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The Mercury Cars Guide : September 5th 2009
Saturday, September 5, 2009 Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au ---3 A Flood of interest in the new FPV GREAT entries keep coming in from our Carsguide readers for the FPV Guest Tester competition, and it's hard to pick just one. This week our shortlist winner is Peter Flood of Launceston, who wrote: ''I currently own a 2006 F6, off warranty next month, and reviewing what to buy next.'' ''I am travelling 1100km per week and glad that I completed a two-day John Bowe driving course in April --- can't believe what I didn't know about driving. Would love the opportunity to put my new skills to the test with this FPV''. He wins a FPV prize pack worth $80, and joins others from around the country as contenders to win the final prize: the chance to test drive the new mystery FPV car being unveiled next month, with a guided tour of the FPV and Ford Performance Racing workshops with an FPR V8 Supercar drivers. To enter, go to carsguide.com.au and in the ''Guest Tester'' story tell us, in 50 words or less, why you want to win. You must be over 25 and hold a current full manual licence to enter. Include your contact details and address, and mention you saw the competition in our paper. Check back here each week to see if you're on the shortlist. The competition closes at 5pm EST, Friday September 11, and the name of the Guest Tester will be announced the following week. Step toward greener automative industry ELECTRIC: The Toyota Camry Hybrid sedan will begin full-scale production in November before release in February, 2010. Toyota gave more power to the people yesterday --- electric power. Neil McDonald reports 'The Camry hybrid will save owners $10 a week in fuel costs and cut their car's harmful CO2 emissions by one tonne a year ' TOYOTA'S first hybrid version of the Camry headed down the Altona production line yester- day, ahead of full-scale production starting in November. Initially 60 pilot cars will be built to test components and as- sembly procedures. But buyers will have to wait until February until it hits show- rooms. Victorian Premier John Brum- by and Federal Industry Minister Kim Carr were on hand with company executives at Altona to spruik the Toyota achievement. Carr said the newest hybrid was a significant step towards a green- er, more sustainable automotive industry. The hybrid version of Toyota's successful four-cylinder sedan is expected to cost about $33,000, $3000 more than the standard car. It will be 20 per cent more economical and have lower oper- ating costs than the petrol version. The sales forecast is 10,000 per year, with 300 to be exported to New Zealand. Toyota's senior executive direc- tor sales and marketing, David Buttner, said the car would help the environment ''as well as the hip pocket of Australian motor- ists''. ''The Camry hybrid will save owners $10 a week in fuel costs and cut their car's harmful CO2 emissions by one tonne a year.'' ''A driver travelling 50,000km a year could save more than $26 a week and 2.5 tonnes of CO2,'' he said. Buttner said securing local pro- duction was a significant mile- stone for the company. ''It would pave the way for helping secure local Camry pro- duction into the future and protect jobs and local manufacturing,'' he said. ''There are only five Toyota plants in the world that build this car,'' Buttner said. Buttner said the car would be pitched to environmentally- conscious Australians. He expects 25 per cent of Camry hybrid buyers to be mums and dads, with the rest government and fleet buyers. Like the company's small Prius hatch, the Camry hybrid uses a four-cylinder engine and small electric motor, called Toyota's Hy- brid Synergy Drive system. The hybrid battery recharges itself while driving and it will run on the electric motor alone at low speeds. Initially most of the hybrids components, including its electric motor, will be sourced from Japan. Critics have slammed the taxpayer-funded investment in the car and its lack of local sourcing of components. The Federal Government has committed $35 million as part of its green car innovation fund and the Victorian Government is be- lieved to have pledged $15 million. Butter said to achieve necessary economies of scale, hybrid produc- tion would have to reach 35,000 to 40,000 before there was any signif- icant local sourcing of compo- nents. ''But there is no reason that down the track, as we expand the hybrid range, that there can't be more local suppliers bought on board,'' he said. Toyota is planning to introduce eight new hybrids over the next four years and aims to have a hybrid model available in every model by 2020. 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