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The Mercury Cars Guide : February 13th 2010
4--- Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au Saturday, February 13, 2010 Motion and emotion from Peugeot STYLE: Peugeot is looking ahead with its SR1 concept vehicle. This racy roadster is much more than just a designer's dream. Neil McDonald reports PEUGEOT'S new three- seater sportscar, called the SR1, signals a big change in design direc- tion for the French carmaker. The sleek road-runner adopts the company's new mantra --- motion and emotion. Gone are the elongated ''cat's eyes'' headlights and oversized grille, to be replace by ultra-thin eyebrow headlights and smaller grille that will feature on all new Peugeots. Visually the SR1 car uses a new removable plastic roof panel using technology borrowed from the world of sailing. Inside there is a three-seater layout with the third passenger behind the twin front seats. The car's instrumentation is also state-of-the-art, pairing futuristic crystal tubes to display the car's fuel consumption and range with a classic timepiece designed by Bell & Ross. Designers have also blended the traditional wood and leather in- lays around the cabin with black nickel and satin chrome. Apart from its styling, the SR1 also showcases new hybrid power- train technology that will roll out in the 3008 in Europe from next year. The HYbrid4 system uses a 162kW 1.6-litre turbocharged four- cylinder petrol engine, combined with a 70kW rear electric motor. In electric only mode, the car becomes a zero emission vehicle, with a combined fuel economy figure of 4.9 litres/100km and 119 g/km of CO2. With both powertrains operat- ing, the car develops 230kW to all four wheels. HYbrid4 technology will eventu- ally roll out across the Peugeot range. The sportscar uses a rigid, light- weight tubular chassis and four- wheel steering. The car's mechan- ical components and suspension are mounted to the chassis. The suspension consists of dou- ble wishbones with drop links at the front and the rear. The four-wheel steering system uses motorised links on the rear suspension wishbones to control the turning angle of the rear wheels depending on the car's speed. The SR1 makes its public debut at the Geneva Motor Show next month. Apart from the SR1, the car- maker will use the show to launch its new Lion symbol, which has been associated with Peugeot prod- ucts since 1858. The three-dimensional design discards the current blue flag background for a stronger effect. The RCZ, which arrives in local showrooms around September, will be the first car to display the new symbol. The current Peugeot blue colour also becomes darker and is now combined into the new font. As part of Peugeot's plan to move up the order in the world car market, the company is planning a product offensive between now and 2012. It will launch 14 new models. Locally, the new 3008 --- essentially a five-seater wagon that looks like a crossover all-wheel drive --- arrives around June. Instead of all-wheel drive, the 3008 uses a lighter optional electronic ''grip control'' system. Green efficiency the watchwords PEUGEOT is continuing to im- prove engine efficiency through its downsizing strategy for petrol and turbo-diesel HDi engines. The company is developing a new super-economical three- cylinder petrol engine and will launch its own version of the Mitsubishi i-MIEV, called the iOn, at the end of the year. The car is basically the same as the i-MIEV. It is powered by lithium-ion batteries that give it a top speed of 128km/h and a range of 128km when fully charged. Charging takes six hours via a standard household electrical socket or the car can be re- charged to 80 per cent of its capacity in just 30 minutes, via a rapid recharging unit. Peugeot Cars Australia spokes- man Mark McCartney says at present there are no plans to launch the car locally. But obviously with anything like a zero emissions vehicle, we'll keep an eye on it,'' he says. Any new green technology that saves fuel is becoming in- creasingly important.'' Introducing the new Audi A5 Sportback. More dynamic, more progressive, more doors. Audi presents a new generation of the iconic coup marque; a design so innovative, it occupies a space all of its own. With sweeping lines, classic silhouette and sporty styling, it's the coup you always wanted. While with a full array of progressive Audi technologies, it's the driving experience you always dreamed of. However what really sets this prestigious performance coup apart is that with four-door accessibility and two full sized rear seats, it oﬀers the functionality you really need. Welcome to a new space; in the dynamic, versatile new Audi A5 Sportback. Visit Audi Centre Hobart, 246 Murray Street Hobart, or call (03) 6238 3344 today. Coup drivers; welcome to a new space. verseas model shown. A 5 A 5S H X8 2
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