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The Mercury Cars Guide : February 20th 2010
18--- Classifieds 62 300 400 carsguide.com.au Saturday, February 20, 2010 Tough going but soft inside LUXURY: The interior of the 2010 Nissan Patrol has comforts of a well-appointed lounge room. The big guns of off- roading are set for a major showdown. Mark Hinchliffe reports But never say never. The way the world is moving we should keep an open mind.' F OLLOWING in the foot- steps of the new V8-powered, independent suspension in the Toyota LandCruiser, Nissan has revealed its seventh-generation Patrol in the Mid-East. For the first time in Australia, it is powered by a V8. The 5.6-litre direct-injection engine has 400 horsepower and 550Nm of torque and features fully independent suspension rather than a live rear axle. Nissan Australia senior corpor- ate communications manager Jeff- rey Fisher pointed out that the Mid-East unveiling at the weekend was not a world launch and different configurations could be available here. ''They launched it with a V8 petrol engine because they are only interested in big petrol en- gines in the Mid-East,'' he says. ''However, we will take it [the V8], because we see a role for it. It's more frugal than previous ver- sions.'' Australia is likely to continue with the option of a four-cylinder diesel engine. Nissan has declared its intention to move toward small electric cars such as the Leaf, rather than hybrids. Fisher says Nissan has not men- tioned anything about a hybrid version of the Patrol. ''But never say never,'' he said. ''The way the world is moving we should keep an open mind.'' Fisher says the move to indepen- dent suspension would not reduce the hardcore off-road ability of the vehicle, however it is difficult to see its rock-crawling abilities matching the current GU series. ''Popular theory says that things with a live axle are better for rock- hopping, but where were heading with this [independent sus- pension] is that we think it is a good blend with the ladder suspension. ''The expectation is that it is every bit as good and will match the current Patrol in off-road ability, how- ever we don't have the ramp-over angles and details yet, so we can't tell.'' Nissan claims only about 15 per cent of Patrol owners worldwide take their vehicle off road. The new Patrol is not expected to arrive in Australia this year. ''We are still awaiting right- hand-drive production dates and spec advice,'' said Fisher. ''GU is the current model desig- nation, but were not sure what the next model designation will be. They are calling it P61G, but that may change.'' The t launch in Abu Dhabi presented a more luxurious look- ing Patrol with more leather, polished aluminium and wood grain trim, a cool- box in the centre console, multi- screen DVD enter- tainment system, seven-speed auto- matic trans- mission, more in- terior space especially in the second and third rows, a claimed quieter ride and a curtain of cold air over the windows to prevent heat from penetrating the cabin. It also has newly developed All Mode four-wheel drive, which al- lows the driver to electronically switch between sand, on-road, snow and rock modes. It has Hill Start Assist to prevent the vehicle rolling back and Hill Descent Control that uses the brakes to maintain a constant downhill speed of 7km/h in 4H mode and 4km/h in 4L mode. Patrol also features a Hydraulic Body Motion Control System to keeps it flatter with