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The Mercury Cars Guide : March 27th 2010
2--- Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au Saturday, March 27, 2010 Mazda puts Mazda is matching the opposition by adding a sedan to its light car lineup, replacing its three- door hatch. Mark Hinchliffe reports BOOTY: The new Mazda2 sedan offers more cargo area than the three-door hatch it replaces --- especially with the rear seats folded down. MAZDA will join the light sedan brigade with a boot for its Mazda2 in May, but still no diesel. Toyota, Holden, Honda and Kia already have sedan versions of their light cars and now Mazda will join the party. But there will still be no diesel version, even though there is one available in Europe. Mazda Australia spokesman Steve McIver says the diesel was only made available to European markets be- cause they could offer a ''significant volume'' of sales. ''We believe the 1.5 petrol engine is fuel efficient enough in that category, according to our customer research,'' he says. The sedan will replace the three- door hatch in May when the five-door hatch will also be updated. ''The vast majority of volume we do is the five-door hatch. That's 90 per cent,'' he says. ''We're sure the sedan will rep- resent much more than 10 per cent of our volume.'' McIver says he cannot release prices yet as they are still being negotiated with headquarters in Ja- pan. However he says they will strive for the same strategy as Mazda3 which costs the same for hatch and sedan models. ''We are trying to make the price as competitive as we can because it's a very price competitive market seg- ment,'' he says. Mazda has just released the updated Mazda6 at up to $935 than the previous model. ''There is a possibility that the new Mazda2 could also be cheaper, but there is no confirmation yet,'' McIver says. The Thai-made Mazda2 sedan will come with 15-inch alloy wheels, air- conditioning, power windows and mirrors, six airbags, anti-lock brakes and electronic brakeforce distri- bution. Compared with the hatch's 250 litre cargo area, the sedan will have 450 litres, increasing to 469 with the rear seats down. Both models will be powered by the 1.5 litre petrol engine with 76kW and identical fuel economy figures of 6.4 l/100km. McIver says there will also be an upgrade in features. He believes the sedan will help lift sales after last month slipping to fourth with Hyundai Getz leapfrogg- ing its way to the top. ''We're still very happy with Mazda2 sales performance. If you look at how that car has performed compared with the older model it has doubled sales,'' he says. ''The new facelift should keep us at that top end of the market. ''The sedan will also help, but if you look at that segment the hatch is the more popular version.'' New SUV not destined for Oz THE new seven-seater Mazda5, unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show, is not coming to Australia. Mazda Australia spokesman Steve McIver says their market research showed it is not the right product for us right now''. Our customers are well served with our SUV range,'' he says. The Mazda5 compact people- carrier has a more aerodynamic shape than the first model introduced in 2005, leading to a 15 per cent reduction in CO2 emissions from the new two-litre direct-injection engine. There is also a 1.8-litre petrol engine, now with a six-speed manual gearbox, and a diesel engine. A highlight of the vehicle is its dual-sliding rear doors and easy step-in access. www.thecarmart.com.au 6211 0566 14 Derwent Park Rd, Derwent Park David Strang 0404 724 986 Mark Patterson 0417 025 936 Rob Sylvester 0418 124 226 (Finance) Easy on-site finance available 16086hayne $7995 $11,995 96 Mitsubishi Triton dual cab 2.5lt manual, turbo diesel, p/s, a/c, alloys, 4WD, hard to find, very clean throughout, be quick. 00 Subaru Outback AWD 2.2lt auto, p/s, a/c, electrics, alloys, 144,000km, dual airbags, ever popular, a superb example. Specialising in cars... Under$10,000 www.thecarmart.com.au 01 Holden Zafira wagon 2.2lt manual, p/s, a/c, electrics, 113,000km, economical 7 seat. $9995 90 Mazda Shades 121 1.3lt manual, straight and honest, ideal first car. $1750 03 Nissan Pulsar ST-L 1.8lt manual, p/s, a/c, alloys, great value, late model. $9995 05 Holden Barina SRi hatch 1.8lt manual, p/s, a/c, electrics, 17"alloys, 104,000km, sporty. $10,995 00 Toyota Camry CSX 2.2lt auto, p/s, a/c, electrics, very clean wagon, hard to find. $7995 01 Mazda Astina SP20 hatch 1.8lt manual, p/s, a/c, 139,000km, 17" alloys, stunning sporty car. $10,995 03 Ford BA Futura 4.0lt auto, p/s, a/c, electrics, alloys, 136,000km. Value. $9995 00 Daewoo Lanos SE hatch 1.5lt manual, p/s, a/c, 129,000km. SAVE $1000. $3995 92 Nissan Pulsar GLi 1.6lt p/s, a/c, very honest and would make an ideal first car. $2995 03 Ford Econovan 2.0lt manual, p/s, a/c, excellent example, ready for work. $9995 00 Mitsubishi Lancer Coupe 1.5lt manual, p/s, a/c, alloys, full body kit, big rear wing. $7995 93 Mitsubishi TR Magna Exec 2.6lt auto, p/s, a/c, above average condition. $2995
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