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The Mercury Cars Guide : November 21st 2009
10--- Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au Saturday, November 21, 2009 When rivals become allies UNITED FRONT: The first of the new national motor shows will be in Sydney next year. The competing motor shows in Melbourne and Sydney will combine their efforts to launch an Australian motor show. Paul Gover reports The new national motor show will alternate between Sydney and Melbourne from next year. T HINGS are moving fast as Australia accelerates towards its first national motor show in the second half of next year. Full details are still un- der wraps but the basics are leaking as everyone in- volved begins work on a new model for local shows. There is now a joint venture between the Vic- torian Automobile Chamber of Commerce and the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries, who were previously rivals in running the events in Mel- bourne and Sydney. The show will now alter- nate between Sydney and Melbourne. The likely date for the first Australian Inter- national Motor Show, in Sydney, is September next year with the first Mel- bourne event running in June or July of 2011. Melbourne will continue with the Exhibition Centre as its venue, although talks are under way for a new location in Sydney or a massive upgrade of Darling Harbour . No one is confirming the top man at the motor show, but it is Russ Tyrie. He has led the Melbourne show for more than 15 years and is the most experienced per- son for the job. Car companies are also looking to build bridges af- ter the mass boycott of the Melbourne and Sydney shows this year that trig- gered talks of a merger. The walkout, led by big brands including Mercedes- Benz, hit hard in Mel- bourne, then forced the can- cellation of Sydney in Sep- tember. Car companies are also planning to spend biggest on a single annual event, with more head-office sup- port. The organisers are also working on a plan to create an Asia-Pacific showcase at a new time, without compe- tition overseas --- Mel- bourne always clashed with the Geneva show in Switz- erland, Sydney with Paris, Frankfurt and Tokyo --- and with the potential to create a truly landmark event. Of course, this is to be confirmed. But Tyrie is flat- out on something big at his Melbourne office and Mercedes is already talking about a big new commit- ment to the motor show from 2010. Saab on the move SAAB could become part of the new-car line-up at Australia's biggest independent auto importer, Ateco Automotive. Recent rumours have the Swedish brand leaving the GM Premium Brands stable at Holden, once the company's sale by GM is complete, with the Ateco operation run by Neville Crichton --- which already has everything from Great Wall to Ferrari and Maserati --- the most likely contender for a new distribution deal Down Under. Rev-up for Renault GORDINI is back as a suffix to Renault and could revive the legendary blue and white Down Under. Renault Australia may import the Clio Gordini as early as the first quarter of next year to bolster interest in the brand. It may also rekindle memories of the successful rally and race pursuits of the 1970s blue boxes with white stripes that characterised Amedee Gordini's mechanical prowess. Renault this week announced in the UK that the Renault Gordini name would return in two models of the Twingo and Clio. $ ectric fon aptiva 7.* Free ele sunroof every Ca 7 seats Over $7,500 extra value. 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