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The Mercury Cars Guide : December 5th 2009
14--- Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au Saturday, December 5, 2009 Holden nothing back on safety SO CLOSE: The Holden Spark received a four-star rating from Euro NCAP tests, missing out on five stars because it is not fitted with ESP in Europe. Quote1 The upcoming baby Holden Spark is the only significant loser from the latest round of new-car crash tests in Europe. Paul Gover reports T HE Holden Spark, still to be confirmed but most likely to become a price-leading Barina in Australia next year, only manages a four-star score in the Euro NCAP tests. It's not a bad result, but the NCAP benchmark now in Australia, Europe and Japan is a five-star score. The Spark only misses five stars because ESP is not fitted as standard in Europe, though that is unlikely to be a problem in Australia because Victoria forces all makers to fit stability control on vehicles sold in the state from next year. The list of five-star NCAP successes grows through the latest testing to include the Mazda3 and Mercedes- Benz E Class already on sale, as well as the BMW X1, Citroen DS3 and Peugeot 5008 expected here next year. The Holden Cruze, which already has a five-star tick thanks to ANCAP testing locally, is confirmed with five stars after crashes with a Chevrolet- badged left-hand drive model. And GM was praised by Euro NCAP for its overall safety work. ''The company has bounced back with two cars that have a commend- able level of safety performance,'' says Euro NCAP chief Dr Michiel van Ratingen of the Cruze and the Astra. Cars not sold in Australia to make the five-star hit list are the Infiniti FX, Mercedes-Benz GLK, Opel Astra and Volkswagen Scirocco, while the Toyota Urban Cruiser, a Europe-only model, trailed the pack with a lack- lustre three-star result. ''The result from Toyota is disap- pointing, but in 2010, we predict further results like these as Euro NCAP's next stage of the rating scheme kicks in and requirements become even tougher,'' van Ratingen says. Euro NCAP is pushing hard with testing, rating both seats and head restraints for whiplash protection, as well as including a score for safety assistance systems. ''The Citron DS3, Infiniti FX, Peugeot 5008 and the Mercedes GLK have driver-controlled speed limitation sys- tems fitted as standard, or soon to be introduced as standard. These systems greatly assist the driver in maintaining the safest speed,'' van Ratingen says. www.howsafeisyour car.com.au OPEN ALL WEEKEND Cnr Harrington and Bathurst Streets, Hobart. Ph 6237 1199 autorent.com.au Vehicle for illustration purposes only. Prices don't include the 3% Government Stamp Duty and $23 transfer fee. NEW CAR WARRANTY TO LATE 2011 OR 130,00KM • Automatic • All Electrics • Air conditioning • 105lW economical 2.0 lt engine • ABS/EBD • MP3/CD • Speed sensitive door locks • Seat bely pre-tensioners and many superb features From From only $15,290 $13,990 2017568-49 HUGE RANGE OF OTHER LATE MODEL CARS - OPEN 9-5 SAT & SUN FINANCE AVAILABLE EVEN LESS WITH YOUR TRADE-IN! 06/07 Hyundai SX Elantra New technology abounds in a sleek and desirable new shape. BALANCE OF FACTORY WARRANTY 4 cylinder 2.4L auto, remote keyless entry, immob, alarm, ABS, cruise ctrl, CD, air cond, pwr wind, beautiful ambience. OPEN ALL WEEKEND THE BEST FOR LE$$ END OF SEASON CLEARANCE EVEN LESS WITH YOUR TRADE-IN! From $16,390 • Automatic • Cruise control • Efficient 4 cylinder • Air conditioning • Power windows • Twin airbags • ABS/EBD • CD player • Remote central locking • Legendary reliability long life/resale Toyota classic family car for the long run 2006 Toyota Camry Altise 2007 Hyundai Sonata Sedan EVEN LESS WITH YOUR TRADE-IN! $27,990 Luxury leather seats + electric sunroof, airbags x4, full electrics, 5 speed man AWD wagon incl hill holder. Warr. Just arrived. EVEN LESS WITH YOUR TRADE-IN! From only $22,990 • Air conditioning • Power windows • Remote central locking • Cruise control • ABS brakes • Moon roof/sunroof • Alloy wheels ST-S model Compact 4WD with 2WD mode for even better fuel consumption EVEN LESS WITH YOUR TRADE-IN! 2006/2007 Grand Carnival 8 Seat Wagons Jam-packed with features -- bigger luggage space than all 8 seater -- easy fold down rear seats for even bigger luggage space! Must see. Warranty 2007 Nissan X Trail Sunroof From $24,490 2007 Subaru Forester Columbia Wagon OPEN ALL WEEKEND
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