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The Mercury Cars Guide : April 24th 2010
2--- Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au Saturday, April 24, 2010 SWAG: Julie Hodgkinson of Cloncurry Queensland sleeps in her Mahindra Pik-Up at weekend rodeos. Utes Once the domain of males, the iconic Australian ute is fast becoming a sexy'' option for women. Mark Hinchliffe reports ARECENT national survey has found four out of five people thought perceptions of women driving utes had completely changed and only one in five still view the ute as a man's car. Claire Tynan, boss of Mahindra Automotive Australia which conducted the survey says people view the ute as an all-purpose family vehicle rather than just a workhorse. ''In fact, some took their opinions further with 21.9 per cent saying women driving utes looked quite independent and sexy,'' he says. ''Only a tiny 3.1 per cent thought negatively, saying they didn't think it was becoming.'' When asked what women thought of having a ute as a family car, the survey found almost half would consider it, while one in five said they had one already. Brisbane schoolteacher Michelle Moore said she and husband Jeromy made a joint decision on their Holden SV6 ute. ''It was my main choice out of all the Holden cars,'' she says. ''I think it was because it looks good and it's quite comfortable and also its practical --- we can do trips to the dump, move furniture and also carry bikes in the back and with a plastic tray we don't have to worry too much about it being damaged as this can be replaced. ''Females these days are becoming more involved in handyman stuff around the house and find the need for a practical vehicle. ''Of course, though, it had to be black; my husband looks much more attractive in a black ute.'' Wanda Lyon of Tiaro in Queensland, uses her Mahindra Pik-Up as part of her lifestyle. ''I'm in a country area and there are more women driving utes in the country and some have them quite personalised,'' she says. ''Most of it is a lifestyle choice, but even when we lived in Brisbane we had utes. ''I've got dogs and they can easily go in the back so you don't end up with hair in the car. You get a nice clean cabin and the dogs can go in the back. ''If you go camping you can sleep in the back because its so much easier.'' Julie Hodgkinson of Cloncurry in Queensland also uses her ute for her dogs and finds it easy to sleep in the back when she is attending weekend rodeos. www.thecarmart.com.au 6211 0566 14 Derwent Park Rd, Derwent Park David Strang 0404 724 986 Todd Jackson 0419 514 956 Rob Sylvester 0418 124 226 (Finance) Easy on-site finance available 95 Seat Ibiza 5 Door 1.4lt manual, p/s, c/lock, 159,000km, a/c, economical. SAVE $1000 $2995 05 Suzuki Liana 1.8lt manual, p/s, a/c, electrics, alloys, 141,000km, late model. SAVE $1000 $8995 03 Nissan Pulsar N16 ST 1.8lt manual, p/s, a/c, alloys, electrics, c/lock. SAVE $1000 $8995 04 Suzuki Ignis GL 1.3lt 5dr manual, p/s, a/c, electrics, alloys, 85,000km, SAVE $1000 $8995 01 Nissan Pulsar ST Hatch 1.8lt manual, p/s, a/c, 155,000km. SAVE $1000 $7995 06 Proton Savvy BT Hatch 1.1lt manual, p/s. c/lock, a/c, electrics, alloys. SAVE $1000 $8995 04 Mitsubishi Magna TL ES 3.5lt auto, p/s. a/c, 1 owner, electrics, tow bar. SAVE $1000 $8995 99 Subaru Liberty RX 2.5lt auto, p/s, a/c, alloys, electrics, AWD. SAVE $1000 $9995 00 Mitsubishi Lancer CE2 1.8lt manual, p/s, a/c, 81,000km, rear spoiler SAVE $2000 $7995 01 Daewoo Lanos SE Hatch 1.5lt, manual, p/s, a/c, 129,000km, excellent road test. SAVE $1000 $3995 93 Mitsubishi Magna TR Exec 2.6lt auto, p/s, a/c. Be quick. WOW!! SAVE $1000 $1995 99 Toyota Corolla Conquest 1.8lt manual, electrics, p/s, a/c, lift back. SAVE $1000 $7995 $6995 $2995 05 Hyundai Accent GL Hatch 1.6lt manual, p/s, a/c, only 75,000km. SAVE $2000 00 Daewoo Matiz SE 5 Door 0.8lt manual, p/s, a/c, electrics, alloys, 168,000km, fuel miser. Great buy. SAVE $1000 this week at The Carmart
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