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The Mercury Cars Guide : January 9th 2010
4— Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com .au Saturday, January 9, 2010 New Beetle reaches end of the road LAST OF THE BREED: The Beetle is bowing out with a ‘‘Final Edition’’ version after 10 years of production. After more than 10 years and 1,000,000 cars, the fashion- friendly Beetle is finally bowing out. Neil McDonald reports T HE last of the modern water- cooled front-drive ‘‘New Bee- tle’’ is being celebrated with the unveiling of a ‘‘Final Edition’’ version. Just 3000 powder blue coupe and convertibles will be sold in North America. Already hundreds have been snapped up by collectors since the model was announced at the recent Los Angeles motor show. However, the quirky two-door will soldier on in Australia at least this year before the next-generation car arrives in Europe in 2011. Volkswagen is not revealing too much about the new car, except to say it will continue with the famous bug shape. But it is expected to be lighter, roomier and more fuel efficient with a range of alternative powertrains, in- cluding a possibly hybrid version to complement VW’s new-generation petrol and diesel engines. The 2011 Beetle is expected to share its underpinnings with the new Golf and should promise better handling. Although the design will be an evolution of the Beetle look, Volk- swagen HQ is known to be looking at broadening the car’s appeal from its mostly female fan base. Volkswagen Australia spokesman, Karl Gehling, says the car has been very popular with female buyers locally. More than 50 per cent of buyers are women under the age of 30. Gehling says the ‘‘Final Edition’’ will only be available in America. ‘‘But we do have some plans for limited edition models here,’’ he says. Locally VW has introduced the limited-edition Miami version and 2008 anniversary editions, which proved popular with buyers. In the US VW even sold a hot pink ‘‘Barbie’’ version to celebrate the doll’s 50th anniversary last year. ‘‘It’s the type of car that lends itself to special editions,’’ Gehling says. He addes, although it has not been a big seller locally throughout its life, the company is happy with sales. ‘‘It is not a volume product but it is consistent,’’ he says. The ‘‘New Beetle’’ was based on the 1994 Detroit Show car called Concept 1. When it finally hit production in 1998 the car ditched the original’s air- cooled rear engine layout for a modern water-cooled front engine and front wheel drive based on the Golf. Instead of being built in Germany, the modern Beetle came out of Puebla, Mexico. Each special North American Bug gets ‘‘Final Edition’’ badging, special steering wheel and sports suspension. 2009 & 2008 AUSTRALIA’S BEST MID SIZE CAR UNDER $30,000 1 2009 MOST ECONOMICAL SMALL CAR TO OWN AND RUN2 2009 WHEELS MAGAZINE GOLD STAR CAR3 >> 2.0 Petrol >> 7.2L /100km^ >> iPod® & USB connectivity >> ESP Stability Control with Traction Control >> ABS with EBD >> Glovebox drinks cooler >> Full size spare stylE FROM $19,990C DRIVE AWAY LIFE-SAVING TECHNOLOGY >> 2.0 CVVT Twin Cam engine >> ABS with EBD >> ESP Stability Control >> 7.4L/100km^ >> Bluetooth® >> 105kW of power >> Immobiliser and alarm >> Air Con with pollen filter >> Full size spare Elantra VALUE hyundai.com .au/offers or call 1800 186 306 MOTORS PT Y LTD HOBART CNR COLLINS AND BARRACK ST HOBART 6230 7220 Conditions: All cars must be ordered and delivered between 1st and 31st January 2010. Offer valid at participating dealers on existing dealer stock while stocks last. Offers exclude fleet, rental and govt. buyers and vehicles used for commercial purposes. Hyundai reserves the right to change, supersede or extend these offers. The 5 Year/ unlimited kilometre warranty is only applicable to vehicles used for private and domestic use and is not applicable for vehicles used for certain high mileage commercial purposes i.e . courier, security and rental cars. 1 . 2009 & 2008 Australia’s Best Mid Size Car under $30,000 awarded by Australia’s Best Cars to i30 SX. 2. Most EconomicalSmallCar to Own and Run 2009 awarded byRACT to i30 petrol. 3 . Wheels MagazineGoldStarCar - Small Car under$26,000 awardedtoi30SX CRDi. 4 .2009 RACT Operating Cost Survey for Getz1.4 S . iPod® is a registered trademark of Apple Computer Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. Bluetooth® is a registered trademark of Bluetooth SIG, Inc ^ADR 81/02 fuel consumption will vary depending on a combination of driving habits, road conditions and condition of vehicle. A) Campaign price for i30 SX hatch petrol manual. B) Campaign price for Getz 1.4, 3 door manual. C) Campaign price for Elantra SX manual. HMC A972/HPC/ HM FROM$12,990B DRIVE AWAY 2009 WHEELS MAGAZINE GOLD STAR CAR4 >> 6.1L / 100km^ >> Bluetooth® >> Full size spare >> Immobiliser and alarm >> Remote keyless entry >> Air Con with pollen filter GETZ ECONOMY FROM $19,990A DRIVE AWAY 2009 MODEL
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