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The Mercury Cars Guide : March 20th 2010
14--- Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au Saturday, March 20, 2010 Strategies to keep oldies on the road ADRIVER safety program for older drivers in North America could be adopted here. Called Carfit, the system has been pioneered by US-based occu- pational therapist, Elin Schold Davis. Schold Davis has been visiting Australia and New Zealand to help the RACV and NRMA put ageing drivers on the health agenda with governments. The NRMA is keen adopt a similar system in Victoria to keep older drivers on the road. Schold Davis, says Carfit could easily be adapted for Australians. ''There are strong similarities between our ageing populations,'' she says. ''Australia is a car culture, demo- graphically you are sprawling and depend on your vehicles to get into the city. ''We have the same problem in the US.'' She says Carfit is about safety and allowing older drivers to keep driv- ing. ''It is important to continue to provide mobility for older people and recognise their needs --- it lessens the drain on infrastructure and resources.'' Carfit allows older adults to check out how a particular vehicle ''fits'' them. ''Something as simple as the correct seat height adjustment is important for an older driver,'' she says. ''Many elderly people rank vision as critical.'' For an elderly person, a driver's licence is important for their self esteem. ''It's a mark of mobility and independence,'' she says. Schold Davis's views are borne out by the Federal Government's 2010 Intergenerational Report, which shows that the number of Australians aged between 65 and 84 will double over the next 40 years. By 2050 the population will hit 35 million. Of that number almost 23 per cent will be over 65 and 21 per cent will be between 15 and 24. Schold Davis also wants to re- move the stigma associated with older motorists. Compared to younger drivers, who are over represented in crash data, elderly drivers ''tend to be wiser, drive more safely and drink and drive less'', she says. ''They do meals on wheels, they drive each other to medical appoint- ments.'' US ageing forecasts show that in future almost have the population over 85 will have a dementia problem. NEIL McDONALD Nissan looks to Infiniti and beyond STAND ALONE: Establishing the Infiniti brand will be Nissan's next high priority. Infiniti to us is a stand-alone brand and very much one we know will work here STUART MARTIN NISSAN Australia has put Infiniti back at the top of its things-to-do list. The luxury arm of the Japanese car maker was put on hold for an introduction to Australia because of the financial crisis, but Nissan Aust- ralia managing director Dan Thomp- son says it is set for 2012-2013 return and will be a stand-alone brand. '' I think it will take us two-plus years to get it going and build a network, the right-hand drive ve- hicles are there now, it's launched in Europe, we have to allow enough time to build a proper network, stand- alone Infiniti dealers.'' ''The network side will take 18 to 24 months. We have a little bit of work to finish up but I'm confident we'll see it as a brand here by 2012.'' Mr Thompson says they are confi- dent the Infiniti brand will work in Australia. ''Infiniti to us is a stand-alone brand and very much one we know will work here. Certainly now things have settled from a market perspec- tive, and we have a lot more confi- dence in the near term as to what the industry holds, especially the pre- mium and luxury markets,'' he says. The decision-makers were well into working on plans to get Nissan's version of the Toyota-owned Lexus brand to Australia but the global financial crisis put that introduction on hold. ''We had gone a ways down the track before the GFC, we had to make a lot of tough calls and one of those was to put Infiniti on ice and focus on Nissan but thankfully the GFC is a distant memory at least in this market --- I'm 100 per cent confident that it will work here but I'm not going to rush it,'' he says. Mr Thompson says the company's plans suggest a two-year program to build a dealer network, but the right- hand drive vehicles are there now. ''We have a little bit of work to finish up but I'm confident we'll see it as a brand here by 2012,'' he says. used cars DJ Mitsubishi WHEEL Deal for this week is a VRX Lancer demo model with 18 inch alloys, sports body kit, Rockford premium audio system, 7 airbags and a 5 star safety rating. The vehicle is equipped with stability and traction control, 2.4litre 5 speed manual and is $28,990 drive away, no more to pay. DJ Motors DJ Motors is offering a Holden Captiva as its used car Wheel Deal for this week. The vehicle is powered by a 2.0 litre turbo diesel engine, and equipped with an automatic transmission. It has 7 seats, cruise control, stability and traction control, reverse parking sensor, six airbags and 184 alloy wheels. The Holden has travelled only 9,000km, and was priced at $41,990. its now available for $39,990. Performance Used Here is a 2006 Mitsubishi Lancer sedan manual, a sporty little number in bright red includes alloy wheels, rear spoiler and 2.4 litre Mivec engine. This one is a snip at $10,990 drive away, and comes with a 3 year warranty from Performance Autos Used car division. Motors Glenorchy This weeks wheel deal at Motors Glenorchy is a 2007 Holden WM Statesman. This 3.6 litre V6 luxury motor vehicle features dual zone climate control, leather interior, six disc cd stacker, electronic stability control and ABS brakes. This vehicle was $35995 and is now $33995. Motors Glenorchy have a large range of quality cars in stock opposite Lampton Avenue in Glenorchy. Co-Op Used Theres a great example of this ever popular 7-seater 2007 Mitsubishi Pajero 4x4 GLX Wagon at Co-Op Motors. It is a rare 5 speed manual, with climate control A/C, electronic stability and traction control, ABS and EBD, with 17' alloy wheels, front, side and curtain airbags, cruise control, 6 stack CD player, trip computer and more. The vehicle has a low 45000kms and is priced at $39990. Tilford At Tilford Auto Group Used Cars, theres a 2007 Nissan D40 Navara Dual Cab 4x4 Turbo Diesel. This sought after 4x4 has only done 33,000klms, has a six speed manual and factory alloys, as well as a towbar and upgraded suspension. Tilford is offering the vehicle at only $34,888. A Daimler Brand Visit Performance Automobiles to book a test drive today. 20th Anniversary Event B Surprised! www.mbhobart.com.au 2010 B-Class Model from $39,990 Drive away Limited time only. Price refers to B180 manual petrol model. A Daimler Brand Visit Performance Automobiles to book a test drive today. The new CLC-Class Sports Coup What will you dream about now? www.mbhobart.com.au 2010 CLC-Class Sports Coupé Model from $49,990 Drive away Limited time only. PERFORMANCE AUTOMOBILES CNR. ARGYLE & BURNETT STREETS, HOBART 6210 7000
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