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The Mercury Cars Guide : October 10th 2009
Saturday, October 10, 2009 Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au ---9 Cars that 'see' crash coming A NEW generation of airbags, including one that inflates between passengers to prevent their heads clashing, is under development by Mercedes-Benz. An inflatable seatbelt, likely to be used first by Lexus, is also on the agenda as the German company looks for new ways to cut the world's road toll. ''We are seeing a lot of new ideas,'' said Dr Ulrich Mellinghof, head of safety development. He says cars are being fitted with 360-degree radar sensors and cameras that give the potential to ''prime'' a car for an unavoidable impact. ''When you know there is going to be a crash, you can accelerate the driver in the opposite direction, to absorb some of the forces,'' he said, comparing it with the idea of jumping as a runaway lift hits the ground. ''You only have to push the driver a little bit, maybe 10cm. ''The difference is that you know the right time to jump.'' On the airbag front, Mellinghof says there is still a lot of work to be done on protecting legs and heads. A front airbag between the driver and passenger is the next likely development. ''I think this is not so far away from production,'' he said. ''Maybe one or two years. Maybe in the next S Class, this could be a good start.'' How green is Honda's CR-Z? The return of the Honda CR-V sports coupe is finally a done deal, with a hybrid twist. Paul Gover reports APETROL- ELECTRIC CR-Z will be revealed in a fortnight as the centrepiece on the Honda stand at the 2009 Tokyo Motor Show. The car is fully road ready and should make it to Australia in the second half of next year, joining a new hybrid rush led by the all-new Insight and --- per- haps --- the upcoming Jazz hybrid. Full details are being kept secret until the show, but the CR-Z is intended to put sporty driving back into the Honda line-up for the first time since the death of the Integra, with the same styling tweaks of the CR-Z from the 1990s. The CR-Z will use a similar Integrated Motor Assist system to the one in today's Civic hybrid, com- plete with a 1.5-litre petrol engine upsized from the 1.3 in the Insight and a six- speed manual gearbox. Negotiations for local deliveries of the CR-Z, and the possible addition of the Jazz hybrid to the local line-up, will be led at the Tokyo Show by the head of Honda Australia, Yasu- hide Mizuno. But already the car is into planning for next year, probably with a price-tag in the $45,000 range. ''The CR-Z is certainly on our radar and we're doing everything we can to ensure the car is sold in Australia,'' spokesman for Honda Australia Mark Higgins said. ''But we have no timeta- ble yet --- the launch date has not been set.'' The Honda line-up in Tokyo will be built around a range of concept cars which pushes its commit- ment to greener motoring --- particularly electric and hydrogen power --- but will include a facelifted CR-V which will be in local showrooms before the middle of next year. RETURN: The Honda CR-Z to be unveiled at the 2009 Tokyo Motor show. Scamp a benchmark The 1969 Honda Scamp THE original Honda Scamp is being used as inspiration for a new electric city car. The Honda N360 will be unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show and could easily make the transfer, like the CR-Z coupe, to full-scale production. Honda says it has no plans to build the car but the shape has plenty of potential, without the solar panels fitted to the concept car to show how its on-board battery pack could be recharged. The stand will also include a hybrid six-seat MPV --- another concept car called the Skydeck. OPEN ALL WEEKEND Cnr Harrington and Bathurst Streets, Hobart. 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