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The Mercury Cars Guide : April 24th 2010
6— Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com .au Saturday, April 24, 2010 Great Wall safety boost CHINESE cars are about to get a safety boost with the country’s first four-star crash- test score. The result is achieved in Australia by a family SUV produced by the Great Wall brand and the score ties the four-star effort of the locally- made Toyota Camry hybrid. Both are short of the maximum five-star rating of the Holden Commodore and Ford Falcon, but the Great Wall result is a massive improvement on the paltry two-star rating achieved last year by the brand’s four-door ute in Australian New-Car Assessment Program tests. The official ANCAP results for the Great Wall SUV and Camry hybrid will not be made public for another week but the four-star performance is already common knowledge in the motor industry. ‘‘It is too early to comment, but we are very confident,’’ Great Wall importer boss, Rick Hull of Ateco Automotive, said. Hull is leading a group of journalists on a visit to Great Wall’s headquarters, as well as to the Chery brand which Ateco will also import from later this year and the Auto China show in Beijing at the end of this week. He believes Chinese cars are improving rapidly and the crash-test result shows Great Wall’s commitment to safety. ‘‘They had engineers at the original ute test by ANCAP and have been working very hard since then,’’ Hull says. ‘‘We know the work they have done on beefing up the chassis of the SUV and it will flow into the utes.’’ Gas on backburner at Ford TOUGH TERRITORY: A V6 turbo-diesel is coming for the Ford Territory. Ford is looking to incorporate LPG in to its Territory, but their focus right now is on the diesel. Neil McDonald reports D IESEL is go but LPG is on the back burner for Ford’s Territory wagon. As the company moves ahead with plans for a V6 turbo-diesel Territory, a liquid-injection gas ver- sion is not likely any time soon, according to Ford Australia chief, Marin Burela. Burela says Ford is looking at LPG for the Territory but ‘‘we want to make sure we get the petrol and diesel right first’’. ‘‘The LPG becomes another oppor- tunity for us,’’ he says. ‘‘But it will be market driven.’’ The Falcon will be the first Ford to get the new liquid-injection LPG en- gine from early next year. The engine comes as a signifi- cantly revised six-cylinder petrol engine and new V8 arrive later this year to comply with Euro IV emis- sion standards that come into effect from July 1. The more fuel efficient engines are part of a $230 million investment by Ford into sustainability initiatives. The newer liquid-injection LPG Falcon will deliver better fuel econ- omy, lower C02 emissions and sig- nificantly improved performance over the existing engine. Ford has not revealed numbers, but engineers expect better perform- ance and driveability than the cur- rent 156kW/371Nm E-Gas Falcon. By comparison Holden’s dual-fuel LPG 3.6 -litre Commodore delivers 175kW/318Nm. Apart from the six-cylinder petrol upgrade, the new V8 is expected to provide a performance shot in the arm for enthusiasts. The current ‘‘Boss’’ 5.4 -litre V8 is expected to be replaced by a hot supercharged 5.0 -litre V8 — codena- med Coyote — when the existing engine is put out to pasture. Ford is in the final engineering stages with its turbo-diesel Terri- tory, which arrives next year. The diesel promises significant fuel economy gains over the petrol six. Apart from economy, the diesel is expected to get a particulate filter to reduce harmful emissions. Ford says the ‘‘clean’’ diesel ver- sion of the 2.7-litre V6 turbo-diesel, shared with Land Rover, will reduce C02 emissions by 25 per cent com- pared with the existing six-cylinder petrol engine. Burela is not talking Territory diesel sales numbers but he is confident, particularly given an ex- pected output similar to the Land Rover engine, which develops 140kW/440Nm. ‘‘We haven’t refined the numbers but clearly the whole concept behind the diesel Territory is to have an uplift in volume on the total Terr- tory vehicle line,’’ he says. 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. 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