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The Mercury Cars Guide : March 6th 2010
14--- Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au Saturday, March 6, 2010 Big beast faces uncertain future I fell in love with them when I first saw them . . . it's a serious off-roader that will hold its own off-road with anything' Tom Richards Australian Hummer enthusiasts are dreading the possibility that the manufacturer will be sold to another company. Mark Hinchcliffe reports ICONIC BRAND: Tom Richards and his H3 Hummer. He is passionate about the vehicles. IT caused a sensation when it raced across our TV screens in Operation Desert Storm and action movie star Arnold Schwarzenegger bought one in the 1990s. Now the Hummer sports utility vehicle could be headed for the scrap heap, causing concern among Hum- mer lovers in Australia. This week deal planned by General Motors to sell the army-style brand to a Chinese company collapsed, how- ever GM is still considering ex- pressions of interest from several other potential buyers. Hummer Club Australia founder Tom Richards, 36, said he was confi- dent the iconic brand would either be bought or, at worst, shelved for a few years before being reborn when economic conditions became more suitable. ''I fell in love with them when I first saw them,'' Richards said. He owns an H3 Luxury with ''loads of four-wheel-drive accessories''. ''It's a serious off-roader that will hold its own off-road with anything,'' he said. ''I love the look. ''It's different and I don't like to follow the pack.'' Hummer's size has made it a target for activists, but Richards defends the vehicle and finds no conflict in being the owner of Reverse Organic Recycling and a Hummer. ''There is a big misconception of the vehicle's environmental footprint,'' he said. ''The H3 is more economical than the petrol Prado. ''I haven't had any abuse, but you do get rude gestures from some people. ''The positives outweigh the nega- tives. ''And little kids just love them.'' Richards founded Hummer Club Australia early last year and has about 240 internet members world- wide. GM Holden said that if the Hummer was axed, they would continue to honour warranties and provide ser- vice support and spare parts to current Hummer owners. Richards said there was also a ''huge range of aftermarket acces- sories still available''. ''If it does get axed, it may increase the vehicle's value because enthusi- asts will still want them.'' Hummer started out in the early 1980s when AM General developed the M998 Series High Mobility Multi- Purpose Wheeled Vehicle. The US army awarded a contract to build vehicles for the first Gulf War in 1991. It became an unlikely star of the TV coverage of the war and Schwarzen- egger asked AM General to build him a civilian version with a Corvette V8 engine. This attracted so much attention, the company started making civilian versions as serious off-road vehicles. GM took over in 2002 and renamed the vehicle the Hummer H1, then followed up with a new, smaller model called the H2 which has been imported into Australia in small numbers by right-hand-drive conver- sion companies such as Performax International in Gympie. In 2005, GM produced the H3 midsized SUV which arrived here with right-hand drives two years later. new cars DJ Mazda DJ Mazda has one Mazda3 SP25 sedan priced at $29,990 drive away. It features a powerful 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine and a six-speed manual transmission. Styled in stunning velocity red, it boasts 17-inch alloy wheels, body kit, fog lamps, satellite navigation, voice-activated Bluetooth, six-stack CD player, dual-zone airconditioner and cruise control. DJ Mitsubishi WHEEL Deal for the week at Mitsubishi is a VRX Lancer sedan. This demonstrator is fitted with 18-inch alloys, full sports body kit, active stability and traction control, voice- activated Bluetooth and Rockford Fosgate premium audio system. Less than 500km travelled, priced at $31,990 drive away. DJ Nissan DJ Nissan has secured a bulk purchase of the funky new Micra. Available in a fantastic range of colours, this roomy five- door has automatic transmission as standard, plus ABS brakes, airconditioning, power windows, keyless entry with immobiliser and MP3 input. Priced to sell from a low $15,990 drive away, plus $495 for metallic paint, a saving of more than $2700. Stock vehicles comes with a free extra 12-month warranty. DJ Kia AT less than $20,000, DJ's has a Kia Cerato S. It sports 115kW of power, SRS