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The Mercury Cars Guide : October 10th 2009
16--- Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au Saturday, October 10, 2009 Concept has a sporting chance The Toyota Celica is back. Well, almost. Paul Gover finds out what Toyota has in store for its latest concept. ON THE WAY: The Toyota FT-86 concept car will be rolled out at this month's Tokyo Motor Show. IT'S not called the Celica yet, and it's not confirmed for production yet, but the Toyo- ta FT-86 Concept is the best sign yet that the world's biggest car-marker wants to put a sporty coupe back into its line-up. It is also proof that Toyota is serious about its sports car collab- oration with Subaru, since the FT-86 packs a two-litre boxer en- gine under its bonnet that is being provided by its new go-faster partner. The Toyaru coupe should go live within a year and is likely to make it to Australia in the early months of 2011 as both a Toyota and --- with visual tweaking --- a Subaru. No one at Toyota Australia is prepared to talk about the FT-86, which will be rolled out at this month's Tokyo Motor Show as Toyota tries to put some positive spin back into the car business after the global economic crisis. Even Toyota in Japan is keeping everything but the basic details a secret. It admits the car has the two- litre flat-four engine and says the car has an overall length of 4160mm, a width of 1760mm, is 1260mm tall, and rolls on a 2570mm wheelbased. The car is a genuine five-seater with a low centre of gravity and lightweight construction. It is painted in a colour called Flash Red, with a leather-wrapped interior in black and cream. Toyota says the cabin is deliber- ately minimalistic to give a sporty feel, ''with many of the structural elements left uncovered''. The other Toyota Tokyo concept to break cover this week is the FT- EV II, an electric city car. It is nowhere near as funky as the Renault and Peugeot electric concept cars that starred at the Frankfurt Motor Show last month, but it proves Toyota is accelerating plans to have a range of plug-in cars in production in the next few years. Toyota says the EV-II is even smaller than its current baby, the iQ, but can still seat four adults. It uses drive-by-wire technology to replace the conventional steer- ing wheel and pedals with a joystick, a move that also frees up more legroom in the cabin. It has a low-set nose that even includes an extra window below the windscreen to improve visibility for parking, with sliding electric doors on both sides. Proving the EV-II is a produc- tion test-bed, Toyota claims a top speed of 100km/h and an 80km range between charges, though it has yet to reveal any details of the electric powerpack or battery system. www.djmotors.com.au firstname.lastname@example.org Glenorchy 275 Main Road, Glenorchy Phone: 6213 3 315 Brian Anning 0418 531 853 Chris Wakefield 0400 635 446 Allan Gebel 0428 729 659 Hobart 1a Brisbane Street, Hobart Phone: 6213 3300 Warren Amos 0417 544 829 Luke Mitchell 0408 545 146 Easy finance available with DJ Financial Services †To approved business clients only, with a $2,500 deposit over five years with a 30% residual payment. Interest rate 10.50%. 06 MAZDA 3 MPS Hatch 2.3 litre 190kW 6-speed manual 4 cylinder turbo body kit 18 ˝ alloy wheels six airbags sports seats & suspension stability & cruise control. Stock No. 321890 ONLY$29,990 DRIVE AWAY 08 NISSAN Micra City 1.4 litre automatic six airbags 6discCD alloy wheels new vehicle warranty until August 2012 Stock No. 321713 ONLY$14 ,990 DRIVE AWAY $7.75 per day† DRIVE AWAY -- NO MORE TO PAY at DJ MOTORS $16 .50 per day†
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