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The Mercury Cars Guide : February 27th 2010
10--- Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au Saturday, February 27, 2010 Sleek Lexus set to turn heads POWER: The Lexus IS 350 is coming to Australia later this year, but only with automatic gearbox. LOOKING BACK: John Lennon and Marilyn Monroe head the UK push for the all-new Citroen DS3. THE lineup for Lexus in Australia will grow later this year to include the IS 350. The good news is that it has six-cylinder power, but the bad news is that it is only available with an automatic gearbox. World awaits . . . THE finalists for this year's World Car of the Year will be announced in Europe next week. The three final contenders for each of the WCOTY awards, including outright and performance car, will be named at the Geneva Motor Show. Three-star concept ANOTHER new concept car will be rolled out under the three- pointed star at the Geneva show. This one is called the F800 style and it points to the look for the update of the coupe-style CLS four-door. Anti-retro Citreon JOHN Lennon and Marilyn Monroe are heading the British advertising push for the all-new Citroen DS3, which is due to come to Australia later this year. The historic footage runs under the headline ''Anti Retro'', but there is no news yet on whether the extensive advertising campaign will be used down under. To see the clips go to: www.youtube.com/ citroenactive BMW goes electric THE first BMW electric car --- called the Megacity Vehicle and most likely based on the 1 Series --- will be built at the company's factory at Leipzig, south Germany. BMW is already investing in the components and suppliers it will need for the project. Maserati boast MASERATI has found a new way to create a limited-edition model that's a long way from the ''Vacationer'' and ''International'' packs favoured by GM Holden. It is about to announce an ''Awards'' edition of the Quattroporte GTS that celebrates the 56 awards it has won over the past six years. Recall delay A DELAY in implementing a safety recall in the US could have saved Toyota more than $100 million, according to internal company documents. But the loss of sales as a result of the massive recalls across a range of models is likely to be closer to $2 billion. Model driver THE racing life of Sir Jack Brabham is about to be reproduced, in miniature, by Biante Model Cars in Perth. The world-class manufacturer of diecast miniatures plans a full run of Brabham's landmark cars. Magentis makeover THE Kia Magentis is headed for a complete makeover latest this year as the Korean brand continues its new-model push around the world. The new Magentis, which shares its basic mechanical package with the Hyundai Sonata now called the i45, will break cover at the New York motor show which opens on April 2. Emissions fall AUSTRALIAN vehicle emissions are continuing to fall, with the latest figures for carbon emissions showing an average of 218.5 grams/ kilometre of CO2 in 2009. The figure is down by 1.8 per cent from 2008, when it was 222.4, with everything from cars and SUVs to utes, vans and buses included in the National Average Carbon Emission figure. Small is big THE introduction of Australia's cheapest new car has worked well for Proton, as its S16 gave the company a 113.5 per cent boost in its January sales over the same month in 2009. The Malaysia brand moved a total of 222 cars in January, most of them the $11,990 S16. All that jazz A LIMITED-edition model, the Vibe, has been added to the Honda Jazz lineup in Australia with the promise of $2300 worth of extra features at no increase to the bottom line. Vibe models pick up a sports grille, alloy wheels, foglights and a Bluetooth system with prices from $17,740. Interest in new supercar revs up SOUGHT AFTER: Aston Martin's One- 77 price rise, has not dented demand. A$250,000 price rise has not dented demand for the demonic Aston Martin One-77 supercar. The British brand has just lifted the bottom line to $2.4 million for the hand- made, carbon fibre road rocket but says it has not had a single cancellation. Only 77 cars will be built and Aston boss, Ulrich Bez, says 57 are already allocated to owners. Production will be spread over two years with the first cars set for delivery from July. One of the One-77s is coming to Australia but its owner, only identified as coming from Western Australia, has managed to avoid the six-figure price rise. It is certified for Australia. We have one coming in, sold to a gentleman in the west, and he made it before the price went up, says Aston Martin s operations manager for Australia, Marcel Fabris. Development of the One-77 is into its final stages with a top speed of more than 350km/h already confirmed and customers choosing the final finishing materials for the cars cabins. The 7.3-litre V12 engine is also undergoing durability testing. We start building in June, and soon after this the cars will go to customers, Bez told the Carsguide at the preview of the Rapide, in Valencia. This year we will produce around 30 to 40 cars. Then rest will be next year. Bez says he is extremely pleased with the reaction to the One-77 and the way sales are going. We are getting close to 60 cars. I think we are at 57, he says. We have shown the One-77 in the worst year of the economy, in 2009, and we have sold a big portion in this time without people driving the car or even sitting in it. I think this is an absolutely stunning success. And it shows the trust that is in Aston Martin. Despite the likely success of the One-77 program, Bez says there might not be another supercar from Aston Martin. At the moment, this is what it is. But I don t know what will happen in five years or 10 years.
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