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The Mercury Cars Guide : February 6th 2010
Saturday, February 6, 2010 Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au ---11 Tassie car thieves keep early hours DAYLIGHT ROBBERY: More than one in three cars is stolen in the morning. TASMANIAN car thieves are early ri- sers, making most of their attacks between dawn and noon. More than one in three cars is stolen during the morning, according to 2009 data from car insurance company Budget Di- rect. Budget Direct spoke- sperson Richelle Ward said it was surprising to see how many ve- hicles were stolen in broad daylight. ''One might think thieves would prefer to operate through the night, which is simply not the case,'' she said. While the data shows that most thefts occur in winter around the nation and during summer in Queensland, Tas- mania's crime peak is in September which accounts for almost one in three car thefts. Throughout the na- tion the most popular vehicle for thieves is the Holden Commo- dore which has also been the top seller for the past decade. However, in Tas- mania, the popular Subaru Liberty shares the top spot with Commodore. Budget Direct data also shows half of all accidents across the nation occur between noon and 6pm on a Wednesday. SX4 the way to go for Suzuki Australia SUZUKI will retain the SX4 model name, despite Queens- land going its own way and returning to Liana for its two-wheel-drive versions. As the SX4 now arrives with a more powerful engine, new transmissions and extra safety and creature fea- tures, Suzuki Australia has decided to stick with the SX4 brand. Suzuki Auto Company distributes Suzuki cars in Queensland, while Suzuki Australia distributes to the rest of the country. Suzuki Australia communications manager Andrew Ellis says there is ''no going back'', despite the Liana name getting a boost from its ex- posure on the popular Top Gear show as the celebrity hot-lap vehicle. ''For us, SX4 is the new car and Liana is the old car,'' Ellis says. ''I'm not sure whether our cus- tomers are huge watchers of the Top Gear show, anyhow.'' The new SX4s come with a couple of firsts for the Japanese company. They feature Suzuki's first continu- ously variable automatic trans- mission and the first six-speed man- ual in a Suzuki car. The CVT has a tiptronic manual- gear selection mode via the centre console shifter or with paddles on the steering wheel in the up-spec models. Suzuki claims the CVT improves fuel economy to 7.6L/100km, from a previous 8.5L/100km in the four- speed automatic front-wheel-drive (FWD) model. The SX4 now also comes with a new J20B two-litre engine with four valves per cylinder, variable-valve timing and a power boost from 107 to 112kW. And prices have gone down, thanks to the 5 per cent drop in import duty and competitive market strategies. Most will sell at driveaway prices about the same or cheaper than previous manufacturer list prices. FWD SX4s come in GLX hatch and S-Series sedan and hatch, while the all-wheel-drive (AWD) SX4 comes in GLX and S-Series hatch only. Starting prices are $20,490 (plus on- road costs) for the SX4 manual FWD hatch up to $25,490 for the SX4 AWD S-Series manual hatch. The CVT costs an extra $2000, and is available in every model. The SX4 gets a host of safety and feature update along with new ex- terior colours and an attractive honeycomb grille. GLX models now come with an auxiliary socket for MP3 players, new fabric seats, extra padding on the door armrests, a new instrument cluster and a single-fold rear seat to replace the tumble fold. S-Series adds spoilers, leather steer- ing wheel, cruise control, CVT shift paddles, keyless start, a centre spea- ker in the dashboard, front armrests and climate-control air-conditioning. Cruise control is optional on GLX models while Bluetooth hands-free mobile phone connection ($500) and an iPod cable ($300), which provides full connectivity with control from the steering wheel, are available as options on all models. On the safety side, electronic stab- ility program (ESP) --- turned off by holding the centre console button for five seconds --- and six airbags are standard on all models, except the GLX FWD hatch. driving Top Gear celebrities should be able to punch out faster lap times with the new two-litre powerplant and close- ratio six-speed box. It gets a little noisy at top revs but not coarse like its predecessor, and the CVT doesn't scream its rubber pulleys off, either. The CVT functions efficiently to keep the revs high and the engine spinning in its peak torque band But it still struggles a little on hills and off the mark; the AWD models put the power down better. We were only allowed short three- lap bursts around Brisbane's Mt Cotton Driver Training Facility's skid pan, so it was impossible to determine its highway cruising capabilities. But the little car seems to track well with little body roll and only some protestation from the tyres. The AWD models held on longer in corners. The ESP function was given a solid test through a skid-pan slalom and passed with flying colours. On an anti-skid brake test from 120km/h to dead stop, the four-wheel discs brought it to a halt without major tail wagging but faded slightly after repeated punishment on a very hot day. Overall, the car feels light and manageable with quick turn-in and lively change of direction. The hatch and sedan have roomy accommodation with enormous boot space, the sedan's cargo area bigger than a Holden Commodore. 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