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The Mercury Cars Guide : December 5th 2009
2--- Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au Saturday, December 5, 2009 LA gives us a glimpse ROLL MODELS: General Motors Hero Car concept sketches for the 2009 Los Angeles motor show, above, and the Honda Helix concept car, below. A trip to the Los Angeles motor show is like taking a Delorean into the future. You never quite know what you'll find, but it's bound to amaze the eyes. Neil McDonald time warps MIND control will drive the cars of tomorrow. Forget voice activation, in another 20 years cars will use mind control to turn on things like the indicators, adjust the radio volume or move the seat. If that's not crazy enough, some cars will imprint your genetic DNA to become a part of you. Others will use high-tech polymers that change a car's shape and colour to accommodate the driver's needs. These far-out sci-fi ideas are being presented as part of the Design Challenge at this week's Los Angeles Motor Show. Called Youthmobile 2030, this year's challenge has attracted more than 30 young designers who have cut loose to create what they think we'll be driving in 2030. Youthmobile 2030 managed to snare some of the most gifted young de- signers from Audi, Honda, General Motors, Mazda, Nissan and Toyota Technology is a key component of the Youthmobile 2030 cars so the concepts connect with a new car buying generation aged between 16 and 23 raised on mobile phones, web cams and on-line communities. Audi Audi eSpira and eOra Looking like a spiritual successor to the famous Silver Arrow cars, the eSpira pushes the Audi brand well into the 21st century. Using next-generation vehicle control logic, the driver activates and drives the eSpira through small body movements or gestures. The eSpira's designers say that even most direct, fluid form of vehicle control like flicking the indicators or adjusting the seat ''is only a thought away''. Joining the eSpira is the sportier eOra. Distinctly small and agile, the eOra is pitched at young buyers looking for an agile sportscar with a small greenhouse gas footprint. It shares the same control logic as the eSpira. GM Hero Car GM's crab-like Hero Car turns driving into an on-line gaming adventure. It will also challenge your skills against the car's autonomous drive systems. Its designers say the concept will actually teach a beginner to drive or challenge the experienced driver to improve their skills. Getting started is easy. Drivers can enter their destination into the navigation application on a smart phone and the car takes care of the rest. It will let you ''play along' and try to match the skill level of the system. As you become more proficient, the Car Hero ''unlocks'' vehicle controls to the point where the autonomous system is overridden and the driver is www.thecarmart.com.au 6211 0566 14 Derwent Park Rd, Derwent Park Mark Patterson 0417 025 936 Todd Jackson 0419 514 956 Rob Sylvester 0418 124 226 (Finance) Easy on-site finance available 15000jayne 06 Kia Rio JB sedan 1.6lt auto, p/s, a/c, electrics, alloys, 8/10 rego. SAVE $10,995 97 Mitsubishi Mirage CE hatch 1.5lt manual, p/s, economical, great first car. $3995 95 Seat Ibiza CLX hatch 1.4lt manual, p/s, a/c, 159,000km, 1 owner, c/lock. $3995 95 Mazda E1800 Compact van 1.8lt manual, 154,000km, new tyres, budget price. $4995 93 Holden Apollo SLX 2.2lt auto, p/s, 6/10 rego, reliable runabout. $2995 02 Hyundai Getz TB GL 1.5lt manual, p/s, a/c, 142,000km, award winning small car. $6995 97 Toyota Corolla CSi seca 1.6lt auto, p/s, a/c, popular shape, be quick. $4995 99 Daewoo Lanos hatch 1.5lt manual, p/s, a/c, 150,000km, 5 door, priced to sell. $3995 99 Holden Rodeo TF ute 2.2lt manual, p/s, 165,000, tonneau, top condition. $7995 $5995 $9995 93 Holden VQ II Statesman 5.0lt auto V8, p/s, a/c, electrics, alloys, ABS, cruise, climate control. 02 Holden Commodore VX II Acclaim 3.8lt auto, p/s, a/c, electrics, alloys, 164,000, towbar, airbag, lovely wagon. Specialising in cars... Under$10,000 www.thecarmart.com.au 98 Holden TR Astra City 1.6lt manual, p/s, a/c, alloys, c/lock, value plus. $3995 95 Saab 900 S hatch 2.5lt manual, p/s, a/c, electrics, alloys, sunroof, ABS. $6995 04 Hyundai Accent LC GL 1.6lt manual, p/s a/c, 38,000km, c/lock. SAVE $1000. $8995
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