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The Mercury Cars Guide : April 17th 2010
Saturday, April 17, 2010 Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au ---13 What s inside that counts RANGE CHANGE: The updated Ford Falcon FGs boast an impressive list of improvements. Ford has trodden the same path as its main rival Holden, refreshing its flagship product s mechanicals without major exterior changes. Stuart Martin & Neil McDonald report FORD'S Melbourne-based manufacturer has updated the FG Falcon's features list and improved its fuel econ- omy in the process. The Falcon range now complies with Euro IV emissions regulations thanks to the inclusion of the ZF six-speed auto across the petrol sedan range, as well as a number of other changes. Also on the list of improvements is a new catalytic converter, software changes --- including Enhanced De- celeration Fuel Shut-Off (DFSO) for better metropolitan fuel economy. The Tremec six-speed manual re- mains the standard gearbox on XR sedans and all utes (the ZF is an extra $1000 on the XR6 and a $2000 option on the XR6 Turbo), with the latter now getting only the six-speed auto as a $1000 option with the demise of the five-speed automatic. Ford says it has a new six-speed column shift mechanism for the entry-level workhorse ute so cus- tomers can still have the extra passen- ger in the three-across seating set-up. Other changes includes the inclusion of side airbags on the XR6 ute range and the Bluetooth phone link and full iPod integration --- previously on the options list for all models bar the G6E Turbo --- as standard across the Falcon line-up. The changes have dropped the Falcon petrol six-speed auto sedans to an ADR fuel use figure of 9.9 litres per 100km, an improvement of two to five per cent, depending on the model. The ute's consumption has improved by 8.5 per cent to 10.7l/100km. Fans of the V8 performance models will have to wait until Ford an- nounces its plans for the XR8 range, which the company says will be revealed at a later date. Ford Australia president Marin Burela says the factory has lifted its build rates and the company is confident about 2010. ''We have a strong order bank coming back in the second quarter. ''Our product pipeline is on stream . . .Ithinkyou'regoingtoseeavery different share performance as we start to deliver over future months,'' Mr Burela says. ''We are bullish about what 2010 will look like for the industry and for Ford. ''The daily build rate is up from 258 to more than 270 cars a day. ''In 2010 Broadmeadows throughput will increase by between 15 and 20 per cent compared to 2009,'' he says. The upgrades come with a price rise but Ford says the increases are more than offset by equipment upgrade. FG Falcon range represents even greater value for money for large car customers, with the additional stan- dard safety and technology features more than offsetting the slight in- creases to the Manufacturer's List Price (MLP) on most models. The G6 sedan, for example, increases by $500, but Ford says it is getting almost $2500 worth of extra gear --- the six-speed auto, Bluetooth phone link and iPod integration as standard. To see all of the End of Financial Year 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 April and 30 April 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. MMR1067/TAS/HM LANCER ACTiV $21,9901 EXCLUDES METALLIC/PEARLESCENT PAINT $450 EXTRA. PRIVATE BUYERS ONLY. OVER $2,000 EXTRA VALUE • BLUETOOTH • 16" ALLOYS • REAR SPOILER • PRIVACY GLASS • LEATHER STEERING WHEEL WITH AUDIO CONTROLS • AND LOTS MORE • Sedan or Hatch • 2.0L MIVEC engine • 5 speed manual • Seven airbags • Active Stability and Traction Control • Cruise control DRIVE AWAY 2 OUTLANDER ACTiV $33,9901 EXCLUDES METALLIC/PEARLESCENT PAINT $450 EXTRA. PRIVATE BUYERS ONLY. OVER $3,000 EXTRA VALUE • 18" ALLOYS • BLUETOOTH • FOG LAMPS • REVERSING SENSORS • ROOF RAIL CROSS BARS • AUTO AIR CONDITIONING • AND LOTS MORE • 2.4L MIVEC engine • 5 speed manual • All Wheel Control 4WD System • Active Stability Control • Active Traction Control • Cruise control DRIVE AWAY 2 PAJERO ACTiV OVER $5,000 EXTRA VALUE ACTiV EXTRAS INCLUDE • TOUCH SCREEN SATELLITE NAVIGATION WITH VOICE COMMAND • BLUETOOTH • REVERSING CAMERA • ALLOY NUDGE BAR • SIDE AND CURTAIN AIRBAGS • AND LOTS MORE • 3.2L turbo diesel or 3.8L V6 petrol • Manual or 'Sports Mode' auto • Cruise control • Mitsubishi All Terrain Technology including • Active Stability Control • Active Traction Control • Super Select 4WD II HOBART. DJ Mitsubishi. Phone 6213 3300.
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