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The Mercury Cars Guide : February 27th 2010
Saturday, February 27, 2010 Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au ---3 On long road to recovery SCRAP METAL: A doomed Ford Falcon heads to the shredder. Experts are exchanging words about the need to get clunkers off the road and into the scrapyard. Neil McDonald looks at the pros and cons IMPORTERS have renewed their push for Australia to introduce a car scrappage scheme. They argue that getting older ve- hicles off the road will help reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions, improve fuel economy and push drivers into safer vehicles. But critics argue such schemes are hand-outs for car companies to lift their bottom line. Suzuki Australia general manager Tony Devers says Australia's car fleet is one of the oldest in the western world and ''we need to get clunkers off the road''. ''Cars are among the major emitters of greenhouse gases,'' he says. In 2006 the average age of the country's car park was 9.8 years, according to Australian Bureau of Statistics figures. Tasmania and South Australia have the oldest cars, with the average Tasmanian vehicle age being 12 years and 11.2 years in South Australia. A spokesman for Mercedes-Benz Australia, David McCarthy, echoes Devers views, saying a scrappage scheme would be a ''good policy prescription'' for the country. ''It doesn't need to be a huge incentive and it needs to be properly targeted. If the government is serious about reducing carbon emissions, this scheme dovetails very nicely with that,'' he says. FCAI chief executive Andrew Mc- Kellar says the scrappage issue was raised at a recent FCAI importers meeting. He says there is always discussion on such a policy, given the varying success of similar schemes overseas. ''But largely they were in response to the vehicle downturn because of the global financial crisis. ''Australia survived this reasonably well,'' McKellar says. He credits the Federal Govern- ment's 50 per cent small business tax incentive last year with helping many small business operators move into newer vehicles, bolstering overall sales. McKellar believes a scrappage scheme by its very nature ''is likely to be an expensive option''. However, he has not completely ruled out its appeal, saying: ''There is a roll for incentives, but they have to be cost-effective and fit with the broader focus of reducing emissions.'' But at present such a scheme is unlikely to be a government priority, McKellar says. ''My strong suspicion is that there is not a strong appetite for a scrap- page scheme. ''I don't think it should be ruled out, but it needs to be put forward in a slightly different context.'' That context still needs to be worked out, he says. Cash for clunkers China up to $1200 Italy $2300 Britain $3055 France $1500 Portugal $1900 Spain up to $15,000 Cyprus $2500 Netherlands $1500 Luxembourg $2600 Germany $3800 Austria $2300 Slovakia $1500 Japan up to $2500 United States up to $3500 PERFORMANCE AUTOMOBILES CNR. ARGYLE & BURNETT STREETS www.performanceautomobiles.com.au 6210 7000 A/H: Nick Clark 0419 503 683 A Daimler Brand Visit Performance Automobiles to book a test drive today. 20th Anniversary Event B Surprised! www.mbhobart.com.au Plus other 2010 model adventure opportunities Pre-owned: 2009 Forester S3 MY09 X AWD $34,990 10,377km B46AR 2008 Outback 4GEN MY08 AWD $39,990 8,000km B32AW 2007 Liberty 4GEN MY08 AWD $29,990 27,835km FP3811 2007 Impreza S MY07 AWD $21,990 33,280km FO5498 2007 Impreza G3 MY08 WRX AWD $32,990 28,615km FS0600 for a limited time only, free floor mats, headlight covers and bonnet protector. drive away! $24,990 Impreza 2010 Model now from PERFORMANCE AUTOMOBILES, CNR. ARGYLE & BURNETT STREETS, HOBART 6210 7000 PERFORMANCE AUTOMOBILES CNR. ARGYLE & BURNETT STREETS 6210 7000 2010 M Class ML300 SUV from $89,990 Drive Away 2010 C Class C200 Sedan from $59,990 Drive Away 2010 C Class CLC200 Coupe from $49,990 Drive Away ALL 4 THE ADVENTURE $33,990 from drive away now in diesel from now in stock TEST DRIVE TODAY 7 seats and DVD player standard new to Subaru 6 SEATER FAMILY WAGON first class 4 all seats $34,990 from drive away $44,990 drive away 2010 B Class Model from $39,990 Drive away PLUS other 2010 model stylish and spirited opportunities Limited time only. Price refers to B180 manual petrol model.
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