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The Mercury Cars Guide : November 14th 2009
Saturday, November 14, 2009 Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au ---11 is reborn as a Prius fighter SAFE AS HOUSES: Features such as airbags and stability control offer buyers peace of mind. ROOMY: Honda's new Insight features good interior space as well as adequate boot space. motor assist (IMA) technology --- is less powerful and less complex than Toyota's series parallel hy- brid which allows the Prius to drive short distances on electric motor alone, something the In- sight can not do. In the Insight the 1.3-litre 4-cylinder engine produces 98kW and 123Nm which is supplemented by the electric motor's 10kW of power and 78Nm of torque under heavy load and hard acceleration. The fuel efficiency upshot is that the Prius will return better figures in the order of around 1-1.5L/100km which equates to around $500 a year in fuel savings. While it sounds impressive it means a Prius owner will need to drive the car 30,000km a year for 20 years to recoup the difference in purchase price. on the road THE Insight owner will quickly notice where some of the savings are coming from. The car feels lighter than a Prius. The doors shut with a less satisfying solidity, hard plastics dominate the touch surfaces and the CVT gearbox and lightweight engine combine to produce a screaming cacophony when maxi- mum acceleration is demanded. The on-centre feel of the steering is vague to the point of being disconcerting yet it weights up nicely and gives quite acceptable feedback when the going gets enthusiastic and the twists and turns more challenging. It is not all one-way traffic, however. The Insight has reach adjustable steering (to go with the rake adjustment) and adjustable seat height neither of which are offered in the Prius. ''The upshot is a more real world driving position behind a dash that is well sorted and easily read.'' Interior space is good, if a little cramped in the rear for a full-size passenger. The boot is adequate for average requirements, although the load opening is on the narrow side and the space a little shallow. Ride quality on the MacPherson strut front suspension and H-shaped torsion beam rear is at the lower end of average on anything but freeway-smooth sur- faces. With a lowered ride height for efficiency and 15-inch rims and low rolling resistance 175/65 rub- ber there is plenty of information about the road surface transmitted to the cabin. There will be no compromise on safety for the Australian models with front, side and curtain air- bags and stability control standard on all cars. Smalley says the marketing plan will include two trim levels, although he says it is too early to confirm what other inclusions each model will have. It is the same ''too early to say'' comment about sales expectations. 275 Main Road, Glenorchy Phone: 6213 3315 Brian Anning 0418 531 853 • Chris Wakefield 0400 635 446 • Allan Gebel 0428 729 659 Good cars at cheap prices! 99 Ford AU Falcon Auto -- 4.0 litre ...........................$4,490 98 Holden Vectra GL Hatch -- manual ...................$4,990 98 Toyota Corolla Conquest -- 1.8 manual ..........$7,450 00 Holden Barina 5 Door -- 52,000km ................... $7,990 01 Laser LXi Sedan -- 1.6 manual .................................$8,250 03 Toyota Echo Hatch -- 55,000km .............................$9,500 01 Kia Sportage -- 4WD ......................................................$9,990 01 Nissan Pulsar ST Hatch Auto -- 1.8 litre.....$9,990 04 Mitsubishi TL Magna Sedan -- 3.5 litre.........$9,990 05 Ford Fiesta -- 25,000km .............................................. $10,990 01 Nissan Maxima ST -- 69,000km ........................... $12,490 05 Nissan Pulsar ST Auto -- 44,000km.................$13,990 98 Delica Exceed -- 4WD, people mover .....................