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The Mercury Cars Guide : November 7th 2009
Saturday, November 7, 2009 Classifieds 62 300 400 carsguide.com.au ---3 Ultimate test decides pinnacle of motoring PAUL GOVER THE search for the 2009 CarsGuide Car of the Year begins today and will culminate in the big announce- ment of the winner on Friday, November 27. The field for the COTY contest will be set over the next two weeks as the 100-plus new arrivals this year --- everything from the baby Suzuki Alto to Holden's latest economy-focused Commodore and the brutally luxurious BMW X6 M --- is whittled down by the most experi- enced team of jurors in Aus- tralian motor- ing. Between them, the nine COTY judges, including the Mercury's Keith Didham, have more than 150 years of combined experience as reporters, testers and commentators on the Australian motor industry. They also make up the only coast-to-coast crew and are drawn from News Limited daily papers and the carsguide.com.au website. The first group of five COTY finalists will be named next week, with the final members of the 10-car field locked into place the week after. Once the field is set, the judges will assess the contenders for their value, safety, economy, style and comfort, with the objective of find- ing the car that does the best job in every area, at the best price, for Australian car buyers in 2009. The test process is exhaustive, from city, country and highway running, to a racetrack session at Lakeside in Queensland to assess the car's dynamic and safety abili- ties. The 2009 COTY will join a long and strong list of previous winners, from the Holden Commodore VT in 1997 to the Ford Falcon G6E, which took the crown in 2008. This year's COTY contest begins today with the naming of the four cars that will fight for the Green Car of the Year award. There is also a People's Choice award, run through the website: carsguide.com.au. TokeepupwithalltheCarof the Year news, including details of the People's Choice award, head to carsguide.com.au green efficiency COMING SOON: BMW 118d offers hybrid-busting fuel economy. FORD FIESTA ECONETIC (1.6L turbo diesel, 66kW/200Nm; 3.7L/100km; $24,990 drive away) Due to hit salerooms on December 1, the Fiesta Econetics is a fuel-sipper par excellence ... in fact, its official 3.7L/100km economy will claim the mantle of Australia's most fuel effi- cient car. The frugal Fiesta, which is pow- ered by a 1.6-litre four-cylinder diesel engine, is identical to the normal range of Fiestas in most regards, but gains from super-efficient tuning of the engine and gearbox as well as improved aerodynamics and low- rolling resistance tyres. The Fiesta Econetic makes a strong argument not only on its efficiency but also on its sharp driveaway pric- ing. MINI D (1.6L turbo diesel, 80kW/240Nm; 3.9L/100km; $33,750) Another that proves that being green need not be boring. Has all the classic looks of the standard Mini but in a package that keeps its carbon footprint to a minimum. As well as its efficient engine the Mini offers brake energy regenera- tion, auto stop/star and electric power steering. At 3.9L/100km, the Mini D matches the best of the Hybrids for fuel efficiency but loses out a little on practical space. Every little bit helps. FUEL TO PARTY: 2009 Ford Fiesta Econetic will claim the mantle of Australia's most fuel efficient car. All 4 the adventure sale price: END OF YEAR SALE! IF YOU KNEW YOU WOULD BE IN A SUBARU TOO! Plus Impreza R includes: » 3 year/unlimited km warranty » Alloy wheels » Dual exhausts (sedan only) » Cruise Control » Power everything » CD player with MP3 » Air conditioning » ABS and EBD » High retained resale value EXIGA Horizontally Opposed Boxer Engine. 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