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The Mercury Cars Guide : March 6th 2010
Saturday, March 6, 2010 Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au ---9 Aussies urged to pick up the Leaf LITTLE INTEREST: News the all- zero-emissions Nissan Leaf is arriving on our shores, has not been met with much enthusiasm by those in power. A lack of buyer incentives could delay sales of plug-in electric cars in Australia, Neil McDonald reports from Geneva. T HE world's carmakers are racing to make battery- powered city runabouts a major force in 21st century motoring but also say governments must provide incentives such as the $8200 subsidy announced last week by the British government. Nissan, which launched its all-new Leaf zero-emission car at the Geneva Motor Show, said incentives are vital but it has had little success in lobbying the Rudd government in Canberra. ''The Leaf will come to Australia but it may not be among the early adopters,'' Nissan's global senior vice president of product planning, Andy Palmer, said. Nissan's global CEO, Carlos Ghosn, told media in Geneva that new technologies need official support to get traction and to help lower prices for families wanting zero-emission cars like the Leaf. Palmer is bringing the Leaf to Australia in two weeks to show Victorian and NSW politicians. However, despite efforts by Nissan Australia to engage the Rudd Govern- ment for the past 18 months, there has been little interest. So far only the Victorian, NSW and ACT governments have been recep- tive to the all-electric hatch, with Victoria and NSW signing memor- andums of understandings to bring the car and the ACT committed to providing infrastructure for the car by 2011, a year before it is due to go on sale locally. ''Our reason for coming is to try and garner intent for the car,'' said Palmer. Nissan Australia's managing direc- tor, Dan Thompson, said discussions with the Federal Government had been ''ongoing for quite some time''. ''We made a decision last year to focus on a state level and we have been very successful,'' he said. Palmer said other countries are queuing for the Leaf, throwing cash and other incentives at customers to make it attractive. ''Ireland has a 5000 Euro incentive for the car and they are committed to giving away 2000 home-charging points for free,'' Palmer said. ''That's the kind of thing very progressive governments are doing,'' he said. Portugal, France and the UK are among several countries also commit- ted to the Leaf and its recharging infrastructure. Palmer said Nissan will only build 40,000 Leafs in the first year ''and they are pretty much sold out''. The Nissan electric hatch is about the same size as the Tiida sold in Australia, has room for five and is powered by an electric motor driving the front wheels. It has a range of 160km between recharges and special quick charging ''pumps'' in 30 min- utes. buyamitsubishi.com.au AWARD WINNING PRODUCTS, OUTSTANDING SERVICE AND AUSTRALIA'S BEST NEW CAR WARRANTY. † * ^ ‡ To see all of the March offers visit buyamitsubishi.com.au or call 1300 13 12 11 See mitsubishi-motors.com.au for further information. Offers at participating Mitsubishi Dealers only. While stocks last. Mitsubishi Motors Australia reserves the right to extend or modify these offers. Offers available on new vehicles ordered and delivered between 1 March and 31 March 2010. Business, Fleet sales by special arrangement. †10 year or 160,000km Powertrain Warranty (whichever comes first) (non transferable). *5 year or 130,000km New Vehicle Factory Warranty (whichever comes first). ^5 years or 130,000km Roadside Assist (whichever comes first). Service conditions apply. ‡4 year or 60,000km Capped Price Servicing (whichever comes first). Covers all items specified under the standard Maintenance for Normal Operating Conditions schedule detailed in the Service and Warranty Booklet. Additional service/repair items (if required) are at additional cost. Excludes Government and Rental Fleet customers. See your Dealer for full details. 1. Recommended selling price. 2. Drive away price includes 12 months Registration, CTP Insurance, Stamp Duty and Dealer Delivery. MMR1041/TAS/HM TRITON GLX R IS THE FIRST UTE TO WIN OVERLANDER 4WD OF THE YEAR OVER $2,000 EXTRA VALUE • 16" ALLOY WHEELS • REAR SPOILER • BLUETOOTH • PRIVACY GLASS • LEATHER STEERING WHEEL WITH AUDIO CONTROLS • LOADS MORE • Sedan or Hatch • 2.0L MIVEC engine • 5 speed manual • Seven airbags • Active Stability and Traction Control • Cruise control Limited Edition Lancer ACTiV $21,9901 DRIVE AWAY 2 EXCLUDES METALLIC/PEARLESCENT PAINT $450 EXTRA. PRIVATE BUYERS ONLY. T $450 EXTRA. NEW Outlander LS • ACTIVE STABILITY CONTROL • ACTIVE TRACTION CONTROL • 2.4L MIVEC • 5 speed manual • All Wheel Control 4WD system • CD/MP3 player with 6 speakers • Power windows • Power steering • Cruise control • Keyless entry • 16" alloys • 09 build EXCLUDES METALLIC/PEARLESCENT PAINT PRIVATE BUYERS ON LY. $32,9901 1 DRIVE AWAY 2 HOBART. DJ Mitsubishi. Phone 6213 3300.
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