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The Mercury Cars Guide : March 20th 2010
24--- Classifieds 62 300 400 carsguide.com.au Saturday, March 20, 2010 Nissan turns over new Leaf Nissan has brought one of two Leaf electric cars to Australia, the first time the car has been seen in the Southern Hemisphere. Stuart Martin reports CAPTION: One line of cap for the Nissan Leaf here please. JAPANESE car maker Nissan is adamant its new Leaf will be here in 2012 --- but at what price is still a question they say has no specific answer. Nissan Motor Company senior vice- president Andy Palmer has travelled with the right-hand drive car and suggests the Leaf could carry a sticker comparable to a Volkswagen Golf, but government support will influence the pricetag. ''The car itself is equal in cost to a small car --- we would try to lease the battery and then with charging costs, shouldn't cost more than a normal petrol-powered car. ''We've made it look conventional --- we've tried to remove every barrier to buying it. ''You want to be zero emissions, the simple choice is can I live with a range of 160km between charges, if I can live with that --- why not?'' he says. Mr Palmer says de- spite the long dis- tances some areas of Australia are well- suited to electric cars. ''There are many two-car families, one electric and one internal combus- tion makes sense, a lot of cars here are stored in off-street parking in garages, which makes sense for charging. ''That's the reason for bringing the car here, to raise the awareness and start the dialogue with government. ''We have the solution at a vehicle level, what we need now is the solutions at the incentive level and the infrastructure level,'' he says. The Australian arm of the company has had promising discussions with state and local governments (particu- larly in New South Wales and Vic- toria), but support at a federal level is critical for the car to become a mass- market proposition. The company says Ireland and the US are examples of governments offering proactive subsidies for electric car cus- tomers, including free installation of the home-charging sys- tem to the first 2000 Irish customers, with a |5000 rebate, while the US government has promised a $7500 rebate. Nissan Australia managing director and CEO Dan Thomp- son says Federal Government involvement is vital to the Leaf's pricetag. ''Whether it can become mass mar- ket or niche for a few years until we get the economies of scale in place. ''The car will come, it will certainly be here in 2012, how many we get locally depends on the financial prop- osition. ''We know it's not rocket science --- if it is priced considerably above a comparable vehicle, you're not going to get mass uptake, it will be early adopters and fleets,'' he says. features Nissan Leaf electric car Five-door hatch Seating for five Range up to 160km Laminated lithium-ion 48-module (containing 192 cells) battery system. Outputs --- 80kW and 280Nm Charging timer and information available via Bluetooth phone link. The climate control can be programmed via Bluetooth. A 10-minute fast charge can restore up to 50km of range; a 30-minute fast-charge can re- store 80 per cent of the battery's charge. www.djmotors.com.au email@example.com Glenorchy 275 Main Road, Glenorchy Phone: 6 213 3 315 Brian Anning 0418 531 853 Chris Wakefield 0400 635 446 Allan Gebel 0428 729 659 Hobart 1a Brisbane Street, Hobart Phone: 6213 3300 Warren Amos 0417 544 829 Jason Spong 0408 473 756 Easy finance available with DJ Financial Services 09 HOLDEN Captiva LX 2.0 litre turbo diesel automatic, 7 seats, cruise/ climate/stability/traction control, reverse parking sensors, six airbags, 18" alloys. Stock No. 322292 04 MAZDA 6 Luxury Sedan 2.3 litre sports automatic, leather seats, electric sunroof, six airbags, cruise/climate control, 17" alloy wheels, 6CD player, tow bar. Stock No. 322318 $23.00 per day†1 †To approved business clients only, with a $2,500 deposit over five years with a 30% residual payment. Interest rate: 1. 11.20%. 2. 12.20% 05 HYUNDAI Elantra FX 2.0 litre 5-speed manual, dual airbags, power windows and mirrors, cruise control, ABS brakes. Stock No. 322282 Only 9,000km WA S $12,990 NOW $11,990 DRIVE AWAY WA S $41,990 NOW $39,990 DRIVE AWAY $19 ,990 DRIVE AWAY $6.50 per day†2 $11.25 per day†2 www.djmotors.com.au firstname.lastname@example.org 281 Main Road, Glenorchy Phone: 6213 3315 Brian Anning 0418 531 853, Chris Wakefield 0400 635 446, Allan Gebel 0428 729 659 Hobart Great Wall $23,990. Drive away. The V240 4x2 Ute -- Leather trimmed seats, airbags, CD/radio, ABS/EBD, air conditioning, electric windows, alloy wheels and a 3-year/100,000km warranty... Great. 4x4 $3,000 extra. Metallic paint $350 extra. The Great Cars of China are here! $23,990. Drive away. The X240 4WD -- Leather trimmed seats, airbags, CD/radio/mp3, ABS, climate control, electric windows/mirrors/driver s seat, alloy wheels and a 3-year/100,000km warranty... Great. Metallic paint $350 extra.
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