$14,990 SPECIAL OF THE WEEK 01 Nissan Maxima ST 69,000km $12,990 Mazda 3 SP23 sedan $22,995 2.3lt manual, p/s, a/c, ABS, cruise, CD, c/lock, alloys, elec windows. Curtain airbags 07 Holden Crewman $21,995 3.6lt auto, p/s, a/c, ABS, cruise, airbags, CD, c/lock, elec windows & mirrors. ABS brakes "that s what I want!" Motors offer more than just quality used cars... range of vehicles 14784TH 08 Hyundai Getz 5 door 1.4lt manual, p/s, a/c, airbags, CD, c/lock, elec windows & mirrors. 07 Hyundai i30 SR hatch $23,995 2.0lt auto, p/s, a/c, ABS, cruise, airbags, CD, c/lock, alloys, elec windows. Curtain airbags 08 Nissan Tiida hatch $17,995 1.8lt auto, p/s, a/c, ABS, airbags, CD, c/lock, elec windows & mirrors. Cruise control 07 Ford Focus LX sedan $18,995 2.0lt auto, p/s, a/c, ABS, airbags, CD, c/lock, alloys, elec windows, low kms. ABS brakes 06 Toyota Corolla Seca $13,995 1.8lt manual, p/s, a/c, CD, c/lock, elec mirrors. Very reliable 06 Holden Astra AH Diesel $21,995 1.9lt auto, p/s, a/c, ABS, cruise, CD, 4 x airbags, c/lock, alloys, elec windows. diesel 02 Toyota Corolla Ascent $11,995 1.8lt manual, p/s, a/c, alloys, tinted windows. Alloy 07 Subaru Impreza WRX $32,995 2.5lt manual, p/s, a/c, ABS, cruise, airbags, CD, c/lock, alloys. Side airbags 5 star safety 07 Commodore Wagon $23,995 3.6lt auto, p/s, a/c, ABS, cruise, CD, 4 x airbags, c/lock, alloys, elec windows. Side airbags 07 Ford Falcon BFII Wagon XT $17,995 4.0lt auto, p/s, a/c, ABS, cruise, airbags, CD, c/lock, elec windows & mirrors. LPG 08 Toyota Corolla Levin $23,995 1.8lt 6 speed manual, p/s, a/c, ABS, cruise, airbags, CD, c/lock, alloys. 04 Commodore 1 Tonner S Pak $17,995 3.6lt auto, p/s, a /c, ABS, cruise, airbags, CD, c/lock, alloys, elec windows. Dual airbags 06 Ford Territory TS $27,995 4.0lt auto, p/s, climate a/c, ABS, cruise, 6x airbags, CD, c/lock, alloys, tint. Curtain airbags 07 Mitsubishi Outlander ZG LS $27,995 2.4lt semi-auto, p/s, a/c, ABS, cruise, dual airbags, CD, c/lock, elec windows. AWD safety 07 Subaru Forester XS $22,995 2.5lt auto, p/s, a/c, ABS, cruise, airbags, CD, c/lock, elec windows, tint. AWD safety 07 Holden WM Statesman $35,995 3.6lt auto, p/s, a/c, ABS, cruise, airbags, CD, c/lock, alloys, elec windows, leather. 09 Nissan Patrol ST-S 3.0lt manual, diesel, p/s, a/c, ABS, CD, airbags, bull bar, ex raffle car, only 850km. 7 seater 07 Toyota Prado GXL 3.0lt auto, diesel, p/s, climate a/c, ABS, airbags, CD, c/lock, alloys. Stability control 00 Toyota Hilux 4x4 Dual Cab $17,995 3.0lt manual, diesel, p/s, CD, bull bar, canopy, sunraysias, roof racks, tow bar. Loads of Star Promise 5 Star Promise 5 Star Promise 5 01 Hyundai Trajet GLS 2.7lt auto, p/s, a/c, ABS, cruise, airbags, CD, c/lock, alloys, elec windows, 7 seats. ABS brakes 06 Toyota Camry Ateva $21,995 2.4lt auto, p/s, a/c, ABS, cruise, CD, c/lock, alloys, elec windows & mirrors. Star Promise 5 Star Promise 5 Star Promise 5 02 Mercedes Vito Van 113 $16,995 Auto, p,s, a/c, airbags, ready for work. 2 available. Cargo barrier Star Promise 5 08 Commodore SS Sportwagon 6.0lt auto, p/s, a/c, ABS, cruise, airbags, CD, c/lock, alloys, elec windows, low kms. used cars Star Promise 5 Our 5 star promise to you: 3 year, 175,000km written warranty Fully workshop tested, rectified & serviced Low cost, 3 year fixed price service plan 36 months/24 hour roadside assistance Statewide service back-up COMPETITIVE RATES PHONE FOR PRE-APPROVAL FULL RANGE OF PLANS & OPTIONS NO GIMMICKS, JUST GREAT DEALS Motors Used Glenorchy 270 Main Rd, 6211 0650 All our quality used vehicles at your fingertips... www.motors.com.au/carsearch Giuseppe Di Santo 0418 124 881 Adrian Kaczmarski 0408 589 568 Ian Struthers 0417 533 782 Star Promise 5 Star Promise 5 Star Promise 5 Star Promise 5 Star Promise 5 Stability control ABS brakes Stability control Star Promise 5 Star Promise 5
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