto, electrics. 02 Toyota Camry Advantage 2.2 auto, p/s, a/c, electrics, alloys, just 70,000kms, a superb example loaded with features. Specialising in cars... Under$10,000 www.thecarmart.com.au 02 Holden VX Commodore II 3.8lt auto, p/s, a/c, clean, popular. $9995 02 Mercedes MB100 Van 2.9lt, diesel, p/s, a/c, electrics, 137,000kms. $9995
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