less body roll when cornering. Nissan has revised its Tyre Pressure Monitor System with a tyre inflation indicator that beeps the horn softly when the suitable pressure has been reached. Patrol also gets a new hydraulic brake booster and four-piston op- posed front calliper with larger 358mm front discs. Large SUV sales last year were down by almost a third, but Fisher says there is still room for large and capable off-road vehicles in Australia. ''Patrol is iconic and we would argue that it is one of the vehicles that has created a reputation for Nissan here,'' he says. Patrol was the first vehicle to successfully cross the Simpson Desert in Australia in 1962. ''When a lot of Australians think of a Nissan, they think of Patrol. ''It is a backbone in Australia for large 4WD wagons. Definitely something we want to continue. ''Sales have retracted a bit. In its heyday in the early 90s we were looking at 800 a month and we are about half of that now. ''But Cruiser 200 is back on the scene and doing well reviving their fortunes and we think that when new Patrol comes along we will help grow the whole sector.'' Motor Cycles KTM LC4 640 - 2006 Supermoto, new sprockets, chain and rear tyre, low ks, immaculate cond, $7,500 ono. Ph 0414 215 346. 0 KTM 2006 --- 625CC road/trail, LAMS. 0418 557 794 0 KTM250 EXC '98 good cond, new top end. Well maint'ed. $2,700. 0437 467 614 1 LAMS APPROVED Yamaha Virago 400 Cruiser, $4,200. 6273 7092. 0 ** MERC ** Motorworks Enduro Series ENDURO Sunday, 28th February 2010 ''Mace's'', Buckland Scruit/Race 7.30am/10.00am Please note scruitineering finishes at 9.00am sharp! $30 MA Licence, Race Fee $30 Senior, $20 Junior, $5 Land Owner Fee. $10 Merc Day Membership, $50 Merc Year Licence, $5 Scan Tag Fee. Turn (L) at the end of the Buckland Straight. Follow Signs For further information, please contact Israel on 0409 974 757 1Mini dirt bike 50cc -'09 Very little use, $550 ono. Ph 6247 1199. or 0417 709 568 1POSTIE BIKE, good cond, off road tyres, goes well, $750 ono. Ph 0400 997 579 0 QUAD BIKE TRAILER $600. Ph 0400 042 496. 0 Quad Bike Yam MOTO4 350, $1,800ono. 0428 342 200. 0R6 Yamaha '04 Mod Remus slip on, good cond, $7,000 firm. 0419 304 983 1 SELL OR SWAP Kawasaki ZZR, 250cc, 2001, 9,000 ks, immac cond, $4,400 ono or swap for early Holden, camper van, boat etc, plus cash adj. Ph 0418 120 440. 0 STMCA Grasstrack 21st Feb cancelled. Ph 0400 813 212. 1SUNTECH 250 trail bike, 4-stroke, brand new, cost $3,500, sell $2,900 ono. Ph 0438 144 633. 0 Suzuki A100 road bike 2 stroke, 1979 no rego, goes well, $500. 0418 295 485 0Suzuki DR 650 2006 4,000 kms, like new, $6,500 ono. Ph 0400 973 280. 1Suzuki DRZ125L '04 exc cond, $3,000. 0447300376 1 SUZUKI DRZ ROAD/TRAIL 250, good cond $3,800. Ph 0419 490 240. 0 SUZUKI GSX250F ACROSS A1 cond, just serviced, new tyres, extras $3,800 neg Ph 0427 303 689 0SUZUKI GSX250 Across, Ex 'L' Bike, 29k, '98, 6mth rego, no further use, $3,200. 0418 505 371, Sandford. 0 Suzuki GSXR 750 '04 yellow and black, exc cond, $8,300. Ph 0438 436 360. 0SUZUKI KING QUAD 700, 2 WD/4WD auto, high/low, good cond $6,800 ph 0439 633 697 0 SUZUKI RGV 250 '88 exc cond, $3,500 ono. Ph 0407 930 880 0SUZUKI SV650 2003 Black, exc cond, 37,400 ks, rear tyre hugger, sports exhaust, 9/10 reg, Ozzy Knobs, $5,500 0408 464534 1Suzuki 1200 Bandit 2004 Krauser panniers,heated grips stain tune exhaust 37,000k's. 12 mth reg $7,800... 