airbags, four- wheel disc brakes with ABS, six-speaker audio system with iPod connectivity, electric windows, airconditioning, power steering, remote central locking and a five- year unlimited kilometre warranty. Drive away for $18,990. Hobart Great Wall THE newest DJ Motors franchise is offering its V240 4x2 dual cab ute for $23,990 drive away. Expect leather trimmed seats, dual air bags, CD/radio, ABS and EBD, airconditioning, electric windows, alloy wheels, a 2.4-litre 100kW engine and five- speed manual transmission. All this plus a three-year 100,000km warranty. Honda Central GRAB a bargain on a Honda Civic 2010 Vti five-speed manual from $23,990. These vehicles include 12 months statutory costs, dealer delivery and metallic paint. This 2.2-litre turbo diesel has an automatic DCS gearbox, metallic paint, third-row seating, roof bars, mats, tow pack with 2000kg ability, window tint and 18-inch alloys that are normally an option. Euro Central A SAVING of $6174 is available for a limited time on a Peugeot 4007 ST. This demon- stration model all-wheel-drive diesel SUV has been loaded with all the popular requests. Usually $56,062, now $49,888 drive away. Motors Citroen A SPECIAL offer on the Citroen C4 Exclusive has reduced it to $34,790 drive away. Save more than $7000 this weekend. Powered by a 1.6-litre turbo-charged petrol engine with a four-speed automatic transmission, it also comes with free on-road costs and free leather interior. Motors has a C4 Exclusive in blue with black leather interior. Tilford TILFORD'S '09 Plate Runout is almost over, and now is your chance to secure huge savings on a new Fiesta LX. This stylish small car comes complete with airconditioning, power windows and mirrors, MP3 audio input, Bluetooth and voice control. A safety pack comprising dynamic stability control and five airbags rounds off a feature-packed car. One is available right now for $19,990 drive away. Motors Hyundai THIS weekend Motors is celebrating 100 years of motoring in Tasmania and has a special deal on one of its stylish i30 SX CW wagons at $21,990, save $2266. Buy today or tomorrow for a chance to win $5000. The i30's features include metallic paint, a 2.0-litre petrol engine, five-speed manual transmission, anti-skid braking, electronic brakeforce distribution, electronic stability program, airbags, keyless entry alarm and glovebox cooling system. Motors Holden MOTORS has one nitrate silver HSV R8 Club Sport S1 sedan slashed by a massive $9010. It has optional leather, a 317kW 6.2-litre LS3 alloy V8 coupled to a six-speed active select automatic gearbox. Was $74,000, now $64, 990. Buy this weekend for a chance to win $5000. Tilford Trade Clearance Centre TONY: 0417 569 323 ROD: 0419 122 991 56b Gormanston Road Moonah Finance Available TAP 6273 8533 www.tilford.com.au CHEAP CHEAP CARS & COMMERCIALS Hobart's true & original Trade Clearance Centre Wholesale & Trade welcome CARS 89 KE Ford Laser Hatch $950 Manual, 6 months reg, ideal first car 89 Ford Laser Ghia Sedan $1,750 1.5 litre, t-bar, auto, p/s 93 Toyota Corolla Sedan $2,500 5 speed, alloy wheels, June reg 92 Toyota Camry Wide Body Sedan $2,950 Auto, 8.10 reg, p/s, a/c 90 Toyota Corolla CS 5 Door Hatch $3,000 5 speed, blue duco 95 Hyundai Excel 5 Door Hatch $3,990 Auto, alloy wheels, CD, p/s, a/c 97 Ford EL Fairmont Ghia Sedan $4,750 Leather, alloys, p/s, a/c 99 Hyundai Sonata GLE Sedan $5,500 Value, 4 cyl, automatic, p/s, a/c 94 Honda Prelude Coupe $6,000 Manual, alloys, sunroof, sporty 96 Honda Civic GLi Sedan $6,000 5 speed, blue duco, p/s, a/c 05 Citroen C3 Hatch $13,000 Only 36,000 klms, 5 door, 5 speed, p/s, a/c COMMERCIALS 97 Daihatsu Terrios 4x4 S/Wagon $6,000 5 door manual, 8.10 reg, p/s, a/c 97 Mitsubishi Triton GLX 4x4 Flat Tray $6,750 2.8 litre diesel, 5 speed, p/s 02 Holden Rodeo 4x2 Dual Cab Flat Tray Ute $12,000 150,000 klms, manual, p/s, a/c 04 Ford Falcon BA Flat Tray $15,000 White duco, 3 seater, auto, p/s, a/c 02 Holden VU Commodore Ute $16,000 104,000kms, 5 speed, manual, p/s, a/c 07 Ford Ranger 4x2 Flat Tray $16,500 78,000 klms, 2.5 turbo diesel, p/s, a/c 04 Holden Commodore 1 Tonner Flat Tray $17,500 80,000 klms, black duco, p/s, a/c 02 Ford Courier XL 4x4 Dual Cab $18,000 135,000 klms, turbo diesel, 5 speed, silver duco 00 Toyota Tarago GLX S/W $19,000 149,000kms, auto, dual air cond, alloys 04 Toyota Hiace LWB Van $19,990 96,000 klms, 8 seater, 5 speed, p/s, a/c 99 Mitsubishi Pajero Exceed 4x4 S/W $19,990 7 seater, leather, auto, alloys
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