6244 5391 0 Tasmanian Mini Bike Training Club Elderslie, 2010 season starts on Sunday February 21st. Plse note roster change old and new members welcome Enq Scott 0437 747 788 2THUMPSTAR 125 cc, semi auto, vgc, $550 ono. Ph 6243 9417 or 0407 986 040. 0 TRAIL XTR250 '09 exc cond, $3,500. 0416955250 1 TRIUMPH ADVENTURER '98, 27k, $7,800. Ph 0438 374 265 0TUONO 2005 2008 Street Triple, 1983 CR125, KH100, TE570. Ph 0400 735 726. 0 URGENT SALE MOVING INTERSTATE DIRT BIKE 2008 DMX 250CC full size, exc cond, regular service, Yamaha YZF plastics $1,200 ono. 0458 121 515. 0 WANTED TO BUY SIDE CAR HRD or DJP or similar. Ph 0408 126 567. 0YAMAHA FZ6, 2004 model, 10,000 klms, new tyre, excel- lent condition, with extras $7,500. Ph 0417 105 661. 0 YAMAHA ROAD/TRAIL WR 426cc, 2001, exc cond, reg, $5,500 neg. Ph 0418 170 844. 0 YAMAHA TTR 230 as new, purchased as Xmas present 12/09 cannot be ridden due to knee injury. Has been ridden for less than half an hour $5,000 save over $1,000 on cost of new bike. Margate Ph 6267 1828 or 0418 465 429 0 Yamaha TTR230 2007, exc cond, $3,600. Ph 0427 541 311 1 YAMAHA VIRAGO XV 250 '91 model, great learners bike $2,900 ono. Ph 0417 597 018. 0YAMAHA WR450 '03 $4,500 ono Ph 0449 046 490. YAMAHA 09 YFZ 450 QUAD Limited Ed. all access, low hrs, best you will buy for price $9,300 ono. Ph 0448 954 695 0 Trucks, Commercial Vehicles BUS KIA 95-96 Excellent cond, 125,500 k's $25,000 ono Ph 6264 3093. 0 DENNING MAJESTIC II 1985 45 seat coach, good order, $30,000 ... Ph 0427 863 308 0HAMELEX WHITE 2008 trailer, 4 axle alum quad dog, exc cond, $82,500. 1996 Kruger sliding tri-axle skel tipper, a/bags, good cond, $33,000. Ph 0417 576 901. 0 Isuzu Bedford Elf Parts/truck wanted, look any- thing, cash buyer. 0429 013295 ISUZU 4X4 1998 6.5GVM, full tool boxes and Hiab Crane, 185,000kms, exc cond, $25,000 incl GST. Ph 0418 127 317 Mitsubishi Tipper Canter, 6 tonne gvm, $12,500 ono. Ph 0427 430 996 MITSUBISHI FK415 1987 reg 4/10, 6m taut liner $12,000 Ph 6259 7252 or 0427 875186. 0 STEEL TRAY 22FT c/plate, twist locks, tyres 10 00 20, 8 stud rims. 0407 129 562. 0 TAG-A-LONG FLOAT Tandem, no susp or paint, new $11,000 firm Ph 0418 571 829 0 Tautliner 03, Freighter, Maxitran, 45ft, GC, $35,000. 0439 343 728 1 VOLVO F10 16spd s/axle, t/t, unreg, $10,000. Ph 0407 129 562. 0 WANTED F350 or similar, pre '85, look at anything. Ph 0409 577 654 0LET the Classifieds work for you. Gain 24-hour a day sell- ing potential by phoning 62 300 400. 0 Statewide Alignments, Balancing, all Mechanical work & Repairs including Trailers Mobile On-Site Service Phone Matthew 6423 1030 / 0408 503 433 116297-42 WANTED: W - KENWORTH Cummins - Cat, any cond. Phone 0418 571 829 0 WESTERN Star 525 Cummins, B/double spec. $$$ OFFERS ONECALLTRUCKS.COM.AU Ph Bruce - 0418 143 442 0 05 FC HINO Low kms for model, with water tank and access, some work, $55,000 Ph 0418 124 551 0 Great little cars for a great little price of $15,990. Hurry, don t wait! This week we have a fleet run-out sale on a range of automatic Corolla Hatches and Sedans with balance of new car warranty. Finance and insurance is available. 349 Midland Hwy, Brighton Phone: (03) 6263 3833 manheimfowles.com.au To see the full range of vehicles available we re open Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm and Saturday 9am to 1pm or contact David McDavitt on 0407 740 877. Don t miss your exclusive opportunity to buy at fixed prices, so there s no negotiation hassles, no pressure, no haggling!
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